Saturn in Scorpio

The quality of secretiveness in Scorpio, and its order in the Zodiac as the natural sign for the house of death, make it a sympathetic menstruum for Saturn’s rays. There is naturally, however, something deep, obscure and sinister in this position of the planet, and where it has a fair chance it will give such a tone to the Akankara, the name given by the philosophers of India to the “ego-making faculty, 55 or the Saturn force in the human character. While this position of Saturn tends to produce a character both masterful and subtle, the evidence of this peculiar effect is not easy to find on account of its very habit of concealing itself. In the case of Tennyson it was so covered by external graces, (in particular, the influence of Venus) that it is only from private sources that we know that traces of this Scorpio selfishness ever existed. Similar remarks apply to Lord Brougham. Here Saturn in Scorpio gives a harsh, unscrupulous purpose, which is developed in material affairs by the sextile of Jupiter; but Mercury and Venus just above the Ascendant conceal Saturn effectively, though he is the real director of the inner thought. The self-seeking of the great lawyer wore a mask of tact, wit and amiability, beneath which the corrosive acid of his purpose ate away his enemies. Compare with this the nativity of Archbishop Laud. Here Saturn has the conjunction of Venus, a square of the Moon and an opposition of Jupiter, who in the ninth house signifies religion, with no help beyond a semi-sextile of the Sun. Here is the typical selfish and intriguing prelate; Saturn on the cusp of the third house constantly occupying the mind with ambition and the lust of power. But Saturn’s strength is not aided by fortune; the afflictions were bound to bring the native’s ultimate downfall. Cicero is a great example of this position; Saturn is in conjunction with Jupiter and squared by Mars, Venus and Mercury. The operation of the sign is intensified by these dispositions. He pursued cruelly and relentlessly his secret schemes of self-aggrandizement. But there is also to be considered and ranked in the same category, though on the surface so different, his more lasting achievement, the “Somnium Scipionis” almost the only mystical treatise which the Latins have left to us. That unfortunate monarch, Charles I of England, had this position. Here Saturn, in opposition to Uranus, is close to the cusp of the fourth house, for an ill end to the matter, and he receives no notable help. But we can gauge the desperate quality of the native’s struggle to hold his inheritance, the secret and mendacious and fatal paths trodden by him in that attempt. An example of over-development of the self is seen in Thomas Moore. Mars and the Moon are in conjunction with Saturn to give recklessness and dissipation; Mercury in opposition to make it blind; only the sextile of Jupiter adds a touch of geniality, which made him welcome only as the companion of an hour in a tavern or a parlor. Compare particularly in this matter the case of the late J. Pierpont Morgan. Saturn is squaring Mars, Jupiter and Neptune, sextile to the Moon, while trine to Uranus. While there is plenty of self-preservation, the Moon and Uranus both bring vision. The dispositions are consequently not altogether bad, but the great wisdom was undoubtedly used for material ends. Sir Humphrey Davy has Saturn in Scorpio, but Jupiter and Neptune are conjoined in sextile, Venus is sextile, and the Sun and Mars semi-sextile. Here is much favorable modification of Saturn, who is rising. Thus the self-force, rendered bright and tender by such aspects, is in complete harmony with the personality. Here strength is wedded with gentleness, and we can understand readily how he was able to give his life to its purpose without upsetting his contemporaries by bitterness of controversy. We may now turn to the grand yet sinister figure of Martin Luther. Here the conjunction of the Sun with Saturn gives violent pride to the sense of self, though Mercury, four degrees off, makes this sense intelligent. That his mind, his life force and his self-pride are all brought together in Scorpio by this conjunction, may explain this secret, though perhaps unconscious, real source of his break with Rome; though of course the conjunction of Mars with Venus is a further stimulus to this inherent dissatisfaction with clerical celibacy. In Goethe we find less violence, and more adroitness in the emphasis of his ego. Saturn just above the horizon is trined by the Moon, and has the illuminating square of Uranus, all of which harmonizes the personality with the instinct of self-preservation. This instinct is strong but clever, and we comprehend, if we do not altogether applaud, his sword and his diamond buckles. In many ways, as has been seen, Saturn in Scorpio has critical tendencies; it imperils the reputation, may bring scandal or unpopularity and, badly aspected, may cause reverses or downfall. Its influence upon the health is rather perilous in early life, though, that period safely passed, it promises a long life. It is, however, a position very favorable for association with mystical or secret societies.

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