Saturn goes retrograde in Aquarius square the nodes: Time to grow up

On June 4, 2022 Saturn goes retrograde in Aquarius

On June 4, 2022 at 4:47pm CST, Saturn goes retrograde at 25° Aquarius 15’. It is square to the Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio (and has been for months now), square to Mercury in Taurus (newly gone direct), and sextile to Eris in Aries. What I really feel like these energies are asking of us is for us to individually and collectively grow up. What I mean by grow up is for us to mature into adulthood and take responsibility for our relationship with ourselves, others, and Mother Earth. I looked up the definition of parasite this morning: “an organism living in, on, or with another organism in order to obtain nutrients, grow, or multiply, often in a state that directly or indirectly harms the host; someone or something that resembles a biological parasite in living off of, being dependent on, or exploiting another while giving little or nothing in return.” I have been deeply contemplating my own relationship with Mother Earth these past few months, asking myself if I am contributing or consuming. I am not trying to shame myself or anyone else for falling into the mindset of a consumer. Only when you know better can you do better. But now that I know better, I am doing everything I can to be a contributor. 

Saturn is, after all, the planet that demands accountability, responsibility, and maturity. If you can work with Saturn and commit and dedicate yourself to whatever area of life Saturn is asking of you to examine, you will find that you are indeed rewarded. Saturn is currently in Aquarius square to the Lunar Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio. If we want to usher in the Age of Aquarius, we are going to have to examine our values (Taurus) and our power (Scorpio). Currently, we are experiencing crises at every level: personally, socially, culturally, nationally, and globally. We are being confronted with the consequences of valuing profit over people and planet. We are also being confronted with the consequences of power over, domination, and the pathological need to control. 

Mercury went retrograde in Gemini and moved back into Taurus, coming into a trine with Pluto in Capricorn three times. We were given an opportunity to rethink and reimagine what we value. And Taurus is the earthiest of the signs, representing everything physical, tangible, and earthy: our bodies, nature, the planet, and life itself. Pluto in Capricorn has been exposing the rot at the core of our institutions, systems, and structures since 2008. Mercury is square Saturn as it turns retrograde, showing us that in order to grow up, we definitely need to rethink and reimagine our values. Perhaps it is time to ask ourselves what is truly needed to have a quality life, whether we could better use the resources we have, distribute resources more equitably, and give back more than we take (or contribute more than we consume). 

Saturn is also sextile to Eris in Aries, the Goddess of Discord, showing us our conceit, our ego-centric ways of separation that have brought our species and all life on earth to the brink of destruction. We are so busy fighting over the golden apple we have failed to notice how ridiculously vain we are being by trying to prove ourselves fairest of them all. 

Then on October 23, 2022, Saturn goes direct at 18° Aquarius 35’, little more than one degree from a square with Uranus in Taurus. Saturn and Uranus have been squaring each other since 2021, and only now will it wane as Saturn goes direct. Saturn and Uranus squared has been the penultimate tension between the old and the new, the past and the future, the traditional and the unconventional. May we have the wisdom to get past either/or (polarized thinking) and realize that integration is the true path forward.    

It is time to grow up, individually and collectively. We cannot continue to take from Mother Earth without giving her anything in return. We can choose to be her partners, seeking to give more than we take, to become contributors. The choice is ours to make.    

The Sabian Symbol for 26° Aquarius is very instructive: 

PHASE 326 (AQUARIUS 26°): A GARAGE MAN TESTING A CAR’S BATTERY WITH A HYDROMETER.

KEYNOTE: Skill in applying knowledge of natural laws to the solution of everyday problems resulting from life in our technological society.

Here we see a man using his analytical mind to check up on the operation of the machines his inventive genius produced. This simple commonplace operation is used here as an indication of how deeply technology involves us in small matters, yet matters which in some circumstances could make the difference between life and death — i.e. a mechanical failure in a car on a crowded freeway. The need for “management” therefore is seen to affect every detail of our individual lives; this applies as well to the complexities of interpersonal, social or political relationships, because our modern society is indeed like a huge machine speeding on dangerous ground. Safety depends on available power.

This is the first of five degree symbols in the sixty-sixth sequence. It tells us that we constantly need the use of our intellectual power of observation and analysis to check on the effectiveness of the energies at our disposal. It is a symbol of mental efficiency.

Published by Kandy Williams

I am an astrologer, healer, and artist. I love nature, creativity, and learning (especially anything that helps me understand myself, others, and the world better and live a more fulfilled life). I am very heart-centered and open-minded and believe that we are all sparks of divinity in form.

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