Saturn is currently in Pisces located at 18 Pis 03' 32"

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Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
saturn2024-06-29 19:07:00 UTC2024-11-15 14:21:00 UTCPisces
saturn2025-07-13 04:08:00 UTC2025-11-28 03:52:00 UTCAries

If Jupiter is known as The Great Benefic- you know there has to be a bad guy. Saturn, well, is sort of that bad guy. There are a few reasons for this, but, it’s important to understand two key concepts in astrology at work here: Benefic and Malefic.

For astrological purposes, the word benefic comes from an even bigger word: agathopoios. This means “good doer”. Pretty easy, right? The opposite of that, in a sense would be malefic- which comes from the word kakopoios. Guess what that means? Yes. “Bad doer”. Of course, just because a planet is benefic or malefic- that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to go doing a good or doing a bad. This can change depending on a variety of things like the astrological sign it houses, aspects, and whether or not the planet’s had a snack today.

In traditional astrology, Saturn and Mars are the malefic planets- but Saturn, whoo boy, that’s the Greater Malefic. If you were curious, Jupiter and Venus are the benefics. Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto are also often considered malefic but this usually involves some sort of aspect to a more personal planet.

So, Saturn is a giant asshole who eats his babies. This is the planet that usually rules things like your restrictions, limits, and discipline. In fact, quite a lot has been said about how Saturn is just this horribly painful influence- even Jung said that “I have observed many cases where a well-defined psychological phase, or an analogous event, was accompanied by a transit (particularly when Saturn and Uranus were affected)”. (But in case you were also unaware, Jung actually used the terms psychosis and schizophrenia to describe himself and many new agers have just not read The Red Book and it shows.)

You know though, we talk about Mercury Retrograde all the freaking time but, Saturn Cycles are the ones that will really hang you up by the seat of your pants. Ruling Capricorn, Saturn is also often referred to as “The Lord Of Karma”- so essentially, you’re looking at “You get what you deserve” if you’re looking at karma from a very reductionist standpoint. Ruling our career, our legacy, it’s also known as more or less the Daddy Dom of the zodiac. Structure, proper use of time, and being able to get your shit together are definitely within its ringed purview.

The Retrograde

Saturn has a very consistent cycle of slightly over a year. The retrograde itself will last around 4 and a half months. Usually known as a time when things are just obnoxiously limiting: this is supposed to be a time where you look at what kind of responsibilities are important to you and how you not only handle that, but how you actually work to make that happen. Sometimes, if you’re looking at stepping it up, things go entirely sideways and that’s more or less this Trial By Fire that’s supposed to make sure you can actually handle the crap you want to take on.

Another thing that sometimes happens during these retrograde cycles is you begin to notice that your own reticence or sorrow are holding you back. It might be time to see a therapist or get help, it might be time to recognize what you need to do, in whatever context you need to do it. It’s said that events that occur during the retrograde will help fully illustrate that- so, you can well imagine this is not quite the same as oh, you know, Mercury retrograde making autocorrect cause you to look like a dumb ass.

Planetary Positions

19.05.2024 at 15:04:00 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun29 Tau 07' 16"
The Moon14 Lib 11' 25"
Mercury05 Tau 11' 01"
Venus24 Tau 48' 12"
Mars14 Ari 32' 05"
Jupiter28 Tau 30' 22"
Saturn18 Pis 03' 32"
Uranus23 Tau 27' 57"
Neptune29 Pis 25' 20"
Pluto02 Aqu 02' 16" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-6
Proton Density:4.91
Proton Speed:404.1 k/sec
KP Status:2.33
TypeMay 19May 20May 21
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. The largest flare of the period was a C4.1 at 18/1938 UTC from Region 3685 (S13E36, Ehi/beta-gamma). Slight growth was observed in the intermediate spots of Region 3685 and the leader spots of Region 3683 (S24W51, Dai/beta). New Region 3687 (N15E08, Bxo/beta) was numbered. Other activity included an approximate 60 degree filament eruption centered near S40E15 that began after 18/2125 UTC. An associated CME was observed off the S limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery at 18/2257 UTC. Modelling is in progress to determine if there is an Earth-directed component.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were near nominal levels with solar wind speed ranging from 358-449 km/s. Total field ranged from 4-9 nT while the Bz component was between +2/-7 nT. Phi angle was positive.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was slightly elevated, but well below S1 (Minor) levels. The 2 MeV electron flux was at normal to moderate levels.