A Guide to Astrology Signs & Planetary Retrogrades

A Guide to Astrology Signs & Planetary Retrogrades

Posted on August 27, 2018

The topic of retrogrades may seem overwhelming at first, but I assure you it’s very straightforward and once you know it, it will be immeasurably helpful to you. Most people are familiar with the reputation of Mercury retrograde but don’t know how frequently it occurs nor do they usually even know when the dates are. We are going to show you why it will help you to know the general theme of the retrogrades of each planet, how often they occur, and how they might affect you differently based on your Sun sign.

First, it’s very important to know that retrogrades are actually helpful periods, despite their reputation for the opposite. Retrogrades allow us to grow, shed the past, and become better versions of ourselves. Each planet influences a part of our life and so when that planet goes retrograde, we can reassess and revamp that specific area with more mental clarity. Retrogrades often bring up the past because we are better able to see the string of events creating patterns in our lives on a subconscious level.

What Are Astrology Signs?

There are 12 zodiac signs, but most people are only familiar with their Sun sign, which is the sign the Sun was in at the moment they were born. Each zodiac sign has a ruling planet and each individual has a personal ruling planet (which may or may not be different from their Sun sign’s ruling planet). Surprisingly, your own ruling planet is actually the planet that rules your Rising sign (also known as the Ascendant). The Rising sign is not your Sun sign and is calculated based on the exact, to-the-minute time and location of your birth, instead of just the date.

Definition of Planetary Retrogrades

A retrograde period is when a planet appears to be moving backwards in the sky along its orbit. The Latin root word retrogradus means going backwards. Each planet’s retrograde has a different length and frequency, bringing a chance to review and reflect upon certain areas and themes in our lives. This means we can go over what has happened in the area of life the retrograde planet rules so we can lay it to rest or shift our behaviours with our will. It also means the area of our life that the retrograde planet rules is going to be impacted in full force, no longer hidden from our waking consciousness.

To Answer Questions Like:

  • Does Every Planet Go Into Retrograde?

In astrology, the Sun and Moon are considered to be the luminaries and they do not go into retrograde. Every other planet does experience retrograde periods, which can slow things down in the area of life they govern so we can organize our thoughts and intentions in that department.

  • How Common Are Retrogrades?

Because each planet takes a different amount of time to go through all 12 zodiac signs, their retrogrades are different lengths and occur at different time.

Think about it this way: the Sun takes 365 days to go through all 12 zodiac signs, the Moon takes 29.5 days because it’s much closer to us. Depending on how far a planet is from us, it could stay in a sign for a very long time. Neptune, for instance, spends 14 years in a sign, Uranus spends 7, Saturn spends 2 1/2, and Jupiter spends 1.

The inner planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) have retrogrades more frequently because they are closer to us and have a smaller orbit around the Sun. Mercury retrogrades occur generally 3-4 times a year for about 3 weeks at a time. They occur different dates each year. Venus retrogrades last about 40 to 43 days and occur every 18 months. Mars retrogrades happen once every 2 years and last roughly 10 weeks.

What to Expect from Each Planet’s Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde affects communication, electronics, the mail, and the mind. Travel plans are often interrupted and miscommunications are common. Generally, people do not sign contracts or make major purchases and decisions during this time. It’s a great time, however, for reorganizing your home and budget, restructuring plans, and reflecting on your communication style.

Venus Retrograde

During Venus retrograde, old flames often come back into our lives so we can find closure. You may feel as if you’re in a dry spell in the romantic department because this is a time for healing old wounds. It’s generally not a time when new relationships begin because we are usually working on sorting through the baggage we have kept from old relationships. It’s a great time to assess what you value in a relationship and get clear on what you want as well as what you don’t want. Those in relationships are able to work on healing the issues in them.

Mars Retrograde

Mars in retrograde affects our vitality and sex drive. Our energy may be lower during a Mars retrograde as we are given time to slow down and evaluate if we are openly sharing our desires, how our passion is expressed and repressed, and if we need to be more or less aggressive. As we reorder our deepest desires and own them, we become more equipped to channel our energy in healthy ways when Mars moves direct again. Mars retrogrades last about 10 weeks and happen approximately every 2 years.

