What does Saturn Retrograde mean for you?
Firstly, here is a little overview of Saturn in your chart.
Saturn is transiting Sagittarius from December 8, 2014 to December 19, 2017. Saturn transits a sign from anywhere around 2 1/2 years to 3 years in a sign. When a planet goes retrograde, it isn’t actually going backwards but because it is slowing down while the other planets are still moving forward at regular speed, it appears as though it is going backwards. Imagine two trains going at the same speed when suddenly one begins to slow down, it will appear as though the one that is slowing down is going backwards away from the other.
Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius, the sign of freedom, expansion, and broad horizons.
Let’s break down the elements of this transit:
The words associated with Saturn are: responsibilities, rules, discipline, structure, restrictions, lessons, learning, toughness, ordeal, austerity, coldness, taskmaster, and on a more positive note, maturity, wisdom, stability, ambition, perseverance, determination, and security.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter and its word associations are almost the direct opposite of Saturn’s. The associations to Jupiter are luck, abundance, growth, knowledge, warmth, horizon, cooperation, and self-confidence.
As you can see, while Saturn is touring the sign of Sagittarius, you will find that both these forces are at odds with each other, and at the same time, will feed off and balance each other. This is a story of two extremes where, at times, they will push and pull at each other, and at other times, will hold hands to achieve their goals.
These are the true characteristics found in a truly successful person, and the old adage of “10% luck and 90% hard work” comes to mind and will stand this test during the time that Saturn transits Sagittarius.
In general, these two influences will be teaching you to balance your forward movement with your reflective moments. While Jupiter charges forward with enthusiasm, Saturn sits back and calculates, plans its attack, and controls each step. This is when you will learn to be disciplined and stick to the plan as well as learning to let go when Jupiter is ready to charge forward. You will notice a certain rush of enthusiasm tempered with some good practical reservation during this transit.
The area of influence is where Saturn is situated in your chart and this will determine where your lessons will be concentrated. Note: You can also look to where Jupiter is in the current chart to see where your luck, abundance and help will come from during 2015.
Saturn transits are about learning to be disciplined and structured, in your methods, your plans, and your objectives. This is the time where you will be forced to learn how to balance your responsibilities and to structure them accordingly. Saturn is never about lessons that we want to learn, these are lessons that are forced upon us but help us in the long run. When Saturn is at odds with the rulership of a house is where the challenge is the greatest, but consequently, it is also where the lessons garnered will have the most impact. We learn best when the stakes are higher and when the challenges force us to face issues and matters that we would prefer to sweep under the rug.
At the end of this blog, I will give you a brief synopsis by sign to give you an idea of where Saturn’s influence is affecting you. When Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio, you will also have to look to where Pluto is located in your chart (it rules Scorpio) and you will notice ripples in that direction as well. The themes you dealt with for the last two to three years will be reviewed (again) to make sure that you crossed all your t’s and dotted all your i’s, especially those you may have skipped over or brushed off because it became all too much. Now that you’re seasoned to those themes, it shouldn’t be as painful this time around. In fact, I believe that it will be a positive overview where you will realize just how far you have come, and how much you are now able to handle as a result of the Saturn/Pluto transit.
What happens when Saturn goes retrograde?
Saturn will begin its retrograde motion in Sagittarius on March 14 and then back into Scorpio (yes, those lessons again) from mid-June to August, before going back to direct motion. Along with the lessons come the testing and reflective periods and this is the effect you will feel when Saturn digs its heels even deeper than it does when it is in direct motion. On the one hand, you will feel as though you’re sinking further into the quagmire, and on the other hand, with clipboard in hand, you will be able to review and check off where you made significant strides and where you may have missed the mark. You will be able to fix these potholes during this retrograde period so that you can tuck all those hard lessons you were supposed to learn during Saturn in Scorpio away for good – or at least for a good long time – since Saturn takes 28-1/2 years to tour all the signs.
Lessons in Discipline and Learning to Deal with Challenges?
