Note: This article is especially relevant if you have natal Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon, or if your natal Moon is placed in early mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) and thus being transited by Saturn during 2015.
Saturn conjunct square opposition Moon
Saturn represents time, structure, necessary control and authority figures. Moon represents our core emotional needs.
Natal or transit Saturn conjunct, square or opposite Moon is a deeply felt aspect that, over time, provides opportunity for emotional enrichment and growth (those with Saturn sextile or trine Moon may experience similar processes of growth we’ll cover in this article, but perhaps less intensely.)
In this article we’ll discuss some of the common phases of emotional growth associated with Saturn Moon hard aspect. First we’ll discuss the natal Saturn-Moon aspect, and then transit Saturn in hard aspect (conjunction, square or opposition) with the natal Moon.
Natal Saturn conjunct square opposition Moon: Phases of Emotional Growth
Phase #1: Suppressed Emotional Needs
Moon’s primary symbolism has to do with home, mothering and emotional nourishment. Saturn in hard aspect with the Moon can suppress Moon’s natural need for nurturing.
If you have natal Saturn-Moon conjunction, square or opposition, you may have grown up in a home where there weren’t a lot of affectionate interactions between family members.
Another possibility is that parental approval and affection were heavily mixed with Saturnian element of work and responsibility. As a result, you may have grown up too early, learning to act like an adult before you were able to get your basic emotional needs met.
Moon signs matter
Although such pattern can be present in any child born with Saturn-Moon aspect, your Moon sign could alter the experience somewhat. Those with Moon in Earth or Air signs may feel more comfortable having Saturn conjunction, square or opposition Moon, since they tend to have more aptitude for emotional detachment compared to people with Fire or Water sign Moons.
Phase #2: Father Relationship affecting Later Emotional Patterns
Saturn represents authority figures, specifically the father in early home environment. With Saturn conjunct Moon there could be deep identification with the father’s emotional values, perhaps too much so.
Saturn square or opposite Moon may suggest a more tense relationship, wherein the father unconsciously squashed your Moon’s need complex through his actions. Example: For those with natal Moon in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, Saturn square or opposite Moon might suggest a relationship with the father where he didn’t make you feel important enough to matter, either through criticism or neglect.
A developmental tension between Saturn and Moon also suggest a formative influence, which is to say your childhood dynamic with the father shaped your emotional patterns that continue into adulthood.
Father relationship enacted in marriage
In a woman’s horoscope, a difficult relationship with the father during formative years as suggested by Saturn conjunct/square/opposite Moon could become a recurrent theme in later relationship (especially marriage), often played out through her husband. Marriage then becomes a fertile ground for conscious reworking of your emotional patterns.