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Friday, April 20, 2018

Retrograde Season Gears Up with Saturn and Pluto as Chiron and the Sun Change Signs

Retrograde season is kicking up a notch this week.  Okay, Mercury stationed direct on April 15th, but Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn are joining the retrograde party with Jupiter in Scorpio. Saturn stationed retrograde in 9 degrees of Aries on April 17, 2018, inspiring me to tweet:

Saturn will be retrograde until September 6, 2018, when it stations direct in 2 degrees of Capricorn. Saturn retrograde is a time to sort out our karma and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  Mercury in Aries was forming a challenging square with Saturn in Capricorn at the time of the station, so anyone who has been verbally abusing others will have a tough road ahead.  Saturn retrograde will force us to revamp our thoughts and communication styles as we rebuild our lives.

Chiron also entered the sign of Aries on April 17, 2018 and on that day I tweeted:
Chiron won’t be in the sign of Chiron for very long this year due to its retrograde which starts on July 4, 2018 (how fitting for a fire sign to station retrograde on Independence Day in the United States) in 2 degrees of Aries and it slips back into Pisces on September 25, 2018.  But it will return to stay in Aries for seven years on February 17, 2019.

What can we expect with Chiron in Aries?  Pardon the pun, but it will be a whole different kettle of fish from Chiron in Pisces.  Many of us felt like we were wallowing in our sense of victimization or martyrdom when Chiron was in Pisces. The prevailing sentiment of the Chiron in Pisces transit seemed to be that many people felt unloved or unappreciated and we were engaged in some very deep soul healing to heal those wounds. If we were smart, we learned to take care of ourselves and give ourselves the nurturing we felt wasn’t coming from others.  If we didn’t, we get another shot at healing this wound between September 2018 and February 2019. Chiron in Aries will force us to release wounds regarding self-worth because Aries is the “Who am I?” sign.  We will be fighting for our inner power and channeling that inner warrior because Aries is ruled by Mars.  Chiron in Aries will also be a time of breakthroughs in healing and technologies related to healing.

The last time Chiron was in Aries was from 1968 through 1977.  Ironically, Chiron was discovered in 1977.  That period in time was pretty turbulent in terms of the Vietnam War and the accompanying protests, increased drug use and more mothers working outside the home.  There was a strong theme of breaking free from the traditions of the past.  The generation born during these years will be experiencing their Chiron Return between now and 2027.  The Chiron Return happens around age 50 or 51 and can literally be described as a crisis of meaning.

Prior to that, Chiron was in Aries from 1918 to 1927, which coincided with the “Roaring Twenties”, another era of breaking free. Women got the right to vote and obtained more freedom from traditional roles.  But it was a very conflicted time in terms of issues regarding immigration, alcohol (Prohibition), religion and race. The point that I am trying to make is that history has demonstrated that when Chiron is in Aries, cultural and economic changes are front and center, which is frequently tough on children yet they learned to be resilient and carry on.  They were part of the “Greatest Generation” that survived the Great Depression and went on to fight World War 2.  History has some very interesting astrological parallels.  I am by no means predicting that we will have another Great Depression or World War, but I think it is safe to say that there will definitely be economic and cultural changes coming down the pike as we seek to break free yet again.

The sun entered the sign of Taurus on April 19, 2018, just one day after a conjunction between the sun and Uranus in Aries which generated a great deal of nervous tension and unpredictability.  The sun entering Taurus was a welcome breath of fresh air, as it ushers in a month of energy that is more practical and grounded with a strong focus on security needs.  We will be into our creature comforts for sure when the sun is in Taurus, one of the signs ruled by the planet Venus.  Just be mindful of the tendencies to be stubborn (remember that old phrase “stubborn as a bull”, the animal symbolizing Taurus) and possessive.  Taurus is one of the fixed signs and doesn’t welcome change easily, but it is adept at planting seeds for the future and staying the course.

Pluto will be stationing retrograde in 21 degrees of Capricorn on April 22, 2018 and will station direct in 18 degrees of Capricorn on September 30, 2018.  Pluto retrograde can be a time of rebirth and regeneration if you let go of what you don’t need. It’s actually a good time to deal with issues of power and control by reflecting on what or whom is controlling you and releasing them. The best way to navigate this transit is to trust in the process of change, because if you resist it, your life will become unbearably difficult.  And don’t think that just Capricorns will be affected by this Pluto retrograde transit.  If you have any planets between 18-21 degrees of the remaining cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer or Libra you will be experiencing a Pluto transit.  I have the distinct honor of having Pluto transiting my 4th house and opposing my midheaven in 20 degrees of Cancer during Pluto retrograde, so I am right in the transformational line of fire.

If you are curious as to how all of the planetary changes, including eclipses, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn retrograde, Jupiter in Scorpio and Chiron in Aries will be affecting you in 2018, please consider getting an astrological reading.  A transit reading might be just what you need right now to make the most of Jupiter in Scorpio.  Jupiter transits are all about taking advantage of opportunities and if you snooze you lose with Jupiter.  You have to be aware and strike while the iron is hot. The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.

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