Saturn is currently in Aquarius located at 13 Aqu 26' 14"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Saturn is currently Trine Mercury

   Ends on Saturday, 15 May, 2021

Saturn is currently Square Uranus

Saturn is Quincunx Mars

   Starts on Thursday, 13 May, 2021
   Peaks on Saturday, 15 May, 2021, orb 0° 59' 59"
   Ends on Monday, 17 May, 2021

Saturn is Trine Venus

   Starts on Monday, 17 May, 2021

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
saturn2021-05-23 09:20:00 UTC2021-10-11 02:18:00 UTCAquarius
Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Saturn Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde

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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.

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Planetary Positions

13.05.2021 at 11:47:30 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun22 Tau 56' 21"
Moon11 Gem 20' 39"
Mercury14 Gem 19' 32"
Venus05 Gem 25' 04"
Mars12 Can 10' 08"
Jupiter29 Aqu 56' 58"
Saturn13 Aqu 26' 14"
Uranus11 Tau 24' 27"
Neptune22 Pis 42' 07"
Pluto26 Cap 44' 60" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:4
Proton Density:4.47
Proton Speed:447.1 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeMay 13May 14May 15
Active25%20%25%
Minor40%10%1%
Moderate5%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT532
03-06UT532
06-09UT431
09-12UT421
12-15UT321
15-18UT321
18-21UT321
21-00UT322
Solar Activity
Solar activity was low. Region 2822 (N18E05, Dao/beta-delta) displayed minor decay in its leader and produced the largest event of the period, a C1/Sf flare at 12/0935 UTC. Region 2823(S22E11, Cso/beta) showed umbral separation but was absent of significant flaring. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available imagery.
Solar Wind
An interplanetary shock was observed at the DSCOVR spacecraft at 12/0547 UTC, announcing the arrival of the forecasted 09 May CME. This observation was followed by a 51 nT sudden impulse at the Fredericksburg Geomagnetic Observatory (FRD) at 12/0643 UTC. Upon arrival the solar wind signature increased from ~320 km/s to a period high of 534 km/s. Noticeable increases in temperature, density and magnetic field were also observed. Total field strength increased to 23 nT while Bz dropped as low as -20 nT. The Bz component was negative between 12/1030-12/1430 UTC. The phi angle was variable toggling between negative (towards) and positive (away) solar sector orientations throughout the reporting period.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background values.