Probably the most famous of the retrogrades. Mercury is in charge of communication and travel. When this planet appears to go backwards it can cause all sorts of annoyances and delays in these areas. Travel delays and cancellations, losing our keys, and misplaced tickets can all upset our plans. Make sure to leave lots of extra when you travel during a retrograde. Communication mistakes can also happen, so make sure you are being clear and if you hear anything that doesn't sound right, double check it. Look carefully at all contracts and paperwork during this time.
Be aware too that communication devices like phones, and computers are more likely to breakdown now. So back up all your files.
On the bright side, it's a great time to review things especially any writing or communications you've been working on. Don't start a new project in this area, but it's a great time to edit and revise. It's also a time where you are more likely to find lost objects.
Mercury retrograde ends May 3, 2017.
Venus moves out of retrograde today April 16, 2017, but I think it's worth a recap anyway. Venus is the planet of romantic relationships, and beauty. When she moves into retrograde don't change your hairstyle or your wardrobe, or redecorate your house. When you get out of the retrograde, you'll wonder what you were thinking.
It is a great time to review past relationships, and examine what you've learned from them. You are also more likely to run into former lovers.
Jupiter retrograde started on February 6, and ends on June 9, 2017. Jupiter is the planet of luck and expansion. When he moves into retrograde, our progress is slowed down. Things that came easy to us suddenly don't come so easy. It's a time to asses our progress towards our goals over the past few months. It's also a time where we may experience some unexpected luck, and a good time to go on a diet.
From April 6 to August 25, 2017 Saturn is in retrograde. Saturn is the planet in charge of areas where we need to work hard, where we are restricted, and our karma. When he goes in to retro, we feel an easing of some of the restrictions and rules around us, but we may also lack self discipline. We need to review what we've been working towards and make sure we are standing strong in our discipline. It's also a time when karma comes to call. Wether we've been giving out positive or negative energy, it will come back to us at this time.
Pluto is the slowest moving of the planets and is in retrograde from April 20 to September 28, 2017. Pluto is the planet of transformation and death. When in retrograde we are asked to examine our ability to self sabotage and our self destructive tendencies. Where are we working against ourselves? Is greed, anger or ego getting the best of us?
In short retrogrades are a time to slow down and do some self examination. What are your thoughts on retrogrades?