Saturn Retrograde

Known as the ‘Lord of Karma,’ Saturn acts as a mirror of our intentions and actions. During Saturn retrograde, our karma gets in our face so we are able to deal with the consequences of our actions instead of brushing them under the rug. It can be a time of reckoning and makes us become more mature in the areas we have been irresponsible or inconsiderate. Saturn retrogrades are valuable in that we can finally learn our lessons and become better people. This happens once per year and usually lasts about a third of the year (about four and a half months).

Pluto Retrograde

Pluto goes retrograde once a year and spends about half the year retrograde. Pluto, the planet of change and transformation, has to do with our subconscious and our darker side. We see our own intentions and fears when Pluto is in retrograde. Of course, facing our fears and the way we project onto other people when we are in pain is one of the most valuable things to work on. While it can feel like heavy work, Pluto retrogrades leave us much lighter in a spiritual sense and can greatly improve our ability to relate to others and ourselves in a much more positive way.

Jupiter Retrograde

The planet of luck and fortune goes retrograde each year for about three to four months. The planet of money usually brings us fortune when it is direct and allows us to see how to restructure our lives to make money more efficiently while it’s retrograde. Jupiter retrograde is a planting/planning phase while and a harvest when it goes direct. Jupiter is also the planet of expansion, so we can expect our intellectual growth to be slowed during a retrograde. We can use this time to locate what’s been blocking us and dig up those issues at their root cause.

Uranus Retrograde

The planet of rebellion and revolution will make us even more rebellious when it goes retrograde. Uranus retrograde is often when we see governments overthrown and it lasts 155 days each year, which means we get to be rebellious almost half the year without trying too hard. Uranus shakes down old structures of thinking that no longer serve us to make room for newer, more evolved systems. We often change our core beliefs and deepest motivations during Uranus retrogrades because we spend time examining exactly why we do things.

Neptune Retrograde

Neptune, ruler of Pisces, affects our dreams, our spiritual connection, and our love for humanity. It goes retrograde once per year and the retrograde lasts five or six months. During this time, we have a deeper connection to our spiritual side, our intuition, and our artistic abilities. The potential challenge during a Neptune retrograde is that we get lost in escapism or fantasy because we lose touch with reality much easier. It’s important to be diligent to remain balanced as we grow spiritually, meaning that we will want to help the world but need to work within the world (rather than retreating into ourselves) to do so.

Retrogrades Affect Each Astrology Signs Differently, But Why?

We each have a planet that affects us the most. We find that planet by looking to our Rising sign. Whichever planet rules your Rising sign will affect you more than other people when it is in retrograde.

  • Venus rules Taurus and Libra
  • Jupiter rules Sagittarius
  • Saturn rules Capricorn
  • Neptune rules Pisces
  • Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo
  • Pluto rules Scorpio
  • Mars rules Aries.
  • Uranus rules Aquarius
  • The Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer, but lucky for those who are ruled by these planets, they don’t experience retrogrades.

Do Retrogrades Happen At The Same Time Each Year?

Retrograde dates shift each year so you can always check to see when the retrograde dates are for the year to come. Here is a great retrograde calendar to track the retrograde dates so you know the energy shifts that will be coming well ahead of time. It’s also helpful to other people who don’t follow astrology if you casually mention how you notice yourself feeling different and that it’s linked to a specific retrograde. It can help pique their curiosity about learning how to use the energy of the retrogrades to heal and move forward in their lives.

What Happens If Your Ruling Planet Goes Into Retrograde

Your ruling planet, which is the planet that rules your Rising sign, will go into retrograde at some point unless it’s the Moon or the Sun. Your ruling planet’s retrograde will feel stronger for you. For example, let’s say your rising sign is Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. During a Saturn retrograde, a Capricorn may go through an even deeper soul reckoning and maturation because it’s their ruling planet.

How Do Retrogrades Affect Us?

If we know there is a retrograde occurring, we can use this time to do housecleaning in the area of life that the planet rules. In that way, a retrograde can very much be a growth phase for us. For those who don’t know which planets are retrograde when, it can be confusing because they don’t know why their focus and energy isn’t the same as usual. This can lead to frustration and inefficient use of energy. Reread the descriptions of each planet’s retrograde and mark the dates on your calendar so you can be prepared for these shifts and ride the cosmic tides.

