EYE ON THE SKY: SATURN IN EARLY AQUARIUS RETROGRADE AND LATE CAPRICORN 29-1 DEGREE
We get another chance to work on our Saturn issues of responsibility, hard-work, strong ethics and beating ourselves up as Saturn is in the process of changing signs and retrograding back into Capricorn where it is the grim reaper. Planets at 29 degrees to 1 degree between two signs are considered sandhi which is like a person moving and living in two places. It’s like packing up all your boxes to move and feeling crazy finding things and then when you get to the new house, you go through it again until everything is unpacked. Saturn is not at 1 degree Capricorn until July 28th so it is in transition for about 2 weeks.
Despite the nice line up of planets with Jupiter in Pisces, Mars in Aries, Venus in Taurus and Mercury in Gemini all having dignity, there is a background edge and you can see in the stock market which wants to give it up again. The last time Saturn was in late degrees of Capricorn April 21-28th, the S & P 500 index fell from 4508 to 4164 or about 10% and it was the beginning of the the end.
When Saturn is weak it’s darker qualities will come out. It may be more critical or picky so avoid being a perfectionist or you will drive yourself and others crazy. Realize the imperfection of the changing world and accept the world and its flaws.
If we fail to answer Saturn’s call, we may feel victimized or suffer but if we rise up with hard work and face our challenges, Saturn will help us ride the waves into a richer and more powerful life. Answer the call and Saturn in Aquarius will take you toward new levels of group action and group social activity to change society.
When Saturn is weak in transit it tends to bring out Saturn’s worst qualities which include being frustrated, obstructed, delayed, being overly critical depression, lack of social grace, impatience. This one really tests or patience with life and forces us to be kind and thorough or we can easily lose it. Saturn always responds well to yoga and meditation and breath work so spiritual practice will be essential into late October and even then it only supports our inner reactions to the world and we have to deal with others.
As my colleague Sam Geppi puts it, Saturn is about doing the hard work to get our goals done: “Saturn shows the willingness to face the hardships of life and persevere through the difficulty because some things are worth the trouble – worth the TIME – and we do not have unlimited time. As we gain experience facing problems, we become less reactive and develop grace under pressure. This eventually brings a level of calm and cool when stressed, which allows us to keep going and staying focused on what is important.”
The key to Saturn is hard work, being responsible and focus. Venus can balance Saturn out so when it gets intense, relationship time, massage, the arts, intimate connection can soothe out the tension of Saturn.
Saturn will be in the transition area of 29-0 degrees from July 13-28th and enters Capricorn on July 13th. This may create a continual sense of uncertain and fear about being settled in something and that is also the case with the world and Ukraine.
Saturn stays retrograde until Oct 22nd. Retrograde malefics are more powerful to bring out their darker energies and it will return to Capricorn on July 13th -Jan. 17th. Saturn when it is weak can be frustrated, obstructed, faced with delays, critical, impatient, lacking in social grace, depressed and all of these energies may be up for healing as well as facing our deepest fears. Your key mantra for the 4-5 months will be “patience.” Take it slowly and do not get uptight or bent by delays. Work hard and know you will be rewarded–eventually but this time the delay is much longer until Oct 22nd. We will be asked by Saturn not to be idealistic but to face the cold hard facts, to plan and make those hard decisions.
All gratitude to my Jyotish Gurus and my spiritual gurus for their continued light and guidance.
Om Tat Sat.