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Taking a look at the big-picture, globally this is about changing systems that have become outdated and no longer serve that values (that are changing) or the greater good of the collective.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.