Are Retrogrades Always Bad?

Absolutely not! They’re a challenge for sure but when we know how to harness the direction these energies push our brains in, we can remove our resistance to the process and really make headway in our progress as humans and spiritual beings trying to evolve. Don’t let people scare you into thinking that retrogrades are bad. That is a very fear-based and limited viewpoint. It comes from people who don’t understand astrology enough and just observe strange events without seeing beneath the surface.

Conclusion

You just learned a lot of information and it would probably be good to revisit this article a few times to really digest it. Astrology throws a lot of new terms at us and it can take time for our brain to get used to the language, the cycles, the connections between the planets and signs, and how all of this ties into our daily lives. However, if you pay attention to when retrogrades and planetary transits occur, you’ll notice predictable shifts in your reality.

Be patient as you get to know the retrogrades and observe their effects. Know that in the big picture, as you expand your own view of yourself from just a human to a spirit evolving in this lifetime, you’ll see how these larger cycles affect you and help you. Astrology is a very empowering system that has a lot of wisdom in it that has been collected painstakingly over thousands of years. People that doubt it usually don’t realize that many separate cultures have found very similar cycles and traits in the stars and their effects on our psyche.

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Find Your Least Compatible Astrology Signs

Perhaps your zodiac signs are such that you don’t get along with each other. Least compatible astrology signs are those that typically clash with one another. To make life easier for you, check out the astrology signs that are least compatible or completely opposite each other.

ARIES – Cancer

A typical Arian is not very suitable with cancer. Idealistic and practical Arian and highly emotional Cancerian is a combination that will never work because of their opposing natures. Cancers are known for running a cycle of emotions which is too difficult for an Aries to handle this see-saw for long.

TAURUS – Sagittarius

This is often a challenging match because of very little in common to compromise on issues.  A Sagittarius is a total opposite to Taurus, irresponsible and unreliable, he feels more like a child than a lover! Another area of potential conflict is communication.Taurus are home loving where as Sagittarius is more interested in traveling and adventures.

GEMINI – Virgo

This match usually runs on compromise. A Gemini is a social animal who likes to go out and live the moment. Whereas Virgo is somehow anti social and never gel well with a Gemini. They are smart but tend to be boring and quiet.

CANCER – Aquarius

A Cancer needs an emotional and affectionate partner, while an Aquarius is more interested in intellectual debates and mental stimulation in a relationship. It’s likely to find an Aquarius cold or aloof at times, while they will seem moody and emotionally needy. These fundamental differences can make the relationship unwanted and unsatisfying.

LEO – Aries

They both thrive on challenges and always love to have their own ways on most things. They both are stubborn and there will be a constant clash of interest between the two. Aries will compete with a leo at every step and both have a controlling nature and prefer leading each other which may result in a fight.

Virgo – Sagittarius

Virgo is usually a pessimist by nature, while a Sagittarius is optimistic to the point of desperation. They are usually quite and shy where as Sagittarius is more sociable and talkative. Sagittarius are extravagant when it comes to arranging parties and weddings but this is the point of contention as Virgo does not do the extra spending. These small things are workable but also makes an unsatisfying relation for life.

LIBRA – Pisces

Libra think from a head, while Pisces think from the heart. This sounds like a trivial difference, the objective and analytical style of Libra will create difficulties in compromising your emotional and intuitive Pisces. You’re more down to earth while Pisces is more introverted. Compromises and disagreements may bring frustration between both.

SCORPIO – Leo

Stubborn and powerful Scorpio’s never bowed down in a fight. Scorpio may find a leo to be superficial, vain and too controlling whereas a Scorpio himself is temperamental and moody. This match may cause inevitable conflict between the battle of pride ( leo) versus control (Scorpios).

Sagittarius – Capricorn

Sagittarius usually makes things happen enthusiast approach towards everything in the lives. They like to be as free as birds and hate the feeling of being caged. On the other hand, the drifting lifestyle of a Sagittarius will leave a Capricorn perplexed and clashes are bound to happen.  A Sagittarius can find this partner stubborn and boring while Capricorn can see Sagittarius as reckless and irresponsible. It can be a challenging and tough relation on day to day basis.

