Category: Astrological News Written by Robert Wilkinson
Hearing the Call to Renewal.
Saturn goes stationary retrograde at 8 Pisces at 10:27 am PDT, 6:27 pm BST on June 17, and will remain retrograde until early November when it will go direct at 1 Pisces. What does this mean?
First, it means that we are now learning to substantiate the vision we acquired while Saturn was in Aquarius using Piscean energy. Now we begin a review of all Saturn related things we’ve been learning since early March, when Saturn entered its 2023 shadow zone. Since then we’ve gotten a look at the span between 1 and 8 Pisces, and now get a different understanding of that same span of experience, but from a retrograde angle instead of a direct angle.
As I see it, the path Saturn takes between entering its shadow zone and its retrograde station is our first look at certain Saturn lessons related to that part of the sign. Then during the retrograde we get a different angle on the lessons we’ve just been through. The third time Saturn crosses the shadow zone we know what to expect, what to do, and what not to do.
It’s like the first direct span is when we “throw the pebble into the pond,” and the retrograde span is when “the waves hit the far side of the pond and return to center.” We “threw the pebble into the pond” late February and now; the ripples return to center from now through early November. Then Saturn goes direct and we get to move forward.
So we generated a type of karma in the initial direct period which “returns to source,” for better or worse, during the retrograde span. Then having generated that type of karma, and seen the results of the process, we can move forward with a knowledge of what we’ve generated, what we want to generate, and what we do not want to generate in terms of future effects.
This span shows us how to work with both actional and material energies, as well as emotional, social, and cultural energies furthering what is to be perpetuated into the future, as well as the closures required to get to that future. So we generated types of Pisces karmic patterns from March to now, and are about to get a new look as the karmic patterns “return to source” between now and November.
Saturn Structuring Future Plutonic Seed Forms Waiting For Jupiter's Four Blessings
Due to Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto conjunctions in January 2020 and the subsequent transit of Jupiter and Mars over those points making more conjunctions in Capricorn, we entered a new series of cycles. While some are now done, there are others still in play, including the Saturn/Pluto conjunction at 23 Capricorn which marked the beginning of a 33 year era!
The other big news of 2020 was Jupiter’s 3 conjunctions with Pluto at 23 and 25 Capricorn, and then its conjunction with Saturn at 1 Aquarius in December. So Jupiter launched both Capricorn and Aquarius long wave cycles into motion in 2020, with the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius setting a 20 year Aquarian pulse into life as well as a 200 year Air pulse which will transform our world.
Saturn is currently structuring prior transits to this span of Pisces. Neptune transited the first 8 degrees of Pisces between April 2011 and January 2016. These were expanded by Jupiter when it transited the first 8 degrees of Pisces mid-May through late July 2021 and again January and early February 2022. These vast tides in the collective field are now the source of what Saturn’s teaching us this year.
The Evolutionary Phase We’re In
We now begin our review of the lessons Saturn has placed before us since March. It’s a time to be open to getting different takes on what we need to do, what we need to ignore, disciplines we need to accept, limitations we don’t need to accept, and how the duties or obligations we’ve taken on since the Spring of 2020 related to our authentic Self and our Path of Hastened Attainment.
Because it occupies the first decan of Pisces, we’ll get a review of the forms we want to perpetuate into the future, and how well we learned lessons of empathy, compassion, and release we began early this year with an eye to moving into a different future in 2024-2025. This is the time to “hear the call to renewal,” and accept the new dedication now pulling to into a future. Let go, let God, and have faith that in the end, it will be easier to see what’s past than try to hold on.
Saturn in Sag (2015-2017) taught us to take a more mature view of our spiritual potentials and examine which truths serve us in our spiritual quest to fulfill Dharma, as well as which lesser truths no longer suit our evolutionary necessity. Saturn in Capricorn (2018-2020) taught us to “grow up and take responsibility” for our actions, feelings, and thoughts, and accept more important duties and roles in our world.
We got our preliminary exposure to Saturn in Aquarius in April, May, and June 2020, getting a first look at what Saturn in Aquarius is teaching us about being part of a whole, and being patient as we cooperate in creating the greatest good for the greatest number. We then were fully immersed in structuring the Aquarian vision accompanied by an even greater holistic understanding of the bigger picture. This retrograde will give us a new look at how our life was transfigured between Summer 2022 and March 2023 by our ability to “pick up and deliver spiritual power” in that period.
