What Saturn Retrograde Can Teach Us About Karma

 

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It’s Saturn Retrograde right now, so time to focus on any big life lessons that can seem tough but are usually trying to nudge us towards our ultimate selves. This theme fits in nicely with Saturn’s nickname: The Lord of Karma, since the cause and effect of our actions is what both Saturn, and the laws of Karma rule over.

 

Saturn Retrograde and Karma

 

The Saturn Retrograde 411

So, before we get into a juicy discussion on Karmic influences, let’s talk about Saturn Retrograde – what exactly is it?

Saturn is a slow-moving planet with a 29 year orbit. Every year it stations retrograde for around four months. This basically means that when we pass Saturn, it looks as if it’s moving backwards – a bit like when another train pulls out of the station and it feels like the one you’re on is moving backwards. This is kind of like a retrograde.

This year Saturn is Retrograde from April 29th to September 18th, giving us four and a half fabulous months of focus on our responsibilities, privileges and the progress we’re seeing (or not seeing!) in life.

This particular retrograde is in the sign of Capricorn, which is awesome because Capricorn’s ruler is Saturn! Having a retrograde planet in its own sign is so much more beneficial than any other placement – so let’s find out what the meaning is so we can make the most!

 The Lord of Karma

Saturn represents the laws we govern society by, as well as the outcome of our actions. So, for example, if we work really hard, we might get a promotion, but if we keep skipping work, we’ll likely get fired. This is Saturn energy, as well as a good introduction to the way Karma works!

 

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What is Karma?

Karma is one of the most well-known spiritual principles in Hinduism and Buddhism – no doubt you’ve heard of it? It means “action” or “deed” and refers to a system of reincarnation, where your intentions and deeds effect the quality of your next life. So, if you have positive intentions and try to do good, you might luck out and be a wealthy landowner with a loving family in the next life. If you have negative intentions and you do bad things, maybe you’ll come back as a snail…

Except it’s not quite as simple as that (nothing ever is right?). Actually, Karma is not so much to do with “good” and “bad”, since those concepts don’t really exist within a non-dualist religion like Hinduism or Buddhism.

In these religions, everything is one, so pairs of opposites like good/bad, black/white, masculine/feminine, are actually two halves of a whole and one cannot exist without the other. Since everything has both aspects, we can look at something and see good or bad, depending on our own perspective. Something I like, might seem awful to you, and vice versa.

So, if we’re throwing out labels like good and bad, how does something like Karma, which seems like a reward system to our western minds, work?

 

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How Karma Works?

Karma takes into stock the energy of each intention, thought, word and action. It’s less about what is good and what is bad, and more about matching that energy to a corresponding energy. This might seem confusing right now, so I’ll give an example:

Let’s say you’re an Ebenezer Scrooge kinda character and you value money over everything else in life, including your own nearest and dearest. The energy that you’ve created in this life will carry over into the next and you’ll need to detach from it or clear it in some way. Your next life could see you living in the depths of poverty, so you have an opportunity to learn the value of community instead of being distracted by money again – that is, if you don’t work it out in this life first.

 

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The point is to realise your lessons and overcome any attachments. These attachments can be beliefs, habits or attitudes. They help or hinder you and effect the direction and quality of your current life.

If you have a positive mindset and do good things, that energy stays with you into the next life and you’ll be born into a positive environment with people doing good things for you. So, while Karma can dictate the kind of experience you have, it’s not so much a system of punishment or reward, but rather a way of you carrying energy from one life to the next.

 

Saturn Retrograde and Karma

 

Of course, energy can become “stuck”, and this is why we suffer problems that seem to be so deeply rooted, we don’t know what else could have caused them but a past life experience.

We carry our baggage with us through each life, and sometimes we even encounter the same people with whom we need to clear some karma – perhaps we left them in a past life and now it’s their turn to leave us? Maybe we took care of them and now they’ve returned to help us in some way. Even the stranger who holds a door open for us could be someone repaying some deed from a past life – clearing their own karmic debt and moving closer to Moksha, escaping the cycle of death and rebirth known as Samsara.

