Saturn in Pisces
Here the principle of agnoia often causes the native to forget that they are a part of the human family. This represents the test of compassion of which the ultimate example is whether they will lay down their own life for their fellow man. In most nativities, this extreme is never reached, but frequently they are somehow put into situations that obligate them to take care of those less fortunate at a sacrifice to their own well being. On another level, these individuals often have a hard time maintaining structure and routine. Their lives may stagnate to the point that they may be tempted to withdraw and live the life of a hermit. It can also represent a test of faith because Saturn essentially says that there is nothing beyond itself and what is physically real, or in the words of Descartes, that there is nothing real but extension. However, Pisces hints at what is beyond because it is the last of the signs and signifies reintegration into the collective. In contrast to the easy going nature of Jupiter here, this individual tends to take life too seriously and lacks a sense of humor. They may tend to suffer from depression and indulge themselves in self pity. They may be allergic to pets.
In a diurnal chart, the heat of the day helps to minimize the coldness of Saturn and the dryness helps to make distinct their obligations to those less fortunate. This is a good position for those who would work in mental institutions or hospitals and allows the setting of limits as to how much personal sacrifice the native will have to endure.
In a nocturnal chart, the cold and wet of night intensify the coldness of Saturn. The distinctions are less clear in your obligations to those less fortunate than yourself and at times it seems like there is no end to it. Some react to this by refusing to be of any help. Depression and doubt may be a frequent problem if there are no mitigating factors.
© 2001 Curtis Manwaring