The Dysfunctional Saturn and its Impact upon Health

Dysfunctional Saturn aspects in the natal chart frequently contribute to health issues. For example, people with Fibromyalgia often have Saturn inconjunct (150) aspects in their natal chart.

These people have a difficult time assessing their accurate responsibility in most situations. With Fibromyalgia, these people are drawn to crises, care-taking and sacrificing themselves for others. Because they actually resent these crises, their bodies develop an “allergic reaction” to the adrenalin that they produce – hence, the great pain that they experience.

Because many diseases are associated with this dysfunctional pattern with Saturn, it is essential to change the psychological pattern in order to improve the health condition.

The best description of the Dysfunctional Saturn comes from my favorite book by Alan Epstein, The Psychodynamics of Inconjunctions. I love this book so much that I have two copies of it…just in case I cannot find one when I need to refer to it. Often, the psychological issues of this 150 degree aspect represent the psychological struggles about which the individual is most aware. They also represent important talents available to the individual, if they will overcome the dysfunctional side of the planet. Many of these talents are listed in Epstein’s book. This book appeared in AstroAmerica’s Top Ten List.

The Psychological Issues of a Dysfunctional Saturn are:

  1. Problems and lessons come through dealing with the reality of responsibility.
  2. Need to prove self responsible to others, limiting freedom, assuming responsibilities and burdens
  3. May have had to assume responsibilities for parents, foregoing play in order to assume the worry and burden of family survival.
  4. The parents often felt that they themselves were making great sacrifices and handling great responsibilities when they were actually dumping these on the child.
  5. They permit others to unload their burdens on the individual who is not always efficient and effective in these tasks.
  6. Find themselves surrounded with irresponsible or needy people – these inept people give a sense of purpose and connectedness.
  7. Premature, adult-like assumption of duties so that the individual never does learn how to handle responsibilities effectively. The enjoyment of life is very much limited by these chores. Saturn says: Before you can be happy, the people you love must be happy.
  8. Feelings of isolation because of these responsibilities
  9. Forced to wait and be patient; sense of timing is inappropriate
  10. As a child, the individual was either forced to wait or rushed and pressured.
  11. The individual fears a total collapse if they do not do it all.

4 Responses

    1. I do not know anything about your chart but these are some of the signatures. You ca have the signatures WITHOUT FMS. It depends upon the Crises in your life and how you handle them.


      Chanda wrote: I’ve seen plenty of autoimmune diseases and abused/abusive people with difficult Mars. As I worked on some of my own Mars problems, many disappeared from my practice or we began examining other factors when those situations improved. Most of the autoimmune issues I’ve been exposed to involve people in or after the mid-life transits, or major/mundane Saturn and Neptune trends falling heavily in a chart.

      LYNN: I find that Transpluto is active is all auto-immune diseases, a disease whereby the body attacks itself, just like criticism.

      This relatively new term is associated with muscle and joint pain that persists for no discernable reason. Fibro refers to the fibrous connective tissue that cushions the joints; myalgia refers to pain in the muscles.
      I find that these people are addicted to crises, care-taking and stress. The individual generates a crisis, the body pumps out adrenaline and, because they resent the crises they create, they become allergic to their own adrenaline!

      These people are defined into categories – Cardinal types, Virgo types and Libra types.
      Exception: Cardinal types can have low blood pressure and the Crises in their lives helps them stay awake. They need crises to energize them as low blood pressure also lowered the energy level unless pumped by adrenaline.
      Neptune is involved in both cases.
      With Fibro-myalgia, they resent the crises. There is always a dysfunctional Saturn that is frequently part of an INCONJUNCT, faulty wiring about what responsibility really is (Read Alan Epstein on Saturn). Thee can be hard aspects to Neptune – boundary issues.

  1. Hi Lynne

    What would You say constipation is. Also ibs?

