Saturn: Taurus/Scorpio, 2nd/8th, Pluto

Saturn in Taurus: A woman sitting in a black kimono is looking at her own reflection in the mirror.
Saturn in Taurus or the Second House: “The Mirror” by William Merritt Chase (1900)

[This is a continuation from a previous post]. In the following post, I will address Saturn in Taurus and Scorpio, Saturn in 2nd House and 8th House, and Saturn in aspect to Pluto (the planetary ruler of Scorpio). 

 Saturn in Taurus:   

The structure of consciousness is formed around the notions of “stability” and “perseverance”. If Saturn is functioning in a healthy manner, consciousness will be structured based on “steadfastness” rather than “spontaneity”. Reliance on personal rigor would be the “default” context through which conscious life is perceived and constructed.

The conscious mind would tend to organize the whole sphere of mundane experience in reference to personal values and experimental assessments, as it seems that the evolutionary path of the individual would encourage a certain level of self-sufficiency and determination in building a pragmatic outlook which primarily emanates from the relation one has to oneself, rather than a consideration of the effect and validity of outside forces.

Difficulties of Saturn in Taurus:

If Saturn is not functioning comfortably, the individual may put too much emphasis on the validity of his or her judgments or may perceive the world as a somewhat perverse environment where essential values are not properly adhered to or respected. In this case, it is important to be aware of the rather “stubborn” conscious mechanism through which the individual is approaching the world, and try to balance this process by actively pursuing situations that may challenge one’s basic mindset: seemingly “improper” experiences which feel initially “uncomfortable” to the individual, and yet are enticing on a soul level (polarity point of Scorpio) will hold the key to the individual’s conscious growth and inner balance.

Saturn in Second House:

There is a “strictness” in the way one approaches basic pleasures in life. Eating habits may be rather firm or predictable, and one may show resistance towards trying new (i.e. unknown) sensual experiences. There may exist an underlying impetus towards securing the material aspects of life, while the individual may simultaneously feel pressured with regards to obligations necessary to earn a living.

If Saturn is comfortable in the Second House, one can develop a highly-effective “strategy” in managing one’s finances, food habits, or health routines. In this case, one can enjoy spending money only when it is necessary, without feeling deprived of joyful experiences or sensual pleasures that life offers. Alternatively, as one may have a tendency to assess one’s value based on what one can materially achieve, this placement can create a lot of drive with regards to generating material comfort for oneself through relying on personal talents and merits.

Difficulties of Saturn in Second House:

If Saturn is not comfortable, it is possible that the individual would push himself or herself too hard to achieve things in life. In this case, no matter how hard the individual is working towards his or her goals, the conscious mind may constantly criticize one’s performance or attitude: no amount of work will seem enough to achieve what one is aspiring to, and no amount of personal perseverance or aptitude can bring about the desired outcome. One may thus feel continually discontent as if one is dealing with a “bottomless pit” which has to be constantly fed with time, energy and effort, and this may eventually result in frustration or depression.

Evolutionary Path of Saturn in Second House:

The evolutionary path for an individual with Saturn in the Second House seems to include a release of “desire for excellence”, and a re-evaluation of what is truly “important” in life. Meditation upon the shortness of earthly existence and a true, profound awareness of death (i.e. polarity point of Scorpio) usually helps one balance one’s severe self-criticism and allow oneself to enjoy all the little pleasures of life while they last.

“Father Complex” of Saturn in Association with Taurus or 2nd House:

Saturn in Taurus or in the Second House can also symbolize a father figure who has a history of “struggling to survive”, or a father who has primarily identified with his “providing” role (or inability to “provide”) in the family circle. With Saturn in the Second House, the individual would normally tend to “reproduce” the father’s attitude towards money, sensuality, and stability, for better or for worse. It is, therefore, important to note the behavioral influence that the father may have exerted on the individual, especially in the first thirty years of life (i.e. before the first Saturn Return).

As the individual grows older, this influence may become more conscious, and the individual can thus have an opportunity to change his or her attitude towards the material dimension of life, creating a less restricted space for himself or herself to allow a free flow of self-appreciation, pleasure, and abundance.

Saturn in Scorpio:

The structure of consciousness is formed around the notions of “profundity” and “evolution”. If Saturn is functioning in a healthy manner, consciousness will be structured based on an urge to constantly probe into one’s psychological and libidinal conformations. Reevaluating in order to renew would be the “default” context through which conscious life is perceived and constructed. The conscious mind would tend to “subvert” concepts and produce “intensity” in order to “feel” the truthfulness or invalidity of every experience.

Difficulties of Saturn in Scorpio:

If Saturn is not functioning comfortably, one may constantly undermine oneself in an effort to produce a “pure” sensation, be it in relation to oneself or others. In this case, the conscious life of the individual may turn into a prolonged battle with life itself in order to “feel alive”, rather than an informed and realistic evaluation of the possibilities of life in order to live it better.

