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Mars square Saturn: Resistance is futile, surrender to limits

Mars square Saturn Image created by Sarah Bauer and Robin Assner.

On 13 January Mars squares Saturn for the third and final time in this six month cycle. The sensation of pushing an elephant up a hill, of trying to overcome an insurmountable obstacle, of working against yourself, will soon be over. This time, Mars is in Taurus squaring Saturn in Aquarius so the energy is rather different.

Mars square Saturn in the natal chart

Anyone who has Mars square Saturn natally will be familiar with the sensations of inner conflict this aspect brings up. In fact, inner conflict is a trait of almost all square aspects, both natally and by transit. It can be a especially grueling when the natal aspect is triggered by transit. Ultimately one part of your being will have to surrender to the other, or else come to some kind of compromise.

Whether by transit or natally, a Mars square Saturn aspect creates limitations around our physical energy and libido. It curtails our get up and go, undermines our health, pours cold water on our passion. Many people with Mars square Saturn suffer from chronic illness, fatigue easily or are challenged with keeping fit and strong.

The positive thing about having Mars square Saturn in your natal chart is that you’re probably accutely aware of these things about yourself. You’re probably even critical of yourself for these ‘failings’. If acted on, this self knowledge can be very beneficial and can help you move forward and resolve the tension of the square.

The current Mars square Saturn transit

Mars has been traveling through Aries for the longest time but on 7 January it will finally move into Taurus. This was a very long transit through Aries, due to retrograde motion, with Mars usually only staying in a sign for approximately six weeks! During this time our warrior Mars squared Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter, bringing a particularly combative quality to the second half of 2020.

The shift into Taurus will shift things down a gear. The energy will be cooler, more grounded, more sustained, more considered. Saturn has also shifted and is now in Aquarius. This energy feels to me like two generals meeting in the field in the final days of battle. They are exhausted and ready to negotiate. It is time to create a treaty and a plan for ongoing diplomatic relations.

Is Mars square Saturn triggering your chart?

Remember that not all transits will affect everyone. Mars square Saturn will only really impact you if it creates aspects with planets or points in your birth chart. In this case, if you have planets or points between 0 and 5 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius), then you are likely to feel the pressure quite strongly.

With Mars square Saturn, putting in more effort is not going to win you any more gains. Instead you are likely to exhaust and frustrate yourself. If your chart is touched by either of these planets then take care of yourself. Submit to the part of you that says ‘stop, enough’. Don’t try to push through this. Instead, let go. Surrender to your own limitations. You can always pick up where you left off next week.

Want to understand the impact of Mars square Saturn in your own life but don’t know where to begin? Download a natal chart for free at, then grab a copy of my free ebook, which explains exactly how to interpret your own natal chart and track the transits in your life.

Are you feeling this final Mars square Saturn transit? Share your experiences below.

10 Comments on Mars square Saturn: Resistance is futile, surrender to limits

  1. Faith, thank you for your useful insights on the current Mars (in Libra) square Saturn (in Capricorn) transit. This week, after my last week’s experiences of “being in the wrong”, I’m feeling pretty sluggish and needing some kind of (figuratively speaking) mental down/away time at work and at home.

    Transiting Mars is currently within 2 degrees of my natal Pluto in Libra, in my 4th house, and transiting Saturn is within 2 degrees of my natal Mercury in Cap, in the 7th. With this, so far, there’s been a lot of “going to the past”, spontaneously happening in my psyche, of reflecting on my recurring patterns of behavior in relationships with others at home and/or outside of home. These reflections have been shedding some unflattering light on the inner limits that keep me from being in the flow with “what is”. All that I can do at the moment is just watch/accept the inner impasse be, since struggling to “do” anything about/with it feels useless.

