Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore Saturn retrograde 2014 is a double dose of karma. Before we get into this, we need to understand what this word means. 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 we have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach us a lesson. If we been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward us for our good deeds.
With Saturn in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible we have been in the past. The implications will affect our sense of security. This could be in any area of life and that will depend on two things. First, we have to look at the chart for the moment Saturn stations retrograde. Secondly, how it affects you will depend on how Saturn aspects your horoscope which I will also explain.
Saturn Retrograde 2014 Meaning
Saturn Retrograde starts on the 3rd of March 2014 at 23 degrees Scorpio, and stations direct on the 20th of July 2014 at 16 degrees Scorpio. So the retrograde cycle lasts for 150 days, spanning 7 degrees of the zodiac. In the chart for Saturn retrograde below, you will see the major aspect to Saturn is the opposition from Sedna. The planet Sedna is associated with extreme weather events, sea level rises and the other effects of climate change.
I pose the question in my post on planet Sedna, is the climate change we are witnessing “caused by human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels? Or is it simply the effect of the planet Sedna coming close to earth?” The answer is probably a bit of both, but for this Saturn retrograde cycle, it means that the double dose of karma is related to how well have been looking after planet Earth. Have we been accruing bad karma for future generation to deal with? Is the retrograde motion bringing back ancient memories or previous traumatic climate events? Saturn does rule history, and fear for that matter.
Perhaps this fear is something that subconsciously drives environmentalists to pursue their cause. Whether our activities are adding to climate change or not, acceptance of the facts, and being proactive in addressing the problems accrues positive karma. Climate change deniers and reckless industrialists will surely be racking up some negative karma. This Saturn retrograde cycle may settle some scores, rewarding hippies and punishing polluters.
Saturn stations retrograde on the fixed star Agena. This star is in constellation Centaurus, representing the Centaur Chiron. So this retrograde period can show wounds which do not heal, our own guilt at what we have dome to the planet, and the legacy we are leaving the kids. The damage done to the innocent plants and animals on the planet. The current rate of extinction is greater than at any other time in history.
Chiron was an astrologer who looked to the stars to see the future. His pain was so deep that he sacrificed his immortality so he could have a nice little rest up in the stars. There is no escape for us mortals, we have to live on this weeping planet, and witness the extinctions.
In another link between climate change and Saturn retrograde 2014, the Sun and the rising star in the discovery chart of Sedna are on the fixed star Agena. This is the astrological meaning of Saturn with Agena given by Robson: “Thoughtful, shrewd, association with medical men, healing powers, abrupt manner, occultism, domestic disharmony through jealousy.”
Chiron, or Centaurus, is the medicine man, the healer and occultist. He is the link between this Saturn retrograde and the climate change of Sedna. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but there is something in all this about seeing the future using mundane astrology. Using this skill to predict where we are going and how to adapt, to heal ourselves and the planet. This is a responsibility of astrologers in the world during Saturn retrograde 2014.
One more indicator or the environmental theme is the minor planet Ceres conjunct the North Node. Ceres rules the environment and crops, in fact she is named after “cereal”. Ceres, as ruler of constellation Virgo, is the ear of wheat in the Virgins hand. She is the fixed Star Spica, the Wheat-bearing Maiden, “spicifera Virgo Cereris“. The lunar eclipse in this Saturn retrograde cycle, on 15 April 2014, is on the fixed star Spica. Ceres in the Saturn retrograde chart is on another star in constellation Centaurus called Muhilfain, from the Arabic محلفين, meaning “Jury”.
Away from mundane astrology now, and relationships come in for some drama with Venus square Mars. You can see in the chart that Mars is stationary retrograde, making the buildup of anger, resentment and jealousy in love relationships that much harder to express. There is danger of things getting out of control, leading to outbursts and temper tantrums. Jupiter square Uranus makes it even harder to keep a lid on the urge to lash out. The ever present Uranus square Pluto tops off this explosive mix,. The most sinister of the 7 Uranus Pluto squares falls within this Saturn retrograde cycle, on 21 April 2014.
Sun conjunct Chiron signifies the healing crisis with both love relationships and the environmental issues. Chiron and the Sun sextile Pluto is generally a positive aspect, the only positive aspect in the whole chart. For this reason, it could in fact deepen and intensify the numerous crises that Saturn retrograde 2014 seems to have in store.
Saturn Retrograde 2014 in the Signs
SCORPIO: Saturn conjunct your Sun means this a culmination of many years of effort. The harder you have worked and the more responsibly you have carried out your duties, then the more rewarding this Saturn retrograde will be. Even though you can achieve success and a good sense of sanctification, it will still involve hard grind, patience, and determination. Things don’t come easy, but the gains are well deserved. There may be delays, restrictions, or extra responsibilities to take on.
TAURUS: Transiting Saturn opposite Sun means this could be a testing time for you. You have to make more effort just to hold your ground, but at the same time, you could lack the necessary energy and motivation. It is important not to get too down on yourself. It is up to you to stand tall and soldier on because you may not get a lot of support from others. You may even feel like the world is against you. People or circumstance may put up barriers to your progress. If this does occur, then this Saturn retrograde requires you to use common sense and to consider a change of direction or retreat.
LEO and AQUARIUS: The challenging Saturn square Sun transit represents a crossroads in life for you. You could well feel very pressured during this Saturn retrograde period, as a brick wall comes up in front of you, forcing you to think seriously about changing your goals. This is most likely to happen if you have been straying off your destined path. Even If you are on the right path, then it can still be a struggle to battle on. Events and people will test your character and you may feel alone and discouraged. Patience and persistence is required to overcome any adversity. If it all gets too much, then it could be a signal that it is time to cut your losses and start over.
