The Moon conjunct Saturn: The child and the tough old bird

 Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Gertrude Box, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Steven Forrest calls Saturn the inner tough old bird.

When the moon and the tough old bird come together every month, can they both come away happy?

I‘ve always been intrigued by tough old birds. Two from my childhood were my neighbor Dolores and my piano teacher, Mrs. Box.

When I was three or four I used to join Dolores on her stoop. What I loved about Dolores was how real she was. She faced the world in her housedress, wearing no bra or makeup. She was usually smoking. And we’d sit in silence, or we’d talk. She was cranky, but so was I. She was fairly negative, but she could make me laugh. Like many of us on the block, she was Italian. Something about her was solid, familiar, and safe. She rented that house only a few years and I don’t remember our conversations, but I loved her company. I was fiery and opinionated and would often argue with my siblings or other kids, but Dolores and I never fought. We were happy to see each other. We sat together and watched the activity of the block unfold for the day.

Mrs. Box was completely different. She was wiry and unexpected. She was Native American. She wore her silver hair flowing all the way down her back and loved to perform tricks for us, like playing the piano backwards or through a dishtowel. Years before she had divorced her abusive husband and pursued a Ph.D. while raising her eight children alone. She taught at the Riker’s Island jail. She also dated and danced every weekend, and told me about the shimmery outfits and wigs she liked to wear. I used to beg her to wear them to teach me piano. She laughed, but never did. Eventually I had to stop taking piano lessons, because it was getting expensive and I wasn’t very good, but we kept in touch with Mrs. Box. She showed up at my 6th grade graduation party wearing a shimmery dress and a wig, completely out of place among my relatives. She winked at me and smiled.

Today as the moon joins Saturn, let your inner child and your inner tough old bird spend time together. Maybe they’ll teach or surprise each other and maybe they’ll both be comforted. Either way, it doesn’t have to suck.

(Moon conjunct Saturn 10:31 a.m. EDT. Moon sextile Jupiter in Libra 11:38 a.m. Moon trine Mars in Leo 9:27 a.m.)