Saturn Retrograde Dates:
2019: April 30 – September 18 (20° to 13° Capricorn)
2020: May 10 to September 29 (01° Aquarius to 25° Capricorn)
Saturn is viewed as a strict, restrictive planet that can be dish out tough lessons, but these lessons are all for our personal development and teaches us about responsibility.
When Saturn goes retrograde, we can review our responsibilities and see errors in our previous ways and even years.
We may finally learn the lessons that we were meant to learn long ago (better late than never!) and we can finally take responsibility and make changes to better ourselves and our future.
Saturn retrograde asks us to take stock of what we’re responsible for, what we’ve been curtailing or avoiding, slacking or otherwise not doing our part to do better or be more responsible.
During this retrograde, it may not be uncommon to finally catch a break or have an opportunity come up that can finally help you out of a situation.
Saturn retrograde can give you a chance to get more organized, become more responsible or be accountable for something without having a harsh wake-up call.
Instead these opportunities that Saturn retrograde can bring may be ones that allow you to climb back up again without difficulty or finally take responsibility for something without having criticism, but rather encouragement for finally stepping up.
Retrogrades can bring second chances to do things over or to start again or pick up where you’ve left off and have the chance to do better the second time around.
Working with Saturn (Kronos)
If you wish to work with the god Saturn (Kronos) during Saturn retrograde or anytime of the year (especially during a Saturn retrograde would also be ideal), there are ways that you can connect with Saturn:
Colours: Black, brown, purple
Crystals: Onyx, hematite, obsidian, jet
Herbs: Mandrake, juniper, henbane, hemlock, horsetail, nightshade, yew, boneset, ash, aconite, comfrey, patchouli
Day of the Week: Saturn
Astrology: Capricorn, Aquarius
Orphic Hymn to Kronos (Saturn)
Calling upon Saturn / Kronos can be done with the Orphic Hymn to Kronos.
Versions of the Orphic Hymn to Kronos (and other orphic hymns) can be found online and a good version is found in the book, The Orphic Hymns by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow – a translation into English (available as hardcopy and e-book.)
“In you there is birth and decline,
O revered and prudent lord of Rhea,
you are the progenitor,
you dwell in every part of the world.”
– Hymn to Kronos, excerpt from The Orphic Hymns by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow
To help work with Saturn retrograde, this tarot spread can be used to find what you’ll experience during the retrograde and what you need to be aware of:
Saturn Retrograde Tarot Spread
- The main theme / energy you’ll experience during this Saturn retrograde
- A major lesson you need to learn that’ll help you in the future
- What you need to keep in mind during this retrograde (to avoid punishment, consequences or costly mistakes, etc.)
- What you must re-do / do over / revisit (a second chance or opportunity) that you may have felt you were done with
- What your reward will be (if you’re diligent and thorough during this Saturn retrograde)
- A final message from Saturn
Until next time!
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