Saturn is currently in Aquarius located at 13 Aqu 24' 04"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Saturn is currently Trine Mercury

   Ends on Saturday, 15 May, 2021

Saturn is currently Square Uranus

Saturn is Quincunx Mars

   Starts on Thursday, 13 May, 2021
   Peaks on Saturday, 15 May, 2021, orb 0° 29' 7"

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
saturn2021-05-23 09:20:00 UTC2021-10-11 02:18:00 UTCAquarius
Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Saturn Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde

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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.

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Planetary Positions

11.05.2021 at 11:12:21 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun20 Tau 59' 02"
Moon17 Tau 28' 08"
Mercury11 Gem 41' 56"
Venus02 Gem 55' 47"
Mars10 Can 55' 58"
Jupiter29 Aqu 42' 59"
Saturn13 Aqu 24' 04"
Uranus11 Tau 17' 32"
Neptune22 Pis 39' 21"
Pluto26 Cap 45' 50" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:3
Proton Density:6.65
Proton Speed:330.5 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeMay 11May 12May 13
Active10%30%30%
Minor1%20%25%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT324
03-06UT324
06-09UT224
09-12UT213
12-15UT112
15-18UT112
18-21UT112
21-00UT242
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 2822 (N18E33, Dao/beta-gamma) was much less active today and did not produce significant flares. Region 2823 (N21E39, Cao/beta) was also quiet.
Solar Wind
The IMF was slightly disturbed, likely due to current sheet interaction. Total magnetic field strength peaked near 12 nT and the Bz component briefly exceeded -5 nT a few times. Wind speed averaged about 350 km/s. Phi was often variable between positive and negative orientations.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux continued at background values.