Saturn Retrograde 2021: What You Need to Know

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Starting May 23, Saturn will go retrograde in Aquarius for 5 months until October 11, affecting all signs of the zodiac. Here’s what Saturn in retrograde is all about and how it will affect your sign in 2021.

The basics: The effect of planets in retrograde

When a planet goes retrograde, it creates the optical illusion of moving backward.

In astrology, when ruling planets go retrograde, they create a reversal of the things they influence in their non-retrograde orbits. For example, if a planet influences fortune, retrograde could bring about a reversal of fortune. If a planet influences communication, retrograde could bring miscommunication.

When planets go retrograde they also bring about effects using words beginning with re-, such as renewal, revisit, refresh, reestablish, etc.

What does Saturn in retrograde affect?

Saturn is an outer planet, which means it takes longer to orbit the sun and, in turn, takes longer to move through all the signs of the zodiac. As Saturn takes roughly 29.4 Earth years to orbit the sun, the planet has an effect on our lifetimes twice, three times if you live into your late 80s. Because of this, Saturn tends to influence the “big picture” things in our lives.

In particular, Saturn is linked with abundance, prosperity, wealth and renewal. Additionally, the plan is associated with liberation, and changing or dissolving old ways, beliefs, relationships or careers through renewal.

Despite the long orbit of the sun, Saturn goes retrograde in just a little over every twelve months for roughly 4 1/2 months, according to Café Astrology.

Remember that retrograde brings about renewals and reversals. Therefore, all of the effects Saturn is known for can come in reverse or be changed during a period of retrograde motion. Further, retrograde is also associated with a time for reassessing one’s responsibilities and the effect they impose on one’s life.

How Saturn in retrograde will affect each zodiac sign in 2021

Here is what Saturn in retrograde may affect for each sign:

Aries (March 21-April 19)

It’s a time to look at friendships and relationships. Reconsider who you can really trust and reassess to determine exactly who’s on your side.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

A renewal or reassessment concerning your personal obligations comes into focus. It may be necessary to slow your pace to deal properly with issues.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Reassessment and a refocus on your educational and personal growth will be highlighted. Review your personal outlook on life.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Situations involving other people’s money could have an effect on your own finances and personal wealth.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Reevaluate and reconsider professional person or partnerships. It may be necessary to seek a new point of view.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Re-examine your daily responsibilities and career obligations. In particular, review how these may be affecting your health.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Reassess your relationships in the realm of dating or romantic entanglements. A redo may be needed.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Issues involving real estate, your dwelling and matters of personal security come under review. An inheritance could be involved.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Communication, especially with family, will be affected. Take special care to avoid miscommunications.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

A review of your personal resources, investments and income comes into play and may involve a refocusing of your efforts.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Your physical image and persona may need to be re-imagined. The need for wisdom or a sacrifice on your part may come into play.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Hidden issues come to light as misunderstandings and assumptions are highlighted amid a need to regain clarity.