Saturn will station retrograde at 25°15’ Aquarius (antiscion 4°45’ Scorpio) on the 4th of June to station direct at 18°35’ Aquarius on 22nd October. This will be Saturn’s final retrograde period in Aquarius. Saturn will once again transit Aquarius as from January 2050.
Saturn is the planet of restriction and order which rewards hard work and perseverance. In Aquarius it concerns social order and reform but it also demonstrates a wariness towards all types of innovations and experiments.
At the start and at the end of each retrograde period the planet gradually slows down almost to a halt. Mainly affected by this retrograde will be those charts having planets or angles between 28-16° degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius).
For the Fixed signs at the above-mentioned degrees, this may be either a very rewarding or a rather trying time…as always it depends on you to direct the energy and how the planet is placed by house and aspects in your own chart.
When Saturn turns retrograde it will slow down the normal speed of everyday things in order for us to be able to develop better procedures and tactics in our lives. Saturn provides us with the rules and regulations with which we guide ourselves, our sense of responsibility and our limits. Saturn defines boundaries, so what better time than its annual retrograde period to determine the possible from the impossible in our lives? Look to the house axis that this retrograde involves.
In fact, this is an excellent moment to assess and correct any commitments, refine any projects or consider any responsibilities undertaken in the past and also to process and overcome any fears we might have in that sector of our chart where Saturn is transiting. Saturn retrograde gives us the opportunity to say NO to the burdens that prove too heavy for us. So, during this period, re-assess past responsibilities without taking on any new ones and likewise postpone any possible long-term commitments that might come now until after the retrograde period is over because you might just realize that they are, in fact, too heavy for you.
During this retrograde you will indeed have the opportunity to renegotiate and review any past activities or commitments that have been a source of frustration for you. Say NO to others if this means a big YES to you!
The Sabian symbol for 26° Aquarius: “A garage man testing a car’s battery with a hydrometer.” Indicating skill in applying knowledge of natural laws to the solution of everyday problems resulting from life in our technological society.
For its antiscion point at 5° Scorpio: “A massive rocky shore resists the pounding of the sea.” Indicating the inertia of all institutionalised procedures.
“Fear of change is so often the result of imagined consequences rather than reality.” Richard Gerver, Change: Learn to Love It, Learn to Lead It
Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p. 194 and 265, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA