Mars Retrograde in Gemini: Curious Exploration of Conflict and Desire

On October 30, 09:26 AM ET, Mars begins its retrograde at 25º36’ of Gemini, offering us an opportunity for a curious exploration of conflict and desire, inviting us to contemplate the core intentions and motivations that fuel our actions, choices, words, and thinking patterns. 

Mars remains retrograde until January 12, 2023, and enters Cancer on March 25, 2023. This transit will be felt the most by those of us who were born with personal planets or angles between 8º and 25º of Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, as these are the degrees where Mars is going to travel.

 

Mars Retrograde in Gemini: Reevaluation and Refinement of Visions and Ideas

 

Mars is the traditional ruler of both Aries and Scorpio. In Astrology, this planet has to do with our conscious desires, with how we go after what we want, how we chase what we desire, how we initiate and take action, how we motivate ourselves, and how we embark on unexplored directions and paths. In the sign of Gemini, Mars’ powers are mostly channeled through the mind and the intellect. During this transit, our minds are energized: we feel drawn to question accepted ideas and mainstream ways of perceiving reality, we are eager to expand our mental horizons and think independently.

Mars is a very Yang, outward-oriented, go-getter, active, sharp, and direct force. When the Red Planet is in retrograde motion, this energy is internalized and more available for inner exploration, inner alchemy, and self-discovery. This shift supports contemplation and reflection relative to how we desire to channel our life force energy, our mental energy, our creative energy, and our sexual energy.

Mars stationing retrograde promotes reevaluation and refinement of our ideas and visions, and it may inspire us to question the direction we are walking towards. In the sign of Gemini, Mars retrograde invites discernment and self-inquiry concerning why we desire to learn something, our approach to learning altogether, as well as our communication, assertion, and conflict resolution styles.

 

Mars Retrograde in Gemini: Curious Exploration of Conflict, Instinct, & Desire

 

Mars retrograde is an invitation to take time, reflect, and ponder before we act or react. It is a moment to contemplate what we desire to initiate and how we desire to initiate, and to explore how our intentions and cravings can be connected to an egoic desire as well as to a deeper, Soul desire. This shift is an opportunity to question and reevaluate the way we think about desire, perceive desire, speak about desire, and act on our desires.

Mars Retrograde in Gemini

Mars retrograde cycle is a chance to notice the way both our minds and our bodies respond to triggers and what gets activated in us. It is a time to pay attention to fight, flight, and freeze dynamics and to how we feel drawn to instinctively navigate disagreements and release anger, tension, emotions, and stress. It is an opportunity to gain awareness of repetitive patterns that come up in our communications and thoughts, especially in moments of conflict. Mars’ shift of motion represents an invitation to work on our mindset, explore how repressed or misplaced anger affects our perceptions and clouds our thinking, and find constructive ways to channel the energies of rage, frustration, aggression, and nervousness, as well as mental restlessness.

 

Mars square Neptune & trine Saturn: Dance of Desire & Responsibility

 

The Red Planet is stationing retrograde in a square to Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces. While the Mars-Jupiter square won’t go exact until Mars enters Leo and Jupiter enters Taurus, Mars is in the process of perfecting a series of squares to Neptune in Pisces and a series of trines to Saturn in Aquarius. The first Mars-Neptune exact square took place on October 12, the second one happens on November 19, and the last one takes place on March 14, when Mars is going to be again in direct motion.

Tense aspects between Mars and Neptune, such as the square, can reflect a feeling of not knowing clearly what we desire, how to act, how to direct our energy, and what to initiate. Confusion is likely to be present around this time and, since Mutable signs are involved, it may result in an inclination to disperse our energy and focus in too many directions.

Avoidant tendencies, issues surrounding boundaries, feelings of victimization, and a need to rescue others or be rescued can be present. Around this time, we are being invited to explore the connection between desire and responsibility, and to keep in mind the impact of the words we choose, of how we express our anger, our instinct, and our sexuality.

Mars is also going to align with Saturn in Aquarius, and their harmonic trine contributes to counterbalancing the effects of the Mars-Neptune square. The first Mars-Saturn trine took place on September 28, the second one is going to be on November 28, and the third one on March 30. The Mars-Saturn trines will support our capacity to be constructive, focused, and effective in channeling our physical and mental energy, inspiring reflection on what we desire to build in the long term, and what actions and decisions are needed for us to get there.

 

Mars Retrograde in Gemini: Navigating Ambivalence, Nuance, and Duality

 

Mars retrograde offers us opportunities to renew our relationship with instinct and rethink, reassess, and rediscover how we invest our life force, our energies, and our focus. It is a time to explore how we choose to apply our mental energy and concentration, to question the direction we are moving towards, and to ask ourselves whether that is the path we truly want to take.

Mars retrograde will encourage us to reflect on what we desire to learn and why, to ask ourselves why we tend to communicate in a certain way and to explore different ways of asserting ourselves and our ideas. This retrograde cycle will inspire us to reevaluate our attachment to our opinions, perceptions, and thinking patterns: it will give us chances to change our mindset and the way we inwardly motivate ourselves.

Gemini teaches us to navigate duality, nuance, and paradox as it is a naturally multi-faceted and dual archetype. This Mars retrograde in the sign of the Twins will offer us opportunities to explore how to cooperate with people who hold different perspectives and perceptions and how to deal with ambivalence, both within ourselves and in others. This transit is an opportunity to discover how to navigate conflict, ideological and not, in a connected and curious way rather than a dogmatic one. It will remind us to carefully choose which battles are worth picking and which ones are not.

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Uranus Retrograde 2022: Questioning Certainties

On August 24, 2022, 09:53 AM ET, Uranus stations retrograde at 18º55’ of Taurus, once again taking the spotlight and joining Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Neptune, and Pluto, already in an apparent backward motion. This transit will encourage us to question our certainties and break free from ways of living that don’t feel authentic any longer. Uranus remains retrograde until January 22, 2023, when it stations direct at 14º56’ of the sign of the Bull.

This shift is likely to inspire us to redefine our value system, reflect on our relationship with our bodies, and rethink our concept of abundance, wealth, and security. It will be felt more strongly by those of us who have personal planets or angles between 10º and 20º of Fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, and Scorpio.

 

The evolutionary significance of Retrogrades

 

Retrogrades consist of the apparent backward motion of a celestial body from our perspective on Earth. The retrograde phase of any planet is a time for revision, reset, reconstruction, and readjustment of our relationship with the archetype involved. The shift in motion inspires us to withdraw and direct our attention and focus inwardly, offering us an opportunity to review, reassess, and reconsider what happened when the planet was in direct motion, establishing adjustments if necessary.

