Moon opposite Saturn 2013
I love this image of the Sphinx holding the Madonna and child and I find it uniquely suited to the symbolism of Moon/Saturn. The Moon is the mother and the mother/child duo in particular. Winnicott writes so poignantly about the space created and sustained by mother/child duo, a place where “as if” may thrive and play can happen. Saturn is the Senex: death, separation, but also structure and tradition. An opposition is a hard aspect that can sometimes manifest in relationship as the opposition, like the full moon, has the two archetypes facing off. I see this image of the Sphinx as the union of the old and the new, the ancient Sphinx holding the mother holding the child, shows the best possible manifestation of a Moon/Saturn opposition as structure and tradition creating a safe holding environment for the vulnerable matrix of life, the mother/child duo.
For us, let us hope that the dynamism of this opposition in combination with the two Grand Trines, the other two oppositions, and the six sextiles, will encourage humanity to take more of a mothering stance, in the sense of both nurturing and protecting all of the earth’s children. At any rate, we can at least endeavor to be kind to others, to consider our words and actions the way a mother tries to embody a safe place for her child because we are all in this together, and whether we are always aware of it or not, we are all inextricably connected.