Saturn as Apex of a Fixed T-square

In 1980, when I was lecturing at a library, a woman asked about the interpretation of a Fixed T-square involving Saturn. Since my answer would be too complicated for a general audience, I told her that I would type up my interpretation and mail it to her. This is the description that I gave her.

First, a T-square is made up of an opposition suggesting a need for greater objectivity and awareness of the rights and needs of others. This type of aspect always produces a conflict between the needs, desires and drives of the individual which are opposed to the needs, desires and drives of others. Through the conflict, we become aware of the rights and needs of others and, ultimately, a compromise must be sought. Whenever we become too much of one quality, the opposition serves to bring us back into balance through other people standing in our way.

The Square— the planet that squares the opposition planets— indicates that the relationship struggles are due to frustrations, blockages, habitual insecurities and defensive responses originating within the individual. The opposition represents the external conflict while the squares represent the internal root conflict. That is to say, there is some “hang-up” within the individual that is causing the relationship conflict or opposition. The T-square is a most dynamic configuration that pushes you to overcome the limiting factors and achieve success.

A FIXED T-SQUARE implies lessons to be worked out through fixed emotions which are instinctual emotional responses based upon past experiences, fixed desires, attitudes and values of right or wrong based upon based conditioning. Therefore, the Fixed T-square individual is likely to run into stalemate situations in relationships due to a pattern of resistance, fixity and frequently an unwillingness to compromise or, at least, compromise made grudgingly. There is a tendency with Fixed signs to bottle up resentments and hostilities and then release the stored energy eruptively or compulsively. Therefore, it is essential that the individual find suitable emotional outlets for this energy.

Before discussing Saturn as the Apex, it is important to remember that Fixed signs are incredibly resistant. They possess much fortitude in adversity and hard times. Yet, they find their greatest security in the status quo, making it difficult for the individual to change and adapt to fluctuating circumstances that threaten the sense of security.

Fixed T-squares always imply a powerful drive for security— emotional, material, power-control and prestige. However, Fixed individuals generally have some real misconceptions about what REAL security is. True security comes from peace within the self, NOT from externals. The Fixed T-square is rarely at peace.

Fixity makes the individual rigid and apprehensive when approaching life circumstances that seem beyond one’s control. With Saturn as the Apex planet, the squaring planet, there is a great need to develop real faith and trust— that everything will ultimately work out for those who believe that it will. This type of faith comes Jupiter and Trines in the natal chart. If Jupiter is retrograde, faith will weaken when the going gets rough.

When Saturn is the Apex of a T-square, the individual finds security in the control that he or she exercises over the life but, in doing so, there is the danger of becoming too rigid, too unyielding and highly structured. Structure is fortifying but it is not always practical or efficient.

I have read in old astrological literature that, karmically, such an individual repeatedly subjugated others in past lives and now still fears surrendering the Will to another. In the current life, a parent was rigid and controlled the life through fear, guilt, excessive expectations and demands so that the individual develops a “control or be controlled” attitude that is very similar to Pluto’s influence.

This is a highly ambitious configuration, although self-doubt and fear connected to security can become definite stumbling blocks. There is a strong sense of personal frustration and limitation. The lack of trust or faith indicated by Saturn can inhibit personal relationships, especially if the Sun, Moon or Venus are involved. The individual must learn to relax, to trust and not worry about being hurt or rejected.

If Mercury or the Mental/Cadent Houses are involved, the need to be in control can make the individual opinionated, lacking an open mind and flexibility. If Jupiter is involved, there is a perennial search for some meaning to the life but any answers eventually become unsatisfying because the doubts and lack of faith plague any philosophy. Again, this all comes from seeking answers externally.

With Saturn’s desire to gain control of feelings or external circumstances, the individual is inclined to make harsh demands upon the self and even others. In actuality, Saturn is the result of a harsh parental influence so that the individual is constantly trying to prove the self worthy (worthy of the disapproving, rigid and INSECURE parental figure). The individual may drive the self through perfectionist standards. If unable to fulfill these expectations, there is often little content.

A Positive Spin on Saturn:

What I have described are the negative functions of Saturn. The high expectations and perfectionist standards are excellent in producing excellence and conscientiousness in one’s work. However, the expectations must be realistic and not excessive— then, “accept your inadequacies and forgive yourself for your mistakes, secure in your awareness that you are a worthy human being.”

The desire for control actually shows an ability for organization, management, self-discipline and high responsibility. When greater continuity and coordinated efforts are developed, the individual can demonstrate an unyielding tenacity that builds, accumulates and achieves success by concentration upon one point and persisting in following its path. There is a sustained effort over the long haul that brings real accomplishment. While Saturn in a Fixed sign is not very adaptable, it is unflappable in a crisis.

The problems of manifesting the positive side of Saturn lie in the fact that the individual is excessively demanding, seeing responsibilities, structure, organization, management and persistence as oppressive or beyond one’s capabilities. This is only because the expectations of the self are too high, too demanding and too unrealistic, often anticipating failure. There is a need to focus more upon what has been done RIGHT and not what is wrong, magnifying mistakes.

If Saturn is retrograde, the individual is not realistic about boundaries – saying YES when they should say NO! It is essential that such an individual learn to say NO, define boundaries and let go of any need to prove self to others. The House position of Saturn Retrograde will indicate where the individual is most vulnerable. See article on Retrogrades on this website.

  1. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PINAR (7-2012): I never ask — which aspect in the chart is more powerful. They all mean something. The Venus-Moon-Saturn aspects show that you were programmed with the message — before I can be happy the people I love must be happy.
    Well, of course, they will never be happy if they can depend upon you.
    Learning to say NO and defining boundaries is the lesson of Saturn.

