Moon Saturn Aspects: Emotional Growth through Time

Saturn conjunct square opposite Moon

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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About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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Comments

  1. Mary streets says:

    Natal Grand Cross Saturn conjunct Mars in Sag opposition Moon in Gemini…Venus in Pisces opposition Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Leo

    Yes to everything in your post. Transiting Saturn Return Transiting Pluto conjunct ascendant. Interesting year so far…

    • Hello Mary,

      Thank you for the comment. That’s quite a powerful configuration – sounds like this will be a major year of change for you.

    • I have a mutable grand cross in my chart too!!! Also experiencing a Saturn Return now too!!!!!!!!! lol It’s been heavy psychologically.

  2. Hi, Mr. Niizato,
    Yes to all the above, too. Saturn in Scorpio 4th house: squaring Moon and Venus Aquarius 7th house, opposing Mars Taurus 10th house, squaring Pluto Leo 1st house, loosely trining Sun Pisces 8th house, and trining Jupiter and Uranus Cancer 12th house. Saturn is my major life influence. He holds the keys. Luckily I had a spiritual teacher for many years who was said to be a Saturn teacher. I still have him through the veil. Thanks for the reminder to take time for solitude! If my life is indicative of other people’s with major Saturnine influences, it doesn’t get easier, but it does get more rewarding. In a way, despite continuing difficult circumstances, it does get easier because in maturity, I’m not rebelling anymore, lol…

    • Hi Satsatnam,

      Thank you for your comment and the beautiful example about your teacher. With your therapeutic work, you are probably now taking on the Saturn role for the people you help, which is another dimension of Saturn moon aspect.

      • Im nervous! I have transit saturn in the 10th sag, square my natal 1st house pieces moon. Is this career demands? My natal saturn is in the 5th house in gemini. Any suggestions on how to prepare? How long does this go on? Thank you for any advice.

        • Hello Kay,

          Usually transits like this will express its potential on multiple levels – both work and personal-emotional. Going back to basic Saturnian values such as integrity and responsibility would be the best way to prepare for it.

          Please schedule a consultation if you’d like me to take a closer look at your horoscope.

  3. I have the Moon in Taurus at 28 degrees in the 10th House. Having transit Saturn oppose my Moon has been the first time I have ever paid attentions to feelings of safety and even feeling like an infant. It has been the hardest transit I have ever experienced and has forced me to focus on the simple nature of life. Having a Moon in the 10th house is hard because safety seems to be on top of the world, when really the true safety is the world on top of you. This is why we like covers over us in our sleep, etc. I have realized I only felt comfortable on top of the world and not having the world on top of me. Trippy….

  4. My two small nephews both have Moon square Saturn in close orb
    One also has Pluto conjunct DC & the other has Pluto on the 9th cusp exactly conjunct Moon & also square Saturn

    Their Father adored them & was a superb parent, but was killed in an accident when the boys were 4 & 6.
    He was killed when trying to end the relationship with the boys controlling Mother & reach a custody agreement.
    It seems to be an aspect for losing a parent early as well

    These boys are now being raised by a very spartan & strict parent who is the embodiment of a Saturn / Pluto type
    I look at theses boys charts & think it will be one of the fundamental patterns that shape their lives
    I think your analysis is very good. Thank you!

    • Hi nav, thank you for your comment, and sharing a quite dramatic example of Moon square Saturn.

    • Nav, your story sounds very similar to my son who passed away leaving his 3 year old son (my 1st grandchild). My son and his girlfriend were estranged with lots of fighting between them; I even think there was domestic abuse towards my son but it never was documented most likely because of my son’s pride. My son lost his life after catching on fire at 4:30 one morning when his girlfriend told him to go on their back porch to move a gas can because she said their fireplace was on fire and she was afraid the gas can would cause the house to catch on fire. That was her story but I don’t believe it.
      My grandson is being raised by his maternal grandparents because his mother isn’t very responsible; I haven’t seen my grandson since my son’s funeral 7 years ago, sad to say that they don’t allow any contact with me or any of our family.
      I’ll have to look at my grandson’s chart but I imagine it has some sort of Saturn/moon connection after reading this blog post.

  5. Excellent page. I have moon sq Saturn. Saturn in 9th house cap 11 deg, and moon in libra 6th house 11 deg. My dad didnt say very much, didnt teach me much and looked down the end of his nose at me. Mom was full of hugs and cookies, a cancer sun. She was neglected as a child, I often think Im here healing past neglects from ancetors, but I dont know…..I was the 3rd child, all girls, I know there was disapointments because I wasnt born a boy…..

    • Hi Karen, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience about natal Saturn square Moon. Often, a well placed Saturn (in Capricorn like yours) softens the expression of this aspect somewhat. It seems this has been the case for you, as it sounds like your mother was nurturing. This is a good thing!

