Saturn Retrograde 2017 Karmic Roller Coaster

Saturn Retrograde 2017Saturn Retrograde 2017 starts on April 6 at 27° Sagittarius and stations direct on August 25 at 21° Sagittarius.

Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore, Saturn retrograde is a double dose of karma. Karma is a form of energy that is very real. Like Saturn, it is very closely bound to time.

Past, present, and future blur into one. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds. With Saturn in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible you have been in the past.

Saturn retrograde 2017 takes you on a journey from deep despair to euphoric highs. This karmic rollercoaster ride starts in a very bad place with Venus square Saturn. I consider this depressing aspect among the most challenging of all planetary aspects. To make matters worse, this sadness and loss is made more painful by having both planets in retrograde motion and both with unfortunate fixed stars.

However, even before Saturn stations direct, two of the very best aspects provide light at the end of the tunnel in the Saturn retrograde chart. Satun direct heals the pain and sets up an optimistic future. Karmic balance is found as debts are repaid. Everyone can move on toward emotional happiness and successful relationships.

Before I go into more detail about Saturn retrograde 2017, I will talk about Saturn retrograde in the natal chart and then the general meaning of Saturn retrograde in transit.

Saturn Retrograde Meaning

Saturn retrograde in your natal chart means there was a problem with self-discipline or avoiding responsibility in a former life. Due to illness, immaturity or disrespect, you may have neglected looking after your loved ones. Perhaps you failed to earn a living to support your parents, or ran out on your partner and children. There will be some lessons or extra effort required this life in order to pay back this karmic debt. You must learn the lessons so you don’t have to go through this difficult cycle again.

Saturn retrograde by position and aspect shows the areas of life, or the personality traits and behaviors, which specifically require extra development. The optimum Saturn nature is disciplined, responsible, stable, respectful and reliable. A healthy Saturn is hard-working and dedicated. The aim is to be physically and emotionally strong enough to endure the hardships of life, to take responsibility for yourself and your family.

Saturn retrograde in your chart could show as sadness, depression, loneliness, tiredness or lack of motivation. Disrespect of parents and authority figures may be holding you back. Whatever is stunting your productiveness is what Saturn retrograde focuses on. This could well have been an ongoing problem hindering success over many incarnations. Events or relationships will keep reinforcing the problem area this life, especially during Saturn retrograde phases, until you master it.

Saturn retrograde in transit is a regular cycle occurring just over every twelve months, lasting about 4½ months, and spanning 6 or 7 degrees of the zodiac. Transiting Saturn retrograde is a time of limitation, restriction, anxiety and fear. During the previous months since Saturn entered the retrograde zone, you will have been dealing with particular issues involving your duties and responsibilities as they relate to your dependents and career.

Saturn retrograde means that whatever area of responsibility you have been developing is so important, extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to take on the extra responsibility. The lessons you learn might be hard but they will be valuable.

On the other hand, it could be that a negative Saturn behaviors such as sadness or shyness have been getting out of control. In this case, the Saturn retrograde months will offer a chance to recognize and admit the problem. Things may get so out of control that an intervention or some drastic event must occur in order to shake you out of your depression or isolation.

By the time Saturn stations direct, you should have come to terms with the relevant issues and be prepared for the next phase. In the third and final Saturn retrograde phase, from the direct station until Saturn leaves the retrograde zone, focus and motivation leads to productiveness, achievement and recognition.

Saturn Retrograde 2017

Saturn entered the retrograde zone on 30 December 2016 at 21°10′ Sagittarius. This first shadow phase lasts until Saturn retrograde on April 6. In these months you start to learn what areas of your life are holding you back and need some hard work to fix (see chart).

Saturn stations retrograde on 6 April 2017 at 27°47′ Sagittarius. From now until Saturn direct on August 25 is the phase where you learn your lessons. These are going to be very hard lessons because Venus square Saturn is one of the most challenging of all aspects in astrology. Saturn obviously retrograde makes this hard aspect even harder. Venus also retrograde points to seriously heavy karma being sorted out during Saturn retrograde 2017.

