Mars conjunct Saturn
as friction impedes action
time to do hard things
How do you respond when your drive to move forward is met with roadblocks?
This is one of the things we get to explore when Mars and Saturn come together in a conjunction, which they do today, in the sign of Aquarius.
Conjunctions happen when two or more planets link up in the sky. They initiate a new cycle — like a new moon — and a merging of energies.
These planets are known as the “malefics” — the planets that bring us challenges — and a conjunction between them can be explosive.
Before we get into the signification of their union, here’s a primer on what these planets symbolize.
Mars: Hot-Headed Warrior
Mars is the passionate warrior. Red hot, firey action. Impulsive. Aggressive. Driven.
This is the planet of doing. It represents our drive to get things done. It is impatient. It wants it done yesterday.
Saturn: Cold Restraint
Saturn is cold and detached. It is the symbol of restraint and boundaries.
Saturn governs our relationship with time, and it takes its time. It is the slowest of the traditional planets to orbit the sun, taking approximately 30 years to make one Revolution around the sun.
It is also the furthest from the sun of the traditional planets, and the coldest.
Saturn’s rings create a natural boundary that protects it from any planet that would get to close.
A Clash of Opposites
When these two come together it can feel like a clash of opposing energies.
Like roadblocks arising in our path.
Mars wants to charge forward and Saturn says no.
Mars wants to take quick action and Saturn slows it down.
It’s worth noting that the last time these two planets made a conjunction was in March 2020, just as the world entered pandemic lockdown.
Suddenly all movement forward was stopped. Our freedom to go about our daily activities was restricted.
This is a signature of a Mars/Saturn conjunction.
This conjunction is an ending of that cycle and the start of a new cycle.
My own relationship with structure is complicated: I crave it and resist it at the same time.
Structure can feel stifling. Restraints can feel confining.
And yet I’ve learned that we need structures to harness our ideas and bring them into form.
We need checks on our impulsivity.
Creativity thrives in constraints — it’s the need to work within a defined set of parameters that permits creativity. Innovation is only possible within a space of limits; it’s the restriction that catalyzes the need for innovation.
Saturn offers catalyzes and contains Mars’ firey impulsive energy and directs it into purposeful action.
The energy of this union can be challenging, but it also helps us do the hard things.