Mercury Retrograde

Retrograde in Astrology

A retrograde in astrology is when a planet appears to be moving backwards. No planet really moves backwards, it’s simply an illusion in the sky from our point of view on Earth. When a planet does go retrograde, however, it’s energies are turned inward. This means that the energy of whichever planet that is going retrograde will be felt more personally and internally. People who were already born when a planet was in retrograde might feel the effects of the same planet going in retrograde less.

Mercury Retrograde
Mercury is the only planet that goes retrograde quite often. It is the most talked about planet when it does go retrograde and it’s no wonder, Mercury rules communication on a day-to-day basis. It is strongly felt.

Pros
Use this as a time to carefully reflect about your decisions. Think carefully is the motto with this planetary retrograde. Analyze certain areas in your life that you believe need work and get to working on ways to improve it. Take a breather and relax. Use this as a time to sit back and observe, do not act nor speak so impulsively.
Cons
You should expect past relationships to pop up, but do not try to start anything either. You may start to feel more argumentative and may notice that in other people as well. There can be a lot of traveling delays as well. Your electronics could malfunction during this time too, basically any form of communication.

Venus Retrograde
Venus goes retrograde about every 18 months. It is the planet of love, money and all kinds of relationships so it’s affects are really personal. These areas of our life that Venus rules are sensitive because they are so personal and can make or break you. Venus retrograde is wrathful and not pretty.

Pros
Use this as a time to reflect about how your finances are and especially your relationships with others. Not all that glitters is gold, and things can become ugly during this retrograde. So be careful, observe and think about where you stand at this point in your life with others and your own values as well. Step back and appreciate all that you have.
Cons
Do not make any dramatic purchases or changes during this time because they can be impulsive urges. Watch what you are eating too because you can have unhealthy cravings. Avoid starting any new relationships as well because there could be a high chance sparks will die off once Venus goes direct. Old relationships can pop up, friends may start acting shady or deceitful and you can start to feel unlike yourself as well.

Mars Retrograde
Mars goes retrograde about every 2 years. Since Mars is the planet of action, during a Mars retrograde we learn that our actions indeed do have consequences. Expect the energy to be drained when Mars goes retrograde and maybe bursts of anger as well.

Pros
Use this as a time to really think about your actions. If you want, you can find some time to relax and take a break from everything. Fight your impulses and take precaution.
Cons
Do not jump into things without thinking first. In other words: do not act on impulse. You might notice that people become accident prone during the retrograde and there can be a rise in accidents.

Important Fact
The Sun and the Moon do not go retrograde.

Retrogade Planets

People born with natal retrodgrade planets can spend more time in self reflection, ensuring that the qualities of the sign have been satisfied on a deeper, more spiritual way. Retrograde planets take a backward step and spend longer in the sign and house. As the Earth passes the planet in orbit it appears to go backward. From the point of view of the horoscope, it does move backwards. Psychologically, this means the planet is going to reverse direction and go back over area it has just crossed. 

Mercury retrograde:

  • Is this information valid?
  • Do my thoughts match up with my inner values?
  • Is this the right occasion to share my thoughts?
  • Do I need to be alone to figure this out?
  • Do I need to gather more information?

Venus retrograde:

  • - Does this person reflect my value systems?
  • Did I react appropriately to the social situation?
  • Do my actions really reflect my morals?
  • Was how I acted fair?
  • Did I treat that person correctly?

Mars Retrograde:

  • - Was that the right outlet for my energy? 
  • What am I really desiring?
  • Why was I/am I so self destructive?
  • Why is that fear holding me back?
  • Why did I feel the need to be defensive on that occasion? 

Jupiter Retrograde:

  • - What are my spiritual desires?
  • How do I develop self control?/why do I deny myself pleasures?
  • What was the meaning behind that?
  • What is the universe trying to tell me?

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Retrograde Planet Guide

Retrograde planets are planets that appear to physically move backward in the sky at the time of birth in a natal horoscope.  It is only illusion as the planets only appear to move backwards in the sky from a point seen on earth.  They do not physically move it is only optical illusion.  During the Retrograde the planets are as close to the Earth as they ever are during their orbit.

Planets in retrograde motion symbolize karma.  Retrograde symbolizes an internalization of the planet’s energy, thus making us consider their energies more.  The planets energy becomes a part of our consciousness through Retrograde in a birth-chart.  For this reason planets in retrograde effect people at a great level.  

Mercury is already apart of our conscious and it’s nature is internalized by nature.  As Mercury rules the lower mind and communication it is a part of a persons conscious nature.  Retrograde still effects it, but not as deeply as the other celestial bodies. It is a different story from the other planets as there effects are greater.

The deeper influence of Retrograde planets are felt from Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  Why is this you may wonder.  The simple answer is because all of these planets are planets that don’t represent an integration into our conscious thinking naturally.  

Sun, Moon and Mercury together are all naturally part of a persons singular consciousness in this lifetime. Mercury and Moon represent thinking of the lower and higher mind, and the sun is the other part of a persons conscious. Only Mercury can be retrograde in the normal consciousness because Sun and Moon cannot be retrograde in a birth chart.

Below is the list of planets and each of there Retrograde symbolic meaning.

Now what the planetary retrograde means by planet.



