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What Saturn Retrograde Means for You

As the planet of commitment and responsibility appears to move backward in the night sky, it's time to ask what feels right on a soul level.

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On Saturday, June 4th, Saturn—the planet of karma, responsibility, and life lessons—begins its four-month stint backward in our sky. Not to worry, Saturn retrograde is nothing to panic over. It is not nearly as intense as Mercury retrograde and won’t send our e-mail servers crashing down. Saturn retrograde is actually a good thing. It inspires us to think about our commitments and feel which ones still feel right to our soul.

What does Saturn in retrograde mean?

The ringed planet is not the most fun of the pack. Saturn governs rules, responsibilities, governments, and karma. Saturn asks us to sit up a little taller, remember our promises, and take ownership of our lives. Saturn is somewhat like a responsible parent who gives us just enough leeway to get ourselves in trouble. This energy is not strict but rather indifferent. Saturn reminds us that there are always repercussions for our actions—both good and bad. It’s up to us to make our choices and accept, with grace, what follows.

Saturn is currently stationed in Aquarius, where it will spend its retrograde. Saturn in Aquarius encourages us to think about how our actions affect the collective society. It also motivates us to create change in our systems of government that benefit all people. Saturn in Aquarius can significantly change our society and how we interact with everyone if we are willing to let go of old ways and embrace change. Shifting the collective consciousness is not an easy feat, but the first step is becoming aware that we all impact everyone around us.

Saturn retrograde also slows things down a bit so we can reevaluate our life, including our karma. It gives us time to understand the deeper meaning of why we might attract the same circumstance repeatedly. We may find during Saturn Retrograde our past karma comes back, so we may understand it to clear it from our energy.

What to focus on during Saturn retrograde

Saturn retrograde is a great time to focus on what’s most important to you. It’s a time to reevaluate your commitments and decide which ones are worth your energy. A commitment is something we stick with long after we feel like doing it. They are great to keep us on track when we don’t feel motivated and can help us remember our priorities when distractions come up.

Saturn wants us to own our lives. This is the time to own your feelings, your behaviors, and your energy. It’s a time to be accountable and admit when we’ve made mistakes. Owning our lives means we take responsibility for it. We take responsibility for how we feel and freely acknowledge our true emotions.

Saturn reminds us to be selective in breaking commitments, as we don’t want to lose trust in ourselves, and we don’t want others to lose trust in us. But there are times when commitments need to shift. It can be a hard decision to break free from something, but it can also be necessary for your growth. When looking into commitments, feel them with your heart. If your heart isn’t in it anymore, then it may be time to move on. Letting go of past commitments gives you space for new commitments more aligned with your highest visions. Obligations that lower your vibration in any way also need to be adjusted. And this includes adjusting your perception of your responsibilities—especially for those promises you can’t break.

During Saturn retrograde, which lasts until October 22, 2022, reflect upon your actions, even the ones you’d rather forget. Be honest with yourself, and have compassion for your growth, but be real about who you are and the decisions you’ve made. It’s okay to make mistakes if you can learn the lesson they provide. Also, as you own each of your emotions, they can no longer control you.

As you take ownership of your life, you’ll open the door for rapid growth. You’ll step into your power and feel empowered to move forward. Saturn retrograde can feel somewhat limiting, but this pause in energy is an opportunity for reflection. Dig deep, reflect on where you want to put your energy over this retrograde, and affect the larger collective. Then commit to doing the work you need to grow into your greatest potential. Once you own it and  when the timing is right, your life will catapult in new directions.

Learn more about Saturn retrograde—including a checklist of things to think about—in Spirit Daughter’s recent blog post, Saturn Retrograde: Empower Your Life, from which the above is excerpted.

About our contributor

Jill Wintersteen is the founder of Spirit Daughter, a lifestyle brand devoted to helping you live your best life through understanding the energy of the Universe. She also writes workbooks on each new and full Moon as well as other astrological events. Follow her on Instagram @spiritdaughter.