For the most part we all know that when planets go retrograde things can get a little crazy. For those who don’t know, retrograde is a term used for when the planets, from our view point on Earth, appear to go backwards for a time.
The reason for this is the earth completes its cycle around the Sun faster than other planets in orbit. Just like lanes on the highway, a slower car appears to be going backwards to a faster car, even though they are going the same direction. Some people have felt this as a dizzying moment and even have vertigo in the process. Some people can handle this illusion and vertigo better than others, however this dizzying moment is the best way I can explain what happens to those on earth when planets are in retrograde.
Each planet has a different energy or aspect that effects us in different ways, depending on which planet is in retrograde. So for a few weeks to several months at a time we could be having “dizzy” moments in certain aspects of our life because the planetary energies are giving us all vertigo. There are even transition periods (usually referred to as “shadow periods”) that could be felt for days or weeks at the onset or offset of a planets retrograde period.
All planets go retrograde and I end up telling people, no matter which planet(s) are in retrograde, to have more patience. Retrograde is a learning experience, a chance to better ourselves: to “Re” -vise, -direct, -search, -solve, -visit, etc. Retrograde planets teach us that by going backwards and “re”-looking at things, or projects, can help us to have more insight for the future. As humans, sometimes we have to be presented with a challenge before we can evolve and grow.
We are in luck, as retrogrades do not last forever. Once the Earth completely passes the planet in retrograde, the motion appears normal and this is said to be “direct” or “prograde.”
There is a ton of information on the World Wide Web about retrograde planets, what to avoid during, and what to do to help people through it. Usually, just a lot of patience and trying to see things from a different perspective. However, what about the times when nothing is in retrograde? Yeah everything is steady for once, but is there anything to expect or do? Or not do?
So, if retrograde is for looking back and we are warned against starting anything new (based on the specifics of that planets characteristics & aspects), then when all planets are going direct... it’s time to start looking forward and/or start anew. When the planets are direct, or prograde, then it’s time to look at the future.
Now that you have learned many lessons throughout the retrogrades, it’s time to put them into practice and start taking the steps forward. Forward to new goals, or forward with the same goals but different and better directions than before.
When all the planets are prograde, then all the planetary energies are in a forward momentum that all humans can access, to help carry them forward in their endeavors. “Pro” meaning “forward,” the planets are for “pro” -active, -claim, -ceed, etc.
Here’s to the prograde of planets and the energies they bring, forward movements and new beginnings!
Planets retrograde & prograde...
Mercury - Planet of mind, communication, intellect, reason, language, intelligence, & technology.
Mercury retrograde: this is a time to have patience with people, and yourself, trying to communicate. Get in touch with old friends/family. Back up electronic devices and data, edit and clarify thoughts, dust off old writing and communication projects. Check in and update social media profiles.
Mercury prograde: Time to go with the flow! Make new friends and new business contracts. Start new writing and communication projects. Purchase new electronics. Be direct in your communication, speak your truth.
Venus - Planet of love, attraction, relationships, art, beauty, & harmony.
Venus retrograde: Time to look at healing and removing blocks from relationships (family, friends, and/or lover/spouse). Learn whether or not the relationship is healthy and if you need to love on. Get closure from past loves or reunite on a more positive note (even if it is just friends). Time to make peace with the past. Make extra time to honor the women & femininity in your life.
Venus prograde: Blocks removed and healing has begun! Keep the forward movement or know that it’s time to start with new friends and/or lovers. Begin new projects together!
Mars - Planet of drive, energy, aggression, sex, competition, courage, & passion.
Mars retrograde: The pressure is on and conflict abounds, learn how to handle all of this and not boil over. Patience! Release grudges and learn to lay down your “weapons.” Now is not the time to rush, but to take the time to breathe, think, then act. No one will be upset that you took this extra time to orientate. Cops are more active and car accidents abound. If you have sex with past loves, do so with caution. Good time to work out and exorcise to release tension. Make extra time to honor the men & masculinity in your life.
Mars prograde: Conflicts are solved, and everyone is little more driven and energized. Take this time to put all those “muscles” into the new projects or goals you have. Take action on what you are passionate about.