Thinking may have a non-linear and differing quality then other peoples.  The thinking can be more insightful.  The mind goes over experiences more. Learning is different and information is processed through subconscious thinking patterns as opposed to conscious thinking patterns.  

Doubts may center around learning, and this person can struggle with communicating their thoughts.  This can be from a reduced sense of confidence in the validity of their ideas.  Communicative reactive skills may be slower, as the mind needs to process incoming information different then others.  Sometimes the mind works so differently people may believe this person possesses a learning or speech disorder due to their offbeat mind and communication style.

Due to abstract thinking partners these individuals have a tendency to be their own best teachers. They ask lots of questions and have trouble accepting things at face value.  Mercury retrograde learns at a different pace then others due to their different thinking process.  Mercury here works best expressing itself through the hands by doing music, drawing, or painting instead of verbal communication.  

Mercury Retrograde karma centers around a past life where the person could of relied to much on others for teaching.   They may not of asked enough questions to enhance their learning.  They may of communicated things out of context and now are to learn to “think twice.” about what they communicate.



Venus in retrograde people may appear deeper then the standard Venus sign. They may be more introverted then then a normal Venus can be.  Socializing isn’t superficial and relationships are very important and taken very serious.   They don’t make social contacts just to be social, their relationships have purpose.

These individuals may have troubles communicating love or being affectionate in expression. Can ask a lot of questions around love.  May wonder a lot about commitment and loyalty.  Struggles can center around a reduced sense of self worth believing they are good enough in love.  Can come from thinking themselves into despair regarding being worth love.  Self esteem of the person suffers in many cases.

Life may be seen and measured in terms of value of love.   They may be wrapped up so much in the fear around losing love they don’t put themselves out there.  Forming the bond of a relationship can be problematic due to their self sabotage tendencies within thinking.  Opening themselves up to believing relationships are good for them despite their fears can be troublesome especially in early years.

Overindulgence in eating (food is a luxury seen from Taurus after all) can be a problem with Venus retrograde.  They may emotionally eat to make up for the lack of human companionship due to holding themselves back.  Loneliness may be a problem due to their troubles communicating their desire or affections for another.

The Karma of Venus in retrograde centers around past lifetimes where relationships and love may of been misunderstood, neglected, or troublesome. The current lifetime tends to carry on pain from the previous life love endeavors.



Mars likes to fight by nature but internalized retrograde Mars needs to sort out whats its fighting for.  Needs to seek and internal purpose that they think is worthwhile.  More times then not they relive actions they have lived in their lifetime in their head.  This person can work hard and more efficiently when given a second chance at retribution for their mistakes.  This individual can be one that works so hard at retribution they forgo taking care of their vital needs.

Not accomplishing goals can cause over-reactions as a result of the the internalization of their shortcomings.  Sexual side can be more internalized and their lovers may feel they are selfish.  

Karma for Mars retrograde can center around reliving actions already lived in prior lives.  There may of be a desire to attach to people that represent something from a previous life.  This may also mean recreating situations by living somewhere or doing tasks again in this life that can from a previous one.

There can be a perpetual feeling of living past lives, and coming back to accomplish missed deeds in a prior form. Shortcomings and failures may subconsciously be relived with a desire to to relive the past life in this lifetime.



Since retrogrades rule internalization, Jupiter retrograde symbolizes internal expansion of the person.  Morality, ethics, and philosophies come from their own internal thinking.  Others may think their belief systems, morals and philosophies are not of the norm.  They may struggle with higher education and be prone to being self educated more.

This retrograde offers an avenue for a higher spiritual nature in life.  They may be inclined to compile their own idea of religions.  This can be done by picking over infusing pieces from their own morality and other religions they are inspired by into a pseudo-religion that makes sense more to them.  Luck may not come so easy to them, so they think more about what they can do in the moment to make good things come to them.  

The karma of Jupiter Retrograde may come from blindly following other philosophies, religions and morals in a previous life without consider your their own personal values with them.  They may of also taken on education others recommended for them, failing to follow their own interests in a prior life.



Fear and self doubt can rule their life.  These people can possess a conservative approach in life.   They fear losing and fear rejection; causing them to not want to take chances.  They can feel stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Limitations are brought on by their own doing.

Saturn in Retrograde can produce a person who fears letting people down. The odd twist of fate is that they really let themselves down.  Following strict guidelines can be very different for Retrograde Saturn.  These people may feel nervous about fulfilling expectations others have of them.

Karma says that Saturn retrograde indicates that there was trouble fulfilling oneself in a previous lifetime, and it is to be relived in the current one.  Some with Saturn in Retrograde feel like they have more weight upon their shoulders then others.  Besides the fear of not pleasing others, they may subconsciously feel failing in this lifetime from the souls remembrance of failure in a prior life. Failure in this lifetime is a state of mind they create for themselves by their own negative self image carried over from a prior life or soul experience.

The current lifetime can be about using the wisdom of hardship to their advantage.  To realize that there is rewards for struggle, and retribution comes in the form of personal sacrifice.  Reputation and acknowledgment can come only when Saturn in Retrograde realizes the only person holding themselves back really is themselves.  Karma can be worked through but it’s up to them.



Internally their can be a great unrest centered around familiarity.  Instead of showcasing their originality to the world as an Aquarius would they can feel inclined to internalize what makes them original and unique.  Outside to the world they may seem like conformists, but consciously in there head it’s another story. This can stem from a childhood that may be symbolized a lack of self expression and individuality allowed.  

