April 7th-13th: Retrograde Season
This week is devoid of any new major transits of any kind. When there are no major planetary transits, this doesn't necessarily equal a quiet week. We are still feeling the effects of the heavy Mars/Saturn contact from last weekend, and Mercury and Jupiter are still continuing their retrograde cycle. Saturn will be entering retrograde on April 17th, so it will be useful to utilize the time leading up to that to prep ourselves. We will dive more deeply into Saturn's retrograde next week, but for now we will look a little into what we can expect. Saturn's retrograde cycle will take place in Sagittarius, beginning at 16 degrees and traveling all the way back to 9 degrees Sagittarius in September. Seeing as this retrograde will last five months, the lessons are spread out. While they may be intense, it differs from a Mercury retrograde, whose complexities are packed into just a few weeks. A Saturn retrograde is more like a good story, with an introduction, build-up, climax and conclusion.
Jupiter will be in retrograde with Saturn through mid-July, so the next few months will be more confusing, with greater clarity coming by the end of July. While Jupiter retrogrades affect our ability to expand our sphere of awareness and influence, Saturn retrogrades impact us on a more karmic level. Saturn tends to look for the chinks in our armor and remind us of them, sometimes in uncomfortable ways. In Sagittarius, the sign Jupiter rules over, Saturn is much more intimately connected with the Jupiter retrograde. While we may wish to expand our awareness, there are some issues in perspective that may hold us back from seeing the big picture. We'll have to deal with our perceptions of ourselves and others. We can only see the world through the lens we are given, and it is up to us to keep this polished and clear. Our unique viewpoint allows us an individualized view of the world, but Jupiter longs for more. Jupiter wants to see things in an even wider scope. This will impact things like study, travel, business and expansion in literal and figurative ways.
If you look at your Vedic chart and see which house Sagittarius is in for you, you will be able to see where the Saturn retrograde will be operating. I will do a video soon about the different houses and how the Saturn retrograde could impact each.
In the Vedic world, Aries season does not begin until Saturday the 14th when the Sun enters the physical celestial zone of Aries in the night sky, actively beginning the solar sidereal calendar for the year. We are still in the Pisces zone of collective consciousness, and it is easy to sink a place of confusion or feel overwhelmed. There is a lot of energy zooming around, and more sensitive people could feel barraged by this. As more planets shift over into Aries, it should be easier to make a clear-cut choice and not be so influenced by others. Our energy will start to take on more pronounced boundaries.