Those with Moon conjunct, square or opposite Saturn often find they are tested on the emotional level. It can reflect feelings of being shut-out emotionally in early childhood.
Moon-Saturn reflects a strong sense of responsibility and a capacity to cope with considerable frustration. When it comes to expressing their feelings the individual can lack spontaneity, is fearful, filled with anxiety and deeply afraid of being rejected. They have a natural caution, reserve and inhibitedness, being so guarded around their emotions.
Moon-Saturn can feel deeply isolated, they did not always feel emotionally nurtured in childhood and find it difficult to ask for help or to accept generosity from others. They control their feelings, and can be shy to tell others how they feel. Not letting others see their vulnerability and needs plays a pivotal part in self-protection.
In extreme circumstances, there is a level of emotional hardening, toughness, and a person who has felt a good amount of hardship and deprivation early on. They have learnt to be modest, serious and dependable from a young age. Self-pity can be an enormous problem, though, even if it is hidden behind a wall of defences, and a self-sufficient approach to the world. Moon-Saturn has learned to contain their emotions and deal with their problems alone. They don’t expect anything from anybody and are exceptionally realistic about what to expect.
In the saddest case, the individual has turned hardhearted, and is as pitiless with the self as they are with others. It can reflect a lot of loneliness in the soul, and someone who has felt isolated, so has withdrawn emotionally. They can be mistrustful and wary of people with their personal feelings and act suspiciously. The aspect may be projected and the Moon cries that nobody ever helps, or that other people are selfish and cold, and that life has treated them harshly.
Behind the barrier, they can be very sensitive, but can almost be over defensive when others are getting too close, denying what they feel. Deep down Moon-Saturn types feel a lack of security, belonging, and feel unloved. It can lead to a compulsive need for security on the material and emotional level.
The past can feel like a prison, a burden and hold the individual back from developing fully into adulthood. Those with a Moon-Saturn contact feel a responsibility and duty to others care and the person may have a profession and be an authority in lunar areas, such as looking after the elderly, catering and social care.
On some level, they take their feelings seriously and usually function best in relationships that are mature, with a sympathetic partner. They can relate better to those who are older, or have acquired more worldly wisdom. There may have been early burdens or nobody to talk to in childhood, no real chance to be playful, irresponsible, and happy. The inner landscape may be similar to the orphan if painful enough it can create a frustration in expressing emotions, difficult blockages through fear.
A partnership that involves a large age gap is often common with these types. There may be stark differences in backgrounds, and parents might show disapproval. If the aspect is powerful in the chart it can symbolize that the person never felt wanted in childhood, and feel they have been left out in the cold.
It is infamously called the aspect of the orphan, but it may simply show a child burdened by daily chores and duties. The family may have been authoritive, disciplined and rigid in their beliefs. The mother of the family may have played the sole role of caring for the child and took on a lot of the responsibility.
Perhaps the parents worked long hours and their career took primary role in the family. The emotions may have been repressed because nobody took notice of how they felt. They were criticized for being needy, or told to grow up and act like an adult. All the child may have wanted was a hug and some kind words.
The hard aspects to Saturn may describe a lack of warmth, perhaps a strict or cold mother. It may reflect a mother who is depressed, weighted down by the world, and restricted. The individual might have lacked a mother figure in childhood and she could have been absent through death. The mother’s life might have been difficult and the child could be sympathetic to her needs and take on a large share of the responsibility at home.
The pain of childhood is sometimes so great that the individual has built a wall of protection through which no one can enter. They feel inadequate and have a sense of paralysis when expressing how they are feeling on the inside.
The Moon in our charts describes our need for nurturing, safety and nourishment, both physical and emotional. Saturn is not a big supporter of anything childish, immature or impractical. Lessons from a Saturn family involve self-sufficiency, rewards for our efforts, and responsibility for our own welfare. It says we must provide for ourself in an uncaring world.
Moon-Saturn people can be very practical and down-to-earth and offer the best worldly advice . In astrology, our difficult aspects are believed to be complexes, and so on the emotional sphere (Moon) there are painful memories stirred up whenever the individual expresses how they feel.
The emotions are moved when others try to open the individual up, however, early memories of pain, hurt and neglect tend to surface and they quickly secure the door and won’t let anybody in.
They often carry a powerful sense of guilt and obligation towards others, are prone to episodes of melancholy and depression, feeling that the world is a harsh and unfeeling place. This is the classic insecurity aspect and relationships may mirror their low self-worth.
The individual throughout it all, develops inner strength, durability, and learns to tough it out in hard times. They are dependable, have patience when dealing with adversity and others can lean on them in times of need. They are a rock emotionally, but need to let others know how they are coping, and allow others in emotionally.