  6. wow! This article really struck home for me ! I have my Libra Moon in the 10th house, squaring my Capricorn Saturn in my 1rst house. I grew up under difficult circumstances, I pretty much was on my own throughout my life. My Father was a Libra too ! I also have depression. What a great article !

    • Hello Sandra,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience of natal Moon square Saturn. With maturity this aspect can transform into a sense of responsibility, competence and self-confidence.

  7. Thanks for this detailed info which is strikingly true esp. speaking of the difficult childhood and the relationship with the father. I have Saturn opposes moon and interestingly I found myself a lot through different phases of my life alone and isolated from the people literally. Whether through far traveling, ill of parents, deep depression, loss of a job, the result is the same. I find myself alone and I’m kinda forced to be with myself exploring all my inner world with its good and dark side. This was scary at the beginning of my life, and I got used to these phases which now I see it as a blessing time to find inner peace without any disturbance from the outside world. I think Saturn’s great lesson is surrender to the will of God to work on your psyche like you mentioned and it’s truly rewarding and you discover your gifts as you come out stronger and richer to the world after these phases. The most important message here to apply whatever you learned and don’t pity yourself and consider life is harsh.
    Thanks for your deep insight sincerely!

  8. Natal saturn in Virgo opposite moon in pisces.
    Continually crushed by mother. Absent father, grew up fast and took responsibility beyond my years. Self esteem issues.
    Sought refuge in spritual communities. Worked tirelessly for them for little pay and with out boundaries. Burnt out 4 years ago when just too much was piled onto me. I was traumatized by the experience and the trauma symptoms popped up here and there. But this year as saturn squared saturn and moon and as I found myself in a job with another abusive employer and plenty of triggers, developed a more concentrated PTSD plus complete exhaustion, and was forced to stop and address the issues of boundaries, self esteem and my long long neglected moon. Lots of solitude and feeling completely unsupported by anyone. I know ultimately I can only support myself. Just hope the PTSD passes with the transit. Not fun at all. Oh yes the transit is happening in the 5th ☺

  9. Great post! You are really accurate. Everything read here is a reflection of what I feel and lived at home when I was a kid. My moon is in Aquarius opposite Saturn, and even though you say it is better in a air or earth sign than water or fire, I just feel this opposition like hell in my life. It does not help my sun being opposite this wounded moon. I´m in my 40s and single and I think this situation will remain forever lol. It is not easy to make my moon feel supported and loved.

  10. Nice to see a different interpretation where the father is viewed as the Saturn figure, being emotionally unresponsive as this has been my experience. My parents divorced when I was young and my mom tried so hard to make everything perfect for us kids but I know it was hard for her. I remember my Dad being a bit tidy with feelings, like they didn’t matter much and we had to suck it up and get on with it. As I’ve grown older, I’ve seen the gift with this aspect. Hope others do too at some stage.

  11. Last month I had my first Saturn return and its complete now. Next year Saturn will conjunct my natal Moon and Uranus (natal conjunction). This is all happening in my 4th house in Sagittarius. I have to say my Saturn return phase was tough. I lost/let go of a lot of situations, patterns, people, etc. Now awaiting these two conjunctions is making me feel a bit scared, but also a bit excited. Is there anyone who went through a similar experience? If so, I would love to hear what it was like, and what were your outcomes after these transits.
    I forgot to mention that after Saturn conjuncts my natal Moon and Uranus, pretty much right after it will conjunct my natal Neptune (I guess this is in the next two and a half years or so!). Saturn conjunct Mars will also happen maybe a year after Neptune conjunction.
    Is this insane or what? I hope someone has some insight to share on this.

    Thanks in advance.

    Much love.

  12. Hi Hiroki,
    Thank you for your article! I am currently experiencing transit Saturn conjunct my natal moon in the 1st house also conjunct the ascendent. I already have natal Saturn trine my natal moon in my natal chart so I am already pretty well adjusted emotionally speaking. I also meditate daily and choose to spend most of my time alone when not working! I wanted to ask since my natal Saturn is in my 8th house, would this transit be connected to my 8th house in anyway? If so, what should I be paying more attention to etc ?
    Thanks!
    Sag

    • Hi, the natal Saturn position could come into play sometimes, but most often Saturn is just Saturn – so thinking in terms of work, responsibility and emotional growth (Saturn conjunct Moon) would most likely be on target. Moon-Ascendant conjunction is very emphatic, so my suggestion would be to think in terms of 1st house themes like developing your self-image and self expression.

    • I have quite similar transit going on. Last year Saturn was on my ascendant and it was hardest year in my life. Now it’s nearing my Moon in couple of days time and with me it has worked very deep. My mother has been very sick last 2,5 years and now we are close to the end, she knows it’s soon her time to go and we are talking very deep. I cry a LOT. I’ve never been close to my mother, but during these difficult years I’ve found the compassion and love for her. Today I told her that she has been a good mother and that I love her and that she can go if she wants to. I’m so grateful of these hard years and the lessons I’m learning.

