SEPTEMBER 29 ~ Mars Saturn aspects are astrology’s axe wielders. The title was chosen not because this aspect is particularly murderous, but because it is highly symbolic of the archetypal energy of this combination.
Mars is a weapon and Saturn is a heavy metal. It takes strength to swing an axe, and you need to know exactly where to hit your target or it will make a big bloody mess. The axe is an instrument used for beheading and is the best instrument for that purpose in the hands of a skilled executioner. Once that deadly stroke clunks down it does so with a certain inevitability.
So the native who is born with Mars Saturn aspects has a powerful weapon and mostly uses it symbolically in its ambitious rise to the top. They will have no compunction about taking down any ‘heads’ who are in their way. Mars Saturn aspect natives needs to be their own boss. They are terrible at taking orders from others but are born leaders. Both Mars and Saturn have a cardinal, front-line energy and they are also both extremely independent planets, so of course, these folk will find it very hard to compromise or be diplomatic.
In my research I found an interesting amount of wielders of the axe in the guitarist sense. Heavy metal music has a Mars Saturn aspect energy so it is not surprising to see some, what you might label ‘metal’, musicians in the list below. There are a couple of ‘axe-wielding’ rock chicks too!
Mars sextile or trine Saturn will be surprisingly sexy since Saturn makes Mars sultry and brooding. (Check out the very long list of successful sextiles!) This is the femme fatale or the James Bond. (Interestingly there are two James Bond actors below). Put Mars and Saturn together and it becomes somewhat like Pluto.
I have noticed in clients with Mars conjunction Saturn in particular, that a satisfying sex life is extremely important to them, with some having polyamorous lifestyles if their primary partner is not obliging. On the other hand, these folk can be the total opposite and celibate. It seems there is no in-between with Mars Saturn aspects. Sometimes they can swing from celibacy (Saturn) to promiscuity (Mars) or vice-versa in a single lifetime. No dimmer switch here! Sexual control and domination are the big themes.
Sexual scandal can be a theme too, British call-girl Christine Keeler epitomizes this aspect managing to link sex with Russian spies and political scandal altogether. Her involvement with the Profumo affair brought down (axed!) the British Conservative government in the early 1960s. Her story was covered in the 1989 film “Scandal”. Really this incident opened the doors for the sexual revolution and so-called “Swinging 60’s” in the UK. Blackmail using sex as a weapon is possible with Mars conjunct Saturn as is sexual abuse in the very worst cases.
It’s A Scandal..
Endurance tests are common with this aspect and it can give the subject immense stamina. Often the life is filled with obstacles, which only seem to make them stronger. There can be a fear of being called a coward which means ironically these folk do all sorts of courageous and dare-devil acts just to prove they are not a chicken.
Of course Mars Saturn aspects will be highly competitive too since Saturn does so want to be the authority on everything. Possibly the father will have been an extremely hard worker and this can pressurise these subjects to match his success. The biggest problem with this combination is when Saturn holds back Mars from venting its temper when they have a genuine grievance. Bottling up this energy can create a violent, volcanic reaction once the native cannot hold it in any longer and is tormented one too many times.
“It’s as if all the unexpressed hurts, angers and irritations get saved up. The person has controlled their temper for so long that when they do get mad they really let rip, though usually when it is safe to do so, perhaps in the presence of, or directed towards, seemingly weaker individuals that are unlikely to retaliate” 
Taming Wild Behaviour
Mars Square or opposite Saturn is most commonly associated with violence. The combination of the two malefics with the two most challenging aspects is never going to be a smooth ride. The natives are extremely competitive, especially with the opposition. Therefore sports are a good outlet for this aggressive, yet potentially disciplined energy.
Martial arts would also be a great expression of Mars Saturn aspects focused endurance. The harder aspects are challenging aspect for sure, but they also have great courage and stamina. Those who work in the military will find Mars conjunction, square or opposite Saturn useful in building willpower and also, to some extent, the ability to rein in their more bestial impulses. The paradox of Mars/Saturn in hard aspect, is that once its tendency to explode is mastered, as it can be extremely transformational and purifying.
Mars Saturn aspects can give a person the ability to tame wild behaviour, because of their very authoritarian energy. Mars in aspect to Saturn has the power of a steam roller. It make take a while to get moving, but once active will flatten all opposition to a pulp. When it has to it, this aspect goes in hard and fast. Mars Saturn will then be ruthless and relentless until the bitter end.
“The Mars/Saturn person often finds it difficult to get angry, difficult to assert themselves, to go for what they want, without going too far. Like Mars/Pluto, Mars/Saturn can suffer great rage that they don’t know what to do with….once aroused Mars/Saturn can fly into the most terrific rages. It’s as if all the expressed hurts, angers and irritations get saved up.”  In the end Mars Saturn aspects will erupt and only explode when they find it really safe to do so, like a controlled demolition. Sometimes they will deliberately target a weaker individual or group guaranteed to never hit back.
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It is very easy for Mars Saturn aspects to pick on a scapegoat to whom they can dump all their hangups onto. On the other hand, the native can put up with abuse for a very, very long time before they defend them self. Saturn delays retaliation, so it is often the case that it will be a very tiny straw that finally breaks the camel’s back. To observers, the colossal response of Mars Saturn’s revenge seems totally out of proportion to the provocation.