    I notice it on very sensitive people who hold in anger. Do you think im onto something here Do you have a course on medical astrology? Im a medium psychic and im finding chart work very supportive

    1. General Constipation is different from the causes of IBS.
      What Causes Constipation?
      Constipation is usually caused by a disorder of bowel function rather than a structural problem. Common causes of constipation include:
      • Inadequate water intake.
      • Inadequate fiber in the diet (rice does it for me)
      • A disruption of regular diet or routine; traveling.
      • Inadequate activity or exercise or immobility.
      • Eating large amounts of dairy/cheese products.
      • Stress.
      • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which is sometimes the result of pain from hemorrhoids.
      • Overuse of laxatives (stool softeners) which, over time, weaken the bowel muscles.
      • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis.
      • Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum.
      • Medicines (especially strong pain medicines, such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills).
      • Depression.
      • Eating disorders.
      • Irritable bowel syndrome.
      • Pregnancy.
      • Colon cancer.
      So, there can be a lot of reasons for constipation — and holding onto anger can be a psychological reason, especially IBS. Earth signs are strong connected with general constipation and then lead to hemorrhoids

      IBS: Scientifically, researchers found that 2.2% of the IBS patients had a mutation of the SCN5A gene. They also replicated the finding in 1,745 patients across four independent cohorts of IBS patients and control subjects.
      The defect in the SCN5A gene interrupts a sodium channel, called Nav1.5, that is found in the gastrointestinal smooth muscle and pacemaker cells.

      Additionally, Duke U found Between Crohn’s Disease And E. Coli Bacteria – while Argentyn 23 kills over-growth, it does not cure it. Re-planting good bacteria is essential
      If there are many Fire signs in the chart, it is usually HABBA Syndrome. Still, avoid gluten products.


      IBS is a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract associated with abdominal pain and recurrent diarrhea, constipation or an alternating pattern of both diarrhea and constipation.

      1) Adult Onset IBS can often be caused by the gall bladder (HABBA Syndrome), even though testing does not indicate this. The cause is a dysfunctional gallbladder and the solution is low doses of a cholesterol-lowering drug called cholestyramine. This drug is often prescribed for patients who develop chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal which this syndrome mimics.

      RULERSHIP: The BILE is ruled by Saturn-Mars-Mercury and Leo-Scorpio. The gall bladder is ruled by Saturn. Specifically, Mars-Capricorn have a strong connection with the gall bladder. The Billious Signs are the FIRE Signs, Aries-Leo-Sagittarius.
      Diseases of the gall bladder are triggered by afflictions to and from Mars.

      2) Childhood IBS is often caused by a pattern of emotional abuse. In this chart, look to the period between 3.5 through 6 years of age. This is usually a pattern with a Moon-Mars hard aspect, often in Cardinal signs, and Sun aspects that denote a poor sense of self and lacking boundary issues.

      3) Calcium is essential to colon health. Life Extension Foundation has an absorbable calcium product. Others cause kidney stones when calcium is not absorbed.

      4) While IBS patients are often told to eliminate fats, Organic Coconut Oil is excellent and many people have had great results with this – over hot oatmeal is the easiest way to eat it. I suggest a big heaping tablespoon.

      5) Poor internal bacteria, often the result of antibiotics. Many doctors are starting to recommend this. I suggest a Probiotic with around 15 billion cells. L. Reuteri is a probiotic that prevents inflammation. Children with autism hve very high inflammation levels and lack l.Reuteri in their system. If a lot of antibiotics were given as a child, this can result

      6) E. Coli is the new discovery. This can be dangerous but I use Colloidal Silver to kill bad bacteria in my system. My dentist told me about CSilver for my UTI (which I no longer have, after many years).
      My vet always recommends CSilver for animals with arthritis, since many forms of arthritis is bacterial related. Non-toxic CS is Argentyn 23

      7) Food intolerances are often involved. This is shown by aspects to the Moon, especially Mars and Transpluto (here, at 9 Leo). I recommend testing by Meridian Valley Labs and it is much cheaper than the Elisa Test for ImG food intolerances.
      If there is a pattern of abuse by a parent, there will always be food intolerances. This Moon is heavily afflicted, even by Ceres, associated with food allergies.
      The individual must eliminate all gluten products. While Celiac may not be diagnosed, there is often a great intolerance to gluten and dairy.

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