Internalizing originality gives a belief that others cannot take freedom from them.  A great struggle can exist in contradiction.  A feeling where this person may have to do one thing to conform, but really there is desire to be their original selves.  Embracing being a free spirit is something inside themselves they have aspirations, hopes and wishes for.  Yet the Retrograde gives them struggles in bringing it out.

People with Uranus retrograde may struggle and feel lonely because of this position.  Due to struggles expressing their individuality there can exist troubles being apart of social groups.  Struggles with assimilating with network groups, or gaining a following on networks due to internalizing their individuality that makes them unique and different is most likely.  

The Karma of Uranus retrograde can center around previous lifetimes where they expressed to much rebellious or individual behavior and didn’t consider their impact.



Neptune in retrograde can create a more hazy, confused and distorted perception.  Common sense may be a struggle as the physical world does not come easy to them.  Internally they challenge the idea of their compassionate nature.  While they may be more consciously aware of the spiritual side of life they be more apt to keep private.  

Since Neptune is water and contains psychic ability, Retrograde here may indicate a more psychic nature in the person.  This is because retrograde forces the outer planets energy to be absorbed into the conscious more.  This makes a person recognize Neptune’s intuitive and psychic ability and be more apt and develop it.  They are more likely to put it to use. The dreamy side of Neptune can be internalized as well, leading them to keep their dreams to themselves.

Karma dictates then in this life Neptune is retrograde to give the person a sense of the purpose of dreams.  Not just to act on dreams, but consider their validity in the real world.   The dream world and physical world can feel separate to them, making them feel they exist on two different levels.  Karma also shows here that person may of had psychic ability but failed to develop it in a prior lifetime.



Retrograde Pluto can make Pluto’s energy more consciously a part of the internal world of the person.  There can be inner intensity in their consciousness, along with thoughts that they either love something or hate it. Internally there thoughts may be very extreme in nature.  Yet to the outside world they keep them hidden.  

There can exist deep intuitive and psychic powers here since they are seen from Pluto.  They can be more a part of the persons living consciousness and not even realize their abilities are of a psychic nature.  Internally they may suffer with fears.  They can fear being controlled and manipulated.  

This individual can struggle showing their power in the real world.  This leads them to having the door open to being manipulated by others. They internalize the desire to have control of others and consider it’s value.  Yet coming out with it in the real world is reconsidered as the use of their power is now conscious a part of themselves.  They consider the effects of their actions more internally. These individuals may stop to consider how their actions help anyone.

Pluto in retrogrades karma centers around transformation.  In previous lifetimes the person may of had much power but failed to utilize it to transform others in a positive way.  Now they have a second chance in this incarnation to help stress the positive side of Pluto energy.  This is to use it to heal humanity instead of destroy or hurt others.

MERCURY SIGNS
  • Mercury signs represents reasoning, communication, and thinking.
  • Mercury in Aries: Quick thinking, very vague thoughts. Comes off as coarse and unrefined.
  • Mercury in Taurus: Slow, very precise. Hates admitting they are wrong.
  • Mercury in Gemini: Scatter-brained, entertaining too many thoughts at once. Excellent communicator.
  • Mercury in Cancer: Guarded, measured words. Thoughts clouded by sensitivity and worries.
  • Mercury in Leo: Authoritative and know it all. Idealistic and loves sharing their thoughts.
  • Mercury in Virgo: High-strung, receptive to appreciation. Open minded yet structured.
  • Mercury in Libra: Diplomatic and pleasing. Tactful and compromising.
  • Mercury in Scorpio: Truth seeking and observant. Passionate, helpful, and strategic.
  • Mercury in Sagittarius: Freedom of thought and has grandiose ideas. Optimistic and fascinating.
  • Mercury in Capricorn: Diplomatic and concise. Methodical and guarded.
  • Mercury in Aquarius: Frivolous and enjoys stirring reactions in people. Superiority complex and detached.
  • Mercury in Pisces: Gentle and vague. Indirect but observant.
  • To calculate your Mercury sign, use this link and follow the instructions. http: //alabe.com/freechart/
MERCURY RETROGRADE

Intro:    Mercury is the ruler of communication, clear thinking, as well as travel.  During the retrograde cycle, things may start to get ugly in these areas.  This occurs approximately 3-4 times a year.

What to do:

  • Stay Calm.  Everyone goes through it and it effects everyone differently. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini and Virgo, and those with Gemini or Virgo placements may feel the difficulties of the retrograde more than others.
  • Try and go with the flow. Things are most likely not going to go your way since Mercury wants us to think backwards spiritually.  It wants us to re-evaluate our thinking and re-evaluate areas in our lives that may need some work.
  • Take extra precautions.
  • Be good to yourself!

What NOT to do:

  • Refrain from large purchases such as buying a house, car, electronic devices, etc.  Most likely, computers may crash, cars may break down more than usual and travel will be more difficult during this period as well.
  • Do not enter new relationships. This is a time of reflection and re-evaluation.  Exes are likely to appear! Do NOT go back to them either, because it is likely the spark will die out after the retrograde is over.
  • Avoid large contracts or entering into a commitment.  Many started projects remain unfinished during a Mercury retrograde.
  • Don’t start a job. Things are not what they seem to be during a Mercury retrograde period!
  • Avoid moving in with someone. People may not be “themselves” during a retrograde cycle, and once Mercury goes direct, this person may be a totally different person.

