Updated: May 19, 2020
You might have heard people say "Omg, it is a retrograde phase", which in most cases is often associated with Mercury retrograde, the certain phase of the planet that occurs few times a year.
However, it is not only just about Mercury, because other planets tend to "play these games" too.
Even if you haven't heard about it, knowing retrogrades might be quite helpful as it can guide us towards the best ways to navigate our energies.
How this knowledge can exactly help us?
Well, with knowledge of retrogrades we can become more aware of energies around us. Let's be real, planets are enormous bombs of energies and their movements are truly influencing us.
Simple look at the Moon and the natural changes when we have Full Moon phase. Water is being pulled, tides changes, even animals such as ants start behaving in different patterns.
We are almost 70% of water as human beings, so why we find it so surprising to believe that planets can truly influence us?
See, each planet has a certain energy and kinda belongs to certain life areas, or more it deals with the most influential life concerns like our evolvement, our structural behaviour, our love shadows.
Each planet moves at certain speed, for example Mercury takes 88 days to orbit around the sun, while Neptune takes 165 years.
Yet, at certain intervals these planets become retrograde, or as astrologers say "they station retrograde", which means that the planet moves backwards.
Actually, it does not really move backwards, we just perceive it in that way from earth.
A little reminder how sometimes things we see are not necessary the things how they truly are :)
So why is it so significant?
Well, during retrograde phase, the energies drastically shift and become more intense.
Intense here does not mean that energy is maximized, it means that it "penetrates" deeper in regards to the topic that the planet is all about.
During these periods we literally go deeper into ourselves and uncover our shadow sides, reviewing and relearning, improving from the past and building ourselves for the better future.
To emphasise this, let's touch few of the retrogrades that are happening this year and let's see what we can expect during these periods.
Date: 25th April - 4th October
Main theme: transformation
Whatever Pluto touches - it intensifies, amplifies. It shakes and re-awakes.
I constantly say "you cannot run from Pluto". It finds you however hard you want to avoid it and it teaches you to go deep into the core.
During this retrograde, we'll go deep into our shadows, deeper into our unconsciousness.
Psychological complexes will go to the surface, so we definitely might feel some power struggles occurring in our lives. Pluto retrograde learns us to transform from our past experiences and past lives.
Date: 11th May - 29th September
Main theme: changing structures
Saturn retrograde occurs once a year and stays there for app.4,5months. Quite a period, isn't it?
This retrograde is not that intense, yet it still pushes slightly to make changes in relation to structure as Saturn is the planet of boundaries, structures and our limitations.
During this retrograde, we might get some reality checks. This is the time to look at our boundaries, responsibilities, discipline and authority (both personal and as a collective).
Saturn retro urges us to review our past and present structures in relation to lifestyle, routines and plans. It wants us to revisit them and improve them, build stronger and more unique structures that may stand for generations.
Date: 13th May - 25th June
Main theme: shadows of love
Venus retrograde happens every 18 months and is considered to be one to the strongest ones together with Mercury and Mars retrogrades.
As Venus rules over love, desire, pleasure, money and the Arts; these topics become particularly important during this retro phase.
So just like Pluto, it urges us to go deep, but here focus lies on our love shadows and the necessity to FINALLY deal with it.
During this period, it is very important to find ways to express yourself in healthy alternatives such as exercising, meditation, dancing or even painting. What truly relaxes you and makes you shine?
In addition, old people you have known (but have not communicated for a while) and love flames might be knocking back at your doors during this phase too, so be prepared!
This time this retrograde is in Gemini sign, which is a sign all about social lifestyle and talkative energy. That means that we'll express our love shadows thorugh words.
This might be a big benefit as our emotions need to be expressed and released, yet it can be a challenge, if we use our words without the balance of our mind and heart as a one unit.
Date: 14th May - 12th September
Main theme: spiritual growth
Jupiter retrograde occurs every 8 months for around 4 months period.
As a planet Jupiter portrays our higher thinking, it is kinda like our teacher or guru that guides us with care.
During this retrograde, we'll expand our conciousness even deeper, we will seek to explore the unknown. We'll have periods of intense spiritual and philosophical growth on deep personal level.
During this time, you might feel a need to ask more spiritual questions, delve deeper into mystical and non tangible topics of the Universe and yourself.
If you lost your path, Jupiter will make sure to pull you back.
So this is it, loves, I hope you can understand the basics of retrogrades and what they mean exactly at this point.
Yet, remember, planets are not there to dictate, they are there to influence and guide us offering opportunities.
After all, real growth happens from reviewing and improving, both accepting, yet also growing. And this is what retrogrades are all about.
Enjoy this deep magnificent growth!