Saturn was the Roman god of wealth, agriculture and of time. Often depicted with a scythe or sickle, he is identified with the Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus. The sickle was used to castrate and depose his father, the sky god Uranus. These details give a glimpse into the nature of the planet Saturn’s astrological influences. Some of Saturn’s nicknames are Father Time, Lord of Karma, and Cosmic Taskmaster.
Saturn turns Retrograde on April 17th until September 6th in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn does this for five months out of every year so although it’s not a huge deal, it’s a noticeable one on mundane levels. Since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn there is sometimes an extra serious, Saturnian force here.
This is a no b.s. transit sure to cut out all that is extraneous and useless (December 2017-December 2020) in several departments of life. This is especially so while Saturn is Retrograde, causing review in areas where there are questions or instability around commitments, foundations and projects. Some of the weeding out that is taking place has been or may be painful and some of it is a huge relief. Much of the comfort or discomfort will depend on how true one has been to his/herself.
Saturn Retrograde supports the overall restructuring of health, career, home and business. It can help establish firmer boundaries where they have been lacking. If past compromises have brought disappointment, grief or turmoil, it could be time to say No, walk away and cut some cords. Saturn Retrograde is not playing games. It will be important to recognize when and where enough is enough.
The idea that Saturn dishes out “karma” is a very old one but not necessarily accurate. Awareness of the law of cause of effect may certainly be enhanced. Past actions, both negative and positive will show results. When Retrograde, Saturn gives an extra push to make corrections, to review and revoke agreements that no longer match the values of any particular person, group or organization. Someone that has acted in a dishonest way may be exposed and discarded or discredited by someone else. Government agencies are given no exception to Saturn’s rules.
As the so-called Keeper of Time, Saturn can even help to recover or make up for certain areas of lost time by bringing opportunities to replace and redo things previously failed. It could help to make more efficient use of the current illusion of “time”. When it comes to getting things done, that’s not a bad thing at all.