Other things you can expect:

  • Deceitful people; especially with Neptune in Pisces.
  • Sleep deprivation is likely.
  • Greater stress is likely.
  • Slower thought process
  • Travel delays or traffic
  • More arguments with friends/family
  • Unhappy/more angry people

Good Luck.

Natal Retrograding Planets

Retrograde comes from Latin for “backward step.” Astrologically, the planets are felt on a more inner, deeper level and expressed more inwardly than overtly. They swirl on the soul lining rather than project through the body  

Born with Mercury rx:
Thoughtful, slips into meditation easily, speculative, reflective, constant conversations with the mind that are not verbalised, trouble grasping new ideas, uncomfortable in academic settings, slow processing of information, takes time to respond, shy, self conscious about communication, self critical, can have dyslexia

Born with Venus rx:
Approaches relationships and social encounters with seriousness, takes responsibility for others, has a unique portal of social ideologies and values, reticent to enter relationships and intimate experiences, creatively talented, attraction to odd and unusual romances, emotionally disconnected, nonmaterial

Born with Mars rx:
Trouble self starting and initiating, slow inertia, difficulty with self assertion and aggression, lost ego, high level of responsibility, self competitive, represses bouts of anger, difficulty finding passion, sexually compulsive and ritualistic, rage turns inward - at the self, misplaced fury

Born with Jupiter rx:
Extremely rich and broad inner life, slips into meditation easily, learns best in solitude, easy access to the internal divine guru, unique view of philosophy and the universe, excessive nature, easy weight gain, more concerned with inner riches than material, original belief systems, trouble interacting with others 

Born with Saturn rx:
Hyper diligent and responsible, streams of ambition and endurance, self contemptuous and critical, self demanding, places high expectations on the self, paternalistic, prefers to work in solitude, feels victimised, feelings of inferiority, need for security and safety, weak or absent father figure

Born with Uranus rx:
Spontaneous bursts of universal insights, unique and original domestic and social habits, views the self as the one who needs rebelling against, appears conventional but is quite eccentric within, makes abrupt and unpredictable sweeping life changes, highly acute intuition

Born with Neptune rx:
Swirls with internal imaginative imagery and fantasy, tendency to procrastinate, struggles turning vision into action, enjoys the use of drugs alcohol and hypnotics in solitude, compelled to raise the consciousness of other people, oversensitive, self sacrificial, requires copious time in solitude and meditative states, can fall into trances

Born with Pluto rx:
Believes one was born with a special purpose in life, struggles overcoming trauma, self destructive, intimate with the processes of life death and rebirth, challenged with their own internal depths, self regenerative, resourceful in the face of pain, provoked to heal and transform others, faces strong resistance from others throughout life

-Cherry

💫Oh boy! Who's ready for this Mercury and Saturn retrograde 💫

Saturn went into retrograde today (4/5) and Mercury is about to follow suit (4/9), wanna know what that means? Time to get our shit together! Like legit this is not a time to be lazy because Saturn will kick your ass for that, especially when Mercury goes back into Aries and those two fucks will have a fun time working together to force us to be on our A game.
Lucky us we get to experience this at the end of the semester when finals and projects are due but whatever. But some things to know:

- Relationships with fatherly/male figures have more potential to be adapted
- Saturn will likely stay in Sagittarius, our spiritual connections will be tested and our philosophies will be questioned, we may find new information on things we once knew were true.
- Because it’s in a less intense sign those with a well placed Saturn in their chart won’t feel this too hard but it will be annoying
- When Mercury enters Aries again prepare for a shit ton of things breaking
- Y'all can survive this 💙

Karmic Meanings of Retrograde Planets in the Natal Chart

I found this on pathwaytoascension.com and I just wanted to share it with you because it is great information

When a  planet is retrograde, its energies are turned inward and becomes more  subjective. The energy is slower  manifesting in the external world, partly because the individual with  retrograde planets tends to think more deeply about the energies involved.  Many geniuses and leaders have retrograde   planets.

         According to Martin Schulman, in his Karmic  Astrology:  Retrogrades &  Reincarnation, Vol. II, retrograde planets tend to break the time  barrier.  The individual brings memories  of prior lifetimes into the present incarnation.  There  may be feelings of a “blending of lifetimes” characterized by the person  attempting to resolve issues that still appear to be unfinished.  The memories can be so vivid that the person   does not recognize them as “memories.” In Schulman’s words:  “He is living in a dulled phase of another  time zone whose irresistible magnetism seems even more important than his  current life.”  The individual keeps  re-living the experiences that relate to the particular retrograde planet.  

        Retrogrades operate through multiple  dimensions at the same time.   Thus, the  person may “be either behind or ahead of himself in this life while still  another part of self is not yet in this life at all.  In addition to this lack of synchronization  with chronological time, which in itself would be enough to upset most  individuals, he also experiences on still another plane, a rather unique  orientation in space.”  (Schulman)

         Schulman’s definition of a “Retrograde individual” refers to  having either:  1) 3 or more retrogrades  in the natal chart, 2) any one of the personal planets Retrograde, or 3) even  one single Retrograde planet near the Ascendant or Midheaven (the 10th house cusp is called the Midheaven).

