Mars squaring Saturn
amplifies extreme tension
grant yourself some grace
Today the planets Mars and Saturn form one of the most difficult astrological aspects that occur.
Mars and Saturn are known as the malefics. When these two come together in any aspect, tension ensues.
In a square, they are at a right angle. It’s like two cars at an intersection, perpendicular to each other, with neither granting the other the right of way.
Mars is the firey warrior: fast, direct, impatient in his desire to reach the goal as soon as possible. Go, go, go. Burn through the obstacles.
Saturn is cold and slow. It is structure, form, limits and restrictions. Saturn is patient. It’s the planet that teaches us about how to respect time. And therefore it teaches us to trust.
Saturn is boundaries.
Saturn is the authority that Mars rebels against. It’s the rules we don’t like, the limitations we view as obstacles. Saturn is the masculine figure in your life who tells you no when you’re raring to go. When you’re fired up with an intoxicating idea or inspiration, and want to go full steam ahead, Saturn pumps the brakes and says “Hold up. Not so fast.”
Saturn is the friction that gets in the way. The dose of realism that pricks the balloon.
A Mars/Saturn square feels like roadblocks and traffic jams getting in our way.
Astrologer Chani Nicholas describes it as “stepping on the gas and the brake at the same time.”
Mercury, the messenger, is also in this mix, bringing a microphone to the conflict.
If you’re facing difficult conversations this week or struggling to get through to someone stubborn, this is what it’s all about.
Sometimes the best approach to a difficult conversation or a place of gridlock is to step back from it, and take a pause.
Unleash the frustration outside of the container of the conversation before you say something you’ll regret.
Write that nasty email in a document to get it out of your system, and then trash it. Scream into a pillow rather than at the person you really want to scream at.
And when all else fails, remember that the ultimate self-care is to take a break. Pause. Breathe.
That said, this isn’t all bad news.
A Mars/Saturn square can also help us do incredibly difficult things. Restrictions and limitations force us to be creative and find workarounds.
The restrictions imposed by Saturn may feel frustrating but they can also help us focus our resources.
Fire, left to its own will, will spread indiscriminately. Left to run out of control, fire destroys. The restrictions and limitations of Saturn contain the fire and focus it. Instead of a wildfire we get a bonfire, a fire that can be sustained longer and serve a transformative purpose.
That which limits us also forces us to be creative and innovative. This astrology can help us find new solutions to problems that may have been keeping us stuck in place.
Fire will always find a way around the obstacle. All you need is one errant spark.