• Sorting out the possible from the impossible….

    Saturn will break its brief journey in Aquarius stationing retrograde at 01°57’ on the 11th of May, re-entering Capricorn where it will station direct at 25°20’ on the 29th of September.

    Saturn is the planet of restriction and order rewarding 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. In Capricorn it favours social hierarchy, ambition and self-discipline.

    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 2-0° degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) and 30-23° of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). The antiscion point of the stationary degree at of 28°03’ Scorpio is also noteworthy.

    For the Fixed and Cardinal 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. 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 2° Aquarius: “An unexpected thunderstorm.” Indicating the need to develop the inner security which will enable us to meet unexpected crises.

    For its antiscion point at 29° Scorpio: “An Indian squaw pleading to the chief for the lives of her children.” Indicating love as a principle of redemption.

    “I have lived a long time and I have learned that one must forgive oneself the past or else the journey into the future becomes unbearable.”  Kate Morton, The Clockmaker’s Daughter


    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p. 209 and 249, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA

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