        Again quoting Schulman:  “The Retrograde planet, with its powerful   karmic lessons being brought forward in this life tends to emphasize the matter  or form side of life, throwing man into the more primitive parts of himself  where his struggle for survival amidst the conditions and people around him  becomes predominant over the fulfillment of his Soul.  This becomes even more heightened in the case  of the inner [personal] Retrogrades (Mercury, Venus, & Mars) through which  man deals with the very same intimate, personal, and private parts of himself  which he has been struggling with since his beginning in time.”  

         It  is comforting and encouraging to know “that soul and spirit are above the laws  of karma” and all difficulties can be resolved.   Much spiritual growth can take place through the overcoming of the   difficulties involved with Retrograde planets.

PERSONAL  RETROGRADE PLANETS

The SUN and MOON  do not go retrograde.

MERCURY RETROGRADE – turns the mind inward, giving a  tendency to repeatedly go back over prior events and lessons.  The thought process is based in the   subconscious rather than the conscious mind.   This means the learning process  is more Right Brain than Left Brain; you absorb the essence rather than the  details.  For this reason, you are likely  to score lower on standardized and/or facts-oriented tests than those students  not having MERCURY RETROGRADE.  

         PARENTS,  BE ALERT – The child with MERCURY RETROGRADE is likely to be made to feel  and told that he/she is less intelligent than he/she really is.  This  child’s learning process is different, not less intelligent.

        The MERCURY RETROGRADE individual is  capable of tapping into the collective unconscious and of perceiving knowledge  from prior times.   This process is  unconscious.  Because you know more than  you can consciously communicate, frustration may set in.  You may become preoccupied with the form of  your ideas, creating barriers to the essence of your knowledge.

         Creative  outlets that require non-verbal communication, such as music and painting, are  an excellent means of expression for MERCURY RETROGRADE.  Many of our musical geniuses have MERCURY  RETROGRADE.  History is also a natural  outlet.

         MERCURY  RETROGRADE KARMA:  Relationships – with a tendency to  react to others “as if” they symbolize persons from the past.

VENUS RETROGRADE – indicates difficulty in  expressing freely your love and affection for others.  You may feel that you lack emotional  fulfillment and tend to interpret life’s events through the lens of “how much  am I loved or deprived of love?”   Emotionally based relationships can be difficult because you tend to  internalize and thereby exaggerate hurts.

         VENUS  RETROGRADE KARMA:  Relationships – reveals that your soul  carries memories of past life painful relationships and a great  misunderstanding about the nature of love.   The prior life intense emotional pain may result in a present tendency   to cut yourself off from fully experiencing the richness of love—out of fear of  being hurt once more.  You will tend to  react to the present as if it is the past, thereby pre-programming your present  love relationships.  You tend to block yourself  from happiness by trying too hard to achieve it.

         PARENTS:  Encourage your VENUS RETROGRADE child to engage in all activities that add beauty,  art, and love to his/her daily life.  VENUS  is the planet of beauty; teach your child to think and create in terms that  focus on enhancing life’s situations.   Loving an animal may be helpful; just make sure the child is also   learning to love people freely and within the present context.

MARS RETROGRADE – shifts the outward thrust of energy  characteristic of MARS and directs it inward.   You will tend to expend a lot of energy reliving internally your past  experiences.  Because you are constantly  to the past, you may inflict past life roles upon the persons in your present   life’s environment.  There is a strong tendency to place priority upon  fulfilling your spiritual desires, resulting in neglect of the physical body’s  needs.   An intentional focus on holistic  growth is needed.  Sexual experiences  can be less fulfilling because your energy is turned inward.  However, sex that is deeply rooted in love   between two partners and that strives for a mutual spiritual orgasm can be a  much more natural expression for MARS RETROGRADE.  

         MARS  RETROGRADE KARMA – indicates your actions  tend to be an effort to recreate situations from your prior lifetimes. You may expend energy in attempting to find people  in the present who can symbolize those who fulfilled you in the past.  You may try to act out all that you could not  express in prior lifetimes.  You may   over-react when your efforts fail to produce your desired results.  This over-reaction can result in “coming on”  too strongly, only to have people pull back.

JUPITER

Rules the Eternal  Self, the Planet of Wisdom

Jupiter is a source of enthusiasm, optimism, and the urge to seize the  opportunities offered to you in life.

JUPITER RETROGRADE turns its energy of expansion  inward, so that much inner growth takes place, often through spiritually  oriented studies.  JUPITER RETROGRADE tends to procrastinate and to plan, then  re-plan, to the point of failing to get anywhere with the thoroughly planned  project.  JUPITER RETROGRADE offers the opportunity for a highly spiritual  incarnation. You must seek your own Truth; for, the mundane and status quo is  likely to leave you feeling discontent.    You are a free-spirit and  cannot follow happily in the footsteps of others.  Great wisdom and prophetic ability can be  present, especially as you attain spiritual maturity.  JUPITER RETROGRADE can bring many déjà-vu   experiences; you can feel at home anywhere on the planet. 

THE DWELLER ON THE  THRESHOLD

The planet of self-discipline,  SATURN’s goal for you is perfection.

SATURN helps us  bear our karma and successfully pass our tests.  Until we willingly accept  self-discipline, we experience SATURN as feelings of limitation, deprivation,  delay, and disappointment.  SATURN’s  true desire is to grant us wisdom and compassion.

