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Mercury and Saturn in tense aspect

Astrological aspects: general introduction

The analysis of a natal chart must be as comprehensive as possible. This is what we do as we make our personalized reports available in our e-shop. It must be borne in mind that many astrologers concentrate on the interpretation of planets in signs and in houses, and of angles, without paying enough attention to aspects. On the contrary, we believe that when aspects involve personal planets between themselves or slow-moving planets, they are of fundamental importance. In all cases, they are at least as significant as the Ascendant or the Sun. This is particularly relevant when the orb is tight (i.e. when the aspect is exact). This is the criterion we apply for this new series of articles which describe how well-known personalities experience certain aspects.


Mercury and Saturn in challenging aspect

In this article, we examine the tense aspect between Mercury and Saturn, sometimes called a dynamic, negative, or challenging aspect.

Mercury and Saturn are distinguished by their very different natures, even though they both partly characterize an individual's intellect: the quick and spontaneous wit of Mercury, and the slow, deep concentration of Saturn.

The first planet, closest to the Sun, maintains a constant proximity to it. It moves quickly through the twelve signs, undergoing three retrogradations per year. It embodies mental qualities, analysis, and communication.

It reveals the workings of our intelligence, our instinctive way of dialoguing, our interests, our adaptability, and even our dexterity, whether physical or intellectual.

Saturn, on the other hand, the last planet visible to the naked eye, represents our social commitment, our responsibilities, and our relationship with time.

With a difficult reputation in traditional astrology, Saturn teaches us patience, perseverance, and long-term ambition in the best cases, or signals our fears, inhibitions, and coldness.

Prudent and wary, Saturn restrains our impulses, demanding that we build solid foundations before undertaking any action. However, it can also grant us a certain wisdom, especially in maturity, after we have experienced our share of disappointments due to too many thoughtless rushes.

When these two planets are linked by a major dynamic aspect such as a square, a poorly-aspected conjunction, or an opposition, they indicate obstacles in the mentioned areas.

The individual is excessively methodical, hesitant to commit without having thoroughly examined all the implications. Nevertheless, this highly critical approach, often negative or pessimistic, can become problematic, leading to endless perfectionism, while others might consider the details in question as insignificant.

Their reflections, though thorough, thus struggle to lead to concrete constructions.

This situation stems from the Saturnian tendency to censor Mercury, hindering spontaneity and personal expression.

The native may experience undue shame at the thought of appearing ignorant or frivolous. It should be noted that such an aspect does not hinder studies, but it may make the process slow and tedious. For the same reasons, contracts are rarely concluded unless they trigger controversies or are delayed.

Regarding character, it is essential to beware of systematic sarcasm or a certain intellectual condescension, which actually translates to a lack of confidence.

To conclude this brief presentation, natives born with this natal aspect are sometimes inclined to solitude. They should not doubt their intellectual abilities and be more natural. By following a path that favors the long term, they can even excel in writing or science.

Although they are rigorous and upright, they may face administrative burdens or suffer the consequences of their awkward mode of communication, which is only waiting to improve.

Like all aspects of tension, maturity and experience are there to transform this configuration into an asset in life.

In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities (here Buster Keaton (unfavorable conjunction), Dua Lipa (opposition), David Lynch (opposition), and Bella Hadid (opposition)).

This article deliberately isolates the aspect so as to better describe them. For this reason, it claims on no account to be a psychological analysis of the celebrity in question, for whom many other articles are available in the "Focus" section.

It is possible to find thousands of other horoscopes having Mercury in tense aspect with Saturn (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.

Buster Keaton

Dominique Strauss-Kahn / Author: Marie-Lan Nguyen 05-2007 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/deed.en)

Let's dive into the era of silent cinema with Buster Keaton, who was nicknamed "the man who never laughs." Indeed, it is impossible to find a better illustration of this challenging aspect.

In his birth chart, Mercury and Saturn are in an exact conjunction in Scorpio and in the 3rd house, the house of communication. This positioning indicates a profound blockage in expression, amplified by the introspective and secretive traits of the eighth sign.

This talented comedian meticulously scrutinized every detail of any situation with a keen eye, using it to his advantage in his work.

The piercing nature of Scorpio allowed him to pinpoint exactly where it hurt the most. Rather than settling to become the king of sarcasm, Buster Keaton chose to use body language to make us laugh at absurd situations, not without a certain melancholy.

In his case, this conjunction between Mercury and Saturn is further afflicted by a square to Jupiter – representing excesses – which led to a loss of his artistic autonomy, and then to a descent into alcoholism and depression.

During this unhappy period, he was reduced to playing secondary roles, imposed by producers, and serving as a foil.

He later found a resurgence in popularity in his maturity – a Saturnian gift – before experiencing health issues.

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Born:Friday, October 4, 1895
In:Piqua (KS) (United States)
Sun: 10°53' LibraAS: 29°25' Leo
Moon:15°35' Aries MC: 24°38' Taurus
Dominants: Libra, Scorpio, Leo
Uranus, Sun, Venus
Houses 2, 3, 8 / Fire, Air / Fixed
Numerology: Birth Path 1
Height: Buster Keaton is 5' 5" (1m65) tall
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Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Buster Keaton (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Buster Keaton, born October 4, 1895, 3:00 AM, Piqua (KS) (United States) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12° 44' 14° 09' 15° 35' 24° 38' 12° 41' 18° 01' 03' 29° 25' 18° 43' 10° 53' 13° 10' 18' 33' 17° 55' 24° 43'

Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa, a musician of Albanian origin born in London, has a birth chart with Mercury in Virgo and in the 5th house, opposed to Saturn in Pisces in the 11th.