Venus square Saturn means the lessons of Saturn retrograde 2017 relate to love and money. This cold aspect adds stress to intimate relationships due to negative feelings, distance or other relationship problems. To maintain harmony in relationships try to spend some time alone, but don’t ignore the affections and love of others either. Putting in the extra effort will reduce the risk of relationship dramas.

It is common under this influence to feel lonely and depressed. Money can also be tight so avoid a tendency toward wasting money and other resources. Hard work is needed to maintain your present relationship, career or other valued part of life. This is no time to be ignoring your responsibilities, especially for loved ones.

Saturn Retrograde 2017

Saturn Retrograde 2017

Venus retrograde means you can still find love but some hardship or delay is to be expected. Shared burdens would be the price to pay for such a fated love. Self love, patience and good timing will increase your chance of a loving and lasting relationship. Choose your options carefully. Hasty decisions based more on lust than love will only end in sorrow, once Venus turns direct on April 15.

As mentioned already, Venus retrograde square Saturn retrograde is as tough as things get in astrology. Incredibly, each retrograde planet aligns with a notorious fixed star. Very serious past life events are going to be revisited by many people during Saturn retrograde 2017.

Some will be burdened by guilt, while victims will feel the pain of very old wounds. Victims will far outweigh perpitrators due to previous extreme weather events or cataclysms that separated or killed partners. Then there are the countless victims of war, crusades, inquisitions and insane dictators.

Saturn with fixed star Etamin at 28°12′ Sagittarius gives a morbid outlook on life and liking for solitude. Overcoming such anxiety gives the power to heal others, mental concentration, philosophical and esoteric studies. If the negativity cannot be overcome then dishonor, downfall and loss of prestige may follow. [1]

Venus with fixed star Scheat at 29°36′ Pisces gives extreme misfortune, murder, suicide, and drowning. The “evil environment” mentioned by Robson [2] relates now to drugs, crime or prostitution. Suffering through own acts, and danger of imprisonment or restraint become even more likely given the retrogrades and square aspect.

Remember, however, that such negative conditions may describe previous or past life relationships. On the other hand, current suffering and misfortune from the fixed stars, the square aspect or retrograde motion, could be the karmic repercussions of those previous conditions.

Saturn retrograde 2017 may expose some of the worst sides of human nature. Having your heart broken is one thing but being kicked when you are down is a whole other story. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

At the other end of the scale you may also experience the very best of human nature. The aspects within the Saturn retrograde chart go from one extreme to the other. Two of the very best planetary aspects can turn your life around very quickly.

Sun trine Moon is the best aspect of all in my opinion. Although not directly aspecting Saturn retrograde, it will go some way to alleviating the depressing effects of Venus square Saturn. Sun trine Moon will smooth things out and make life flow more easily. It brings much-needed emotional balance and relationship harmony.

Mars trine Pluto at 0°02′ orb is extremely powerful. While Sun trine Moon evens things out in a passive manner, Mars trine Pluto provides motivation and sustained determination to succeed. You can be assertive and direct in achieving your desires while still maintaining harmony.

Saturn stations direct on 25 August 2017 at 21°10′ Sagittarius. This is the final phase where you put into practice what you have learned.

Only after feeling very very bad can you feel very very good. In the chart below you will find a total of four harmonious blue aspects to Saturn direct. This indicates the final healing of the wounds from Saturn retrograde.

Initial healing of the extreme sadness and misfortune should have begun during Saturn retrograde. Sun trine Moon together with Mars trine Pluto would have started the healing process.

Saturn direct trine Mars with North Node is one side of an aspect pattern called the minor grand trine. The focal point or end result in the happy emotions of Moon Jupiter.

Saturn Direct 2017

Saturn Direct 2017

Mars trine Saturn gives you the strength, ambition and perseverance to take on the hardest of tasks. You will find the most efficient way to get the job done. You patience and self-discipline will keep you plodding along without being distracted or discouraged.

Saturn trine North Node makes it even easier to complete your healing journey. Your destiny or karmic path is to complete this difficult task. Your will be assisted by your spirit guides. Encouragement will also come from your elders, especially wise old men.

Moon sextile Saturn makes you feel protective of you family and partner. You will show how much you care for them in practical ways, not through public displays of emotion. Your will also feel the support of your family. You can count on their nourishment and comfort through food, shelter and a shoulder to cry on.

