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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

18.01.2022 at 08:00:08 UTC

chart wheel
Sun28 Cap 11' 30"
Moon02 Leo 00' 46"
Mercury08 Aqu 54' 06" R
Venus13 Cap 34' 23" R
Mars25 Sag 30' 45"
Jupiter04 Pis 08' 31"
Saturn13 Aqu 51' 45"
Uranus10 Tau 49' 06" R
Neptune21 Pis 02' 36"
Pluto26 Cap 30' 09"

Solar Status

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KP Status:3
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Solar Activity
Solar activity was low due to C-class flare activity. There were seven sunspot groups present on the visible disk. The more noteworthy included Region 2929 (N07W44; Dkc/beta-gamma) that showed separation within the trailing penumbra in the previously mixed delta configuration. The region is now a beta-gamma, as the magnetic shear weakened with the separation of opposite polarity spots. Region 2930 (N21W45; Dac/beta) underwent spot consolidation and growth, evolving into a more mature penumbra within the intermediate section of the group. The region was the source of a pair of C2 flares. The first was at 17/1415 UTC, followed by another C2 at 17/1506 UTC. The second flare appeared related to a partial filament eruption noted in NSO/GONG H-alpha and GOES SUVI/304A imagery at about 17/1448 UTC. There was an associated NW-directed CME with this activity as observed in coronagraph imagery. While preliminary analysis indicated an unlikely Earth-directed component, we still await updated coronagraph imagery to complete a full analysis.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were indicative of waning CH HSS influences and a mildly enhanced and disturbed IMF. Total IMF strength ranged from 4 to 6 nT. The Bz component was predominantly northward directed until around 17/1330 UTC, when it shift primarily southward. Solar wind speed fluctuated from ~550 km/s to as low as just under 500 km/s. The phi angle was variable, but mostly in a negative sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels, with a maximum flux of 2,021 pfu near GOES-16 satellite local noon; while the greater than 10 MeV proton flux continued at background values.