On June 4, 5:47 PM ET, Saturn stations retrograde at 25º15’ Aquarius, inaugurating a phase of realignment. Saturn is going to be in retrograde motion until October 23, inviting us to restructure our lives, redefine our boundaries, and reframe our commitments.
This is the last retrogradation of the planet in the sign of Aquarius, as Saturn is moving to Pisces in 2023. During the upcoming months, we have an opportunity to reflect on what Saturn’s transit through Aquarius has meant for us, and to establish adjustments in our relationship with this energy.
Saturn in Aquarius: Exploring Alternatives to Obsolete Systems
Saturn has to do with the physical, material, 3D reality. It teaches us the value of delayed gratification and discipline and reminds us that consistent work pays off. This planet is connected to our awareness of the passing of time, with the nature of our conditioning, with the social structure, with the crystallization of form, and with our relationship between our inner authority and external authorities.
Saturn traditionally rules both Capricorn and Aquarius. Its traditional rulership of Aquarius is connected with the process of bringing down to the 3D reality dreams and visions that were abstract in the first place, to manifest conditions that allow social progress to happen. This sign teaches us to see life objectively and from a detached perspective, to be able to perceive clearly where innovation is needed and what has to change.
Aquarius has to do with the affirmation of personal freedom and the process of breaking free from crystallized structures that have become obsolete and have no longer purpose. Saturn’s transit here has been bringing up the need to rebel from old paradigms to create space for new ones to emerge, underlying the importance of community, collaboration, and cooperation as a way to establish and consolidate alternative systems.
Saturn retrograde: Phase of Reevaluation and Restructuring
When celestial bodies are stationary, they are powerfully activated: they mark a change of direction, a shift in consciousness. Planets that are stationary retrograde invite us to slow down, to be still, to give ourselves time to feel how we want to move forward rather than following the inertia.
Retrogrades invite introspection and reflection. They point us back towards ourselves and encourage us to rethink, redo, refine, and redefine our relationship with the planetary functions involved before we take action. Saturn stationing retrograde inaugurates a phase of reevaluation relative to what we want to build and manifest, and how we want to structure our lives. This shift inspires us to ponder upon what responsibility means for us, what impact we desire to make, and what kind of authority we desire to be.
All retrogrades accelerate our deconditioning and individuation, particularly so when the sign of Aquarius is involved, as it is the archetype inherently associated with these processes. Saturn retrograde is a time to become aware of any incongruencies between our inner reality and our outer reality. If there are any misalignments in how we have structured our lives, the responsibilities we have committed to, our duties, and the way we are contributing to society, this is the moment to address that.
Saturn square Lunar Nodes: Moving towards Deeper Integrity
Saturn stations retrograde in a square aspect to the Lunar Nodes, at 22º18’ Taurus and Scorpio, and in a square aspect to Mercury, currently stationary direct at 26º05’ Taurus.
The Mercury-Saturn square is an opportunity to explore how we may be silencing ourselves, how limiting thought patterns are affecting us, and where we feel restricted from sharing our voice and our message. This aspect is an invitation to take responsibility for the weight of our words and the power of our thoughts.
The square between Saturn and the Lunar Nodes has been active for a few months already and will continue to be felt for most of this year. Planets squaring the Nodes reflect a feeling of being stuck: we are at a crossroads between past and future, and we have to integrate something unresolved in order to move forward and overcome repetitive patterns.
This configuration indicates a need to redefine our relationship with the limitations and the boundaries of the material dimension, and take responsibility for the reality we have created. Saturn squaring the Nodes is an invitation to work towards clearer integrity and alignment relative to how we have structured our lives. It represents an opportunity to break free from enmeshed relationships, compulsive attachments, and limiting beliefs that prevent us from fully stepping into sovereignty.
The Saturn-Uranus square is Going to be Increasingly Active
It is also worth mentioning that the Saturn-Uranus square, the characterizing alignment of 2021, is still active, even if the orb is approximately 10º. The two planets, from now on, are going to get closer to each other as Saturn keeps moving backward while Uranus is still in direct motion until August 24.
The Saturn-Uranus square in Aquarius and Taurus highlights the challenges of manifesting abstract ideas into form while exacerbating the tension between the old and the new, the past and the future, the known and the unknown. This alignment will increasingly emphasize the importance of being true to ourselves and avoiding compromising on our truth to fit in or be accepted.
Saturn retrograde in Aquarius: Time of Gestation
This retrograde cycle will be a period of revision of what has been going on while Saturn has been in direct motion. Collectively, the themes in the spotlight may surround the revision of existing laws and regulations, the ethical use of technology and artificial intelligence, and the relationship between the individual and the masses.
On a personal level, the Lord of Time and Karma is inviting us to redefine our visions and dreams for the future, asking us if we are mature enough to commit to doing what it takes to make these real. Saturn retrograde can be perceived as a phase of gestation: we are being encouraged to give ourselves time and space to mature and grow into the person we are meant to become.
Saturn retrograde in Aquarius invites us to step back and objectively reflect on our commitments, responsibilities, and duties, and evaluate whether these feel still aligned with our purpose, values, and goals. It is a time of redefinition and re-discovery of our role in communities and the impact we desire to have on society at large.
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