Where Saturn is found in the chart, it will slow down (or highlight) those areas of your life for you to be able to discern what you need to learn out of its transit. As life involves many different facets, the same happens when certain areas of your life are affected. It causes a ripple effect into other areas of your life.
This will be your chance to go through and check that you have indeed dealt with those challenges and you will come out better for it. Reviewing is a necessary step in any natural evolution of a life cycle. With Pluto, I can understand that some of you are thinking, “Oh no, not again, it was so hard and uncomfortable the first time around!”
For example, in my life, the moment Saturn moved into Scorpio, in my 3rd house, my five siblings and I dealt with the passing of our father. Past issues, childhood traumas, and loyalties concerning the patriarch of the family came up. It was an uncomfortable period filled with regret and anger and, obviously, an extremely sad moment at the same time. Saturn in the 3rd house included dealing with siblings, conscious choice, and communication. I’m sure each of you will be nodding recognizing your own personal ordeals and challenges you faced during that time.
The lessons and hardships some of us had to endure during Saturn’s tour of Scorpio were harsh and for some, life changing. Saturn/Pluto lessons are earth-moving and aim right for your inner core: your psyche, those nagging gut-wrenching feelings, life cycle issues, and your dues. Do you have the prerequisites to continue with your Saturn/Jupiter lessons? Did you do all your assignments and give them your 100%? Did you peel the onion of your psyche and reveal all the layers to get to that inner core and deal with those nagging issues once and for all? Did you truly change or fix those elements that were needed to move forward armed with all the tools you require for the next step in your journey? These are only some of the principles of Pluto… and only you will know whether you have done what is necessary.
So, for the next 5 months, slow down and breathe deeply, get out your clipboard with the list of things you had to deal with and go through each item, checking them off one at a time, knowing that you have completely dealt with them by analyzing each aspect carefully and methodically. Then, close the door on them because you won’t have to deal with them again for another 28.5 years.
A General Overview of Saturn by Astrological Sign
For Aries, Saturn is in the 9th house of travel, foreign or legal matters, and higher learning. It also affects your house of leisure and projects. Your projects may help you to expand your horizons. Saturn will retrograde back into your 8th house of investment, life cycle issues, and joint ventures, and will also affect your 10th house of career matters and authority. Career matters may have helped you to set those investments into place. Did you cross your t’s and dot your i’s regarding your business ventures and investments?
For Taurus, it is touring the 8th house of other people’s money, investments, and joint ventures. It also touches your 4th house of home and family matters. Family members or a bank may help you regarding a loan you need or an investment you would like to make. Saturn will retrograde back into your 7th house of partnerships and close relationships and also affect your 9th house of travel and higher learning. Have you settled those family matters, adjusted your core beliefs and chosen your path regarding your higher education or in accordance to your personal philosophy?
For Gemini, Saturn is in the 7th house of close relationships. It is also dealing with 3rd house matters such as siblings, communication matters and conscious choices. Your siblings or a new way of communicating may help you learn to deal with your close relationships or partnerships. Saturn will retrograde back into your 6th house of daily work routine and affect your 8th house of joint ventures and investments. Your plans for investments or joint ventures may have directed the kind of daily work routine you are looking for. Have you adjusted or revised the way you go about your daily routine and how you relate to others?
For Cancer, Saturn is in the 6th house of daily work routine and health, and affects your 2nd house of material security. Your goals for material security may force you to adjust your work routine to accommodate your income. Saturn will retrograde into your 5th house of leisure and projects and affect your 7th house of close relationships and partnerships. Your wish for attracting closer relationships or partnerships into your life have made you rethink how you spend your leisure time. Have you transformed the way you spend your leisure time (or time with your children) to make room for your close relationships?