Jupiter sextile Saturn is a time of cautious expansion. You can rely on sound judgement skills to chose only those opportunities that are right for you. This is also an aspect of social justice. Karmic balance is found as debts are repaid. Everyone can now move one.

Moon conjunct Jupiter is the end result of the Saturn direct story. In fact this is the happy ending of the whole Saturn retrograde 2017 cycle. This warm and generous aspect makes you feel happy and content. You will want to share you good mood, making this the ideal time for socializing.

This is a time of optimism, generosity and good fortune. One particular significant woman may have a positive effect on your personal or spiritual development. A range of diverse relationships and cultural experiences can enrich you life in personal and material ways.

Saturn leaves the retrograde zone on 1 December 2016 at 27°47 Sagittarius. This is the end of Saturn retrograde 2017 (chart).

Saturn Retrograde Dates

25 March to 13 August 2016 – 16 to 9 Sagittarius
6 April to 25 August 2017 – 27 to 21 Sagittarius
17 April to 6 September 2018 – 9 to 2 Capricorn

  1. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.70.
  2. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.206.

852 thoughts on “Saturn Retrograde 2017 Karmic Roller Coaster

  1. I am a Capricorn and I have Capricorn in Saturn as well as about 4 other planets. I am feeling floored at the moment and am getting anxious about lots if stuff that I would normally have a grip on. Will this pass?

    • Slowly, there is a lot happening in Capricorn over the next few years. Saturn conjunct Pluto is in Capricorn and so is Jupiter conjunct Saturn and Jupiter conjunct Pluto

  2. Jamie,

    I always find fascinating how astrology can work and all your detail orientated posts. Looking at my chart Saturn is turning direct on my vertex and went retrograde over the sun of a person that somehow has a relationship that since Saturn entered in Sagittarius it has been an on and off of communications… how would you understand the fact that Saturn is turning direct over a vertex or retrograding over the sun ? Thank you

    • I forgot to mention that Saturn turning direct will make a trine to the natal mercury of the person that had Saturn retrograding over its Sun ( and in my chart it will also make a trine to my north node) . Is this relationship between my chart and the other chart somehow karmic related due to the fact that it involves my vertex and north node?

        • Thank you Jamie!

          Would Mercury retrograde add something to this karmic situation? I got some news from the person that had Saturn retrograding on its Sun just one day after Mercury went retrograde (so 13 August). There was no communication from me since 5 July (so one month before the eclipse of the 7 august. As far as my understanding goes this eclipse was affecting people born around 7 April with a square. When I stopped communications I was not aware that it was just one month before the eclipse – by the way Uranus is the ruler of my descendant). Now Saturn waking up from retrograde trines my node north (with transiting mars close to it) and MC (and therefore the natal Mercury of this person as it is conjunct my MC)….could the communication come back through a professional or public situation due to my MC and its Mercury, even if transiting mercury is retrograde or would it be once mercury wakes up or would this be the total ending of communications? I am completely lost with this on and off interaction with this person… any suggestion?

          • I forgot to mention that the eclipse on the 7 august was conjunct my post natal solar eclipse (16.01). My Eris is at 1 degree of the Sun of this person (15.02) and opposite my Lilith (at 16.08 which also conjuncts my natal Pluto at 19.57) too many coincidences??

  3. Sadly, your assessment of Venus retrograde with fixed star Scheat is spot on. My boyfriend’s brother committed suicide on April 13th under this influence, and the fallout has been very difficult in so many ways. Mostly I am in the place of what I think of as “sacred witness” and trying to hold supportive space for my boyfriend now (his birthday is 10/10/59 -his brother was also born on 10/10, but I am not sure which year -he was a few years younger). But, it has been challenging as I have been consciously trying to lift up my own personal energy frequency prior to this happening, and I can definitely feel the pull downward with the level of grief that comes along with a major loss such as this. I am born 11/16/67 and committed to putting energy into upward and positive forward motion in my own life, so recognizing the difficult aspects that have been at work, and impacting the spring months and all that has gone on is informative and very helpful (even if just to have an understanding of why there has been so much intensity and in some cases, tragedy). Thank you for your insightful work.

