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Have your ever wished you could go back in time and do something differently? While you may not be able to set the dial on the time machine for a specific day and time, RETROGRADES can offer us possible time warp access. While RETROGRADES have gotten a bad rap (thanks, Mercury), I tend to think of them as an opportunity for do-overs. Are you one ready for a soul action?

Astrologically, RETROGRADES are a time when planets appear to move backwards in the sky. The planets don’t actually change direction; however, this illusion is caused by the Earth passing slower moving planets. Instead of doom and gloom or fear, I tend to l think of retrogrades as a time to notice when a planet asks us to slow down and pay attention—similar to a transit. http://wp.me/p3PYg0-Hh

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With RETROGRADES and transits, planets often show us its true colors—and then leaves it up to us to decide how we will handle the themes it reveals. Every planet operates on a spectrum of expression or multivalence. For example, the planet Saturn is currently in retrograde from now until August. The themes of Saturn include everything from where we work hard and commit to our judgment and how we manage time.

With awareness of a planet’s areas of expertise, we then have a choice at any given time how we express or allow those energies to move through us, ie: free will. If we tend to be non-committal, Saturn retrograde may help us understand where effort and hard work may be needed. If our modus operando is impatience or constant action, Saturn may teach us to slow down.

Retrogrades are calls for us to bring awareness and consciousness to areas of our lives via the planets and also the houses. They ask us to pay attention to something we may have missed in the past.

Keys to unlocking the lessons of a retrograde involve looking to the sign and house in which that planet is located, or where the retrograde is happening in relationship to your chart. The houses correspond to general areas of life. Putting your chart in relationship to the current planets (showing the retrogrades) will be particularly helpful to notice if any of the planets in retrograde are in relationship to the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, or IC. Here are some keywords that correspond with each house:

House 1 (Ascendant): Sense of self, what you show the world, demeanor

House 2: Money, worth, value

House 3: Communication, travel, education

House 4 (IC): Home, emotions, body

House 5: Romance, creativity, children

House 6: Everyday life, work, health

House 7 (Descendant): One-on-one relationships, love, partnerships

House 8: Sexuality, death, shadow

House 9: Spirituality, philosophy, ideals

House 10 (Midheaven): Reputation, professional destiny

House 11: Friends, community, projects

House 12: Sensitivity, psychic ability, collective unconscious

In the words of C.G. Jung:

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

Retrogrades are calls for us to bring awareness and consciousness to areas of our lives via the planets and also the houses. They ask us to pay attention to something we may have missed in the past.

Planets retrograde with varying degrees of frequency depending on their relationship to Earth. Mercury retrogrades four times a year for around three weeks while Saturn retrogrades roughly every 12 months for around 4.5 months. Jupiter and Saturn have been in retrograde ,and Mars and Pluto joined on April 17 and 18 (respectively). Look out for themes of Mars in retrograde that illuminate issues of anger, ambition, and moving too fast.

Pluto in retrograde offers a time of transformation, purging, or soul cleansing.
Retrogrades have several major phases with energetic subtitles to each:

PRE-RETROGRADE SHADOW:

Around this early time, before the planet moves backwards, clues may pop up about the themes this retrograde has to show you. Example with Mars Retrograde: At work you notice an agitation with one of your co-workers.

RETROGRADE STATION:

When the planet appears to start moving backwards through the degrees, the real juiciness often occurs. Situations that were slightly agitated before may come full force during this phase. This is also when it is more likely the “negative” expressions of a planet may show up. Example with Mars Retrograde: The disagreement with your co-worker has become intolerable and there is a clear tension. You find yourself making comments under your breath or arguing just to argue with him/her.

DIRECT STATION:

The planet resumes forward motion and may also bring sudden clarity that wasn’t possible during the retrograde. The energy shift can create a sense of relief, moving out of this phase may also offer a glimpse at the more positively associated expressions of a planet. Example: You realize the fight with your co-worker was actually about your discomfort with anger and how much you people please.

This final phase is about lessons learned and evaluation. It’s a great time for reflection about some of the challenges that came up around the retrograde phase. Example: You feel clear about why you were anger to begin with and start a dialogue about your needs at work.

Retrogrades, just like transits, don’t have to be destabilizing or earth-shattering, with attention and care they can be times of deep transformation, growth, and healing. Getting a second chance can be healing or painful, it’s up to you. Who knows? A retrograde might just allow you to change the future if you let it!

Use wisely the retro time  that was given us for a reason.

In mastering her retro moves,

veronikahawaiiVERONIKA PRIELOZNA, M. A., RYT http://livingharmonyondemand.com has explored her own soul calling by creating her path forward and indulging her passion for life harmony. She is trained under traditional medical system and later, she studied in person Energy Medicine with renovated teachers, traveled the world for an ancient wisdom and discovered her unique way how to consult body and soul in her yoga practice using a magic of #Yin Yoga, Prayers and Moon Healing where #soul writing is in the center of all.


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