When many planets are in retrograde motion, the pace of our lives seems to slow down: there seems to be little action happening externally, and things don’t move forward as quickly as we would like to. However, retrogrades are said to accelerate the pace of our evolution as they intensify the impulse to decondition, increasing our desire to question the status quo and liberate ourselves from limitations and restrictions.

 

The transit of Uranus through Taurus

 

Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, correlates with the impulse to innovate, attune to the future, break the rules, and revolutionize our lives. It is the planet of liberation and individuation and has to do with the process of breaking free from stagnation, comfort, and illusions of security. The sign of Taurus has to do with our value system, with our relationship with abundance and wealth, with our receptivity, with our relationship to ourselves, our sensuality, and our body. It is connected to survival issues, to how we make sure our basic needs are met, and to the development of our talents, skills, and resources. Uranus has been here since 2018 and remains in the sign until 2026.

Uranus’ journey through Taurus emphasizes the importance of embodiment, of reconnecting with our primal nature, with the Earth, and with our inherent resourcefulness. By destabilizing the foundations on which we have built our lives, disrupting the economic paradigms, and threatening our stability, this transit is inspiring us to revolutionize our values and our way of living.

Uranus Retrograde 2022

This retrograde cycle points to the necessity to redefine our relationship with the Earth, our physical bodies, our senses, and our relationship with our sensuality. It will inspire us to reflect on how our values have been changing and remind us that our priorities must change accordingly. It is an opportunity to embrace slower, more organic rhythms, rooted in a conscious connection with our bodies and with Nature.

 

The Uranus-North Node conjunction

 

The North Node of the Moon is also in Taurus, and Uranus crossed it at the beginning of the month. The Nodes mainly move retrograde, so Uranus will remain within the orb of a conjunction with the North Node for a few more months. The North Node indicates the path we are being encouraged to take as the way to balance existing tendencies that keep us stuck in stagnation and repetition. When planets join this point in space, their role becomes key to our personal and collective evolution.

The Uranus-North Node conjunction and the simultaneous Uranus-South Node opposition highlight the importance of breaking free from situations of emotional dependency, enmeshment, and financial arrangements that don’t support the development of self-reliance and self-trust and hold us back from individuating.

Uranus is ultimately about liberation from conditioning, stagnation, and limitation. Uranus together with the North Node in the sign of Taurus inform us of the necessity of developing authentic self-reliance through our unique talents and skills, of believing in ourselves and in the value we have to offer to the world. Collectively, it points to the need of reconnecting with the land, establishing self-sufficient systems for food and energy production, and sustainably restructuring the global economy.

 

The Saturn-Uranus square will continue to be active

 

Saturn is also currently in retrograde motion and will station direct on October 23, at 18º35’ of Aquarius. At that time, Uranus will have reached 17º36’ of Taurus. Saturn and Uranus have been squaring each other for the entirety of 2021 and are going to remain in a square for the rest of the calendar year, which will be felt strongly, especially during September and October. Saturn will begin to separate from Uranus after stationing direct.

This type of square is a Last Quarter square, as it happens after the two planets have opposed each other, and is associated with a crisis in consciousness. For this reason, we may feel a sense of crisis linked with the need to restructure our lives in a completely new way, and not knowing what that is going to be and feel like, as it is different from everything that has come before. This aspect brings into the spotlight our resistance to change and the tension generated by our tendency to hold on to the known, to what we perceive as secure.

Uranus Retrograde 2022

The interplay between past and future, old and new, known and unknown, is going to be very present these days, and we will experience the friction between the desire to radically change and the need to feel secure and in control. Saturn is also squaring the Nodal Axis, which underlines the fear of taking full responsibility for our choices and the insecurity coming with claiming ourselves as the authority of our lives.

 

Uranus retrograde in Taurus: Reassessing Shifts in Values & Priorities

 

Uranus stationing retrograde invites us to rethink, reconsider, review, recalibrate, and reassess the shift in values, beliefs, and priorities that has been taking place both collectively and individually. It is an opportunity to reflect on how we are moving forward in our deconditioning process, and reorient according to the changes that have taken place, both internally and externally, throughout the last seven months, while Uranus was direct.

To deal with Uranus transits, it is crucial to know what helps us find our center again, and what tools we can use to regulate and rewire our nervous system in a way that helps us deal with uncertainty and stress from a grounded place. From this state, we can safely practice trusting ourselves and our inner compass as our guidance system instead of relying on the outside world, other people, and external authorities.

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius: Opportunity to Decondition

On January 14, 06:41 AM ET, Mercury stations retrograde at 10°20’ of Aquarius, offering us an invitation to reflect and an opportunity to decondition. Mercury will come back to Capricorn on January 25 and station direct on February 3 at 24°22’ of the sign of the Sea-Goat.

While Mercury is in retrograde motion, we have a chance to rethink, review, reevaluate, and reconsider our communication habits, our way to share our ideas and thoughts, our thinking patterns, and our perception of reality itself. In Aquarius, this is likely to play out in our relationship with social movements, groups, and communities, both online and offline. It could affect our ideologies, our dreams for the future, and our concept of social progress as a whole.

 

Mercury Retrograde: Invitation to Reflect

 

Mercury is the planet of logic, thought, communication, and language. It is connected with our perception of reality and with how we classify and mentally relate with our surroundings. The ruler of Gemini and Virgo is associated with problem-solving, discernment, and how we gather and filter data and information.

Mercury retrograde is a common event, happening three to four times a year and lasting for approximately three weeks. Retrogrades happen when a planet slows down and appears to be moving backward from our perspective on Earth. Astrologically, these are times of decreased momentum, an invitation to introspect and reevaluate the direction we want to take before moving forward again with more clarity when the planet turns direct.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

In popular Astrology, Mercury retrograde is infamous and feared for its correlation with misunderstandings, forgetfulness, miscommunications, travel delays, and technological issues. Nonetheless, this transit has an often overlooked evolutionary potential. All retrogrades accelerate our individuation process in specific areas of our lives by encouraging us to turn within and question our existing reality, narratives, and ways of being.

 

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius: Questioning our Perception of Reality

 

Aquarius correlates with the Higher Mind, the Hive Mind, group consciousness, scientific discoveries, innovation, social progress, deconditioning, and individuation. The sign of the Water Bearer teaches us objectivity and detachment, but it also encourages us to dare to be different from the norm, rebel from existing standards, and explore alternative ones.

