Facing the Truth…


It is often said that planets become more emphasised when they are retrograde ie appear to be going backwards from the perspective of us here on Earth. Personally, I find that simply terrifying when it comes to Saturn- although many of you won’t share that fear.

The reason their action is emphasised is because it is internalised. We therefore feel it more. And if you have planets or chart points at 11 Scorpio, 11 Taurus, 11 Aquarius or 11 Leo- you will feel this one even more as Saturn stationed retrograde at 11 Scorpio for what has seemed like forever. His energy focused on this point for longer than usual…and Saturn never does anything by chance.

So, what can we expect from a Saturn retrograde? Well, more Saturn stuff of course, but with the prefix “re” inserted in front of the word eg re-structure, re-commit, re-focus, re-calibrate, re-trench.

Saturn rules the supports, structures, rules and responsibilities in our life. In theory, Saturn is the fun cop who says “no, it is time you went home young lady,” when every part of you is crying out to say yes. When Saturn is retrograde, he is sending you back to your room to think very carefully about what you are doing, goals you have started working towards and the commitments you have made. It is sort of like a planetary cooling off period when it is OK to re-assess and change direction or re-assess and say “no”. This is not the time to make new commitments or start new projects, but great to sort out just what you want out of existing goals. Re-prioritise.

Saturn retrogrades give you time to sort your shit out, get rid of any frustrations and re-think the viability of any promises you have already made. It’s a little like having a building inspector come through and checks your foundations and support structures. Yep, I’ve been watching a lot of The Block on tv lately.

The area of life Saturn is retrograde in is emphasised and needs defining. If it is the 7th, relationships will need to be defined. If it’s the 1st, you will be wanting to define yourself- this is generally a nice skinny transit- if Saturn transits can ever be described as being nice, that is. If it is the 2nd, money issues and values will come to the forefront. With Saturn in Scorpio in 2013, goals and ambitions will be looked at intensely. Anything below the surface that is holding you back will demand attention- as will the skeletons that are in your closet. Saturn will demand that you look with maturity at this part of your life.

Regardless of where this is happening in your chart, Saturn, with a natural association with the 10th house and the ruler of Capricorn, will see most of us trying to define, or re-define career goals.

The structures that are built during a Saturn retrograde will stand you in good stead once he starts to move forward again.

Check out what is in your chart on or around 4-11 Scorpio- this is your area of focus. This is 8th house for me so my focus is around the assets of the relationship, other peoples stuff & the really deep base things of life- you know: death, sex & taxes.

In terms of aspects:

  • If you have a planet or chart point (such as Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant or IC) at 4-11 Scorpio, Saturn will conjunct this planet/point during the retrograde period.
  • If you have a planet or chart point at 4-11 Taurus, Saturn will oppose this point during the retrograde period
  • If you have a planet or chart point at 4-11 Aquarius or Leo, Saturn will square this point during the retrograde
  • If you have a planet or chart point at 4-11 Cancer or Pisces, Saturn will trine this point during the retrograde
  • If you have a planet or chart point at 4-11 Capricorn or Virgo, Saturn will sextile this point during the retrograde




    1. Hi Karen, 14 is just a tad too wide…you’ll get the Saturn/MC conjunction once it goes direct. Good luck with it- it can be a rewarding one, & it can be a tough one. I’ve seen great things happen with the Saturn/MC conjunction.

  1. As a Downton Abbey fan, Saturn is the Mr. Carson of the bunch, the gatekeeper who monitors who and what crosses the threshold. Upholding the honor if our house and ever dutiful and mindful.

    With my 14 degree Scorpio Rising I have been ever so aware of right thought, right action. Not always perfect, but mindful that even bad thoughts are harmful.

    I’m looking to re-furnish, review, re-establish and renew. Re-evaluating years of papers.Mostly pitching.

    Loved your take- thank you!!!

  2. I have my Pluto 4 degrees Scorpio in 4th house, my Sun 4 degrees Aquarius in 7th house and my moon 11 degrees pisces 8th house. I’m also in my saturn returns (26 degrees scorpio 5th house, my natal saturn also conjuncts my south node)

    I can already feel the pressure and I’m feeling terrified, can you give me some insight?

    1. Hey there, the one you will probably find tough is the Saturn/Sun square. This is a closing square, so think about what was going on 7 years ago, & 7 years before that- this will give you hints on that one. The themes are likely to be relationship. The Saturn/Moon trine shouldn’t be as tough- the trines are often an opportunity to do some trimming down, but its not usually forced on you as the square & opposition are.

  3. Hi,

    In my natal chart, the Sun is conjunct Saturn at 12 degrees Scorpio in my 6th house, Mars is at 10 degrees Aquarius in my 10th house, and the Moon is at 8 degrees Pisces in my 11th house. We are facing possible furloughs at my workplace and I am wondering if there is any indication of how the current transits might affect my job stability?


    1. Work is definitely about to get harder. Check out what Uranus is doing in your chart- especially if there is any exact transits to natal Uranus (if your 10th house is Aquarius, Uranus and Saturn are joint rulers). Check out also if there is any activity to the ruler of your 2nd house (your money). Generally speaking, Saturn through the 6th is a time of hard work and responsibility, but the efforts made in health & work habits at this time will help for the future. You may feel for the next few months as though decisions are being held over. Good luck with it- I’ve been there & the uncertainty makes it tougher, but the only think you can control is your readiness.

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