    The best books on aspects is by Bettye Lunsted – Astrological Insights into the Personality.

    The 2 books on Yods and Inconjuncts — Alan Epstein’s Psychodynamics of Inconjuncts and there is a book on aspect pattern by Bil Tierney.

  2. Lynn Koiner Says:

    INTERCEPTIONS (5-2014): Every planet is affected when it is intercepted.

    An intercepted planet operates very much like a planet in the 12th, since it is blocked energy in the childhood.

    Saturn was not supported but the individual can learn to work with Saturn only in the House position of Saturn.
    But, you can read the interpretation the same as above.

    The 5th House rules sports training and coaching, the psychological of the personality and chakra healing – a wide range. It can produce a writer on technical subjects.

  3. Lynn Koiner Says:

    INTERCEPTIONS: Any planet that goes into the intercepted sign becomes blocked — so you have to apply effort to activate the planet.
    When Jupiter in Sagittarius transits my intercepted 4th House, I feel trapped at home. I have to plan Road Trips for myself to free myself.
    A planet in an intercepted sign can only express itself in the House that it is in – its a Karmic thing.
    Did you read my intercept articles?

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAYA (10-2014): I am glad that I looked at your chart because there is only one configuration here. I use Transpluto (read my article on Transpluto on this website).

    With Transpluto at 21 Leo, you have a tight Fixed Cross. This is not as disruptive, it is more enduring, but high resistant to change. This favors working hard for long range goals – persisting rather than resisting.

    It is a tight configuration and, when a transiting or progressed planet enters 17 degrees of the Fixed signs, the problem that it creates will last until that planet leaves 21 degrees of Fixed signs.

    Fortunately, Saturn will leave this area of your chart on October 15 2014. And, for a long time, there will be no other transits in this Cross. Such transits often trigger poor cooperation and resistance.

    In a Cross, I consider the personal planets to be the Apex planets in that the operate like Apexes — here, Mercury-Venus — communications and relationships.

    There are few books on Aspect Patterns but Bil Tierney has one that he published a long time ago but still excellent.

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MAYA (12-2014): With Transpluto, being self-sufficient is important because there is a fear that, when people get close, they will criticize, try to change you or tell you what to do.

    As a result, you can attract more dependent types that you try to change – this gives you a sense of control in the relationship – that they will not try to change you. This is great for a therapist, counselor, coach whereby you get paid to change someone. Offering some type of consultant work will also pull a lot of that energy out of your 1st House.

    There are a lot of anger issues stemming from 6-7 years of age that you need to resolve. The strong Neptune indicates that a parent (probably the mother) did not want you to grow up or grow away, sabotaging your initiative.

    It is important that you find a great passion in your life and do this yourself. This will resolve Transpluto-Neptune-Mars issues.

  6. maya Says:

    Thank you for the your help, really, now I understand why I do some things and why some things happend to me.
    It is interesting because you specified exactly years 6-7, when an event happend in my life and changed me forever.
    It will take years to exorcise the anger and hurt of that, but anyway. Now I finally get it.

    And yes, it’s the mother who still treats me as a baby.

  7. Peter Says:

    I currently have transiting Saturn, 12th house, sextile natal Mercury in 3rd house. I understand that a sextile is a harmonious aspect but I feel a tremendous and somewhat anxious ridden stimulation of my mind and thought processes. My natal Saturn is in my 12th house and my natal Mercury is in opposition to my natal Uranus(9th house). I understand that transiting Saturn in the 12th acts as a clearing out process of the unconscious in preparation for a new cycle. Would this sextile affect my natal Mercury and therefore my current thinking with all those 12th house fears and anxieties ?

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Indeed, Saturn transiting the 12th is a time of letting go of aspects of your Old Self. Sometimes, it can trigger health issues that force you to change aspects of your self — this happened to me with Saturn in Leo in the 12th.

    Crossing your 12th House planets, it can trigger repressed issues – some of which could have been abusiveness in your childhood. Saturn in the 12th and at 29 degrees can bestow a fear that someone can suddenly pull the rug out from under you, threatening security. Saturn at 29 does not trust authority figures and this position does best is a self-employed or self-sufficient position.

    When adults were not honest with you as a child, this can lead to fears when you do not know the facts or what the future holds. AND, Saturn at 29 degrees is being aspected so that an old cycle is coming to an end this summer. The unknown can create anxiety.

    BUT, the favorable aspect to Mercury when it leaves Scorpio makes this an excellent period (and it lasts a long time in 4 degrees) for making plans that will manifest when Saturn crosses the Ascendant in 2016.

  9. Dan Says:

    Hi Lynn!

    This is very interesting and insightful reading, even more so that there is no much information about t-squares.

    In my natal chart, I have t square between Sun in Taurus 8th house opposition to Saturn in Scorpio 2nd house, both of them squared by the Moon in Pisces 5th house. I can not express how difficult relationships are for me. Especially the relationship with myself – suffering from lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. It is ironic that as the second child I am spoiled, and one could say it is strange to feel neglected and completely not understood by my parents since earliest age.

    And even that I am fully aware of all the negative patterns, it’s almost impossible to change. It’s like a vicious circle. In order to believe that I am worthy, I need concrete proofs like people falling in love with me / or simply like me. And in order to people like me, they need to feel my open energy and relaxed attitude. Not that I am not relaxed, but the fear of rejection is so deeply rooted in my subconscious, that is impossible to avoid it. It made me drawn to people who are bad for me, and I have even experienced a loss of a loved one.

    I would really want to hear your opinion about this particular t-square. Thank you!


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