This Saturn retrograde will be passing back over the same part of the sky that it’s been travelling through since mid-January.
Between now and September, it might not hurt to review any improvements you’ve been trying to make to solidify your own foundation and check in on your progress there.
The thing to remember with Saturn is that it rewards hard work – and also teaches that the true payoff is what you learn through the process of it all.
Where Saturn retrograde can feel like a pain in the butt is if you’re cutting corners. This planet doesn’t like short cuts and has a way of tapping you on the shoulder and asking, “Why haven’t you dealt with this yet?”
Saturn also rules time, and when it’s retrograde we may need to look at things that we’ve been neglecting or putting off. We might suddenly feel pressured that we are running out of time to get something done, or find ourselves asking, “If not now, when?”
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But it is also a time to stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes. Taurus takes its time and unlike its predecessor Aries, it can appreciate the beauty of a good break.
Taurus reminds us that once our seeds are planted, we can put some trust in nature to help with the work. Our own maintenance may involve a certain level of commitment towards our hopes and dreams.
Plants can’t survive without proper nutrients, but at the same time too much water or sunlight doesn’t allow them to thrive, either.
On Wednesday, April 24, Pluto retrograde begins. Pluto moves slowly and this retrograde period will take us into early October.
Pluto is such a far-reaching energy that it’s not always one we’re immediately conscious of. Its work is slow medicine and in the sign of Capricorn these coming months may have you looking at your relationship to authority, the status quo, and work as it’s represented within the collective:
There is greater change in the air as we move towards 2020 and beyond. Old paradigms are already shifting but they are due for more. Pluto in Capricorn is slowly weaving necessary questions into the collective consciousness so that we can each embrace the necessary changes at an individual level.
Don’t force yourself to fit into moulds that were never made for you in the first place.
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What does this all mean? That if you’ve been wanting to make a statement, or have been waiting for some inspiration or energy to brainstorm a new initiative or project – especially one that might push you out of your comfort zone – these next few weeks can really help.
Aries energy doesn’t mind being rebellious. It doesn’t shy away from grabbing hold of a vision and running with it. Its job is to act upon its ideas – it likes to adopt new missions so that it has a direction to follow.
If you set any intentions with the Aries New Moon back on April 5, Mercury and Venus’s visits through Aries can also be helpful times to support those plans or goals. Tap into the momentum that this time offers.
But, be mindful of the flipside of all this fiery energy. Tempers can flare with personal planets like Mercury and Venus in fire, and impatience can ramp up, too.
Remember that that includes the impatience we may have with ourselves, not just what’s expressed from or towards others.
Aries wants everything done today and doesn’t always have a great sense of its own limitations, so the expectations that we place upon our own capacity can get maxed out fast if we’re not careful. The Sun’s entry into Taurus on April 20 can help to balance burn out and put some realistic expectations around any important plans.
Aries season is bookended by two Libra full moons; the first was on the Spring Equinox on March 20 and the second is this Friday, April 19.
The universe is asking us to take an extra-long look at our partnerships, agreements, and social contracts. With the Sun, Mercury, and Venus in independent Aries, and Jupiter retrograde in fiery Sagittarius, the need for individuality and personal development can be strong these days.
If you are in relationship – whether it be personal, professional, social or romantic – with anyone who is stifling your ability to explore new ideas or interests, this week’s Full Moon might highlight those sources of discomfort.
Sometimes when we grow in these ways, we experience a domino effect in other areas of our lives.
Everything is connected.
As Jupiter in Sagittarius has been helping to look at the ways in which we want to experience our lives, it can make us aware of what we’ll need to grow out of first.
When people hear the word “retrograde,” they sometimes get nervous. Especially when it’s connected to a planet of luck and abundance like Jupiter: “Will my luck run out? Will I make less money during retrograde? Will everything slow down?”
It’s not as black and white as that – looking at astrology as good vs. bad is too limiting. Truthfully, we never really know how anything will impact us until it happens, and even then, our own individual circumstances, preferences, priorities and problem-solving styles will play a role, too.
During this year’s retrograde period, Jupiter will backtrack over the same places it visited throughout the winter and early spring. These next four months ask you to think back to what you’ve been working on since January 12, or what new goals or interests have been on your mind since then.
Jupiter’s giving you an opportunity to look over your own progress right now. Retrogrades have a way of bringing us second chances, or time to edit and refine our lives.
Because Jupiter can be a busy planet – its motto might “more is more” – it can force to see what we need to put down in order to be able to pick up something else.
There may be opportunities or ideas you weren’t ready to flesh out when they first came around in the winter.
There may be extra work you’ve taken on this year, only to realize it’s not what you want, or what you need right now.
There may be big dreams you’ve been putting off – maybe you started 2019 with the intentions to go big this year, but haven’t made a move to make it all happen yet.
Let this Jupiter retrograde be a time to take a second look at what’s blocking your freedom or your growth.
5. Finding your Strength and Power in your Core, and sending that power down your feet into the earth to anchor it in the web of support that is gaia. With Spring comes the time to reconnect with the feeling of the earth beneath your feet, and the realization that we are not separate from the earth - but an extension of it. The earth is here to support you. Feel your power in your belly, send it down your legs into your feet, like roots into the earth. Sway your hips, feel your center, touch in with your anchor. Breath, walk and dance from that place.
While individual Reiki Sessions always have their sacred and unique energy, it is fascinating when there are themes across sessions, and I can't help but think about the impact that our individual healing efforts have on group consciousness. Perhaps individual sessions can give us a glimpse into the collective consciousness, and when we work towards a brighter future for ourselves, we are setting into motion healthy changes on a systemic level. At any rate, I do hope the insights gleamed through others will also support you in your path this Spring.
Aligned with the season of spring in the northern hemisphere, Aries has the job of waking things back up after winter, and after the dreaminess of Pisces season.
While January 1st is often looked to as a time of new beginnings and resolutions, I always advocate for the start of spring as a solid alternative. Some people find it so much easier to get motivated and inspired with the fiery energy of Aries lighting up the skies.
This is a time when new seeds are truly taking root and the colours are beginning to return to the plants and trees. Collectively we are starting a new cycle around the wheel of the zodiac.
The first day of Aries season started with a Full Moon in Libra on March 20. While you might have felt a marked change in mood and perspective since then, this Friday’s New Moon on April 5 can really help you get moving on something. It’s time to think about what you might do with any inspiration that’s arisen recently.
Sometimes all we know is that we need to move on from what’s old and done, and that knowledge alone can be enough.
So take some time at the end of the week to listen in on what your heart has to say when you ask it this:
“What am I ready to wake up to?”
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