If you watched the movie Melancholia by Lars von Trier and made it through the excruciating wedding scene that makes up the first half of the film, you saw a masterful representation of what transiting Saturn’s approaching conjunction to a natal planet feels like.
The premise of the movie is that a planet is on a steady course for Earth. Will it crash into Earth and destroy it or not?
The title ~ Melancholia ~ is one of Saturn’s most descriptive words. Without a doubt, the lead (played by Kirsten Dunst) is a top-notch melancholic. There’s so much gloom and doom lusciously strewn about for delicious wallowing regardless of the beautiful setting. The richness and beauty of the setting makes it all the more somber. Most of us have known the deep despair and heartbreak that exists within, no matter how beautiful life appears on the outside.
The movie is a grand example of Saturn transiting Libra or the 7th house…in its darkest form. A good question for contemplation as Saturn exits Libra or the 7th house is, “Do I still exist?”
The first half of the film is centered on a wedding. The premise of the film ~ the end of the world ~ is the most potent backstory that could be devised. This isn’t the fairytale they lived happily ever after ending. Worlds do metaphorically end when we exchange the single life for a yoked one, and planetary aspects are a type of marriage or yoking.
If you didn’t see the film, I want to show you two clips that will put conjunctions in perspective. Here’s the first ~ a scene that shows us what…oh let’s pick Saturn…conjoining any natal planet might feel like. It’s not what actually happens out there in space, thank heavens. The planets are billions of miles apart. But it’s a darn good example of what a transiting conjunction looks like in your chart.
There’s a merging of energy with the conjunction. The energy of the conjoining planet fuses, easily or not so easily, with the energy of the other so that they become one. There’s a notable impact.
In a future post, I’ll use the final scene from Melancholia to illustrate what a dreaded transiting conjunction feels like when it hits. Since the focus is on gloom and doom, and Saturn is so good at that, he’ll be our poster boy in the example.
Did Saturn conjunct any natal planets in Libra or your 7th house? What effects have you noticed?
Tell me about any transiting conjunctions that changed your world.
Notes on the director and star of Melancholia:
In an interview with von Trier on the movie’s website, Nils Thorsen reports “The title was inspired by his own depression. Later, presumably in a TV documentary, he saw that Saturn is the planet for melancholia, and, searching the internet, he suddenly came across a web page about cosmic collisions.”
There’s an abundance of juicy Saturn stuff in the interview and I encourage you to read it and watch the movie. They’re full of longing, misery, hollowness, and death wishes. There’s lots of juicy Pluto stuff, too.
Von Trier was born April 30, 1956, time unknown. See his chart at Astrotheme.
Dunst was born April 30, 1982, time unknown. (Chart) Both have spoken openly about their depression.
Both have Sun in Taurus. He has Saturn square Pluto. She has Saturn conjunct Pluto.