A Saturn station sets limits.
This outer planet is the greater malefic in traditional astrology.
Because of that tradition, it often gets a bad rap.
Saturn is all about negative things and stressful circumstances.
So it rarely feels good when we experience its effects.
It gives us an endless stream of trials and tribulations.
That’s why it’s the great teacher in our lives. It’s here so we can learn our big life lessons, whether we like or not.
Saturn is famous for its rings.
They symbolize cosmic limitations imposed by a harsh environment. Because of those limits, we need personal discipline and extra dedication.
Saturn is about contraction, concentration, and crystallization. It represents conventional or conservative attitudes.
Those attitudes can trigger exaggerated pessimism or a sustained sense of lack.
But Saturn is also about time, definition, and structure. It can thus help us anchor plans and activities.
When we pay attention to Saturn we can set specific goals. We can create schedules and make commitments.
These opportunities peak whenever we have a Saturn station.
A Retrograde Saturn Station
The latest Saturn station came yesterday. Saturn began its retrograde motion at 27°48′ Sagittarius.
It was a significant turning point in politics, commercial discourse, and international affairs.
North Korea used the Saturn station as an occasion to launch a test missile toward Japan. It was part of the country’s efforts to redefine itself as a prominent nuclear power.
The “nuclear option” was also in play in the United States Senate.
That’s because the Republican majority rewrote the legislative body’s rules for confirmation of Supreme Court justices.
The move increases the likelihood that future members of the Court will be political extremists. So they are less likely to be moderates with well-reasoned commitments to nonpartisan judicial deliberations.
There was also action in the US House of Representatives. The Saturn station saw Congressman Devin Nunez recuse himself from the Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian interference in US elections.
He retained his seat as committee chairman. But mounting ethical pressure obliged him to bow out of the investigation.
So he reversed course as Saturn went retrograde.
The Saturn station also brought big shifts in geopolitics.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Florida to meet with US President Donald Trump at his private Mar-a-Lago resort.
And as his dinner with Xi was about to start, Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria. The military action marked a major reversal in US posture in the Syrian conflict.
Impact on the Markets
Like any planetary turning point, this Saturn station could trigger short-term market reversals. But it’s also likely to bring changing conceptions of market conditions and economic trends.
As the 90° dial shows, the Saturn station is in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the transneptunian factor Poseidon. This signals a major break with previous ideological loyalties.
So we may feel the fallout in the markets.
Saturn also triggers the Aries/Chiron midpoint. This suggests big geopolitical challenges during coming months.
One More Thing
And there’s one more factor here.
As the Saturn station began, there were White House rumblings about possibly reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act or its equivalent.
If this happens, it would represent a major shakeup of global banking interests.
It could signal a big shift in key market forces as well.