Mars Saturn opposition: The Art of War
Saturn in the 12th, mars 6th. I grew up as a competitive figure skater and taught professionally for 25 years.
Falling down isn't failure. It's part of the art. The performance aspect comes from my moon in the 10th.
I miss the discipline (zen) of skating all day every day.
You've can't think about anything else when you're on the ice or you'll get hurt.
Oh, and swimming.
Another place to get completely focused is in the water.
Being a lifeguard is an insane responsibility for a young person.
I have an out of sign conjunction with Mars in Taurus conjunct Saturn in Gemini with a 5 degree orb. It sextiles Pluto in Libra in the 11th.
Yes I have incredible endurance, both physical and mental. For me it functions like a state of constant refinement until mastery is achieved. Then something happens in the conditions and you do it all over again.
It occurs to me that it might be similar to the Virgoan state of constant synthesis but with an additional physical component.
I also have mercury 6th & sun in Aries 5th which also lends a warrior flavor to me.
Jupiter in Capricorn makes me work hard no matter what it seems. Thankfully, I have a Leo moon trine Neptune & sun to lighten me up and I can laugh at the BS with the Jup placement.
No guitars in my life but I am the person you want in the trenches with you.
For me Saturn is many things but I just got this idea while taking a walk that it is mostly about DISTANCE, either removing the distance or increasing distance between me and another or a situation. And I thought to myself, yeah, that is absolutely true, this is brilliant. One of the things they teach in martial arts is proper positioning and distance from your opponent. Distance in sparring match allows you read your rival and strike, block, counter attack or avoid his attack entirely so it gives you an advantage. It can be interpreted as an attack from the distance or actions that decrease distance between where I am and any target, like for instance climbing the social ladder. For me Saturn is not about end goal, it is about decreasing distance between where I am and the end goal.
Also, Saturn in Aquarius, hello, social distancing term was coined for it.
Another thing that comes to my mind is ETHICS. If certain actions can further your position but at your own or someone else's expanse, where do you draw a line ? What are you willing to sell your soul for?
@TBB I lifeguarded at a boy scout camp that was also a public lake. There were row boats to hire as well as a sunfish sailboat.
Eventually I had to lie and say the sunfish wasn't seaworthy, couldn't go out because nobody actually knew how to sail & I would have to clear the beach to go collect the capsized dingalings in lifejackets who were 'experienced sailors' then tow line the operation back to shore.
Nobody else ever tried to drown on my watch thank God.
@placebo I too study martial arts. Aikido & iaido. Aikido is based on sword fighting, iaido is fighting with a real sword (different than kendo but similar kata).
And yeah, martial arts is totally Mars Saturn. I love aikido because it's all about throwing your opponent away. Or joint locking them up and pinning.
It's amazing to watch an an aikido master just toss the attacker right out of his immediate space without seeming to make any contact.
And in the world of the samurai, drawing your sword is the ultimate last resort. In both disciplines you spen a lot of time learning how to fight from your knees.