Saturn in Leo
According to medieval authors, Saturn is in detriment in this sign. This means that aquarian principles like cooperation, humanitarianism and compromise are not well supported here. Dictatorial attitudes and selfishness may result. Saturn represents the principle of agnoia; and here the lack of knowing is with respect to the will, character, identity and self expression. It shows those who don't quite know how to express themselves, and suffer from a lack of spontaniety, self esteem and creativity. Sometimes they are reserved as a result. This can lead to self doubt and lack of confidence, but this is a double edged sword and in some cases it identifies those who aspire to a high office by creating a need for recognition. In the latter case Saturn inhibits feedback to the native about their performance. This usually takes the form of others trying to stand in the way of the natives best efforts. The result is that they try even harder than most to make an impression and some really succeed in distinguishing themselves. Notable examples of this are Adolf Hitler, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore. Bill Clinton didn't have an issue with self expression because of the reception from the Sun in Leo and a very powerful Venus in Libra rising. Gore is said to come acoss as "stiff and wooden". Hitler simply defined himself as the state of Germany ignoring the conflict between Saturnian issues and individuality. [8a]
In a diurnal chart, the heat diminishes the malefic qualities of Saturn. This individual has a clearer sense of identity and purpose because the agnoia is lessened. In some cases they aspire to political office and they generally make good executives. Leadership ability is present, but they often suffer from great opposition. This opposition usually takes the form of others pointing out character flaws and accusing the native of a lack of integrity. In this case, the native must learn the lesson of humility.
In a nocturnal chart, the cool and moist of night exasperate the problem of self unknowing because there is less distinction between things alike and unlike the self. There may be an issue of understanding personal boundaries, and they are likely to lack confidence and self esteem. There is usually a distrust of authority, and a few successfully bring down the leadership.
8a. Robert Hand, From lecture notes at the 1995 PHASE Conclave.
© 2000 Curtis Manwaring