      Natally Saturn is also in my 8th house and I’m now my mother’s legal guardian and take care of her finances.

      I’m also very lonely, meaning my father passed away 4 yrs ago and my brother lives abroad. I don’t have a family of my own or a partner. I’ve learned to stand on my own 2 feet, that has been a big lesson. I know now I’m stronger than ever before and that I can manage and will do just fine after mum is gone. At this time I’m not depressed, just very sad (but same time happy), depression was on when Saturn conjuncted my Asc.

      I feel Saturn has opened my heart, has forced me to be a responsible adult, who takes care of her mum. First I did it because I thought I have to do it, now I WANT to do it. That’s the difference.

      At this point I don’t think about the future, my life revolves around my work and mum, but I hope after Saturn (& mum) have moved on, I’ll figure out which way I want to go. There’s going to be a whole new chapter in my book and I’m curious to see what rewards Saturn will bring. :)

  13. Saturn directly on my descendant has been squaring my Virgo moon in my fourth house. It’s also my Saturn return. I had my first child this year, and have had a huge rift with my mother. I envisioned this experience would bring my family together, my mother and I were always close and she’s always said how Much she loves babies and is naturally very maternal and a caretaker, but as soon as I had my son she disappeared. It’s been almost 9 months, and I’ve even told her how much it hurts, and she is completely removed and doesn’t care. I have dealt with feeling unloveable and rejected, and like I need to restructure where I find comfort and my home life, but at the same time embracing the solitude and pace of my life right now, just reminding myself I won’t be this lonely forever and that I have to create the life I want. I’ve always been very emotionally independent and strong, but I’m being challenged to not hide behind suppressing my feelings and sucking it up to protect my ego, and to allow myself to experience these feelings and realize why they shouldn’t be hurting my ego and If they Are then I should tangibly do something to build genuine confidence and not identify myself by an inner personal relationship.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience – Although this is a dramatic and sad example, your story seems to embody the symbolism of Transiting Saturn conjunct Descendant and square Moon in the 4th (which contains multiple reference to the issue of home and mothering). As you mention, it looks like this is a true test of emotional independence.

      • Hi Hiroki, please if the conjuction happen at distance of 13 degrees, its still considered as conjuction? mine is in cancer 8Th house Thank you!

  14. khuenguyen says:

    I have sun capricorn in 10th house, aries ascendant and scorpio moon in 7th house square saturn in 11th house.

    I can say that is a important with me, moon in 7th house and square in saturn. Whenever i read a topic about moon square saturn i always cry, because it so fill with me. “have to grown up too early, take care yourself, dont have much affection between family member,…”. All is right for me!.

    And you know that have the moon in 7th house, i used to read in somewhere that the person have moon in 7th house is a emotional person, they always need the help from another person, they scared if they have to be alone,… All is right with me.
    My moon in scorpio, that is a fix sign, i really throughout ups and downs emotional with this. Sometime, i asked myself that if the moon in 7th house can help me in desendant the intense of scopio or not. The moon in 7th house is a elegent person, most is the woman. I’m a girl and seriously sometime i have to thanks for this gift, it so…easy to broken up by the little things, always have to care about person around me, care about atmosphere in enviroment.

  15. I find so much insight and as a result, comfort from your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  16. Wow this is so fascinating to read. I have Saturn squaring my 4th house/Gemini Moon. I definitely grew up fast – especially after my first Saturn square when my parents divorced and my father moved in with another woman. I was devastated. We became very distant after that and he basically did not support me at all growing up – other than telling me he was proud of me. But no other financial support whatsoever. I became my mothers companion in a lot of ways as well. She was emotionally supportive but had to work all the time to support us. Every 7 years after their divorce I experienced some type of trigger to this abandonment wound and during my Saturn Return I became the abandoner and left my husband because he was emotionally distant and emotionally abusive. When I divorced him, I also felt like I divorced my mother because her dream for my life was crushed. We mended things since but now at 35 I am approaching my Saturn opposite Moon transit and I’m freaking out about what it will be like. My new loving and supportive husband just recently went on a mission trip with his school and it completely triggered my abandonment wound. This time, however, I have more awareness to bring to it so I can work with it. I’m also feeling the call to motherhood and fearing my parents’ death. I’m worried about what this transit will bring, but I’m hoping just a greater sense of maturity in terms of my emotional life.

    • Hi Danielle,

      Thank you for commenting and adding your experience – beautifully expressed. Yes, these abandonment wounds are resurfacing for a reason, and usually it means you’re ready to feel the pain, embrace it and release it, so that they can be healed. Good for you!

