Saturn goes retrograde on 23rd May 2021 and then forwards on 11th Oct 2021. He will be stationary or stambhit for about 5 days before changing his apparent direction. He will remain in Shravan nakshatra and Capricorn sign this entire time.
The current year Shri Plava naam samvatsara is overall a rough period for the world. The major reason for this is Saturn in Shravan nakshatra, a highly karmic position which invariably causes pain, suffering and turmoil in the world. Everyone is affected in some way or the other during this transit which continues for about 13 months and repeats every 30yrs. If you study past events when Saturn transits in Capricorn sign as a whole, things generally and personally are always turbulent. This transit over the sign takes about 2.5yrs on an average, so has the potential to mess up a lot of things. Now Saturn is poised to go retrograde in Shravan nakshatra, his effects will intensify and also take more time to get over with.
Let’s briefly note the movements of other planets during these 4-5 months. Whenever these transit though Cancer, they will mutually aspect with Saturn in Capricorn. Mars, Venus, Sun and Mercury will briefly mutually aspect Saturn modifying his results. You will have to factor these short term transits for any precise predictions you may need to make. (Unfortunately in the current scenario, most questions are about health of family and friends. Refer to the Shatpanchashikha for these Prashna analysis.)
- Mars in Cancer – 2nd June – 20th July
- Venus in Cancer – 22nd June – 17th July
- Sun in Cancer – 16th July – 17th Aug
- Mercury in Cancer – 25th July – 9th Aug
- Moon will be aspected by Saturn whenever he transits through Cancer, Libra and Pisces.
Jupiter will go retrograde from 20th Jun to 18th Oct, I have written about the possible results for this in an earlier post. Mercury will be retrograde 30th May- 23rd June and 27th Sept – 18th Oct, predictions for this are also covered in this earlier post.
Rahu Ketu transit in Taurus and Scorpio will continue here for this entire year (this post.) But they will go stationary and turn forwards around the eclipses. There will be two major eclipses which will affect the environment and the people living where these events can be seen. A total Lunar eclipse on 26th May and a total Solar eclipse on 10th June.
Generally for Saturn, if his direct transit is favourable for your birth Moon sign then during his retrograde motion things will slow down but they will not go unfavourable. The only 3 birth Moon signs currently experiencing positive effects from Saturn are Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. These people will feel a reduction in positivity but will be able to better manage things than the other birth Moon signs.
If Saturn direct is unfavourable for your birth Moon sign then sometimes in his retrograde he may ease off, give you 4-5 months to relax and get your life back in shape. But sometimes he can aggravate the issues he has created, so best be alert.
First the effects of Saturn retrograde in Shravan nakshatra and Capricorn sign on the general levels.
The COVID 19 pandemic and more importantly its after-effects will continue. So keep doing all you can to improve your personal immunity and take adequate precautions. I have written earlier also that this trouble will start easing when Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra and hopefully after he enters his own Pisces in 2022 we all will be able to start healing our lives. For India, we will face the brunt until Rahu remains in Rohini ie till Sept-end. Rohini and Shravan nakshatra both are linked to the Moon. So, not only India, but all those nations who are going through Dasha periods connected to Moon or Saturn now, or have Moon or Saturn in critical transits in their mundane charts will have a worse time than the rest. We all must be alert until Rahu continues in Rohini. (I hope Rahu in Krutika 4th pada starts giving some relief at least, it is a pushkar navamsha. If we can use this window of opportunity, we can better continue the recovery when Jupiter enters Poorvabhadrapada in Jan 2022.) For public health, generally, during this Saturn’s retrograde, the time when Mars Saturn mutually aspect will cause more damage to people already suffering from blood related diseases. Younger people can be more susceptible. Risky treatment methods may be adopted. When Venus will mutually aspect Saturn, expect frustrations, loneliness, drug and alcohol dependancy to take its toll on the public health. During this time on personal levels, avoid short term flings and affairs, they will not last and create new trauma for you. After that, Sun mutually aspecting retrograde Saturn will reduce overall vitality for everyone. People with a history of heart problems should be careful during this period. Finally Mercury mutually aspecting this Saturn can cause issues in medicine availability. Medical frauds, improper administration of medicines, fake medicines, incorrect diagnosis etc can take its toll.
Overall this is not a time to be careless about health.
On the political front, most major nations are facing external or internal treachery. War-like situations in several parts of the world. Civil unrest and traitors attempting cause nation-wide disruptions. Arm-chair and social media activists have become a source of significant negativity. Media too is playing a negative role in everyone’s life increasing stress. This stress is affecting the physical and emotional health on the individual level. (Shri Plava is unfortunately unfolding just as predicted). On an personal levels, do not let this external negativity enter your life, try to preserve your personal equilibrium. Trust the national governments to do their job the best they can in this very critical time of Saturn in Shravan, while you keep your focus on your personal health, relationships and finances.
On the professional front, there are limited opportunities overall. The global economy will remain weak and employment avenues will reduce. All major nations are suffering on the financial front. So remain where you are and try to make the most of what you have. Avoid unnecessary confrontations in your work place and with your bosses. Work burden will increase for everyone, so tempers will be high. This is obviously not a good time for new investments. In fact your past investments may not give expected returns either. Budgeting may be necessary. Do not play the stock market etc unless you have a very good idea of what you are doing.