In Aquarius, Mercury expresses itself eccentrically and creatively. This transit connects our lower minds with the Higher Mind, facilitating innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, inspiring us to explore different ways to see and interpret reality. During this retrograde cycle, we may reexamine our ideals and ideologies, reevaluate our relationships with the groups we are part of, reconceptualize our current idea of progress, as well as our dreams and visions for the future.

Mercury stations retrograde while conjunct Saturn and square Uranus in Taurus, and activates the ongoing square between the modern and traditional rulers of Aquarius. For this reason, during the upcoming weeks, changes and revisions of the current norms, rules, restrictions, and regulations established by authorities are quite likely to happen. Simultaneously, more and more people will feel the urge to reclaim and defend our right to think and express ourselves freely.

 

Mercury back to Capricorn: Reviewing the Past to Step into the Future

 

On January 25, 10:05 PM ET, retrograde Mercury comes back to Capricorn, inspiring a deep reassessment of the social, familial, cultural, and religious conditioning we have absorbed and internalized and that still affects our thoughts and perceptions. Mercury retrograde in Capricorn gives us an opportunity to review our past experiences and the narratives they generated: this is a time to reconsider and rethink our relationship with authorities, institutions, governments, and society as a whole.

Just a couple of days after entering Capricorn, on January 28, Mercury joins Pluto for the second time of a cycle of three, offering us an invitation to dig deeper into our psychological material. Mercury retrograde conjunct Pluto is a wonderful moment for deep therapeutic and psychological work aimed at working through old experiences that generated disempowering thinking habits and limiting perceptions of the world around us.

The last Mercury-Pluto conjunction will take place on February 11, when Mercury will be in direct motion. This aspect has the potential to give us fresh insights into our psychology, our behavior, and the way our mind works while reminding us of the power of our thoughts and intentions, underlying the importance of being aware of the stories playing out in our head.

 

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius: Opportunity to Decondition

 

Mercury will come back to Aquarius on February 14 and its post-shadow phase will end on February 24. As the Messenger comes back to the degree where the retrograde started, it completes the integration of what happened during the previous phases.

We are entering a time to carefully explore how social conditioning has distorted our perspective of reality: Mercury retrograde in Aquarius urges us to question our perceptions and gain awareness of how the information we take in affects us. This transit promotes a process of intellectual deconditioning and encourages us to think for ourselves.

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

We have a chance to reconsider our role in our community, our way to assert our opinions or express our thoughts in group contexts. During the upcoming weeks, we may become aware of limiting thinking patterns and narratives that hold us back from aligning with our essence, of ways of communicating and perceiving life that aren’t constructive. Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives us a chance to reflect on our vision for the future of society. This transit may inspire us  to join groups of like minds we feel aligned with and separate from those that are not.

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Full Cold Moon in Gemini: the Power of Thoughts

On December 18, 11:35 PM ET, the last “Full Cold Moon” of the year takes place at 27°28’ of the sign of Gemini. This Full Moon is the first lunation in the sign that is not an Eclipse since 2020, and it is inviting us to reclaim the power of our attention, thoughts, and words.

We are reaching the maturation point of a six-month cycle that began on June 10, 2021, with a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini, but we are also culminating the shorter cycle that began two weeks ago, with the Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. The Full Cold Moon closes the Eclipse portal and the calendar year, bringing strong energy of culmination and closure.

During this time, the intentions we set on these two New Moon Solar Eclipses can manifest and blossom. We have a chance to reap the rewards of our efforts, witness the results of our work, and gain more clarity around something that was still uncertain. 

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Full Cold Moon in Gemini: End of Year Reflections

 

Full Moons are times of emotional intensity and deep feelings, characterized by moments of revelation, breakthrough, and understanding, unfolding during the course of a few days. Full Moons always imply an opposition between the Sun and the Moon, an aspect that reflects some tension between the rational and the emotional, the conscious and the unconscious, the private and the public, the certain and the uncertain.

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The Full Moon taking place in December is also popularly known as the Cold Moon, due to its proximity to the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere of the globe. This is a time of introspection, withdrawal, and retreat, particularly for those of us who live in places where temperatures are dropping. Nonetheless, the end of the calendar year tends to be a moment of reflection for everyone on the planet. At this time, we are inspired to look back at what we have been through, contemplate our choices and actions, evaluate what we desire to continue, what we desire to let go of, and what we commit to improving.

 

Full Moon opposite the Galactic Center: New Awareness

 

Currently, the Sun is in Sagittarius and the Moon is in Gemini: their alignment brings to maturation a learning cycle, and it could mark a substantial change in our perception of reality. 

The Sun is conjunct the Galactic Center, placed at approximately 26-27 degree of Sagittarius. When planets are transiting over this point in space, marking the center of our Galaxy, they can trigger a significant acceleration of our evolutionary processes. It is said that planets conjunct the Galactic Center can facilitate the emergence of new spiritual awareness: they may bring sudden downloads and intuitive insights and initiate a process of awakening that can ripple in every area of our lives.

This Full Moon in Gemini will energize our minds and speed up our thought processes, possibly making us prone to overthinking and overanalyzing our emotions, feelings, and actions. During these days, information previously unknown, uncertain, or unavailable may come to light or be shared with the public. The data revealed and exposed could have a significant impact on our opinions, worldviews, beliefs, and perceptions, generating lasting changes in how we see reality.

 

Full Moon square Neptune: Extreme Openness and Sensitivity

 

The Sun in Sagittarius and the Moon in Gemini are forming a T-square pattern to Neptune in Pisces. Whenever planets are in a challenging alignment to Neptune, they suggest difficulties integrating an extreme openness to what’s happening in our environment. Feeling the emotions and sensations of others as if they were our own is a very common experience.

Particularly, when the Moon and Neptune are in a hard aspect, our sensitivity has no boundaries: it’s vital that we learn to distinguish between what is ours and what is not, and that we don’t take responsibility for others’ feelings and projections. The Sun square Neptune, on the other hand, may suggest some difficulties defining our identity, as well as a sense of lack of purpose, confidence, and vitality. Nonetheless, this alignment maximizes our empathy and artistry and increases our capacity to creatively express something that can feel relatable to everyone.

