Don’t Freak Out, but Saturn Is in Retrograde (and Here’s What It Means for You)

As if Mercury messing with our mood and crossing our wires wasn’t enough, Saturn has come along and decided it’s also hopping on the retrograde bandwagon. But don’t stress just yet: Here’s everything you need to know in order to prep for another planetary proceeding.

When is Saturn in retrograde?

For the next four-and-a-half months, starting April 30 and ending September 18, Saturn will be retrograding.

What does that actually mean?

Saturn in retrograde, similar to Mercury in retrograde, means that for those summer months, Saturn will appear to move against its natural rotation in orbit. It just so happens that Jupiter and Pluto are also currently in retrograde, meaning all three planets are appearing to move backward in the sky.

But what does Saturn control?

According to, Saturn is said to be the guiding force for all things commitment, success and hard work. So if you buy into the intergalactic intricacies of ruling planets, star signs, etc., Saturn in retrograde will bring about some difficult tasks that could test your patience and relationships.

For one, it’ll mean having to hone in on what you really want to commit to, what projects aren’t worth it and where your attention is best focused. It may also mean that you have to re-prioritize certain aspects of your life. What you once focused all your energy on (for example, trying to impress certain people at work or putting forth a ton of effort to maintain old friendships) may not be worth all that sweat and hustle you once poured into them.

So, what should I do?

If you’re feeling very cosmically conscious and believe the whole “bad luck” thing, Saturn in retrograde (unlike Mercury in retrograde) won’t mess up communications, make you late for work or cause you to forget an umbrella on the most stormy day of the season. It will, however, make you question where your focus and attention should really lie. So why not take the time to reevaluate important relationships and goals you may have, and what obstacles are getting in the way of these?

Anything else?

Nope. Just sit back, relax and let Saturn’s rings inspire you to do some major reflection (with a glass of the best wine for your star sign, of course).

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