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Saturn is the planet of restriction, delays, obstacles, and hard work. It is known as the task maker or the teacher of the Zodiac. Saturn by birth position usually shows an area of life that we must work at to make things succeed. If Saturn is poorly aspected in the birth chart, this is exaggerated, although Saturn also offers rewards for those with diligent work ethics.

Saturn while in its direct motion through transit suggests that there will be time delays, limitations, and boundaries to overcome, unlike most planets in their direct cycle. When Saturn turns retrograde which is about 140 days a year, its energies are quite the contrary. The retrograde motion of Saturn may be a time when you feel less restricted and held back, although signing agreements or making major decisions is not recommended. This is a time when you can rethink what action you can take to facilitate growth when the timing is better. This is a planning stage when you can take great strides forward when other planets trigger the appropriate timing factors.

You must watch that you are not guided by feelings of guilt under the Saturn retrograde motion.

While Saturn is in its direct motion (which ends May 22, 2021) you can make some decisions that will have a profound effect over the course of time. Saturn’s reaction is slow but steady and although restrictions and some delays are still present because there are lessons to be learned, there is an opportunity to move ahead with long range plans.

Saturn has been linked to our Karmic destiny and intuition is not part of its expression. Saturn deals directly with the mind and the thinking process, although Mercury is strongly tied to the operation of the mind and thinking. While Saturn is in retrograde, you are asked to learn lessons and these lessons are likely to be learned by the time Saturn moves into direction motion. This is a time to set goals and take serious responsibility for your actions.

Saturn has a 29-year cycle and is usually retrogrades about 15 degrees in each sign. It moves into retrograde up to 8-9 degrees during its cycle. As Saturn is linked with achievement, ambition and delivers what is truly deserved, when the Sun (also linked to ambition) through transit aspects Saturn, its square to Saturn often brings some struggles concerning your goals and aspirations. If it trines Saturn, the blended energies of the Sun and Saturn offer some stability in these areas.

Saturn in its retrograde cycle is somewhat like Jupiter, in that it offers opportunities to succeed in your endeavours and planning is a fundamental action while Saturn goes through its retrograde motion. The normal cautionary application of Saturn is softened during its retrograde cycle.

Saturn’s energies also deal with accountability and the house or houses that it retrogrades through will make you answerable to these specific areas of life being tested. Saturn tends to test you and if you failed to do what you should do during its direct motion, you may be held accountable for your actions or non-action. If, on the other hand, you were working with the energies of Saturn while in direct motion, the areas of life dictated by house position will offer rewards for due diligence and hard work. Saturn rewards when applicable.

In closing, Saturn direct offers opportunities to move ahead in life although with some caution attached to the process. Saturn retrograde suggests a time for evaluation and planning and then to move ahead with caution once Saturn moves direct again and when other planets may trigger potential activities. Remember Saturn will not tolerate shortcuts.

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