Saturn (source: NASA)

It’s a big weekend in the sky. Mercury turns direct tomorrow, followed by a new moon in Aries later in the day. People who have been feeling pent-up by recent occurrences may view these events as an opportunity to break free from the shackles of their oppressors. But is that a wise strategy?

Hell, no! Saturn is actually stationary at the moment. It officially goes retrograde on Tuesday. The ringed planet entered Capricorn in December, marking a major shift in the cosmos. However, Saturn’s influence is slower and steadier than most people can perceive. As a Capricorn whose sun sign is ruled by Saturn, I’m already sitting back and taking stock of what’s happened over the last four months.

And what’s really happened? I’m actually feeling quite pleased with myself because of all the incremental improvements I’ve made to my life. It may sound like nothing, but I believe that I’ve regained control of a few of the out-of-control elements of my existence. I’m taking my health and well-being more seriously. I’m doing yoga a few times a week and seeing the results. I’m using my schedule more wisely without being a slave to routine — a genuine victory for someone like me. I haven’t increased my debt load, and I’ve actually made some positive strides toward controlling my compulsive spending habits. I’ve started a new part-time job, and I’ve just updated all my credentials as a fitness trainer. I’ve even revisited some writing projects that have been on the back-burner for ages, confident that I can get them done if I just plug away a little a time.

It may not seem like much, but it’s all very Saturnian in nature. I’m taking two steps forward for every step back I’ve taken in the recent past. Slowly, but surely, I’m starting to feel like I’m getting somewhere after a few months of false starts.

At the start of the year, I read a lot about Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn from other astrologers. What I didn’t read was anything about how slow the pace would be. It’s painfully slow! And yet I’m dealing with it by celebrating these incremental victories I seem to be having almost every day. I’m not letting the letdowns get me down.

I always say that Saturn transits are ultimately productive. This weekend marks a good time to reflect upon the last four months to determine what has been productive in your life since Saturn entered Capricorn. By Monday morning, the urge to move forward will overcome many of us while Saturn’s station will remind us that the front runners don’t always keep up the momentum. Just remember the old adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.” You might feel like breaking away from the pack as the week begins, but this is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s only just begun.

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