Saturn Retrograde 2016 Love Hurts

Saturn Retrograde 2016Saturn Retrograde 2016 starts on March 25 at 16° Sagittarius and stations direct on August 13 at 9° 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 2016 looks a bit scary to start with and does involve a lot of hard work. There is a major focus on addressing some previous or current disappointments involving your love life or financial situation. However, after the lessons have been learned, you will emerge to a more promising future of positive change and growth. Before I go into more detail about Saturn retrograde 2016, I will talk about what it means to have Saturn retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Saturn retrograde in transit.

Saturn Retrograde Meaning

Saturn retrograde in the natal chart means that 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, and 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 represents 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, that 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 2016

Saturn enters the retrograde zone on 19 December 2015 at 09 ♐ 46. In this phase you learn what areas of your life need some hard work to fix.

Saturn square Neptune is the major aspect in the chart and will remain so for the entire retrograde cycle. This challenging aspect can bring some scary experiences with the darker side of life. Disappointment or setbacks now are more likely to extend or deepen periods of grief or depression that we all experience from hardships.

Even without hardship being placed upon you, it is likely that psychological fears or paranoia may overwhelm you leading to uncertainty. Either way, you may end up questioning whether you really can achieve those things you have hoped and dreamed for. The aim of this period is to identify the source of  your fear, guilt or worry. Patience, focusing on the basics, expressing yourself creatively through dance or music, will all help to raise your consciousness.

Fixed star Antares at 09 ♐ 58 has a strong influence on Saturn retrograde. This powerful star in the Heart of the Scorpion is destructive and malevolent. It makes you tough, courageous, alert and belligerent. Physically, this star rules the right side of the third vertebra from the bottom (fifth lumbar). With Saturn this can restrict mobility and cause a limp, with the psychological effect of not wanting to join in routine activities.

Antares with Saturn causes materialism, dishonesty, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments and failures, and trouble through enemies. Disagreement and legal matters can end in loss, and there may be domestic problems and interference from relatives.

Saturn stations retrograde on 25 March 2016 at 16 ♐ 24. This is the phase where you learn your lessons.

Fixed star Ras Algethi at 16♐22 can cause boldness and a drive to gain power, but also much irritation associated with women.

Saturn Retrograde 2016

Saturn Retrograde 2016

As you can see in the chart above, Saturn stationary retrograde is the focal point of a stressful T-Square aspect pattern, being square to the Venus-Jupiter opposition. A T-Square represents hard work and achievement, much like Saturn, and the achievement is expressed through the action point, Saturn.

First off, the energy of Venus opposite Jupiter builds up and tension is created. Hard work through the squares relieves the tension, and something is materialized at Saturn. Sometimes the result is positive, sometimes things don’t work out. The whole process occurs very quickly, like a rush or intense hard work. You need to rest for a while as the energy again start to build up in the opposition.

Venus opposite Jupiter can cause a lack of self-discipline and motivation. There is a tendency to be sloppy regarding details and lazy in general. If others are relying on you, they will easily become frustrated with what they see as a careless attitude and lack of respect.

You will be feeling more affectionate and playful than usual, bringing a focus on your love life, socializing, and all kinds of pleasurable activity. If seeking a new lover there will be a tendency to lower your standards just to get some. Extra precautions are advised. Overindulging and going to excess also needs to be watched with money, food, drink and drugs

Venus square Saturn can add stress to intimate relationships due to negative feelings, distance or other relationships problems. Most of these hindrances will stem from your own fears or criticisms, but you may face the same from others. To maintain harmony in relationships, it would be better 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 required 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. Although you will be feeling low and in need of love, someone close to you may lean on your for support and would be greatly disappointed if you let them down.

Jupiter square Saturn creates inner tension as you face criticism or limiting circumstances in your life. Structures or long-held beliefs may breakdown leaving you feeling uncertain and unsure about your future. Any area of your life that has gotten out of control or is creating this tension will be subject to the strong hand of Saturn.

You could experience financial hardship in which case you need to limit spending on luxury items or entertainment. A relationship on rocky grounds may lead to a separation or major shakeup. Events may force you to reassess previously held strong beliefs. Destructive behavior patterns such as addiction may come to an end during this period.

Saturn stations direct on 13 August 2016 at 09 ♐ 46. This is the final phase where you put into practice what you have learned.

