Even though Mercury is now moving forward, another slow down occurs as Saturn turns retrograde today until September 6th. Saturn is now in its home sign of Capricorn. Saturn is happy in Capricorn where his orderly and structured energy is appreciated. Saturn in Capricorn will be teaching us a great many things about the effort it takes to mature and the importance of making that effort without expectation of what will be received. Now the work is the reward.
Strict Saturn is infamous for keeping other planets and zodiac signs in check, and in this way it helps remind us all of our own limitations. As the "karma planet," Saturn tells us what we are and not allowed to do, and what society expects from us.
When strict Saturn is direct, it can be a bit of a downer, however when Retrograde we actually are able to see things clearer by shifting our focus from the external to the internal. Retrograde Saturn gives us an opportunity to look over our personal set of rules. We have the chance to see what kind of internal and emotional factors motivate us.
Saturn in reverse means that the external boundaries we live within take a backseat to our rich inner world. We'll trust ourselves enough to question these boundaries, and because retrograde with any planet is a prime time to look back on our personal paths, we can examine failures and let-downs, learn from them, apply these lessons to how we'll conduct ourselves in the future. Self-awareness can be very healing and will ultimately make us more productive as a whole. So for the next 5 months consider what you're allowing to hold you back so you can work on it and implement a new you in September.
If you want to see in what part of your chart this retrograde period will bring focus to, email me for the details.