  4. The past four months have taken me from knowing what is needed, but feared greatly, through learning new healing modalities (EFT/tapping) that I scheduled/paid for in February, that over the past 14 days has me reeling, feeling and RELEASING a lifetime of pent up fear, horror, and stagnation. So much has become so clear. My pendulum has been confirming my intuition, in that I was to wait out the month of August, keep healing and growing, before setting upon my new path.
    And now I know why. Silly Saturn, you so move me!
    I am entering this next phase lighter, more clear, more excited and full of love for all the great in the Universe!
    Without Saturn forcing my hand this summer, I wouldn’t be here now.
    Thank you for this article, thanks to Saturn, Sol, Mother Earth and all the beings of light sent by our Creator to help us on our paths! Especially on mine. So grateful.

  5. So I had a squizz at my chart and see there’s Saturn Rx in there. After reading the above, this explains a lot about the misery of the last few months. Will be sure to take note re Saturn Rx!

      • Saturn; coming to a Capricorn near you 🙂 (21 Dec – start of a new cycle – yowsers – bring it!)

  6. Dear Mark, Many on this earth are going thru’ the same feeeling. You can certainly feel relief from today i.e. Aug 25th and you will sure find you element after Sept 13th,2017.Just stay calm and do good to others in the meanwhile.

  7. I certainly agree this transit is terribly destructive. Your explanation is the subject of this rebuttal. Saturn is not the “lord of karma”. Karma is an illusion, a creation of immature minds. It is true in small or very short terms so it is extrapolated to infinity. If someone is injured permanently, there is no repayment or direct compensation. If someone goes to jail for murder or ruining someone, “paying their debt to society”; this does not compensate the victim. Certainly, we have all seen or read of people, real hero’s unrewarded, in fact punished for their good deeds. The silly apology, “they will be rewarded in the next life…” are inadequate. If that is the case karma is so slow as to be useless. The great Indian saints remark that enlightenment is the end of karma. The realization, I am saying, that it was an illusion all along.
    Saturn is death in life. Pluto is the end, and where new life returns. Saturn is simple evil. This transit is Saturn spreading it’s curse and putting out the light of hope and love on Aug. 25, not a reconciliation. Saturn represents cheating, the desire to cheat as one feels cheated. Resist evil with good. Attributing good qualities to Saturn is an error. One should always be on their guard. Now that transit is ending we can hope again until Saturn enters Sagittarius, likely to be the most portentous transit of the Age.

  8. Hi, I’m curious to hear more about what happens when the after the retrograde planet crosses natal planets it then goes back over the same natal planets when it is direct. Is that helpful in healing the issues of the retrograde or is that being too optimistic? I’ll give you the context. My ex-fiancé had a total melt-down in march/April this year (he started taking drugs & cheated on me, both completely out of the blue – hello Uranus!) & we ended up calling off our engagement. He has Saturn at 21 Sag & Uranus at 26 Sag in the 9th, as well as Sun at 11 Aries (linked to the Venus situation?) so some very strong connections between what has been happening in his life to this current Saturn movement. We have only just started healing (which unsurprisingly has taken until Saturn stationing direct again, directly over his natal Saturn), but I’m conscious the transit over Uranus will be coming around again. I wouldn’t be surprised if the conjunction of transiting Neptune to his natal Mercury in Pisces 12th which squares his natal Saturn isn’t helping at the moment either – his current unhealthy behaviour seems very Neptune in Pisces. Would love to have some thoughts on this, especially on the now direct Saturn in terms of healing or re-triggering those same issues.

  9. There’s one brilliant analysis, Jamie. My natal NN is at 19Sag. On the 24th Aug, I met my first love again (after breaking up with him 25 yrs ago). Guess what – the feelings came back even stronger. And so we picked up from where we left off like we never parted at all. Good thing we are both single now.

    Here’s one interesting detail: Saturn transited his natal NN when we decided to split the first time.

  10. I hope all this means Saturn is leaving Sagittarius and my Mars &asc. at 24 & 23 Sag. will be left alone for a while! This bummer summer took away my beloved pet and sent me for an operation. By the end it gave me a bad assignment at work and a car accident. I’m looking forward to some smoother connections with fate. I’ve since made some good friends and I’m thinking about some new adventures for next year.

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