Mercury retrograde in Taurus from 29 April – 23 May 2016
Mars retrograde in Sagittarius from 18 April – 30 June 2016
Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius from 25 March – 13 August 2016
Pluto retrograde in Capricorn from 18 April – 27 September 2016
Jupiter in Virgo has gone direct as of a few days ago, but also gave us a retrograde influence amongst the above planets from 8 January – 10 May 2016
We have four planets all in retrograde motion, and we recently had five planets in retrograde! That is seriously a lot of planets in retrograde happening all at once! So, what is retrograde and what does it mean for you?
When a planet goes ‘retrograde’, it first appears stationary and then moves backwards in motion, decreasing in degrees over time. Planetary retrogrades take the normal energy associated with that planet and turn it inwards. It is a time for more introspection, and rethinking of things that you may have thought you were done with. As the planet goes backwards in degrees in sign, it can also go backwards in your houses, which is especially important for the outer planets, which move very slowly and spend a long time in each of your houses.
Retrograde Planets and Your Houses
Prior to the retrograde, Saturn may have finally moved into the next house for you, which changed all of the issues and themes involved with that planet. Let’s say, for example, it was in the 11th house, which it would have been for well over a year, then you would have spent a lot of time re prioritizing your friendships for something more serious and long-lasting, and participating in society in a more serious manner than previously. Your ‘work’ and ‘challenges’ of the current time lie in Saturns’ house. Then, Saturn moved into your 12th house, where it became time to do a lot of inner work and cleansing of your psyche. While Saturn transits are difficult they can be very rewarding if you slowly but surely put towards the effort necessary for growth. Now that Saturn turns retrograde, we have to return to those past issues, in this case those of the 11th house, as we have not fully completed our work here.
How can you tell where the planets fall in your houses?
A good site for calculating your natal chart and transits is astro.com, you can google “astrodienst natal chart calculator” and/or “…transit calculator”.
Mercury Retrograde in Taurus
Mercury rules your intellect and mental state, as well as transportation and communication. Mercury retrograde can make transportation a bit hairy and communications less clear. It can result in a mental fog, and turn your thoughts inward. Taurus gives a stabilizing, grounding effect to mercury, as Taurus wants to build upon which it has preserved. Taurus is a stubborn sign that wants to see actual material results. Relationships are also important to Taurus. The energy of Taurus is currently influencing your mental state and communication.
Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius
Mars rules your physical energy and actions. When in retrograde you may find it more difficult to endure physical activity. Mars also rules aggression and quarrels, thus you may be more likely to internalize your aggression rather than express it. With the influence on Sagittarius, there is an increase in expansive energy, where you want to be free from constraints to do things. Sagittarius can lead to excess, which in this case would be physically.
Saturn Retrograde Sagittarius
Saturn provides barriers and constraints in order for you to overcome your obstacles and achieve a new level of growth. Saturn retrograde turns this energy inward, in which you may be overcoming internal issues in order to achieve growth at this time. You must look within and face the harsh truth of that which you must do to move forward and be where you wish to be. Through hard work and sustained effort, Saturn brings you many rewards. With the influence of Sagittarius your work is influenced by a greater need for personal freedom to expand your life, and this case your inner life.
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
Pluto is an intense planet that rules death to rebirth and transformation. With pluto in retrograde you must look within and let go of your attachments, which no longer serve you. Deep, inner transformations are themes of the retrograde pluto. Capricorn (ruled by Saturn) is the sign of slow, steady, hard work for real-world achievements. Capricorn must overcome many barriers and obstacles, which will lead to the many rewards of their hard work. With the influence of Capricorn, this Pluto retrograde will require hard work, and the energy necessary to overcome your personal barriers in order to achieve your inner transformation that is necessary for your growth at this time.