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  • Writer's pictureCarmelina G

Saturn Retrograde 6/17/2023





Saturn the Lord of karma and great teacher turns Retrograde on June 17 to November 4, 2023. The Retrograde phase is powerful, because this is when a planet is closer to earth and as such becomes strong and is strongly felt, even more so in Saturn’s case as it sits in its own sign of Aquarius.


Saturn deals with structure & discipline, consistency, and routine, karma, and life lessons. When retrograde, Saturn causes delays and restrictions, these are not in vain as Saturn wants to teach us important lessons. If we resist these restrictions, we will get burned and it’ll cause suffering. What we resist persists. We need to be allowing and open to the discipline of Saturn.


Retrograde planets require us to S.L.O.W. down, to turn within, and to not move forward carelessly. Do things with care and with full conscious intent.

One of the best things to do during this time is to meditate and start a mantra practice every single morning after showering. This will eliminate some of the karma that can be eradicated.


Karma is a purely Sanskrit word, which means doing, it implies that every action (words, thoughts, and physical actions) have an outcome that we’ll receive sooner or later, in this life or in another life, or in 100 lives from now. Saturn shows us the seriousness of every action on our part, as well as the consequences or results of our actions, as such he is the greatest teacher in my eyes.


To hear what Saturn says we need to open our eye a little, via spiritual practices. This is what I believe Jesus taught btw; “the lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”. This is clearly referencing the third eye, the Ajna chakra, which is the direct connection to “God” or Brahman.


I often tell my clients that the transit of Saturn is of upmost importance, its transit in a particular house according to our Ascendant gives us opportunity for improvement and establishing a solid foundation or planting beautiful seeds for the future. Making the best of Saturn transits will reap great benefits in the long run, and in Saturn’s consecutive transits as well.


This is a time for healing as the Retrograde phase takes place at 13 degrees of Shatabishak until October 15. Shatabishak is the Vedic star of the 100 doctors, the 100 medicinal herbs, the 100 stars (the cosmos, astrology, astronomy). This is a time to get our health in check, to stick to a healthy routine, to be consistent and organized in general. Introspection & retrospection are the focus now. How can you better and restructure your life with small consistent actions & steps that will build a solid future for you ? Ponder on this.


If you have planets in Aquarius or near the 13 degrees (or the 6 degrees of the station direct), this can feel like a lot of pressure, you may feel overwhelmed, just take it easy and try to keep yourself in a positive head space. Know that this pressure is meant to refine you, same for those of you with the Moon here in sidereal Aquarius, this is the Peak of your Sade Sati, which can be the toughest of times psychologically and emotionally, you may feel tired or even drained, this is normal. One of the best things to do is to surround yourself with supportive people, and also to connect to God within yourself. This is an important time of soul growth and refinement. If Saturn is your ruler (ruler of your ascendant) pay close attention to Saturn's lessons right now.


For all of us it is important to be patient with ourselves and to listen to the silent voice of Saturn via meditation, mantra, or other spiritual practices. Saturn is not about punishment; he is about healing and restoring, it is a balancing act, as is Karma. Again, we reap what we sow, this deals with the strict laws of nature. And btw, it is said that the only way the Atma (soul) evolves in this material world is through suffering, hence suffering is not in vain, and has a great purpose.


For the world, Saturn retrograde in Shatabishak in Aquarius impacts society at large, and the whole of humanity. There will be some important restructuring. Discoveries in medicine may manifest, or new healing modalities may surface for difficult to heal dis-eases, as well as delays and restrictions in this sector. Protests in the name of human rights will go on around the world, especially in Iran, there may be some severe restrictions there, as Saturn Retrograde is conjunct their Venus at 10 degrees, and also their Ketu, also Saturn retro will be exactly squaring the Moon of the Iranian chart, this is very karmic and difficult in regard to the women of Iran.


Saturn Retrograde will be in Dhanishta from October 15 to the end of the retrograde phase. This is a Mars ruled Vedic star, which can produce violence, and chaotic events in the world, especially when Rahu in Aries is at 0 degrees of gandanta, which will cause considerable amounts of upheaval, anger, violence, fires, etc. More on this later.

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