Wednesday, January 19, 2011 astrogrrl.com
Saturns stations on January 25 at 10:10 p.m. PST (January 26 at 1:10 a.m. EST) in preparation for retrograde motion. For the next five months, the planet of reality and restrictions turns his focus inward. As written on previous Saturn posts:
In the sign of Libra, Saturn's focus is on our significant relationships and the obligations that come with our commitments to them. It is the less romantic approach to love but with the lesson learned comes longevity and strength of union. The same holds true for other platonic but committed partnerships. Despite personal difficulties, hurdles to jump over, broken pieces to pick up and sweat poured from the hard work, this relationship (with a best friend, business partner, parent, sibling, etc.) endures.
While Saturn is retrograde, we may find it difficult to move forward with our plans, especially during the station days (January 25 to February 1) when Saturn must adjust to his change of direction/pace and periods when Mercury is also retrograde (March 30 to April 23). Don't be frustrated. Consider that things are not moving forward as quickly as you'd like because, despite what you might believe, you or the situation may not be completely ready to move ahead. Take the opportunities presented to you, limit actions, take smaller strides, and leave negative thinking/energies behind. Saturn's actions and steps are measured which might, at times, be at the speed of molasses, but they will likely prove to be effective and successful.
On the day Saturn stations retrograde, Mercury is square Saturn. When the planet of thought and communication is at odds and combative with the planet of hard work and limitations, frustrations, misunderstandings and misinterpretation of intentions may occur. It's not realistic, at least for most of us, to hide under a rock on this day and avoid interactions. It becomes necessary for each of us to be aware of our own thoughts and way of communicating with others. Are we being too stubborn or unteachable? Are we truly listening to what's being communicated to us? Are those we are communicating with being more difficult than necessary? How can we adjust our reactions/words/demeanor so that real communication/exchange of ideas can actually happen?
From January 25/26 until June 13, Saturn retraces his steps from approximately 18 degrees back to about 10 degrees of Libra; then, as he becomes direct beginning mid-June, he'll go over these degrees again for a third time until about late September. Where do 10 to 18 degrees of Libra fall in your birth chart? Those with natal planets/house angles in cardinal signs between 10 and 18 degrees
For me, 10 to 18 degrees of Libra falls in my natal 1st house (self-will/potential) and my solar 4th house (home/family). Since the zodiac sign Libra governs my natal 2nd house (income/values), Saturn's retrograde may also influence my finances and/or I may find myself redefining my personal values/self-worth. It would make sense that a long, hard look at myself (natal 1st house), especially with regards to my relationship with my family or the past/my roots (solar 4th house), may result in a change of priorities/values (natal 2nd house). Pluto remains oppose to my Sun and square my Uranus while Neptune is also square my Neptune. So, there are things I'll still need to purge (Pluto) in order for changes (Uranus) to happen and effect the needed personal growth (Sun) in my life. Neptune's influence can be confusing at times, however. So, I need to continue watching out for that As some of you may know, I moved back to my hometown where my family still lives. The last months of 2010 have been an adjustment -- making room and time for family without compromising the time/energy I need to put in to my work/my goals, etc. Because I do enjoy spending time with family, it's easy to lose sight of boundaries that are necessary to balance the self with relationships.
How might Saturn's retrograde impact your life? Look to the Libra-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the sign with the house cusp/s on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac sign below to identify the Libra zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Saturn transiting those solar and/or natal houses.
For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and/or Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation of Saturn transiting those solar and/or natal houses.
- Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 7th House
- Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th House
- Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th House
- Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th House
- Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd House
- Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd House
- Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st House
- Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th House
- Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th House
- Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th House
- Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th House
- Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th House
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