We currently have celestial bodies transiting all Mutable signs except one, Virgo. The archetype that is not being activated by the T-square pattern indicates qualities and traits we need to gravitate towards in order to find more balance. A crucial lesson related to the Virgo archetype is being discerning relative to what we take in and what we allow into our energetic field. This configuration emphasizes the need to remain grounded in the material reality and in our bodies, to honor the work we need to complete, and to maintain healthy routines and habits.

 

Full Moon trine Jupiter: Open-mindedness & Intellectual Expansion

 

The Moon in Gemini is trine Jupiter in Aquarius, an aspect that promotes an objective and optimistic approach to emotional matters, facilitating open-mindedness and intellectual expansion. This alignment increases our desire to explore different ways of perceiving reality and supports our capacity to interpret in an optimistic and growth-oriented light what is happening around us and to us.

The Moon in Gemini tends to deal with emotions rationally, while Jupiter has the capacity to find the lesson and the higher meaning of everything we may go through. As the Moon-Jupiter aspect is taking place in Air signs, it can be considered an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate our situation from a distance before we react, to try to see what is bothering us from another vantage point. 

During these days, we may have important insights that help us understand how to better cope with difficult feelings and emotions. This alignment supports networking and cooperation, promoting an expansion of our social life: new encounters and connections may stimulate our mind and increase our capacity to find creative solutions to the issues we may be facing.

 

Mercury trine Uranus: Spontaneous Downloads & Innovative Ideas

 

Mercury, the planetary ruler of the Gemini Full Moon, is currently transiting Capricorn. This indicates a tendency to interpret new information in a practical way, to take with a grain of salt data that isn’t proven by facts, and to not invest much energy in gossip or small talk. Mercury in Capricorn has a natural capacity to focus on intellectual tasks and to be disciplined with intellectual pursuits and learning processes. 

Mercury’s trine to Uranus in Taurus is another aspect that can indicate new data coming to light and bringing new awareness. There could be a discovery of unexpected information, or spontaneous downloads coming out of the blue could help us solve a problem we have been struggling with. This process has the potential to generate innovation and lasting, tangible results.

 

Venus stationary retrograde & conjunct Pluto: Transformation of Relationships

 

Meanwhile, the Venus-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn intensifies our experience of relationships: the stage is set for the upcoming Venus retrograde, starting in just a few hours. Venus being stationary retrograde indicates that the planet of love, beauty, wealth, and receptivity represents a powerful player during this lunation. Relationship matters and intense encounters could already occupy a large portion of our attention, especially for those of us who have personal planets or angles around the 26 degree of Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.

The conjunction of Venus and Pluto increases the possibility of experiencing romantic obsessions and particularly passionate connections or breakups. Due to Venus stationing retrograde, people from our past could come back to allow us to solve something that hasn’t been previously concluded. We may be able to understand the patterns, dynamics, and unconscious complexes behind the whole story. A deep and lasting transformation of the way we experience relationships, of our values, of our taste, of our artistic expression, and of our way to relate to money is about to begin.

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Full Cold Moon in Gemini: Mastering our Thoughts

 

During the rest of the current lunar cycle, we are being encouraged to detach from old stories playing out in our heads, to release distractions, and carefully evaluate what type of information we take in. By becoming more conscious of the importance of the words we use, the kind of ideas we dwell on, and the influence that other people’s opinions have over us, we have a possibility to unlock new levels of awareness and let go of thinking and speaking habits that aren’t serving our highest good.

This Full Cold Moon in Gemini will inspire us to question our perception of reality, change how we habitually communicate with others, and work on mastering our thinking patterns. We may start doubting a narrative we have been encouraged to believe, and the questions emerging now may contribute to ideas and insights that could lay out a new foundation for our future.

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Mercury Retrograde in Libra: Relationships Review

On September 27, 01:10 AM ET, Mercury stationed retrograde at 25°28’ of Libra. From our perspective on Earth, Mercury will appear to be moving backward until October 18, when it stations direct together with Jupiter in Aquarius.

The planet of communication will travel back until 10°07’ of Libra. This retrograde will be particularly relevant for those of us who have planets or angles between 10° and 25° of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn.

 

Understanding Mercury’s Retrograde Cycle

 

Mercury is in apparent backward motion for three or four times per year, and its retrograde cycle happens in signs of the same element for a period of approximately two years. This year, Mercury has been retrograde in Aquarius and Gemini: the planet of communication and logic is now transiting through the only Air sign that was missing. The emphasis on the Air element highlights the need to reconsider and rebuild our relationship with our mind, with the world of ideas and possibilities, with our opinions, with our social network, and with the learning process itself.

An important aspect of retrograde cycles are the pre and post shadow stages, marking the transit of the planet upon the degrees it hits during the retrograde before and after the retrograde happens. The pre-shadow phase is a moment of preparation, when tension starts building up and themes relative to the upcoming retrograde begin to emerge.

The post-shadow phase is instead a moment of integration, which permits us to better understand what we have been going through and what was unclear during the retrograde. Mercury’s pre-shadow period began on September 6, when Mercury reached 10°07’ of Libra. The post-shadow period of this cycle will last until November 2, when Mercury will transit for the last time over the 25°28’ degree, where the retrograde started.

 

Mercury retrograde in Libra: Relationships Review

 

Mercury retrograde has a bad reputation: it is probably the most blamed event for all sorts of technological issues, misunderstandings, travel delays, and general drama. However, there is a specific purpose to this transit and nothing to be afraid of.

Mercury’s apparent backward journey represents a moment to reflect, reconsider, and reevaluate our situation and our choices before moving forward. It is a time to reassess our communication style, review our habitual thinking patterns, and reexamine how we verbalize and share our opinions. This particular cycle happening in Libra will play out considerably in our romantic and social life. Mercury will inspire us to question our perception of reality, to review and reassess the state of our relationships, and to redefine our ideas of partnership and collaboration.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra

The mythological messenger, patron of travel and commerce, was the only God who could travel to the Underworld and back, and was assigned the task of guiding Souls to the afterlife. When Mercury is retrograde, its role as a psychopomp is in the spotlight: this timeframe offers us an invitation to go inward and engage in deep introspection in order to reexamine our intentions and realign with our values and purpose.

 

Retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun & square Pluto

 

Mercury stations retrograde in a square to Pluto in Capricorn, which will be exact on October 1, and it is the second out of three squares. Their alignment inspires deep inquiry, introspection, and self-analysis. Mercury square Pluto increases the possibilities of intellectual power struggles and verbal confrontations while underlining the need to review and reassess the real motivations behind our intentions, desires, and goals, especially regarding relationships.