CAPRICORN – Cancer

Private Capricorn likes to do things their way. They are generally reserved and hardly ever express feeling easily. In complete contrast is a Cancerian who is extremely emotional and expressive as to. Together they form a bad combination in the long run. Capricorns are fairly notorious for putting other things ahead of relationships, leading to a one sided situation when combining with a partner like cancer. Both can be stubborn and if problems arise it’s very likely they will create a vicious circle of resentment if action isn’t taken to fix them.

AQUARIUS – Scorpio

Scorpio and Aquarius are often a hard match to make work. Amongst other things, communication is likely to be a major issue. Both can be very stubborn and it’s likely that any fights all drag on for the fairly long term. Scorpio is a controlling partner which an Aquarius might not enjoy.

PISCES – Aquarius

The emotional Pisces love stability and security. They wear their heart on their shelves which makes them likely to get hurt easily. while Aquarius is independent, rational and strong people. Aquarius and Pisces should never be left together. Pisces has to do numerous compromises to be with Aquarius.

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The Astrology Signs that Need to Take a Deep Breath this Holiday Season

The Astrology Signs that Need to Take a Deep Breath this Holiday Season

Posted on December 17, 2018

The holidays are meant to be a time of festivities, gathering with friends and relaxing, but for some zodiac signs, relaxing comes harder. We want to help you become more aware of your own sign’s tendencies so you can nip stress in the bud if you tend to get anxious or over-plan.

The holidays can be a time that helps us remember how to enjoy ourselves. Parties, good food, giving gifts to show love, and taking vacations are all things that revive us – but not if we are obsessed with looking perfect, having the perfect gifts, or hitting every single event we are invited to. If you are someone who has trouble saying no or listening to your body, that’s where we come in. Believe it or not, astrology can reveal a lot about why we approach the holidays the way we do so we can learn to balance our helpful and unhelpful instincts and learn to enjoy the holidays.

The Holidays are Stressful for Everyone, but Some Signs Especially Need to Safeguard Their Me-Time

Fire signs who love to throw parties and go out to social events to make friends are especially at risk for burnout or a weakened immune system; they are so fueled by their passions and having fun that they don’t realize when they’re running on empty. Air signs are the most social and talkative people of the zodiac, and they can forget to focus on the basics like getting enough sleep, managing their budget, and taking time to relax and stay balanced. Those hardworking Earth signs are prone to overwork or trying to take care of everyone else on the holidays. As for Water signs, the holidays are often a particularly emotional time. As the empaths of the zodiac, it’s easy for Water signs to become overwhelmed by a mixture of feelings of their own and from those around them.

Anyone of any sign can suffer from increased stress during the holidays, but the following 7 zodiac signs are particularly prone to severe holiday stress.

7 Signs That Need to Relax This Holiday Season

1. Career-Oriented Capricorn

Capricorns have a tough time not being over-stimulated during this time, because the Sun moves into Capricorn right before Christmas. Capricorns are known as the hardest working sign in the zodiac, which means that they push themselves to work long hours and take on huge projects regardless, of how much stress it might mean for them. If they don’t take time to wind down, they can get sick. They also need the love and affection of humans to maintain balance and remind themselves what they work so hard for. Take a vacation, Capricorn! It will fuel you for the year to come.

Capricorns are driven to succeed and be the best. You’ll find the way they think is all about stability and growth. They tend to have long-term plans that take up all of their focus, time and interest. If they don’t see how it adds to their goals, they tend to think it’s childish or not take time for it but this can mean they miss out on experiences that can allow them to live through their senses and even find ways to improve their emotional state that will lead to more success!

When it’s time for holidays about myths and traditions, a Capricorn may be the first person called a Scrooge. They tend to be practical and grounded. However, it’s important for Capricorns to develop their imaginations and let their emotions live. Loosen up, Cap, you won’t regret it.

2. Very Focused Virgo

Virgo is one sign that tries to make everything perfect. They want their clothes ironed, their Christmas lights hung and on a timer, and their house clean and spotless for company. But where does the preparation end? It’s important for Virgos to stop cleaning, stop fussing, and let themselves enjoy the scenery instead of feeling like they need to do everything. Go to someone else’s party, don’t worry about cleaning up, and don’t spend too much time thinking about what to bring or wear.

