January 25th, 2011 by Kelli Fox
Saturn, the planet of boundaries, karma and life lessons, is turning retrograde. Depending on where you live, late at night on Jan. 25 or early Jan. 26, Saturn begins its retrograde phase, which lasts until June 12. Saturn is retrograde about thirty-six percent of the time, and when it’s retrograde, Saturn shines its baleful, beautiful yellowish light on us all night long.
Saturn already has the reputation of being a downer. So how could four and a half months of Saturn Retrograde possibly be a positive thing? Well, easily. Instead of getting more serious, folks back off a little bit during this retrograde period. It’s a time to take a little breather from the usual breakneck pace that most people keep these days. Don’t worry, you’ll still get plenty of work done — it’s not like Saturn changes personality during this period. It’s just that the sense of urgency and anxiety relaxes somewhat. Doesn’t that sound like a relief?
As Saturn is currently in Libra, old relationship issues may arise. If so, you’ll have to reorganize your priorities and keep your perspective. What’s important to work through now, and what can wait? Let your significant other know about the changes, and reduce your expectations somewhat. Don’t cave in altogether, though; that won’t make Saturn happy!
During this time you may find yourself with a very strong inner sense of what is right and what is wrong. Integrity will be hugely important to you. Discernment and the ability to weigh many factors at once into your decision-making process are also natural gifts of Saturn Retrograde.
This is not usually a good time to break away and start a new relationship, but it’s a fine time to plan for the future that you’ll begin when this planet goes direct again. Take the time to do things right on the first attempt. Watch for authority issues — another domain of Saturn. As always, Saturn wants us to develop patience. Remember … it’s good for the soul!