It is important to mention at this point, that this interpretation is a general one, describing the background influences that affect each and every one of us. How each phase of Saturn retrograde 2016 affects you individually will depend on the transit made to your birth chart.

Saturn Retrograde 2016

Saturn Direct 2016

Yet again the chart shows a T-Square configuration focused on Saturn. This time the energy builds in a Venus-Neptune opposition. The hard work is carried out via the two squares which you are already familiar with. Saturn entered the retrograde zone square Neptune. The retrograde station five months ago also had Venus square Saturn, when Venus was back in Pisces.

Venus opposite Neptune has the potential to cause problems with relationships and finances. You are more likely under this confusing and deceptive influence to fall victim to predators who seek to take advantage of your caring and accepting nature. People may see your niceness as a weakness, appearing more loving or generous than they really are.

Over idealization or gullibility can lead to embarrassment or disappointment in love, or financial losses that would all have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem. You need to be more aware of the potential dangers of any offers, schemes or dating sites at the moment. Being generous and giving also has it problems at the moment. This is no time to be a martyr.

Saturn leaves the retrograde zone on 19 November 2016 at 16 ♐ 24. This is the end of Saturn retrograde 2016 and the result or outlook is shown in this chart.

Jupiter sextile Saturn is a time of cautious expansion. Some opportunities for growth are likely to be on offer and you can rely on sound judgement skills to only chose those opportunities that are right for you. These opportunities may be in your career, through investment or business deals, or in your personal life as major material possessions or relationship choices.

You may earn promotion or may take on more responsibility. You will come out of this experience wiser, richer or happier. Business investments will bring you financial stability and long-term steady growth. Investing in property or blue chip stocks would be especially good for wealth creation. This is a good time to start a savings plan, buy a house, or to start a small business of your own.

Saturn trine Uranus represents a transition phase in life. This is the ideal time to make positive changes in your life because they should run smoothly. Change will not be upsetting or erratic as it sometimes can. You will remain calm and patient, planning every step methodically.

You may be given more responsibility but also be allowed enough freedom to tackle the work in your own way. You can break down complex tasks into ordered segments to effectively instruct others. You would do well at learning or teaching technical subjects. Even occult subjects like astrology would be more easily understood now.

Saturn Retrograde 2016 Summary

Fear and anxiety run throughout the whole Saturn retrograde cycle because of Saturn square Neptune. However, it is your love life and finances that are the cause of your concerns with Venus square Saturn featuring in both the retrograde and direct station charts.

Some necessary hard work and lessons involve self-discipline, motivation and deception. In both charts again, Saturn is the focal point of a T-Square, suggesting practical results can be achieved. Although the whole process is rather challenging indeed, the outlook is in fact very promising. Positive growth and change are at hand as you tentatively come out of this testing phase of life.

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

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516 thoughts on “Saturn Retrograde 2016 Love Hurts

  1. Thanks a lot Jamie. He has been acting very unlike himself for a while and been depressed all year. I truly thought it was some past karma catching up with me in this time of five planet retrograde. Thank you for the clarity, at least now I won’t blame myself for not having learnt the right life lessons and therefore feeling hammered and lost at this difficult time. For now I am giving him a wide berth and working to calm myself through learning meditation as my body is not strong with multiple chronic health issues and I am flooded with stress hormones. So grateful for you site and your comment here!

    • Yes, it is very uncommon to find nothing in a questioners chart but all the difficult transit in the partners. Very very rare. Good for you.

      • I’m stunned to know this – all this time I thought I had the ‘bad’ horoscope with lots of problems. (I was told this repeatedly growing up by someone who reads horoscopes). Thank you again Jamie.

        Is there any way I could arrange a personal consultation from you? I am struggling with lots of health /career/depression issues for almost a decade when a bad accident in 2007 spiralled me into years of being bedridden in terrible pain. Difficult childhood, now housebound and chronically ill with little hope of indeodnance. Many doctors are amazed I am still alive. This breakup has been the last good thing extinguished. I wonder what Life is trying to tell me with all I have endured and if I will ever have even a normal life. If you are open to consultations, please let me know. If not , I still thank you for your time and your selfless help at this very difficult time for me Jamie. God bless you.

        • I don’t do personal readings Jas but encourage people to learn astrology. My method is simple. Aspects and fixed stars for your natal chart. Transits and Moon phases for your development. Start with Sun square Uranus and keep going.