  17. A sincere thanks, Hiroki !
    I have Saturn closely conjunct Moon in 2nd house in the sign of libra. I’m battling depression and self esteem issues since the past many years. What’s worse is that I don’t have any friends and could also never emotionally connect to any of my family members especially mother as she always remained cold and indifferent towards me. I don’t know if even at this age of 32 I’ve emotionally matured because I’m still quite fearful and sensitive about things but I feel my emotions have sort of ‘dried up’ leading me to be a bit stoical…’Loneliness’ is my best friend ! I’m female and think Saturn-Moon association is particularly difficult for females and especially if one’s going through Saturn return or Saturn’s major period. Is it true that things change a bit once Saturn matures at the age of 35-36 ?

    • Hello Tanya, thank you for sharing your experience. Maturity does tend to make things better with Saturn aspect, but many times it takes conscious effort to retrain your emotional pattern…Sometimes it’s beneficial to ask for help from an expert (coach, counselor, etc) so that you have extra support in making these changes happen.

  18. Lioness says:

    Interesting article. Is it always true what I´ve read about this aspect, which means death of husband in case the natal aspect belongs to a woman?

  19. Hi Hiroki,

    I have a strong, tough Saturn in Aquarius in my natal 8th house. It opposes my Leo Sun in the 2nd, and squares my Scorpio Neptune at the end of house 4.

    Saturn is transiting square my Pisces Moon in the 9th, conjunct Chiron and is also transiting square my 3rd house Pluto, which opposes my Moon in a zero degree orb. This is the last square transit from Saturn, but unfortunately it stays in a perfect square straight thru Nov. 2016. I thought surviving Saturn square Saturn was tough last year!

    So far, this final phase has resulted in the death of my older sister who was very motherly toward me before and after we lost our mother, and a freak medical scare where I was hospitalized suddenly and received a life saving surgery on my stomach due to a rare and deadly hernia. I have never had a medical emergency before and I am so grateful for my new lease on life.

    Thank you for your wonderful posts, Hiroki.

    • Hi Sherry, thank you for sharing your experience with the Saturn Moon transit. That’s quite a dramatic experience, I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your sister and the medical emergency. Not all transits are so literal (mother figure, stomach, etc) but sometimes astrology of such major events is uncanny…

  20. I have natal moon, saturn and uranus conjunct in the 12th house . Opposition my natal venus in the 6th house. Im 28 and coming up to my saturn return soon , im always feeling intense emotions internally its very uncomfotable. Im wondering how things will play out . What themes does saturn hold in the 12th house?
    What can i expect to happen?
    Thanks
    Shauna

    • Hi Shauna,

      Regardless of natal house position, Saturn always has to do with work and social status (including family status), and Saturn return tends to affect your direction or level in one or both areas. It being in the 12th house will typically not affect the nature of Saturn return, unless you happen to have a strongly 12th house related pursuit like spirituality or art, in which case your expression in those areas may also go up one level.

  21. I am having saturn opposing my natal moon (10th house gemini) end of this year. At the same time, saturn will conjunct my natal Mercury, sextile Jupiter and Mars. I’ve searched infos about saturn opposing moon which is in 10th house gemini but I couldn’t find any specific answer. Hope to hear from you. Thank you.

    • Hi Kajen, with transits and solar arcs, you’ll always need to look at the entire picture to come up with a reasonable projection.

      The measurement you cited (transiting Saturn opposing the Gemini Moon in 10th house) can have implication regarding your home and family (4th house transit Saturn and the Moon symbolism), as well as your work (10th house Moon). The emotional tone of the transit is serious, perhaps focused on ambition and purpose (if this is important in your life), but can also suggest tough times in relationships. Only you know what is going on in these two areas of your life (home/family/relationships vs work/career perhaps involving communication)…

      Please consider scheduling a personal consultation to discuss the potential of upcoming times in more depth.

  22. Hello Hiroki. I have a natal moon, uranus , pluto conjunction at around 14 degrees Virgo and right now they are being challenges by transiting Saturn in Sag. I am an astrologer myself and have anticipated this time for a while. Sag is my seventh house and moon, uranus, pluto in my fourth house which opposes chiron . I am finding this transit very difficult and sad. What I am aware of particularly is that what I had thought to be my emotional support has quite unexpectedly withdrawn, with no real understanding. It was triggered by my need for truth and to change what I felt was a power imbalance within the relationship by chalanging, with a view to changing the established, but it feels at the moment that my actions have back fired. I am also aware of transiting Jupiter is conjunct my moon, uranus, pluto and from this I am risking some fear of rejection by sticking to the honesty of my feelings as confidently as I can, although I am feeling a big case of unrequited love right now. Its can feel harsh the energy of saturn in relation to the moon, if its a challengin aspect.

    • Hi YYew, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. Yes, Saturn Moon aspect definitely tests the degree (and authenticity) of emotional security we’ve been able to achieve.

  23. So…I have moon opposition saturn, and moon opposition uranus. could these aspects create the need to re-invent myself in a structured way?