Retrograde Mercury will join both the Sun and Mars on October 9. When retrograde Mercury aligns with the Sun, technically known as the inferior conjunction, it is the beginning of Mercury’s cycle, and it has a similar energy to a New Moon. A rebirth and a fresh start is taking place and we are gaining new awareness. It is said that the Mercury-Sun inferior conjunction gives us glimpses of our unconscious material and illuminates something we are normally unaware of: it is a good moment to set intention and allow new ideas to emerge.

 

Retrograde Mercury conjunct Mars & trine Jupiter

 

The presence of Mars together with Sun and Mercury promotes an assertive yet diplomatic attitude. This configuration gives us courage to speak up for ourselves in a direct fashion and defend what we believe is just and fair, while increasing our mental energy and our desire to take action on our thoughts and ideas.

Meanwhile, also on October 9, retrograde Mercury, Sun, and Mars will trine retrograde Jupiter in Aquarius. Mercury is the ruler of the North Node of the Moon, currently in Gemini, while Jupiter is the ruler of the South Node of the Moon, currently in Sagittarius. When the nodal rulers align, they suggest a way of moving from the past to the future.

Mercury trine Jupiter is a supportive aspect indicating harmony between our left and right brain hemispheres, which facilitates mental expansion, networking, and the intellectual integration of our experiences and intuitive insights.

 

Mercury Retrograde in Libra: Questioning our Perception of Reality & Relationships

 

During the upcoming weeks, it is advised to be mindful of how we express our thoughts and ideas, double-check emails and texts, and make sure to be clear and concise when getting our point across. Miscommunications and misunderstandings may happen: old disagreements and tensions could reemerge to be finally cleared and worked out.

People from our past may come back, and if they do it’s important to evaluate how we have changed, how they have changed, what type of future we want to build, what our values, our non-negotiables, our priorities, and our need in relationships are.

While Mercury is retrograde in Libra, the invitation is to make sure that we are expressing ourselves clearly and that we are listening carefully to what others have to say. We are entering a time of review and reassessment of our communication style, of our habitual thinking patterns, and of any outdated ideas about relationships. This transit represents an opportunity for deconditioning and individuation. Mercury retrograde in Libra invites us to question how we think and to allow change to happen without holding on to old ways of perceiving reality and relationships.

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Uranus stations Retrograde: Reclaiming Freedom

On August 19, 9:40 PM ET, Uranus stations retrograde at 14°20’ of Taurus, joining Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Pluto, and Saturn. Uranus will be retrograde until January 21, 2022, when it stations direct at 10°57’ of the sign of the Bull.

We now have six celestial bodies in an apparent backward motion, inviting reflection, readjustments, and restructuring. Retrogrades offer us a chance to pause and digest what we have been going through, the experiences we have had, and the events that took place while the planets were in direct motion.

The Cosmos is inviting us to turn inwards, spend more time in introspection, and evaluate our inner reality, our motivations, and our intentions before making a move in the external world.

 

Uranus in Taurus: Radical Systemic Shifts

 

Uranus is the planet of sudden awakenings, innovation, unpredictability, shock, and unforeseen events. It is connected to long-term personal and collective memory and to the field of information contained in the ethereal plane known as Akashic Records. Uranus transits force us out of our comfort zone and into the unknown: their purpose is to accelerate our evolution and separate us from what we have outgrown.

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Taurus has a lot to do with survival instinct, with how we generate security and get our basic needs met. This archetype has a connection with our finances, our material resources, our values, and with how we manage our personal talents, competencies, and skills. Taurus is also linked with our sense of self-worth and self-esteem, with how we experience sexuality and sensuality, with receptivity, pleasure, with our relationship with ourselves, our physical body, and Nature.

Uranus has an orbit of 84 years and remains in a sign for approximately 7 years. The Great Awakener has been in Taurus since 2018, forcing radical and drastic changes in our experience of this archetype. We have already been witnessing disruptions in the global financial system, an increase in extreme natural events, and important issues with food production and distribution. All these experiences are meant to accelerate our transition towards more sustainable systems, structures, and lifestyles that respect Nature and that are truly nourishing, both for us and for the Earth.

 

Uranus’ Retrograde Journey & its Square to Saturn

 

Retrograde planets inspire us to question how we are relating to their energy. They are meant to inspire us to break away from mainstream expectations and ask to be expressed in a way that is unique, authentic, and personal. Uranus retrograde in Taurus inspires us to redefine our values and our relationship with the concept of security: by allowing an inner shift to happen, we catalyze the unfolding of an external one.

The desire to break free from oppressive and obsolete structures will keep rising while Uranus is in an apparent backward motion. When planets are retrograde, they are closer to Earth and their influence is stronger. During the upcoming months, many of us will feel drawn to rebel and reclaim more freedom, agency, and independence.

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Retrograde Uranus will align with Saturn in Aquarius for the third and last time on December 24: their square represents the last chapter of a cycle that lasted for the whole year of 2021. This aspect reflects the tension we have been experiencing as we move away from the known and towards the unknown, transitioning from old systems and paradigms to new unexplored ones.

We have been confronting the resistance against the dismantling of obsolete structures as well as the issues that emerge when we attempt to build something radically different. In December, we face another turning point in our transition from the old to the new. Especially after Uranus stations direct, changes will be clearer.

 

Uranus stations Retrograde in Taurus: Reclaiming Freedom

 

Uranus stationing retrograde in Taurus represents an invitation to reevaluate, review, reassess, and reconsider our values, our assumptions, our concept of security and stability, and the way we meet our survival needs.

During the upcoming months, we will be encouraged to reflect upon what freedom means for us. Uranus retrograde inspires us not only to rebel against external restrictions but also to become aware of where we are unconsciously restricting ourselves. In particular, it will highlight where limiting beliefs and concerns about finances, survival, and illusory security attachments are holding us back from making choices aligned with our deepest truth.

This transit can help us access our creative and innovative potential, allowing new ideas and insights to surface and develop. It may help us find new ways to make an income, connect with our bodies, and align with a deeper sense of self-worth and self-value.

Uranus stations Retrograde

Uranus retrograde in Taurus offers us a chance to break free from deeply ingrained conditioning and to question our habitual thinking patterns. We are being encouraged to free our minds from assumptions, concerns, worries, and ways of thinking that are preventing us from being fully liberated, and making the leap we are dreaming about. 