SATURN RETROGRADE is your signal that you are re-doing a lifetime.  This incarnation is your 2nd chance; thus, you will feel the burden of dealing with two lifetimes at  once.  You can, therefore, experience  inner doubts about your self-worth and your ability to overcome  difficulties.  The good news is that your  soul knows you have achieved the spiritual maturity required to re-do  successfully a lifetime.  You have in  prior lifetimes advanced through great personal struggles and sacrifices.  Now, as you learn to flow with SATURN’s  discipline, you will be rewarded with enormous wisdom.  SATURN is comfortable in RETROGRADE motion, and  as you flow with it, you develop the capacity to tap into all of your past life  wisdom and talents.  SATURN RETROGRADE is a sign of an old Soul who has advanced far on the  spiritual path.  Now, you have incarnated to perfect what you have learned. 

         SATURN  RETROGRADE KARMAthe re-doing of a  lifetime, with the extra weight that entails.  SATURN RETROGRADE will be serious about  getting it right this time.

OUTER RETROGRADE  PLANETS

URANUS RETROGRADE – creates difficulty in being  aware of and expressing your inner individuality.   There can be a rediscovery of ideas from  previous lifetimes.  URANUS RETROGRADE  gives you a compelling sense of responsibility toward personal growth because  you sense that human progress as a whole is enhanced as well.  You  are a forerunner of the future, very tapped into the richness of life.  You must be original; you must explore the  new; you must share your ideas with others.   You are a free spirit and  cannot be bound by seeking to have others understand what you are about.  Your path may be long and crooked, but you  can know extreme happiness while traveling it.

         URANUS  RETROGRADE KARMA – relates to karmic  family and societal difficulties. In  your efforts to both relate to others and to reform, your unconscious mind can  be transformed.  URANUS RETROGRADE can  play havoc with relationships because of your changeability, which can make you   appear hypocritical.  Your mental and  emotional bodies may struggle with each other, as you know you need to do one  thing while feeling that you need to do another.  URANUS RETROGRADE would have you lift your  consciousness above the emotional/mental bodies and focus on the intuitive  body.

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE – gives the desire to unveil mysteries and to expose religious shams.   You will have an intuitive awareness of  your subconscious mind, but may have difficulty making conscious  attunement.  NEPTUNE RETROGRADE attunes  much easier to the subconscious/unconscious when the focus is diverted by the  use of a tool, such as astrology, or while the conscious mind is occupied with  the task at hand.  It is, therefore, important to listen to and heed insights  that appear to come to you from “out of the blue.”

         NEPTUNE  RETROGRADE indicates the urge to view the material world in terms of its  significance to the Soul and its growth.   Thus, NEPTUNE RETROGRADE offers you the opportunity to achieve a very  advanced stage of spiritual evolution during this incarnation.  NEPTUNE RETROGRADE requires that you live in   the material world while remaining separate from it.  To  others, you will seem to lack the common sense that motivates the behavior of  others.  Instead, you vibrate to a  higher music, possessing a direct attunement with your Soul.  You are much more in touch with the cosmos  than the material world and know far more than you can express in words.

         NEPTUNE  RETROGRADE KARMA – You are living through a karma of learning how to distinguish between the dreams that will  bring true fulfillment and those that simply appear to do so.  This learning process can mean that you  attempt living one dream after the other.   Because NEPTUNE RETROGRADE, functioning on the personality-centered  level, can be confusing, you may tend not to trust your intuition—even though  you are highly intuitive

PLUTO RETROGRADEturns its transformative energy even more deeply into the   superconsciousness, bringing about an inner illumination long before you are  able to give it expression in the outer world.  PLUTO RETROGRADE indicates a carry-over of psychic powers from  previous lifetimes. These powers are  to be used in constructive ways only.   You will feel the struggle humanity is going through within yourself—humanity’s struggle is your struggle. You are aware of and feel responsible for  lifting your conscious awareness so that the consciousness of humanity can be  thereby lifted.

         PLUTO  RETROGRADE KARMA – A karmic debt is  owned to humanity stemming from the age indicated by the sign in which PLUTO is  located.  This debt is to be paid  through selfless service to humanity.  Tremendous spiritual growth is possible;  you have the opportunity to rise above the karma of the human race and step off  the wheel of rebirth.  PLUTO RETROGRADE  joins NEPTUNE RETROGRADE in asking that you live in the world, while remaining   separate from it.

I did not write this but you can message me if you have any questions :)

Mercury rx 

  • Intensity rating 10/10: Mercury in Gemini, Mercury in Virgo. Sun in Gemini. Sun in Virgo. Mars in Gemini. Mars in Virgo
  • The clever and the chaos becomes a flatline hum. cerebral valium, necessary but frustrating. For people so used to immediately ascertaining mental faculties, they can feel lost in life without the mind 

  • Enlightening: Mercury in Sagittarius: Mercury is in detriment in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a sign that resides in the higher mind, expanding details into generalizations. Mercury struggles in Sagittarius. But during retrograde the sun shines another torch in the mind, this could be beneficial for tunnelling from the higher mind (Jupiter) into the lower mind (Mercury) harvesting wisdom from both mind frames 

  • Even Weirder Life: Mercury in Aquarius:  Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius and symbolizes the higher octave of Mercury. So Aquarius can definitely be impaired during Mercury rx, the electrical cords of Aquarius getting tangled in the darkness. Thoughts fizzling out. But the much needed recuperation occurs. They can gravitate toward the tin foil hat 

  • Mercury in Pisces: what? what’s going on? Mercury what? I don’t feel anything???

