Re: The Saturn transit effect: does retro. differ from direct?
Since everybody is commenting on this, I decided to take a look and add my thoughts. I’d say we are talking about three groupings of planets that to some extent overlap.
The first grouping: Chiron, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Mars – all fall within a two-degree orb. This is a significant structure.
The second grouping constists of Pluto and Uranus.
The third grouping, if you can call it that, consists of Neptune – which does aspect the second grouping. This division will make more sense in a moment...
(I work with three-degree orbs only, and I put far less importance on signs than most astrologers – and even less on houses. I work with aspects.)
Let’s start with the first grouping and Saturn’s transit against it: In November of 2010, Saturn came in to form a quincunx against Chiron and a square against Venus.
Your natal Chiron to Venus sextile is very tight, adding importance. It’s a great aspect to have, and one that has bearing on committed (and karmic) relationships, as well as other stuff.
When Saturn makes a ‘clash’ aspect to both of those (Magi Astrology term; when Saturn is involved, the quincunx is a clash, otherwise it’s a positive aspect.)
This transit could have been felt from the middle of October.
After passing this critical point at November 20 or so, Saturn then catches the rest of the planets in the first grouping. However, these transits are not ‘clashes’ - they are sextiles and a trine to Mars – so the comment that you could ‘work’ on whatever it is certainly has bearing on the situation. While Saturn transits to personal planets (and to Jupiter) is not about smelly roses, these transits are ‘not too bad.’
Saturn then carries on, and just manages to ‘snag’ the second grouping during January and February this year. Now, in my book Saturn only has three possible meanings – anything else is a derivative of those: tragedy, control and science.
The ‘good things’ with the transits to the second grouping are: Saturn to Uranus is the least disruptive Saturn transit: it can be quite constructive; and, Saturn conjunct Pluto has a bit of a ‘Magician’ flavour – taking control of power (and other Pluto symbolisms.)
So that adds to the ‘work and transformation’ feeling of what’s happening.
Just after having gone retro during January, Saturn then heads back to the first grouping, transiting it during March and April. Note that Saturn did not transit Neptune, which is why I call Neptune a ‘grouping’ in this case.
During this second pass of the first grouping, Jupiter also comes rocketing through the structure: this is of help.
Okay, now I will have to correct myself, by adding another group, which I will call group Zero. The node and Saturn around 10 degrees – which was first transited in October of 2010: this adds to the karmic and ‘work’ flavour...
This group Zero is then transited again (Saturn, at least) in June.
Saturn creates another ‘snag’ – and these types of transits, where a planet tightly ‘loops’ a position are highly significant. In this case, taking control of tragedy through science, would be one possible interp.
After going direct in June, Saturn then continues forward, aspecting the first grouping during August; the second and third groupings during September.
You get a bit of a rest during parts of October, and then you’ll have your first Saturn square Sun transit in November, second in May and third in August of 2012.
But now you got some practise under your belt – and as the Sun is unaspected in the longitudes, at least (you have Mars and Neptune aspecting the Sun in the deks, just like me) it could well be ‘easier’.