What does it mean when a planet is in retrograde?
When a planet is in retrograde it simply is moving backwards in its orbit. So forward motion is halted and reversed. At this time a planets effect on us is different to say the least.
Saturn represents foundation, structure, time, institutions, the skeletal system, Father, Grandparents etc. So during a Saturn retrograde we may see an Unqualified Leadership (obviously), breakdown in Governmental structures and systems which ,for the people, can be positive in the end as the system is being reworked and restructured... Saturn goes direct on Friday, August 25, 2017
Mercury Retrograde is the infamous retrograde that is most talked about. Makes sense because Mercury rules communication and the exchange of information, it rules short trips and elementary education. This retrograde is well noted for disruptions and disturbances in communications be it a conversation in person, on the phone or via email. Delivery of clear communication is stifled. This is a great time to examine and rethink how we use communication. This retrograde can also be well used to deliver any undelivered communication. Mercury goes direct on Tuesday, Sept. 5th 2017
Pluto is one of our heavy hitters, especially in terms of Human existence and evolution. Pluto rules Transformation as in Birth, Death, Rebirth, Uses/ Abuses of Power, the sharing of resources, deep soul connection and exchange, Occult sciences, the Underworld, Soul Sexual Exchange, Psychism, Alchemy, Wizardry and Magick, Reconstruction and Renovation. A Pluto retrograde is a good time to return something once borrowed or taken by force. We can see the pull toward this with the responses to the violence on the University of Virginia's campus. The Nationwide uproar from even whites and the taking down of confederate monuments after hundreds of years is no doubt the work of the Pluto Retrograde. Pluto goes direct on Friday, September 29th 2017
Neptune rules Spirituality, Creativity, Dreams, Music, Emotional Sensitivity and intuition... A Neptune Retrograde could be marked by rethinking our spiritual path or delving into music that invokes nostalgia. This is a good time to reflect on how we use our emotions or to do dream work to effect past experiences that continue to live out in our present life. Neptune goes direct Wednesday, November 22nd 2017
The Retrograde planet is indicated by its number degree being in Red ink