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Retrograde Jupiter enters Aquarius: Visionary Mindset

On July 28, 08:43 AM ET, retrograde Jupiter went back to Aquarius after transiting Pisces since May 13. Jupiter is going to be in retrograde motion until October 18: the Greater Benefic direct at 22 degrees of Aquarius and will enter Pisces again only in December.

When a planet goes back to a sign after entering the following one, it represents an invitation to take care of what is unfinished and fully wrap up a cycle before moving forward. Jupiter entering Aquarius for the second time invites us to review our beliefs and reconsider our vision for the future according to what has been taking place since December 2020, when Jupiter first entered Aquarius and joined Saturn in the ‘Great Conjunction’.

 

Jupiter: Honesty, Faith, and the Endless Search for Meaning

 

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System: for the ancients, before the discovery of Neptune, it ruled both Sagittarius and Pisces. This planet, often referred to as the Greater Benefic or Lord of Abundance, is connected with our right brain, with our intuition, with the process of learning from direct experience, with our capacity to show up in the world as we are and be spontaneous, authentic, and honest. Jupiter correlates with humor and optimism, with the capacity to see the positive aspect of our experiences and find something beneficial in every situation.

Jupiter expands everything it touches, for good or bad: its transits give us information about how we tend to search for the meaning of life and connect with the purpose of the experiences we go through. They correspond to shifts in our belief system and to the way we connect with a sense of faith. Transits of Jupiter suggest how we try to expand beyond our comfort zone and engage with experiences that can promote growth.

 

Jupiter Retrograde: Reconsidering our Beliefs 

 

Jupiter coming back to Aquarius represents an invitation to reassess, review, and restructure the vision we had back in December.

Retrogrades are always a time to find our own way to express the planetary energy involved and detach from the social, cultural, and familial conditioning we received about it. When planets are in retrograde motion, they invite us to slow down, reconsider our approach and strategy, and ask more questions before moving forward.

Jupiter retrograde is a moment to rethink, review, and reassess our beliefs, our sense of meaning, how we connect with faith, and make sense of what we experience. This transit invites us to ask ourselves how we can show up more authentically and honestly in the world.

 

Understanding Jupiter in Aquarius

 

Jupiter is at home in Pisces, where it inspires us to embrace a spiritual perspective of life. Jupiter in Pisces reminds us that the expansion of consciousness happens through the integration of our sensitivity and by developing more trust in our intuition.

Aquarius rules everything eccentric and unusual: this sign represents both the genius and the rebel of the Zodiac and urges us to try different solutions and explore something that hasn’t been done before. Jupiter in the sign of the Water Bearer promotes an expansion of our mental horizons and an intellectual approach to our search for meaning. This transit aims to generate social progress and collective evolution through the power of the visionary mind.

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Jupiter in Aquarius will enhance our need to be part of a community of like-minded people, our desire to learn from each other and grow together. Connecting with people with similar goals and visions and exchanging ideas will exponentially increase our creativity and our capacity to bring forth innovation in our field of expertise.

 

Retrograde Jupiter enters Aquarius: Tracking Cycles

 

This current transit of Jupiter in Aquarius can bring up collective and individual issues that first emerged or were in the spotlight between December 2020 and May 2021. It could also bring up dynamics that took place during the previous cycle of Jupiter in Aquarius, between 2008 and 2009: Jupiter needs 12-13 years to travel through the whole Zodiac and stays approximately one year in each sign.

Reflect on what was taking place in your life during these two timeframes. Think upon what you were going through, what it taught you, what areas of life you were focusing the most upon. Revisit the journals you wrote if you have them, pay attention to repeating patterns, notice any similar dynamics coming up throughout the upcoming months, and how you tend to deal with them.

Moreover, Jupiter is now the planetary ruler of the South Node of the Moon, which will be in Sagittarius until the end of the year. Jupiter’s transits offer us keys to understanding our habitual ways of operating in the world, getting our needs met, integrating, and making sense of our experiences.

 

Retrograde Jupiter in Aquarius: Group Consciousness, Technology, and Deconditioning

 

As Jupiter retrogrades back to Aquarius, we are encouraged to reconsider our ideologies, our belief system, our hopes and visions for the future, according to the experiences we have had. In particular, this is a time to adjust and refine our approach to individuation and deconditioning, as well as our relationship with technology and group consciousness.

On a collective level, there will be a significant emphasis on the role of the internet and social media, notable scientific and technological development, and an increased exchange of data and information. On an individual level, we are likely to experience feelings of alienation from groups we have outgrown, and a desire to belong to new communities which share a similar vision. We will notice a desire to go further in our deconditioning process and possibly an urge to break the rules and rebel against the mainstream to find our own path.

During the upcoming months, expect more emphasis on the mind: retrograde Jupiter coming back to Aquarius promotes innovative thoughts, visionary insights, and out-of-the-box ideas. Before Jupiter comes back to Pisces in December, we have a chance to expand our mental horizons and to explore more deeply the connection between us and the whole.

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Neptune stations Retrograde: Lifting the Veil

On June 25, 3:22 PM ET, Neptune stationed retrograde at 23°11’ of Pisces. Neptune will station direct on December 1, after reaching 20°24’ of its home sign.

Retrogrades are connected with an optical illusion from our perspective on Earth: they happen because the planet decelerates and, from our vantage point, appears to be moving backward. According to Astrology, these are phases of slowing down, reevaluating, reviewing, reassessing, rethinking, and redefining matters relative to the planet involved.

Those of us who will feel Neptune stationing retrograde the most are those directly affected by it due to having natal planets or angles around 23° of Mutable signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. However, everybody will feel it, even if the effects of this transit tend to be subtle and hard to spot with clarity.

 

Neptune: Mystical, Nebulous, and Elusive

 

Neptune, the most mystical planet of the Solar System, is retrograde for about 40% of the time, which is approximately five months per year. We are dealing with a transpersonal planet, very far away from Earth: Neptune is connected with collective, unconscious dynamics, and with the evolutionary cycles of humanity. 

Common themes associated with Neptune transits encompass spiritual expansion, feelings of bliss and unconditional love, increased fantasy, imagination, and creativity. Neptune is also associated with a tendency to over-rely on illusions, with delusions, a sense of fogginess, experiences of disillusionment, neglect, and difficulties keeping up with the pace of daily obligations.

