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SATURN IN SCORPIO THE quality of secretiveness in Scorpio, and its order in the Zodiac as the natural sign for the house of death, make it a sympathetic menstruum for Saturn's rays. There is naturally, however, something deep, obscure and sinister in this position of the planet, and where it has a fair chance it will give such a tone to the Akankara, the name given by the philosophers of India to the “ego-making {425} faculty,” or the Saturn force in the human character. While this position of Saturn tends to produce a character both masterful and subtle, the evidence of this peculiar effect is not easy to find on account of its very habit of concealing itself. In the case of Tennyson it was so covered by external graces, (in particular, the influence of Venus) that it is only from private sources that we know that traces of this Scorpio selfishness ever existed. 

Similar remarks apply to Lord Brougham. Here Saturn in Scorpio gives a harsh, unscrupulous purpose, which is developed in material affairs by the sextile of Jupiter; but Mercury and Venus just above the Ascendant conceal Saturn effectively, though he is the real director of the inner thought. The self-seeking of the great lawyer wore a mask of tact, wit and amiability, beneath which the corrosive acid of his purpose ate away his enemies. 

Compare with this the nativity of Archbishop Laud. Here Saturn has the conjunction of Venus, a square of the Moon and an opposition of Jupiter, who in the ninth house signifies religion, with no help beyond a semi-sextile of the Sun. Here is the typical selfish and intriguing prelate; Saturn on the cusp of the third house constantly occupying the mind with ambition and the lust of power. But Saturn's strength is not aided by fortune; the afflictions were bound to bring the native's ultimate downfall. 

Cicero is a great example of this position; Saturn is in conjunction with Jupiter and squared by Mars, Venus and Mercury. The operation of the sign is intensified by these dispositions. He pursued cruelly and relentlessly his secret schemes of self-aggrandizement. But there is also to be considered and ranked in the same category, though on the surface so different, his more lasting achievement, the “Somnium Scipionis” almost the only mystical treatise which the Latins have left to us. 

That unfortunate monarch, Charles I of England, had this position. Here Saturn, in opposition to Uranus, is close to the cusp of the fourth house, for an ill end to the matter, and he receives no notable help. But we can gauge the desperate quality of the native's struggle to hold his inheritance, the secret and mendacious and fatal paths trodden by him in that attempt. 

An example of over-development of the self is seen in Thomas Moore. 

Mars and the Moon are in conjunction with Saturn to give {426} recklessness and dissipation; Mercury in opposition to make it blind; only the sextile of Jupiter adds a touch of geniality, which made him welcome only as the companion of an hour in a tavern or a parlor. 

Compare particularly in this matter the case of the late J. Pierpont Morgan. Saturn is squaring Mars, Jupiter and Neptune, sextile to the Moon, while trine to Uranus. While there is plenty of self-preservation, the Moon and Uranus both bring vision. The dispositions are consequently not altogether bad, but the great wisdom was undoubtedly used for material ends. 

Sir Humphrey Davy has Saturn in Scorpio, but Jupiter and Neptune are conjoined in sextile, Venus is sextile, and the Sun and Mars semi-sextile. Here is much favorable modification of Saturn, who is rising. Thus the self-force, rendered bright and tender by such aspects, is in complete harmony with the personality. Here strength is wedded with gentleness, and we can understand readily how he was able to give his life to its purpose without upsetting his contemporaries by bitterness of controversy. 

We may now turn to the grand yet sinister figure of Martin Luther. Here the conjunction of the Sun with Saturn gives violent pride to the sense of self, though Mercury, four degrees off, makes this sense intelligent. That his mind, his life force and his self-pride are all brought together in Scorpio by this conjunction, may explain this secret, though perhaps unconscious, real source of his break with Rome; though of course the conjunction of Mars with Venus is a further stimulus to this inherent dissatisfaction with clerical celibacy. 

In Goethe we find less violence, and more adroitness in the emphasis of his ego. Saturn just above the horizon is trined by the Moon, and has the illuminating square of Uranus, all of which harmonizes the personality with the instinct of self-preservation. This instinct is strong but clever, and we comprehend, if we do not altogether applaud, his sword and his diamond buckles. 

In many ways, as has been seen, Saturn in Scorpio has critical tendencies; it imperils the reputation, may bring scandal or unpopularity and, badly aspected, may cause reverses or downfall. Its influence upon the health is rather perilous in early life, though, that period safely passed, it promises a long life. It is, however, a {427} position very favorable for association with mystical or secret societies. 

