Moon Square Saturn

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 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, these subjects can attract older and parental mates that take on all the responsibility. If their mate is the boss then, the Moon square Saturn may play the rebellious child.

The main issue with Moon square Saturn is the 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. The inner needy child is most likely to come out when drunk or through illness. The aspect may be cold comfort, but its more positive side is that it will be reliable, generally financially solvent and always there for practical support. Don’t expect a hug, but Moon square Saturn will clear up your vomit!

Moon Square Saturn Natives

marilyn22Marilyn Monroe 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 either. Marilyn is a good example of the “Trapped Child” that astrologer Sue Tompkins refers to in her aspect book. [1] Of course Marilyn had no proper 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. This unreality begs the question of wether she was truly comfortable with her sexuality. The real Norma Jean was known to ‘switch-on’ Marilyn for her fans, which suggests 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.

Moon/Saturn Aspects

Moon conjunct Saturn • Moon sextile Saturn
Moon square Saturn • Moon trine Saturn
Moon quincunx Saturn • Moon opposite Saturn

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


  1. It feels so great to read what intelligent people with different backgrounds and tough planetary aspects commented here. Unfortunately I cannot add anything for this topic as my Moon is not in square with my Saturn but in a strange way I know and can feel what it means.
    My Saturn in Cancer conjuncts my ASC and has no other aspects and my Moon is in the 8th house forms a trine to Pluto, a sextil to Neptun and a week square to my stellium (Venus, Mars, Uranus in Libra, Sun and Mercury in Scorpio at the corner of the 5th House). Without any planets in earth signs it is really takes an effort to walk this Earth which feels kind of an experiment’s scene… 🙂

  2. Greetings,
    I have been reading all the comments here. I resonate with all that is being talked about.
    I have always been interested in how astrology can guide a person through life.
    How would I find my true chart profile? I seriously need some help finding things out about myself so I can start making proper decisions ( at the age of 50 ).
    I am trying to finally make a memorable life, even though my health deters some things from coming to fruition.
    I am desperate to find things that work for me as I have NO ONE else in my life that cares at all. Please lead me in a direction so I can get started living the stars and planets that I am?
    Thank you for anything you might be able to do.

    • andrea, look up your chart at they have a feature explaining the signs, houses and aspects called “astro click portrait.” good luck!