Saturn in Sagittarius

There is in nature perhaps little harmony between Saturn and Sagittarius. Saturn is slow and heavy, Sagittarius swift and transient; the sign is one of many-colored light; the planet as dull as lead. But Jupiter is Lord of Sagittarius, and, just as in the Roman mythology the heir of the elder god overthrew his father, the impulses of the active and spendthrift planet accelerate the slowness and loosen the selfishness of the greater orb when he enters his house, so that Saturn’s normal quality in this position is a thrifty disposition not at all incompatible with real altruism. An excellent example of a strongly spiritualized Saturn is given by Abraham Lincoln. Although in the twelfth house, he has only passed one degree above the Ascendant, in which Neptune is rising in conjunction with him; Venus is trine and Mercury square to both. It is easy to see the effect of these aspects upon the wisdom of the martyr-president. Sagittarius prepares Saturn to open more responsively to the illumination of Neptune and the warmth of Venus. The altruism is therefore very spontaneous and yet well restrained by great practicality. Mercury shows excellently the influences of both Saturn and Neptune, in the restricting delays and obstacles to early education and the sensitiveness of the mind, touched upon under another chapter, which explains her influences toward unfaltering devotion to an ideal. Altogether the figure is one of great faith fortified by far-seeing wisdom. In the case of Emile Zola, Saturn is trined by Mars and Mercury and squared by Uranus. The deep insight into human nature, which wrought itself into a philosophy of life expressed in the forty or more volumes of novels, short stories and essays, is amply accounted for by the Saturnian aspects of these three planets. That Saturn occupied the fifth, the house of pleasure, is significant in view of the fiction form chosen to convey his philosophy. That altruism of the most courageous and uncompromising kind was an essential part of his character was proved by his action in the Dreyfus case; that it manifested itself to the world at so late a period in his life may have been due to the fact that his Saturn was retrograding. An example of great and shining activity of the preservationenergy of Saturn is shown in the horoscope of Gladstone. Neptune and Venus excite the former by conjunction, and Jupiter supports the combination by a trine. Here, then, we have a complete harmony of Jupiter and Saturn, which also steadies and strengthens against the weakening indicated by the conjunction the softness of which merely adds grace and originality to the character. Thomas Hardy’s insight into human nature, which is not dissimilar to that of Zola, apparently comes from the same aspect of Saturn squared by Uranus. But Saturn is in opposition to the Sun and has no help beyond a sextile of Neptune, which is rather a disadvantage in this regard. The nature is retiring and modest; the ambition is not aggressive; a novelist with a tenth of his talent, and more push, might have gained a far greater popular reputation. James II has Saturn in the fourth house, trined by the Moon, squared by Venus; his character, as is well known, was cold and selfish to a degree, and also weak and irresponsible. Saturn is developed, but not enough to save the native from his downfall. Tchaikovsky has an excellent Saturn. Uranus is square, Mercury and Venus trine, and Neptune sextile. The wonderful comprehension with which he has expressed the mingled fire and melancholy of the Slavonic race is described by these aspects, especially the square of Uranus and the sextile of Neptune. The relief from the domestic difficulties of his early life and the subsequent freedom which enabled him to devote himself to his work come through the strength of his Saturn; and his success, creating masterpieces in every branch of Music, is due to the same cause. The versatility is of course indicated by the aspect with Mercury in Aries. Madame Steinheil furnished perhaps the most convincing example of all these characters. Her Saturn in the Mid-heaven, opposing the Moon, is trined by Mercury, Neptune, Venus, the Sun and Jupiter, and Mars is in exact trine on the other side. Here then is a case where the whole cohort of heaven (one may say) concentrate upon Saturn to make him swift, subtle, active, even vehement. It is a marvelous example for successful self-seeking. Even the opposition of the Moon, which pulled her down from high eminence and placed her life in jeopardy, could not compass her entire defeat against such fortified power. In its more material significance, Sagittarius being the natural sign to ocupy the ninth house, Saturn’s influence in that sign tends to give prominence and power through activity in the religious or legal world; under good aspects this activity should bring prosperity. Philosophy,, science, voyaging or shipping may afford scope for the influence, according to the native’s station in life, with corresponding results depending upon the nature of Saturn’s aspects.

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