    • Hi Ashton, that sounds apt! Especially if Saturn and Uranus are conjunct, there is a need to change from the old emotional pattern to create something new and more liberating.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I am going through transiting Saturn opposing my natal Moon. I haven’t felt this bad in a long time.

    • Hi Jennifer, Saturn transit to Moon can be a tough time indeed – It may help if you can see it from the perspective of true self-growth, wherein you accept yourself fully, as well as accept the responsibility (Saturn) to make your own happiness (Moon).

  25. Thank you so much for writing this. Not everything about Saturn-Moon is doom and gloom. Everything rings true. I’ve encountered my Saturn return in Scorpio about two and a half years ago. This Saturn return also conjunct my Scorpio Moon. The universe just showcased everything I did wrong in my life. I was too giving to people who weren’t deserving. I gave my husband a home and two kids and all his time and efforts went to his video game addiction. I was too loyal to a company/field of work that could care less about my well being with lack of benefits, promotion or raises. I stayed an assistant with the same rate of pay for ten years. My desperation to be nurtured emotionally lead to an affair with another person who didn’t look out for my best interest. To top it off, I was involved in an accident that got me a fracture and I was unable to walk or go to work for months, causing me to spiral into debt. These were the darkest times in my life. However, despite being left bankrupt in spirit and in self worth, I had a rebirth of ambitions and gave up my career, my house and my marriage in order to go back to school to become a teacher. I also at the same time launched a side business as freelance artist. I completely started over from scratch with the help of my already stable relationship from both my mother and father. Ironically, my father has also gone through similar hardships and I feel I am his clone. His pain is my pain. I recently stood up to a person who took advantage of my father 30 years ago and I wouldn’t have done that without the maturity and wisdom of Saturn. I not only healed myself but my father and family as well.

  26. Jade MOon says:

    Hello, my young son who is three years old has his moon in Taurus opposite his Saturn in Scorpio. His father has been absent since the beginning of my pregnancy, I have raised this amazing boy entirely on my own. We have a good relationship but it is not without its struggles, of course. A lot of what I read about the moon opposite Saturn aspect, outside of this article, has to do with the mother… Refreshing to hear your perspective… Basically I just want to help my son, I want him to feel safe and loved. Any tips for doing that with this aspect/particular situation?

    • Hi Jade, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience about your son. Because his father is absent, the responsibility falls on you as the mother to model the adult qualities exemplified by Saturn – integrity, work ethic, independence, etc. This is what the aspect suggests, and your doing the best you can to be a good adult role model is what helps the most. He will have to grow up quickly, but things get easier with time.

  27. I have 11th house moon in Sagittarius and saturn is going to transit now on to my natal moon. I am aquarius ascendant.I do have a feeling that my parents loved my brother way more than me. I am 41 now. But still feel the pain.For the next 2.5 years I am little terrified. Hope to swim through this period. Just my 2cents

  28. Thank you for this well written post! I have sun, venus, saturn conjunction in virgo 4th house opposing 10th house (10degrees) pisces moon conjunct 8degree south node. Interestingly, during this transit of saturn squares I’ve felt more and more like I can’t find the ambition I once had. It’s hard because I have my own business! I have found the most Nurtuting romantic partner I could ever dream of. Instead of wanting to be alone like I’ve always wanted, I want to be him whenever I can. I’m curious about what saturn is teaching me… I’ve had a healing practice for 10 years with lots of Piscean boundary-less giving and I just can’t do it anymore. I’m in the middle of a training to be a life coach with a very spiritual bent to it and that feels inspiring to me… Anyway! Thank you, I appreciate your writing.

  29. Hi, I have Moon conjunct Saturn in Pisces 12th house directly opposing Uranus and Pluto in the 6th. My emotions have been depressed and unable to move freely at many times in my life. At 51 one would have thought the maturity would have been achieved by now. Still failed romances (5th house leo sun) take up too much of my mental energy and letting go has been a difficult process. I guess one day I will be emotionally mature after all Saturn’s work and Uranus throwing it all in the air.

    • Hi there, thank you for commenting. Often it’s difficult to release these emotional burdens by your own effort. A trusted coach or a therapist can be the best support you can have to speed up the process of becoming free emotionally. You don’t have to do it alone.