The following well known persons were born with Saturn in the sign Scorpio: 

General Boulanger 

Lord Tennyson 


Mark Twain 

Grover Cleveland 

Sir Henry Irving 

John Wanamaker 

Edith Cavell 

Rudolph Valentino 


Ralph Waldo Trine 

Stanly Baldwin 

Gutson Borglum 

Andrew Carnegie 

Gelett Burgess 

John Burroughs 

Norma Talmadge 

Joseph Cannon 

John O'Hara Cosgrave 

Sir Humphrey Davy 

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael's Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Saturn is in the sign Scorpio are as follows: 

From January 21st through February 27th 1865 

September 30th 1865 “ December 16th 1867 

June 29th ” September 5th 1868 

November 7th 1894 “ February 6th 1897 

April 10th ” October 26th 1897 

December 20th 1923 “ April 5th 1924 

September 14th 1924 ” December 2d, 1926 {428}

Introduction | THE SUN SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | The Sun | The Sun in the Signs | The Sun in Aries | The Sun in Taurus | The Sun in Gemini | The Sun in Cancer | The Sun in Leo | The Sun in Virgo | The Sun in Libra | The Sun in Scorpio | The Sun in Sagittarius | The Sun in Capricorn | The Sun in Aquarius | The Sun in Pisces | Periods When The Sun Will Be Afflicted by Uranus | Periods When The Sun Will Be Beneficently Aspected by Uranus | Periods When The Sun Will Be Afflicted by Saturn | Periods When The Sun Will Be Beneficently Aspected by Jupiter | THE MOON SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | The Moon | The Moon in the Signs | The Moon in Aries | The Moon in Taurus | The Moon in Gemini | The Moon in Cancer | The Moon in Leo | The Moon in Virgo | The Moon in Libra | The Moon in Scorpio | The Moon in Sagittarius | The Moon in Capricorn | The Moon in Aquarius | The Moon in Pisces | MERCURY SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Mercury in the Signs | Mercury in Aries | Mercury in Taurus | Mercury in Gemini | Mercury in Cancer | Mercury in Leo | Mercury in Virgo | Mercury in Libra | Mercury in Scorpio | Mercury in Sagittarius | Mercury in Capricorn | Mercury in Aquarius | Mercury in Pisces | VENUS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Venus in the Signs | Venus in Aries | Venus in Taurus | Venus in Gemini | Venus in Cancer | Venus in Leo | Venus in Virgo | Venus in Libra | Venus in Scorpio | Venus in Sagittarius | Venus in Capricorn | Venus in Aquarius | Venus in Pisces | MARS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Mars in the Signs | Mars in Aries | Mars in Taurus | Mars in Gemini | Mars in Cancer | Mars in Leo | Mars in Virgo | Mars in Libra | Mars in Scorpio | Mars in Sagittarius | Mars in Capricorn | Mars in Aquarius | Mars in Pisces | JUPITER SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Jupiter in the Signs | Jupiter in Aries | Jupiter in Taurus | Jupiter in Gemini | Jupiter in Cancer | Jupiter in Leo | Jupiter in Virgo | Jupiter in Libra | Jupiter in Scorpio | Jupiter in Sagittarius | Jupiter in Capricorn | Jupiter in Aquarius | Jupiter in Pisces | The Effects of Jupiter on Vocation | SATURN SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Saturn in the Signs | Saturn in Aries | Saturn in Taurus | Saturn in Gemini | Saturn in Cancer | Saturn in Leo | Saturn in Virgo | Saturn in Libra | Saturn in Scorpio | Saturn in Sagittarius | Saturn in Capricorn | Saturn in Aquarius | Saturn in Pisces | URANUS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Uranus in the Signs | Uranus in Aries | Uranus in Taurus | Uranus in Gemini | Uranus in Cancer | Uranus in Leo | Uranus in Virgo | Uranus in Libra | Uranus in Scorpio | Uranus in Sagittarius | Uranus in Capricorn | Uranus in Aquarius | Uranus in Pisces | NEPTUNE SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Neptune in the Signs | Neptune in Aries | Neptune in Taurus | Neptune in Gemini | Neptune in Cancer | Neptune in Leo | Neptune in Virgo | Neptune in Libra | Neptune in Scorpio | Neptune in Sagittarius | Neptune in Capricorn | Neptune in Aquarius | Neptune in Pisces | Diseases of Neptune | The Problem of Death | One Hundred Horoscopes of Famous People

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