Mercury Retrograde Spread: A Guide Through

1. How can I prepare? How can I minimize my struggles?

2. What can I draw upon within myself to aid me?

3. What should I avoid?

4. What will this retrograde bring into my life?

5. What aspects of my life will be most affected by difficulties with communication?

6. How can I work with this retrograde?

7. How will my relationships be affected?

8. What lessons can I learn from this retrograde?

9. What will be the outcome?

Original Content Masterpost

For your consideration is a list of topics of our original topics we have created on this blog since our conception:

Western Astrology Dictionary

Planetary Meanings in Astrology

Astrological House Descriptions

Explanation of the various Astrological House Systems

The differences between the Sun, Moon and Ascendant

Not relating to the “Sun Sign.”

Physical Appearance Traits for Rising Signs

Careers for Astrology Signs

Retrograde Planets in a Birth Chart

Retrograde Asteroids in a Birth Chart

Retrogrades are Good!

Intercepted Signs in A Birth Horoscope

How the 8th House shows an interest toward Astrology, the Metaphysics and Hidden Tantric Sciences of the world

Musical Taste in Natal Chart

Saturn The Great Teacher

Video Games and Astrology

Potential Health Issues Seen Through Astrology

How the Draconic chart works: What does it mean and how it applies.

Stop freaking out about retrogrades.

IN OTHER WORDS- ASTROLOGY IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN YOU THINK

Read your birth chart. 
In order for a retrograde to affect you, the planet has to be in retrograde on your birth chart, and be currently in the same sign and degree as it was when you were born. If it affected every single person on this planet all at once, then we’d be totally fucked. But if there are no retrogrades on your birth chart, retrogrades don’t affect you. And if it is retrograde on your birth chart but in a different sign and a different degrees while retrograding in the present then this retrograde doesn’t affect you until the planet moves into the same sign and degrees it is on in your chart.

There are houses, signs and degrees on birth charts. (And a lot of really other complicated stuff that I can’t be bothered to explain right now) And in terms of what retrogrades mean, it’s just that the energy of the planet turns introspectively. If you have retrogrades on your birth chart, the energy that planet has over the house and sign in your birth chart will be turned introspective- or inwards.

Seeing everyone freak out over four planets in retrograde and then blaming all their moods and misfortune on this is doing my head in. Before you start wasting energy and time on freaking out, look at your birth chart. You will need to know your time of birth and your birth place in order for the chart to be accurate. (Just so you know, asteroids are taken into account on birthcharts, and a number of asteroids are also in retrograde at the moment.) If you don’t know your time of birth, your mum or grandma probably know.

Once you’ve calculated your birth chart, note down what planets fall into each house and sign. For example, your chart may say Venus in Pisces, in House 11, along with some coordinates or “degrees”.
If you see a letter R next to the planet symbol, it means that at the time of your birth that planet was moving in retrograde, so the energy of that planet affects you introspectively, and this be more pronounced when the planet goes into retrograde. BUT it will only affect you when it goes back into the same sign and degrees.
For example, if your birth chart has Saturn in retrograde, in 27° Sagittarius 46’ 31", the retrograde of Saturn will only affect you when it goes back into that exact same position. (Regardless of house. Just the same sign and degrees.)
Considering how slow the bigger planets move, that means Saturn in retrograde probably won’t affect you more than once or twice in your life time, since it takes 29 and a ½ years to move through the zodiac. Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are even damn slower. Uranus takes 84 years to pass through all the signs, Neptune takes 165, and Pluto takes 248 years. So unless you have discovered the key to immortality, these bigger and more painful retrogrades will probably never affect you.

So stop freaking out! Go pick up a book on astrology and birth charts, and read up about this stuff before blaming your struggles on the planets. Astrology is a lot more complicated than that! Arghhhhh stop wasting your energy!

RETROGRADE PLANETS IN THE NATAL CHART

A planet is in retrograde when it goes backward. It’s only an optical illusion, because it is impossible that a planet goes in the opposite direction of its orbit.

If someone is born during a planet in retrograde, it will appear in the chart like ℞ next to the planet.

A person is considered “Retrograde individual” if she/he has three or more planets in retrograde, or at least one personal planet in retrograde, or even a retrograde planet near the Ascendant (1st house) or Midheaven (10th house).

The energy of a retrograde planet turns inner energy, and it’s unable to manifest outside.

Mercury retrograde: the communicative energy can’t be expressed, causing something like “talking with themselves”. The individual analyze everything, and could be more confident with talks face-to-face or in a small group.

Venus retrograde: love themselves more than love people. Creative, seek beauty and art, even when the outside looks like a superficial person. May have high standards in relationships, and struggle showing affection.

Mars retrograde: passive-aggressive, hide their feelings, ending in an explosion, like a volcano. May fight with themselves, and has low determination in front of people, even when in the inside is really responsible of their own path. May repress sexual instincts or just reject sex.

Jupiter retrograde: has own view in almost everything, but never talk about it. Philosopher, has a big world inside their mind, but feel alone when they can’t find the way of express it. Could happen that they are more interesting in travel in their inner world than in the outside.

