No wonder I´ve been feeling the inward pull. Saturn began its retrograde at the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) at 5:05 am UTC, 6th April 2017. The retrograde ends on August 25, whereas it passes its shadow period on December 1st.
So – what does this mean?
Between now till late August, you´re going to be reviewing the decisions, directions, understandings and principles you have been learning and exploring between Jan 1 – April 6, 2017.
You may come to new decisions with old information, learning how to address them in a new way – or to realize that you were on the track you wanted to be all along. For an aligned being, this is an opportunity for consolidation and growth at the inner level. The structures you engage with in the outer world express their energies, challenges and signatures within.
For a not-so-aligned being, the next five months are going to cause havoc with your internal state. The approach you take the world around you must match the way you address the world within – and vice versa. Reckonings will arrive if the two are out of balance, and not aligned with the rest of Creation.
I suspect we´ll be seeing a lot of ego-games being played out in academia, politics, or institutions which create and claim their knowledge to be legitimate (which in itself, is power – especially if you can make others compliant with your claims, even if against their will). Policies will be promulgated, and often not with the populace´s best interest in mind. Leaders with autocratic tendencies are likely to intensify their traits with the pressure of this aspect.
So yes, things in external terms are not looking that great. But whilst we do not turn a blind eye to it, remember that our infinite powers of manifestation (for self and the collective) come from a different place. The work you do within is important unless you´re doing it to please the ego. Give it a purpose, or let your Spirit align with one through the Heart – and watch what happens.
For me, I got the gist of it when talking today with the van driver who took me to tour of Lake Manapouri (Southern New Zealand).
We talked about how academic degrees can help, and how, in some cases, they don´t tell you much about a person and the calibre of their character. And we talked about history and how what is printed can be utterly misleading. And how indigenous cultures of so many lands are now forgotten as they did not leave behind written histories (and if they did, we don´t know where to find it or how to read it yet).
In retrospect, the conversation didn´t miss a beat. I felt something was going on at the time energetically but hadn´t made the connection with the Retrograde. The past few days have been …. incredibly intense with the spiritual work I am doing here – which I why I haven´t been writing much – be it on FB or WordPress.
Astrologically speaking, what´s interesting is that Venus Retrograde (28 Pisces) is squaring Saturn at this time, whilst Mars (19 Taurus) trines Pluto (19 Capricorn). Saturn is also conjunct Asclepius, the Master Healer at this time. Throuhgout 2017, Saturn squares Chiron – the Wounded Healer – in Pisces.
Long story short, we´re going to see our relationships within and without bear the brunt of much of the transformations we undergo till late August. April will be a particularly heavy month as the North and South Node are preparing to leave Virgo and Pisces in any case.
As I´ve mentioned before, it is really time to cut and gently release our attachments to people, things and aspects of self that no longer resonate. The trick is to do it in a way that is grounded, embodied – and that comes from a place of great, deep, compassion. It´s an experience that words do not quite do justice for.
Remember that Mercury Retrograde comes up in the next few days as well, and in Taurus (ruled by Venus). If I were you, I´d be looking at my assets and bank balance right now and thinking strategically about things. Don´t be afraid to pull your resources and energies inwards if you´re feeling overstretched, but remember to communicate your process to those who matter to you.
Last but not least – The Grand Cardinal Cross with Vesta, Uranus, Eris, Thereus, Haumea, Atlantis and Pluto is also still in play. This began in Jan 2017 and will end in April (this month). Without missing a beat, the decisions made in this period will also be the ones we revisit (till August) during this Saturn Retrograde.
To provide you with an earlier starting point of analysis / energetic catalyst: Quite a lot of what is playing out now goes back to key beginnings or depatures in your life between May-August 2014. This is because the North Node in Libra and South Node in Aries aligned exactly with the current Grand Cardinal Cross in play. Choices are likely to have involved relationships or collaborations of some kind – and that just echoes current astrology in any case.
Whatever situation comes up for you, be it in terms of learning, education, travel, career, marriage, partnerships, collaborations, legacy, etc….
Keep the long-term goal in mind as you do whatever it is that you are called to do. What is your purpose? What is your worth? And how will you manifest it into being?
Focus on consolidating your internal responses to these questions and on coming into greater alignment with All-That-Is .
Rather than pushing and forcing the external, align with the internal and respond when appropriate. The rest tends to take care of itself.
Blessings and Love,
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Image: Me Looking like a Hobbit before entering the Te Anau Glow-worm Caves. This was realized in retrospect. I was buying the hat and socks at the time of the Retrograde Photo by Real Journeys.