Retrograde Planets part II

**Just for reference, here is the original post I did on retrograde planets**
**Lol just for good measure, here is the first YouTube Video about this stuff, and here is the second You Tube Video.**

This is a post I have been wanting to write for a while, but outside of work for my clients and taking care of my son, my focus has been very preoccupied with the Galactic Center, lol. I’m still doing the GC stuff (obviously), but in my GC research I have been looking at retrograde planets closely. Specifically Jupiter Rx, but ALL retrograde planets seem to have an affinity for the GC energy…..or rather, retrograde motion in general just seems to have an affinity for the GC. Both the GC and Rx Motion CHANGE the planet involved.

It’s this change that I want to talk about for a second….or more than a second hahahaha (I know my ass can get wordy as fuck), especially this change in terms of a planet being retrograde and the notions of exaltation, domicile, detriment, and fall (the 1st two of the five essential dignities of the planets – the notions of domicile/detriment and exaltation/fall). If I’m totally honest, I certainly take the ideas of domicile/detriment and exaltation/fall into consideration when I read charts for people, but I’m not ride or die with them. I think they are something to consider, but just because someone has a planet exalted doesn’t mean that planet won’t have issues, and just because someone has a planet in fall doesn’t mean that planet is totally fucked. Too often I feel like people rely on these to read when you have to take the WHOLE chart into account. I feel the same way about the notions of Triplicity, Bounds, and Face, and even the notion of the “benefic” planets and the “malefic” planets. While I think all of this should be taken note of when chart reading (I’m not saying it doesn’t have any merit), my reading of a chart doesn’t hinge on any of this stuff. However, it did get me thinking about how retrograde motion might actually change the notion of the condition of the planet (regardless of what the condition).

PlanetHome/DomicileDetrimentExaltationFall
SunLeoAquariusAriesLibra
MoonCancerCapricornTaurusScorpio
MercuryGemini/VirgoSagittariusVirgoPisces
VenusLibra/TaurusAriesPiscesVirgo
MarsAries/ScorpioLibraCapricornCancer
JupiterSagittarius/PiscesGeminiCancerCapricorn
SaturnCapricorn/AquariusCancerLibraAries
UranusAquariusLeoScorpioTaurus
NeptunePiscesVirgoLeoAquarius
PlutoScorpioTaurusNo ExaltationNo Fall
Table of Planetary Dignities

**I want to point out that it is decently debated WHAT the exaltation and fall placements should be for Uranus and Neptune (or if they should even have them at all). Pluto has not been “assigned” a place of exaltation or fall as of now. If you are someone that doesn’t like using the outer planets, or don’t think that they should have exaltation or fall placements, just suspend disbelief or whatever for the time being.**

The table above is of the planets and of the signs that they will naturally find themselves at “home”/domicile, in detriment, exalted, and in fall (as you can see). But I do have to wonder….what happens when you throw an Rx planet in the mix. It seems like this might actually change the whole fucking thing around (and if not the whole fucking thing, it might at least change things around in terms of the domicile/home and detriment placements).

What is the actual nature of the planets via Retrograde Motion? What do they need to express? The table below does not cover all of it by any means, but these are some ideas of what they might need to express:

