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Retrograde Saturn and its Effects

Author: SN Rao | Last Updated: Sat 30 Jan 2010 7:17:51 PM

S N Rao
What is a retrograde planet? When the motion of a planet appearing from Earth seems to be in backward direction then the planet is said to be retrograde. The backward motion of a planet is only relative to the position of earth. In reality, the planet has not or never will move backward. This article is written to help you understand the effects of retrograde Saturn better.

A retrograde Saturn makes the individual seek a different kind of responsibility and purpose in life. Through the past life experiences, they reciprocate with a slow persistence of reaching their goals in life. The House occupied by Saturn shows the area which the native will have to strive hard for success. Saturn’s postion in the chart is where the person needs to address the demands and responsibilities of life.

Saturn turning retrograde gives us the opportunity to go back and reorganize or renegotiate our existing activities or commitments.  It is essential that you do not start any new business activity while Saturn is retrograde.  But working on the existing activities will help you in consolidation during this period. Retrograde Saturn delivers both good and bad results. You will get a lot of new ideas and this will help you plan your future. It enables an individual to tackle the difficulties in ongoing assignments and simultaneously start new ones. 

If Saturn is retrograde in birth chart, it makes a person less confident, suspicious and dependant on future. Such a person may have to face enmity with relatives, especially siblings. However, they are very religious. They absorb the energy around them and intuitively know what is going on and how to protect themselves. Saturn also represents limitations. It deals with programs, organizations and all things that deal with better systems, processes and hard work. 

Saturn retrograde period will assist you in completing anything that is left undone, unattended to, partially completed or not completed at all.  It gives you time to do them. Saturn retrograde assists you to work beyond your limitations by showing you that you are capable of doing far more than you thought you could. It gives you the ability to see more deeply into people, situations and things around you.  It brings more wisdom to you but remember that this wisdom is usually gained from hard work and hands on experiences. 

Saturn's retrograde period, from January 13 to May 30, 2010, turns our focus inward. Saturn, the taskmaster, teaches us lessons to be disciplined in life. His approach is in accepting our realities, disciplined, practical and hard work to rise above and be successful in our endeavors.

In the sign Virgo, Saturn's focus is on our ability to do selfless service and the obligations that come with our commitments to them.  While Saturn is retrograde, we may find it difficult to move forward with our plans. But take the opportunities presented to you during this period, limit your actions, take smaller strides, and leave negative thinking energies behind. Saturn's actions and steps may be hard, but they are effective and successful.

Saturn’s transit in 3rd, 6th and 11th house from rasi (moon-sign) brings good results. 
The effects of Retrograde Saturn in Virgo for various Ascendant is given below.

For Virgo Ascendant this is Sade sati 2nd Phase. It is not good from the perspective of health. There may be physical ailments. Laziness takes control of the native. The native should not venture into new areas during this period.

For Libra Ascendant Sade sati 1st Phase is going on. It gives the native difficulties in communication. Hence it is better to be quiet and listen more during this period. It will give financial difficulties to the native. The native may also get opportunities / job in a foreign land. Speculation is not a good option during this period.

For Scorpio Ascendant, this period will give the native intellectual ideas & liberal thoughts. The native will get strength of character and try to be adventurous. The native will get opportunities /promotions and all the comforts of life.

For Sagitarius Ascendant, this period indicates trouble to the knees and calf. The native will lack happiness and mental peace. The native will get crooked ideas. The native will get trouble while going to foreign lands. Financial benefits may not be appropriate to the efforts put in.

For Capricorn Ascendant, this period gives lack of happiness in the family / society. The native will be lost in thoughts and make him fickle minded. However it is a good period for engaging in religious activities.

For Aquarius Ascendant, this period will give trouble from enemies/accidents. However they will love all the pleasures of the world. They need to control their eating habits. They may also get unexpected wealth during this period.

For Pisces Ascendant, this period will give insights to future business deals. Saturn has full directional strength in the seventh. But some negative traits develop like lack of mental peace and happiness. Laziness also manifests.

For Aries Ascendant, this period makes one prone to illnesses, troubles and sorrow.  However it is a good period for students appearing in competitive exams.

For Taurus Ascendant, this period makes one egotistic. There will be troubles with his wealth / work and devoid of happiness from father. The native needs to control his eating habits.

For Gemini Ascendant, this period gives trouble to the native in his house and matters related to his residence. His studies are affected. There is difficulty in concentration and overall he is mentally disturbed.

For Cancer Ascendant, this period makes one highly determined, healthy, wealthy and wise. He will have royal favour. His communications improve and overall a good period.

For Leo Ascendant, this is Sade sati in the 3rd phase. It gives adverse results and makes one devoid of happiness & wealth. The native will be tormented by many an illness. The native will face lot of challenges wherever he goes.
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