Saturn enters retrograde every year, but this retrograde from June 4th to October 22nd, is extra special as it’s the last time Saturn will retrograde in Aquarius for the next 28 years. This means it’s Saturn’s last chance to really go over the lessons we have been working on before it prepares to leave Aquarius for Pisces in March 2023. Saturn can be considered the strict teacher of the zodiac. Even though it dishes up some challenging lessons, they are always in the name of growth and helping us to reach our fullest potential. Whenever Saturn is active, it can bring some harsh awakenings, but also many rewards if we are willing to step up to the plate and do the work. As this is the last time Saturn will retrograde in Aquarius for a while, it is really going to be ensuring that we have done our homework, shown up to class, and have been studying our lessons!
If you are curious about what lessons Saturn in Aquarius has been working on in your life, we can take a look at the key dates of this Saturn cycle and what themes were happening in our lives around that time.
To give you a starting point, Saturn’s flavor is all about taking responsibility, owning up to the actions and decisions we have made, creating structure, setting boundaries, building legacies, father or father-like figure issues, and honoring our own personal integrity.
The Saturn in Aquarius Cycle
Saturn first entered Aquarius on March 22-23, 2020. As we all know, March 2020 was the start of a global pandemic and has been etched into this particular Saturn in Aquarius cycle.
It has been my prediction that when Saturn officially moves out of Aquarius for good in March 2023, it will bring the official end of the pandemic.
If you think back to your own life in March of 2020, the themes happening around this time would have been the first seeds of your own personal journey of Saturn in Aquarius.
If you keep a diary or journal, look back to see what you were writing about at this time, as this would have been the seed stage of whatever Saturn in Aquarius had in store for you.
The next significant date in this Saturn cycle was December 2020, when Saturn re-entered Aquarius again after being retrograde. This second entrance point for Saturn was particularly auspicious as it aligned with Jupiter, creating what is known as the Great Conjunction .
The Great Conjunction activated a new cosmic cycle that we are still working with, but whatever was brewing in your life at the time was another seed planted by our teacher, Saturn.
The next significant date in this Saturn cycle was May 2021, when Saturn made its first full retrograde in Aquarius, followed by October 2021, when Saturn stationed direct again.
Once more, think back to what themes were happening in your life around this time. What comes to mind? Are you able to string together a pattern or notice anything similar to other key dates in the Saturn cycle?
Bringing us to the present time, the next significant date will be June 2022, as Saturn stations retrograde. To round out the cycle, the future dates to watch will be October 2022, and then again in March 2023 when Saturn makes its final departure from Aquarius.
Significant Dates for this Saturn in Aquarius Cycle 2020-2023
Through all of these dates, you may be able to piece together themes, patterns, and lessons that Saturn has been putting you through.
Even though Saturn does get us to do the hard work, it brings us down to earth, gets us to think of things in a practical way, helps us to create structure and order in our lives, and ensures that we are taking responsibility for what we truly want out of this life.
When we do the work of Saturn, we often find ourselves unlocking new potentials, reaching a new level of maturity, and receiving rewards! In fact, whenever Saturn stations direct after a period of retrograde, it always leaves a gift! So be on the lookout for your gift come October 23, 2022, when we experience the last Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius.
When tracing back the themes of your own life, I recommend taking into consideration at least two weeks before and two weeks after the specific date.
March 22, 2020- Saturn enters Aquarius
May 10, 2020- Saturn enters Retrograde in Aquarius
September 28, 2020- Saturn stations direct in Capricorn
December 17, 2020- Saturn re-enters Aquarius
May 22, 2021- Saturn enters retrograde
October 10, 2021 – Saturn stations direct
June 4, 2022- Saturn enters retrograde
October 23, 2022- Saturn stations direct
March 7, 2023- Saturn leaves Aquarius
Saturn Retrograde Horoscopes by Zodiac Sign:
Saturn energy naturally clashes with your fiery nature, dear Ram. While you are daring and impulsive, Saturn seeks order and control. This Saturn retrograde will encourage you to take calculated risks, over spontaneous decisions. Finding structure will help you move forward in life, so don’t shy away from slowing down to think things through before making any serious moves. You may also want to avoid arguments with people in your extended family or community during this time. People are generally stubborn, and confronting them about changing their ways may not go over as well as you’d hoped.
You won’t feel like messing around during Saturn’s journey backward, mighty Bull. Your career motivation will take center stage, as you continue to chip away at professional goals. One source of frustration could come from the fact that things will move slower than usual. Since Saturn is the ruler of time, we can sometimes feel as though we’re standing still as the planet moves through a retrograde. Luckily, your sign understands that growth takes time. Stay focused on the things you hope to accomplish and you may just emerge from this retrograde unscathed.