Saturn retrograde: can’t represent the authority in front of others. However, they are very structured, building a wide wisdom and keeping a rigid routine. They even could restrict themselves away from things because it separates them from their goals.

Uranus retrograde: struggle with authority, can rebel with themselves but never with the real authority. A lot of unusual interest and habits, very creative and with out-of-the-box thoughts.

Neptune retrograde:  living in a dream, barely can see reality. May be an artist or just a person that lives inside their creation, great imagination, thoughtful and distracted.

Pluto retrograde: powerful, but not showing it. Profound and constant change, deep analysis, want to know everything about themselves and the other. Self-destructive energy.

RETROGRADE PLANETS [IN THE BIRTH CHART]: A retrograde action is a planet slowing down. In contrast to the velocity of the Earth, it appears to be going backward. No planet ever goes backward or leaves its orbit. It is always moving forward. The apparent backward motion of a retrograde is simply the loss of velocity. The Sun and Moon never go into retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets represent work that must be achieved in this lifetime because it was not accomplished or reconciled in a past life.

MERCURY RETROGRADE: A Mercury retrograde usually occurs every three months, so that there are three or four Mercury retrograde periods per year, each lasting exactly twenty-one days. When Mercury goes retrograde, if you were born during a Mercury retrograde, it is a time to really make contact with yourself. You will be inspired and moved to recognize your ideas and thought processes with clarity.
When a person is born with a Mercury retrograde, he has a communication problem. He can tell you what he thinks, but he can’t tell you what he feels. He doesn’t make contact with his emotions because Mercury blocks it. There is also difficulty communicating with the self.

VENUS RETROGRADE: If you were born during a time of a Venus retrograde, your inability to appreciate the self is obvious. You are unable to express self-love. You don’t know how to get what it is you want or how to satisfy the self. You must learn not to expect such things from others but, instead, develop them within yourself.

MARS RETROGRADE: The inability to act is created in a Mars retrograde. It is as though you have been victimized by others because you are not using your aggressive qualities correctly – you either don’t know how to be aggressive or you fear aggression. You water down your energies. This does not make for a happy person; it creates a person who internalizes his aggressions and anger. This is dangerous because a retrograde Mars can lead to brooding or nursing old wounds and, eventually, to health problems ranging from ulcers to anxiety. Angers that cannot be externalized wind up being internalized, which impacts one’s health. Retrograde Mars in a chart indicates the inability to displace its natural energy in a positive or productive manner.

JUPITER RETROGRADE: A retrograde Jupiter usually leads to an overbearing individual, especially if placed in the fourth house – it is a tyrant in that house. It creates an inability to empathize with others, which results in an insensitive and isolated individual.

SATURN RETROGRADE: Saturn retrograde relates to self-worth. The inability to judge oneself accurately shows up in a retrograde Saturn. Saturn, as a maturation planet, puts your self-worth into proper perspective. People who tend to place more importance on themselves than others will certainly learn the lesson – Saturn will restrict them until they balance their own worth with the worth of others.

URANUS RETROGRADE: For those born with a retrograde Uranus, the action of Uranus, which is slow, becomes even slower. The unique and unconventional quality of Uranus ceases to be because something is underdeveloped or undeveloped that must be caught up with. This creates the late bloomer, one who doesn’t readily discover his rare individuality.

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE: Neptune in retrograde is a humdinger. Neptune is a difficult planet, so in retrograde action the negativity of Neptune becomes prominent. Neptune has a depth that can be lifesaving; but when it turns retrograde, it goes underground and doesn’t resurface. All of the wonderful concepts, ideas, and creative forces that are generally in Neptune when it is well-aspected will produce irrational fears and anxieties when in retrograde position. These fears are considered irrational because they are usually not created within the context of this lifetime, but from past-life issues and unfinished business.
If born with a Neptune retrograde, it is necessary to maintain faith and courage in the face of all challenges.

PLUTO RETROGRADE: Pluto is generational. During its long revolution, many people will be born within each of its aspects. If Pluto is in retrograde motion, which it is for about six months of the year, half of the population will be born with a Pluto retrograde. This group of people is not necessarily going to act according to the rest of the group. These individuals will, sooner or later, stand out within that generation. They will either be famous or infamous.

—  Ada Aubin and June Rifkin, The Complete Book of Astrology

mercury associates with dexterity and co-ordination…. ever noticed how geminis can type/handwrite at rapid speed and virgos are very good with fixing things and doing things with their hands. as a nurse i always noticed how gentle and perfect the virgo nurses were at wound dressings. i have also noticed an increase in clumsiness during mercury rx

Astronomical & Astrological Events in April 🌌

April 1st: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
April 2nd: Venus Retrograde enters Pisces; Jupiter biquintile Neptune
April 6th: Saturn enters Retrograde
April 7th: Jupiter at Opposition
April 9th: Mercury enters Retrograde
April 11th: Full Moon in Libra
April 15th: Venus Direct
April 19th: Sun enters Taurus
April 20th: Pluto enters Retrograde; Mercury Retrograde enters Aries
April 21st: Mars enters Gemini
April 22nd: Lyrids Meteor Shower
April 23rd: Lyrids Meteor Shower
April 26th: New Moon in Taurus
April 28th: Venus enters Aries
April 29th: International Astronomy Day
April 30th: Saturn square Chiron