Saturn/Uranus

Saturn/Uranus joins the seemingly opposite energies of freedom (Uranus) with limitation (Saturn). The result includes surprising ways in which rules (Saturn) can lead to freedom (Uranus) and freedom (Uranus) can lead to limitations (Saturn):

 

The Saturn/Uranus combination in the chart of musician David Byrne can be seen in his role as the straight-laced (Saturn) rebel (Uranus) in the band the Talking Heads, particularly in the video for the song “Once in a Lifetime,” in which Byrne sings about being surprised (Uranus) by conformity (Saturn), and experiencing unexpected freedom (Uranus) from conformity (Saturn). The tension between the limitations of Saturn and the freedom of Uranus can be seen in Byrnes physical appearance in the video. He is dressed in a suit (Saturn) but is engaging in strange movements (Uranus). The tension seems to physically affect him, as he sweats and pants. Yet it is this very tension that leads to the genius of the song and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IsSpAOD6K8

People born with this combination often thrive in situations in which constraints are placed on their productivity. Paradoxically, their productivity increases because the constraint gives them a box and a structure within which they can play.

Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, born under a Saturn/Uranus alignment, demonstrated this well in his life. Green Eggs and Ham, one of his most famous children’s books, was inspired by a bet in which he was challenged to write an entire book using only 50 words. He limited himself to a first grade vocabulary when he wrote The Cat in the Hat. You can read more about how he used limits to encourage his creativity here.

Ludwig Van Beethoven provides another great example. He composed the 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli after being asked to compose a variation limited to the theme of the original waltz. He had been asked to compose only one variation, yet, the limitation placed upon him by the waltz created such a frenzy of creativity within him that he wrote 33 variations.

Perhaps Beethoven’s most impressive feat of freedom (Uranus) within limitation (Saturn) comes from the fact that his most productive period as a composer happened after he had lost his hearing. The limitation (Saturn) of losing his hearing liberated (Uranus) his creative genius.