Gather ye cosmic rosebuds, Earthlings! Saturn ends it retrograde period on Oct. 23. That will be followed by both the Sun and Venus shifting into shifty Scorpio and a new Moon solar eclipse in Scorpio, too. We’ll cover the latter events next week. For now, let’s explore Saturn’s shadow.
Saturn has been retrograde in Aquarius since June. Saturn rules over Aquarius, and this sign is the planet’s domicile — where it exudes a balanced expression of its energies. Here, it is all about the “bigger picture” and, when retrograde, asks that we slow down and reassess what we’re really working toward.
Air sign Aquarius holds space for the collective and the futuristic. Saturn brings focus to boundaries, structures, and rules. Saturn’s transit here is especially useful, then, for large social movements. Think of all the activity we’ve seen over the summer where people are pushing back against restrictive governments.
The two weeks after a retrograde are considered its “shadow.” Expect to see the results of all these uprisings, for better or worse.
Meanwhile, on a more local level, spend a little less time on your personal “brand” and a little more working toward the greater good. We’re going to need each other, because Scorpio season this year is going to be intense!
When reading personal horoscopes, read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Venus: It may occur to you to use diplomacy to blunt your usual assertiveness. Promote yourself while fostering good feels.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Mars trine Venus: The pursuit of pleasure is your unalienable right. Exercise it liberally, but without neglecting your inevitable duties.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury opposite Chiron: Frustration should be channeled into creative pursuits. Now’s a time to try new forms of expression to make yourself understood.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon in Gemini and Cancer: Bold communication is required, even more so when it comes from the heart. Be brave.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun trine Mars: Go for the gold and let yourself shine fully. Masculine mojo abounds for all pleasures and projects.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury opposite Chiron: Being misunderstood can either be a burden to bear or a boon to your most creative endeavors.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Mars trine Venus: Affection comes to you in spades, which enflames your richest desires. Be sure to return all favors, of whatever sort.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars trine Venus: Your charm can be quite disarming, if not downright terrifying sometimes. Soften even as you strike.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Mars square Jupiter: Harness your impulses, especially when you’re provoked. Getting your britches in a twist is a waste of energy.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Venus trine Saturn: Apply yourself truly to your affairs, professional or otherwise. Not even love is free, but the reward can be great.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Venus trine Saturn: Curry interest by considering your commitments as important as you think yourself to be. If you can do this, your projects will pay off.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Mars square Jupiter: Pick your battles. Taking on everything that comes your way is a losing strategy.