Welcome Back, Old Friend
Saturn is a slow-moving planet, typically spending up to 3 years in each zodiac sign. During its annual retrograde, Saturn slowly retraces its steps through your zodiac house and returns to where it began. This time around (Saturn entered Pisces in late 2012 and remained there until December 2015), we’ll see it retrograde in Aquarius for roughly four and a half months.
When Saturn turns retrograde, you may be forced to reassess your goals and purpose. This slow-down period can be a good opportunity to reflect on why you want to achieve these goals, how realistic they are, and whether they are realistic or not. Make sure that your plans will support future growth and challenge you to grow beyond what’s comfortable—you don’t want stagnation as one of your goals! Remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
Saturn’s retrograde period is particularly long and will be occurring during an already complicated transit. Mars also turns retrograde at around that time, which could leave you feeling like you’re in a holding pattern. If you feel directionless or aimless, it may be worth your while to regroup and revisit your goals. Identify any areas where you’ve veered off course or changed your mind about what you really want out of life. Even though it might seem like life is spinning wildly out of control—or that others are attempting to influence your actions—the truth is that all of these changes are self-made. Remember that every setback contains within it an opportunity for a comeback.
Extending Yourself Too Much
Every year, Saturn turns retrograde during a specific sign. This is your annual reminder to take inventory of how you’re spending your energy and resources. For example, if you’re working 60 hours a week because you want to be your own boss and make partner by age 35, that’s admirable. But how does it align with what’s happening in your life? Maybe you have a child or two who needs additional attention; perhaps you don’t feel particularly enthusiastic about what you’re doing or don’t feel like it’s aligned with who you are or where you want to go. Whatever it is, pay attention to feelings that pop up during these four months—they will guide you toward making sound decisions when it comes time to plan your next steps.
Don’t Settle For Anything Less Than Perfection
Saturn can be demanding—and it doesn’t accept just anything. If your business idea isn’t good enough, or you aren’t prepared to really work hard, Saturn retrograde is a great time to step back and rethink your next steps. Alternatively, if you have given yourself plenty of time and done your due diligence, you can use Saturn retrograde as an opportunity to assess where there might be problems with your strategy or concepts—things that can be fixed now rather than later. Either way, bear in mind that since it will last approximately four months (beginning June 4th), while Saturn turns retrograde annually, it will be a long process and one that may require patience. In other words: Don’t expect overnight results.
Leading By Example
As a leader, you have to set an example. That is why it’s important to be true to yourself. If you preach honesty but lie on a regular basis, then you lose all credibility. When your team looks at you and sees that you don’t practice what you preach, they may start doing things that are not acceptable to your company’s ethical standards. If your reputation depends upon living up to others’ expectations of professional behavior, it’s important that those expectations match your own beliefs about ethical practices as well. In short, it’s critical for leaders’ actions and words to match one another and accurately represent your character.
Getting Support From Others
If you’re working on a project that involves multiple stakeholders, create a plan to discuss your progress with everyone involved. Identify any potential issues before they become problems and find ways to prevent them from happening in the future. Plus, by consulting with others about your plans and progress, you’ll receive valuable feedback that can help you reevaluate what you’re doing as well as how to fix it. The support of others doesn’t just provide assistance; it also makes things more enjoyable. And if there is anything Saturn retrograde loves, it’s less pressure and more fun! Remember—you don’t have to do everything alone! By asking for help when needed and supporting others as much as possible, everyone wins!
Prioritizing Time Management
For most of us, time is a commodity. We feel as though we need more of it because there’s never enough. One way to make time your ally, instead of your enemy, is by prioritizing your tasks effectively so that you have time to do what matters most (and don’t waste energy on what doesn’t). In other words, focus on doing rather than being busy and you’ll increase productivity and avoid wasting too much precious time. So, how can you make sure that you focus on priority tasks first? Start by creating a detailed task list with your three biggest projects or activities for today at the top.
Remembering to Act Ethically
As you prepare for Saturn retrograde, think about how you behave ethically. Do you use others to accomplish your professional goals? Do you take a lot from people without giving back in return? This may feel like a productive way to get ahead at first, but eventually, it will come back to bite you. In fact, one of Saturn’s main themes is karma—the cosmic law of cause and effect—which means that what goes around comes around. When retrogrades bring things back into our lives, we have a second chance to correct wrongs and fix mistakes before they spiral out of control and hurt us down the road. Look within during Saturn retrograde and act with integrity. It will serve you well!