PlanetWhat the planet needs by way of Retrograde Motion
MercuryMercury Rx needs to lean into it’s intuition and learn to trust it. It also needs to take information step by step and piece by piece so that it can see the bigger picture (and using it’s intuition in order to do this).
VenusVenus Rx needs to, above all else, learn to love and value itself most of all. Venus Rx points more towards Taurus than Libra, so a focus on self-worth and self-value is paramount here.
MarsMars Rx needs to only take action on things that actually serve it’s soul purpose. Anything that doesn’t actually serve the soul’s growth might be hard for them to take action on. The action here tends to be turned more inward than anything. Any action that is taken will be thought about making the actions that are taken not as fast.
JupiterJupiter Rx is very intuitive and will know things before they know WHY they know them. The things that is most important for Jupiter Rx people to do is break things down backwards to figure out why they know what they know from a logical and rational place.
SaturnSaturn Rx needs to become the master of its own reality, but this needs to be done in whatever way feels the most natural for the person. This might differ considerably from how they were “taught” reality should be lived and experienced (and while not universal, there is usually conditioning that needs to be deconditioned surrounding such).
UranusUranus Rx usually has something going on with detachment and with needing to detach from previous lifetime trauma and hang-ups. In some cases, though, I have found that there is TOO much detachment and Uranus Rx actually needs to reattach. It also needs to make sure that it can see things from an omniscient point of view, and to be as individuated as possible.
NeptuneNeptune Rx needs to feel connected to the divine, and they need to live their lives being connected to both the conscious and the unconscious. Neptune Rx also deals with breaking the illusion that Neptune by direct motion can deal in. The breaking of illusions may not feel completely comfortable to Neptune Rx, but this is the way this energy is “supposed” to go (and something it wants to achieve).
PlutoPluto Rx needs to feel like they are on the “right track.” If it happens to NOT be on the right track, things in the life of the Pluto Rx native will feel incredibly “off.” Being on the “right track” for the soul is so important for Pluto Rx people because more than anything these people want to reconnect with the Creator – doing what they are here on Earth to accomplish, to stay on their soul’s “task,” and then move the fuck on to whatever comes next.

This is NOT AT ALL THE FULL SCOPE of how the different planets via retrograde motion might need to function. These are just a few ideas for each planet tossed out. Here are some ideas behind my thought process that Retrograde planets might actually be more “at home”/domicile in the planet’s traditional sign of detriment, and that they might be more in detriment in the planet’s traditional sign of domicile:

Mercury Rx needs to learn how to trust it’s intuition and USE it’s intuition to to be able to see the big picture. Intuition is very much a Sagittarius thing (other sign’s energies are intuitive, too, but Sagittarius definitely is). Sagittarius can also see the big picture (which is something Mercury Rx needs to be able to). It almost feels like, for this reason, Mercury Rx might actually be more “at home”/domicile in Sagittarius than it would be in Gemini (where, honestly, Mercury Rx might have difficulty being able to see the big picture through the Micro lens of Gemini energy). Mercury Rx in Gemini just feels like it would get too bogged down with all the information that it is taking in to be able to see the big picture easily (or even to intuit what information they need to be taking in IN the first place).

Venus Rx needs to be able to love and value itself – this is absolutely critical for these people. For this reason, Venus Rx points more towards the Taurus part of the Venus equation than the Libra part (Libra deals too much with close relationships and other people for Venus Rx to be able to express itself comfortably here). For this reason, Taurus probably IS a good domicile fit for Venus Rx, but I also feel like Venus’ traditional place of detriment, Aries, is a good fit for Venus Rx. Aries energy can be more self-focused, and for Venus Rx to be able to love and value itself the way that it needs to, Aries energy might be more comfortable for it to flow through.

Mars Rx needs to be able to focus on what actions it needs to take that will actually serve the needs of the soul’s purpose. This person can have issue reacting to things quickly because they will generally have more thoughts about what actions they should be taking in the first place (perhaps even more deliberation about the action needs to occur for this person). This can actually feel pretty frustrating to the person, and I would think it might feel even more frustrating in an action-oriented sign like Aries. However, in a sign like Libra which is inclined to do more balancing/thinking over acting (and this sign certainly deliberates about stuff), Mars Rx might actually be LESS frustrated in this sign.

Jupiter Rx can see the big picture and is extremely intuitive – this planet will “know” things from an intuitive place before knowing WHY it knows this from a logical and rational perspective. THIS is important for Jupiter Rx to actually understand what it intuitively knows in the first place (and we all know that “understanding” is a big deal for Jupiter regardless of if direct or Rx). It seems as if Jupiter Rx might not be that comfortable in Sagittarius, or at the very least would have a difficult time breaking down what they know from backwards motion to make any kind of logical and rational sense of what it does know. However, is actually seems like Gemini energy might be a good thing for Jupiter Rx, allowing this planet to do what it needs to do through the vehicle of Gemini energy (which is more of a micro lens, and that’s exactly what Jupiter Rx needs).