It is important, therefore, to be aware of the degree of distortion involved here: no matter how much one can probe into the depth of things to find paradoxes, there always remains a hidden dimension which may precisely hold the key to the resolution of those paradoxes. One’s task, therefore, is not to be simply “deep”, but to also understand the impossibility of reaching the “bottom line” in the face of mysteries of life.

Saturn in Eighth House:

There may exist an initial melancholy around the concepts of “death” and “decay”. One may feel an inexplicable nostalgia for one’s long-gone childhood or may find psychological solace in the company of older people. Alternatively, one may become sexual either prematurely or could be a “late bloomer” with regards to erotic experiences.

Difficulties of Saturn in Eighth House:

If Saturn is not comfortable, one may fall into periods of depression or “angst”, especially when young, without any clinical explanation. This might be because of the “heaviness” of Saturn overshadowing the psychological sensitives of the individual as symbolized by the energy of the Eighth House. In this case, the solution to the problem would not be trying to alleviate the “anxiety”, but rather taking it to the “extreme” (apropos the nature of the Eighth House).

As the continental German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889 – 1976) expressed it eloquently: “If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.”

Evolutionary Path of Saturn in Eighth House:

The evolutionary path for an individual with Saturn in the Eighth House seems to include a gradual mastery of the concepts of “time”, “aging”, “psychological transformation” and “eroticism”. With this placement, as one grows older, one becomes less “anxious” in general, and consequently, less afraid to “lose” things or people. Individuals with this placement are quite capable of conducting an ascetic lifestyle in favor of gaining insight into something which is not considered mainstream or accessible. The tolerance threshold for psychological pain, stress or aloneness is relatively high in these individuals and they become even more “anxiety-proof” as they grow older.

Saturn in Aspect to Pluto:

With the planet of “consciousness” in aspect to the planet of “evolution”, one’s conscious operation in the world will undergo a transformation over time. In other words, different layers of consciousness or certain conscious structures which would enable the person “make sense” of his or her conscious experience may alter as one becomes older.

As the concepts of “excellence” (Saturn) and “transformation” (Pluto) are linked in the psyche of the individual, one may display a rather pronounced tendency towards self-scrutiny and a constant conscious desire to become other than what one is, especially as one matures.

The individual may experience a noted inclination towards experiences in life which offer a chance for questioning and re-defining one’s early childhood conditioning, especially whatever the individual has inherited from his or her parents or ancestors as ego or gender “norms” (e.g. “In order to be accepted by others, you have to have a respectable career.” Or “Men do not cry.”)

If Saturn is comfortable in this position, one would constantly evolve from “conditions” to “possibilities” in life. From an evolutionary perspective, this particular configuration also implies the possibility of accessing what is deeply buried in the emotional body (Pluto) through conscious probing (Saturn).

Difficulties of Saturn in aspect to Pluto:

If Saturn and Pluto are not comfortable in association with each other, the individual may see an inherent incompatibility between what is “proper” and what is “primal” or may develop a tendency to severely censor his or her instinctual and emotional response to life as a result of fearing loss of control. Alternatively, the individual may be too “rigid” and unable to adjust to change or crisis in life, to a point of inhibiting his or her own psychological growth through resisting the natural cycles of transformation. In this case, Pluto transits may prove to be especially difficult for the individual to endure.

“Father Complex” of Saturn in Association with Scorpio, 8th House or Pluto:

Saturn in Scorpio, in the Eighth House, or in aspect to Pluto can also symbolize a father figure who has asserted a considerable amount of control over the unconscious life of the individual. This control does not have to be overtly felt, as it can be quite subtle, yet psychologically taxing, regardless of the fact that the father is present or absent in the life of the individual. The father figure could carry a degree of unconscious fear about acknowledging and dealing with his own primal urges, which could be perceived by him as existing or operating outside of the social or familial “norms”.

This self-suppression might have interfered with the father’s ability to be “objective” about his child, and the child might thus have been a target for unconscious projections from the father figure. It is not uncommon for individuals with any of these configurations (operating in an uncomfortable manner) to have experienced their father as “oppressive” or “controlling”. In its positive form, the father may be someone whose professional life involves healing, rescuing, detecting or confronting dangerous scenarios on a daily basis (e.g. shamans, psychologists, firefighters, policemen, etc.)

In general, the association of Saturn with the archetype of Scorpio in any of its variations (in the Eighth House, or in association with Pluto) may incline the individual to feel primally attracted to those who are considered “authority figures” or occupy positions of power (for better or worse). The source of such an erotic attraction may not be quite clear to the individual, especially in the first thirty years of life (i.e. before the first Saturn Return).

As one grows older, one’s patterns of primal attraction may start making sense, and one may have an easier time coming to terms with certain sexual desires that revolve around the notions of bondage (Saturn) or control (Pluto).

In the next post, I will address Saturn in the Third House, in Gemini, or in association with Mercury, as well as the opposite polarity of Saturn in the Ninth House, in Sagittarius, or in association with Jupiter.

 *Please note that the above interpretations are oversimplified and can be modified by other factors present in each individual chart.

**For an introduction to Saturn, please read this article.


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