Saturn is bound for the underworld, traveling retrograde from June 17 until November 4, 2023, in the sign of Pisces.
It is typical for Saturn to spend about 6 months of the year in retrograde, but this retrograde is extra significant as it’s the first time Saturn will retrograde through Pisces since it entered this zodiac back in March. Plus, just hours after Saturn descends into its underworld journey, we have the Gemini New Moon, which will heighten the starting energy of this retrograde.
Let’s take a deep dive into what Saturn Retrograde 2023 will bring and how the first Saturn Retrograde in Pisces will manifest.
Saturn Retrograde 2023
Saturn is considered the master teacher of the zodiac. It brings some challenging lessons, but they push us to grow and reach the fullest of our potential. Whenever Saturn is active, it can bring some harsh awakenings but also many rewards if we are willing to step up to the plate and do the work.
Saturn guides us to take responsibility for our lives, own up to our actions and decisions, and learn how to create boundaries. It is a very straightforward, black-and-white energy that inspires us to be ambitious, aim high, and excel in all that we are destined to. Saturn can also represent issues with masculinity, father figures, or authority.
As Saturn travels retrograde, it guides us to look over our past actions and see where we have avoided, or perhaps forgotten, to take responsibility or set boundaries. As our master teacher, Saturn looks back over the last few months, checking to see if we have done our homework and are embracing the lessons provided.
Saturn Retrograde in Pisces 2023
Saturn first entered Pisces on March 8, 2023. So this is the period that will be highlighted under this 2023 retrograde. From March 8 to June 17, how have you grown? How have you matured? What lessons have come to the surface?
We may find past events since March 2023, resurfacing so we can reassess or reevaluate. Issues around our creativity, limitations and blocks, or our emotional health may also come to the surface.
Saturn wants us to be responsible for our actions and the life we desire to lead. If things are not going how you want them to, Saturn makes you confront them and pushes you to take the steps needed to shift your life to a better place.
Saturn can be a slow energy, especially when in retrograde, so this can be a process that requires patience and time. We may feel stuck or unsure of how to proceed, but this feeling of stuckness is only because we need to give ourselves time to reach the core of the issue.
During a Saturn Retrograde, if you feel stuck, it’s because you are meant to be focusing on where you currently are.
As Saturn travels retrograde through the first 7 degrees of Pisces, we may notice themes around:
Creativity/ Creative blocks
Responsibility and maturity
Balancing structure and routine with spontaneity and flow
Restrictions and limitations
Emotions vs. logic
Even though the journey to get there can be hard, when we do the work of Saturn, we often find ourselves unlocking new potentials, reaching a new level of maturity, and receiving rewards. In fact, once Saturn stations direct again on November 3, we may experience a reward for all of our efforts.
Saturn Retrograde Journal Prompts
1.) What is holding you back the most right now? Write down your answer and reflect on if there is anything you can do to take responsibility for these feelings.
2.) What emotions are you holding onto? Write down a bullet list of whatever comes to your mind. What are some practical ways you can address the emotions you are experiencing?
3.) Journal prompts:
I feel creatively inspired when…
My body needs…
It’s time to take responsibility for…
My emotional state is…
Saturn Retrograde 2023 Dates to Note:
March 7, 2023: Saturn enters Pisces for the first time in 28+ years, beginning a new cycle
June 17, 2023: Saturn stations retrograde the same day as the New Moon; this heightens its energy
October 12-November 27, 2023: Saturn reaches 0 degrees of Pisces, a highly karmic degree that can stir karmic events and trigger the intensity of the lessons
November 3, 2023: Saturn stations direct
February 7-8, 2024: Saturn leaves its post-retrograde shadow.