Saturn Rx needs to be able to become the master of its own reality and figure out what they want their crystalized version of reality to look like. Oftentimes, this is very different than how the person was raised to think reality should be lived. Since Capricorn energy tends to be more structured and traditional than Saturn Rx actually should function, Saturn Rx may not be as comfortable in Capricorn as Saturn direct is. However, Saturn Rx might actually BE comfortable in Cancer, especially with the more personalized approach to crystalizing one’s reality needs to be taken here. There is also USUALLY some deconditioning from family patterns that needs to happen with Saturn Rx (not always, but often enough to mention) that Saturn Rx in Cancer might actually help this deconditioning to happen more easily.

Uranus Rx need to be able to individuate itself further. It also needs to learn how to detach from any previous lifetime trauma (or even trauma from this lifetime). Detachment is an interesting notion here in general, because Uranus is detached but in Aquarius where Uranus is normally at “home,” there might be too much detachment from things that they shouldn’t detach from (such as the concept of the self which I have certainly seen with Uranus Rx in a chart). However, in Leo, Uranus Rx might be able to detach and individuate itself in such a way that it doesn’t lose it’s sense of “ego” or “identity” all together (rather, this might be FOUND in the sign of Leo more easily).

Neptune Rx needs to be able to break through the illusions that Neptune direct may be completely comfortable living in. Not only that, but it also needs to be AWARE of these illusions (again, Neptune direct may not be as aware of this). This planet Rx also needs to be connected to both the collective conscious and collective unconscious. For these reasons, I could definitely see how Neptune Rx could function more comfortable being able to express itself through the discernment of Virgo energy over the Pisces energy.

Pluto Rx needs to be on its particular soul path (whatever that is) or else it will feel like things in its life are “off.” The ability to STAY on the soul’s path is important here, which is why Pluto Rx might actually function better in the sign of Taurus (which is stable and secure, perhaps to a fault at times). While Pluto direct may be able to deal with the chaos that Scorpio energy can be inclined, Pluto Rx probably would feel more at home in a more “stable” sign.

Just as a visual, here is what I’m talking about in table form (flipping things around):

Retrograde PlanetPossible Domicile/Home PlacementPossible Detriment Placement
Mercury RxSagittarius Gemini
Venus RxAries (I would also keep Taurus here)Libra
Mars RxLibraAries
Jupiter RxGeminiSagittarius
Saturn RxCancerCapricorn
Uranus RxLeo Aquarius
Neptune RxVirgoPisces
Pluto RxTaurusScorpio

To bring the GC into all of this (because of course I will), since the GC and retrograde motion both seem to change/charge/amplify/warp the planets (et. al) that are conjunct the GC or involved in the axis in some way, it does make me question what happens to planets that are retrograde that happen to be conjunct the GC. Does it amplify the Retrograde motion? I could totally see this happening. Or, on the flip side of this, does an Rx planet conjunct the GC end up getting changed causing it then to function more like a planet via direct motion? THIS also seems possible. I will have to sit and think about this one some more, and play around with some charts.


Galactic Center Thoughts Part III (or some shit)

The Galactic Center ^^^^^ FUCKING MAGNIFICENT
(photo credit – NASA)

I have talked about a WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT stuff regarding the Galactic Center recently on the YouTube channel for Lets Fuck with Astrology – the joint business venture between myself and the other creator of the Star Cards, Natalie (who is probably one the people who has been the dearest to me in my whole life), but the Galactic Center has captivated me for much longer than it might seem that it has. It’s the “mystery” about it that really gets me – and there is something REALLY mysterious about it (probably the fact that we aren’t really sure what is ON the other side of the GC). The GC is said to be a lifeline to other dimensions, a place to contact the other side, and as the Mayan’s liked to call it, “the source of all creation,” among a whole bunch of other shit. It is also thought of as a place where divine inspiration comes from and that the GC can feed one information like “downloads.” And yes, there are definitely some alien theories thrown into all of this (those are a lot of fun, but I think the alien thing is fun to think about, anyway). There is also the idea that it functions like a (hidden) luminary since the Sun actually orbits the GC (the GC is actually one of the reasons our galaxy functions the way that it does). Astrologers like Philip Sedgwick and Paul O. Hewitt have done a lot of work on the GC (more than it seems anyone else really has), but even after reading what work of theirs I can get my hands on, I am left with even more questions than answers. I don’t say this to impugn their work – it’s fantastic! I just think it’s the nature OF the Galactic Center, to beg more questions than it answers.

