It’s easy to imagine how either of the above patterns could create problems in later life.
These shadow manifestations are indeed challenging, and quite common among people with a highly stressed or retrograde Saturn.
If your emotional bond with your father was strong and supportive, you were able to grow with confidence in your ability to assert yourself and assume responsibility in the world. Mars-Saturn aspects’ reputation for ruthless, controlling and even brutal behaviors could actually be originating from a deep feeling of powerlessness.
To recap the discussion of Mars Saturn conjunction, square or opposition, we’ll consider each aspect separately and explore their shadow side vs conscious expression.
I realize this is some years away but I mention for this reason… Neptune’s direct motion towards the end of the month marks the turning point. But this beyond that, in the biggest picture, we have all made it through a crisis of a generation whether we realize it or not.
The outer planets, specifically, Uranus and Pluto have been clashing The result has been devastating, around the world. Now that’s the Individuals with planets in the Mutable signs other than Pisces (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius) are still going to struggle the Neptune fog in its pure form. And you can take comfort knowing that things are coming together now, on a grand scale, rather than coming apart.
With Saturn Mars aspect in particular, there seems to be difficulty with the emotions of anger as well as constructive self-assertion.
While there are no quick fixes, recognizing the father wound and accepting its pain is certainly the beginning of healing.
Saturn (when developed) acts as your inner “wise old man.” At other times, Saturn is your inner giant that swallows your creativity and positive motivation (recall the myth of Cronus eating his children.) In early life, Saturn most often represents the father.