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Saturn, the Taskmaster, Retrogrades

RisaNewSMars and Mercury remain retrograde. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Saturn (in Libra) also retrogrades. Saturn represents society’s structures, ways of thinking, time, discipline, the father and the Teacher. H.P. Blavatsky, in her Secret Doctrine writes, “Saturn, Shiva (Hindu) and Jehovah (Hebrew) are One.” Esoterically Saturn is (transmits to Earth) Ray 3, the Divine Mind of God. Saturn and Ray 3 are also the Law of Economy. Numerologically 2010 is number three, correlating with Ray 3 and Saturn. In 2010 we will experience the continuing restructuring (reorienting) of money and finances.
Saturn influences the rules, regulations and all physical structures in our lives. It rules our bones and teeth, defines boundaries, sets limits (of/on self and others), creates disciplines. Saturn, along with Taurus, can say “No!” without worry. However, when Saturn is retrograde outer limitations become wobbly. We can become confused about boundaries for, as in all retrogrades (and with Mercury and Mars retro), our focus is inward. We see only interior realities.
However, as Saturn is more of a social planet, when retrograde, all social and societal structures and organizations worldwide are reviewed, evaluated, examined and analyzed. During Saturn retro we return to and assess previous choices and commitments. We change our minds. During retrogrades we work with the past, never assuming new commitments or responsibilities. If we must, we then review data multiple times very carefully, understanding when the retrograde is complete, new data and information emerge.

Saturn retrograde begins in Libra (4:39 degrees Libra) Jan. 13, returns to Virgo April 7 and remains retrograde until May 30, 2010 (27.50 degrees Virgo). The retrograde of Saturn lasts almost half the year. The entire world’s thinking, governments and all disciplines and structures will be examined.
Saturn retrograde will square the U.S. Jupiter and Venus (big money), setting in motion further transits (profound changes) in months to come. Saturn will demand a restructuring of the present economic system, which, under the watchfulness of Saturn, could also be done away with. We know there must be a shift from a culture of materialism to a culture of sharing. “It’s time,” says Saturn, the timekeeper. Worldwide, humanity will withdraw and retreat from the status quo, from all expectations, and from “business as usual” An interesting situation. (more at nightlightnews.com)

ARIES (March 21-April 20) Saturn is restructuring and redefining your relationships, perhaps through some sort of possible loss or separation or marriage. Or perhaps you are simply going to redefine what relationships mean and inspect your behavior in them. In partnerships you will come closer or remain apart. Why don’t you choose? Something provides strength. Let yourself be that strength.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21)  Your everyday tasks, agendas and work will be assessed and reassessed in order to understand just what needs to be done, what’s important, what’s priority and who can help. During the next four months the art of Right Relations within daily life emerges along with health matters. You find you’re efficient in both health and in work. Use your resources, care for your health, and remember kindness.

GEMINI
(May 22-June 20)  I wonder if you can define, recognize with price and identify your creativity. In the coming months you will note your creativity is from various sources: the children in your life, from love affairs, the art of conversation or simply walking here and there, to and fro in neighborhoods. What would you want your creativity to be? The opportunity for defining and knowing it is here.

CANCER
(June 21-July 20)  You may find yourself turning from the outer world and facing your inner sanctum, refuge, domicile, your home and place you define as foundation. Some will remember their childhood home, how they were nurtured and provided love and beauty. Some will go about redecorating. Some will go to culinary school. A new beginning will be sought. A self-redefining follows.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 22) Your communications and community work in the world will be redefined. In the past you have been recognized for the great quality of your work and leadership. Now newer and bolder community and communications steps are needed. You'll assess how, what, when, where and with whom. You will define the context. It’s good to tend to siblings with compassion and understanding care.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)  In the next four months notice your values redefining. As the retrogrades continue, you question and ascertain the value of money and resources. You’ll seek ways of solidifying and building what you have. You’ll think many thoughts for many months. A love of something new emerges. It makes you happy.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)  A new 28 year cycle begins for you as the past 28 disappears. Your appearance and how others perceive you will change. All your virtues will shine forth. You may feel quite alone at times. The next four months are a time of retreat—tending, reinvention, updating and improving. There’s someone you love who also needs tending with the greatest care and prayer.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) A great inward migration is occurring to you. You’ll be faced with all that’s been hiding, all of your past, anything emotional that has upset you in the past 28 years. You’ll discover habits that no longer work, fears you thought were left behind, and a litany of actions needing assessments. All these you’ll tend to as a warrior. The purpose is complete restructuring of self so your future has a solid foundation.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 20) I wish much for you; that your hopes, wishes and dreams be fulfilled. In the coming months certain groups of people with specific ideas are of interest to you. You discover the need to share a group environment seeking to serve humanity; bring liberty, love, light and happiness to them. You find a way to realize these aspirations. You will be tested as to your seriousness. New structures will be formed. Success follows.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 21-Jan. 20)  Happy Birthday, Capricorn (the goat that turns into a unicorn). As you assess how the world sees you, realize how dedicated you’ve been in helping others succeed. You outline what you now need to feel rewarded and recognized socially and monetarily. Your life direction begins to emerge and soon a foundation is built toward new goals. Life changes. Stay with that change and summon the Angel of Beauty.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 21-Feb. 18)   You’ll become a bit more philosophical, ponder upon higher education, read more and observe life from an ever-widening lens. Some will become or interact with lawyers, priests, adventurers, philosophers, writers and intellectuals. You may travel. All previous beliefs will be challenged. In your self-evaluation you’ll understand greater realities. Meaningful events and people enter your life. You embrace them.

PISCES
(Feb.19-March 20) The next four months is most important for evaluating how others value you, what financial structures you’ve set up (consciously or unconsciously) and what others expect from you in terms of resources. You have been free and easy with everything, from personal interactions to money. This will need to stop somewhat. You will need to begin to demand respect from others in every way. You will learn this. Anger at times clarifies and defines.

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