Generally on the personal front, there is hardship for everyone. Mental fatigue, demotivation and a lack of passion in life is to be expected. Even if you are not ill yourself, there will be someone in your family/ friends who will be, so you too will worry. Or you will be bombarded by negativity from the news channels. Your past mistakes will come to haunt you, as you might regret them now. The areas of your life linked to Capricorn will be more active, ie you will have to perform more karmic duties related to this house in your birth chart. You will be overworked and tired in these parts of your life.
- Eg. Capricorn in your 4th house can mean stress to your mother and thus to you too. Lack of proper rest, your house may want repairs, vehicle may break down or you may have to do more actual house work.
- Eg. Capricorn in your 12th house can indicate a lack of rest leading to other issues. Unexpected ill-health, mental restlessness, emotional loneliness etc are possible.
If your birth chart has Saturn retrograde then I have written some rules for analysing retrograde planets in this post. Now, there may be an increase in conflicts, as you might assert yourself inappropriately or uncharacteristically. You will be burdened with more responsibilities during this period. Try to keep things on agreeable levels and work hard.
Briefly for each sign the results which Saturn will give during his retrograde period. This is as per your birth Moon sign. (However if your ascendant sign is more powerful then you can see this from the ascendant sign too.)
Aries – You will feel more confident. Health can improve, however try to get adequate rest. Focus on your profession, there will be stress but you may also get some opportunities, use them well. Try to consolidate your gains in the professional field in this retrograde period. Avoid all unnecessary arguments in relationships. Be especially careful when Mars and Saturn mutually aspect as this period will temporarily cause overwork and ill-health.
Taurus – Home environment will be overall supportive but sudden issues can erupt in your relationships. Keep an eye on your and your family members health. Professionally a good period with sudden positive changes. But jealousy and office politics can cause stress. Be alert, avoid taking unnecessary risks. Be especially careful when Venus and Saturn mutually aspect, as hidden enemies may confront you.
Gemini – You can expect a break from the troubles caused by Saturn in his direct phase. However personal life can remain stressful. There may be an improvement in the profession and finances. Use this time wisely to consolidate your life. But avoid long term risks on all fronts. Be especially careful when Mercury and Saturn mutually aspect as together they can create tiny problems which can have long term implications.
Cancer – Hidden enemies, jealousy, betrayals, conspiracies against you are possible. There will be stresses in all your relationships, family and friends. Professional life and finances can suffer. Keeping a low profile is an good option at this time. Moon transits one sign in 2.25days, so you should keep an eye out when Moon transits in Cancer, Libra and Pisces as here he gets aspected by Saturn. Thankfully these are short transits but happen more frequently so issues will not be deep-rooted but more chronic in nature.
Leo – Things will be slow but still positive growth is possible. Health will be good. Family will be supportive. Profession, business etc will be good. Investments and finances will give returns. You will be able to handle all situations with patience and confidence. However be careful when Sun and Saturn mutually aspect as then health issues can crop up.
Virgo – There will be some trouble in your personal and professional life. Health can be an issue. Avoid quarrelling with your family members as relationships will cause stress. You might need to budget. Avoid all unnecessary risk. Be flexible so that you can better adapt to your circumstances. Mercury and Saturn will be mutually aspecting briefly, they can trigger small issues which can later impact your future gains, so be alert.
Libra – This is a average time for you. You can take reasonable decisions related to your family and your future. Professional, personal life will be ok. Finances are average but avoid speculations. Be careful when Venus and Saturn mutually aspect as you may suffer during this period. Saturn is a yogkarak for you so even though in the 4th house he will not harm much but combined with Rahu present in your 8th house now, you have to take care of your health.
Scorpio – There may be some minor issues but you will be able to overcome them easily. You will be overburdened with personal and professional commitments so prioritise. Take care when Mars and Saturn will mutually aspect, long-hidden issues may suddenly crop. Personal health should always be on priority.
Sagittarius – You will be active. There will be some troubles especially with your family so avoid arguments. You will be overburdened at work but you should be able to handle it. Money can be tight so budgeting is advisable. Avoid speculation and keep your expectations realistic. Jupiter will be going retrograde so be alert regarding personal health.
Capricorn – This is a small window which you can use for consolidating your life. However you will be required to work hard. This time will be better than what the troubles that the direct Saturn has brought to your life. However avoid taking long term risks and avoid all disputes as Saturn in Capricorn is not favourable for you overall.
Aquarius – This is not a good time. Hidden enemies, jealousy, conspiracies, etc can pop up. Expect issues in your personal and professional life. Keep an eye on your finances and legal issues. You will feel tired. Avoid arguments as relationships spoilt now might break completely.
Pisces – This period will give slower growth than the time when he was direct. Work burden can go up. Personal life may have some ups and downs but it will be manageable. Keep your expectations low and continue working hard. You have the necessary knowledge, skills and wisdom to get through this. Jupiter will be going retrograde too, so in this period you should take care of your personal health.
As per Maharishi Parashar, there are two remedies for astrological problems, Daan and Mantra (index page). Do these if you feel like it. Try to keep yourself balanced by taking up some practice which involves slow and deep breathing. Pranayam and similar meditative practices will help you in coping. If you are relatively fit you can try doing Yogasan-s at home. However never exert yourself overmuch, do only that much which you safely can. Saturn retrograde in Shravan nakshatra is not good time. Everyone should be careful and stay safe.