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Stay Your Course Michelle Karén

Saturn continues being retrograde this whole month (until July 7) between 5°52´ and 4°52´ Scorpio. The shadow period continues until October 14. The degrees it travels through this month are symbolized in the Sabian symbols by "the gold rush tears men away from their native soil" and "a massive, rocky shore resists the pounding of the sea." We are required to revisit the ways we use our time, money, and power. It is a period asking us to be clear on our commitments and responsibilities. Where do we need to persevere and be stronger? When is it to our benefit to shift gears?

Pluto continues being retrograde this whole month until September 20. The shadow period will last until January 2014. This month, it travels from 11°01´ to 10°20´ Capricorn. These degrees are symbolized in the Sabian symbols by "an illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life" and "a large group of pheasants on a private estate." As hidden aspects of ourselves come to the surface, we are given a chance to reexamine outmoded behaviors. This is a time of spiritual death and rebirth that forces us to unearth our hidden talents and tap into our own resources to face the economic and social challenges we are confronted with. It reveals what is no longer working in our lives and needs transformation. As we face the necessity to bring about new beginnings, it allows no stone to remain unturned in our inner work. Some major social unrest could come to the surface. Deep layers of society could emerge requiring major cleansing.

Neptune turns retrograde on June 7 at 5°22´ Pisces until November 13. The shadow period (the time until Neptune reaches the exact same degree at which it started its retrogradation) extends until March 4, 2014. The degree it travels in June is represented in the Sabian symbols by "a parade of army officers in full dress." We could feel particularly sleepy, disillusioned, or lose interest in what we are truly meant to be doing.