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Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius

Every year Saturn goes retrograde and it gives us time to review the last 6 – 7 months.  This is the perfect time to do the necessary checks and balances, which will kick our ass if we don’t see to them first.  That’s because Saturn is the Lord of Karma and when he is retrograde it is time for the karmic cleanse. Saturn is retrograde from May 23 – October 10 and he will be bringing the discipline and leadership that we all need.

This retrograde will be interesting because Saturn has been moving through Aquarius —the sign of the humanitarian and the progressive, since last December.  It is rather obvious that we are in the midst of sweeping changes to society, and that is predominately due to Saturn and Jupiter (currently in Pisces until July 28) both moving through this fixed air sign.  As the collective consciousness continues to transform we can feel this shift building to a crescendo. With Saturn retrograde, it is time to re-evaluate how we live, and how we can do that in harmony with people and the planet.

Last year Saturn was retrograde in Capricorn, a sign he is most often associated with and rules. However, Saturn is also the ancient ruler of Aquarius, co-ruling with Uranus (ironically his father, and not the best when it comes to parenting). Saturn is squaring Uranus in Taurus all year. A square brings internal conflict, and Taurus represents the things that we love and value: money, food, shelter, etc., and Aquarius is about the future of humanity.  As Uranus continues to square Saturn he is literally pushing him, all year long, into seeing those foundational things from a different vantage point — constantly giving contrast so we can push past the old and embrace the future. 

With Saturn back-tracking we might feel the need to rebel against anything that seems to be holding us back.  That could include, jobs, friends, relationships, personal goals, etc. Chances are we will revisit our own personal dreams and needs and realize that it’s time to brake out of old patterns so we can embrace and acknowledge our growth. 

Taking a look at the big-picture, globally this is about changing systems that have become outdated and no longer serve that values (that are changing) or the greater good of the collective.  Saturn loves structure, but Saturn retrograde takes a look at what no longer is working and determines the best way to fix it.  This is accomplished by creating new pathways and opportunities for leadership that help everyone as we move into the future. 

Take a look at your birth chart; you can get a free one at Foxy Astrology.  You will want to see what house is ruled by Aquarius in your chart and that will tell you what area of life you will be reviewing during this retrograde.  For all of us, this retrograde will impact the groups that we are a part of and could spark your activism. Perhaps you will change political affiliation or start a new spiritual practice. Whatever “it” is, it will become more evident as the summer comes to a close.  Saturn still has several more years —and a few more retrogrades— in Aquarius so this is just the beginning of a long transformation.

 Saturn is the great guru, and sometimes his lessons can be challenging, but ultimately we are here to learn. If we pay attention to what Saturn is teaching us individually we can make quantum leaps in our own destinies and those of the collective. 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius – Jan. 30-Feb. 20, 2021

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius – Jan. 30-Feb. 20, 2021

Ready for a rewind of the mind?  The first Mercury retrograde of 2021 is here and will herald an entire year of Mercury retrograding in air signs.

Mercury goes retrograde typically three times per year.  Some years we might get an extra one, like a bonus track, but the rule of thumb is three.  This portends a time for miscommunication, technical difficulties, travel challenges, etc. However, it can also present a great opportunity to do a rewind on anything in your life that involves communications – so, essentially everything – but you can narrow down the tracks by knowing what house Aquarius rules in your chart.  You can go to Foxy Astrology and get a free birth chart to find this information.

In 2020, Mercury started all of his retrograde periods in water signs (Pisces 2/17, Cancer 6/18, Scorpio 10/14). In 2021 we have all three Mercury retrogrades in air signs:

  • Aquarius – 1/30 – 2/20 (Fixed Air)
  • Gemini – 5/29 – 6/22 (Mutable Air)
  • Libra – 9/27 – 10/18 (Cardinal Air)

Air signs are about communication, thinking, doing, and socialization.  Aquarius traditionally rules the 11th house of the zodiac, which is about the collective, kindred spirits – basically the people you would join a fan club with.