  30. Hi, I have Saturn in Cancer in the sixth, opposing the Capricorn moon in the 12th. Unsupported and micro-managed for every move I made ( with ridicule). I cried a lot at night as a child ( so they would not see my emotions). It was worse when I did cry in front of my mother, I was reprimanded, or ignored,or made fun of. If I drop my guard, I still get hurt. I can’t ever relax and I feel always a bit disgenuine because I never got to feel OK being me, whoever that is. It is hard to get out of emotional survival mode.
    I married a man that plays to this same pattern, I am ridiculed for how I do basic things, or he is absent. If physically there, he doesn’t speak to me, if I have made some offense to him, or even answer a direct question, “will you be home for dinner?” Is met by silence) or tell me any plans etc.
    This is just an aspect, but I can’t seem to function well with it, or figure out how to overcome it. Making peace with it seems equal to not valuing myself and that makes me angry. It seems everything I do is misunderstood or ignored and undervalued by family, like they do not really know who I am. I have chiron in Aries in the second house. My north node is also in the twelfth, conjunct the moon. Moon square sun. Ascendant square Chiron. Mecury square Ascendant. Sun square Saturn. Pluto is also square Saturn and the moon ( and conjunct sun in the 8th). I am usually ok with seeing the bigger picture of learning and growth from challenges, but sometimes it feels heavy, and I wonder what I did to have the karma of feeling not really loved as a child. This is so paramount, as I have children, and really want them to Not carry the legacy.

  31. Ralph Holland says:

    Natal Grand Trine. Saturn Aries 12th, Moon Sagittarius 8th / 9th (I prefer Kuzinskii and it fits in 9th), Jupiter 4th, Leo. Saturn conjunct Moon in 2016, exact in Summer, but seriously building from Spring, more like hardening in Summer, some respite in Autumn, lessons integrated or being integrated in the present.

    A very challenging transit indeed, issues: confinement, loneliness, mother relationship, restriction to travel (not pleasant for a natal Sagittarius moon in 9th trine Jupiter), financial restriction, access to repressed adolescent memories. A thirty year reflection. Every traditional Saturn return indication writ large.

    The next one will be late in my life at around 79 or 80. I suspect it will be the last transit, I experience, if I make it there.

    Positive lessons. Acceptance of self-imposed restrictions. An awaking toward the need and indeed pleasure of routine and boundary and fleeting insight in to the freedom within boundaries.

  32. My natal sun is 15 Gemini. I just finished the saturn opposite sun transit and it has been a bit depressing, and energy draining, but so far not as bad as id feared. Maybe its because saturn and sun in my natal chart are not in aspect (well they’re inconjunct)
    However I’m more woeroes about a transit ill have in about 2 years, saturn opposite my 18 cancer moon, and that’s the same time ill have my saturn return, as saturn and my moon are in opposition natally (and next year Pluto will oppose my moon) so I’m concerned this will be very difficult. I had a very hard time as a teen when saturn was conjunct my moon and opposite my natal saturn.
    However I don’t relate at all to the traits this post says about people with saturn moon opposition natally. I had a wonderful and fulfilling childhood with a very involved, supportive and generous father. But my romantic relationships have really given me trouble my whole life. Im not sure ill ever marry, although I really hope I do.
    But anyways I would love some advice on how to handle the saturn return /saturn opposite my moon combo in 2018.
    Or any advice on Pluto opposite moon which ill have very soon. Thank you !

  33. I have this aspect , Saturn in Cancer in 11th house squaring Moon in Libra in 3rd house. My father has been a very bad influence in my early childhood and I’m still trying to overcome all my family issues at the moment :( but I’m trying to stay positive.

    • Hi Harry, thank for sharing your experience with Saturn square Moon. With the 3rd house involved, your father’s influence on your thoughts or speech patterns might be most pronounced.

  34. Hi Hiroki!
    Love your take on this! I’m a Saturn-Moon conjunct natally (5th house in Pisces, Saturn at 4 degrees & Moon at 5/opposing Uranus at 6 degrees & Pluto at 11 degrees Virgo in 11th & both squaring my natal Sun at 12 degrees Gemini in the 8th). I think the way you explained things about the familial feelings, etc. was spot-on. Even though my parents were very loving & supportive, I still often felt unloved (& in fact, still do sometime!). I think, though, with the conjunct aspect of Saturn-Moon, in comparison with the opposition or square, I’ve been better equipped to handle these feelings & rationalize with myself when I go off on these “nobody cares about me” tangents. It’s like my Saturn will kind of talk my Moon down from some of these extreme feelings. We ALL have down times, & what I’m going to say next may sound harsh to some people, but feel it needs to be said. I’ve known people who have suffered from depression their entire lives & to me it seems that alot of times they’re just not ‘bucking up’ & dealing with it. If you let yourself slide into total despair, it’s like quicksand–it’s very difficult to then extricate yourself. So DON’T GO THERE–only you have the choice. You need to let yourself feel the pain, but then deal with it & get on with it–don’t wallow in it. Happiness is a choice you can make for yourself, or you can choose instead to be miserable. It’s kind of ironic reading back over this, because I sound like my Mom! (Though this doesn’t give that impression, she actually was very loving!) My Dad was the more sensitive parent by far, though. And the really odd part of this is that I actually married the “quit whining & pull yourself up by your bootstraps” sort who is much more like my Mom than like my Dad! Going on 28 yrs., & still very happy so I guess I just craved a little more of the Saturn-ness in my life! To me it always kind of felt that Saturn kind of protected my Moon in a way–maybe that’s the difference in the conjunction vs. the square or opposition?

