On Wednesday March 25th at 12:25pm the Sun and Saturn make a perfect Trine (120 degree angle). This is a great aspect for any work that requires discipline and self-control and a good opportunity to know yourself through your relationship with and effect upon your environment. Saturn turned retrograde on March 14th and will remain so until August 1st. It is currently residing at 11 degrees Scorpio in Anuradha nakshatra. Saturn will reach the beginning of Anuradha (4 degrees Scorpio) at the conclusion of its four and a half month retrograde, and the other end of it (17 degrees Scorpio) around Christmas time. The presiding deity of Anuradha is Mitra, who is addressed in the Rig Veda as “the power to bring people together”—the deity of friendliness and cooperation among men and women. This is a time when Saturn foregoes its usual solitary mode and encourages us to work with others, both in the seen and the unseen realms, and to create strong friendships. The particular energy associated with Anuradha is called Radhana Shakti, the power of worship. As Saturn transits this nakshatra, and especially while it is retrograde, it is an important for us to reconnect with old friends as well as make new ones. Some old friends it would be good to reconnect with are all of the deities who keep the universe running smoothly behind the scenes. It’s a great time for any kind of puja to offer our thanks to our oldest and dearest friends of all—the great spiritual forces that have manifested this extraordinary universe. Saturn is the planetary ruler of Anuradha, and, as usual, is providing us with some spiritual trials, although its placement here indicates that we will have help from friends in “high places.” The symbol for Anuradha is a lotus flower, an image suggesting growth out of the mud of materiality into the flowering of spiritual awareness.
The Sun, at 11 degrees Pisces in Uttara Bhadra nakshatra is currently casting its warm and enlightening rays on Saturn. Ahir Budhnya--Serpent of the Depths--the ruling deity of Uttara Bhadra, is assigned the task of maintaining the fertility of the earth. The inherent quality of Uttara Bhadra is called Varshodyamana Shakti—the power to bring rain. Saturn is, again, the ruling planet, but here, rather than being a hard taskmaster, he finds his most benevolent expression as he assumes the guise of the venerable elder teaching us through patience, perseverance, and example the ability to master life’s lessons and tune ourselves to the universal will. Traditionally, the aim of Uttara Bhadra is Kama—passion—not sexual passion, but the passion to awaken and use our unique and powerful abilities to help others. Saturn is typically associated with loneliness, deprivation, suffering, and pain, but its current placement casts it in a rather different light, as a kindly, enlightened sage offering us the wealth and intelligence of his experience to shed light on life’s most challenging issues. It’s an excellent time for doing our sadhana and for personal growth. For those us who are getting on in years, it is also an auspicious time for mentoring the next generation, as we will be more inclined to be patient and kind in this role than we usually are.