Virgos are so detail-oriented that the holidays often stress them out because they try to control things a little too much by having every moment of every day planned out. It’s important for a Virgo to remember that being spontaneous and in the moment is healthy, fun and it’s how a lot of the other signs operate.

Virgo’s also need to make sure they don’t get too caught up in other people’s problems because they can have helper syndrome. If you see a Virgo running around, tell them to stop and watch a Christmas movie, take a bubble bath with a peppermint tea or have a hot chocolate and cookie without doing anything else. Let them have permission to turn their brain off.

3. Insatiable Scorpio

A Scorpio is a person of extremes. If they do something, they put all of their focus and energy into it. You’d rarely see them walk away from a Christmas shopping trip with one small gift. They want to push everything to the limits and are prone to get so lost in the joy of the Christmas spirit that they forget about their responsibilities. You’ll see them dive into holiday parties, spending time with people who usually are unavailable or even finding themselves obsessing over the perfect gift. Their addictive personality needs to be kept in check so they can maintain balance when other people are throwing caution to the wind.

A Scorpio will rarely just show up to a party for a short time. They will get into deep conversations and a party can last well into the night. They don’t know how to just be acquaintances with people and want to get to know everyone well because that’s how they feel safe with people. That can take a long time especially if there are 100 people at the event. Taking time to stop thinking and just relax with a good movie or nap will help.

When it comes to sweets, they don’t stop at one. Make sure if you’re a Scorpio you keep to a healthy diet during the holidays. Scorpios are a water sign and love to explore emotions. They live through their emotions and understand the world through feelings. They are drawn to places and experiences that evoke feelings which can mean they never stop during the festivities that are full of heartwarming games, people and performances. It’s important to remember to do everything in moderation.

4. Tireless Taurus

When a Taurus decide to do something, nothing will stop them, even if it takes years. Taureans go after their goals relentlessly, which can mean if they have set unrealistic expectations, they could run themselves dry. When it comes to gathering with the family, they want things to be a specific way and can drive other people up the wall trying to make it that way. Make sure you realize that you don’t have to be in control dear Taurus.

Taureans love to decorate and what a great opportunity to do so but just don’t go overboard trying to make things festive to the point where you are falling off the roof trying to get a Santa figurine perched on the chimney. Sometimes a Taurus wants everything to look so good that they will obsess over what they look like and find they spend too much money on their hair, nails, clothes, and makeup. Remember your energy and heart is the most attractive and romantic thing about you!

They can worry themselves sick taking care of people and not remember to stop and separate from others. It’s important to take time away from people and not feel like you need to be there to soothe everyone all the time. Don’t answer every call. Don’t show up to every holiday event or leave early if you want to.

5. Active Aries

An Aries thrives on stress in certain ways. They put pressure on themselves and soak up the adrenaline of getting people to work together to figure out how to get things done quickly. They love to plan parties, do things at the last minute and follow their ideas no matter how wild. This means that they can quickly eat up the time in the day without taking time to decompress which leaves their body in fight or flight mode compromising their immune system making them susceptible to sicknesses.

Aries are confident and can take on a lot of work, vacation planning, party hosting, and relative visiting. But if they have kids, pets, a company and the in-laws in town, they often can spin into an emotional outburst of anger which resides in the fire of their sign. In order to not resent the holidays, they need to learn when to say no. Let the family rent a hotel, take off early from work and don’t take on new projects before the end of the year. In short, don’t be the hero.

When it comes to holiday parties, decorating, gifting, and tacky sweaters, well, an Aries wants to be the best. They always bring a fun sense of competition to holiday gatherings and oh, did we mention they love to dress to the nines? Just make sure you don’t compare yourself or the amount you spend on gifts to anyone else. Holidays are not about who can out-gift, out-cook or out-decorate anyone else. It also doesn’t add to feelings of inclusivity and love when someone is trying to outshine the rest. Have fun but don’t take yourself too seriously.

