Retrograde Planetary Motion Has Gotten a Bad Rap Due to the Public Opinion of What it Means When Mercury is Retrograde.
Don’t sign contracts! Don’t travel! Refrain from having any difficult conversations with loved ones! Prepare to have problems with electrical and mechanical items. These are the things we hear about Mercury retrograde, which causes us to liken retrograde planets to negativity and things gone wrong. Fortunately, many Astrologers understand that retrograde motions mean so much more than computers that go awry. The purpose of this post is to bring some of those meanings into focus from a standpoint of planets like Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Retrograde Motions Take Us Back in Time to Fix Issues and Get Life Right.
When Uranus goes retrograde, It realizes that some of the changes It has forced in a particular horoscope are being resisted. Quite frankly, we don’t like change, even when the change will serve to benefit us in the long run. Uranus can be like a persistant mom, forcing us to learn our lessons and do our chores until we get it right. He helps us to prepare for new life and then allows us the opportunity to make it happen. If we don’t move in time with the stars’ clock, Uranus may move some jobs or people out of the way to help us along to our highest good.
Retrograde Motions Usher Us Into the Presence of Kindred Souls from Past Lives and Twin Flames!
When I see Saturn direct aspected strongly (in a particular way) in a couple’s synastry or composite, I understand that they may feel responsible for each other, which can lead to a long relationship. As many of us know, there are many long-lasting relationships that we WANT to get out of, but feel we can’t. Perhaps it is because the person needs us and no one else is there to help or vice versa. It could be because we are afraid to leave for fear of what that person might do to us or our family members. Even still it could be because the benefit to having the person in our lives far outweighs the benefit of them leaving. People stay for many reasons and long relationships happen, not because things are always good, but mostly because people in these relationships never leave — some of you Cancers may know what I mean ;).
We must reconnect with various members of our soul groups in a lifetime for the purposes of receiving or giving help and/or for working out karmic relationships that were not resolved in past lives, whether in or out of the physical body. Saturn retrogrades help us to reconnect with these people to work out these soul lessons, and since we’ve seen them before, many times it does not take a full lifetime to sort things out so the interactions are not that long….7 – 21 years. Therefore, the way I like to look at Saturn retrograde is not that it cuts our time short with others or in life, but that it gives us the time we need to take full advantage of situations without dilly dallying. We’re here for a reason, you know, not to follow a Hollywood script of what life is suppose to be like.
Retrograde Motions Turn Dreamy Planets Into Thinkers and Harsh Grizzly Planets into Fuzzy Teddy Bears.
I’m a Pisces and I love when Neptune is retrograde in my sign because it helps me to see things more clearly. I know exactly what I’m getting into and am better able to put things into proper perspective to make sure I don’t let my fantasies get the best of me.
A retrograded Neptune in the 8th house can give dreams a prophetic nature, so much so that they can be used as a psychic tool vs existing only as a blurry microscope into the unknown. Neptune retrograde will also help us to curb an oversexual nature that could easily get out of hand in a non-retrograde station, especially when strongly aspected to Pluto and in houses that rule sexual natures. You see, retrogrades can be saviors and the voice of reason.
We’ve already discussed how a forward moving Saturn can keep us doing what we’d rather not do, however during retrograde transits, a key gets thrown into the prison door to unlock it and set us free! There is a new testament, bible story of how the apostles were locked in prison and all of a sudden the door swung open — I’d be willing to be Saturn was retrograde 0 or 29 degrees at that very moment!
Plutonian influence can also be pretty harsh and staid at times, however retrograde motions stifle the severity of the planet, though we have to be careful not to internalize issues during important Pluto retrograde transits and we shouldn’t blame ourselves for everything that appears to not be as we would desire. It is true that Pluto is far away from earth and appears to be retrograde for half the year, affecting half of the population and generational issues, however its aspects to faster moving planets, as well as the degree and minute it is in, affects each of us in a more personal way when viewed with our natal charts on any given day.
Understanding the planetary archetypes via Astrology is very important in comprehending ourselves and our world, which is why the ancients put so much time into observing every detail and writing them down as instructed by the higher souls (whether in our out of the body) that directed them in this beautiful science.
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