It's interesting to note that Mercury, being in its domicile, rules the theme by its control over the Gemini Ascendant and counterbalances the antagonism with Saturn with a favorable aspect to Uranus and Neptune.

After initially learning her craft as a songwriter, she made an impression with an album titled Future Nostalgia, reflecting the favored mood of this aspect.

She had to demonstrate early maturity, leaving her family at fifteen to pursue her musical ambitions. In an interview, she discussed the many challenges she faced in her daily life.

An experience that proved to be formative, though she admitted she didn’t find it enjoyable.

She also overcame another issue related to the opposition between Mercury and Saturn, with various plagiarism complaints that emerged in 2022.

Born:Tuesday, August 22, 1995
In:Westminster, London (United Kingdom)
Sun: 28°25' LeoAS: 22°28' Gemini
Moon:10°23' Cancer MC: 16°42' Aquarius
Dominants: Leo, Gemini, Virgo
Mercury, Sun, Pluto
Houses 4, 5, 6 / Fire, Air / Mutable
Chinese Astrology: Wood Pig
Numerology: Birth Path 9
Height: Dua Lipa is 5' 8" (1m73) tall
Pageviews: 251,207

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Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Dua Lipa (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Dua Lipa, born August 22, 1995, 12:18 AM, Westminster, London (United Kingdom) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 23° 16' 27° 20' 16° 42' 23° 04' 21° 43' 22° 28' 10° 23' 10° 31' 28° 25' 28° 41' 19° 51' 19° 24' 28° 33' 27° 52' 06'

David Lynch

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The renowned director David Lynch, known for captivating a wide audience with his works filled with a chilling atmosphere, has in his astrological chart Mercury in Capricorn, located in the 2nd house, opposed to Saturn in Cancer, which is conjunct with Mars and in the 8th sector.

In this configuration, Saturn dominates, having control over Mercury, which is in the sign it governs. It also rules the Sun.

David Lynch, a multi-talented artist, is not excessively introverted, considering that the Saturnian component is mainly felt through his need to deepen his characters, a characteristic of his work that has led him to success.

Intrigued by the absurdity of the world, he explores our wanderings by focusing on our values. He enjoys uncovering human truth beneath the social veneer of appearances.

His intransigence does not spare the flaws of his contemporaries, typically criticized for their lack of substance and materialistic deviations.

His cinema, often labeled as anxiety-inducing, is never devoid of Saturnian macabre, as if seeking to imprint our consciousness enduringly through striking images, even more than with words.

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Born:Sunday, January 20, 1946
In:Missoula (MT) (United States)
Sun: 29°45' CapricornAS: 18°16' Scorpio
Moon:5°09' Virgo MC: 3°15' Virgo
Dominants: Capricorn, Virgo, Scorpio
Moon, Pluto, Mercury
Houses 3, 10, 8 / Earth, Water / Cardinal
Chinese Astrology: Wood Rooster
Numerology: Birth Path 5
Height: David Lynch is 5' 11" (1m80) tall
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Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of David Lynch (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of David Lynch, born January 20, 1946, 3:00 AM, Missoula (MT) (United States) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13° 49' 29° 38' 20° 46' 20° 46' 10° 53' 15' 09' 35' 26° 37' 18° 16' 50' 15° 59' 26° 50' 29° 45' 12° 52'

Bella Hadid

Sting / Author : Nikita 06-2011 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en)

Bella Hadid, the younger sister in the affluent Hadid family of Lebanese origin, seems to have it all. A recognized model, she naturally followed in the footsteps of her older sister Gigi.

However, her successes have been marred by health troubles. She suffers from chronic Lyme disease and has experienced episodes of anxiety and depression.

Her nervousness is palpable, with Mercury in house 1, governing her theme through its rulership of the Virgo Ascendant.

Located in Libra, which is also her Sun sign, Mercury is opposed to Saturn in Aries in the 7th house, the house of relationships. It is in the area of partnership and marriage that Bella Hadid feels this particular tension between the two planets the most.

Although her love life hasn't made major headlines, she has faced some legal troubles, notably being arrested for drunk driving. The case concluded with a sentence for community service.

She also recently faced scrutiny due to her Palestinian paternal heritage, when last October, her fans awaited her stance on the conflict between Israel and Hamas. She eventually spoke out against the humanitarian crisis in Gaza in early 2024.

Born:Wednesday, October 9, 1996
In:Washington (DC) (United States)
Sun: 16°19' LibraAS: 10°37' Virgo
Moon:9°16' Virgo MC: 7°44' Gemini
Dominants: Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius
Moon, Mercury, Venus
Houses 1, 12, 5 / Earth, Air / Mutable
Chinese Astrology: Fire Rat
Numerology: Birth Path 8
Height: Bella Hadid is 5' 8" (1m73) tall
Pageviews: 304,696

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Astrology: horoscope and birth chart of Bella Hadid (Placidus) Image taken from the horoscope, birth chart and astrological portrait of Bella Hadid, born October 9, 1996, 4:19 AM, Washington (DC) (United States) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 00' 44' 48' 17° 59' 03' 16' 10° 37' 19' 02' 16° 19' 17° 40' 18' 47' 24° 59' 39'