Does the thought of Mercury retrograde send a shiver down your spine? If so, you might have mixed feelings about the fact Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter are all currently meddling in our affairs.
They’ve joined old mate Pluto in the backwards party, too!
And if that rings a bell, it’s probably because it happened in April 2019 with Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter. Keep that in mind if it all starts to feel a bit much, you’ve withstood a host of retrogrades before so as long as you know what to expect from these planetary periods, there’s no reason why you can’t get through this one.
Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter are joining Pluto, which has been in retrograde since April 25, in backwards land. Pluto is the planet of transformation, and that means that the theme of this quadruple retrograde is rebirth.
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“All retrograde cycles mark a period of introspection and evaluation,” explains astrologer Emma Vidgen from thewayward.co. “Retrogrades always mark a time for us to call on all the ‘re’ words – review, reassessment, revise, recalibrate, reconsider.”
“The events of 2020 have uncovered major flaws in our systems, and these outer planet retrogrades really call for us to consider, what kind of world we want to rebuild. What beliefs and ideals (Jupiter) do we want to inform the new rules, framework (Saturn) and centres of power (Pluto). These are epic philosophical questions but are already in the collective consciousness. You don’t need to know the answer, but don’t shy away from pondering, “What if there is a better way?”
Here, we take a closer look at each planet that’s going retrograde and how to deal with its effects.
May 11 to September 29, 2020
Saturn retrograde has a lot of parallels with isolife. The ruler of self-discipline, responsibility and long-term success when Saturn is direct, it can show us our path and the goals we need to set to get where we want to be. So when it’s in retrograde, it can lead us to question whether we’re working toward the right ambitions for us or if what we want is aligned with what’s actually happening in the present.
“Saturn retrograde isn’t a bad transit,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “When the karmic planet Saturn starts slowing down, it gives us time to reflect on matters such as relationships and our roles at work.”
This retrograde is also bound up with karma, as Saturn rules that aspect of life. If you’ve been less than exemplary in the past, you might want to start perfecting some apologies. However, if you have been a karmic queen, you can expect to reap the rewards of that exemplary behaviour.
How to get through:
This retrograde is nudging you to audit your goals – the big picture ones. Slow down and think seriously about your trajectory in life and adjust as necessary. Dig deep and convert the trials and tribulations you’ve experienced into rewards. Saturn is planet of long-term success, if you don’t take stock now, it could push further away from what you want.
“This is a powerful opportunity to understand some of the karmic lessons of the last few years and to do the work to transform them into blessings,” says astrologer Ambi Kavanagh of Soulstrology.
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May 13 to June 25, 2020
This brief-yet-powerful retrograde of the planet of love is famous for throwing our emotional lives into maniac mode, reawakening old feelings, reopening emotional wounds, and reminding us of our exes’ phone number (don’t do it, put the phone down).
And, as this retrograde is going through Gemini – the sign of communication and freedom – communication mishaps are more likely to happen.
“Being confined with your significant other for a long period of time might trigger some restlessness and a need for space,” says astrologer and intuitive healer Rachel Lang. “Quarantine might have also forced you to take a hard look at your relationship and identify ways in which it can be better, or maybe you came to the conclusion it’s really over. We could see some breakups during this time.”
As Vidgen explains, this retrograde will impact each star sign differently, “Because Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus and Libra, people with Taurus and Libra rising may feel the effects of all Venus retrogrades more noticeably.
“It will also be more potent for mutable signs – Gemini and Gemini rising, Virgo and Virgo rising, Sagittarius and Sagittarius rising and Pisces and Pisces rising. This is because the retrograde will take place in one of the angular houses which reflect our identity, our home and family, our romantic relationship and our career.”
How to get through:
Venus retrograde gives us an opportunity to rethink and re-access our relationships with those closest to us — and ourselves, says Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “Love energy may be harder to come by during this period, but we may compensate for this by loving ourselves more,” she notes. “Perhaps the greatest lesson of this retrograde during COVID-19 is to understand and be clear on who we love and what our true values really are.”
May 14 to September 12, 2020
Our last, but by no means least, retrograde is a little easier on us than the others. This one won’t have us reassessing our life plans or pondering past loves with great affection, but rather, it encourages us to go within.
Transiting Jupiter retrograde is a time of philosophical or spiritual introspection and reflection. You could have to deal with particular issues involving growth and development, happiness, and success.
It usually shines a spotlight on any destructive behaviours we might have that are out of control. Like a few too many iso tipples, or online shopping purchases, for example. It offers us the chance to recognise, admit, and heal the problem. And there’s no need to try and rush it. With enough time, patience, and self-awareness, you’ll come upon the right way forward for you.
“Jupiter spends a good portion of the year in retrograde, so this is a natural and normal rhythm that we are used to experiencing,” explains Tanaaz Chubb from Forever Conscious. “Jupiter however, has not been retrograde in the sign of Capricorn in over 12 years, so this is what makes the energy fresh and different.”
How to get through:
Jupiter retrograde is all about helping you lay the groundwork and to create a solid and firm foundation for an expansion to occur in your life – in whatever area you choose. Chubb encourages you to ask yourself how you can create space for this expansion in your life and what practical, methodical steps it will take.
“Capricorn is an earth sign and it wants us to put integrity and deliberate thought behind each action we take,” he explains. “It wants us to create a solid, stable foundation so we can climb high. When Jupiter goes direct again come September, the larger, expanded picture will be revealed and a greater clarity will follow. New opportunities will open up and we will feel like we can spread our focus comfortably.”
You can book an astrology reading with Emma Vidgen here.