    • Hi Anahit, I seem to have missed your comment here somehow… so sorry for the delay in my reply. It’s interesting to consider the difference between inner and outer limits, because while we usually have very little control over the latter, we can often shift the former significantly through changing our perception. As someone who has a lot of inner limits (Sun conjunct Moon in Capricorn square Pluto) I understand that they can be both beneficial and detrimental; while they keep me on track with what I am trying to achieve, they can also keep me from ‘being in the flow’ as you say. It’s so important to observe oneself and understand which of our inner limits are serving us and which are not. Much love to you, xxx

  2. Hello from the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in Libra 8th house! Opposited by transit Mars, squared by the Saturn/Pluto conjunction landing in 12th house Capricorn.

    Pressure cookers ain’t got sh*t on these aspects!
    I try to surrender, having learned enough from this to know that I can’t do anything to solve the puzzle, especially not when the big guys in the schoolyard is retrograde. Not. Gonna. Budge. Progress in 12th house is slooooooow.

    Ever tried to walk fast in water?
    Progress is sloooow.
    And often you are hit by a big wave to make you stop and surrender or learn how to ride it.
    I’m learning to ride it by surrendering. It is not easy, Mars is in my 2nd house. I have to mind my resources. Accept and let go of fairness. Life is not fair. You are hit by a truck and have to deal with it. Better start to accept it. You will persevere for that reason alone.
    Saturn and soon Pluto squaring themselves are a lesson in letting go.

    Soon, in December and January, Saturn will cross my Ascendant and the waves and crests will hopefully be a little bit smoother.

    • Hello lovely Anette, I do miss your input! And I think you are absolutely right. Surrender is the only thing one can do in this situation. That and remembering that nothing is permanent, that all things shift and change. So much love to you… X

  3. Yes, what are the chances of survival when an elephant confronts an ant? I was hit so hard by this square between Saturn and Mars, my midheaven being 24 degrees libra and nadir at 24 degrees Aires and Jupiter in Cancer at 28 degrees. I felt like an ant being crushed by an elephant, Saturn. A family dispute and I was caught in the middle = I am still picking out the shrapnel. My father used to tell a story about the ant being victorious by crawling up the elephants leg and stinging his hind parts. Very contrary to the solution of ego surrender. but he was from a different generation of winners and losers. Nobody wins under these astrological conditions. M only problem – when you are boxed in and feel trapped = how do you transcend the feeling of personal injury = but you can’t do anything to change the emotional pain? {Mars for me is both the cause and the fiery feeling of injury, also natal mars is in Aires in 4th house] THe Feeling is so painful, like having answered the phone and talking to both a brick and a fireball – sucked into someone elses argument, yet hit by the flames coming through the receiver. Knowing this will happen two more times, maybe I can be prepared next time. thanks, Faith for posting this insightful analysis.

    • Hello dear Linda, Mars square Saturn certainly is a challenging energy! I’m certainly experiencing it myself with three personal planets and my Vertex in Capricorn. Perhaps just allowing the pain to be there and watching it might be helpful? I am suggesting this for myself also ;) Much love to you, as always… X Faith

  4. I had it coming at me within. It destroyed my appearance which I hid behind sun glasses. Finally i saw/felt within the passionate onslaught and wealthy person 1985+ behind it, who had moved on as i did.
    The mirror image. Then it seemed to stop and turned to tamer communications within. Thats a fragment of a serious story of maybe more than one life. I feel gut heavy and knocked back off and on. Aries 17 cusp 12th. Not sure what i think about it all.

  5. Elizabeth Carroll // September 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm // Reply

    I read in the Week-end Australian astrology. My star sign Taurus, states Mars squares with Saturn this week. And yes I am surrendering to my sense of exasperation where the representation of what is happening is twisted by the more powerful opposition. I am learning to observe and not react. My reading said this is the second,(the first late August) and a third will occur in January 2021.I hope to surrender into my Art work and let others read between the lines of the defensive behaviour I am experiencing. Not much else to do.

  6. Dear Faith and all,Saturating ourselves
    with self love and kindness is our only
    hope of recovering from these planetary
    inspired bullies/heavyweights! As David Bowie
    reminds us in his song”never look back,walk tall,
    act fine” Golden Years” ❤️?

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