Musing on Saturn in Aries and the 12th house

 I have a chart here with Saturn in Aries in the 12th house. 

 

It gives me a headache… 

 

A headache is a relevant interpretation. Aries rules the head, Saturn is often painful, Saturn in Aries gives me a headache. Literally or metaphorically. 

 

 

 

 

Metaphorically a headache means struggling with thinking. Thinking is usually associated with Gemini and Mercury. I won’t contradict that, but the exciting difficulty of astrology – is that it is never so simple. 

 

Mars and Aries rule the head, and thinking doesn’t happen in the lungs as far as I know. We often hear that Mercury rules the mind so how does this work with the association of Mars and Aries ruling the head?… let’s just refine a bit: 

 

 Mercury connects. There is an expression: connecting the dots. Mercury does just that. 

 

The mind does a lot of connecting, so much so that we end up associating Mercury and the mind. In reality, all planets are involved in everything. 

 

So what is the Aries or Mars quality of the mind? Let me show you. In meditation we want to be conscious of who we are, at the core, in our heart. In meditation we are coming back to the dot at the centre of the circle – the Sun within. Or at least we try. It takes some training because we have a tendency to rush away from the centre, like the symbol of Mars, an arrow rushing away from the circle. With Mars we go back to the front of our being, to the frontal mind, and we’re already thinking of what we are going to do next. 

 

Joan Hodgson in “Astrology the Sacred Science”  says that Mars (and the Moon incidentally) rule over the frontal mind. In this respect we can say that it takes our awareness away from the heart and we live in our head instead – and not anywhere in our head but at the front. This can be a positive attribute, we need Mars to exist on the material plane, confront reality and act in the world.

  

 

Now let’s turn to Saturn….

 

Saturn is a power that wants control – and better than control, to  master. In the 12th house, one of the best ways to live Saturn is “spiritual discipline”. 

 

Someone who practises meditation, yoga, Qi Kung, Fasting, prayer… is doing something Saturn – 12th. There are other possible expressions of course, but I am not here to make a long long list of positive and negative expressions, it would never be complete. What I suggest is to get the spirit of the placement… 

 

As we have seen, Aries is an energy that leads. What leads our consciousness is our attention. Saturn the old master in Aries and the 12th house wants to be able to master attention. Being able to focus, in the middle of the sea of desires and dreams… 

 

So Saturn in Aries in the 12th wants to master this tendency of the mind to take our consciousness away from the centre and rush into worldly concerns. 

 

An awkward way of doing that is trying to block the thoughts. This is a lost battle. However we do manage to suppress a number of thoughts, for instance thoughts charged with anger – anger sounds like Aries – 

 

When we suppress an angry thought, we are like a magician who puts a bad spirit in a bottle, seals it and throws it at the bottom of the sea – at the bottom of the 12th house. Then later on when we meditate we find it difficult to just calm the mind down because if it calms down we are like the fisherman who finds the bottle and opens it. Then there is a big smoke of anger coming out of it and it is very unpleasant to say the least. 

 

But unlike the fisherman of the Arabian nights who tricks the Bad Genie back into the bottle, we need to understand and soothe this anger, because it belongs to us, to the child or the young person we were a long time ago…

And if we can do that, we achieve a little bit of mastery… 

 

Let’s think about these themes in another way…

 

Saturn wants to control. Aries wants speed. 

 

In Aries mode, Saturn says: “Hurry Up!”… or “Slow down!” according to the context. For example, in a chart with Taurus Rising, Saturn in Aries is more likely to say “Hurry up!”  

 

But because it is in the 12th, it may be felt as an inner feeling coming from the depth. “I have to hurry! Why am I always in a rush? Even when I could take it easy I manage to be late and I have to rush!”…

 

 Once I asked a Libra Rising with Saturn in Aries near the Descendant but in the 6th… Do people tell you to hurry up? She smiled and said “All the time!!!” –even if it’s in the 6th and not in the 7th it is in the Western part of the chart – so more likely to be met through others…

 

 Another picture comes to  mind: the dissolving effect of the 12th house made me think of children building sandcastles quickly, very quickly, before the next wave washes the fortifications away… It’s just a game, it’s fun but aren’t we often living our lives racing against time to achieve things that won’t last? 

 

The presence of Saturn reminds us that our Aries-like efforts to remain eternally young, strong and beautiful can create a bitter existence unless we remember the immortal beauty of our souls and the impermanence inherent at the core of life… 

 

 I am Jean-Marc, storyteller and astrologer. I write astro stories. If you want one… use the contact form on my website! It’s there: https://www.jeanmarcpierson.com/

There is certainly more to Saturn, to Aries and to the 12th house than what I have been able to conjure up in this storyline, so much more… But that’s what came up for this time. If the flavour is there, there is the spirit.