Saturn is the planet most likely to be retrograde in a chart. Approx 26% of the charts you get will have Saturn in his apparent backward motion.
Retrograde planets are teachers with a different agenda. They teach you by rewinding events in your conscious life. You review and re-analyse, again and yet again. The conscious event is never directly in sharp focus, your feelings, instincts and indirect impressions add more dimensions to the experience. You may not be able to clearly express yourself in the matters ruled by the retrograde planets. A jumble of feelings, you may not be sure about what you ‘feel’ and what you should be ‘doing’. On these matters your conscious and sub-conscious are in conflict.
If you have more than one planet retrograde in your chart you will need to find out the relative strengths of each to know their relative influence on you. As a starting point you can consider the planet which has advanced most into its sign, i.e. with the highest degrees, to give more results.
Saturn teaches you to maintain the society and helps you maintain your public/visible role in it. Saturn is the owner of the 10th and 11th house of the natural zodiac. Thus he is the natural agent of your work, profession, your birth father, your luck, gains from every aspect of your life, like-minded groups etc. (The father in the spiritual sense, the Guru, is the 9th house). Most importantly on the spiritual context, Saturn gives you the work-plan which helps rebalance your karma systematically. He keeps a tally of how much work has been done and how much more is required to balance your this life’s karma target. The strength to persevere. All of us hope and are optimistic, but the next step towards success is to work steadily without faltering, this is Saturn. On the emotional front, Saturn is often dour, forbidding, causing restrictions, constrictions and not-happiness.
On the inner levels, Saturn’s job is to reduce ‘self-ego’, the inflated sense of personal self.
A retrograde Saturn will often start with a complicated relationship with the father or people in authority who discipline you. This begins in the childhood itself so has implications throughout life. We are required to live our life with self-discipline and responsibility. Often it is the father who teaches the child the value of discipline and corrects his behaviour if required. But a child with retrograde Saturn may subconsciously resent his father and all that he teaches. He might perceive his father to be distant, not-loving, emotionally unavailable or absent.
In life, resources are limited and you need to plan and be systematic about using them. As you grow, the ability to organise life and its resources becomes even more vital. You live in a society and its norms and legal/social behaviour is important. A retrograde Saturn is sometimes a balancing act. You have to think of positive goals which support Saturn’s natural role and also his role in your personal chart. Saturn signifies society in all ways, so retrograde or not, he will find ways to make you work for the society. So over time, especially after Saturn matures at the age of 36yrs, you might find your own ways of contributing. You tend to choose an external apparent freedom which is strictly regulated by your internal self-discipline. A retrograde Saturn allows you to use your talents differently, you may work in a profession considered ‘odd’ by the society. If the chart supports, you may be an eccentric professor who thinks differently, a brilliant artist who creates unusual works, or even an astrologer! All forms of jobs and professions are Saturn.
Saturn’s energies are turned inwards, so the conscience is always hyper-alert. This internal voice reviews every step you take and every word you speak, always, non-stop, to an extent that you might feel an underlying fear of everything you do. ‘Are you doing things the way you are you are supposed to do?’, The internal self is hyper-strict, always finding faults. This over time can lead to low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and an inability for self-love. The solution here is to direct the energies. Try to develop your own frame of reference, Saturn will allow this. You can develop your own internal sense of self-discipline so that you are more comfortable with what you do. Try to intuitively feel what is really important to you than what you were taught is important in life. You are required to be more subjective than objective. Look for patterns not separate events.
Retrograde Saturn will work with and through the planets he is associated /conjunct /aspected by /aspecting /house owner etc with. So e.g. if he is with a direct Mercury, try to find Saturn’s subjective influence on the Mercury-linked actions you do. You might think on what society needs, a thought, an intellectual reform, you might initiate a ‘process’ for the welfare of the society, speaking out, communicating, writing! Several social reformers had a retrograde Saturn who powered their thoughts and actions. These individuals were highly convinced of the correctness of their thoughts and were considered radical by the society of that time. Retrograde Saturn does provide the internal energy to work hard, the person knows he is right and unaware of the odds, perseveres and brings about fundamental changes.
If you want to come to terms with the power of retrograde planets, you have to go through a highly introspective process. Self-reflection is key. This however happens over a life-time. As you contemplate, your powers of intuition also increase, this will lead to increased trust in your own feelings. You will be able you love yourself, ‘self-love’. Only then will the subjective, seemingly irrational influences on your psyche be gradually accepted and integrated. However odd these subconscious feelings may seem, they are a pattern which will gradually synthesise and make sense. Retrograde Saturn is a great power-house, if you can use it in the sub-conscious levels, it will manifest in your physical reality too. Try to be comfortable with these inner dialogues and self-doubts, as they will make sense eventually.
Namaste Tejaswini ji –
They say, you don’t pick the book, but the book picks you!
I couldn’t have come across this post anytime better.
Knowing that I have Saturn Rx in 6th H, the last few years have been a struggle trying to understand what it means, how its influencing me day-in, day-out, the fear, uncertainty has been bothering me. This post is really insightful and certainly asks me to “relax” a bit and tells me that it’s natural of this combination to think this way.
From the 6th house, as it has aspects to 8, 12, 3. I don’t know if this makes me overthink, self-doubt my abilities as I constantly worry with the thought, “Are you doing things the way you are you are supposed to do?”.
This whole blog/site is a treasure house for those who are ‘seekers’ of knowledge.
Everyone has to walk the path for themselves without knowing how arduous the road might be, but contents such as these are like a mini lamp post to help the individual “see” things clearly, when they are stuck and question themselves along the path.
I offer my pranams!
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do use the index page to find the posts you would like to read,
and re overthinking.. 3rd house, 3rd house from birth moon, 3rd house from birth mercury, you can diver this energy constructively
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Thank you! Sure, I have been reading a lot of articles via categories/index pages.
One last question:
There are plenty of articles /posts /books available on studying lagna/rashi, other Divisional charts out in the public domain. However, I find very little to minimum details on how to study Moon/Chandra lagna chart.
If we consider moon rashi as our 1st house / chandra lagna and start reading the chart in that order for the subsequent houses, are we equating this with:
1st house/chandra lagna (moon rashi) – emotional self – how the self sees itself emotionally?
2nd house from Moon – values, family, possessions, etc – how the self sees 2nd house matters emotionally?
7th house from Moon- marriage, partners, etc – how the self sees 7th house matters emotionally?
10th house from Moon – career, profession, etc – how the self sees 10th house matters emotionally?
Is this the right way to understand the moon chart/houses as compared to lagna chart/houses?
To me personally, am beginning to realize how mind interprets different houses of life emotionally is of paramount importance, sometimes even more than lagna (but this is just me), hence wanted to understand this part.
I’d appreciate a brief explanation, if you can.
ur reasoning is correct.
also read this post, it might be helpful
the moon chart is very important, esp for people above 49yrs, life more closely follows the moon chart. or for those who are more spiritual in their outlook, the Moon has more power than the lagna.
moon is very important as it is the perception. so yes moon chart is more important than the lagna chart.
but as it does not give the physical results, it is not even considered by ‘modern astrolgers’.
eg if you get married, physical event is D1 but how you felt about the marraige is Moon chart. these days people are not much into genuine feelings/emotions. and then how you will now use the potential of this marraige event is the D9.
Jyotish is very fascinating, layers within layers
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That’s a good info! Didn’t knew /never heard before …
My chandra lagna has –> Ve + Me + Mo; D1 lagna is an empty first house aspected by Ke.
That explains my quest for understanding Jyotish as a tool to understand myself better…
*Ke from the 5th H