Category: Astrological News Written by Margaret Gray & Armand Diaz Views: 1336
In each of us there is another whom we do not know. - Carl Jung
Sorry for the longer than usual blog, but we are at an important turning point in the world, so bear with me for this one!
Saturn turns symbolically retrograde about every 12 months for approx. 140 days. The last time it was retrograde in Aquarius was from May 1991 – Oct. 1991. However, this time it will go all the way back into Capricorn. The last time Saturn was retrograde in Capricorn was between May 1990 and the end of September 1990. As planetary energies are like spirals, we are likely to revisit some issues from both these time periods, over the next 4 months! So a good place to start is to think back to what was going on for you in your life during these times.
In traditional astrology Saturn was considered a ‘malefic’ planet! However, in modern astrology we regard this energy as one of consolidation and manifestation. Saturn is the ruler of ‘time’ and when he ruled the Earth it was considered the ‘golden age’ as it was a time of plenty, when everyone abided by the rules of nature. Saturn is connected to the aging process, as well as commitment, duty and responsibility.
Without Saturn, relationships would never shift beyond casual dating and children would be left to raise themselves! If we embrace Saturn we can more easily engage with the dedication and hard work it required by this planetary energy. If we reject the Saturnian energies, we may end up feeling burdened by shame and guilt, and stuck in loveless duty-bound relationships.
As Saturn retrogrades over the next few months, we are initially invited to re-visit and re-view our relationship with the wider collective, including our ideals, groups we associate with, friendships, political and social beliefs…until late June!
As Saturn moves back into Capricorn on July 1st, we have another opportunity to re-consider our relationship with the material world including our finances, the planet, and our commitments with the people in our lives.This is an ideal time to re-visit childhood parental dynamics that are affecting our current relationships, as well as current relationships where we feel burdened by duty rather than love.
Much of the world is now beginning to emerge from lockdown, where many were forced to live in unusually close confinement with members of their family based on need, rather than necessarily on choice and love. This retrograde offers the opportunity to do some work on what that experience was like for you. What did you learn from it about yourself? What did you discover about your relationship with the people you have been living with?
If you were at home on your own, the retrograde is a perfect time to re-evaluate what your learned about your relationship with yourself and whether living alone suits you going forward, or if you feel you’d like to live with others?
Without a doubt, for all of us this retrograde encourages us to re-think about our relationship with authority. What do we want and expect from elected Governments? Where and how are we projecting a ‘parental’ archetype onto authority? What happens when we experience the ‘bad parent’, rather than the ‘nurturing parent’? How is this reflected by our internalized image of the parental archetypes within? What boundaries are acceptable for our safety and when do they become ‘restrictions’ to our freedom?
Careful consideration of the above issues is crucial during this time, as it will determine what kind of society we wish to re-create when Saturn goes back into Aquarius in mid- December, joined by Jupiter a couple of days later. In our personal life it will help us to determine who we want to be friends with and which groups we wish to associate with, as well as seeking greater equality in all our relationships.
Finally - keep in mind that Saturn loves hard work and consciousness! The more we consciously engage with this retrograde, through paying heed to and processing our thoughts through quiet time, journaling and talking with others, the more likely we are to get constructive results when it goes direct. Unconscious Saturn energies can easily manifest as fear, particularly in the sign of Capricorn that is a naturally cautious energy. Feeling overwhelmed by fear is a reminder to go back into ourselves, ground in our body and in the earth and stay in the moment.
A quick reminder that Venus and Jupiter are also going retrograde within the next few days, (together with Pluto who went retrograde at the end of last month). Overall, we are entering an introverted, rather than extroverted time, ironically just as the lockdown is lifting! Don’t be surprised if you are not quite feeling it’s party time yet! – More blogs on this next week.
Keep safe and well everyone! MG
The image is from Wikipedia Commons: The Mysteries of Mithra - page 223 by Franz Cumont (1868 – 1947)
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Margaret Gray, MSW. and Armand Diaz, Ph.D., set up 'Relationships and Astrology' in 2016. They offer relationship astrology consultations to individuals, couples and families, as well as courses in Relationship Astrology. They can be contacted via: www.relationshipsandastrology.com
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