Retrograde Planets

We see a lot about retrograde planets so I `thought I would write something about what they actually are and what they mean to us all generally.

As we all know every planet in our solar system is constantly revolving around our Sun. Depending upon how far away they are, depends upon the length of time it takes for each planet to complete its cycle. As we look at the planets in the night sky and we see them moving to the East relative to the fixed stars.

There are times however when the planets appear to be moving towards the West. This is when astrologers refer to them as being in “retrograde”. This is caused by the Earth travelling faster past one of the slower moving outer planets or when the Earth is passed by a faster moving inner planet such as Mercury, Venus or Mars. This is why these planets are seen to be retrograde more often than the outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Of course, they don’t really go backwards it is an optical illusion when seen from the Earth.

Some Astrologers see retrograde planets and unlucky whereas in reality they give us the opportunity to look through the illusion of the energy that each planet represents and see our way forward to a brighter future.

If you are born with any retrograde planets in your birth chart then signs in which they are retrograde give a firm indication of the karmic issues you are here to resolve in this lifetime. Quite often issues relating to a retrograde planet in a persons’ birth chart can be kept hidden or overtly expressed. For-instance if Saturn is retrograde in a birth chart then a persons’ self-worth may be deeply hidden. The person may exhibit behaviour relating to extreme self-confidence, appearing to be a total extrovert when in fact they are an introvert. They will hide their vulnerability by putting on a brave front. They probably will not even know they are doing it because it is learned behaviour. The sign any retrograde planet is in will also affect the persons nature and there will be an illusion somewhere around manifesting they appropriate energy.

Each of the planets will be retrograde at certain times and this gives all of us, regardless of whether we have any retrograde planets in our birth chart or not, a chance to look deeper into ourselves, to review the past from this life and see through any illusions we have created. This will probably release past life patterns we may have inherited as well. So, they are not necessarily negative. A few days immediately before and after a retrograde period is also a good time to avoid making important decisions because each planet will appear to be slowing down to a stop before it starts moving in the opposite direction again.

The sign in which the planet is retrograde also is indicative of what needs to be focussed on. For-instance, Mercury retrograde in Aries, the Ram. Aries is the first house of the Zodiac and a fire sign. It is the house of birth and individuality. Aries are leaders, they like and need to be in charge. They are the general to the Leo’s Captain. When Mercury is in Aries we will all have a strong belief in our own ideas. If you happen to be an Aries with will be even greater. When Mercury is retrograde in Aries then we will either lose confidence in our own ideas or we will become even more arrogant about them. Hence the energy of the sign a planet is in will when retrograde will affect the our focus.

There follows a brief description of what each planet represents and a list of retrograde periods for 2018. The more specific details will be blogged at the appropriate times.

Uranus retrograde in Aries:

2nd August 2017 – 2nd January, 2nd, 2018 AND

7th August 2018 to 6th January 2019

Uranus takes about 84 years to complete its cycle around the sun which means it spends about 7 years in each sign of the zodiac. It goes retrograde for approximately 140 days every year.

Uranus is the Awakener and rules our sense of freedom. When retrograde we need to focus on where in our lives we feel stuck, where we feel trapped, especially around our spirituality, our duality of being both human and spirit. Uranus brings new order out of chaos.

Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio:

8th March 2018 to 10th July 2018

Jupiter takes about 12 years to go around the sun and goes retrograde for about 120 days each year.

Jupiter the Good Luck planet. This is a good time to review our visions, ideals and the belief systems by which we live our lives.

Mercury is retrograde in Aries: 22nd March to 15th April

Mercury is retrograde in Leo: 26th July 26th to 19th August

Mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio November 16th to 6th December

Mercury is the fastest moving planet and takes 88 days to go round our sun. This means Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year (very occasionally 4 times a year), for anything between 19-24 days.

Mercury is the Messenger and rules communication, transportation, (especially short journey’s) and technology, so whenever Mercury is retrograde you can expect mistakes, misunderstandings, travel plans going wrong etc. It is not a good time to sign contracts, buy new cars, or electrical items. This is when we usually have problems with our computers and phones.

Reviewing how you communicate with those around you and how you are perceived my others. Reviewing your plans for the future, are they truly what you want, do they answer your needs or are they others plans for you.

This year interestingly enough Mercury is retrograde 3 times, in 3 different fire signs. We can expect to have less energy at those times, especially if you are a fire sign yourself.

Saturn retrograde in Capricorn:

17 April – 6 September 2018

Saturn takes 29.5 years to go right around the sun and goes retrograde for around 140 each year.

Saturn is the way-shower. It governs our responsibilities, boundaries and challenges and how we overcome these things in life. It is a time to look at the limitations we bring into our lives and look at how we manifest our individual reality of life and find new ways forward. It gives us the opportunity to transcend our Karma.

Pluto retrograde in Capricorn:

22nd April 2018 to 30th September 2018

Pluto takes 248 years to do a complete circuit around the sun which means it spends approximately 21 years in each sign of the Zodiac. Although it has been officially downgraded to a dwarf planet by Astronomers, as far as Astrology is concerned it is still a major force. It goes retrograde for 5-6 months each year.

Pluto is the Renewer so when retrograde it gives us the opportunity to reflect upon endings and beginnings. On transformation and change. It is time to focus on the cycles of life and any repeating patterns we may notice in our own lives so that we can change and transform ourselves and our world. We can identify any compulsion or obsessions we may have to undermine our own lives, thus making way for transformation and positive change. To be able to live closer to our divine selves.

Neptune retrograde in Pisces:

18th June 2018th to 24th November, 2018

Neptune takes around 164 years to circle its way around the sun and therefore spends approximately 14 years in each sign of the Zodiac and is retrograde for approximately 150 days.

Neptune is the Visionary and reputedly bridges the material and spiritual worlds so when retrograde we are encouraged to focus on our inner spiritual selves and the way we live our lives. It gives us the opportunity to release addictions, identify how we deceive ourselves and to release any guilt and shame.

Mars retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn:

26th June 2018 to 27th August 2018

Mars takes approximately 2 years to move around the sun and goes retrograde every 26 months for anything between 55 – 80 days.

Mars is the planet of Personal Will & Action so taking direct action can become difficult during a Mars retrograde period. This is a time for repairing, and finishing things rather than starting new projects.

Venus retrograde in Scorpio and Libra:

6th October 2018 to 16th November 2018

Venus takes less than a year to go around the sun. 225 days in fact and goes retrograde every 18 months for 6 weeks.

Venus The Lover - rules money, love, and romance and will reveal any weaknesses in any investments, current relationships and well as bringing back any past loves where issues are still to be resolved.