Jupiter - Planet of luck, growth, expansion, optimism, abundance, understanding, & wisdom.
Jupiter retrograde: Avoid large purchases, like a house or car. Don’t take unnecessary risks, be sure to take extra time to evaluate before risk taking. Time to research or go back to school. Re educate yourself on matters that link with your life. Relook at old entrepreneurial ventures. Travel to old and familiar places to help with any thinking and understanding processes you may need.
Jupiter prograde: You’ve done the research and there is no more you can do. Now is not the time to overthink, you’ve already thought it through, now leap!
Saturn - Planet of structure, law, responsibility, discipline, fears, challenges, obligation, & ambition.
Saturn retrograde: Only goes retrograde once a year, thankfully! Time to rethink careers and goals for your future. This is a time of self discipline. Instant gratification during this time and quickly sink your ship and leave you feeling overwhelmed and drowning. This is a good time to work through any issues you may have with your father or father figures.
Saturn prograde: Reality is clearer! Career choices should be open and clear, or the one you are on smooths out and you can “see” more of the positive future. Still don’t give in to the instant gratification, however your ship won’t sink and drowning is less so. Your father or father figure in your life may have a lighter feel to the relationship. Take that father daughter/son trip you’ve been putting off.
Uranus - Planet of change, eccentricity, rebellion, reformation, unpredictability, & originality
Uranus retrograde: We all have a rebellious side, however during this retrograde make sure you are solid on the cause of your resistance. This is a time to double check your sources of political, scientific, environmental, etc. and see how they fit with where you stand on topics. Try to avoid the destructive and disruptive people in your life who negate on your stance. Remember to have informative debates and not “I’m right and your wrong” arguments.
Uranus prograde: Going with the flow of change can be fun! Now is the time to enjoy the changes and see how they have shaped your life. The stances you take in life (political, scientific, environmental, etc.) are easy for you to explain and you feel the ease of understanding in those you communicate with. Humans seem easier to deal with at this time. Inspiration is also easier to harness.
Neptune - Planet of dreams, intuition, mysticism, imagination, delusions, & healing
Neptune retrograde: Look out for people who want to drain your energies during this time. You won’t have much energy yourself, let alone to willingly (or unwillingly, aka psychic vampires) give to others. Time to rely on dreams and mediations to help heal yourself from the inside out. A time to incubate/hibernate. Do things that help to calm the spirit like creative projects, listen to music, or go outside and let nature speak to you. A great time to explore and question your spiritual beliefs. Be wary of codependency.
Neptune prograde: Always beware of energy suckers, but less so during Neptune prograde. No more hibernating, time to get out and smell the roses; so to speak. Some higher spiritual energy activities are easier attained and fun! You can still be creative and listen to nature, however you will feel lighter during this time and easier to let the flow of inspiration to take you places.
Pluto - Planet of power, death, rebirth, evolution, & transformation
Pluto retrograde: Pluto has had a hard time remaining a Planet, however no matter what it remains an influential cosmic power in the astrological world. It still effects us. When this planet retrogrades its time to look at our “shadows.” Time to delve into our old fears and limiting beliefs and break up those patterns. Remove energies toxic to you and invite the light in. Inviting in the light will help to see what lies in shadow so you can actively work on it and understand it... which in turn helps you in the long run. Careful not to let your shadows overshadow others. Your baggage is your own to deal with, not someone else’s. This is a good time to reorganize and space clearing. Burn some sage in the home to dispel negative energies. During this time it’s easy to get ourselves into unsafe situations, try to look ahead for pitfalls. Recognize the bullies in your life and shield yourself, however be carful not to become the bully yourself. This is a good time to do past life regressions and getting hypnotized to work on your shadows.
Pluto prograde: You have done enough shadow work. Time to put those lessons to rest and rejoice in all you have learned. This is a rebirth time and to enjoy all the clear spaces you have before you. You are more free to invent yourself anew and proceed with your life as you are, not as others see you. Remember to always be yourself!
Chol Roman is also an avid writer on a variety of topics. She has been published in newspapers & magazines in NM & TX.