Note: This article is especially relevant if you have natal Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon, or if your natal Moon is placed in late-mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) and thus being transited by Saturn during 2017.
Moon Saturn conjunction, square or opposition
Saturn represents time, structure, necessary control and authority figures. Moon represents our core emotional needs.
Natal or transit Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon is a deeply felt aspect that, over time, provides opportunity for emotional enrichment and growth (those with Saturn sextile or trine Moon may experience similar processes of growth we’ll cover in this article, but perhaps less intensely.)
In this article we’ll discuss some of the common phases of emotional growth associated with Saturn Moon hard aspect. First we’ll discuss the natal Saturn-Moon aspect, and then transit Saturn in hard aspect (conjunction, square or opposition) with the natal Moon.
Natal Moon-Saturn Aspects:Phases of Emotional Growth
Phase #1: Suppressed Emotional Needs
Moon’s primary symbolism has to do with home, mothering and emotional nourishment. Saturn in hard aspect with the Moon can suppress Moon’s natural need for nurturing.
If you have natal Moon-Saturn conjunction, square or opposition, you may have grown up in a home where there weren’t a lot of affectionate interactions between family members.
Another possibility is that parental approval and affection were heavily mixed with Saturnian element of work and responsibility. As a result, you may have grown up too early, learning to act like an adult before you were able to get your basic emotional needs met.
Moon signs matter
Although such pattern can be present in any child born with Saturn-Moon aspect, your Moon sign could alter the experience somewhat. Those with Moon in Earth or Air signs may feel more comfortable having Saturn conjunction, square or opposition Moon, since they tend to have more aptitude for emotional detachment compared to people with Fire or Water sign Moons.
Phase #2: Father Relationship affecting Later Emotional Patterns
Saturn represents authority figures, specifically the father in early home environment. With Saturn conjunct Moon there could be deep identification with the father’s emotional values, perhaps too much so.
Saturn square or opposite Moon may suggest a more tense relationship, wherein the father unconsciously squashed your Moon’s need complex through his actions. Example: For those with natal Moon in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, Saturn square or opposite Moon might suggest a relationship with the father where he didn’t make you feel important enough to matter, either through criticism or neglect.
A developmental tension between Saturn and Moon also suggest a formative influence, which is to say your childhood dynamic with the father shaped your emotional patterns that continue into adulthood.
Moon-Saturn father relationship enacted in marriage
In a woman’s horoscope, a difficult relationship with the father during formative years as suggested by Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon could become a recurrent theme in later relationship (especially marriage), often played out through her husband. Marriage then becomes a fertile ground for conscious reworking of your emotional patterns.
#3: Acquiring Guidance & Long Term Goals
Saturn’s authority is for providing necessary control, guidance and leadership. Saturn can represent teacher or mentor figures in adult life, allowing you to play out a more positive scenario of emotional growth suggested by the Saturn-Moon aspect.
Through learning to acquire and receive such guidance, your long term goals and life direction that lead to fulfillment of your Moon’s needs can become clear.
#4: Cultivating Solitude
We have been discussing the Moon Saturn aspects from the perspective of Saturn (authority figures) affecting your Moon (your reigning need). If we now reverse the perspective and consider that your Moon’s core emotional needs somehow require Saturnian elements, we can see this aspect as a need for boundary and structure.
Perhaps a regularly scheduled solitude, an act of creating a boundary to cultivate your emotional life, is needed to nourish your soul (Moon). Like cultivating rare flowers inside a walled garden, solitude could offer the Saturn-Moon person the protected space to grow her roots deeper underground, allowing her to grow and be enriched emotionally.
Transit Saturn conjunct square opposition Moon
Transit Saturn conjunct, square or opposite natal Moon can signal an emotionally challenging time due to added responsibility. The difficulty experienced during Saturn transit to the Moon may suggest that your current emotional patterns are no longer working, and need to be changed (see above the potential causes of outdated emotional patterns.)
Awakening of ambition
Transit Saturn Moon conjunction, square or opposition can also signal awakening of ambition, especially if your Saturn or Moon is connected to the 10th house.
Need for solitude
During Saturn Moon transit you may feel alone, or feel the need to be alone in order to access deeper emotions. If you make space for Saturn’s boundary instead of trying to resist solitude, you may find emotional nourishment.
Saturn and depression
In ancient times, Saturn was called the god of depression. In people’s imagination, depression and melancholy indicated Saturn’s presence.
Nowadays depression is seen as a symptom to be cured with drugs or extroverted activities. We lost a way to relate with the mood of depression, which could accompany a Saturn-Moon transit.
If, instead of dreading the experience of depression, you invite Saturn in and let him lead you to those parts in your psyche that need tending, you may have a completely different experience of this transit, and come out significantly more enriched and “in touch” with your emotions.
Summary: Moon Saturn Aspects and Emotional Growth
Emotional maturity is the gift (or the opportunity) of Saturn-Moon conjunction, square or opposition. Through the processes of emotional growth we discussed, you can gain clarity about your needs as well as the ability to fulfill them through work and relationship.
Do you have Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon in your natal chart, or are you experiencing a transit Saturn Moon hard aspect? How did you experience it, and what have you learned? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.
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