While I think anyone can access the GC (the GC is in EVERYONE’S chart – right now it’s at 27-degrees 3 minutes Sagittarius), I do think it’s probably BEST accessed by people who have planets conjunct the GC (or a major asteroid or something like that). When a planet is conjunct the GC, it seems like that planet might have the propensity to be given information FROM the GC (for that planet to get information “downloaded” to it) that then needs to be translated/transmuted into a language that we can understand here on Earth (in my last blog post I made mention on how it might be possible to bring the stuff from the GC down to Earth). Even as the planet is being changed, charged, and transformed by the conjunction with the GC, it does seem like divine insight, inspiration, and “downloads” could (and DO) come from the conjunction. I also think this same information can be accessed by people with the oppositions, but I do think the oppositions to the GC are harder for the person to see and feel. This has to do with the area of the sky that the Galactic Anti-Center is in – this is a much calmer part of the sky covered by a bunch of fucking space dust and what seems to be blinded by a very bright star. Applying this science to the idea behind the GaC and the GC, I do feel like the oppositions also get the downloads, but perhaps don’t know what the hell these downloads are (due to the covering and the brightness). I do think these planets get the feelings of these downloads, though (or that’s kind of where my mind is right now). Though I do wonder, if the person has a planet in opposition to the GC (conjunct the GaC), without having a planet conjunct the GC ….. I do think the translation isn’t as clear. Exactly HOW that manifests? Not totally sure about that yet. I do think the opposition will try to make logical and rational sense of what information it is given (the GaC is in Gemini), but the ideas that comes through from the GC aren’t always rational or logical (oftentimes I think they probably aren’t). It seems like just having a planet opposite the GC would cause one to get the information STUCK – so while they receive these “downloads” it feels like they could get, well, stuck or frustrated.
**Unless, perhaps, if a person with only planets opposite the GC/conjunct the GaC have Mercury Rx in their natal chart, and they are actually functioning from the retrograde motion of Mercury (not trying to operate from the direct motion). THIS would probably change things.

This brings me to the next thought about the GC and it’s seeming correlation with retrograde planets. Let me break this one down for you:
-I have mentioned this before in the videos and in writing that the GC feels VERY Uranian (I know I’m not alone in feeling this – there have been other people who have echoed the same sentiment in writing). It’s the electric feeling charge of the GC, the weirdness, and the inevitable change that the GC seems to cause (anything that gets “sucked” into in space WILL be changed). There is also something very Plutonian about the GC too – the transformation element.
-Retrograde planets have a correlation with Uranian energy since ALL retrograde planets POINT towards Uranus/Uranian energy (some of them also point to other planets, too, but there is a pointing towards Uranus with all of them). The reason for this is the “difference” in the way that retrograde planets need to function (and “different” is obviously Uranus territory). I also feel like retrograde planets point towards Pluto, too. So, in that case, retrograde planets point towards two planets that kind of embody the energy of the GC.
-Retrograde planetary motion will turn things inward (making them very personal) while direct motion turns things outwards. So, for instance, Mars retrograde will turn it’s drive inward and will only feel called to take action on things that serve the soul purpose of the person with Mars Rx. Mars direct turns drive and other Martian expressions outward (the things that Mars direct feels driven to do don’t necessarily have to serve the soul purpose).
-It does feel like people who have planets conjunct or opposite the GC, and also have planets retrograde in their chart (regardless of if these planets are conjunct or opposite the GC, or just somewhere in their chart) have better access to the GC energy. People who just have planets conjunct or opposite the GC with little to no retrograde planets in their chart ALSO have easy access to the GC – but I do think Rx planetary motion in the chart somewhere amplifies/electrifies this access. Retrograde planets conjunct or opposite the GC, or with retrograde planets , seem like any combination of the above would cause the person to be on fire with GC energy and be able to actually do something WITH the GC energy.
-Even people who don’t have anything conjunct or opposite the GC, but say, have 3 or more planets retrograde in their chart, probably are more aligned with the energy of the GC. Though without the conjunctions or oppositions to the GC, they may not really know what to do about this alignment with the GC (or even be aware of how much it exists in the first place).