    • Hi Lin, thank you for sharing your experience with Saturn conjunct Moon. I like your insight about Saturn restraining the Moon from going into extreme emotions – that’s a function of wisdom (Saturn), for sure.

  35. A friend sent me over here.. I’m new to this sort of stuff but she did my chart online and apparently I have “Saturn conjunct Moon in Sagittarius on Midheaven” very close and also “Venus in Leo square Saturn in Sagittarius”..
    I read these articles and they saddened me cause of their accuracy.. I guess I now have to write my experience with them..
    Absence of warmth while growing up, feeling of abandonment (I was left on my own on many occasions), domineering mother who prevented me getting close with my siblings, father who died in accident when I was a teen.. I often “disappear”/isolate myself (I think of it as introspection tbh) and my friend sees me only once per week (that’s the reason she sent me this)
    Feelings of “bad luck” in relationships and friendships where I’m underestimated and not appreciated enough/taken for granted, difficulty forming relationships and lots of distance involved when forming them, appearing intimidating or cold to people (my friend claims that’s the 1st impression I give before showing my warm side) I often feel like no one likes me..
    Good side of the aspects is that often I hit rock bottom e.g. when I was the new kid in various schools, and didn’t care nobody liked me. I quickly realized that love and friendship and self sufficiency have to be developed within us because everything else is uncertain and can be taken away..
    Any advice for these heavy aspects? I’ve tried to follow advice make myself go out more and be sociable (even thought of dying my dark hair lighter) but, then I think of all that as ridiculous and fake to my true being..
    Have a nice 2017 ! :)

    • Sorry.. It’s actually “Sun square Saturn” (my Venus has a square to Pluto, trine Moon and trine Mars and has Opposition Ascendant.. just noting it in case any of that explains my bad luck in relationships)
      I’ve this order “Moon at 19,23, Saturn at 26,14, Uranus at 27,07 of Sagittarius”
      My moon and Saturn form by far the most aspects, then is Uranus and Mars..
      In any case singing and drawing portraits help me “lighten”, if anyone has similar aspects maybe it’s worth trying..

      • Hi Rita,

        Sounds like you have Moon conjunct Saturn and Uranus. I’ve written a few articles that touch on all these aspects including Sun square Saturn, so you may want to check out the archive to read each one.

  36. boundaries and structure to be sure are big lessons for everyone, but the moon square saturn thing for me feels like i have to relearn who i am.
    my natal moon is in scorpio, 2nd house, and it squares my saturn which is in leo in my 11th house.

    but the clincher, and i wonder what your point of view would be on this fun moon-saturn aspect:

    my sun is also in leo the 11th house. it’s conjuncting my saturn, and also squares my moon.

  37. Hi hiroki!! All you said above was totally correct. I have this saturn moon conjunction square in my natal chart .I cant tell you the other details of my chart because I don’t know how to read a chart .but each and every statement above is correct specially the analysis of a square conjunct .I have experienced intense emotional turmoil in my life especially when it comes to parents .I have failed in geeting respect and attention from both my parents and have gone through public disgrace from them.i have also failed terribly in my love relationships due to self esteem .but it is generally I find very judgemental partners who judge me in every aspect and after there analyses of me they leave me or distance themselves.Also I am very very socially awkward .I am a female and I feel that I lack femininity .all the advises and lessons which you gave are encouraging and great but I am not able to to express myself and I lack public speaking which is very very necessary as per my law career .i m struggling alot to emotionally detach myself from such partners but I am not able to .can you please tell me a way in which I can emotionally detach myself and come openly in public I hope there must be thought structure which could help me .

    • Hi Nishtha, the question you raised has a non-astrological answer, and you’ll probably find help through public speaking training, coaching or solution oriented therapy. Continue looking for a solution that feels right for you, and you’ll be bound to come across something that’ll benefit you.

  38. Hi! I really loved your article- I have moon conjunct Saturn, natally, in Virgo in 11th house, and now transit Saturn in my 2nd house squaring my natal moon (11th house). I received more nurturing from my dad growing up, where my mom was more emotionally unavailable.. she doesn’t know how to hold a space for me if I get really sad, though she has gotten better as I’m older now. Just saw today that Saturn is squaring my natal moon, so how will this play out? Having a natal Saturn moon conjunction and transiting square? I’ve been feeling more isolated since I just had a baby 4 months ago, a daughter, and my fiancé acts a lot like my mom- he can’t provide emotional support .. and having Saturn next to my moon signify my father being a more emotional supporter?

    • Hi SelEna, thank you for sharing your experience with Saturn conjunct Moon. This aspect could refer to a coldness experienced with the father or the mother, although my tendency from experience is to ask about the father first. In your case, it sounds like your mother was representing the tension of this aspect more fully.