Neptune is the planet connected to glamour, acting, and the arts. It is nebulous, indirect, elusive, infinite, inspiring, and all-encompassing. Neptune transits can feel extremely confusing and we don’t often understand them completely until they have passed. With time, we look back and everything makes sense, but when we are deeply immersed in the process, we can’t seem to find the logical thread linking our experiences, or the lesson behind what is happening. At some point, we may have a feeling of waking up from a long dream.

 

Understanding Neptune in Pisces 

 

Neptune rules the unseen and the uncertain, the collective emotional body, and all the energetic undercurrents that link us to the collective unconscious. Neptune entered Pisces in 2011 and will be there until 2026: the transit of Neptune through its home sign enhances and magnifies the qualities of the archetype.

Neptune in Pisces increases our desire and need to spiritualize life, transcend human limitations, and get closer to something infinite and immortal. At the same time, this transit keeps bringing forth the dissolution of what isn’t true and consequently correlates with collective experiences of deception and disillusionment.

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Pisces is the last Zodiac sign, hence Neptune transiting here corresponds to the completion of a cycle, to its last chapter. Some endings need to take place, in order to create space for new foundations to be built. Neptune’s transit through its home sign encourages us to have faith in a better future, even if we don’t yet see how it will look like.

 

Neptune Retrograde: Illusions Revealed

 

When we are under Neptune’s spell, everything can seem perfect, and it’s easy to forget that things are rarely as they seem. It can be hard to remain grounded and discerning, we tend to get carried away by our fantasy and expectation and lose touch with reality.

It is said that when Neptune is retrograde, the veil of illusion is lifted and Truth is revealed. Neptune’s transits eventually bring us closer to Truth. This may happen through experiences of disillusionment and disenchantment that are painful at first yet necessary for our evolution.

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Neptune retrograde may put brakes on our wishful thinking and force us to confront something we need to face in order to grow. This may imply losing a layer of innocence and surrendering to what is, letting go of the need to be in control, accepting what we meet on our path, and maybe even changing our spiritual orientation to life as a result.

 

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces: Humility and Faith

 

Neptune and Pisces have no boundaries: this transit reminds us of our oneness with all that is and of the challenges linked to the fact that we are all interconnected. Globally, we have realized how deeply collective issues can affect our personal lives, no matter where we are in the world.

Neptune creates and Neptune dissolves: Neptune can give us everything and take it all back without warning. Only with time, we comprehend that if this happens it is always for our growth. Neptune stationing retrograde in Pisces encourages us to learn to trust the process rather than feel victimized by our fate, to have faith in life even when it doesn’t provide an immediate solution for our problems.

This retrograde cycle has the potential to bring us back to a state of humility, as it can help us develop the capacity to look at the bigger picture in a way that is not purely egocentric. While Neptune is retrograde, we may have the opportunity to change the way we interface with the human experience and its challenges, by adopting a different perspective of reality and connecting more deeply with ourselves and Nature.

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Mercury Retrograde in Gemini: Questioning Our Mindset

On May 29, 6:34 PM ET, Mercury stations retrograde at 24°43’ of its home sign, Gemini. Mercury will station direct on June 22, after traveling back to 16°07’, and will remain in Gemini until July 11.

Retrogrades represent an optical illusion that depends on our perspective on Earth: as the speed of Mercury decreases, from here it appears like it’s moving backward. Astrologically, retrogrades represent a time to slow down and turn inwards, a moment to review and reassess our plans, our intentions, and our ways of expressing the planetary energy involved.

Mercury goes retrograde three to four times a year, for three weeks. The pre-shadow phase began on May 14, while the post-shadow phase lasts until July 7, when Mercury will reach again 24°43’ of Gemini. While Mercury is in retrograde motion, we are encouraged to question our habitual ways of thinking, our ideas, our form of communicating and perceiving reality. After the post-shadow phase is over, we are likely to have a clearer idea of the meaning and purpose of what we have been going through.

 

Understanding Mercury in Transit

 

Mercury is the planet ruling the rational mind, logic, problem-solving, and critical thinking. It reflects our learning style and our way to deal with the details of everyday life. Mercury feels comfortable expressing itself in Gemini, its home of Air. Mercury traveling through the sign of the Twins reflects an increase in our willingness and desire to learn, gather new information, focus on details, and join long talks.

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini

Mercury in transit reflects our changing orientation to logically understanding both our reality and ourselves. During its journey through Gemini, we explore different ways to make sense of ourselves and life and we look for more data in order to gain a more diverse perspective of everything. Mercury in the sign of the Twins inspires us to initiate conversations and debates, to exchange opinions with others, and seek new sources of information as a way to learn more about our inner and outer environment.

Mercury retrograde has a bad reputation, and tends to be a feared astrological transit. Due to its misrepresentation, it has been popularly associated with technology breaking down, communication drama, and blamed for all sorts of issues creating delays and obstacles in our daily lives. While we may experience some challenges with technology, misunderstandings, and unexpected changes of plans, the real purpose of Mercury retrograde is to help us turn inwards and think for ourselves, rather than playing out the same conditioned mental scripts and patterns over and over again.

 

Mercury square Neptune: a Conflict between Rationality and Intuition

 

Mercury will be in an ongoing square to Neptune for its entire retrograde period. The first exact square happened on May 21-22, the second one will be between June 3 and June 5, and the last one between July 5 and July 6. Squares are angles of 90° reflecting friction and tension between planets. The Mercury-Neptune square emphasizes the archetypal struggle between the mind and the heart, our rationality and our intuitive feelings.

This series of squares is likely to reflect a sense of confusion, lack of clarity, contrasting news, and a general feeling of not knowing what is true and what is not. Both planets are transiting their domiciles, and this intensifies the effects of this aspect: discrimination and critical thinking are likely to be more challenging than usual.

Mercury square Neptune may cloud our perception of reality: as the left and the right brain collide, we are left wondering what to believe in. While Gemini wants to know it all and aspires to build a reliable and logical framework to classify reality, Pisces reminds us that we don’t know anything for sure, no matter how much information we accumulate. The data we have collected so far is likely to be contradicted by contrasting information, and this may undermine our sense of security. Miscommunication and misunderstandings may occur: during this time, it is important to be patient and compassionate with both ourselves and others.

 

Mercury conjunct Venus & Solar Eclipse in Gemini

 

Just a few hours before stationing retrograde, Mercury has formed a conjunction with Venus in Gemini. This aspect supports negotiation and mediation as it promotes a diplomatic mindset, while our speaking and writing styles will tend to be harmonious and charming.

