Moon Square Saturn

Moon Square Saturn

Moon square Saturn is an aspect that has to grow up quickly, therefore deep inside Saturn’s armour is a very soft-centred needy child. The subject though is loathed to show this very fragile side of their character, so most of the time they appear very strong, capable and most of all independent. The suppressed needs will very often come out as incapacitating illness or depression, that way they get the care they feel they don’t deserve to ask for.Moon square Saturn may have experienced their parents as quite critical so this is what stops them from expressing their more needy emotions. They find it hard to be spontaneous, but are excellent planners. This aspect tends to attract wayward and irresponsible partners that they have to parent OR conversely attract older and parental mates that take on all the responsibility. If their mate is the boss then, Moon square Saturn may be constantly in a rebellious child situation.

The main issue with Moon square Saturn is a premature requirement to be self-sufficient. The mother may have been ill or unavailable, so that the child had to parent themselves or younger siblings. Another manifestation of this aspect would be expressing nurturing in a more masculine fashion, practical rather than emotional support. Growing up may have been very Spartan, the home could be a place of work and have a traditional solid feel about it. However the emotional void might leave the child desperately needy and clingy in relationships, if they can bring themselves even to admit it. This needy child is most likely to come out when drunk or through illness. The aspect maybe cold comfort, but its more positive side is that it will be reliable, generally financially solvent and be there for practical support. Don’t expect a hug, but Moon square Saturn will clear up your vomit!

Moon Square Saturn Celebrities

Marilyn Monroe I think is a very good example of how much of a paradox this aspect can be. Her childbearing hips were anything but Spartan, but they were no way maternal. She is a good example of the “Trapped Child” that astrologer Sue Tompkins refers too.[1] Of course Marilyn had no mothering from her mentally ill mother and grew up in various foster homes. Her femininity is also strange. On screen she radiated sex, but it was such over-the-top glamour, unreal, and was she really comfortable with her sexuality truly? She was known to switch-on Marilyn for her fans, which suggests some Saturnian detachment.. Marilyn shows all the vulnerability of this aspect and also the great need to conform and be accepted as a sexy, glamorous female.

Martin Sheen (03’), Lulu (16’), Kate Middleton (20’), Dorothy Parker (26’), Cilla Black, Michael J Fox, Judy Garland, Heinrich Himmler, Glenda Jackson, Chaka Khan, Karen Silkwood, Aaron Spelling, Joan Collins, Franz Shubert, Winona Ryder, Madeleine McCann, Dora Maar, George Grosz, Bruce Willis/Demi Moore Davison.

1. Sue Tompkins. Aspects In Astrology. Pg 142.

Author: Marina Macario

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  1. From my own experience, this may increasingly be known as the working mother aspect where mother was working, and the child felt abandoned as a result. A few people I know who have a close relationship with their mother have this aspect. All the mothers worked when they were small and there may have been conflict between parents (Moon – mother, Saturn – father).

    Interesting to note the new Prince George of Cambridge has this aspect, as does Duchess Kate and I’m not sure that either mother is ill or unloving.

    Modern interpretations of aspects may need to take into account the changing role of mothers in today’s society.

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    • Yes I think you might be right there. I have read Robert hands interpretation of Moon/Uranus (Not to dis Robert Hand because that book is a bible), and thought it was a little harsh on Moon/Uranians. My daughter has Moon conjunct Uranus almost exact (In Pisces tho) and we are ridiculously close. But I am of course an astrologer mother! The traditional interpretations do need updating, the same goes for the fixed stars. The experience of an aspect is through the eyes of the person who has it so yes, the Moon/Saturn person will experience their mother as abandoning, or cold, but the mother may not be that at all. Just busy! Or in the case of Uranus/Moon she will be eccentric, modern and exciting rather than distant.

  2. I have a wide Moon /Saturn in Cancer. My mum was very practically kind and good cook but do not remember a cuddle. When I hugged her near the end of her life she said. “Why are you doing that. i am not ill” She could be helliva fun tho when the mood took her. We did not live in same country for a long time
    My daughter has Moon Leo. sq Scorpio Saturn. We enjoy some parts of each other and share a skill. She gets annoyed by my health advice altho SHE ha sHygeia in and I in 10.. I fi nd her n her partner a bit cold with their Scorpio Moons. But they are clever and beautiful n and sensible so never mind.

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  3. Interesting take. I have this but don’t see my mom in a negative way. She worked when I was growing up and I remember missing her lots and my parents were divorced. Lots of love from her but I wanted her to be at home more and work less. Guess it depends on other aspects.

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    • I read somewhere that Steven Spielberg, Coco Chanel and Leonardo Di Caprio have this. I think their parents were all divorced.

  4. I suffered from a very abusive stepmother as a young boy. I have done her chart and seen her Mars in opposition to my moon and square to my saturn. I was thus very susceptible to being hurt by her. Today I work with women in a restaurant and there is more than one who seemingly have it in for me. I am a threat to them in some way, I think, somewhat in the same way my stepmother sees me as competition for my father’s affection.

    This is rightfully known as a depressing aspect.

    A crowning aspect in my chart – 6th house scorpio moon conj. Pluto and 9th house saturn. My ascendant is Cancer…the Saturn/Moon duality plays out in more than one area, see?

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