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Once every year the planet Saturn moves into retrograde, a time in which, due to the rotation of the planets in comparison to use here on Earth, it appears as though the planet is actually moving backward. The actual backward motion is nothing more than an optical illusion, however, the shift in energy is very real. A time in our lives in which we are called on to face the planet of Karma, atoning for the errors of our past, Saturn Retrograde will challenge us to reassess exactly where we are going in our lives.

Beginning on April 17th and lasting until September, the impact of Saturn Retrograde on our lives will be significant and long-lasting. One area where this impact will be felt significantly is in that of our love life. Love and affection are based on a deep emotional response, making it highly susceptible to the influences of the energy that this time brings. What does that mean for you?

How Will Saturn Retrograde Affect Your Love Life According to Your Zodiac Sign?

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19):

During this time, you will find yourself reflecting on the reason why you are seeking the type of relationship that you are currently hoping to find. Whether you are looking to settle down and start a family or looking for someone to travel the world with you – the motivations behind these desires will be called into question. Prepare yourself for some difficult questions, however, know that this will provide you with some clarity and direction for your love life moving forward.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20):

Saturn retrograde is going to be a time of heightened emotions when it comes to your love life. Where you were once seen as stable and reliable, you will now reveal your sensitive and compassionate side. You have worked hard to keep these emotions buried, however, this period of time will reveal the fact that these very emotions may be your biggest tool to establish a strong, lasting relationship. Try not to shy away from it.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20):

You have always taken a great deal of pride in all that you are able to bring to the table in your relationship, however, you put far too much stock in the finances. Try not to allow money to become the be all and end all of your relationships. Instead, look past the practical side to the emotions that originally brought you together, and explore this connection. While financial stability will certainly improve your relationship’s longevity, it alone is not enough to make it last. You need to rediscover your chemistry.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22):

Highly overwhelmed as of late with your efforts to find balance and direction in your life, you find yourself struggling with the idea of priorities. Far too often your sense of responsibility takes control and you forget about the fun side of life. The sooner you let go of this weight and focus, instead, on what makes you happy, the sooner you will discover that your love life suddenly falls into place.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22):

Throughout your life, you have always been treated as though you are royalty, with everyone bowing down to your every desire. Unfortunately, this ha set you up with incredibly unrealistic expectations for life. In the real world, your charisma and charming personality will only carry you so far. If you want your relationships to last you will need to embrace the power of compromise, taking the necessary steps to focus on your partner and their needs, wants and desires will make a HUGE difference!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22):

While you have had some great luck in finding amazing people to date, your relationships all seem to fall apart for the same reason – you fail to see just how amazing you are and what you deserve. Unable to see just how worthy you are of someone amazing, you find yourself settling for far less than you deserve and pushing the amazing people in your life away because you often believe that they deserve more. Take a moment to appreciate all that you have to offer. These people are attracted to you for a reason if you can just learn to accept their love.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22):

You’ve lived a bit of a charmed life when it comes to your love life, allowing your magnetic personality and incredible charisma to win everyone over. There will come a day, however, where this charm isn’t enough, and you are forced to face life’s challenges first hand. This is going to force you to learn the more difficult side of making a relationship work, however, if you are able to embrace this concept you will create a solid foundation for your relationships moving forward.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21):

You take great pride in your ability to handle everything that the world throws your way on your own, but this isn’t exactly conducive to a functional relationship. A relationship is a partnership, and in order for that to work you need to be willing to be ‘real’ with one another, sharing both your strengths, but also your vulnerable side. This isn’t going to be easy, but it will have great benefits in the long run.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21):

There is nothing that you value more than your freedom, eager to travel the world and experience all that it has to offer. You often overlook your responsibilities in favor of trying something new, which may bring you fun and excitement, but it certainly isn’t conducive to a committed relationship. If you are going to make your relationships work, you will need to learn to dedicate yourself and take responsibility for the things that matter.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19):

As someone who has always valued order and organization, the disorganized nature of Saturn retrograde is going to challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone. It’s going to be messy and confusing, but that is the reality of love, affection, and emotions! Allow yourself to feel a little uncomfortable but keep pressing forward and focusing on where you want to go in life. The various pieces of your life will all come together if you allow them to.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18):

Saturn Retrograde is going to be a time of reflection and better understanding for you. For the first time in your life, you will be presented with the opportunity to truly determine what will make you happy in his life and pursue it. This is going to be a difficult time, so be sure to exercise complete patience with yourself as you navigate these thoughts and feelings. While it may not be the most comfortable situation, you will thank yourself for it down the road.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20):

Throughout your life there is one challenge that has held you back in every relationship, friendship and meaningful situation – you seriously struggle with the concept of trust. It’s not that anyone, in particular, today has threatened you or given you a reason to be skeptical. It’s a belief you were born and raised with. If you can get ever your ego, your romantic and sensitive sense of self will make an excellent partner.