Retrogrades: when the planetary forces are moving backwards or are reversed.
Translation: Things tend to get a little backwards and mucked up.
*We turn inwards first in a retrograde, examining our motives, excavating hidden desires, even exhuming a few past demons which we havent fully dealt with. RE= Revive, Reunite, Repair, Restore, etc.
Saturn Represents: Responsibility, structure, rules, Karma. Ruler of the sign Capricorn
Saturn retrogrades every 12 months for around 140 days. giving us plenty of opportunity for reconsidering things in our lives.
Saturn, in astrology, is the disciplinarian. We will have to work a great deal harder in EVERYTHING that we do, rewards will seem to take more effort, as will appreciation, attention and notice. And we will be hearing a lot of truths that we have needed to hear for a while (yup, you guessed it, its gonna be hard to swallow most of the time).
Saturn retrograde, demands some serious hard work and dedication from us.
But as one of my spirit guides is fond of saying (like a mantra) – Work and worth, sometimes the work is its own reward-
All lessons learned during Saturn retrograde will be enough to test the strongest mettle, but sometimes those are the most worthwhile lessons to learn. So lots of growth, lots of life, lots of gird your loins……….but every single hurdle is gonna be WELL WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some astrologers call Saturn the lord of karma, well during a Saturn Retrograde the LORD O KARMA IS GONNA DO SOME KARMA SORTIN!
Anxiety will be up, As will limitations, restrictions, fears. There will be lots of duty and responsibility issues to do with your career & dependents.
So take stock and make sure everything is in order.
Progress in life will be delayed & hindered, Re-evaluation of your plans will happen, so buff up your physical and mental self for the journey.
But remember too, Saturn retrograde gives you an opportunity to come up with new plans that will be wonderfully productive once the retrograde is over.
Saturn is the planet of Structure, Pressure, doing the right thing even when its not easy or fun(even when we get no benefit from it whatsoever), and it values justice and altruism in its purest forms. No pressure right!
Saturn “Defines” the areas of your life that it rules, when it Retrogrades, it’s time to slow down & redefine those areas .
When Saturn Retrogrades, it is “backing off,” i.e. the pressure is less.
This is going to allow you time to self-reflect or re-define the problem that the 1st shadowzone of Saturn Retrograde brought into view. When Saturn goes direct again, the issue gets resolved.
Saturn Retrograde means that pushing ahead (yup Im a huge offender in this category) on anything is ill advised until Saturn goes direct again.
There will always be a tendency to spread yourself too thin,
be aware, with Saturn in Retrograde all those chances we take when we are pushing our limits tend to go sideways on us.
But we all have lives and slow gear isnt always an option.
So make like Santa and make your schedule , then check it twice!!!
And then make sure you bookmark enough time to rest (extra R&R time is a good idea).
*remember that retrogrades have a tendency to rule the past and therefore bring up past issues.
In old man Saturn’s case, past issues with balancing the scales of your life, career, fears,
*Also for the Saturn ruled out there, I’m Talkin to you Capricornian’s…don’t be surprised if your feeling a bit out of whack.
Keep calm, nothin lasts forever!
The three phases: (remember a retrograde is like an Oreo cookie- 1st shadow zone, retrograde, finale):
December 30, 2016, Saturn enters shadow zone:
During this phase, you will get an idea of the issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase.
April 6, 2017, Saturn Retrograde:
The Retrograde brings into sharper focus the areas of life that were touched in in the first shadowzone and during the retrograde they can now be worked on
*Retrograde= the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
August 25, 2017, Saturn retrograde finale:
This completes the final phase of Saturn retrograde 2017. Any issues that were in focus during Saturn in retrograde can now come to closure and be finalized.
Advantages, Opportunities & how this helps us:
Positively, A Saturn Retrograde
Teaches us the value of hard work, and how GOOD we normally have it lol, Its a great time to say NO to the things that aren’t really important right now (we get to learn the value of prioritization), self-reflection, re-defining, Re-Evaluating.
These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above-mentioned areas
Garnet, sodalite, tiger eye, Dragon quartz, ruby, Flourite, citrine & clear quartz
Or if you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slowing down, taking care of small things that always seem to get in your way when you are trying to get ahead, detail work, working through some of your karmic scale balancings, getting face to face with your anxiety and learning it a little better
Sodalite, Tiger eye, Dragon quartz, aventurine, black tourmaline, Citrine
Saturn Retrograde dates:
March 25th 2016
April 6th 2017
April 17th 2018
*you may wonder why I put the previous year’s retrograde. It is to give you an idea of how the retrograde feels personally. Go back to that time frame and look through your journals, heck- even just think back on it, see how it affected you.
Although last year was pretty rough in general…….but it’s the closest that Iv got.
Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!
****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
-Edited by: Sadie Ackerman