Saturn is currently in retrograde, in Pisces located at 01 Pis 34' 28"

Planetary Aspects

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No aspects in the next 5 days.

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

29.09.2023 at 04:23:45 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun05 Lib 46' 45"
The Moon02 Ari 33' 19"
Mercury20 Vir 11' 37"
Venus22 Leo 16' 16"
Mars21 Lib 17' 43"
Jupiter14 Tau 34' 58" R
Saturn01 Pis 34' 28" R
Uranus22 Tau 41' 02" R
Neptune26 Pis 00' 17" R
Pluto27 Cap 55' 30" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-6
Proton Density:2.98
Proton Speed:421.9 k/sec
KP Status:2.33
TypeSep 29Sep 30Oct 1
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels due to an M1.2/Sf flare at 28/0907 UTC from Region 3450 (S19E58, Dai/beta). Region 3450 was responsible for the majority of the C-class flares. Slight growth was observed in Region 3450 as it rotated further into view. Regions 3435 (N10W77, Cso/beta), 3445 (S14W49, Dao/beta), 3447 (S22W31, Csi/beta), and 3449 (N15E16, Dao/beta) appeared to be in decay. The rest of the spotted regions were relatively stable.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were near nominal levels with solar wind speed around 350-440 km/s. Total field ranged from 4-8 nT while the Bz component was between +/-4 nT. Phi angle was mostly positive. Solar wind speeds that indicated 500 km/s were non-physical due to very low densities.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels with a peak of 1,190 pfu at 28/1650 UTC. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.