All of this talk about Retrogrades brings me to what I think is probably the most important Rx planet of the bunch to have in the chart to access the GC energy – and that’s Jupiter Rx. Why might this be (or where does this train of thought come from)? Lets talk a little bit about the nature of Jupiter Rx generally in the natal chart:
-Jupiter Rx UNDERSTANDS things in a big picture way, in an intuitive way, before it logically and rationally understands WHY it understands what it understands, why it knows what it knows. THIS sounds incredibly GC to me as is it – understanding things (anything) from an intuitive place first, kind of along the same lines of the GC giving someone an “information download” and then the person needs to “translate” or “transmute” this information in a way that actually makes sense in real life.
-Jupiter Rx needs to work from backwards motion to figure out why it knows what it knows to be true. This means when someone has Jupiter Rx in their natal chart, they already have a good handle on the big picture from an intuitive place – they already “know things”. What they HAVE to do is break that shit down backwards, piece by piece, to make logical and rational sense of what it is they already know.
-Jupiter Rx is the only planet that points towards an inner planet – it points towards Mercury (while also pointing towards Uranus and even Pluto). I didn’t really know a better way to word this, lol, but most of the other planets point towards just Uranus or Pluto. The only exception here is Mercury Rx, which points towards Jupiter (along with Uranus and Pluto). Either way, Jupiter Rx is the ONLY planet that points to one of the most inner planets in our solar system.
-Quite literally, Jupiter Rx needs to bring what it already knows and intuits “down to Earth,” down to a logical and rational place, to make sense of it. This is very much HOW the GC itself seems to function.

There does seem to be correlations between having Jupiter Rx in the natal chart and being able to access the GC (even if Jupiter doesn’t make an aspect/contact with the GC). I also think Jupiter Rx people, even if they don’t have a conjunction or opposition with the GC, have an amplified affinity to the GC and it’s energy. I do think that if the Jupiter Rx person HAS a planetary conjunction or opposition to the GC (Jupiter Rx or another planet/other planets), this AMPLIFIES the affinity for the GC even further. Still though, the nature of both the GC and Jupiter Rx is to translate things down to planet Earth, so I think all of this is done in a much more fluid way (fluid doesn’t mean easy in this case, lol) when the person ALSO has a trine to the GC….the trine allowing the translation of information to make sense on planet Earth (the trine aspect is kind of where my mind is in how to bring this down to Earth….or one of the ways).
-As is the nature with Rx planets in the natal chart, if the person with Jupiter Rx is trying to function from the direct motion of Jupiter, the translation of stuff from the GC seems like it would be exponentially harder. When one has Jupiter Rx in the natal chart, but tries to function from direct motion, this tends to manifest as someone who just knows what they know, who understands what they understand, but they never try to make any damn sense of this in the real world. This can cause the person to not feel as intelligent as other people or like they don’t have as much to contribute to conversations with other people (because they don’t try to make sense of what they do know so they feel like they don’t make as much sense to other people). It can also manifest as someone who is so scattered with what their ideas of personal truth are (taking in too much from other people in this way) – and getting their own beliefs and truth fucked up & confused with that of other people.

Even though I do feel that Jupiter Rx is the most important planet to have retrograde in the chart to access the GC energy, all of the retrograde planets seem important in their own way. One planet that also feels really important, though also feels like it could be incredibly difficult to have Rx in the chart if the person was trying to work from the direct motion of the planet in regards to the GC, is Mercury Rx. Mercury Rx is the only other planet that points towards a planet that isn’t a transpersonal planet since it also points to Jupiter. Mercury takes in information and Jupiter assimilates and understands that information. When Mercury is Rx, the person takes in a bunch of information (much of which functions like noise), and the person needs to be taking each piece of information piece by piece in order to see the big picture (Jupiter). As they take the information they are taking in step by step, piece by piece, they are able to better tune out all the “noise” so that they can see that big picture. These people also need to be trusting their intuition about what information actually matters to them (and their soul purpose) in the first place. When Mercury Rx people are functioning FROM the retrograde motion, they can be very in-tune with the GC energy. When they aren’t functioning from the retrograde motion, and trying to function from direct motion, it seems that they would be too scattered (and in too much of a state of information overload) that being able to see the big picture and trust their intuition would be incredibly difficult. Intuition and the Big Picture are Galactic Center notions (among other things).
**Just as I think when Mercury Rx people are functioning from the Rx planetary motion they can be very in-line with the GC, I think Jupiter Rx people, when functioning from the Rx motion of Jupiter, are able to also be very in-tune with the Galactic Anti-Center. Mercury Rx people, on the other hand, might be more aligned with the GaC naturally, while Jupiter Rx people feel more aligned with the GC.

