These is when planets appear to go backwards. This gives us the opportunity to relearn a situation that we have become stuck with. The planet in retrograde will tell us the exact energy that we are revisiting, e.g. Mercury rules all forms of communication, so with Mercury retrograde we have to repeat what was learnt or to review our documents.
Other keywords for retrograde are:
revise, review, renovate, repeat, reconnect, reactivate, rebirth, recall, recapture, recharge, recite, reclaim, reconstitute, rectify, recount, recurrent, redeem, redeploy, redo, redress, reflect, reduce, reformate, refund, regain, regenerate, regress, regret, rehash, rehearsal, reinforce, reiterate, release, repair, repay, replicate, replace, reprint, reproduce, restructure, retread, retrieve, reunion, return, revamp, revert, reverse, revolt, rewrite.
Retrogrades in this Autumn Season:
Venus : 4 March – 15 April: 13°Aries – 26°Pisces
Here we question love, needing extra reassurance. It is a time to go over relationship issues, clearing any past grievances. We are to build strength onto our creativity, removing any blocks or doubts. We may need to prove our worth to ourselves, strengthening our self esteem and spiritual acknowledgment.
Mercury: 10 April – 4 May: 4°Taurus – 24°Aries
Here we are to review our communication, our documents or any significant work papers. This is not the time to sign any important documents but a great time to read over them. Best to do any maintenance on machinery after this date as it can become unreliable in the retrograde time. Misunderstandings are very easy to make so be more tolerant and put more effort into explaining yourself. Tickets for travel or events that are booked with Mercury retrograde can be problematic, with random changes, cancellations, double bookings and unreliable information. If possible leave the bookings for when Mercury goes direct again.
Jupiter: 6 Feb – 10 June: 23° Libra – 13° Libra
Here we question our confidence, as if getting to the edge of the diving board, looking over the edge and hesitating to jump. It is really advisable to go over our developmental plans, going through all the necessary steps to achieve our goals. Set step by step targets to stay on track. This is a good time to nominate your ‘coach’ – someone to push you off the diving board. The push can wait for when Jupiter goes direct, if you prefer!
Saturn: 6 April – 26 Aug: 27° Sagittarius – 21°Sagittarius
This is the easiest of retrogrades to have, as it naturally wants us to review, to revise and to restructure. Saturn likes us to be cautious, deliberate and wise. However with it retrograde it means we can add more internal pressure to ourselves, which can build into stress. Therefore it is important to have progress reports, scheduled time out to recharge. We need to review our position and be prepared to discipline ourselves to reach our goals.
What do you need to revisit to set right? This is a great time to reflect, to release and to review. Take the time to step out of your usual routine to re-energize your motivation.
Happy retrogrades everyone!