Ultimately, Saturn’s binding energy holds us within boundaries so we may concentrate and understand our potential “response-ability.” It teaches us how and when to act in a mature and thoughtful way, as well as when not to act at all. In any case, we learn by fulfilling various potentials. Saturn also teaches us that once a potential is fulfilled, then either we find a new potential in that same field of activity, or we find a new potential in another field of activity.
The Sabian Symbol for Saturn’s Stationary Retrograde Degree
The symbol for the 8th degree of Pisces is “A girl blowing a bugle.” In the The Astrology of Personality, where Rudhyar uses the original Dr. Jones' class notes on the symbols, 8 Pisces is said to be a degree of “Fullness of life as it manifests in service to the whole,” “Spiritual socialization,” and “call to participation in the race work.”
In The Astrological Mandala he offers that this degree is one of "a call to participation in the service of the race, as an evolutionary crisis approaches,” and states this symbol is about “the emotional relationship between the individual and the collectivity of human beings.” He continues that this is about “a new race of human beings may well be slowly unfolding some of its potential of consciousness and fulfillment.”
He says “The individual who envisions this evolutionary development ‘sounds the call.’ He or she is both seer-herald and mutant... both an individual true to (their) original nature and a dedicated person – dedicated to the future he or she holds in latency as does a seed in mutation.” We are told this is “a new form of consecration of the individual to the Whole,” where “tomorrow acts through today,” summoning us to rebirth. So this Saturn threshold will lead to “a call” to renew some part of our life, and/or herald coming developments for a collectivity. He states this degree falls in the Span of Innocence, Act of Capitalization, and Scene of Federation on the Emotional-Cultural level.
Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, says this is a degree of “the self-perfecting required for the many different forms of (our) participation” with others as we “discharge group responsibilities.” Here our personalities must make some “special modification” as a basis for our fulfillment. He says “the individual challenges (others) and is challenged by them in turn at each recurring point of special potentiality.”
He offers the keyword SUMMONS. He goes on to state that when operating positively, the degree is “an eagerness for self-expression and an alertness to every opportunity for self-justification.”
So Saturn has hit a high water mark, and we enter a 4 month period of looking back, either a) hearing a call to participate in something new involving group energy, or b) remembering how we did this in the past. Here we can get new understanding of our power to anchor a collective feeling in action, structuring social and emotional forces for a greater good. We’re now getting a different angle of understanding how to cooperate with a life renewal.
The best thing about this Saturn retrograde is that it will make very harmonious aspects with Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto through the entire retrograde period which will extend through the Spring of 2024. Because Jupiter in Taurus rules Saturn in Pisces, keep it slow, simple, steady, and pleasant while embracing new methods to achieve your goals.
Saturn's Dance with Jupiter and Uranus While Retrograde in 2023
Saturn in Pisces is currently in a wide quintile with Uranus which will become a long term binovile by August which will last through December, after which they will again be in quintile, favoring a unique blending of the old and new, the established and the innovative. Their 2021-2022 square challenged us all to figure out what mattered and what didn’t. Now we get to find spiritual realizations and high specialization in the coming months.
At this June 2023 station, the main aspects to Saturn retrograde involve a sextile from Jupiter which becomes a quintile in August, September, and October, so we have great harmony for any large project we begin in the coming months. The sextile and quintiles last through May 2024, so make progress!
The analogy of the pebble thrown into the pond and the return of the wave forms during the retrograde period also applies to our Jupiterian intention set into in 2021. The territory Jupiter opened in between May and July 2021 which launched a greater collective cycle of activity in January and February 2022 will be solidified into forms by Saturn between now and February 2024. By looking at what was opened in 2021 and early 2022, we see what Saturn will “make real” over the next 7 months.
Until Saturn Goes Stationary Direct
Because Saturn is retrograde, it’s a review, and will accompany returns of some sort. So whether we’re looking back at our long wave disciplines of Self-realization, or past duties, responsibilities, fears, or limitations, we’re ultimately being led to a different perspective about what’s enduring and important in our lives. The 2018 retrograde theme was about overcoming fear and learning “harmless” ways of relating to others which led us to new group activities in 2019. We had to mobilize in the face of “Nature’s challenge” in 2020, and got “shortcuts” to spiritual awareness between June and October 2021. The 2022 retrograde began our practicum in using spiritual power effectively, with a need to rise to some occasion beginning October 2022 through now.
During the coming months, those with planets between 1-8 degrees of the Earth and Water signs can make a lot of progress if they’ve made Saturn their friend. As Saturn in Pisces will play a powerful role in our lives from now through early 2025, profoundly affecting planets we have between 1-8 Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, as well as 16-23 Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, and Aries, if you don’t already have a copy, please consider getting your copy of Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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