Saturn's pulling into the station
Saturn Retrograde: May 23 to October 10, 2021 from 13 degrees to 6 degrees Aquarius
Venus Out of Bounds: May 23 to June 18 and October 9 to December 7, 2021
Taskmaster Saturn goes retrograde at 13 degrees Aquarius on May 23 (2:19 a.m. Pacific). As Saturn appears to slow and then stop in the zodiac, the energy and themes of this planet become concentrated and our burdens and responsibilities can feel dreadfully heavy to carry. Saturn can be a real drag, and we can be more highly aware of just how big a drag during stations like this.
At the same time, Saturn stations indicate a point when position, status, and authority can be shored up or cemented into place. If we've been working long and hard for some type of progress in our lives or out in the world, Saturn stations can be times when we see the fruits of our labour. We get a moment to pause, to reflect, to check our status, and this provides a vantage point from which we can view just how far we've come. Events may also be kicked up around the time of Saturn stations to test us on just how well we've learned previous lessons.
In general terms, the transit of Saturn in Aquarius (March 21, 2020 to March 7, 2023) indicates a challenge laid at our feet to build, establish, and reinforce (Saturn) the type of future and the type of communities (Aquarius) we wish to live within.
Do we wish to live in a human-centred world where we work to meet the real needs of the people, or do we wish to live in an artificial, technology-dominated world where human beings are a commodity to be controlled, data-mined, and exploited? Do we wish to live a natural life, a life as part of nature, or do we wish to live an artificial life of virtual reality? The influence of technology, particularly top-down control (Saturn) through technology (Aquarius), is a major theme for the Saturn in Aquarius transit.
Saturn Rx will now back into a second exact square to Cosmic Agitator Uranus in Taurus (June 14), and as the squeeze of this square aspect intensifies, we're locked into a period of acute structural change. Many things are changing on many fronts, and people could be sort of losing it under this extremely uncertain and hard-to-pin-down energy. The word "unhinged" comes to mind. Things flying loose. Extreme adaptations to changing conditions. Anxieties or dread nipping at us from multiple angles. Difficulty staying grounded or feeling safe in the material world.
We're required to put extra effort into stability, reliability, normalcy, routine, and personal traditions in order to come through this year in good standing, without being emotionally shredded or left in a shambles by the often-harsh energies.
Both our emotional and physical anchors must be tended, reinforced, and protected throughout the year and particularly around the times when the Saturn-Uranus square is at its tightest.