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The Basics of Astrology
Saturn and the Ascendant in conjunction
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.
Saturn and the Ascendant in conjunction
This article addresses an aspect between a planet and an angle of the sky chart. It will not focus on analyzing the blending of two energies, but on the impact of a planet, in this case Saturn, on the Ascendant, the start of the first house, related to personality.
Let's remember that the Ascendant describes the way in which the individual - more or less consciously - wishes to present himself or herself to the world. Thus, we will delve into what pertains to his or her spontaneous reactions, way of being, dressing, and behaving, as well as personal preferences. We also find valuable insights about his or her health and vitality.
The Ascendant plays a crucial role in interpreting the astrological chart because it depends on the exact moment of birth; thus, it is highly individualized. Technically, it represents the first sign rising and is located to the East of the horizon. The Ascendant forms an axis with the Descendant and opens house 1. Any planet closely linked with the Ascendant has a significant impact because it adds its color and symbolism to the sign where the Ascendant is located. Sometimes, the compatibility is high, while at other times, the blend is less obvious.
Here, we will delve into the role of Saturn in favorable conjunction with the Ascendant. It's worth noting that these interpretations are also valid, though in a much milder sense, for a positive aspect to this angle. In this context, the conjunction is simply much more potent than if it were just a trine or sextile, but the effect is in the same direction.
The planet in conjunction often ranks among the dominants and imparts its qualities of seriousness and solidity to those concerned.
The aspect is generally more active when the planet is in the first house. If it's in the 12th house but already conjunct to this angle, the effect may be less noticeable; however, it engages the same type of energies. In any case, the smaller the orb, the more active the conjunction (or any other aspect) is.
Individuals with this Saturn-Ascendant conjunction often achieve maturity, a form of wisdom, detachment, or distance that facilitates mastering events, early on. They are composed in character. They sometimes have a taste for philosophy and set their goals over the long term.
They assume their responsibilities, are loyal, primarily true to themselves, and pragmatic. Naturally, we cannot describe them as the life of the party, as Saturn remains a discreet or even austere planet. Seriousness and perseverance do not necessarily go hand in hand with lightheartedness and perpetual laughter, but with time, they mature like fine wine. A strong and harmonious Saturn often results in contented and robust elders, provided there are no severe dissonances elsewhere in the chart.
In order to better explain this aspect, we are mentioning several well-known personalities. Here Bono, Margaret Thatcher, Orson Welles, and Jamie Lee Curtis. This article deliberately isolates the aspects 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 Saturn and the Ascendant in conjunction (or any other aspects), with the online tool search. The planets, positions in sign and in house as well as the orb, are configurable.
The historic singer of the legendary band U2 is a beautiful example of Saturn's integration, which strongly imprints its mark on this earthy personality.
For Paul David Hewson (Bono's real name), Saturn is all the more powerful as it is domiciled in Capricorn. Moreover, it is well connected to his trio of personal planets in Taurus: Mercury, the Sun, and Venus.
It must be understood that without this Saturn, Bono could be described as a joyful epicurean who asks himself no questions, being motivated by the pleasures of life.
However, Bono is a fairly moral and simple personality who hasn't gotten a big head despite his fame. He is particularly committed to numerous humanitarian causes.
He seems to have learned to use the effect of his public aura, and his battles are sincere and authentic.
In his private life too, he is more than discreet and doesn't commit the usual follies of a rock star.
It is also worth mentioning his talent as a lyricist – he composed some of U2's best songs – reflections of an often melancholic universe with themes revolving around love, faith, or the challenges of the times.
Albums like War, The Joshua Tree, or Achtung Baby are acclaimed by critics and the public. It's worth noting that Bono, with his solidity and a form of wisdom, has undoubtedly contributed a lot to the group's long-term career.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Bono.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Bono:
With the woman who became the first female Prime Minister elected to lead Great Britain, we will address the effects of Saturn in one of its symbolic realms: politics. Positioned on the Scorpio Ascendant, the planet corresponds very well to her image as the "Iron Lady", who remains in history books for having demonstrated her inflexibility in numerous circumstances.
Margaret Thatcher was this brilliant lawyer who, through sheer hard work, forged her destiny, without anyone's help. Coming from a modest family, she climbed the ranks step by step, with very Saturnian patience.
In 1979, she came to power at a time of great instability and appeared as a beacon capable of guiding an entire nation.
She launched radical reforms, never backing down, even in the face of her adversaries' animosity, and never yielding to strikers.
Among her assets, let's note that her Saturn is part of a Grand Water Trine, linking Uranus in Pisces and Pluto in Cancer. Of course, this aspect doesn't concern Margaret Thatcher alone as it involves collective planets, but due to the Saturnian presence on the Ascendant, she seems to embody the values of her era.
She signifies the triumph of neoliberalism which even inspired Labor Party members like Tony Blair. This shows how effectively she utilized her powerful Saturn in service of her mission.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Margaret Thatcher.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Margaret Thatcher:
It may seem curious at first glance to learn that this genius artist, Orson Welles, so unique, is of the Saturnian type. Especially if we only consider the attribute of his Sun sign, Taurus, often associated with a robust stature and a pleasant face.
Where then is the traditional influence of an angular Saturn and its inherent "severity"? However, we will see that the planet does indeed leave its mark.
Technically speaking, let's note that his Saturn is conjunct Pluto on the Gemini Ascendant. Undeniably, this position emphasizes his mysterious sides, which can be unsettling. No one ever really knows who Orson Welles is!
Initially, he is seen as a child prodigy who had the good fortune to be born into a privileged environment. However, the tide turns quickly, as he first has to extract himself from it at the age of ten and display the maturity expected of a Saturnian. But above all, he loses his mother and then his father, becoming an orphan at fifteen.
This is also a typical face of Saturn, leading to the obligation to fend for oneself, even after losing one's essential bearings. It's easy to imagine the deep sadness that must have accompanied his adolescence, even though he manages to transcend his personal situation, diving headfirst with passion into theater.
Unsurprisingly, he is drawn to Shakespeare and his existential dramas. While it's impossible to summarize here the life and work of such a personality, let's simply say he always had to fight to complete his projects, despite his renown and an intellectual aura acknowledged by all.
Prolific and very long, his career demonstrates how a Saturnian can defy time with sheer determination, ambition, and tenacity.
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Orson Welles.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Orson Welles:
Jamie Lee Curtis
In Jamie Lee Curtis, Saturn, symbolizing a certain coldness, is in a paradoxical configuration as it is angular on her Sagittarius Ascendant, a Fire sign. From our analysis, this suggests the possibility of using a "fuel" that is efficient, allowing her to go the distance.
The passion of Sagittarius is tempered but structured by a natural patience, and the sign's optimism makes the actress age like fine wine.
With a trine to the Moon and narrowly missing a trine to Uranus (an orb of just over 8 and a half degrees), this Saturn grants her a kind of redemptive faith.
In 2016, Jamie Lee Curtis revealed that she had been addicted to opioids for ten years, starting in 1989. She was at the peak of her success, having managed to make a name for herself, which is not easy for the daughter of such famous actors, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
She confided that no one had realized her condition - with Saturn, it's about shouldering everything alone - and that it was a miracle she got through it, though one could attribute this to the benevolent influence of her Saturn in Sagittarius.
She used a phrase in the media, without realizing how emblematic it was of Saturn, that perfectly encapsulates this configuration: "Sobriety was the key to my freedom."
You can also read the Astrotheme astrological portrait of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Below, you will find the horoscope of Jamie Lee Curtis: