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.

831 thoughts on “Saturn Retrograde 2017 Karmic Roller Coaster

  1. My question is how long before the exact transit do you start to see/feel the effect? I had a solar eclipse exact on my natal sun in 2016. Have yet to see/feel this.

    • Which eclipse? The September one? Eclipses are felt for 6 months after they hit, so from Sept 2016 to March 2017 you probably experienced things related to the eclipse but they weren’t very important to you which is why you didn’t notice them. But tell me when the eclipse was you’re talking about. There was one on September 1st, 2016 which was obviously during the time the sun was in Virgo and there was also one earlier last year in the spring on March 8th or 9th of 2016 depending on where you live in the world.

      The next solar eclipse will be August 21st and the last one was on February 26th.

    • Yeah, same. The Sept solar eclipse was on my ascendant exactly and I felt nada. However, I felt the Feb lunar eclipse a month exactly before it happened (even though it made soft aspects to my personal planets). Generally I feel lunar eclipses a month leading up to the eclipse date. And solar eclipses on the week of or about w/in a month after.

  2. I’m planning to meet my absent father in this period (I’m 23 and I’ve never met him). I’ve already finished the tasks of discovering his mobile number and where he works.
    Do you think it’s a good idea or should I wait Saturn go direct?

    It’s HIS karma on the game, not mine, I fear anything. I’m looking for him because I think he should start paying what he owns me, specially on the financial side. I’m going homeless and broke away from my mother, who managed to be 10x worse than whatever fatherly absence. I have 3 T squares, all of them involve the moon and saturn (3rd, 5th and 11th houses):
    Moon, mercury, saturn
    Moon, venus, saturn
    Moon, pluto, saturn

    Also, be careful when you say things like “treating your parents bad generates bad karma” because some people should never procriate. If I treat them “bad” or leave them on their own when they’re old, it’s because they deserve it. Absolutely disgusting people.

  3. Oh the same day Saturn turns direct, transiting Uranus square natal moon and venus making opposition to it. Ouch

  4. Let’s see this all bull shit it’s trying to say u have to earn your way to be good we all fall short of the glory of god no one is good not one we all have sinned we are all messed up we deserve death and punishment torment so it makes no sense at all who ever call on the lord Jesus our father god and ask to be saved in time of troubles he will here our cry in the dessert he will here us and living water will flow and we will be filled with the the water that does not go dry all we have to believe in Jesus that he died for our sins and trespass and know he was raise on the third day to set next to good who knows all things if we cover our self with the blood of Christ we are made incent not of what we did it’s god did on the cross for how’s that who ever believes in that Sall be saved by grace and mercy in. Jesus holly name amen

  5. Saturn’s retrograde is hitting VERY hard, my old life of drug addiction after losing my daughter has come back in the form of a legal charge, my best friend died today in a motorcycle accident, is taking a serious toll on my wife’s health. Family’s coming apart I sure hope as this retrograde ends it brings the karmic closure we deserve for who we are, and not week we were

  6. Hi , I just wanted to post regarding my experience with Saturn turning direct and it happening tomorrow is kind of karmic for me. I am finding it quite difficult on the romantic front. Natally I have Saturn direct 6 degrees Gemini.

    If there is any input on this it would be appreciated.

  7. I lost my job on Apr 8th 2017, the retrograde started April 6th 2017, I am in desperate need of job… can any one tell me when would I get job

    • It leaves retrograde August 25th, so end of August/early September you’d likely see job opportunities popping up. Send out resumes and go job hunting at that time. Only a month to wait!

  8. This is a gut intuition thing, not astrology but I would try and relax for three days to a week. Take a salt bath. Eat well and rest for three days, prepare your job search actively after at least three days. This stopping will help you then after that time apply for the jobs you want, of course as many openings as available.

  9. Hi Jamie
    I read your article regularly. It is really understandable unlike other articles.
    Today I am writing you to ask about my son. His DOB is 06 Nov, 1998 , Time – 11.30am, WestBengal, India. Can you pls throw light regarding his study life and his current situation.
    Eagerly waiting for your reply.
    Thanking you
    P. Bhattacharya

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  11. in my natal chart i have Saturn retro 20 gemini…. does this mean it is all reversed for me? Interesting no?

  12. Hey! I am going through sada sati..things have been very worst..between me and my husband…to the extent the he is wants a astrologer has asked me to wait till Saturn goes there ay possibility? My birthdate is 22nd august 1993..8am Mumbai! Thanks

  13. I have double Sag in AC and Sun sign in 11 house. I just finished my 7 worst yrs in my life from 2016, but right now still in debt about money and relationship! My job not balance and not easy when im a screenwriter and people alway has a voice to judge and make decision to ask me fix my story. Money always left. But i try ti fix the legal matter in my life for my kid and no one even no way to support of can turn it be right. What happen to me please?

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