However, deeply hidden will be the teasing, undermining and vampiric behaviour from the provocateur that will have been going on for some years. It gets to the point that either the Mars Saturn aspect native commits suicide or lashes out spectacularly. Survival instincts kick in very strongly with this aspect and the results are never pretty. Mars is also sex and passion, so Saturn here can suppress that too. The result is often very steamy, like the workings of a pressure cooker. Push Mars down with any force and of course it is going to be explosive the moment it releases itself. The natives will either super-sex-charged or celibate.
Sadomasochism was made for Mars Saturn aspects, as was the corset! If this aspect was a style of dress it would be Steam Punk, a kind of futuristic yet prim Victorian. At worst, in the most repressive cases, depression and anger becomes self-harm. Sometimes, the native experiences bullying as a child or even sexual abuse. Authority figures are both feared and admired. There can be great hero worship where the natives own sense of disempowerment is projected onto another who seems to have all the courage and ‘Alpha’ energy they themselves lack.
1. Aspects in Astrology. Sue Tompkins. p.202
Mars Saturn Aspects
Mars Conjunct Saturn
“Never presume that I will not act on my worst instincts.” ~ Cesare Borgia
Ghenghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Shah Of Iran), Cesare Borgia, Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Pablo Escobar, Teal Swan, Helena Blavatsky, Lucky Luciano, Christopher Wren, David Lynch, Anthony Minghella, Daniel Graig, Timothy Dalton, Jacklyn Smith, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Izzard, Billy Crystal, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Eccleston, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Patsy Kensit, Christine Keeler, Matt Dylon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Church, Maria Callas, Liza Minnelli, Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton, Duffy, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Axl Rose, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Tom Waits, Khloe Kardashian, Cindy Crawford, Élisabeth Badinter, Venus Williams, Amandine (The first IVF baby), Kate McCann, O’Neil/Fawcett Davison.
Saturn Sextile SATURN
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.” ~ Catherine The Great
Catherine the Great, Nelson Mandela, Franklin Pierce (US President), William McKinley US President), Helmut Kohl, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Maher al-Assad. Robert Stigwood (Business), Walter P. Chrysler(Business), Sergey Brin (Co-founder of Google), Christopher Reeve, Andie MacDowell, Ben Stiller, Omar Sharif, Dean Martin, Michael Moore, Helena Bonham Carter, Charlize Theron, Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, Bette Davis, Peter Falk, O. J. Simpson, Jerry Lewis, Roy Orbison, Debbie Harry, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Harry Nilsson, Barry Manilow, Captain Sensible, Zucchero, Mike Barson, Dido, Brian May, Weird Al Yankovic, Ashanti, Roger Taylor, Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, K.D. Lang, Carly Simon, Ravi Shankar, Engelbert Humperdinck, Thomas A. Edison, Pablo Picasso, Dante Alighieri, P. G. Wodehouse, Bram Stoker, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis Vuitton, Galilei Galileo, Edgar Cayce, Carl Gustav Jung , Alfred Adler (Psychotherapist), Pope Pius XII, Pope Pius X, Rupert Sheldrake.
Mars Square Saturn
“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.” ~ Marquis De Sade
Adolf Hitler, Marquis De Sade, Nero, Josef Mengele, J.P Morgan, The EU, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, Charlie Chaplin, River Phoenix, Susan Sarandon, Rufus Sewell, Harvey Keitel, Annette Bening, James Gandolfini, Stephen Fry, Chris Morris, Johanna Sebastian Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Margot Fonteyn, Liberace, Bill Haley, Barry White, Nicki Minaj, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Antonio Salieri, Karl Lagerfeld, Claudia Schiffer, Emma McPherson, Condoleezza Rice, Dan Brown, Ernest Hemingway, T.E Lawrence, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani.
Mars Trine SATURN
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell
George Bush, Barack Obama, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Joseph Stalin, François Mitterrand, Sadiq Khan, Bashar al-Assad, Rudolf Hess, Dominique Strauss-Kahn (IMF) George Orwell, Wilhelm Grimm (Fairytales), Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rudolf Steiner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Heinrich Goebel (Inventor), Denzel Washington, Natalie Portman, Kevin Spacey, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Guy Ritchie, Kevin Bacon, Matt Damon, Franz Joseph Haydn, Ozzy Osbourne, The Edge, Gwen Stefani, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, Marc Almond, Moby, Shirley Manson, Akon, Eric Clapton, Hans Frank, Allen Ginsberg, David Beckham, Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgio Armani, Albert Kahn (Architect).
Mars Opposite Saturn
Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
~ Aldous Huxley
Hermann Goering, Aldous Huxley, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Jean Claude Van Damme, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kenneth Branagh, Julianne Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Lana Turner, James Coburn, Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Mike Myers, Richard Pryor, Dan Howell, Paula Yates, Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jeff Buckley, Steve Marriott, Ariana Grande, Rod Stewart, Trent Reznor, Robert Smith, Bill Wyman, Lolo Ferrari, Teresa Of Avila, Marie Stopes, John F. Kennedy Jr, Diego Maradona, Seve Ballesteros, 1999 Izmit Earthquake, Alois Alzheimer, Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Davison.