Move forward even as the karma planet turns back
Saturn is the planet of order, and its retrograde period is a time to slow down and balance our social lives with our inner worlds. It's a time to do anything that helps us gain deeper insight into what makes us tick, so that we can continue on our paths of self-improvement.
When faster moving planets like Mercury or Mars go retrograde, confusion typically reigns, but that's not necessarily so with slower moving planets. Saturn Retrograde may actually help us see things more clearly by shifting our focus from the external to the internal, which may even empower us to move forward!
Saturn's role in our world
Strict Saturn is infamous for keeping other planets and zodiac signs in check, and in this way it helps remind us all of our own limitations. As the "karma planet," Saturn tells us what we are and are not allowed to do, and what society expects from us.
When strict Saturn is direct, it can be a bit of a buzzkill. In retrograde, Saturn gives us an opportunity to look over our personal set of rules. We have the chance to see what kind of internal and emotional factors motivate us ... including fear.
Saturn in reverse means that the external boundaries we live within take a backseat to our rich inner world. We'll trust ourselves enough to question these boundaries, and because retrograde with any planet is a prime time to look back on our personal paths, we can examine failures and let-downs, learn from them, and apply these lessons to how we'll conduct ourselves in the future ... then move on.
What goes up must come down
When Saturn stops its backwards movement and goes direct, we'll mostly likely feel a little less free to play with our personal processes. Until then, self-awareness can be very healing and will ultimately make us more productive as a whole!
Saturn direct is also a perfect time to consider what you're allowing to hold you back so you can work on it -- you have Saturn's permission!