All of these ideas have come from the research that has been conducted thus far on the subreddit letsfuckwithastrology through the GC questionnaire (and if you wanna be a part of the research reach out and let me know – I’ll email you the survey!). These ideas have also come from looking at the charts of well known “whistleblowers” or truth-tellers – and there does seem to be an undeniable affinity with the GC and people that are known for truth telling and whistleblowing. I will go over this in the next article more (the connection with whistleblowers and the GC). While the GC definitely seems to deal with getting information “downloads,” with divine inspiration and insight, and probably functions as some kind of telephone line to the source of all creation, it also deals quite a bit with searching for truth and needing to make that truth known. Probably KNOWING what the truth is about different situations, but having to translate this truth into a way that’s understandable here on Earth. Sagittarius is the truth seeker, and since this is where the GC falls, it does make sense. A “weird” relationship with the truth seems just as possible – perhaps you might also find people that have a compulsive need to tell the truth (even when they don’t want to), people that have a strange way of defining what truth is (and what truth needs to be told), and even people who already know WHAT the truth is about any given situation but would rather keep their head in the sand and not be able to translate it. Any of those also seem possible, too. I’m still playing with ideas, lol. It would also depend heavily WHAT the chart looks like as to how the GC might function in an individuals chart.

***Another kind of planetary energy that also feels like it could be very in-tune with the GC are the Out of Bounds (OOB) planets. I have an article here about what OOB planets are and how they function (and how to find out if you have any in your chart). Out of Bounds planets, since their orbit is no longer under the domain of the Sun, ALSO feel rather Uranian in nature (and as I mentioned earlier, the GC is very Uranian, too). More research will need to be done in this particular area to see how much this actually fits.

Planets in Retrograde

I’m baaaaack!

Hahahaha, honestly I have been so busy these past (about) 4 months that I just haven’t had a spare moment to actually add to my astrological ramblings. And I’m truly SO eternally grateful for this, for the people that have hired me to do readings for them and kept me so busy. Practicing astrology (and being able to ACTUALLY practice astrology for clients) is one of the great loves of my life. So, to everyone that has hired me to do work for them, thank you so very much 🙂

Over the past few months I have had several clients with a shitload of Retrograde (rx) planetary activity in their natal charts. Not only that though, but I have also seen an influx of questions on the different forums that I frequently creep on/answer questions on about what it means to have whatever planet in retrograde (and we could be talking about any planet here, except for the Sun and Moon, which never go retrograde). I tend to look at retrograde planets through more of the soul’s journey kind of lens, meaning I believe they tend to be things that our soul wanted to learn about and understand in a myriad of different ways throughout our different incarnations on Planet Earth/this 3D dimension. Thinking about it from this point of view helps to put it all into perspective for me. For some reason, the soul really wanted to understand something about its mind (Mercury), its drive (Mars), etc. while incarnating on Earth in a more personally “focused” way. There is also more introspection given to the energy that these planets express naturally, and the energy is “introverted” instead of the more “extroverted” sort of expression of energy that is more prevalent with direct planetary motion. The whole purpose of these retrograde planets is to understand them at their core essence and what they mean to the person that has them (regardless if this planetary expression makes sense to anyone else). Because society at large is so focused on keeping up with “The Jones’s” and living and operating like the status quo would have you live and operate, this can make retrograde planets a particular challenge (especially when one has one or several inner planets, Mercury through Jupiter, in retrograde). Not that the outer planets of Saturn through Pluto aren’t important (they are!), they just don’t move as quickly naturally, so they are felt and expressed on a generational level. Something that should also be paid attention to is your chart ruler; should your chart ruler fall in retrograde, well, this essentially will retrograde your entire chart. When the chart ruler is a planet in retrograde motion, you tend to find someone who is very introspective (regardless of the planet involved), though how exactly this introspection is actually expressed inwardly and understood by the sense of self will depend on the planet and sign that we’re talking about, and the house that the chart ruler falls in. Here is an example of such for your viewing pleasure (hahaha) and understanding:

In my own chart, my Ascendant is in Sagittarius, which makes my Chart Ruler Jupiter (which is in Retrograde in the 4th House.

