Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Saturn, The Lord Of Time And Karma Goes Retrograde

It takes Saturn much longer to travel around the sun than Earth, about 30 years. Just as we spend about a month in each astrological sign during our solar journey, Saturn spends about three years passing through each sign. For instance, Earth just moved from Pisces into Aries. In December of 2017, Saturn entered Capricorn. And this is especially significant because Saturn rules Capricorn, and the next sign, too, which is Aquarius.

Saturn is turning retrograde, moving backward through its home sign of Capricorn from April 17 to September 6, 2018. This planet of order's retrograde period is a time to cultivate discipline, patience, and self-restraint.

Normally, Saturn is something of a celestial disciplinarian in astrology.

Saturn is known as the lord of time and karma; the embodiment of what goes around, comes around. And it’s during the retrograde period that karma is “sorted out.” Past, present, and future blur into one. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds. With Saturn in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible you have been in the past.

The lessons associated with Saturn retrograde relate to your thoughts and words. Saturn retrograde 2018 will be especially challenging if you have a history of teasing or verbally abusing people. 

Saturn retrograde shows the areas of life, or the personality traits and behaviors, which specifically need extra development. It will teach us the importance of being mindful and acting correctly from the beginning, as every decision will have lasting and sometimes unexpected effects.

Saturn retrograde in your natal chart means there was a problem with self-discipline or avoiding responsibility in a former life. Due to illness, immaturity or disrespect, you may have neglected looking after your loved ones. Perhaps you failed to earn a living to support your parents, or ran out on your partner and children. There will be some lessons or extra effort required this life to pay back this karmic debt. You must learn the lessons so you don’t have to go through this difficult cycle again.

From now until Saturn direct on September 6 is the phase where you learn your lessons. The lessons you learn might be hard but they will be valuable.

The greatest Saturn nature is disciplined, responsible, stable, respectful and reliable.

Gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness are possible even if you have been perfectly nice to all you meet. If you are prone to low moods or depression, Saturn retrograde 2018 may intensify your negative thinking. You may find it harder to get bad thoughts out of your head.

Saturn retrograde 2018 will help you recognize your own depressive moods and negative thought patterns. This is a great opportunity to erase any negative and destructive ideas about yourself and your life that have played over and over in your brain for years.

Now is a great time to either learn or further cultivate patience, so be very deliberate in your actions and choices. There’s no rush. Feeling impulsive? Hold back a little. Go nice and easy and don’t lose your discipline. The more slowly you move, the more focused you will be. You will need that heightened sense of focus and awareness as you come to examine the nature of your karmic contracts.

Saturn also represents limitations. It is a time for us to restructure. Saturn deals with programs, organizations and all things that deal with better systems and processes. It is about duty, loyalty, perseverance, endurance, form, shape, substance, boundaries and  responsibility. It is about being  held accountable to others as well as to yourself. It is about building an empire; creating a solid foundation from which to grow from or toward. Without a solid foundation, we become unstable and cannot fulfill our soul's instruction for this lifetime. We could wander without direction, cause, goals or vision; much less have a dream to hold or work toward.

We often don’t always thinking of love as being a step by step process, but often times when we end up in shaky territory in a relationship, it’s because we didn’t take the time to properly build the foundation together.

Saturn retrograde period will assist you in completing anything that is left undone, unattended to, partially completed or not completed at all. It does not pressure you to do these things, but gives you time to do them.

Saturn going retrograde will possibly be an uncomfortable period of time. And a long one at that. But it’s also a chance to create real magic in your life. Why? Because if you can handle the lessons that Saturn will throw at you over the next few months, you will be able to take charge of your destiny. And not just in this lifetime, but across all time and space.

You are in a place of privilege. You are so close to waking up from the illusion. Seize this moment and go all the way. Deeper, more complex and infinitely glorious mysteries await you on the other side of the illusion. Are you ready?

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