Saturn is currently in retrograde, in Pisces located at 01 Pis 58' 41"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Saturn is Quincunx The Sun

   Starts on Sunday, 24 September, 2023
   Peaks on Monday, 25 September, 2023, orb 0° 59' 59"
   Ends on Tuesday, 26 September, 2023

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
saturn2024-06-29 19:07:00 UTC2024-11-15 14:21:00 UTCPisces
saturn2025-07-13 04:08:00 UTC2025-11-28 03:52:00 UTCAries

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

22.09.2023 at 08:41:12 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun29 Vir 05' 50"
The Moon23 Sag 24' 17"
Mercury11 Vir 15' 22"
Venus17 Leo 54' 21"
Mars16 Lib 46' 36"
Jupiter15 Tau 03' 16" R
Saturn01 Pis 58' 41" R
Uranus22 Tau 50' 02" R
Neptune26 Pis 11' 30" R
Pluto27 Cap 58' 24" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-4
Proton Density:5.53
Proton Speed:415.2 k/sec
KP Status:1.33
TypeSep 22Sep 23Sep 24
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels. Region 3435 (N08E16, Dki/Beta-Delta) continued to be the noisiest region on the disk, producing an M8.7 flare at 21/1254 UTC. This AR was little changed overall, growing slightly while maintaining its delta magnetic configuration. Regions 3441 (N08W16, Dri/Beta-Gamma), 3442 (S10E39, Csi/Beta-Gamma), and 3443 (N27W26, Dao/Beta) all exhibited relatively rapid growth and development as the latter two produced low-level C-class flares. Region 3438 (N11E09, Dai/Beta) produced C-class flare activity as well, but was otherwise stable. Region 3444 (N24E37, Bxo/Beta) was numbered this period, but was otherwise unremarkable and appears to be in decay as of the time of this writing. New spots were observed on the NE limb and also trailing just behind AR 3442, but remain unnumbered at this time as we await USAF observatory reports.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters reflected a gradual transition to a more nominal environment. Total field averaged between 3 and 5 nT, the Bz component was mostly +/- 4 nT, and wind speeds steadily decreased from ~430 to 400 km/s. Phi was variable between solar sectors.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels with a peak flux of 1,420 pfu at 21/1740 UTC and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.