  39. Beautiful post, today I am feeling very depressed after a conversation with mom. She wants me to take some responsability that I feel she should take but is avoiding. I am also due to take a big exam in 49 days that will define how I live the rest of my life… so it feels as if for her it is not as important as it feels for me. I have my moon and saturn conjunct in pisces along with lilith. They are inconjunct to jupiter in libra. Gemini sun. I am learning to be closer to my father, when I was a kid I used to feel resentment towards him. I was also expected to grow faster and take on more responsabilities and put my needs? Aside to please other people or carry on with my? Responsabilities. However, my mom and dad both have hard aspects with saturn… it all might be some learned behavior pre-written on the stars. For what? Every time I have this depression along with thoughts of vanishing from earth I look up this aspect of my natal chart it gives me hope? To keep going, I dont know for what, yet.
    Thank you for posting :)

    • Hi Natalia, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon conjunct Saturn. It makes sense that you were expected to grow up faster to take on more responsibilities – there may be a sort of catching up to do in terms of regaining your childhood (the acceptance and allowing of your free flowing, child-like tendencies).

  40. Leon slk says:

    Incisively lucid “Astro_Dia-Gnosis”…Replete with archetypal syncretism.Good work.

  41. Amy Durden says:

    Hi I have Moon conjunct Saturn at 4 degrees in Scorpio, 11th house. I’ve been brooding for years about my emotional mutable Pisces Sun and Sagittarius Ascendent nature clashing with the angry Scorpio energy and lack of connection with others. I wonder if I have hope to ever find my tribe. I feel extremely disconnected and misunderstood all of the time. My husband is an emotionally detached Aquarius who loves me very much because of Venus in Pisces but he doesn’t understand my emotions, of course so I feel very isolated. Your article helped me to see I need to focus on my solitude and become friends with Saturn in order to overcome this aspect. Thank you.

    • Hi Amy, thank you for sharing your experience with Moon conjunct Saturn. This 11th house conjunction makes the social need (or the need to be loved) quite pronounced. So it’s doubly important for you to learn to nurture yourself emotionally, in order to have emotional balance in your social life.

  42. S.T. Simmons says:

    Could someone with the moon quincunx saturn relate to this article?

  43. This person I happed to know quite well is a Cancer (16′) with Moon in close conjunct to retrograde Saturn in Capricorn. A natal chart with a very heavy 4th-10th house axis overall, in Capricorn and Cancer respectively (makes sense, Libra ascendant). Pretty good at presenting himself as emotional and everything, pretty selfish and rigid in terms of actual feelings. Am I missing anything crucial?

    • Hi Rena, your description of this acquaintance doesn’t reveal anything about what’s going on inside of him, so it’s difficult to comment. The materials presented in this article tend to be more meaningful to the person living it, and less so for someone looking for a personality description.

  44. Arnaldo says:

    Hello Hiroki,

    I have Saturn in the 7th house opposing my leo moon which is in almost the same place as my ascendant and a Stellium in Capricorn in the 5th house, can you give me any advice? I relate alot with this article! Thank you

    • Hi Arnaldo, Saturn opposing Moon on Ascendant means much of what’s discussed here will be central to your self-image. Healing emotional wounds can become one of the priorities of your life!

  45. Hello. Mr. Niizato, I’ve been told I will have Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in my natal Capricorn Moon next year… I am a little bit worried because I know they’re bad and slow planets… Can you tell me what to expect? I’ve been told as well that I’ll have them as a “triangle” with the sun (don’t know how to call it),

    Please, can you explain what all that means? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Cesar, it’s impossible to tell without knowing your situation…I’ve written about both Pluto-Moon and Saturn-Moon aspects in this site, so you may want to check the archive to get a feel for the upcoming period.

  46. Hi Hiroki, thank you this enlightening post! I have learnt so much more about myself from this. I am fairly new to astrology though, and was wondering if you knew what sort of aspect my moon and Saturn are making, i.e. is it a square, conjunction, etc? My moon is in Aries at 11 degrees and my Saturn is in Cancer at 11 degrees? (8/5/75, Australia )thank you so much. I love your website, so much of this article, in particular i can relate to, especially as I’m going through a lot of emotional growth right now. Many blessings to you!

  47. See I don’t get this, how astrologers always state that air moons can detach easier. I have a Gemini moon. Conj Mars and Chiron in 10th house. Oppo Saturn and Uranus. Nad no I don’t detach my fellings that easily at all! I get so frustrated by this statement. I do try to understand my feelings and emotional responses. But I don’t seperate them from myself or what ever detachment is supposed to work like.

    • A good feedback from a Gemini Moon! The Air energy tends toward intellectualization, which is sometimes used to achieve necessary distance from an emotional issue – but I understand everyone faces their challenges in their own unique way.

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