Delays ... get worse
Saturn is notorious for signifying delays, and because under stress it also symbolizes limitation, restriction, and loss, many followers of astrology consider it their least favorite planet. But I think it gets a bad rap and lots of blame it really doesn't deserve.
Sure, Saturn makes you work hard for everything it offers. When it is involved, nothing just falls into your lap ... as can happen when benevolent Jupiter is distributing treasures. But personally I would point to Pluto as the worst of the troublemakers -- and if you want to look at that article, I will tell you some of the reasons why.
Reworking your image
For the moment, however, we are focused on Saturn retrograding as it backs up and journeys over ground already traveled. Those of you who know where this area falls in your personal charts can see the issues of life where the restructuring of established foundations is beginning to emerge.
Saturn represents your capacity to define your social role -- "what you want to be when you grow up" -- your public reputation, your career and professional interests, your image as a person with experience and authority who deserves respect.
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