We have a busy weekend ahead of us with three major astrological influences occurring simultaneously that must be fused and synthesized, even if they provide us with contradictory messages. On Friday, June 3 Mercury turns direct at 26° Taurus and will now retrace its steps forward up to 5° Gemini where she started her retrograde on May 10. Those with planets between 28° of the fixed signs and 5° of the mutables will notice that certain topics that have been in review since late April will now start to clear up and move forward after a long period of challenge.
On Saturday, June 4 Saturn turns retrograde at 25° Aquarius and starts a 5 month retreat back to 18° Aquarius. Saturn will urge a review and restructuring in those areas of life that need further fixing, building and fortifying one last time in order to bring that area of life into full functioning in the material world.
The combination of these two planets will have an effect on each other. While Mercury wants to start to pick up speed this weekend, Saturn is moving extremely slowly for the next month as he acclimates to his retrograde. Therefore, Saturn will have a very strong effect this weekend in whatever you’re doing. It will keep things in a continued slow down process. There shouldn’t be a total stall, but the energy will promote continued caution regarding the recent month’s events as exacerbated by the Mercury retrograde in conjunction with May’s eclipses. So while eclipse energy is winding down, the combination of Mercury turning direct together with retrograde Saturn will continue to make the first half of June feel slightly slower as if the eclipses are still highly sensitized.
For instance, my Mom became ill and was hospitalized in late April. She has been in rehab for four weeks and will be released to come home over this weekend. It will continue to be a slow process of rehabilitation to get her up and walking and independent. A new set of problems will now present itself as the retrograde Saturn will signify a return home and 5 months of in-house rehab. If she does the work required over the next five months then we shall see where she stands by late October on the next set of eclipses and the direct station of Saturn on October 23.
This kind of energy will be happening to most everyone in some area of life. For some, the slow down can bring forth great production through steady building, while for other there may be more oppressive types of forces at large. Saturn retrograde will help you to fortify your life from within. Work on your infrastructure until October 23.
Joseph Addeo is a New York City based consulting astrologer.
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