Retrograde Period Demystified: What The F*ck Is Up With The Planets?

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

The number of retrogrades this year is making my head spin

Neptune in retrograde. Pluto in retrograde.

Saturn in retrograde.

Jupiter in retrograde.


Thankfully, Venus and Mercury in retrograde turned direct on June 25 & July 12 respectively!


What is happening in 2020? Why are so many planets moving the other way round, and how is that affecting our daily life?


Firstly, let's demystify "retrogrades". When a planet is said to be in retrograde motion, it is not really moving backwards—it is our perspective on Earth that makes it seem so.


With five planets in this apparent retrograde movement, we may have the feeling that we're going backwards or taking two steps back. Eventually, this will make us slow down, go within, spend more time introspecting and reflecting on the past.

We're asking ourselves, "Where am I in my life? What's my place in the world?"


Mercury In Retrograde Went Direct On July 12

I have come across some people who have a misconception that Mercury is the only planet that turns retrograde. The reason behind that is the increased popularity of this retrograde on social media.


Mercury, the planet of communication, was in retrograde in Cancer until July 12, 2020. Until then, you must have encountered confusion in communications and disruptions in travel plans.


Now, you can make all the final decisions that were pending. It's also a good time to sign any contracts.


Mercury in Cancer is reminding us to be kinder and more loving in our communication with ourselves and our family. Self-care is becoming #1 on our to-do list.


We may be drawn to the past where we are being called to heal our childhood wounds and lift the veil of unhappiness.


Neptune In Retrograde


This planet is in retrograde motion until November 29, 2020. One of the most furtherest of planets, Neptune signifies the energy of the collective unconscious, and everything that is unmanifest.


This unmanifest energy that is thriving with potential doesn't have a strong source, so it tends to be confusing and misleading. Hence, your life could seem like it is not making sense right now, things are going wrong or slowing down... Make sure to GROUND YOURSELF every day to settle this unsettling energy in your life.


Pay close attention to your dreams; you could be receiving messages from your higher self. Remind yourself to be in the NOW every single moment.


Pluto In Retrograde


Until October 4, 2020, Pluto will be in retrograde in the zodiac sign of Capricorn, known for its Emperor-like energy.


This phase is making us question, "Who is in control of my life? Who am I answering to?"


In the real world, political leaders will be put in the spotlight as the masses wonder if these leaders are, in fact, paving the path of righteousness or not.


Meanwhile, we will turn within and learn how to be our own leaders and be responsible for our own lives. Looking within will bring forth answers that will help you reclaim your personal power.


Saturn In Retrograde

Saturn's retrograde is back in Capricorn, and it will stay here until December 12, 2020.


The planet for time and karma inspires us to become cognizant of where we are spending our time and energy on an everyday basis.


Are we cultivating self-control? Are we parenting ourselves? Are we remembering that all our actions have consequences, and that in the end, we're the ones who will be suffering if our actions are wrong?


Saturn is akin to an old, wise, strict ruler or a leader who disrupts our life in a way that we have no other choice but to accept responsibility for ourselves.


Are you ready to embrace responsibility and become independent of yourself?


Mercury In Retrograde

I have come across some people who have a misconception that Mercury is the only planet that turns retrograde. The reason behind that is the increased popularity of this retrograde on social media.


Mercury, the planet of communication, was in retrograde in Cancer until July 12, 2020. Until then, you must have encountered confusion in communications and disruptions in travel plans.


Now, you can make all the final decisions that were pending. It's also a good time to sign any contracts.


Mercury in Cancer is reminding us to be kinder and more loving in our communication with ourselves and our family. Self-care is becoming #1 on our to-do list.


We may be drawn to the past where we are being called to heal our childhood wounds and lift the veil of unhappiness.


Jupiter In Retrograde

Currently retrograde in Capricorn, Jupiter will stay there until September 12, 2020.


Jupiter is an energy of expansion, and when it is appearing to move backwards, that expansion is restricted. Again, this is a time of reflecting our progress and taking stock of where we are in life.


We are being called to look within, and connect with the path that guides our highest truth.


It's time to reflect on what decisions will bring us the utmost amount of happiness, and to keep repeating those decisions every day.


We have to commit ourselves to the right path that we want to walk on.


Let's begin, shall we?


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