For Leo, Saturn is in the 5th house of children, projects and leisure and affects your 1st house of your self image and outer mask. The image you would like to present to the world will influence the kinds of projects you will undertake. Saturn will retrograde back into your 4th house of home and family matters and will affect your 6th house of work and health. Your wish to change your work routine and health has resulted in spending more time at home or in being able to concentrate more on home-related matters. Where you have chosen to live may have affected your work routine or vice versa. Have you settled those issues surrounding your home and worked on your relationships with your colleagues or thought about the kind of work or work routine you are drawn to, or conversely settled on where you would like to live?
For Virgo, Saturn is in the 4th house of roots, family matters, and your home. It also touches upon matters related to 12th house of inner mental work and hidden matters. Saturn will retrograde back into your 3rd house of communication, neighbourhood, and siblings and affect your 5th house of projects and children. The kinds of projects you have begun has directed the way you communicate to others. For example, you may have started painting or writing a book, or started doing renovation projects. Are your projects truly communicating your thoughts the way you would like them to? Will you have to readjust some issues or matters which will include a new way of disseminating your message or communicating with your siblings?
For Libra, Saturn is in the 3rd house of communication, short trips, and siblings. It also affects your 11th house of friendships and future potential. Friends and personal goals will play a role in how you communicate your thoughts or ideas and make conscious choices. Saturn will retrograde back into your 2nd house of income and material security and will affect your 4th house of home and family matters. Home-related issues had an impact on the goals you had regarding income, what you value most, and your material security. Did a decision that you made concerning your own best interest, what you value most, or regarding your material security, work out the way you want? If not, you have time to readjust your goals or plans in order to achieve this.
For Scorpio, Saturn is in the 2nd house of material security and personal values and relate to your 10th house of career. The kind of career you are seeking will drive what you value most, the kind of income you are hoping to make, and what makes you feel materially secure. Saturn will retrograde back into your 1st house of the Self and will affect your 3rd house of conscious choice, siblings, communication and short trips. Have you completed the transformation you desire on your Self and have you adjusted how you communicate (in general) in dealing with your immediate environment or how you interact with your siblings? Are you more aware and have you learned to deal with the changes taking place in your immediate environment?
For Sagittarius, Saturn is touring your 1st house of self, self image, and appearance and affects your 9th house of travel and foreign affairs or legal matters. Your wishes for freedom of thought and action or your own personal philosophy will push forth how you appear to others. Saturn will retrograde back into your 12th house of hidden matters and inner mental work and will again affect your 2nd house of material security and personal values. What you value most and what makes you feel secure made you rethink how you process the challenges you are faced with. Is your psyche and inner self in tune with your own sense of material security and what you value most personally? Are you still sacrificing any part of your true inner self just for the sake of material security?
For Capricorn, Saturn is in your 12th house of hidden matters, sacrifice, and inner mental work and affects your 8th house of investments and joint matters. Joint matters or a partner’s inheritance of money will be driving your inner mental process regarding certain sacrifices you may have to make. Saturn will retrograde into your 11th house of friendships, groups and future potential and once again affects your 1st house of self-image and appearance. The way you are is affecting the kinds of friends and groups you have attracted into your life. Are the friends and groups you are associating with reflecting the best part of your Self? Are your future goals in line with your own deep inner core? If not, you have the chance to evaluate this and fix this once and for all.
For Aquarius, Saturn is in your 11th house of group associations and future potential, and reaches out to your 7th house of relationships and partnerships. Partners and close relationships may be the reason you are culling certain friendships or group associations you have made in the past. Saturn will retrograde back into your 10th house of career matters and affect your 12th house of hidden matters and inner mental work. Some things that went on behind the scenes may have been the reason why you made certain decisions regarding your career. Are you following the career that is right for you or are you still sacrificing certain facets of your inner self because of some authority figure in your life? If so, you have the chance to set things straight!
For Pisces, Saturn is in your 10th house of career matters and affects your 6th house of work, routine and health. A certain kind of work routine you prefer will affect how you go about your career matters. Saturn will retrograde back into your 9th house while affecting your 11th house of friends and future potential. You may have had some personal goals you wanted to attain and this affected the sort of learning or education you sought. Have you completed the learning you need to move on to the next level?