Saturn turns retrograde today at 12:02 PM EST making it’s way back through Scorpio until July 8th 2013 when it turns direct and starts moving forward again. Most of us are pretty familiar with hearing when Mercury goes retrograde.. the dreaded “communications are jumbled” or “expect electronics to break” comes up quite often. But what does it mean when Saturn goes in “reverse”?
Those that have planets close to 11 degrees within Scorpio, or within the other water signs of Cancer or Pisces or earthy ruling sign of Capricorn, are most likely to feel this energy a little stronger. Saturn is the responsible one. He puts things in check. When your Saturn return happens at around 28-30 years old, and then again at 57-60, you start taking stock at where you are in your life and what you’ve accomplished. When Saturn goes retrograde, it’s a little bit of the same thing. Just on a smaller scale! While Mercury can go retrograde 3-4 times a year for about 3 weeks, Saturn only goes retrograde once a year or right around 378 days for a stretch of 138 days! This give you the time to weed out what’s working and what’s not!
Saturn rules Capricorn, but is currently in the sign of Scorpio. Capricorn is an Earth sign, while Scorpio is a Water sign. Think about it in this instance.. the Grand Canyon (Earth) was carved out from the Colorado River (Water) and its tributaries in millions of years. Even though it took time, it is a site to behold! And that is what Saturn reminds us of. Sticking to our commitments and knowing that when the effort is put in we’ll be rewarded greatly with the end result! The sign that Saturn is in shows us where we need to be aware of our karma, the rules that we place on ourselves, and where we best learn from our experiences. Being in Scorpio we may feel as though we’ve lost a sense of ourselves or that we’re needing to give over our control and give into the chaos! Scorpio is an intense and sensual sign and we are able to delve deep within ourselves to get to the heart of what we are wanting in our life, but it is with complete and total honesty without needing to feel that we have to deny ourselves of true happiness! That is not to say we would be selfish, but we will realize that our desires are not solely based on the wants and needs of others but what we are able to create with our own free will! So if you’ve felt that you just couldn’t do something because someone else might not understand why you would want to or you’re worried about how you might be perceived; do it! Do it for yourself! Otherwise, you may end up with some resentment or kicking yourself later for not ever taking the chance. It reminds me of the quote; “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” by Soren Kierkegaard.
Of course this energy will affect everyone differently since not everyone’s charts are the same! But while Saturn is taking it’s time to make us take a look at things, let’s remember that the choices we make in the present are what will make a change in our future! These choices can be something that directly effect something 5 minutes, 5 months, or 5 years from now! But as long as we keep trying and persevere, we will be rewarded for our efforts however little or great they may be!
I hope the next few months give you the tenacity you need to bring about some long standing stability and that you’re able to learn from the lessons Saturn is able to teach! If you would like me to take a more in depth look at how Saturn and the other planets are affecting you, please send me a message at facebook or my email and I’ll be glad to help!