Saturn in Virgo

There is no doubt that Saturn and Mercury are great friends just as in life one often sees attraction between an old philosopher and a clever child. So Virgo is found even more sympathetic to Saturn than Gemini. The heights may not be so high as the best dignities in Gemini but there is never danger of any real trouble. Virgo being an earthy sign is more of the nature of Saturn, and the agricultural implication is also present to link them. This kinship tends greatly to stability of moral character, and to the confirmation of practical wisdom. It gives an orderly, critical and analytical mind, usually of a serious cast if Saturn is well dignified. The intellect should be capable and original. The affliction of the Lord of Virgo would, of course, detract from these elements, and perhaps wring reason dry. So, too, would any serious damage wrought on Saturn himself. In fact, we shall find not only some of the wisest but some of the most foolish of mankind with this position; and it will be our duty to make it clear why it should act rather as Caliban supposed Setebos to act. One may add, before proceeding to examples, that, Virgo being the Hermit in the Tarot, the solitariness of Saturn is brought out and emphasized by this sign. Every one of our examples will be found a person of solitary habit and disposition. This must be taken as modifying and illustrating everything that may be said of them in other ways. Three great theosophists, H. P. Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner and Colonel Olcott have all this position of Saturn, H. P. Blavatsky is enormously strong, being in exact conjunction with Mars, and very close conjunction with Mercury. These indicate the extraordinary strength of will and persistence which she possessed, so far as the mental plane was concerned. Mr. Steiner’s Saturn is not so unique or so dominant. He has the opposition of Sol, but luckily the square of Uranus lends illumination, and the trine of Mars practical power. However, the main point is abundantly confirmed. The forces which concentrate and resist disintegration are supreme; the opposition of Sol only indicates that this is accomplished somewhat at the expense of the vitality. Colonel Olcott’s Saturn received no assistance from any quarter beyond a trine of Mars and semi-sextile of the Sun and Venus. Here, then, is a case of a moral character strong enough, but not more than enough. He made consequently an admirable Chief of Staff, but lacked great originality. He was a modern St. Paul to theosophy. Rather like him in character are three British Generals, best known of any in their day; Roberts, Wolseley and Gordon. The first of these has Jupiter rising, in exact opposition, and Mercury in exact conjunction, and trine to Neptune. The latter gave him the insight to foresee the Great War. The former shows that his warning would fall upon deaf ears. The whole configuration caused him to become a prominent figure in that war. Gordon, on the other hand, a much less fortunate soldier, was of tremendous moral force, influencing the whole trend of English thought, even from the distance of China. His Saturn, too, is opposed by Jupiter, but the trine of Mars, Mercury and Neptune more than atones for this. Lord Wolseley, least of the three, has a very flabby Saturn. Venus is trine, and Neptune and Mercury nearly trine, and this is all the help that he gets. We have, therefore, an able soldier, whose moral force is weak, and in the end he was shelved, as might be expected with the Sun squared by Saturn. Another soldier is seen in Garfield, and again there is only the aid of a trine of the Moon, a sextile of Mars and a semi-sextile of Venus.

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