 

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So How Does This Connect to Saturn Retrograde?

This is super relevant during Saturn Retrograde because the Lord of Karma is moving slower and giving us chance to reassess our current actions and see how they might be affecting us in this life and the next. It’s like we’ve been given an opportunity to see the road ahead and perhaps adjust our driving technique lest we see that we’re on the road to becoming a reincarnated snail.

Over the next 4.5 months, circumstances will arise that show us where our energy is “stuck”. Maybe we keep attracting the same situations into our lives – perhaps we always end up with lovers that leave or treat us badly, perhaps we repeatedly run into money troubles. If you find that you keep encountering the same hurdle, it’s time to confront it and clear the energy.

 

 

Whether or not you believe in Karma, Saturn Retrograde is a great time to iron out the kinks in our lives and clear the way for new, positive experiences to come in. You don’t have to keep making the same choices, time after time, life after life.

To make the most of this time, get down to the root of each problem by writing about the “why” of your issue. Why do you go for that kind of partner? Who do they remind you of? Why do you spend more than you make? Why do you think you can’t do better?

Since both Saturn and karma reward hard work, use this time to get down to business in some way – working out your baggage is a great start, using your skills to improve your finances and career is another leap in the right direction.

Every action has a reaction – this much is true. So, figure out how to take better action, step by step, and pretty soon, you’ll see the energies align for you to start receiving better too.

May your Saturn Retrograde be enlightening and your karmic lessons be gentle!

Be sure to keep up to date with your star and planet alignments in my weekly horoscopes here.

Much love,

Ellie Rose xx

 

What Saturn Retrograde Can Teach Us About Karma

 

Expressing Mars in Pisces at India’s Holy River

From 16th November, Mars will be in Pisces, giving us extra motivation towards creative, empathetic and spiritual expression. This coincides perfectly with my trip to the River Ganges in Rishikesh, India, where people flock from all over the world to pursue their deeper drives.
 
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About Rishikesh and the River Ganges

 
The River Ganges is India’s holy river and Rishikesh is a pilgrimage place famous for its sprawling ashrams and colourful temples. Here you can find spirituality in abundance, from the many yoga centres to the chants of mantras around every corner.

This hub of spirituality draws people seeking something more from life, a deeper meaning or a bit of clarity or relief from their usual everyday chaos, and this fits with the theme of Mars in Pisces, which will drive us towards activities that soothe our soul, just like the cleansing waters of the famous holy river.
 

Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun, within the district of Uttarakhand state, in Northern India. It is known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun district of the Uttarakhand state in Northern India.

 

How Can I Express Mars in Pisces at Home?

 
But you don’t have to be in India to experience the energies of Mars in Pisces – you’ll feel it at home too! While this isn’t a great time to be pursuing external things, in fact, work, finances and exercise might start to feel a little clouded, like you’re not sure exactly what you should be doing, Mars in Pisces is encouraging you to see things from a different perspective – one that’s both creative and spiritual.
 

View from a temple under a huge bell on the River Ganga and Lakshman Jhula bridge at sunset. Rishikesh. India. Mars in Pisces
View from the temple under huge bell on the River Ganga.

 

So How Can We Balance the Two?

 
Of course, we all have to work, even if the planets are hindering us somewhat, so instead of fighting the tides, go with the flow and add some watery vibes to your everyday life.

You could try meditating while doing your housework – this works particularly well while washing dishes. Just focus on your breath instead of letting your mind wander and you might find that some issue that’s been evading your recently becomes clearer when you apply your intuition instead of your logical mind.
 

River Ganges in India. Mars in Pisces
River Ganges in India.

 
Activate your empathy, just as I’m doing here in India by feeding cows and stray dogs. You can do this simply by making someone a cup of tea, listening to a friend who needs an ear or if you’re really driven, get out there and do some charity work – you’ll find doing things for others will give you more energy and self-confidence while Mars is in Pisces.

