A Saturn retrograde child invariably endeavours to please ‘daddy’ (or the authoritative person in the child’s life) and as an adult, unconsciously sets up the ‘failure to please’ in order to reinforce the behaviour learned in early childhood.
Saturn Rx in not an uncommon thing see in a natal horoscope, however its affect on human behaviour is life-long. The native is hampered by a lack of awareness of the delineation between male and female socially-acceptable behaviour; how to act when in the company of members of the opposite sex.
Many of those with this aspect in their natal chart will project a personable character, that can be mistakenly received as being personal; i.e. mixed messages. For a woman with a Saturn Rx it is important that she recognise that the general male deserves the respect of being ‘different’, as does the reverse.
Whichever way we look at it, the failure to achieve ‘love’ is a cycle of unworthiness. Learned behaviour repeated in adulthood, reveals cycles; cycles which can go off in bizarre and even dangerous directions. Self esteem meanwhile, is a 2nd house phenomenon, but that’s another story.
Most of the planets go into retrograde motion as some time, however Saturn seems to have a specific effect on the psyche of those who were born during this retrograde motion. So what is it?
Retrograde (going backwards) refers to an optical illusion when a planet appears to be going backwards when we look heavenwards. Planets don’t have reverse gear. When the spin of the Earth gets our vantage point out of line with a planet as it is making a turn in its own elliptical orbit, we see the planet projected against the sky as if the planet were moving backwards.
Well you might say that we as adults mostly can’t even identify which planet is Saturn with the naked eye, let alone a child, so how can anyone be influenced by such a far away occurrence? Out of sight, out of mind might work on a conscious level, however the reverse can be true in the unconscious mind.
In my opinion, as tiny instinctive children, our senses are more heightened; before they are dulled once we become bombarded by life’s challenges. Children can feel atmospheric pressure, not only in our environment, but they can also ‘pick up’ on the reactions of the emotional beings around them. We as adults often can as well, when we listen to our bodies.
Call it ‘animal instinct’ if you will. We inherit this knowing; our senses are open when we are little, before the ego kicks in.
Psychologically, the use of the term ‘going backwards’ tells us that something is going against the norm; that ‘this can’t be good’. Anxiety is never far from the surface, whether we are little children or under the stress of our day-to-day lives as adults.
When we are fearful, we instinctively turn to our authoritative model to provide us with security and in the case of a Saturn Rx we turn to the father principle in our lives (father time); male parent, male mentor, church leader, scout master etc.
This is the rule of thumb in astrology. Not necessarily your thumb or mine, so if you have a problem here re authoritative figures being male or female, I suggest that you suspend your belief system for the sake of the exercise.
The authoritative person in our lives is required to give us reassurance that we are safe. For a child this role is accepted, in most societies, as being the father. If the father is absent for some reason (divorced with no regular access, or works for long periods away from home); is withdrawn emotionally (has a dominant female partner); projects onto the child their own painful shortcomings from their childhood regimen – then things can go awfully pear-shaped in that individual’s life.