Saturn in Cancer

29 12 2008

And I have felt

A presence that disturbs me with the joy

Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime

Of something far more deeply interfused,

Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,

And the round ocean and the living air,

And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;

A motion and a spirit, that impels

All thinking things, all objects of all thought,

And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still

A lover of the meadows and the woods,

And mountains; and of all that we behold

From this green earth; of all the mighty world

Of eye, and ear,–both what they half create,

And what perceive; well pleased to recognise

In nature and the language of the sense,

The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,

The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul

Of all my moral being.

William Wordsworth


The degrees known as Tropical Cancer are the least essentially dignified degrees of longitude for Saturn in the Zodiac where he is describes as “in detriment”. He possesses terms in nothing more than the last three degrees, which do little to alleviate his essential debility. The elemental difference here is only of moisture, for like the water element Saturn is cold.

With the Moon as lord of Saturn, the problem arises because primarily, Saturn requires stability and an unchanging, steady, fixed set of goals and achievements, while Moon has other ideas, being ruled by each and every swaying emotion and whimsical thought. This is not to say that the Moon is not capable of greatness, she is, just that Saturn has a very hard time adapting and showing emotions which for him are “difficult to come by”.

The emotion of Melancholy is natural to Saturn, it is one of sobriety and an easy serious and hushed respectful tone. His favourite and most suitable emotion is that which is mountainous sublime and requires neither expression nor words, because it is there, like an immense and perfect mountain. Unmoving, nonthreatening, mute, calm, without words.

For the most part, Saturn in Cancer is not aware that he is in emotional terrain. His natural reaction to such instability and changeable waters, is similar to that of Scorpio Saturn: “build defence”. In Scorpio Saturn says “build a mote”. The emotional state is one of intense fear, which is fine by Saturn, because he likes consistency, the fear is constant, and so his castle and mote serve and last him. But in Cancer he is confronted with every emotion that the Moon can throw at him, all to be experienced in the space of her 28 day orbit.

The result is often that Saturn will ignore Moon´s emotional stuff and become completely insulated against it. He will carry on as normal with his worldly goals and ambition. But unfortunately when this happens and Saturn attains positions of responsibility thus fulfilling his innate desire, he is still placed in Cancer and is unable to defend himself. For inevitably Moon will cause difficulty for Saturn which will concern his family, his roots, and his home. So when Saturn achieves his place in power, he is likely to spoil his image through ruling and acting out of emotional insecurity rather than calm planning. This is the Saturn who will put up protectionist tariffs and stop anyone coming into his home thus completely damaging his own country and home.

Saturn does have great potential here, just like all planets in terrain which is foreign to them. In this placement some of the greatest writers and poets have been found. Saturn naturally builds things that are great, sublime, immense and majestic, and so while in Cancer his greatness when he becomes master of Moon rather than slave, is pure unadulterated emotional power. Cancer is one of the signs which is most closely associated with Nature. The cycles of nature of reproduction, of growth and of movement of life within the water element is one of fertility and abundance. It is up to Saturn to cultivate this nature while in this sign, to not only cultivate it but to treat it respectfully and with care because of its fragility.

Some people with Cancer Saturn: William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo Di Caprio, George W Bush, Napoleon Bonnaparte, JFK, Jules Verne, David Beckham, Nostradamus, Marquis De Sade, Elizabeth I, Neil Young, DH Lawrence, Elgar, Dylan Thomas, Joseph Conrad

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