  2. Thank u Jamie for ur kind reply….I really appreciate that took time to read reply all our issues…

  3. He was misbehaving with me for quite a while finally yesterday I left the house and went to a shelter. 24 June 2016. I dnt know how long will it take? Can anyone read my chart 30 January 1984 2:00 am Peshawar Pakistan

    • Well done Mano. The June 4 new moon was exactly on your North Node so you have made the right move. This is a major life changing event because your North Node is the action point of a Yod aspect pattern, so you do have a very fated life.

      The June 20 full moon was right on your Neptune. You have Jupiter conjunct Neptune, both trine Midheaven so you can dream up your new future and make it happen.

      Sun square Mars very strong in your chart is the reason for the violence so research this aspect and and use Sun sextile Uranus to overcome it.

  4. Dear Jamie, if any one is in dire need of your help its me. My BF or soulmate as I say has given me hard time this year since beginning and specially since March 25. Last talk we had was on May 24. Not a fight but silence since then.
    My date of birth is 04 July 1973, 13.15, Allahabad, India.

    • He says he is fed up of his career, and that he has trauma due to an ex wife and that he goes through these lean phases and that he is a psychiatric patient. All of a sudden he stopped opening up and talking about whats bothering him.
      I am highly anxious because of this, I rarely sleep. Dont know what to do. I am worried for him and for me and us both.
      His details are: 8 August 1973, 11.45 am, Pilani, Rajasthan, India

    • That is very interesting, my boyfriend started to become distant at the beginning of the year (just like in your situation, there was no fight) and March 24 is the exact date when it quickly started spiraling downward. He disappeared for a week when I really needed him. Since then he has become increasingly cold, aloof, and aggressive…just generally depressed and angry. Silent treatment off and on. Sounds eerily similar to your situation. I am sending both you and your partner love and good wishes, I know you are both suffering!

      • Thank you so much for your lovely wishes. I wish the same for you.
        Loads of love and hugs to you.

  5. God AG ! I thought only I was an aberration !

    Jamie, my heartfelt thanks to you. You are a life saver.

  6. Hi Jamie
    DOB is 9th Dec , 1972..
    Time– 11.20am
    Place–+ Kolkata, west Bengal, India
    Can u pls chk his career path…
    Currently in bad shape… business suitable for him… he wants to start business or wl he get a job…

    • Good prospects for career in December 2016, Saturn conjunct Sun transit with Jupiter sextile Sun transit.

  7. thank you Jamie. gave a little hope into some things. i left my husband about a year ago, moved out, broke up my family. a lot of pain from that. then i came to terms that i am in love with a married man whom I can never be with and that in itself has also been really difficult and i just feel so lost and alone. i try to be a positive person but recently it has been a severe struggle, my faith in my relationships and my life goals has become very small. and that also sadens me. Any insight into how this retrograde may be effecting me currently? i would love some positive news that my sadness could be coming to a close. nov 5 th 1982 i think 12:16 pm metairie, la US

    • Hi Danielle, things will be much better soon. The problem has been the March 2016 lunar eclipse square your Mars and Nodes which is frustrating your passionate desires, making you feel like you are at a crossroads. But this ends with the August 18 lunar eclipse sextile Neptune. See Moon sextile Neptune transit.

  8. All the recent/current retrogrades have been difficult, but honestly it feels like relationship and money problems have always been repeating in my life! Starting to wonder if there’s something in my chart that points to hardship in those areas 🙁 Will I always be at odds with my circumstances or is this just a really long phase of adjustment/learning? Any thoughts Jamie?
    3.9.84 10:14pm NYC

  9. I’ve been traveling my 2nd Saturn return for a year now with retrograde activity in the midst. I’m hunkered down for the duration though. Waiting on Saturn trine Uranus (also a feature of my natal chart) to send me off in a good direction. Jupiter also made a return during this time, a year ago, so the landing hasn’t been too bad. My comment re Mars Saturn conjunct twice in transit is still mystery to me but if it’s very harsh, I’m safe under the covers for the duration anyway. Dob 2/18/56 3:10am Westchester, NY.

  10. Thank you Jamie for ur reply…. pls can u tell me whether business is suitable for him or job… DOB – 9thDec,1970, time–11.20am, Kolkata, India.
    Thanks once again for ur selfless service..

  11. Hi jamie
    TIME….02.32 PM


    • That would require a full reading Pankaj. Not for here, I only answer short questions usually.

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