Saturn is currently in Aquarius located at 20 Aqu 19' 26"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Saturn is Sextile The Sun

   Starts on Saturday, 10 December, 2022
   Peaks on Monday, 12 December, 2022, orb 0° 10' 43"

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
saturn2023-06-17 17:28:00 UTC2023-11-04 07:03:00 UTCPisces
saturn2024-06-29 19:07:00 UTC2024-11-15 14:21:00 UTCPisces

If Jupiter is known as The Great Benefic- you know there has to be a bad guy. Saturn, well, is sort of that bad guy. There are a few reasons for this, but, it’s important to understand two key concepts in astrology at work here: Benefic and Malefic.

For astrological purposes, the word benefic comes from an even bigger word: agathopoios. This means “good doer”. Pretty easy, right? The opposite of that, in a sense would be malefic- which comes from the word kakopoios. Guess what that means? Yes. “Bad doer”. Of course, just because a planet is benefic or malefic- that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to go doing a good or doing a bad. This can change depending on a variety of things like the astrological sign it houses, aspects, and whether or not the planet’s had a snack today.

In traditional astrology, Saturn and Mars are the malefic planets- but Saturn, whoo boy, that’s the Greater Malefic. If you were curious, Jupiter and Venus are the benefics. Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto are also often considered malefic but this usually involves some sort of aspect to a more personal planet.

So, Saturn is a giant asshole who eats his babies. This is the planet that usually rules things like your restrictions, limits, and discipline. In fact, quite a lot has been said about how Saturn is just this horribly painful influence- even Jung said that “I have observed many cases where a well-defined psychological phase, or an analogous event, was accompanied by a transit (particularly when Saturn and Uranus were affected)”. (But in case you were also unaware, Jung actually used the terms psychosis and schizophrenia to describe himself and many new agers have just not read The Red Book and it shows.)

You know though, we talk about Mercury Retrograde all the freaking time but, Saturn Cycles are the ones that will really hang you up by the seat of your pants. Ruling Capricorn, Saturn is also often referred to as “The Lord Of Karma”- so essentially, you’re looking at “You get what you deserve” if you’re looking at karma from a very reductionist standpoint. Ruling our career, our legacy, it’s also known as more or less the Daddy Dom of the zodiac. Structure, proper use of time, and being able to get your shit together are definitely within its ringed purview.

The Retrograde

Saturn has a very consistent cycle of slightly over a year. The retrograde itself will last around 4 and a half months. Usually known as a time when things are just obnoxiously limiting: this is supposed to be a time where you look at what kind of responsibilities are important to you and how you not only handle that, but how you actually work to make that happen. Sometimes, if you’re looking at stepping it up, things go entirely sideways and that’s more or less this Trial By Fire that’s supposed to make sure you can actually handle the crap you want to take on.

Another thing that sometimes happens during these retrograde cycles is you begin to notice that your own reticence or sorrow are holding you back. It might be time to see a therapist or get help, it might be time to recognize what you need to do, in whatever context you need to do it. It’s said that events that occur during the retrograde will help fully illustrate that- so, you can well imagine this is not quite the same as oh, you know, Mercury retrograde making autocorrect cause you to look like a dumb ass.

Planetary Positions

07.12.2022 at 22:47:38 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
The Sun15 Sag 48' 16"
The Moon13 Gem 18' 51"
Mercury01 Cap 31' 51"
Venus27 Sag 13' 26"
Mars16 Gem 12' 24" R
Jupiter29 Pis 08' 11"
Saturn20 Aqu 19' 26"
Uranus15 Tau 47' 41" R
Neptune22 Pis 38' 58"
Pluto26 Cap 57' 20"

Solar Status

BZ Status:-1
Proton Density:14.85
Proton Speed:460.2 k/sec
KP Status:3.33
TypeDec 8Dec 9Dec 10
Active35%25%20%
Minor40%10%1%
Moderate15%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT4.333.333.00
03-06UT4.673.003.00
06-09UT3.672.671.33
09-12UT3.002.001.33
12-15UT3.001.671.33
15-18UT2.672.001.33
18-21UT2.332.001.67
21-00UT3.002.331.33
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 3153 (S16E02, Eko/beta), despite its size, continued to produce no significant X-ray flares. Some decay of its intermediate spots was observed but otherwise, it was unchanged. Regions 3155 (N22W55, Cao/beta), 3157 (N17E27, Cso/beta) and 3158 N24W25 (Cro, beta) were all stable in various stages of decay. Regions 3159 (N30E59, Axx/alpha) and 3160 (N26E66, Hsx/alpha) rotated into view and were numbered this period.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment was at nominal levels until late in the period when conditions became enhanced from what is likely the CIR ahead of a negative polarity CH HSS. Density became elevated after ~0630 UTC, Bt reached a peak of 14 nT, and Bz reached -12 nT. Though, solar wind speeds remained below 400 km/s and the phi angle remained in a positive solar sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels. A peak flux of 2,250 pfu was observed at GOES-16 at 06/1630 UTC. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.