Saturn and Uranus will both go into retrograde this summer. While there are many differences between the two planets, there are some similarities in the emotional effects we can expect during these difficult times. Saturn’s retrograde is approximately four and a half months a year, and in 2023, it will start on June 17th before finally coming to an end on November 4th. On the other hand, Uranus has retrograde periods that last five to seven months and will start retrograde on August 28th and finish on January 24th, 2024. There are many misconceptions about retrogrades. Rather than fearing what’s to come, there are ways to embrace and magnify their energy so you emerge having learned lessons and grown instead of feeling left in a spiral. Here’s what to expect when Saturn and Uranus go into retrograde:
Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and is also known as the taskmaster in the zodiac. Despite it getting a bad rap, given its association with discipline, responsibility, and structure, there is plenty of personal and spiritual growth that comes from tackling its challenges and learning lessons. But, when Saturn goes into retrograde, its energy becomes more introspective, making it a time for self-reflection and evaluation of your responsibilities to yourself and the people around you. If you have been suppressing or avoiding certain emotions, Saturn retrograde will bring them to the surface and force you to deal with these important issues.
Saturn retrograde will encourage you to consider how your actions affect the people around you and motivate you to create positive change to benefit not only yourself but society as a whole. Suppose you are willing to embrace a new attitude and let go of negative behavior patterns. In that case, Saturn retrograde may be the catalyst for shifting your consciousness and gaining peace of mind. In addition, Saturn retrograde has a reputation for holding people accountable for their actions. If you have been acting out, this period will likely put your priorities in check. While it may feel overwhelming to reevaluate your life, this moment is necessary to help you move on from the past and start living your full potential.
If you are looking to better yourself during Saturn retrograde, take some time to consider what you want to focus your energies on, how to find a balance between your dreams and reality, work and play, and the way you are communicating your most authentic feelings. Expressing yourself with honesty and integrity may be easier said than done, but committing to changing your habits and speaking with compassion and genuine care rather than with aggression or frustration will pave the way for creating healthy relationships in the future. Apologizing to yourself and others for past behavior will help you alleviate guilt and regret and allow you to start fresh, and while doing so, you must remain open to forgiveness and love.
Holding yourself accountable and making actionable steps to do better will benefit Saturn in retrograde. However, Saturn is associated with slow and steady progress, but during a retrograde, you might feel totally stagnant, frustrated, and impatient. Trusting the process and taking a step back from control will help you maintain an optimistic and healthy mindset. With time, you’ll be able to look back and acknowledge your achievements.
While Saturn is the planet of limitations, Uranus is the opposite, known for sudden breakthroughs, extremes, and limitlessness. Despite this planet bringing instability and uncertainty, it also brings some of the most revolutionary innovations and out-of-the-box ideas that create incredible change in the world. However, when Uranus goes into retrograde, instead of pushing the boundaries externally, it will be a time to look inward and make significant changes within. This time will inspire you to build on your independence and strengthen your sense of self. You may also experience the desire to rebel or break free from the constraints of daily life, whether it be ending a relationship, quitting your job, or starting an entirely new chapter.
However, no matter how strong your impulses are, slowing down and carefully considering any choice you make is important. Big mistakes can easily be made during a retrograde period, and they can potentially alter your life trajectory. Because Uranus is associated with unpredictability, you may find yourself feeling more anxious, but confronting your fears may be necessary for transformation, discovering strength, and uncovering your deepest desires.
Treading lightly for the duration of this retrograde is key to getting through it. Although change is inevitable, the greater twists and turns will happen at a slower and more gradual pace, which will, in turn, save you turmoil and give you time to prepare. Before you do anything, consider the value and purpose it will bring to your life. Something that may sound like a good idea during the retrograde may turn out to be an unfavorable outcome after, so take every decision seriously.
Given that Uranus retrograde lasts more than five months, nurturing your mind and body is important for getting through this time and becoming a better and stronger version of yourself. Whether you want to try and start a new fitness routine, practice meditation and mindfulness, or unleash your creativity, now is the time to do it.