Planets seem to dance this month as they change direction. The month begins with six planets in retrograde: Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Four of these planets will resume direct motion this month leaving only Uranus and Neptune as the only planets stationed retrograde.
- What is a planet retrograde?
- What does that mean?
- How will a retrograde planet affect you?
A transiting planet is said to be retrograde when it appears, from our vantage point on Earth, to be moving backwards.
Planets in the Earth Signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn dominate the heavens. Jupiter is in a Fire Sign, Saturn in an Air Sign joined by Mars in Gemini later in the month and Neptune is in a Water Sign.
Some people may dread retrogrades. Past interpretations have been dour. More enlightened astrologers look for the positive in retrograde planets. I’m one of those. If you focus on the negative, you’ll get more of the negative in your life. And the opposite is true. Positive interpretations bring in the positive aspects. It’s more about focusing on the problem or focusing on the solution. The Law of Attraction is always at work.
Here’s an overview of these retrograde planets in their Sun Signs. If you know your natal chart, you’ll know how these retrogrades will affect you. If you’d like more information on about your chart, please reach out to me and let’s set a time to have a birth chart reading and these retrogrades.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo through October 3: This planet is the most mischievous in Retrograde. Communication, concentration, transportation, phones, mail, computers, appliances, and cars are just a few. Plan for delays or changes in appointments. Keep in mind you now have the opportunity to review any communications and cross the t’s and dot the i’s.
Jupiter Retrograde in Aries all month: You may find yourself doing things on your own. Others are busy seeing to their own needs. This retrograde may also bring too much of a good thing which can feel like a double-edged sword.
Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius through October 22: This planet usually brings delays or setbacks in the affairs of the house that it’s transiting. A heavy burden may be lifted or perhaps allowing time to resolve a difficult problem by retracing the steps that led to it.
Uranus Retrograde in Taurus all month: You really have to be open to changes now. Ventures and relationships can work out exactly opposite of what you expect. Beware of accidents or disruptions. You can count on the fact that you will not be bored!
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces all month: You may have vague feelings of doubt, loneliness, or discontent. Chemicals ingested could be more potent than usual. This is not a time to gamble in any way or on any level.
Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn through October 8: Fears, problems, unmet needs or feelings of guilt can become apparent and may need your attention. These negative feelings make you aware that it’s time to change and heal. This is a time for release of any negative emotions that is preventing you from achieving your full potential.
Mars Retrograde in Gemini on October 30: Communication becomes challenging during this time with neighbors and relatives. Short distance travel can be changing. Mars remains in Gemini through March of next year.
North Node in Taurus all month: Though not a planet, this aspect refers to destiny and intention. It’s a time to take a look at financial planning/spending/investment and what you intend for the future.
Most of all, have no fear. There is always something to learn from Retrogrades. With six planets Retrograde, you may feel overwhelmed, disappointed in your progress and your foggy brain is not making the best decisions.
Learn from it all! It’s only temporary!
You’ve got this!!