The Saturn Retrograde Tarot Spread

saturn retrograde tarot spreadA few weeks ago, Saturn turned retrograde and will continue until the 18th September.

Plenty of time to explore and work with its energies using the Saturn retrograde tarot spread below.

Before you do, take a moment to consider what the World reversed as an energy card in a reading means to you.

In the Tarot, Saturn is linked to the World, so its retrograde energy can be compared with that of the World reversed.

In its upright position, the World suggests achievement, establishment, a sense of having arrived and be content with where you are.

Reversed, you may feel a little stifled; something is missing, and you have the urge to escape the status quo.

The World is about restrictions and boundaries, but not in a negative sense. You feel happy with where your are despite limitations.

However, reversed, you may feel less positive.

Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn, and coincidentally, Saturn has turned retrograde in Capricorn and will also turn direct again in Capricorn.

Capricorn in the Major Arcana is linked to the Devil, so we can sense dull routines and a lack of growth.



Saturn is also linked to the following cards in the Tarot:

  • Five of Wands
  • Ten of Wands
  • Eight of Cups
  • Three of Swords
  • Seven of Pentacles

Based on these cards, I have created the following spread that can help you make the most of the World/Saturn retrograde energies:

  1. Where in my life do I feel confined or restricted?
  2. What stops me from growing/evolving?
  3. How can I free myself from limitations?
  4. What past hurt is still affecting me and needs healing?
  5. Where do I need to change?
  6. How can I enhance my relationships (family, work)?
  7. What am I holding on to that keeps me secure?
  8. Where do I need to take a risk?

Saturn retrograde is a good time to evaluate your goals, plans, projects and ideas (Seven of Pentacles!).

For example, if you are writing a book, do some editing before you continue.

In your home, you may realise that some repairs or redecorating are required. You may even consider a move as you feel you’ve outgrown your space.

Workwise, you may find it hard to generate the energy to push for a promotion or change of job.

In relationships, beware of the rut! Choose your words and actions carefully to avoid misunderstandings, and remember to have some fun and just dance, dance, dance 😉

If you want to learn more about the Saturn cards in the Tarot, check out this post.

Learn how to combine tarot with astrology here.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Tarot Astrology: Saturn in the Tarot

saturn in the tarotAfter Jupiter, the next stop in the line of ancient planets is Saturn.

In astrology, this planet is associated with hardship, discipline and limitations, the latter being reflected in the famous rings composed of rocks and ice surrounding it.

Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture, who was also in charge of conformity, social order and creating civilisations.

Saturn is ruler of Capricorn, hence the presence of the Devil amongst the Saturn cards.

Saturn’s prime attribution in the Major Arcana is to the World. In the Rider Waite deck, we see the wreath around the figure, which we can link to Saturn’s rings.

Although the World is a card of completion, achievement and self-realisation, the Saturn energy also suggests boundaries and limitations.

Additional meanings of the World derived from Saturn: the end of the line; as good as it gets; the need for self-regulation; maintaining of what has been achieved.

Saturn reflects our innate desire for structure and order, and in the Devil its energy is reflected in a hard-working nature, which can easily descend into slaving along in dull routines, narrow-mindedness and lack of growth.

In astrology, Saturn is regarded as the greater malefic, which means it can indicate negative energy such as hardship and sadness.

Saturn in the tarot is linked to the following pip cards:

  • Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo)
  • Ten of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius)
  • Eight of Cups (Saturn in Pisces)
  • Three of Swords (Saturn in Libra)
  • Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus)

How does Saturn influence the card meanings? Here are some suggestions:

Five of Wands – quarrels and misunderstanding due to narrow-mindedness; everyone is just focused on their own agenda. No discipline; rules not adhered to; lack of progress; a dull routine interrupted, pushing boundaries



Ten of Wands – awareness of self-limitations; bogged down; carrying the World on your shoulders; discipline and self-reliance creates suffering; sense of duty

Eight of Cups – leaving something behind that offered no more growth; having outgrown a situation; leaving the comfort zone; looking for something more unconventional; walking away from responsibility

Three of Swords – sadness, melancholy, emotional endurance, cold-heartedness; a painful lesson learned; having lost something comfortable or secure; being restricted by grief; absorbed by loss, not seeing a way out; stuck in a gloomy world

Seven of Pentacles – new growth outside the comfort zone; sowing new seeds; perseverance; hard work paid off; hesitating about taking a risk; security is important; frustrated about limited success

These are just a few ideas how Saturn influences the meanings of these cards. You are welcome to share yours in the comment box below.

You can also try this exercise: 

Pick out all the Saturn cards from your deck. Which of the pip cards would you relate to which Major Arcana card?

Take into account visual clues as well as similar meanings. For example, I see the Ten of Wands linked to the Devil, and the Seven of Pentacles to the World.

But you may have different ideas. How do you see the Saturn cards connected with each other? Post your ideas in the comment box below.

For this exercise I have created journaling sheets, which you can download from my Tarot Astrology online course page.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane 

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