**As far as the following explanations go, you would need to take the whole chart into account to know exactly how any retrograde planet (or planetary body) actually plays out in your life. For the sake of understanding, the house the retrograde planet falls in will show the areas of life involved, the sign of the retrograde planet will show how the energy is expressed, and the aspects fill in the rest of the story.**

Mercury Retrograde: When Mercury falls retrograde in the natal chart there is a need for the soul to learn what is actually important for it to take in as far as learning and communication goes. The soul is probably coming from lifetimes where it took in too much information that just wasn’t necessary for it to take in. Personally, I think of the sort of soul who knows a whole lot of “extraneous” information that may help other people (or would help them in some sort of game show/trivia situation), but doesn’t end up actually serving them in the long run. In this lifetime, the soul wanted to tune out all this extra noise as far as what it takes in through communication and different modalities of basic learning. This can cause these people some difficulties with both in this lifetime. Since they are geared towards only taking in what is necessary for their soul to evolve (and for this information to serve a personal purpose), any sort of communication or learning that doesn’t serve this need for soul growth may not seem to “stick” in the same way that it does for people with Mercury direct. This can prove incredibly difficult in our society which (overall) has a tendency to believe that people should learn and communicate a certain sort of way, and this certain sort of way isn’t usually the way these people operate. The Mercury Retrograde person can really shine when they are able to understand and personalize anything they are taking in (and their memory is par excellence when it is able to operate in this way).

Venus Retrograde: Venus in Retrograde is an interesting one. Since the retrograde motion turns the energy inward (or introverts it), and Venus deals not only with the concept of love but also about what one values, it is very important above all else that the Venus retrograde person is able to really love and value themselves. Venus naturally rules over BOTH Taurus and Libra, but in the case of the retrograde motion, it tends to exemplify Taurus more so than Libra. Libra energy is naturally more extroverted which doesn’t quite fit the introverted quality of the retrograde motion (but Taurus energy certainly does, especially with its needing to find security and stability through self-worth). The more that the Venus Retrograde person is able to relate to other people from their own personal values and concepts of love, the more they will find what they need from other people (and not just trying to relate to people from the other person’s views, values, and concepts of love).

Mars Retrograde: Mars in Retrograde has a soul purpose to only be driven to go after things in this incarnation that actually serve their soul in the long run. Depending on the chart of the person, this could create someone who seems to have a lack of drive (which isn’t true), or someone who is incredibly driven and on at all times (though the appearance of such would probably end up being more evident to the person in question due to the introverted way of the retrograde motion). This person will need to understand what actions that they need to take and WHY they need to take them (rather than just straight acting or reacting that Mars direct is so familiar with). The important thing here is that the Mars Retrograde person actually figures out what exactly does drive them and channel their energy into this. The lack of proper channeling of such energy can cause the person to turn all of this energy on themselves (which can cause all kinds of health ailments).

Jupiter Retrograde: Jupiter in Retrograde in your natal chart shows a need for the soul to create their own beliefs and personal truths for themselves, regardless of what this looks like to other people. These people are probably coming from previous incarnations where they weren’t able to create these beliefs and personal truths for themselves (or completely of themselves), and are needing to shed all the old skin of beliefs that just don’t serve them any damn good. Because the assimilation of information is more personalized here (and again, very focused on beliefs-maybe beliefs that are very different than that of the mainstream), this can cause these people to feel that they aren’t as intelligent as the rest of the population (which isn’t true), which can cause them to be a little quieter (or cause them to not really speak up and out at all). They may feel that by staying quiet and going along with everyone else they will be able to be (or at least appear) more “normal” than they actually are. By operating in this manner, though, they probably aren’t living their own personal truth, which is of premium importance to these souls this time around.

