After transiting Aquarius since March 21, Saturn retrogrades back into Capricorn on July 1, at 7:37 PM EST. The Planet of Time and Karma will remain there until December 17, and he won’t come back in serious Capricorn for 28-29 years.
Saturn transits inspire us to cultivate self-control and self-mastery. This planet invites us to take full responsibility for the way we are spending our time and energy, and for what we give back to the world.
Before officially inaugurating two years and a half of Saturn in Aquarius, we have the opportunity to take a step back and review some of the lessons that emerged during the last couple of years, while Saturn has been in Capricorn.
Capricorn vs Aquarius: What to Keep and What to Toss
Capricorn and Aquarius couldn’t seem more different. While Capricorn is all about the past, traditions, rules, and regulations, Aquarius is all about the future, innovation, about breaking rules and regulations. Yet, Saturn is the traditional ruler of both.
Capricorn precedes Aquarius in the Zodiac because without Capricorn, symbolizing society, Aquarius, the revolutionary, would have nothing to break away from. If there was no system, we would have nothing to rebel against.
The fact that these two signs once shared the same planetary ruler reminds us that to move forward is necessary to honor the past, without forgetting what it taught us. Saturn’s traditional rulership of Aquarius also confirms that the destruction of the structures in place is a necessary step in the creation of the future system.
Saturn, Lord of Karma and Time
Saturn has been associated with Karma, with time, with the process of aging and even with death, but there is much more to it.
Saturn represents the law of cause and effect: he teaches us that our actions have consequences. He motivates us to grow up and take responsibility for our lives, to become our own authority, and to cultivate the inner strength we need to be fully autonomous and self-sufficient. Saturn is correlated with the process of maturity, of becoming an adult, developing both emotional and financial independence from our families of origin.
Saturn is the planet of discipline: he reminds us that, if we work hard and consistently, we have the power to manifest anything we want. Time is an essential component of mastery: we can’t expect to become experts in any field without patience, practice, and long-term commitment to our craft.
Saturn Retrogrades in Capricorn: Overcoming the Fear of Being Judged
The energy of Capricorn can be quite heavy: during the first days of this transit, we may feel a sense of general fatigue, of carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, maybe even anxiety. Yet, this is also a very grounding and stabilizing force, which allows us to focus on what we concretely need to do to move forward, and work hard on our goals.
Guilt, shame, and fear of other people’s judgment can be shadow expressions of Capricorn. They prevent us from expressing ourselves fully and authentically and often block us from sharing our gifts with the world.
The retrograde of Saturn through Capricorn represents an invitation to reflect on our past conditioning, and to heal any shame we internalized when we were children. Saturn retrograde in Capricorn inspires us to overcome the fear of being judged and the sense of guilt linked to not satisfying the expectations that others put on us.
Saturn Retrogrades in Capricorn: Materializing our Dreams
Saturn in Capricorn is about facing reality as it is. Both Capricorn and Aquarius have something to do with objectivity.
While Aquarius is about developing a detached perspective of things, Capricorn is about letting go of illusions and delusions and ground in the material world. This sign reminds us that daydreaming about what we would love to do is not enough: we must concretely work to achieve our goals, and we also need to pay bills and buy food.
A shadow of Capricorn can be the enslavement to form, and the inability to hold on to our vision if it doesn’t manifest immediately because subconsciously we don’t fully believe in our capacities.
Being happy with what we do every day is key in the process of materializing our dreams. Saturn retrograde in Capricorn is the best moment to review our daily routine and reassess our priorities, to develop a healthier, more positive relationship with our duties and responsibilities.
Suspended Between the Old and the New
Between the past and the future, the old and the new, there is a void.
We are now in the eye of the storm, experiencing extremely significant changes, and none of us knows what is going to happen. The system we used to rely on is breaking down, but we have not discovered the future structure of society yet.
We are facing the unknown, which implies both a sense of complete unpredictability and the awareness of infinite possibilities. This is the realms of Aquarius and Uranus, considered the modern ruler of this sign since his discovery in 1781.
Integrating the lessons we learned during the short transit of Saturn in Aquarius allows us to be detached from outcomes and from the need of having immediate results.
Saturn retrograde in Capricorn asks us to decide what we want to bring with us from the past. He encourages us to establish solid foundations for our future and to define clearly the role we want to have in society. He inspires us to take into account the relationship between responsibility and power and to think well about the obligations we take on.
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