Venus Retrograde and 6 planets retrograde in the next 6 months ~ Wednesday May 13, 2020

Venus Retrograde in Gemini & 6 planets are retrograde in the next 6 months! 

Venus, the planet of love, money and pleasure goes retrograde today, kicking off a season of retrogrades lasting for the next six months. 

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Mars and Mercury will all be retrograde between now and November 2020 (at various times, see timelines below).

When a planet goes retrograde it means it stops moving forward and appears to be going backward. We feel the effects of retrogrades differently depending on our own personal chart placements. 

Retrograde effects aren’t the same across the board, though similar themes will be experienced for all of us. 

You may have noticed we don’t all experience Mercury Retrograde – the most common, occurring three times per year – in the same way. 

While some of us experience issues with communication and technology, many of us find it a very enjoyable time with enhanced communication and lightness! 

How you’re impacted depends on your personal planetary configurations. We are not all the same in how we experience big planetary transits.

Retrograde planets are unpredictable. It’s hard to predict what the outcomes will be with so many in retrograde. 

There’s no hard and fast rules or agreement among astrologers what retrograde planets mean. There’s a lot of variance in viewpoints across systems. 

In Vedic astrology, when the malefics go retrograde (Saturn, Mars and Pluto – in modern astrology) the effects are less harsh. 

When the benefics, Jupiter and Venus, go retrograde their effects are less helpful and positive.

In western astrology, retrogrades are seen as time when things slow down and are needing to be revised. 

There’s 4 possible ways retrograde planets play out for us personally: 

  • The energy of the planet is amplified, we feel it’s effects 10 fold
  • The energy of the planet is internalized, we are more internally focused on the themes the planet represents
  • The energy of the planet is stuck and nothing seems to move forward
  • The past returns, people, contracts, issues, all come up for re-evaluation

We could experience a combination of all four during a retrograde period as well!

The key is to observe how the planet operates for you in your own life. 

For example, if you were born with Venus retrograde in your birth chart, this Venus Rx could be a very fruitful time. You could feel fabulous! 

However if you were born with an exalted Venus in Pisces, the energy would feel very challenging. 

Feel into how you’re uniquely impacted and take note for future retrogrades. Empower yourself by understanding your own chart and how the planets operate in it. 

One thing’s for sure, the planets are not operating in their natural forward way so it’s a time of great change and unpredictability. 

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn 

April 25 – Oct 3, 2020

5 months every year

Themes: Fears can be amplified more than usual, themes around birth and death can come to light, we go through big life transformations.

Impacts Capricorn Rising, Sun and Moon and Scorpio Rising, Sun and Moon the most.

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius*

May 11 -September 28, 2020

Occurs every year for 4-5 months

Themes: Less restriction, more relaxed vibe, or could be more restriction, time to take responsibility, take authority in your life, time to be responsible. Big karmic shifts can occur where Saturn is placed in your chart.

Impacts Aquarius Rising, Sun or Moon and Capricorn Rising, Sun and Moon the most. 

Venus Retrograde in Gemini 

May 13 – June 24th, 2020

Occurs approximately once every two years

Themes: Love, money, return of ex’s, having conversations we’ve avoided, major influxes of cash, or the opposite, reconnecting with old friends, new love can start, or many breakups will occur. Can feel harder to enjoy life or enjoy it more. 

Impacts Gemini Rising, Sun and Moon and Libra Rising and Taurus Rising, Sun and Moon the most.

Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn 

May 14 – September 12, 2020

Occurs every thirteen months

Themes: Can bring big luck or less luck, asks us to look at our blessings, husbands can have challenges (in Vedic Jupiter is the husband), look at our belief systems, feel more spiritually inclined. 

Impacts Capricorn Rising, Sun and Moon and Pisces and Sagittarius Rising, Sun and Moon the most.

Mercury Retrograde in Cancer 

June 18th – July 11, 2020

Occurs approximately 3 times per year

Themes: Issues with communication or technology, or blessings in these areas.

Impacts Cancer Rising, Sun and Moon and Virgo and Gemini Rising, Sun and Moon the most. 

Mars Retrograde in Aries*

September 9 – November 14

Occurs every two years 

Themes: Feeling less motivated, or more motivated, more ambitious or less, powerful, excitable, fights can happen or a slowing of fights. 

Impacts Aries Rising, Sun and Moon and Scorpio Rising, Sun and Moon the most. 

*retrograde in their own sign. Usually brings positive results

Andrea is a writer, astrologer, astrology teacher and tarot reader who combines ancient classical techniques from Esoteric Western Astrology, Hellenistic Astrology, Jaimini and Vedic Astrology into her own unique intuitive astrology system called Sacred Astrology. Check out her Become Your Own Astrologer Course under "Programs" on the menu :)
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