Your Guide to 2020's Saturn Retrograde

Sophie Saint Thomas

Saturn retrograde begins Monday, May 11 and goes through Tuesday, September 29, and there are a few things to know about this ringed planet — and its backward motion — to help you prepare. First, Saturn is strict. It's basically the daddy of the zodiac, ruling self-discipline, restriction, and authority. When Saturn is direct, this planet can help us find our path and steer us in the right direction on our journey. However, when it goes retrograde (which occurs just over every 12 months and lasts roughly four and a half months), we may feel sluggish and unproductive. Does that sound fit for the times? Keep reading, as the astrology of our current events is startling appropriate.

The Saturn retrograde of 2020 is marked by the planet's conjunction with Altair, according to Astrology King the brightest star in constellation Aquila the Eagle. When Saturn retrograde is in conjunction with Altair, we can expect to experience trouble with our work life, with our physical health, and with mental health. This might sound rather grim and there's no need to sugarcoat it: It may be a tough time for us. But the good news is that having a little bit of a heads-up about what's coming can help us to prepare, whether that means battening down the hatches or allowing ourselves to let go and give in.

COVID-19 has sent most of us into a time of anxiety and uncertainty related to many of the themes that Saturn retrograde typically affects. Many of us have been dealing with financial and career anxiety and with physical and mental health changes for a couple of months now and have found some ways to adapt. Since many of the usual effects of Saturn retrograde have already been happening, it's likely you won't notice a dramatic shift when it begins. If you've been starting to adapt, try to use this period as a time for growth.

This is a time of surrender.

It's important to note that this Saturn retrograde begins in community-oriented Aquarius and ends in its home sign of authoritative Capricorn. During this four-and-a-half-month period, we may feel a bit lazy or sluggish and have a hard time putting our noses to the grindstone. It's easy to imagine Saturn ordering us to go, go, go, and push through the challenges, but this is a time of surrender. Regardless of your personal situation as a result of the pandemic, we are all going through a collective trauma right now. During this retrograde, out-of-date economic and political systems will continue to show their faults and the need to build a path toward a better future.

But for now, allow yourself to rest. Due to factors completely out of your control, your life (and society) is upside down. Don't worry about being unproductive. Catch up on sleep. Implement self-care. Take care of yourself — without guilt — so that when society begins to reopen you are feeling strong. You need a clear mind so you can refocus on your personal goals and what really matters. Saturn wants to help you stay on track so your dreams come true.

If you treat your friends, family, and lovers with mutual respect, the next few months may be surprisingly fruitful.

Saturn retrograde also deals with the past, present, and future — everything comes full circle. If you've been mean to certain people, you may find yourself suddenly needing a favor from them, only to be rightfully shut down. Likewise, if an ex treated you terribly, don't feel an obligation to respond to their sent-from-home, check-in text. However, if you treat your friends, family, and lovers with mutual respect, the next few months may be surprisingly fruitful. Saturn retrograde sounds scary, but all it really wants you to do is be kind to yourself and to others and to keep your eye on the prize.

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