As soon as Mercury retrograde ended, another retrograde immediately began — and that one happens to be Saturn retrograde, which kicked off on June 4 and lasts through October 22 PT/23 ET. In astrology, Saturn is the planet of rules, restrictions, and responsibilities, and it backspins every year for about four and a half months. While retrogrades have a reputation for being a headache (lookin’ at you, Mercury), Saturn retrograde is a longer-lasting transit, so we’ll have more time to align ourselves with its energy and find lasting wisdom through its challenges. Knowing how Saturn retrograde 2022 will affect your zodiac sign can prepare you for what’s to come and help you make the most of it.
Saturn in astrology is known as a stern, serious, and authoritative figure. This planet governs matters of time, patience, maturity, karma, and hard work — so wherever it goes it the zodiac, it brings a sense of security and stability, teaches life lessons, and strengthen boundaries. Don’t expect to take any shortcuts with this rule-making cosmic force around! During Saturn’s annual retrograde periods, it’s a time for all zodiac signs to review their boundaries and consider what’s giving them resistance in their lives. Saturn wants us to take things slow and step things up, so use the next four months to re-focus on building a solid foundation for your goals and accept any responsibilities that you may have been running from.
This retrograde also marks one of the final legs of Saturn’s current journey through innovative air sign Aquarius — one of its traditional signs of rulership — which began back in the ominous month of March 2020. By the time next year’s Saturn retrograde rolls around, the tough-love planet will have already entered Pisces, and it won’t return to Aquarius territory again until 2050. This means that Saturn’s current backspin is our last chance to review and reassess the Aquarian themes that we’ve been served through Saturn’s reign here over the past years — and it brings us one more opportunity to let its lessons sink in and facilitate our longterm growth.
Read on for your Saturn retrograde 2022 horoscope.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your role within your friend group and community at large may have shifted over the past couple years, Aries, and it’s possible you’re now keeping a tighter inner circle than you did before. This Saturn retrograde will help you strengthen and review the boundaries you have in place within your social life, and allow you to see the places where you could either loosen up or run a tighter ship. Being discerning about your associations is good, so long as you’re clear on your own rules.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You’ve grown a lot when it comes to taking responsibility at work over the past few years, Taurus, and it’s certainly helped to strengthen your reputation and make a solid impression on your higher-ups. Throughout the coming months, you’ll be learning to stand even taller in your own professional authority. While you may face a few setbacks or delays when it comes to advancing in your career, you’ll learn some valuable lessons in the process that’ll pay off in the long run.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
The past few years may have prompted a total paradigm shift for you, Gemini — but it probably hasn’t been an easy road. Coming up against hard truths and rigid philosophies can make anyone feel trapped and bogged down, but the current Saturn retrograde period may help you make sense of these heavy spiritual lessons. You’re creating a new set of rules for yourself, learning what works for you and what doesn’t. Trust that plenty of new adventures are on the way.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You’re in the process of learning deep lessons about who to share your secrets, vulnerabilities, and personal resources with, Cancer — and throughout this Saturn retrograde, you may find yourself setting stronger boundaries because of it. Your energy is precious, and it’s not something that just anyone should be given access to. Work on building a strong foundation of trust and intimacy within your closest relations so that you feel safe being yourself.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Your one-on-one partnerships probably haven’t been a walk in the park these past years, Leo — but the lessons you’ve learned about love and compromise are priceless. This retrograde marks a final review when it comes to working through some of the tougher stuff that’s at the forefront of your relationships. You’re learning to set stronger boundaries, stand up for your needs, and take responsibility for your actions, all of which will make you a better partner.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Your daily grind probably looks totally different than it did a few years ago, doesn’t it, Virgo? Saturn has been pushing you to revamp your work style, health habits, and day-to-day schedule — and while this overhaul is no fun for an organization-loving sign like yourself, it brings a necessary shift. Use this retrograde to assess which new habits are working and what areas of your routine still need refining. It’s about finding a balance between self-care and productivity.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Your leisure time may be feeling anything but lighthearted these days, Libra, making it a struggle to simply sit back and enjoy life. What’s keeping you from accessing a satisfying sense of pleasure? This Saturn retrograde is asking you to reevaluate how you use your creative force — so it’s a good time to work on overcoming blockages and seeking longer-lasting sources of inspiration. Get clear on what makes you happy and stop wasting your free time on things that drain your energy.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
You’ve been stepping up your game when it comes to your home and family life lately, Scorpio, and you’re learning the importance of having a rock-solid foundation beneath your feet. This retrograde gives you a chance to review the emotional responsibilities you’ve taken on in recent years and ensure that you’re taking care of all the matters in your private life that need tending to. Focus on strengthening your domestic life so you can build things outward from there.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
The past few years may have made it harder to speak your truth and communicate your thoughts to outside world — which is especially difficult for an outspoken fire sign like you, Sagittarius! However, this restrictive energy is teaching you to discover new ways of expressing yourself. Don’t be afraid to question your own ideas and challenge yourself to be more discerning about what you say. Listening often brings more insight than doing all the talking does.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Saturn’s current journey has been teaching you to get serious about money, Capricorn — you’re probably taking on more responsibility for your finances than ever before. That said, this retrograde is a great time to reevaluate your personal rules around spending and saving, and get clearer on how you want to prioritize your resources. Focus on longterm investments and ensure your choices are made with future stability and high self-worth in mind.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Saturn has spent the past few years in your sign, Aquarius, and it’s helped you step into your personal authority more than ever before. However, this growth hasn’t been without challenges, and the current retrograde wants you to fully own up to your responsibilities. Let go of your fears and embrace a more mature and empowered version of yourself now. You’re growing up and glowing up — and by this time next year, you’ll feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon.
If Your Zodiac Sign Is Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
As a sensitive water sign, it’s usually easy for your to access your mystical side, but Saturn has been teaching you some serious lessons about spiritual growth the past few years — and it may be making you feel like a fish out of water. This retrograde asks you to dig deep into your own psyche and learn to fully trust your own intuition. You can turn your loneliness into confidence and your discomfort into strength, Pisces. Once you do, you’ll realize that no one can take away your power.