Saturn in Virgo

In Tropical Virgo Saturn has terms between 18 and 24 degrees. For the rest of this sign Saturn is peregrine having no essential dignity. The lack of essential dignity here arises from the elemental nature of Saturn in relation to that of Virgo. For despite being an Earth sign, Saturn is uncomfortable in Virgo due to the fact that Virgo being ruled by Mercury is a mutable and therefore verychangeable sign and contrary to Saturn´s nature.

Virgo is a sign in which speed and “lightness” in wieght, ease of movement and adaptabiliy are key. Saturn being of a melancholic, heavy and slow disposition is not at all suited to acting the part of Mercury, who demands of Saturn speed of thought, and speed generally.  Saturn´s rulership of Aquarius though, a sign of intellect and knowledge means that he is capable of doing Virgo´s work with great skill and understanding, if not innovation.

Virgo is the sign of the healer, nurse, medic, craftsman, clerk and rules over fields of oats and other nutritious and wholesome natural foods. Saturn is not one for all this health conscious stuff, nor is he particularly interested in doing the “hands on” kind of perfectionist work, which amounts to a servitude for him. Saturn is the decision maker and political power, he is the planner, and the inventor (as ruler of Aquarius) but not really at home with being the “doer” or carer. Virgo demands these things from Saturn while he is in this sign, and Saturn must learn patience with details of craft, whether this be in healing or in working in the field, or in some other practice.

Saturn as a matter of course is concerned with defences. In Virgo then Saturn builds according to Mercury´s clever plan. Things that Saturn would do here would be to build hospitals and schools, because through health and education Saturn would see to it that all of its desires for order and civil society are fully functional. Virgo favourscleanliness and is afraid of disease, so Saturn here would be seeing to it that his people are kept well, after all Virgo is symbolised by a human being like the signs of Aquarius and Gemini.

Saturn´s peregrine nature here is testament to the fact that difficulties are brought to him through Virgo. The troubles which befall him here are likely to be health problems, and poor harvests which is the reason in part for Saturn´s concern for these areas. For it is only under great need that Saturn does things in order to protect himself. Having said this, Saturn will build something which is pure, healthy and useful for humanity under Virgo, this is a very considerate Saturn one who will create structures that are necessary for society to function and to live happy and healthy lives.

When in dignity, Virgo Saturn has the potential to improve the mind to a great extent to the point where the ability for careful discernment allows Saturn the possibility of great achievements in any form of written orannotated work. Saturn in Virgo is potentially a great writer or composer, as Virgo gives Saturn the tools of pen, paper and clear and pure thought.

Some people with Virgo Saturn: Robin Williams, Gerard Depardue, Charles De Gaulle, Pope John Paul II, Richard Branson, Antoine Lavoisier, Nero, Erwin Rommel, George Frederich Handel, Johan Sebastian Bach, Alexander Dumas, Agatha Christie, John Calvin

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One response

28 02 2009
julierimmer

I found this article to be helpful in understanding Saturn. I share a Rising Saturn in Virgo with the example you have given of Agatha Christie. I definitely feel the need to be useful, to apply myself to the mundane tasks of living, attending to the details in life, mastering work and working hard on developing my skills, which has been challenging to me. Being a dominant Pisces chart with chart ruler Mercury in Pisces square Neptune. I feel I have been more challenged than most to overcome my negative beliefs around my communication and have clear pure thought, and essentially feel the ‘true meaning of service’.

Thanks for all these articles.

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