A reader asked me to write about Saturn Neptune aspect. Let’s begin by reviewing the keywords for both planets.
Key concepts for Saturn and Neptune
Saturn: Practicality, goals, ambition, real world accomplishment, maturity, necessary control, discipline.
Neptune: Dreams, vision, inspiration, transcendent experience, creativity, surrender, spirituality.
Natal Saturn conjunct square opposite Neptune – In Between Two Worlds
Someone whose horoscope highlights a Saturn Neptune aspect (especially conjunction, square or opposition) may initially feel ungrounded, like she doesn’t quite belong fully in this world. She may be too dreamy to be 100% realistic, yet too practical to remain a dreamer all of her life.
The integration of key concepts above produces combinations such as: Practical dreamer; goals with vision; real world accomplishment using one’s creativity; spiritual discipline; dreams and visions are grounded in realistic terms. At best, Saturn’s contact with Neptune suggests a potential to bring into real world our transcendent vision.
Challenges with Saturn Neptune Aspect
In general, people in creative professions such as art, music, TV or films seem to fare much better under Neptune influence, most likely because they’ve learned to open themselves to the Neptunian realm of creative vision. In addition, people who serve an idealistic cause, or those who pursue spiritual studies, may also learn to integrate the Neptunian archetype within themselves in satisfying ways.
For people without such creative or spiritual outlet, this aspect may become quite frustrating, since it tends to create dissatisfaction in the everyday work life. “I’m not happy with my job, but I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing” might be a common feeling expressed by such individuals.
The key challenge in this aspect is that there needs to be a practical focus to exercise our idealistic/creative/spiritual energy. Escaping to entertainment does not satisfy the Saturn-half of this combination. Even a creative hobby needs to be somewhat challenging, and approached in a disciplined way. The sense of accomplishment is essential in satisfying the Saturn part of us (so that we don’t feel like we’re wasting our time.)
When Neptune is strongly aspected to Saturn (e.g. conjunction, square, quindecile or opposition), the ego is forced to surrender and open itself to the powerful emotions within our psyche. As Saturn (representing our ego) tends to build strong walls, this process of surrender (as expressed by the phrase “let go and let God”) can be quite difficult. Knowing both archetypes and consciously working to honor both of them, however, may go a long way in satisfying expression of this challenging aspect.
Do you have a Saturn-Neptune aspect in your natal or transit chart? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience through emails or comments.