The escape artist Harry Houdini was a multiple conjunct Aries. So, btw, is his contemporary daredevil counterpart, Felix Baumgartner. Houdini was a huge celebrity, enjoying Kardashian levels of fame in a world without social media nor television. But he was a classic Mars Saturn square person.
The definition of that aspect, from my Astral DNA report:
No matter how goo-goo the Ascendant or empathetic this person’s Moon sign, the Mars-square-Saturn character can default into being tyrannical. Or, okay, merely demanding and with a hint of authoritarian. Mars square Saturn can indicate early clashes with authority/a bad dad figure or just a super-strong internal success driver, complete with carping inner critic. It’s productive though. Rich Roll – whose journey from being an alcoholic couch slug in his 40s to being super fit is chronicled in Finding Ultra – has Mars square Saturn. So does Tavi Gevinson – renowned for beginning a stellar media career aged 11.
Houdini was also an avid showman, artist, and magician. His name became synonymous with the escaping of constricting circumstances.
He had the essential masculine quality of courage to a supreme degree. Nobody has ever done and nobody in all human probability will ever do such reckless feats of daring. His whole life was one long succession of them.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in The Strand Magazine (August 1927)
He got his flying license shortly after the airplane was invented. He was perpetually striving to improve. Mars Saturn Square people are never satisfied. It is the root cause of their agitation and success. “I always have on my mind that thought that next year I must do something greater, more wonderful.”
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