VIRGO and CAPRICORN: Saturn sextile Sun transit means that things are changing for the better. You may have been struggling to find stability and security in your life for a while now, and putting in a good deal of effort for little return. Now, the hard work is showing signs of paying off. You are going to have to get used to this new dynamic and make a few adjustments to make the most of it. This means pushing even harder and taking on more responsibility. Work on strengthening the foundations more than reaping the rewards. This relationship, career, house, or other project is going to be a long term prospect and will be successful and satisfying.
CANCER and PISCES: Transiting Saturn trine Sun means you have good karma coming your way. Saturn Retrograde 2014 should be a stable and successful phases of life with low stress, big achievements, and ego-boosting recognition. You can feel confident that you now deserve the best, because you have earned it. People you have helped in the past, even in other lives, will now come forward to help you out. You can make the most of this good Saturn retrograde karma by continuing to work hard with determination and a strong sense of duty and respect.
ARIES, GEMINI, LIBRA and SAGITTARIUS: You scored yourself a get out of jail free card with no major aspects from this Saturn retrograde. Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick.
Saturn just went stationary retrograde at 24 Scorpio. This will be a main lesson for the next 7 months. What does this mean?
At this time in history, Saturn goes stationary retrograde (SRX) in early March, and will go direct(SD) in July at 17 Scorpio. You will recall that in the past two years, Saturn did its review and reflection from February through June, and then re-traced the span until it moved into unknown zones in the Autumn of each year.
Each year Saturn goes retrograde 12 degrees farther along than its previous year, and goes direct 12 degrees further as well. In 2011, SRX at 18 Libra, SD at 11 Libra. In 2012, SRX at 30 Libra, SD at 23 Libra. In 2013, SRX at 12 Scorpio, SD at 5 Scorpio. In 2014, SRX at 24 Scorpio, SD at 17 Scorpio.
This year Saturn will be retrograde until July. So from now till then, we get to review lessons we were first exposed to between late November 2013 through now. Scorpio deals with magnetism, loss, intensification of interaction, and feelings of connectedness or an inability to feel closeness. It is the sign where we go beyond forms into essence, beyond appearances into the very magnetism that attracts or repels that which is similar or dissimilar to whatever is the source of attraction.
So Saturn’s stationary degree indicated we would be learning about “facing the consequences” in 2011, and as I recall, I did and everyone I know did. Some consequences were good, some bad, and some clearly indicated it was time to leave “the doomed ship.” In 2012, it was about coming to some sort of “philosophical completion,” which was also the case for me and everyone I know.
In 2013, Saturn’s stationary degree indicated that we would be learning about a higher level of social interaction, group consciousness, and/or meeting people at a more “diplomatic” or “ambassadorial” level of relationship. This was about being our best self in all interactions, rather than casual or with an “everyday” type of attitude. It may be useful to see how you’ve “stepped up” over the past year, and now relate to others with a dignity or respect you cultivated last year.
Now it’s at 24 Scorpio, showing us the theme of 2014. This is the threshold of a review of Saturn’s track over the past three months.
The symbol for 24 Scorpio is “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man.” Rudhyar says this degree is one of “the power in well-formulated ideas to become actual facts,” “practical inspiration; or else inability to face a vital challenge.”
In the Mandala he states this degree is one of “the need to incorporate inspiring experiences and teachings into everyday living.” He says this is about assimilating “peak experiences,” and allowing that to “transform our everyday consciousness and behavior.” He states the challenge of this symbol is to allow our Soul’s illumination to transfigure our lives.
I interpret this to mean that we will all have opportunities to use what we’ve heard, felt, or thought about to transform our lives and become those truths we’ve heard or experienced. For the next 7 months we’ve entered a time of radical transformation, where we become the inspiration for others’ transformations, and others become our teachers to help us transform our lives. And a sense of frustration is a clear signal to use the truths you’ve found to change your way of acting, feeling, or thinking.
Dr. Jones says this degree is about “recognition for intellectual attainment, and of the supremacy of spiritual over other more tangible forms of authority.” He states that “any higher realization must be brought to earth both for its initial confirmation and its ultimate sharing,” and “aspiration is meaningless until it achieves some practical focus” in familiar realms and events.
He offers the keyword of APPEAL. He states that when this degree works positively, it is “an Almost spectacular ability to enlist the higher potentialities of everyone for some practical need of the moment.” This degree involves faith, magnetism, deeper connectedness, social responsibility, universality, and sustaining ideals.
Obviously this will play out many ways, just as the consequences of 2011, the philosophical completions of 2012, and the refinement of our interactions of 2013 did. People born the middle of February, May, August, and November are profoundly impacted, as are everyone with planets anywhere near 20-28 Scorpio.
21-27 Scorpio are most affected now through early May, and will be again in September, October, and November. 15-21 Scorpio will be most impacted from May through September. And of course, all planets in Scorpio have been restructured or limited by Saturn’s influence since late 2012, and will be through the end of 2014. After that, Saturn enters Sagittarius and begins a new era! I’ll be publishing some articles about Saturn’s aspects to planets in the near future.
So from now through Summer, enjoy taking a new look at lessons begun between November 2013 and now. These are the major themes of this year, and we’ll be looking through the retrograde lens through July, and then applying our wisdom and understanding through September. That that you know how to conduct yourself at a higher, more refined level of interacting, allow your spiritual truths to transform your everyday life. You have nothing to lose but your fear and rigidity.