• time to move forward with decision leaving the past behind…

    Saturn will end its annual retrograde period on the 18th of September stationing direct at 13°54’ Capricorn (antiscion 16°06’ Sagittarius).

    Saturn now moves forward towards the conjunction with Pluto on January 12th 2020 (22°46’ Capricorn) a planetary cycle which takes places approximately every 35-39 years (the last time was 8th November 1982 at 27°36’ Libra…now many of you were born that year?).

    Before this important conjunction however Saturn will conjoin the South Lunar Node for the 3rd time on 25th September at 13°56’ Capricorn making it very difficult to leave the past behind and move on as we may have to contend with difficulties concerning older persons or superiors as well as restrictions and limiting circumstances in our lives, others may have to face responsibilities and duties that may not be light.

    During this retrograde you will indeed have had the opportunity to renegotiate and review any past activities or commitments that have been a source of frustration for you. Having had a chance to tie up loose ends and finish uncompleted tasks in the matters of the house it is transiting in as well as perhaps having said “NO” to others if this meant a big “YES” for you!

    Contemporary American astrologer, Noel Tyl, writes that the Saturn retrograde is a pause for responsibility, there is a disruption in what ideally is expected in the development process, with a sense of incompleteness.

    This certainly hasn’t been the best period for embarking on new endeavours that require time and long commitment but now all this is changing as the planet slowly speeds up to his normal speed.

    It’s an old astrological saying that if you take care of Saturn in your chart, the rest of your chart will take care of itself. This means that if you are able to grasp the lessons of Saturn—its sign, its house placement and the house it rules then you will have the basis for understanding your whole natal chart. It is also believed that Saturn transits get “easier to handle” with age.

    The Sabian symbol for 14° Capricorn: “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture.” Indicating the will to unearth, in our culture as well as in any culture, what has permanent value, and to let go of non-essentials.

    For the antiscion point of 17° Sagittarius: “An Easter sunrise service draws a large crowd.” Indicating the culturally stimulated longing for group participation in a process of rebirth.

    “You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.” Denis Waitley

    How did this Saturn retrograde go for you? Like to share your story?



    Tyl N. (2012) “Synthesis and Counselling in Astrology” The Occurrence of Saturn, pp 35-38, Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, MN, USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p 220 and 237, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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