The planet Saturn governs restriction of all kinds – the sense of being blocked from your goals and dreams, the commitments that are required in order to establish a government, a corporation or a marriage. Saturn can bring delays to our accomplishments and disappointments and failure.
Still, at the heart of the matter Saturn serves as a mentor. When we want to improve our skills, we often hire a mentor or a teacher to help. When we want to feel good about life and find big experiences to give our lives meaning, we go to Jupiter. But if we want to apply ourselves in a serious manner to hone our craft, Saturn is a much better teacher. A good teacher won’t pass us when our grades are failing, and will point out our faults so that we can improve. This is not as enjoyable as a nice Jupiterian experience of superconfidence, but in the long run it helps to build strength and endurance and ultimately, a successful life in the physical plane.
Saturn turns retrograde today at nearly 5 degrees Sagittarius, and for the past month it has barely traveled a degree as it slowed down in preparation for its change of direction. Saturn turns retrograde every year so this is not an unusual occurrence, but during this retrograde Saturn will pass back into Scorpio between June 14th and September 17th. Because of Saturn’s role as a teacher (some call him the Lord of Karma), when Saturn appears to move backwards in the sky from our perspective he calls on us to clear up any messy situations that may still be lingering in the cosmos of our lives. Unfinished situations often will blow up in our faces if not tended to, and this is particularly true when we are dealing with Saturn. When Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio we will be cleaning up situations of power imbalances, secrets and betrayals, emotional damage that we are holding onto.
While Saturn is retrograde it’s helpful to remember the importance of honoring our commitments and responsibilities, including (and maybe especially) those we make to ourselves. It will be helpful now to look towards the past for information about how to better move into a more productive future. Making plans and developing strategies are the kind of things that Saturn loves, so this is a good time for better organization and attention to the practical matters at hand.