The first retrograde period is in Aquarius with no less than three other planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and the Sun. Add in Mercury going retrograde at 26 degrees and that is a whole lotta of backtracking in Aquarius (fixed air).  Not to mention that this energy will be squaring Uranus in Taurus (fixed earth). This is significant because squaring energy brings on internal conflict, and in two fixed signs this conflict will require change to our perception of the things we love and value.

{ Note – Aquarius and Taurus are both fixed signs, which is a quality know for its stubbornness, but also having what it takes to get the job done.

Music of the spheres anyone?

Mercury and Uranus are harmoniously connected and work together to impact us and our minds. Uranus rules Aquarius, and Mercury rules Gemini — both air signs– and both signs that Mercury will be retrograding in this year.  Mercury guides our conscious thoughts and Uranus guides our unconscious thoughts; they just operate on different levels, like a “chord progression” to produce a harmonic frequency.

Mercury is the lower octave of Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius.  To understand the lower octave concept, first we have to establish that Mercury is a “personal” planet. This simply means that he impacts our daily life because he moves through the zodiac rather quickly, spending 14 – 30 days in each sign.  Uranus is an “outer” planet that moves slowly and impacts us generationally, spending about seven years in a sign.

During the first Mercury retrograde in Aquarius (while Uranus is in Taurus), our consciousness could take some major quantum  leaps.  This could lead to mental fatigue…especially regarding use of technical devices for communication. So basically, we will all need to take a timeout! If you have considered practicing meditation, this would be the optimal time to start. If you are already a meditator, get ready to connect to the music of the spheres! 

Having three retrograde periods, all in air signs, will actually provide a great opportunity to tune into the multiple “Aha!” moments we will all be experiencing. This year is one that will definitely blow our minds!

Saturn square Uranus – 2021

Saturn square Uranus – 2021

They say that opposites attract, and sometimes that attraction causes enough sparks to make you pay closer attention. Where your attention goes, energy flows! This year Saturn in Aquarius will exactly square Uranus in Taurus three times: Feb. 17, Jun. 14, and Dec. 24.  These squares will help us continue making the transition between the Piscean and Aquarian Ages.  Indeed, we will feel this energy all throughout 2021.

A square in astrology creates tension; it’s considered a “disharmonious” aspect that often presents itself as an obstacle or a challenge.  This square will be operational most of the year, so expect the unexpected! Saturn is moving though Aquarius (fixed air) for the next 2.5 years and he is a co-ruler of this sign along with Uranus who is moving through Taurus (fixed earth) until April of 2026.

Fixed signs offer stability so that things can take root… eventually growing into something completely new. When a planet is moving through a fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), it provides great focus.

Saturn and Uranus are essentially diametrically opposed. Their synodic cycle (the relationship between any two planets) spins around the creation of new ideas, fresh circumstances, and innovations – often resulting from a crisis point.  Saturn represents tradition, structure, law, rules, regulation, restrictions, and hard work. Uranus embodies freedom, eccentricity, innovation, sudden change, surprises, and miracles. 

There are many myths that involve these two — usually in some kind of tussle.  In mythology,  Saturn – the lord of karma — is the son of Uranus (the sky god). The conflict embodied between these two, in terms of squaring energy, can create almost anything that the mind can conceive.

Take a look at what houses are ruled by Aquarius and Taurus in your natal chart.  This is where you can “expect the unexpected” this year, particularly around those three dates when the square perfects.  You can get a free birth chart on Foxy Astrology, and determine what areas of life this square will impact for you.

This is a building year; a year to focus on anything you want to be, to do, or to have. It would be the perfect year to start regularly meditating, doing yoga, or any practice that facilitates focusing your thoughts and energy on what you want to create for yourself and the world.

Mars conjunct Uranus – January 20, 2021

Mars conjunct Uranus – January 20, 2021

On Wednesday, January 20, at 12:00 pm EST, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are scheduled to be sworn into the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America.  Once they are sworn in they will assume the power of those respective offices.