During these days, our social life is likely to be stimulating and intellectually enriching, while our interactions with others tend to be quicker and more diverse than usual. Venusian themes, such as issues around relationships, money, and self-worth, may continue to be at the forefront throughout this Mercury retrograde cycle, maybe recalling something that first emerged last year around this time, while Venus was retrograde in Gemini.

As the planetary ruler of the North Node of the Moon, the role of Mercury is particularly important at this time, and especially so as we are navigating Eclipse season. Mercury retrograde will be conjunct the Sun and the Moon during the upcoming New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini, taking place on June 10. This aspect emphasizes the importance of clear communication and critical thinking and invites us to be open-minded yet discerning, as our emotions are likely to heavily affect our thoughts, our words, and our perception of reality.

 

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini: Thinking Outside the Box

 

Mercury retrograde represents a time to open up to consider different perspectives and ways of thinking that may allow us to change course and discover something new. It is a great moment to review something we had started learning about long ago, to complete a course we already began, or go back to our old journals, reflect on repetitive patterns, or on how our way of being has changed. 

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This retrograde cycle in Gemini represents an invitation to question our mindset, our habitual thinking patterns, our learning style, our relationship with our close environment, and our perception of reality. It has the potential to help us to understand the results of our social, cultural, familial, and religious conditioning and detach from the mainstream mentality.

By promoting introspection, Mercury retrograde gets us in touch with new possibilities, ideas, and growth opportunities. This transit has the potential to support our individuation journey by increasing our capacity to think outside the box and challenging our existing ways of perceiving reality. It is up to us to make the most out of it.

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Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius: Cycle of Restructuring

On May 23, 05:19 AM ET, Saturn stations retrograde at 13°31’ of Aquarius. Saturn will be in apparent backward motion from our perspective on Earth until October 10, when it will begin moving direct again at 6°52’ of the sign of the Water Bearer.

Every time planets station retrograde, we are invited to redefine, reflect upon, review, reassess, and revamp our relationship with the archetypal energy involved, and Saturn is no exception. The yearly retrograde of the Lord of Karma represents a cycle of restructuring, during which we are encouraged to look inward, objectively reevaluate the way we have organized our lives, and decide what we want to consolidate, prioritize, invest our time and energy in.

 

Saturn: Time, Boundaries, Maturation, and Limitations

 

Saturn has a 28-29 years cycle. It entered Aquarius on December 17, 2020, and will be in the sign until 2023. Shortly after entering Aquarius, Saturn formed a conjunction with Jupiter, an event that marked the beginning of a new information era, a futuristic, innovative time, focused on scientific advancement, community building, and technological progress.

Saturn was once believed to be the last planet of the Solar System and the farthest away from us. It was considered the last planet visible with the naked eye and was the last one known by the ancients before Uranus’ discovery in 1781 disrupted the existing paradigm.

Saturn is about tangible form and crystallization: it is about boundaries and limitations, a concept also reflected by the peculiar rings surrounding the planet. Traditionally known as a malefic, its transits were once feared as they were considered an omen of delays, obstacles, and even death.

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius

Yet, there is nothing to be afraid of: this archetype carries much depth and wisdom. Especially at this point in history, we need to develop a constructive relationship with Saturn to be able to navigate intense transitions with more ease. Saturn transits build our character and mark pivotal points in our maturation process. Saturn wants us to work harder, but its requests are always reasonable. Saturn wants us to grow up and step up to deeper levels of maturity. Saturn rules time and reminds us that only by taking full responsibility for the way we invest our time, focus, and energy we will reach the level of self-mastery we aspire to.

 

From Capricorn to Aquarius: the Two Faces of Saturn

 

The ruler of Capricorn is also the ancient ruler of Aquarius, and this may seem like a contradiction considering how different these signs appear at first glance. While Capricorn is about creating solid structures, Aquarius is about breaking down the existing structures. Capricorn is associated with following rules and respecting our duties, while Aquarius is about rebelling from what has been established and breaking free from the rules. Aquarius wants to liberate us from the conditioning we have internalized during the previous phase of evolution.

However, these two signs are both traditionally ruled by Saturn. Embracing a mature and constructive expression of Saturn allows us to know when to follow the rules and when to break them, when it is wiser to conform and when not to conform, how to integrate into society without compromising our individuality, how to create sustainable and long-term alternatives to the current systems. Saturn reminds us that being aware of our limitations and working with them rather than against them is necessary to establish a solid foundation for long-lasting progress.

Saturn in Aquarius represents a chance to explore different paradigms, alternative lifestyles, and unconventional ways of being in the world that allow us to put our uniqueness at the service of the collective while simultaneously enriching us as individuals.

 

Saturn Retrograde square Uranus in Taurus: Moving Towards the Unknown

 

During its retrograde journey, Saturn will square Uranus in Taurus, modern ruler of Aquarius, for the second time out of three. Their exact alignment is on June 14 but we are already feeling it, as this is an ongoing aspect lasting for the entire year. The Saturn-Uranus square highlights the conflict between the old system and the new paradigms, the past and the future. 

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius

This aspect reflects a fair amount of friction and tension and possible disruptions to our sense of security that have the purpose of facilitating change and helping us get out of our comfort zone. It emphasizes the polarization between those who are still holding on to the known and those who are ready to move towards the unknown and embrace uncertainty. This configuration may bring up the need to review and rethink decisions and choices we made back in February, when the first square happened, and find alternative solutions to unresolved issues.

 

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius: a Cycle of Restructuring

 

The journey of Saturn in Aquarius encourages us to become our own authority, separate from the masses, affirm and express our individuality in the context of a changing social paradigm. This transit is about finding our unique way to be part of the collective and make a valuable contribution to society, a contribution aligned with our essence.

Saturn retrograde in Aquarius is a moment to reassess and redefine our mundane duties, responsibilities, and commitments, and to evaluate whether we have been conforming to the status quo or other peoples’ expectations and why. It is a time to question our priorities, to find our way to move through the mundane and tangible aspects of material reality. Saturn retrograde has the potential to inspire us to make the inner changes that are needed to achieve the tangible results we are seeking.

The retrograde cycle of the Lord of Karma will ask us to restructure and review our friendships, our involvements with groups, organizations, communities, our relationship with technology. It will invite us to develop a deeper understanding of our impact on society and of the role we aspire to have in our community. Until October, we are encouraged to reflect upon whether the structures we have built and the commitments we have made so far are still aligned with our personal path or not.

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