cast: sorcery

Little by little you must create a fog around yourself; you must erase everything around you until nothing can be taken for granted, until nothing is any longer for sure, or real. Your problem now is that you’re too real. Your endeavors are too real; your moods are too real. Don’t take things so for granted. You must begin to erase yourself.

We only have two alternatives; we either take everything for sure and real, or we don’t. If we follow the first, we end up bored to death with ourselves and with the world. If we follow the second and erase personal history, we create a fog around us, a very exciting and mysterious state in which nobody knows where the rabbit will pop out, not even ourselves.
—  Carlos Castaneda
Witchy Tip #3 - Preparing For Retrograde

Schedules for the retrograde of certain planets can be found online - quite often coming with tips and instructions on “damage control” on the their impact. These are often mundane actions and precautions, which I find quite strange considering retrograde is a spiritual matter.

Are there no witchy solutions to retrograde?

Of course there are! Remember, where the rest of the world sees a wall, we see a window.

The idea behind retrograde isn’t that the planet in retrograde itself is malfunctioning (duh), it’s just that its influence on our planet arrives in reverse. The clear solution to that would be to somehow acquire the planet’s energy in direct revolution.

How? We will be dealing with three methods:

  1. Bubble Method - before retrograde pre-shadow
  2. Talisman - before retrograde pre-shadow
  3. Energy Correction - during retrograde

1. Bubble Method
This involves gathering the energy from the planet which retrograde you’re preparing for and creating a bubble to protect yourself, a place or an object from the reverse influence.

Gather the direct energy from the planet with whatever means you choose - energy manipulation, visualization, ritual, chant, etc. Then, create a bubble around the thing you want to protect from retrograde. You may want to do this on your computers, phones, writing and drawing instruments and mouth during Mercury retrograde, for example.

2. Talisman
Create a talisman of the planet which retrograde you’re preparing for. Draw the symbol of the planet, sigilize its name, etc. Charge it with the energy from the planet while in direct. Try to pack as much energy as you can into the talisman. Keep it on your person for the duration of the retrograde and its post-shadow. At times when you need it most, hold on to it and draw power from it.

3. Energy Correction
For this method, we will be dealing with the retrograde energy directly.

Think of the energy coming from planets as gargantuan clouds of energy that actually comprise of tiny particles of energy spinning in a certain direction. When they are direct, they spin deosil (for example - no one knows for sure). And, when they are in retrograde, they spin widdershins, instead.

What you would want to do, then, is to manually spin these particles in the opposite direction - from retrograde to direct. Feel your environment - get a broad grip on the influence as a whole. Then, like a camera coming into focus, begin to notice the countless particles of the planet’s energy. Feel them slowing to a complete stop, and then spinning in the opposite direction. You should feel a sense of “correctness” or comfort from this. You can do this on individual objects or even people.

If you need some guides on developing your energy manipulation skills for this method, I strongly suggest @windvexer‘s articles.


  • Some people find that retrogrades are actually helpful in that they provide the challenge necessary to improve in those areas. They believe that Mercury retrograde may force us to become more careful, and therefore better communicators. Venus retrograde may reveal the relationships that may in fact be duplicitous or harmful. When deciding whether to use these solutions or not, exercise discretion. There may be times wherein you just cannot deal with any more spiritual adversity. These solutions are for those times.
  • Know that Jupiter and Saturn, instead of their influences reversing, they are emphasized and amplified during retrograde. This guide may still be helpful for Saturn retrograde and even Jupiter retrograde if you’re masochistic.
  • How do I know these solutions work? Bitch have you read this article this article is bomb af get on my level hon bon when ya gon get these slay-ass-even-during-Mercury-retrograde writing skills boooooooo?

There you have it! You are now a strong, independent witch that don’t need no retrograde.

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