An Unaspected Saturn in a Natal Chart Can Signify Lack of Conscience
by Jude Cowell
Perhaps you noticed the attitude of then-Judge Gorsuch during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings when questioned about the arrogant pro-corporate decision against the "frozen trucker" whose life was in danger if he followed company rules (instead of his own common sense and natural sense of self-preservation).
For an overview of the natal horoscope of SCOTUS Justice Neil Gorsuch (born August 29, 1967 Denver, Colorado, no birth hour known), visit Solaris Astrology where the unaspected Saturn of Justice Gorsuch is well noted along with other chart factors. Now my plan to write about his natal Saturn is unnecessary so let's move on to other chart factors such as his Prenatal Solar Eclipse Saros Series, noted below. Actually, his natal chart is quite complex with its Mars-Neptune conjunction in Scorpio and an out-of-bounds Moon, which denotes a faulty relationship with Mother especially when the Moon is the only OOBs planet (as it is).
And I must add that his unaspected Saturn is further spotlighted as lead planet of a Locomotive shape which indicates success and executive ability and though his Saturn is retrograde (suggesting a weak, ineffectual, or absent Father) in Mars-ruled Aries, it denotes one with serious ambitions, endurance, self-restraint, diligence, self-will, and a desire to rule over others (Ebertin).
Adding to the implications of his unaspected Saturn with its 'lack of conscience' flavor is the Mars-Neptune duo (in the sign of Big Business!) indicating one who acts (Mars) but is unwilling to take responsibility for the consequences of his actions. Seeing the burden of guilt is often difficult for Mars-Neptune conjunction folk who tend to ignore reality and the feelings of others when they assert themselves and offer their opinions (ruh-roh!). And although subterfuge may be resorted to when attempting to game the system (as congressional Republicans helped him do), pretense must soon be replaced by genuine skills in order to retain one's position. However, since SCOTUS Justice is a lifetime appointment, his tenure is 'safe' but may continue to be controversial at best.
Additionally, natal Venus is retrograde in Virgo which shows a desire for moral purity so he may want to include his own conscience when rendering legal decisions and the consequences of those decisions upon his fellow man and woman if he's all about that!
A Mercurial Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini Personality Blend
Now since the Moon remained in chatty Gemini for the 24 hours of August 29, 1967, we can say that Justice Gorsuch is an Earth-Air Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini personality. A studious child, this blend later on can become dry as dust and one thinks of dusty old law books on a shelf!
On his own, Sun in Virgo is a tidy placement which can cause dissension or enmity due to a tendency to criticize and find fault. Yet a methodical mind is indicated along with analytical ability and close attention to detail. Of course, Virgo is the sign of Work and with his Leo Jupiter oriental (last to rise before the Sun), Justice Gorsuch prefers a measure of spontaneity within his work environment. And with the ruler of his Sun, Mercury, in its own sign of Virgo, attention to detail and other practical Virgo qualities are emphasized. However, the critical function also comes along with this fretsome placement and he may have, or may develop, a nervous tummy.
On her own, Moon in Gemini identifies him as having vivid powers of expression (which I have yet to notice--have you?), multiple interests, and quick mood changes with a potential for superficiality or even emotional duplicity.
Together, the Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini blend describes the Justice as a man of refined tastes, a worker and worrier, and one who may consider himself an authority on a topic just by imagining himself to be one. Steam-lined efficiency is a primary goal for most areas of his life yet he can be playful as well, thanks to the Gemini influence. Also relished are opportunities for 'shrewd advancement'.
A pragmatic man, Justice Gorsuch has a flair for communication and presentation which we will surely discover as he writes his (pro-corporate) SCOTUS decisions. Whether conscience will be involved is another matter but at this early date in his SCOTUS career (which begins tomorrow!), it doesn't seem to be the case--and his corporate backers and litigants should feel quite 'safe' from the needs and issues of We The People.
Neil Gorsuch's Prenatal Solar Eclipse in the 8 North Saros Series
Prior to his late August birth, a Solar Eclipse manifested on May 9, 1967 @18Tau17. The 8 North series contains themes of prophetic dreams, visions, hunches, and insights from the unconscious and last manifested in 2003 @9Gemini (conjunct US natal Uranus, our war planet). Its next occurrence will be in 2021 @20Gemini which conjoins (eclipses) US natal Mars and this adds to my own hunch of troubles to come.
Well, that's my take on the natal planets of freshly-minted Justice Neil Gorsuch who is intended to be a clone of the departed Justice Antonin Scalia. As I type there are undoubtedly multiple analyses of his natal chart sprouting up around the interwebs as his Supreme Court tenure begins and proceeds to astonish us all. And hopefully his correct birth time will eventually surface which would make astrologers' work on his natal chart more accurate!
Personality blend info thanks to Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles and Suzi Harvey.