About that same time Mars (6 degrees and 40 minutes) will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus (6 degrees and 44 minutes), not to mention that the Moon will be at the last degree of Aries (29 degrees) moving into Taurus and will be within a 7 degree orb of the conjunction of these two powerful planets. 

This conjunction happens every other year and often brings perilous conditions. Mars is a warrior, ready for battle and Uranus is the unpredictable changemaker.  Literally Uranus is known to make things shake and quake, and in the earth sign of Taurus chances are this conjunction could lead to explosive and eruptive behavior and/or events.  Add in the Moon at the last degree of Aries, which is a critical degree (meaning the Moon is strengthened and therefore more powerful) adding to the fiery emotions of that Cardinal sign.

This is especially tenuous since this conjunction in Taurus will be squaring the Sun (0 degrees), Saturn (3 degrees), and Jupiter (7 degrees) in Aquarius.  Also, the North Node (our future collective destiny) of the United States, is in Leo and squares this Mars/Uranus conjunction that involves the Moon (the Moon rules Cancer and the US is a Cancer Sun sign).  So many intense aspects are aligning, as we are head into our country’s Pluto Return (2022-2024). We are already feeling the effects, but these will come to a pinnacle during this Biden Presidency. 

If that isn’t stacking the deck for unforeseen obstacles and events, then consider that almost every President in US history that was elected near the Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction was either assassinated, survived an attempted assassination, or died in office.  Astrologer Marjorie Orr has a very insightful article if you want to learn more and study the charts of these events through history.

I think anyone that is brave enough, or crazy enough, to take on the office of the President of the United States of America is in for tremendous, transformative ride for the next four years. It certainly won’t be boring.

Uranus Direct – January 14, 2021

Uranus Direct – January 14, 2021

On January 14, 2021 Uranus will station to go direct.  When a planet stations it “slows” down and changes direction.  Uranus will slow and then “station” to go direct at 6 degrees of Taurus. He has been retrograde since August 15.

Uranus is the father of Saturn and known for shaking things up; sometimes literally, since when he is direct there are often earthquakes and other natural disasters. It takes him 84 years to make it around the Sun, which means he spends about 7 years in each sign and currently he is moving through Taurus.  Taurus is ruled by Venus and represents the 2nd house of the Zodiac.  The last time he transited through this sign that encompasses the things that we love and value, it was in 1934 – 1941.  This was the time of the Great Depression and of course WWII.

Known as the “Sky God” or the “Personification of Heaven,” Uranus is unique.  He orbits on his side, he has a posse of 27 moons, he has at least 3 different ways to pronounce his name: Your-Ron-Us, Your-Anis, and my personal fave; Your-Anus.  When things are going sideways or if miracles are happening in your life, it’s always best to check Uranus and see where he is transiting and see what aspects are involved so you can see where you might encounter the unexpected miracle or challenge.

When Uranus is retrograde it’s a great time to spread your wings and fly!  Anything that is rote or stale in your life will prompt you to make changes.  Sometimes that change is brought on from desire and sometimes it is a result of unexpected events beyond our control. 

Now that Uranus is stationing direct at 6 degrees of Taurus on January 14, he will be 3 degrees away from Mars, fresh from his 6 month stay-cation in Aries and looking for trouble.  They will be squaring Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius and trining Venus in Capricorn.  You can expect social protests around humanitarian-minded issues.  There could be an unexpected event, since Uranus is very strong when stationing, as he will be fully in his archetype of the awakener, revolutionary, rebel!

Look and see what you have around 6 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius); this will be some challenging energy where you might have to make a move or change. Also, see what you have in the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn); this will be some harmonious energy and could be very beneficial.  If you see what house these aspects are happening, in it will help you understand what area of life you will be experiencing these energies.  You can create your free birth chart at Foxy Astrology.com.

Uranus will be transiting through Taurus until April of 2026.  He will make a brief appearance in Gemini July 7 – November 7, 2025, which will give us a little preview of what we can expect for his 7 year transit in mutable air. He will retrograde back into Taurus until the Spring of 2026.  Expect the unexpected and look for the miracles and the changes that Uranus will inevitably bring to the world.