If your work has felt a bit stuffy recently, try adding some creative flair to the mix, even if it’s just doodling on your coffee break, trying something completely different to your usual style or taking a walk in the park at lunch. If you have time, a session of swimming can work wonders for your body, mind and soul at this time – make like a fish and go diving for inner wisdom!
 

Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas.

 

Mars in Pisces – Tips from India

 
If you want to add some Indian flair to your Mars in Pisces experience, why not try one of these famous mantras. You can search them on YouTube and listen while you work, exercise or travel, or you can memorise them and repeat them to yourself, in your head is fine too!
 

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Ellie Rose by the River Ganges.

 

Ganesha Mantra:

 
“Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah” – (YouTube link)
 
This one is great for unblocking stuck energy, whether that’s emotional – as in you’ve got a problem that just can’t be solved and is making you feel tired or blue, or even a physical block like you want to earn more money but can’t find a way. Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, so perfect for Mars in Pisces when we need to let life flow like a river.
 

Shiva Mantra:

 
“Om namah shivaya” – (YouTube link)

This mantra is for Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s main deities and is designed to get us focussing on our inner world so we can learn more about ourselves and increase our feelings of oneness with divine love. It’s a powerful mantra for seeing the truth in all experiences, so a great way to shift any confusion that Mars in Pisces might bring.
 

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Banks of the Holy River Ganga.

 
But whatever you do, let your creative, spiritual side flow freely and Mars in Pisces will be a very enlightening time!
 
 
Much love from the Banks of the River Ganges,

Ellie Rose xx
 
 

Spiritual Travel and Buddhist Meditation

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Hi there my lovely Stargazers! This is Ellie Rose, reporting to you from Dharamsala, India. I’ve been here doing your horoscopes, learning about Buddhist  meditation and I’d like to share a little bit of it all with you guys back home!
 
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Astrology from the Mountaintops

 
So right now, I’m recording your weekly horoscopes from the beautiful woods and mountains around Dharamsala, which sits in the Himalaya Mountains of North India. You can see where I’m living in my photo below:
 
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The Home of the Dalai Lama

 
Just up from the city of Dharamsala is the home of the 14th Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan population. Because of this the place has got a very spiritual, Tibetan vibe and many beautiful monasteries.
 
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I was lucky enough to see a teaching from the Dalai Lama here recently, where he spoke about the importance of compassion. How we should practice compassion for every person and creature, but also compassion for ourselves and our own ups and downs, which is something I think we struggle with in the West.
 
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I recommend watching the Martin Scorsese film, Kundun, which is not only a great film, but tells the story of the current Dalai Lama and his incredible journey to find refuge in India. I watched this film at the Tushita Buddhist Meditation Centre here, sat amongst golden statues of the Buddha and beautiful mandala paintings, but even if you’re sat in your living room I highly recommend watching it!
 
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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

 
As part of my stay here, I’ve been studying Buddhism and practicing a lot of meditation at the Tushita Centre, and one of my favourite things I’ve learnt here is a practice known as ‘Tonglen’.
 
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This Tibetan meditation technique is so simple and really helps whenever you have a moment of negativity or stress. You can do it at home, at your desk or walking down the road, so it’s perfect for us busy Westerners!
 
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Tonglen Meditation: When you take a breath in, imagine you are breathing in for all the people suffering the same problem as you. Then when you breathe out, imagine you are breathing out to give relief to you all.

It can be as simple as breathing in and thinking: “I understand” and breathing out and thinking “It’s ok”.
 

 
At first it won’t seem natural, but when you get into the habit of doing this, you start to do it automatically when feeling a moment of stress or anxiety which helps long-term too. It’s designed to easily build the same compassion for yourself and the world just as the Dalai Lama teaches! Try it out yourself!

To see more of where I am now, check out my weekly horoscope videos here or on YouTube – I look forward to seeing you there!

Ellie Rose x
 
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