Until 1781, when Uranus was discovered, Saturn was considered the outermost planet of our solar system. It was know as Ninib to the Babylonians. The Greeks identified Saturn with their god Kronos, who identified with chronos (time) and was seen to carry a sickle-shaped sword. This is the “Father Time” that is still used today in celebrations at New Year’s Eve.
It is this “time” element that brings to Saturn the quality that some astrologers recognize as a revealer of past life information. Some call it a karmic planet feeling that both the sign it is in, at the time of birth, and the house it occupies then as well, can reveal work we came into this lifetime to do. A retrograde Saturn in a birth chart would doubly emphasize this karmic possibility as the energies are coming back at us, telling us there is work to be done.
The last planet to be seen with the naked eye, the rings that encircle Saturn at its equator show us another of its astrological qualities – limitation and/or restriction. On this physical plane, Saturn teaches us the reasons behind responsibilities and obligations and how neglecting them or overstepping the boundaries of them can produce frustrations, blockages, unresolved fears and inhibitions.
Saturn in a chart points to where we most strongly feel limited while also showing us that if we confront this head on, we can transform these into qualities that are our greatest strengths. We have come to this Earth plane to learn and Saturn points the way to where we can learn and spiritually grow the most.
Finally, there is an occurrence you may have heard of called a Saturn return. This is when Saturn returns to the same sign it was in at the time of your birth. Astrologers differ, at times, as to when this occurs, but it’s about 29.5 years. So for the individual, sometime in their late 20s they will experience their first Saturn return and this can be felt into ones early 30s.
So, why should you care about this? Oftentimes, it’s a wake-up call that’s usually accompanied by some major life event such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, a death in the family, a major move or career change. It brings you to a crossroads where you have to “get real” about your life and make some important decisions. People often fear it and what it might mean. The truth is, it just sets us back on track for the work and lessons we came to accomplish in this lifetime.
Obviously, at a rate of 29.5 years, many of us will experience a second and maybe even a third Saturn return. Each one is an opportunity for learning and growth.
Speaking of learning and growth, we have a New Moon in the sign of Aries on Monday, March 27th at 10:57 p.m. EDT.
New Moons are always about chances for new beginnings and, in Aries, the energy is here to push forward into places we have never gone before doing things we have never done before!
With the Sun and Moon both in Aries, there’s the opportunity for quickness of thought and perception coupled with an abundance of energy and vitality. That opens the door to independence, self-reliance, self-esteem, and originality. What more could you ask for?
Because this energy is so quick and exhilarating, do take a breath before rushing forward and, like the ram that symbolizes Aries, running your head into the proverbial brick wall. Look at things clearly and take a moment to think before allowing this wonderful energy to push you forward into adventure and growth.
There will be those who, under the influence of these energies, can become self-centered and/or domineering. This may only be due to the fact they are unaware of the influence this energy can have.
Mercury moves into Taurus on Friday, March 31st at 1:31 p.m. EDT, bringing energies that can make those influenced by them both patient and practical.
This is a time when learning may be done better from actual experiences rather than from reading or scholastic learning. Taurus being an earth sign creates a desire for “hands-on” learning.
People can be stubborn in their opinions and unchanging in their ways during this transit. That doesn’t mean they won’t hear you out. It just means that once they’ve made up their minds, it’s hard to persuade them to change their decision.
Financial matters can be handled well while Mercury is in Taurus. A better understanding of the financial circumstances can be reached now.
Hey, no foolin’….here we are in a number “1” year, in the sign of Aries. If that isn’t something to cause you to smile about the infinite possibilities this year holds, nothing will!
Venus, which is retrograde right now, will move backward into the sign of Pisces on Sunday, April 2nd at 8:25 p.m. EDT.
We all know that Venus has to do with beauty, the arts, and love and that Pisces has to do with both spirituality and illusion. So what could the lesson be that these retrograde energies are bringing to us?
Perhaps it has to do with discovering any illusions we carry about love, beauty and our dealing with the arts. Love, especially, is an area where we can torture ourselves because of the illusions we have created concerning it.
Whether it’s love or one of the other areas Venus rules, if the illusion we have of it is creating sorrow and/or punishment within us, then it’s time to take a clear, serious look at it and ask ourselves why we continue to allow this to create misery in our lives.
Venus in Pisces retrograde may just be telling us that it’s time to look at Life from a higher, more spiritual perspective in order to find our true inner feelings and begin to experience a divine attunement to unconditional love.
Speaking of retrogrades, Saturn, which is in Sagittarius right now, will turn retrograde on Thursday, April 6th at 1:06 a.m. EDT.
When Saturn entered Sagittarius back on August 13, 2016, it indicated that the energies didn’t tend to easy success, although success wasn’t denied. It indicated delays and setbacks along with disappointments.
Now it turns retrograde and the energies may be pointing out that we need to take a look at how well we take the advice of others. We should also look at whether the advice we give to others is advice we don’t adhere to ourselves.
There may also be a need to look at the traditions (or habits) we follow and withdraw from the ones that appear to have outlived their usefulness.
It’s time to allow our higher minds to guide us, to help us to understand and correct past mistakes, and help us to be open to change.
Three days later, on Sunday, April 9th, Mercury in Taurus will turn retrograde at 7:15 p.m. EDT.
This is a lesson about allowing our thoughts becomes obsessions, especially where worry and fear over money are concerned. Allowing thoughts concerning insecurities to dominate can be destructive now. Instead, we should speak out loud to ourselves, so that by hearing the sound of those inner thoughts we can create a dialog that helps us to believe in our safety and in our own sureness.
Mercury in Taurus retrograde comes to remind us that we know how to be a builder in form and that we can be highly constructive in helping others as well when we outwardly express our ideas to those who need to know what we know.
It’s a busy two weeks, astrologically. I hope this information will help you to navigate the energies for the betterment of your life!
Love & Blessed Be