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What It Means When Each Planet Goes Into Retrograde

If youre someone who breathes a sigh of relief every time Mercury exits retrograde, you should probably know that Mercury isnt the only planet to worry about.

In fact, all the planets in our solar system that can be seen from earth go into retrograde. If you believe in their astrological impact, you should be aware of the influence each planets retrograde has on our lives. Keep reading to find out more.

What Is Retrograde, Anyway?

When we say a planet is in retrograde, were referring to its apparent retrograde motion. All this means is that from the point of view of us humans on earth, the motion of the planet appears to change direction in the sky. Its not actually changing anything, and its orbit is continuing in the exact same way, but since we are also moving, it simply looks like it is.

Many people who believe in astrology also believe that a planets dominant energy goes dormant when its in retrograde. This means that the aspects of life controlled by those planets can get a bit out of whack during retrograde—and its why youll often hear people blame planets in retrograde for the things going wrong in their lives.



Frequency: Every four months

Duration: About three weeks

According to astrology, the planet Mercury governs all aspects of communication. This covers everything from making verbal connections with people to education to sales and technology, which is why so many people feel such a strong impact when the planet is in retrograde and all those things go haywire. You might have a tough time expressing yourself, or listening to others, or agreements might fall through. You might lose your homework, or run into technical issues, since computer code is one form of communication. During this time, its wise to pay extra attention to any areas of your life that are an exchange between two or more people—and it might also be wise not to rely on your phone for absolutely everything, too.



Frequency: Every 19 months

Duration: About 40 days

Venus rules all things related to love and beauty, as well as material belongings, so when it goes into retrograde. You may find that your relationship is more work than usual. Conflicts youve already resolved might rear their ugly heads, and your feelings for someone might not be as strong as they are during the rest of the year. This time might force you to confront the issue so that you can work through it together—or realize it was never meant to be. This time might also make you feel inclined to spend money you dont have, or buy something you might regret later. Its also not a great time to change your look. Lucky for you, Venus spends the least time in retrograde of all the planets.



Frequency: Every 26 months

Duration: About two months

Mars controls assertiveness, determination and action, as well as romance and passion, and its influence is widely felt when the planet goes into retrograde. You might be lacking energy for your relationship and not feel very driven to start new projects, or even work out. During this period, you may see something you want, but feel listless and have no real ambition to actually pursue it. If youre faced with a major decision, it would be wise to wait until retrograde passes so you can address it with the full focus the choice deserves. Were just happy its the most infrequent retrograde.



Frequency: Every 13 months

Duration: Four months

The planet Jupiter is said to have power over luck and opportunity, as well as wisdom and expansion, and though its retrograde is long-lasting, it typically causes less turmoil than the planets weve already listed. The fortuitous gifts associated with the planet become less abundant in retrograde, forcing us to look inward and learn to really value what we have. More than the other retrogrades, its about resourcefulness, understanding whats important and taking the time to reevaluate your priorities. This process is also slow and steady, so you wont feel like the rug is being yanked from under you.



Frequency: Every 12 months

Duration: Four and a half months

Saturn is known as the planet of boundaries, responsibility and karmic balance, and when it goes intro retrograde, that sense of equilibrium tends to get thrown off kilter. During this time, its as if the effects of karma are enhanced, with all of the good acts youve done coming together to reward you, and all the bad things youve done coming back to bite you and saddle you with negative consequences. Look at what you receive during this time to really understand the rules you live by. If you find your lifes structures falling apart, its the perfect opportunity to rebuild them better and stronger than they were before.


Frequency: Every 12 months

Duration: Five months

Uranus rules innovation, progress and spirituality, which can all falter a bit when the planet goes into retrograde. You might feel less creative and struggle to find meaning in your current relationships and routines, making you feel out of sorts and leaving you in a fog. The things that are consistent in your life might stop feeling inconsistent, and your usual sources of inspiration wont be doing it for you, but thats okay. This makes Uranus in retrograde the perfect time to try new things, meet new people and otherwise expand your horizons. When your sense of creativity returns, youll have a broader understanding of yourself.



Frequency: Every 12 months

Duration: Just over five months

Neptune is the planet of dreams, inspiration and psychic power, making Neptune retrograde the ultimate astrological reality check. If youre a dreamer, youre going to be confronted with reality in a big way that might come as a shock to you. This retrograde escalates your issues, like relationship conflicts and the truths youve been avoiding, and forces you to deal with them. As scary as this might sound, its actually a very good thing.


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