Saturn Retrograde: When Saturn is found retrograde in the natal chart, there is a need for the soul to create its own reality in this incarnation, to go and do things their own way regardless of what is considered “normal” or “acceptable” in the society that they live. This is usually made easier or more difficult depending on the way that they were raised and the sort of person that did the “raising” (and oftentimes it seems there is a past life/karmic linkage to one’s parents here). Having had a parent or parents that were more accepting and allowed them to be different and create their own reality for themselves will make everything so much easier for these people in the long run. However, as seems to often be the case, if a parent/the parents are more authoritative and less accepting of personal differences in general this can cause difficulties with the Saturn retrograde person’s view of authority (how they handle their own personal authority and that of other people). Regardless of the sort of parents they had and the family they come from, these people need time to go inward within themselves, to retreat, and to make sense of things in life that actually fit their own notion of reality (and they need to be given the time and freedom to do so).

Uranus Retrograde: Uranus found retrograde in the natal chart shows a soul that needs to learn to see things from a birds eye/omniscient point of view (to detach from not only emotions from a certain degree, but also to detach from the self somewhat). This need is usually due to some kind of trauma that the Uranus Retrograde person has carried with them from a previous incarnation that needs to be worked through, and can only probably be worked through by being able to see outside of themselves and beyond the scope of the person they are in this lifetime (along with the person that they have been in a previous incarnation). There is a sense of feeling different as well that is carried over from another life, and this can make one more likely to make friends with different people and groups that are strictly just like them (and this is usually done from the soul level as a way to not feel as “different”). This is why learning to see things from a birds eye point of view is so important, as is embracing these inherent differences that actually makes them the individuals that they are. Uranus in general (in any planetary motion) tends to be where our soul memories are stored. However, with Uranus in Retrograde (and the retrograde motion turning the energy more inward), these people have a unique ability to actually be able to access these soul memories in this lifetime, to heal any trauma from previous lives, and really grow.

Neptune Retrograde: With Neptune Retrograde in the natal chart, there is an innate understanding that all people are connected to one another and that we are all connected to The Creator (there is actually no division here). Though this understanding is probably more felt from the collective unconscious place that Neptune dwells, and such has a great impact on the psychology of the person in question. They are able to pick up on things, feelings and vibes from other people without meaning to (and maybe even without wanting to). This ultra-sensitivity is better understood and handled psychologically when the understanding that we are all linked and no one is really separate from one another is more consciously understood. Another way that this is all understood is through the dreams that the Neptune Retrograde person has (and these people can have some very crazy dreams). This can be a way for them to internally process everything that they feel in this lifetime and to help them make sense of such.

Pluto Retrograde: When Pluto is found Retrograde in the chart, there is a strong drive to both reunite with The Creator that is inside of all of us, but also just a strong drive to evolve in general (and for the soul’s evolution to happen at a more rapid pace). Until the person with Pluto Retrograde goes towards this need to reunite with The Creator (and goes more into the spiritual realms), there can be a sense of unhappiness or that they aren’t doing what it is that they should be doing to make themselves feel happy and whole. Mind you, this spirituality that I’m talking about doesn’t strictly adhere to any sort of dogma or religious belief (I certainly don’t mean it that way). It’s more about what resonates with the person and their soul. There will be much energy directed in an inward fashion towards the soul’s evolution and in figuring out how to do so, and the unhappiness mentioned above should be used as a catalyst for such.

Chiron Retrograde: When Chiron is found Retrograde in the natal chart, I tend to see this as the person’s “core wounding” being something that initially stems from a previous incarnation. Oftentimes when I see this come up Retrograde in a chart, there are aspects made to the person’s Chiron that tie in with their previous life story in some way (which is where this theory comes from). That doesn’t mean that the wounding ONLY comes from a previous lifetime, but that this core wounding is carried out in this lifetime from a previous lifetime just begging to be worked through. There is also an internalization and introversion of this wounding that speaks here to this; this core wounding from a previous life that is sort of played out again (though in maybe a different way) and is taken incredibly personally (probably from being intimately familiar with this wounding from another lifetime), from having lived through something like this before.