Brace yourself, lovely Gemini, as this retrograde could be quite a karmic one for you! During its retrograde motion, Saturn will activate the sector of your chart that rules spirituality and philosophy, which means the universe just might think this is a good time to throw you some valuable lessons. Yes, you may feel tested at times, but it’s all in the name of your personal evolution. Remember to pace yourself, think positively, and take time out when you’re overwhelmed. On the plus side, good karma will get a payout as well, so don’t forget to do some good deeds!
During Saturn’s retrograde, you’ll have some beautiful cosmic energy around you, that can assist with personal transformation. It’s a good time for you to take a few moments to reflect, especially when it comes to examining your personal beliefs and behavioral patterns. You may feel as though you’re running around in circles or obsessing at certain points of this retrograde, but it’s only so the universe can point out where change needs to occur. Don’t be afraid to drop people or situations that are no longer serving you, it will only help you feel more renewed in the end.
This retrograde could feel like a test to your relationships, but try not to lose heart, brave Lion. You may find yourself bickering or arguing with your significant other or romantic interests more than usual, and your differences may feel more apparent than ever before. The important thing is to learn how to move past any conflict that arises when it comes to matters of the heart. If at the end of the day, you can’t find a way to get along, it may be time to move on.
Virgo: Listen to your body and pay attention to your health this retrograde, lovely Virgo. Your desire to help others could become overwhelming, and the universe might put you in time out if you don’t set aside some quiet moments for yourself. Whether it’s a few minutes of solitude throughout the workday, or a full night in to yourself, don’t feel bad about prioritizing your own needs. Remember that you’re no good to anyone if you’re not in good shape, so make sure to give yourself plenty of TLC.
Your creativity could take a hit during this retrograde, leaving you uninspired, or as though you’re having a hard time expressing yourself. Having an artistic outlet or hobby is important, but you might not always feel super motivated to engage with one. It’ll be important that you make an extra effort to schedule time for extracurricular fun. You might have ideas for projects in your mind, but if you don’t take the first steps to get them off the ground, they may never happen. Add discipline to your creative arts during this time, so you don’t fall away from them completely.
Saturn will be hanging out in the sector of your chart that deals with both your home and your mother during this retrograde. So, you may find yourself dealing with issues around either or both. If you’ve been putting off repairs around the home, you may find that you are forced to deal with them while Saturn moves backwards in the cosmos. Meanwhile, repressed issues with your mother could find their way to the surface as well. To avoid any overly dramatic events, keep tabs on the condition of your home and appliances, and look for ways to release any maternal trauma you’ve been dealing with.
Sagittarius: We know you love to chat, darling Archer, but try not to get involved with any drama or gossip during this retrograde. Saturn loves to serve up karma when people have been unkind, and if you don’t watch your tongue, this retrograde could become a lesson on how words can cause damage. Keep in mind that the things you say have an effect on how both you and those you speak of are viewed. Stay connected to your optimism, kindness, and positivity—and you should survive this retrograde without incident!
You’re usually pretty responsible with money, but it would be wise to keep an extra eye on your finances during this retrograde. Avoid splurging right now, as you may encounter some unexpected expenses while Saturn rolls backwards in the sky. You may also want to reevaluate your investments and personal expenses. Take stock of your monthly charges, and look for even more ways in which you can save money. If you’re due for a raise during this time, it may get pushed until the retrograde clears, but be sure to ask for what you’re worth when the time comes to increase your paycheck!
With Saturn going retrograde in your sign, this will be a very personal time for you. You may be confronted with some harsh lessons, but as long as you’re willing to learn from them and change, you should be okay in the long run. Take some time to reevaluate your priorities and think about where you want your life to head. If you’ve been avoiding the work that goes into actualizing goals, it would be wise to use this time to get those into gear so you can live your best life in the future!
You may be tempted to run away from your responsibilities during this retrograde, but it won’t benefit you in the long run. While traveling backwards in the cosmos, Saturn will engage with the area of your chart that rules the subconscious and our undoing. Things could really begin to fall apart if you neglect your duties, so it will be extremely important that you manage yourself well. On the flip side, you’ll also need to give yourself plenty of space for calm and healing. You’ll be processing a lot, so don’t be overly critical of yourself, and talk to the other side when you are in need of comfort. Love Light and always the Lunacy,