If you’ve been feeling a little unsteady lately–or better yet a little stuck—you may well be able to chalk it up, as Saturn stations direct August 13, to Saturn’s recent retrograde since March 25.
Saturn is about maturity. Saturn is about wisdom. Saturn is about being your own best adult and your own best parent. Saturn is about getting the job done, and done well.
Saturn is NOT about fun, gaiety, light-heartedness, or frivolity!
An archetypal energy also often related to work–be that work literal, metaphorical, external, or internal— Saturn also helps us better define our ego.
And what’s the definition of ego? Well, according to my go-to source, Merriam Webster Dictionary, it’s “one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality, especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality”
So Saturn functions in our chart as one of the energies that helps us to “mediate” between our inside and outside worlds. And this energy helps us to develop our belief system about life and the world around us.
Saturn is the archetypal energy that propels us toward success in order that we may carry out our “job”—one each of us has been tasked with since birth…
And what is that “job” we all need to do so well?
Well, damn, girl, it’s about growing in consciousness! An activity most decidedly easier said than done!
What happens during Saturn’s retrograde period?
When Saturn stations retrograde, we are tasked with the chore of breaking down a part of our ego structure and rebuilding it.
“Wherever Saturn is transiting in our horoscope we are molding and shaping new boundaries and creating dimension and form, but periodically this type of development internalizes and incubates, resulting in a feeling of stuck-ness and immobility,” writes Erin Sullivan in her book “Retrograde Planets.”
This period may coincide with feelings of loss, as relationships, jobs, material possessions—or anything to which we have a concrete commitment in Saturnine terms—may fall away.
The purpose of such loss, however, is to create space for something new to come into our lives. Saturn’s seriousness here is steadfast. As mentioned, he’s not about taking the easy road to success. Rather, he’s the harsh taskmaster in us all calling us to do our homework, take out the garbage, and basically take care of business before we can get down to the Leonine business of play!
The universe is benign, I always say, and has no vested interest in making us suffer. It provides us every moment of every day the opportunity to grow in consciousness. It is our CHOICE whether or not to heed those calls.
Personifying the archetype of Saturn (or any other planet for that matter) is merely a literary technique meant to help others imagine or visualize this particular energy associated with this particular archetype.
When Saturn retrogrades—as he does annually for approximately five months (though it will be approximately nine months before he gains enough speed again to reach the degree at which he stationed retrograde)—his mission is always the same: to assist our growth in consciousness.
If You Love Me, Don’t Let Go…
During this period any loss translates into some kind of ending. You may recognize this ending immediately, or it may take some going deep. This will depend on where Saturn is transiting your chart since he stationed retrograde on March 25 (i.e., what house or houses) and whether or not he’s in aspect to any planets or sensitive points in your natal chart.
By the end of the retrograde period, and as Saturn begins to develop momentum in the sky over the next month or so, we may look back and recognize that life goes on. This will begin to dawn on us, even if at times during the retrograde period we felt the world a bleak, desolate, or simply stagnant, place.
What we do know with certainty is that once Saturn begins his forward motion again, we are tasked with the work of filling the void now created by the disappearance or loss of whomever or whatever deserted us during the retrograde period.
Where we once felt like this:
“Mama, come here
Daddy, I’m alone
‘Cause this house don’t feel like home…
If you love me, don’t let go
Whoa, if you love me, don’t let go…”
We may now begin to realize that “if you love me, don’t let go” is actually a mantra best used to help us rebuild better, stronger, more lasting internal foundations for relationships, jobs, or other commitments through a stronger sense of commitment to ourselves!
This is crucial and makes it quite understandable why Saturn is not an energy known to f%$k around…why would he when the stakes are so high?
As Erin Sullivan writes, “…the station retrograde does affect the deeper layers of the psyche, wherein the transformation will occur.”
And it’s this transformation into self-sufficient, independent, mature, wise adults on the inside so that we may reflect this energy back to ourselves from those with whom we associate on the outside, that Saturn’s archetypal energies—retrogrades and all—are about!
The Push Forward After Saturn Stations Direct
As Saturn regains speed in the short term, reviewing the deeper meaning of any losses, changes, or broken commitments is the order of the day. We may begin to emerge from our isolation and to carry on…
However, we can carry on with regret and depression (looking back), with anxiety about the future, OR we can use the energy of the ego-identified Sun currently transiting through the sign of Leo to co-create our own futures by committing ourselves to living in the moment.
If you’re tired of being alone, begin to realize that you are your own best friend. If you’re suffering the loss of a love relationship, friendship, job, material possessions, etc., recognize this was stifling your ability to grow.
Saturn’s energies are physical, concrete, and about the empirical world of form. Just because you may not yet see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It’s always our perceptions that count, and while Saturn is in Sagittarius we may be changing these perceptions…
By the time Saturn reaches 16 degrees Sagittarius—the degree at which it stationed retrograde on March 25, something new will have been born to take the place of whatever may have disappeared during the retrograde period.
Upon Saturn’s station direct “one might feel as if moving in slow motion,” writes Sullivan. “It takes much time for Saturn’s message to be incorporated into the conscious mind, but it is assured that the nine-month process of seeking, gestation, and birth has occurred.
“Something new has been born, but it will need a few months to come consciously manifest,” Sullivan adds. “Very gradually, new ego structures can be created…”
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