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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 with my weekly horoscopes here.

Much love,

Ellie Rose xx

 

What Saturn Retrograde Can Teach Us About Karma

 

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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Yoga Poses for Your Zodiac Sign (with Insta-Inspo!)

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Aries – Warrior 1

 
Aries is the sign of the warrior, so what better pose to do than the Warrior?! This pose is great for stretching legs, hips and backs as well as boosting energy and self-confidence, so you can go back to your life with your inner strength at its peak, like the warrior you are.
 


 

Taurus – Cat / Cow

 
Since Taurus is the sign of the bull, what better pose to do than cat / cow? The steady rhythm of this pose is perfect for grounding and releasing any negative emotions you may have picked up throughout the day with your sensitive nature. Remember to breathe!
 


 

Gemini – Tree Pose

 
Gemini is often overwhelmed by thoughts, so you’ll need a pose that takes all your concentration and helps to clear your mind. The Tree pose is great for focus as well as giving you a little boost of confidence in yourself that you can achieve anything you put your mind to!
 

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Cancer – Bridge Pose

 
A Cancer is a sensitive soul and often gives to others over themselves, so if this is you, a good chest-opening yoga pose will strengthen your heart and stimulate feelings of self-love. Yoga is a great way to take care of yourself so make sure you do this one regularly to avoid feeling burnt out!
 

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Leo – Mountain Pose

 
A Leo might seem confident and together, but a lot of the time you can actually be very harsh on yourself. The Mountain pose is simple but very powerful and will help you to stand strong in your strengths, find your inner confidence and begin to trust that you have everything you need, regardless of what others think!
 


 

Virgo – Child’s Pose

 
It’s quite easy for busy Virgo to get overwhelmed and so instead of giving you a complicated pose that I know you’ll easily master, try a simple Child’s pose and surrender to what will be. Child’s pose is what we use when we take a quick rest in yoga, or when things get hard and we need to go inwards.
 


 

Libra – Bow Pose

 
Open your heart up with a Bow pose, designed to strengthen your chest and back, as well as softening any negative feelings you may be having about yourself. This pose makes you feel strong while still making use of your gentle yet determined nature. Take it slow though!
 

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Scorpio – Happy Baby

 
If that well-known passion of yours isn’t put to use it can store up in the body as tenseness and negativity, so a light-hearted pose that opens your hips like the Happy Baby is perfect for a Scorpio who could do with a little more joy. Just roll around like a big baby and enjoy the gentle spine massage, there’s nothing more to it!
 

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Sagittarius – Locust Pose

 
A Sagittarius is so full of exciting ideas that sometimes they get overwhelmed or don’t end up putting any of it into action, this can cause a dip in your confidence that yoga can help with! The Locust pose strengthens your spine and back muscles, so you can stand up tall and begin to confidently chase your dreams.
 

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Capricorn – Extended Side Angle

 
The Extended Side Angle pose starts off a little difficult as it requires you to know your limits and get it right before you move onto the next stage, making it perfect for a dedicated Capricorn who needs to feel like they’re doing something well but sometimes needs to slow down and really focus on the task at hand.
 


 

Aquarius – Boat Pose

 
An Aquarius needs their mind to be stimulated, so a Boat pose is perfect as it can take a little while to perfect, something an Aquarius is great at, but it’s unique enough to keep your interest as well as strengthening your determination and confidence.
 


 

Pisces – Lord of the Dance

 
Increase your discipline while feeling graceful and creative with the impressive Lord of the Dance pose. It’s perfect for a Pisces who can get stuck in dreaming as it encourages us to be bold, take action and keep persevering until we make our vision a reality.
 

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Please leave your lovely comments below! Much Love!

Ellie Rose x

 

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