6. On-the-Go Gemini

Geminis are mental creatures which means they need mental stimulation and often find it through their work which allows them to constantly learn. But this also means they aren’t that good at sitting and relaxing. They are active people who feel like they constantly need to be doing something and hanging with grandparents or sitting around having meals can be a stretch for them. Find time away from work and just let your mind relax and enjoy music, laughter and games.

Geminis can get stressed because they want to know everything and understand all new topics. This means they can get caught in a million conversations and not take time for their basic needs. During the holidays when people are more chatty and sociable a Gemini actually needs to work to be less sociable and more grounded.

A Gemini loves to go try new things and meet new people because they are always interested in how people think and why things happen. They can find themselves going here and there and one thing leads to another but before you know it, they have overdone it and are overtired, hungry, and forgot to feed the cat. To keep stress low, remember to do less.

7. Looped-In Leo

Leos have a bright personality and love conversing, engaging, and getting attention. They will usually take attention anywhere they can get it even if someone doesn’t deserve it. They may find they crave social environments even when they should be doing something for their health or taking care of much-needed errands and bills. To keep stress low, keep a to-do list of the important things and make sure your ideas aren’t coming from the ego and are coming from the heart.

A Leo doesn’t want to let anyone down. If someone invites them and they say yes I’ll be there, they have trouble not going even if they are dead tired. They accept every challenge even if it’s one too many shots of tequila at times because they want to be the life of the party and thrive on positive energy. People aren’t going to hate you if you say you really don’t feel like doing something. That’s a big lesson for a Leo.

A Leo often seeks validation and someone to tell their dreams and life story to. This means they want to make sure to hit all the events, family gatherings and tree lightings. But no one can be everywhere and it’s a great way to stress yourself out because you’ll always be late and feel one step behind. Choose to go to 1 out of every 5 events and you’ll find your stress goes way down. Sometimes the best decision is no decision.

Why Are the Holidays So Stressful for Them?

Some people have a lot of energy that starts to spin during the holidays. They need to be aware that they interact with people obsessively so that they can say no to social invites. They also need to realize that it’s just as important to be able to say no as it is to say yes. It’s not always necessary to accommodate requests people make, and often people ask too much. Most important for these signs is to remember to check in with how you’re feeling and don’t feel guilty if you don’t do everything you feel obligated to do.

It’s great to have energy, but for the signs that forget to relax, the flu season will force you to if you don’t take care of yourself. There’s nothing wrong with loving people, parties, and gatherings but no one can do it all, right? Don’t worry about telling your aunt you’re staying in, she will still love you!

Signs to Learn From

5 Tips to Relax During the Holidays

1. Take a Breath!

Literally just take more deep breaths! Your stress instantly reduces and your body relaxes. It helps balance your stress hormones and even reduces muscle tension. This is the first thing to do if you feel anything but joy from the holiday time. Make sure it’s a deep breath and do it as often as possible until it becomes natural for your body to calm you down without thinking just by expanding the lungs and taking in more oxygen. It’s amazing that breathing is the most effective, free and fast stress reliever on the planet.

2. Plan Fewer Activities

You’ll actually enjoy yourself much more if you don’t have two parties to attend each evening. That means fewer gifts to bring, less wine to show up with and less dry cleaning to get laundered. Also, don’t throw too many gatherings yourself even if people are used to it. Go for quality, not quantity.

3. Take 15 Minutes For Yourself Before Entering a Party

Before you set foot in the door, decide how long you probably want to stay, how much you want to eat and remind yourself what you’d like to get done the next day. Identify the people you know will try to tempt you to go overboard and mentally prep yourself. Also, check in with yourself and make sure you actually want to go because you don’t have to do anything.

4. Remember the Holidays are About Friends & Loved Ones

When you get frazzled about having the perfect wrapping paper, going to ten stores to get everything on your list or feeling like you have to make ten kinds of cookies for every dietary concern under the sun, just breathe and remember a hug is more valuable than anything. Just show love through words and listening and don’t go broke or stress yourself out last minute with the unnecessary hassle.

5. Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Find ways to incorporate your own version of holiday spirit into this time. Spend time with people you love. Bake cookies. Volunteer your time with a local organization to make someone else’s Christmas a little brighter.

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