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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704 thoughts on “Saturn Retrograde 2016 Love Hurts

  1. Sir,
    this fits what I am going through very well. In Feb 2014, my wife left with our son and I had been trying to get them back. We were best friends and it feels like she doesn’t remember a thing. Didn’t see my son for two years and saw him for 10 minutes in Jan 2016. Its been 7 months and haven’t seen him again. I am working through law to get them both back and have a chance to talk to her and sort out issues still.

    Work has been very stressful from March. Gotten into issues with manager. Hoping for a turn around with hard work and dedication. I am hoping I will get out of this.

    Basically, I am hoping for a turnaround in career and family life and have life normal again. Any advice is sincerely appreciated.

    DOB: 3rd Nov 1978, Bhimavaram, India

      • Thanks a lot Sir. You are saying that things will improve from now on. Right? Lastly, I will get back my son and wife. right? I love kids and not being able to hold my kid, hug him, play with him is really killing me everyday. It impacts my work too a lot sir.

        Her D.O.B is 4th June 1982, Berhampur, Orissa.

        Sincerely appreciate your time Sir.

  2. Jamie
    Am a Leo….D.o.b 18th Aug, 1970, 4.43 am, India…. Can u pls put some light on my relation with my husband….not having good time…..from all sides…
    Really appreciate your help and advice
    Thanks
    M.B.

      • Hi Jamie
        Thank u for your reply n time….am really grateful…. But I can’t understand the meaning properly….are these good or bad…..specially for my relationship with my husband
        Regards

  3. Thanks a lot for the clear analysis, Jamie. Really appreciate it. It has given me a lot of insight into why this year has been so bad. May your tribe increase.

  4. Everything I touch turns to crap and is very difficult over that last number of years.Its like a nightmare that is just never ending. I’m sixty years old now and I keep waiting and hoping something/anything good will happen.It seems the harder I work the worse life is in general. Its the strangest part of my life. Its true, whatever I try to do to improve my life financially or in any aspect it just has the opposite effect. I have read Saturn is there to teach us a lesson I have learned nothing and whatever I try just does not work or has a bad result.So, I just have given up, I have always been very not this kind of person and this is a very strange long lasting part of my life it’s like there is a curse on my life. I was born 6/26/1956 in Long beach California. Is this going to end anytime…? I keep waiting for any good thing to happen like most people would experience from time to time. But its like a very slow death. Thank you so much, if you could give a little advise or why this is happening or if it will end..?.Thanx again.

    • You are having a particularly hard time lately with a number of challenging long term transits. The worst of these being Saturn opposite Mercury transit which is known as depressing, especially in retrograde:

      06 Feb 2016
      13 May 2016 retrograde
      02 Nov 2016

      Things level out from early November 2016 with a balanced mix of challenging and easy transits

      Eclipses this last year have not helped. The September 2015 and March 2016 lunar eclipses both square your Sun. The August 18 lunar eclipse square your Saturn. All that emotional drama will come to an end with the September eclipses working out well for you.

      Your birth chart sure has some challenging aspects but is not the worst I have seen. Plenty of nice aspect to work with. Lack of patience from Mercury square Mars is a problem. The the dark heaviness and depression you feel comes from a Jupiter Pluto conjunction square Saturn. So research that one first and use your positives like Venus sextile Jupiter/Pluto, Venus trine Neptune. A chart with your time of birth will give you more detail on aspect to Moon and Ascendant.

      Love is your strong point with those Venus aspects plus Venus conjunct fixed star Betelgeuse.

      • Thank you so much. Sometimes I have to look at my birth certificate to make sure the reports are actually talking about me. Born 9:49 am.Again, thank you for the hope as it appears over the next years things are supposed to get better. Have been married for 38 years.Have had years of financial insecurity. All the very best to you.

        • With the birth time I can see your have Pluto rising square Saturn in your birth chart. You have done well to stay married so long. My record is about 7 years. You do have a very nicely placed Venus. Interesting as Venus rules money as well as love

          • Thank you Jamie, I am very interested in astrology as It has served well in the years up until about a few years ago when things started going haywire. Now my decisions over that past few years have all turned out bad..(A major home relocation away from family and friends ) ..But that’s what we actually wanted. On the one hand we live in a very beautiful place now, on the other my wife and I can’t visit our grandchildren and they can’t visit us very much..(Mainly a financial restriction that has been working for these last few years) I believe Saturn has placed truly unbearable restrictions on my life but I’m not able to understand as much as i would like about astrology only what i read. I have been reading a lot trying to figure out why all I have been able to do is be patient and wait .And im exactly not the waiting kind. You’ll have a long married life but it takes the right two people and a lot of “patience”, again sounds like something I don’t have, maybe I have more than I would admit…hehe, These last few years have brought many changes with not so great results. Thank you for your time Jamie,

  5. Hi,

    This is exactly what i am going through. My married life is not going to well. My wife behaviour is very erratic. I am very depressed. I am not sure what is going so wrong in my life. My DOB is 27-09-1979, time: 10:10 and Place: Kanpur (U.P., India). I have been through a very bad time in last eight months. I am loosing hopes. Please tell me if I have any good time in store for me.

    • Saturn retrograde has contributed but the main reason for your predicament is Saturn square Neptune. You have it in your birth chart and the last two solar eclipse have triggered it into action. The current Saturn Neptune square is hitting your Moon at 9 Sagittarius.

      Research Saturn conjunct Moon transit exact on 18 December 2015
      Neptune square Moon transit from May 2015 to January 2017

      • Will it be forever in my life… When can I have respite from it…are there any remedies for the same….

        • Saturn square Neptune you always have but it will get easier by the end of the year once the same aspect has finished in the sky.

  6. Hi Jamie…
    I’m Aries born on 24th March 1975 In Macedonia, Negotino and my partner Sagittarius 24th November 1970 UK, Jersey
    We’ve been together almost a year, lots of problems to deal with during this year, work related, disappointments from friends etc. at the moment the relationship is a bit shaky and I’m very sad about that as I do care for him and I love him, But I feel like he’s not completely honest with me, what do I do?
    Please send some light and positive energy in my relationship Jamie. I’ve been through a lot in my life and I don’t want to end up disappointing from the relationship.
    Please help! Thanks a million

    • I don’t do relationship astrology Boka but your birth chart shows confusion on your part coming from a strong aspect of Mercury square Neptune. Yet you can overcome these mental anxieties using an equally strong Mercury trine Saturn. Because of the position of these planets in your chart, they are currently being heavily impacted by Saturn square Neptune. This will pass by mid October 2017. The worst dates would have been during Saturn square Mercury transit:

      10 Jan 2016
      17 Jun 2016 retrograde
      07 Oct 2016

  7. Hi my name is Mishkah born on 27/05/1974 Cape Town South Africa. Been roller coaster ride these last 3 years hoping things will pan out. Advice plz.

    • Mishkah, good luck soon with Jupiter trine Sun transit October 7. But you are in the middle also of Uranus square Mars transit and Jupiter square Mars transit. Therefore, do take advantage of any good opportunities but do not take big risks.

  8. hi Jamie I am facing prbs since march 23 my dob is 13.07.1994 and his 10.11.1994 n one girl is comiong between us n now he is ignoring me i need him back but he says he is honest i need him sir plz help will he commit he says he need time he said when this bad phase will end plzzz its kind request plx help

  9. No job and facing relationship issues. Trying to find a suitable alliance for myself for matrimony but have been cheated on all occasions. Date of birth 13th march 81, 03:15am, mumbai. Pls advise.

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