Saturn is currently in retrograde, in Aquarius located at 24 Aqu 31' 60"

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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

05.07.2022 at 03:50:57 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun13 Can 08' 29"
Moon20 Vir 13' 52"
Mercury29 Gem 47' 28"
Venus14 Gem 29' 31"
Mars29 Ari 56' 07"
Jupiter07 Ari 48' 55"
Saturn24 Aqu 31' 60" R
Uranus17 Tau 54' 31"
Neptune25 Pis 25' 48" R
Pluto27 Cap 42' 27" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-1
Proton Density:4.65
Proton Speed:415.0 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeJul 5Jul 6Jul 7
Active30%30%35%
Minor15%35%25%
Moderate1%15%5%
Strong1%5%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT333
03-06UT244
06-09UT254
09-12UT353
12-15UT342
15-18UT342
18-21UT333
21-00UT343
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached low levels. Region 3045 (S15W23, Axx/alpha) redeveloped a spot, but was otherwise stable and quiet. Region 3046 (N18E21, Hsx/alpha) was responsible for a C5.1 flare at 04/1333 UTC, which was the largest of the period. A new area of spots was observed in NASA SDO HMI imagery near N15E75 and will be considered for numbering next period pending USAF observatory reports. All other numbered regions were quiet and otherwise unremarkable.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment remained enhanced under what is likely influence from the 29 Jun CME. Total field reached peaks of up to 20 nT, but otherwise averaged near 10 nT. The Bz component of the IMF underwent a few pronounced southward deflections with -13 nT at 04/0303 UTC being the most significant. Solar wind speeds were mostly in an ambient-like state until ~04/1422 UTC when they increased to peaks near 480 km/s. Phi was predominantly negative while taking a few brief excursions into a positive orientation.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.