This has been an exceptional year for retrogrades. It doesn’t happen every year, but in 2020, every single planet went retrograde. When planets are retrograde, things don’t slow down, they speed up. The reason why details go missing, devices act strange, and travel gets disturbed during a Mercury retrograde isn’t because the flow of information is going slower – it’s because information is moving faster than normal.
While Mars has been retrograde (September 9 – November 14, 2020) it has been much easier to get angry and frustrated, especially about things not moving forward as fast as we would like or about things not going our way. This has been especially true because Mars is in his home sign of Aries. During this time, you probably had to ask yourself if the thing you’re pushing along is worth it. You probably also looked at different ways to go about getting what you want.
When Mars stations direct late this week and begins to move forward, our projects will finally get off the ground or get back on track, obstacles that seemed impossible to deal with will shift or dissolve, and new solutions will be easier to see. In about a week, life will return to its normal speed. Hang in there. 2020 is almost over.
There are a number of the reasons why 2020 is an exceptional year, astrologically-speaking. One of those reasons is that every single planet will turn retrograde this year. The outer planets, Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn, turn retrograde every year for a few months, but the other planets change direction less frequently. Jupiter goes retrograde every thirteen months. Mars goes retrograde every two years. Venus goes retrograde about every year and a half. And Mercury goes retrograde three times a year.
It’s mid-June and already five of the eight planets are retrograde. Wednesday, June 18, Mercury will station retrograde at 14º Cancer, and June 23, Neptune will station retrograde at 20º Pisces. Confusion, delusion, and a sense of uncertainty will prevail for the next three weeks, although things will slowly begin getting clearer when Venus turns direct Thursday, June 25, and Mars moves into Aries Sunday, June 28. Towards the end of the month we will begin to feel some wind behind us. Until then, creating forward momentum in your life might seem impossible. Instead, this is the time to turn the attention and energy inward. With so many planets retrograde, this is the time to roll up your sleeves and clean up the inner workings of your website, update the internal documentation that makes your company run smoothly, clean out your closets, gather your resources, or re-organize your life. Retrogrades are an excellent time to close projects and to make changes, but they’re not a great time to begin new things. Wait until July 13 if you can, when Mercury stations direct, to put new procedures and ideas into practice.
Later this week, just hours after the Sun moves into Cancer and we celebrate the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, we will experience a total, annular Solar eclipse (visible only in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa). An annual eclipse is one in which the Moon is too close to Earth to cover the face of the Sun completely. This event won’t bring us any clarity but it will give us some great pictures of a blazing ‘ring of fire’.
Because Venus and Mercury orbit between the Earth and the Sun, they are never more than a certain number of degrees away from the Sun from our perspective. For example, Mercury will never be more than 16º in front of the Sun before it stations retrograde. Then it moves backwards (again, from our perspective) until it is 16º behind the Sun at which time it stations direct and begins running ahead again past the Sun, repeating the pattern ad infinitum. Venus never gets more than 42º away from the Sun. She makes a similar pattern to that which Mercury makes, although in true Venusian style, her retrograde pattern makes a lovely, 5-pointed star.
Mercury and Venus (and Mars) are called the ‘personal planets’ because those archetypes make up the overtly personal parts of a person, the parts of the psyche that others see and deal with on a daily basis. When two or three of the personal planets are in the same sign as the Sun they set a strong, unified archetypal tone. This month of February, however, it won’t be at all like that. The planets are all over the place.
For several weeks Mars and Venus have been traveling together in the last degrees of Pisces. On January 28, Mars left Pisces and entered Aries. Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aquarius and Mercury is in Capricorn: all the personal planets are in different signs! And Mars is in his home sign, Aries, which gives us all a fiery push toward getting our needs met.
In addition to the aforementioned combination of energies, Venus and Jupiter will both go retrograde this month, too. The various conflicting energies and Mars in Aries gives us an underlying sensation that things are in flux. Indeed, they are, specifically in the area of relationships and/or money. But before we change things, we must first pull back the curtain and see things as they are.
Today, Friday, February 3, Venus will enter Aries. She’ll cruise along in Aries for a month initiating new projects, relationships and sources of income. Then, on March 4th, Venus will slow down and stop (from our perspective) at 13º of Aries. For the next month, she will go backwards over those first 13º of Aries again, getting a better look at the relationships or streams of income that we began in early February. The issue is whether or not things are in balance. Fear and anger is to be expected. Consider matters introspectively for the month of March, using, as much as possible, the objectivity made available by Mercury in Aquarius. The first half of April is the best time to let go of resentment, anger, delusions, and the relationships that are not in balance. (∞)
The dance of Venus passing back and forth over the ASC point asks us to take a second look at our values, the fundamental dynamics of our relationships, and our relationship with money. It’s a time of resetting self-esteem and up-leveling our relationship with our self and to our own talents.
Supporting the work of Venus in the re-calibrating of our relationships is Jupiter who will turn retrograde February 6 at 23º of Libra. As he moves backwards a full 10º in Libra, the sign of balance-seeking, we will be encouraged to look at our values and beliefs, at how we spend our money, and whether or not our relationships are in balance. Jupiter and Venus (and Mars and Mercury!) are working together this spring to force us to reconsider the recent new beginnings and help us see where we are being excessive and delusional in relationships. (@)
Mercury is between retrograde cycles these days so he’s going full-speed-ahead. He will take only two weeks to race through Aquarius (February 7 to February 25), during which time our minds will literally be racing. Our thoughts will be focused on the groups we are part of (or want to be part of) and our dreams for the future. In February, we will be more open to information and ideas from all corners. And because the mind will be superficially skipping along the surface, it will be easier to be objective. This objectivity will come in super handy as we uncover imbalances in our relationship dynamics with the retrogrades of Venus and Jupiter.
To take advantage of these energetic shifts in February, be willing to examine the balance points in your relationships: Is there as much listening as talking? As much receiving as giving? Is the attention usually centered on one person? Does each person in the relationship have the freedom to follow their desires? Also be willing to examine how your values are connected to your self-esteem. If your values, money situation or relationships need to be adjusted, you will know what you need to do by April. If by then you aren’t sure or haven’t made the changes, circumstances may change on your behalf when Jupiter stations direct in June. When Venus enters Aries (February 3), we will begin all manner of new relationships. A month later when Venus goes retrograde, she will show us where our impulsiveness, selfishness, need to be needed, and our instinctual desires pull us into delusional situations. Use the information uncovered in the retrograde period to make adjustments in relationship dynamics and personal values.
More specific information can be gleaned from your chart by penciling Venus in outside the wheel at 0º Aries and considering the information that the house placement provides.
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(∞) April 2, the still retrograding Venus backs out of Aries and into Pisces. On April 15, at 26º of Pisces, Venus stops (from our perspective) and begins moving forward again (stations direct).
(@) Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9.
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