The upcoming Retrograde cycle of Saturn, starting on April 18, 2018 (9°08 Capricorn), is, among other things, our first chance to pause and take stock of the general themes and lessons of the Saturn in Capricorn era, one that has already managed to put a sizable amount of pressure on our shoulders in barely four months.
Saturn, the taskmaster, the authoritarian among planets, is home in the stern, inflexible sign of Capricorn. There is, therefore, a quintessential purity about this transit.
It’s not at all uncommon to feel confused and struggle with staying in reality-based thought while Mercury is backtracking through the Zodiac.
We’re not quite sure of where we stand, of how we feel, of what to do. Intentions change, inspiration ebbs and flows, information morphs, words are regretted – disorientation and psychological stress often ensue as a result. We may feel mentally paralyzed, unable to make up our mind, or to communicate our ideas to others in an effective way.
We’ve been slow dancing with our own wounds, while Chiron was unhurriedly making his way through hazy, psychedelic Pisces. Swimming in circles, attempting to grasp the vague, sibylline feelings of deficiency and disconnection from the Source, one step forward, two steps back. Feeling the collective suffering of all Earthlings as ours, and learning about our own vulnerabilites by osmosis, through empathy, through contact, through the experience and feelings of others. The collective reflecting the personal. The personal reflecting the collective. Boundaries collapsing, origin blending into consequence. We were wounded by deception, saved by belief, and sometimes failed to tell the two apart. We’ve seen dreams collapsing, fantasies coming true only to burst like bubbles. We have felt pain in places we didn’t know they existed. We have witnessed the effects of trying to escape our own pain, replacing an addiction with another addiction, attempting to drown our sorrows in love, sex and hedonism.
Taurus is Venus‘ comfy, voluptuous happy place – an oasis of luxury and plenty where the principles of love and relatedness symbolized by this planet can take root and flourish. A luscious garden of delights, where to slow down and unwind. Taurus reminds us of what we have earned, of what we’re worth, of what we deserve. From March 31 until late April, venus will be chilling in this lush, fertile sign, inspiring us to embrace an earthier, hands-on approach to our relationships – to pay attention to the responses of our body, to assess our level of satisfaction, to satiate our appetites. To cherish what nourishes us, and disengage from what drains us.