Saturn is slowing down in the sky as it prepares to go stationary retrograde on May 23rd. Usually 8 days before and after the station it is particularly powerful in the sky. The sneaky 8th house aspect from Mars to Saturn peaking into the 15th is also bringing out the dark side and this week a tight aspect from Rahu is also fanning anxiety.

When Saturn goes retrograde in Capricorn it becomes a more powerful malefic and in the constellation of Shravana, connected to the moon, it tends to fan anxiety more than usual. We are going to have master fear of the future or be miserable until mid-October.

The mind cannot have emotion on an abstract level so it attaches to something in the environment. Most of what we fear is a mental illusion. Eckhart Tolle reminds us that 99% of our thoughts are garbage so why buy into them? My mantra for Saturn is just to recognize the mental noise in your mind and then say, “Saturn you can go now.” I do not need the fear. We do have the power to not just accept the garbage that goes through our heads and our destiny is to command the planets if we are conscious and spiritual people.

Most of the things we fear never happen and it’s that 1% surprise element that knocks us out of the park. Fear is a survival mechanism to keep us out of danger. If we stick our hand into the fire when we are small, we learn not to do it again but then maybe we are inordinately afraid of fire our entire life. Just remember that most of what we fear does not happen and dismiss it.

Saturn governs the base chakra and often spiritual folks work more on their upper chakras through meditation but if their root chakra is not developed and Saturn is weak in their chart, their financial planning and infrastructure and connection to the earth is a bit out of balance. This can create a lot of instability and fear. It’s like a pyramid. If the base of the pyramid is strongly supported, the energies can move higher to the peak. If we have a solid bank account and savings plans then we have the freedom to pursue our spiritual development and not be thrown off balance. If the pyramid is inverted and there is low energy at the base and all the energy is very strong at the top, then there is no stability to support all the spiritual growth. The current transits are challenging our systems.

The Capricorn/Cancer axis requires security and safety to move forward. Saturn stays on the Capricorn /Cancer axis through May 2022 so we are going to have mastered our need for safety or be miserable.

Rahu is strongly aspecting Saturn from its exalted place in Taurus into September. Ketu in Scorpio stirs up unconscious fear and dread; requires looking deeply into those fears and realizing that we fear does not happen most of the time. 99% of the time, the things we fear do not manifest and it is the surprises that get us.

Do more meditation and yoga and breathwork to transform the energy. The chair pose in yoga grounds us to the earth chakra as does the Mountain pose so that we feel our feet grasping the earth, which creates more security in our lives. Use the fear as a wake-up call to handle your finances, get into your body and take care of your health.  Look up the magician’s “fear sleeve” and expose him for the fraud that he is. You are infinitely safe in this universe. (If you want to connect astrology to hatha yoga and chakra analysis, see our workshop at:


Afflicted Saturn requires us to go more slowly; to not rush around like a rabbit, and not do too much; otherwise, our anxiety level increases and we are more likely to get sick from hypertension or anxiety-related illness. Drink more hot water and calming herbal teas, slow down, do slower exercise, get oil massages and eat more hot meals and you can keep this aspect at bay. If you are running a Saturn period or are ruled by Capricorn or Aquarius or are Taurus rising, you may feel the impact more over the coming months and into May 2022. It can get handled. The planets are your friends if you heed their advice and do your work.

On a personal level, use the transits to transform your deep unconscious fears, which is what is coming up to heal. What are you afraid of? What are you avoiding dealing with? What can you do to get in unstuck?

Again, charts are very individual and we do not ever want to stereotype people by sign but sometimes it’s a way of putting one’s finger right away on a core problem for the person’s entire life.

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