There is, however, no affliction and we may take it that Saturn in a sympathetic sign like this is strong enough for all the ordinary purposes of life. It is only in serious crises that additional help is required; and doubtless Saturn’s position in the twelfth (the house of treachery) was responsible for his assassination. Maximilian of Mexico was also unfortunate. Here Saturn has only the sextile of Mercury, the Sun and Venus. He stands at the Nadir, isolated and unprotected. A king of a very different sort was Nero, although his early promise was so bright. But though Saturn was sextile to Jupiter, it was square to the Sun, and the effect seems to have been to loosen the moral sinews. This is further accentuated by Mars being in Taurus, in opposition to Jupiter and conjunction with Venus, which explains the terrible part he played as dictator of Rome. We may now consider the case of the anarchist Vaillant, who has the conjunction of Jupiter and the opposition of Neptune, as well as the square of Uranus and Mercury. Jupiter counteracts the firmness of Saturn and Neptune attacks the weakened planet with the full force of his eccentricity. The result we know. Note, however, in particular how the disturbance takes place in the mind on its practical side: Saturn in Taurus (for instance) with similar aspects, would have furnished a totally different picture. Another example is Marie Bashkirtseff. Here Saturn, in the Midheaven, is square to Uranus and Mercury. Her Venus in Libra, trine to Uranus, was incapable of diverting her abnormal mentality into normal channels. It will be instructive to contrast the dreamy melancholy mind and temper of Coleridge with the bright, positive, firm yet whimsical mind and temper of Lewis Carroll. The poet has Saturn in conjunction with Venus and Neptune. The will to resist is altogether eaten up, and opium naturally had no trouble in enslaving him. The author of “Alice in Wonderland” on the contrary had the trine of Mercury, and Saturn rides gaily in the ninth house, like that of Coleridge, but uninterfered with by any weakening forces. Yet the brighter planets helped Coleridge far more; in all that really counts he was the greater man. It is only on the plane of life, in the bonds of time and space, that he failed. “His giant wings interfered with his walking.” Half way between these two stands Bulwer-Lytton. Saturn is in the third house, and neither very strong nor very weak. But there is nothing to interfere with his free action, and so the native was able to manage his affairs remarkably well, and with prudence and cunning. He never obtruded his moral strength, but it never relaxed ; and this is one of the principal keys to a successful career. In the case of George Sand there is a trine of Mars, and a sextile of Neptune, making the character vivacious, kaleidoscopic, and full of genius. There is no hindrance, but great help to the self-control and in addition there is the inestimable quality of variety. The character of Maurice Maeterlinck now claims our attention. Here Saturn has the square of Herschel, good for mystic insight but rather tending to disturb the concentration. But Mercury is not far from conjunction, so we see the self-interested qualities reinforced by shrewdness and cleverness. Saturn, incidentally, is in the tenth house; from this it appears that the ego occupies itself intensely with the fruits of fame. Victor Hugo has the conjunction of Jupiter? the semi-sextile of Herschel, and the opposition of Sol and Venus. This complex is difficult to disentangle; one need, however, only remark that the absence of help from Mars diminished the possibilities of his becoming the hammer; he had to take the part of the anvil. Saturn, however., is strong enough, and on the mental plane he was able to do great work, culminating from his exile with very great effect against the tyrant who had put him there.
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