Mystically Medicinal: Retrograde edition

Updated: Jun 18

Happy Spring, my wonderful friends! Thank you for tuning into this month’s mystical medicine post. Though these are intended to be delivered each month, life loves taking unexpected turns. So again, thank you for being here.

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, I hope you have all found a creative outlet, practice, or whatever it may be that invites inner peace. The attempt at staying positive during such an unstable time is something we are each experiencing in our own way, and as a collective it's safe to say - it hasn’t been an “easy” transitional journey.

I’d like to give a shout out to all of the people out there who are pushing through the immense struggle, and working to fight the fear, and worry tied to the circumstances.

This shit is bananas.

Every stride forward, no matter how small, is worth acknowledging.

SO!

I’m very excited to be back this month, especially during a back to back planetary retrograde cluster that began back in April 2020, with Pluto entering its retrograde cycle until October 2020. This week three more planets begin their retrograde transit, and not to worry folks - none of the following include our favorite planet, Mercury. In fact, he has happily shifted into Gemini - giving the messenger planet home-field advantage, offering smooth communication flow.


I’ve put together a FAQ with the help of my favorite astrologers, enthusiasts, books, and guides. I hope this sheds light on how seemingly “negative’” retrogrades actually offer us the opportunity in which to reflect, grow, and learn something new about ourselves and our experiences.



So, what happens when a planet goes into retrograde?

Retrograde literally means “backward.” Although none of the planets really throw it in reverse, they appear to do so from our perspective here on Earth because of their relative distance to us plus their own orbital speed. Think of being in a train car moving faster than the train next to it. It looks like it’s moving backward. Same deal with the planets.


Because of the proximity though, the energies and “proclivities” of each planet are intensified. Retrogrades offer us time to review what each planet represents, and it's important to remember that each planet governs its own individual qualities.


Overall, when a planet goes into its retrograde period, there is a common theme of “recovering old territory that has already been covered.”

Which planets turn retrograde this week, and what do those planets represent?


The first, Saturn turned Rx Monday, May 11th in Aquarius.

Saturn is the planet of tradition, discipline, and boundaries – this is a time to do a “performance review,” of our duties alongside our reactions in times of loss.

Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. It just so happens that Saturn is the “Lord of Karma.” Karma is a form of energy that is very real. Like Saturn, it is very closely bound to time. Past, present, and future blur into one. The karma will relate to how responsible you’ve been.

You may feel restriction, particularly when it comes to shouldering too many responsibilities or feeling that others depend on you a bit too much. Since before Saturn entered the retrograde zone, you may have dealt with particular issues involving your duties and responsibilities as they relate to your career. (Shit…. Haven’t we all!?)


Saturn retrograde emphasizes the importance of this area of responsibility, suggesting extra time is needed to take stock and make sure you have everything in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to take on any extra responsibility. The lessons you learn may be hard, but they will be valuable. With hard work comes high reward.


Venus goes into Rx today, May 13th in Gemini.


This is the rarest retrograde, occurring every 18 months and lasting around six weeks.

Venus is the planet of love, balance, harmony, and overall pleasure.

During Venus in retrograde motion, your love life enters a fated period.

Giving and receiving love and affection can become more difficult.

Temptation is strong, and willpower weakens here.


Your natural perception of what is sensible hops in the backseat, while over-indulgence tries to take the wheel. The possibility of old friends or lovers reappearing in your life is to be expected, and you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues. Reminiscing about past partners allows for the removal of karmic baggage, and at the very least lightens the load.

Venus retrograde in transit is a time of introspection and reassessment. You will likely become interested in someone or something of value that would bring you pleasure. Destiny encounters are always possible, and you may actually come into contact with your soul mate during this time. If so, you should experience a feeling of inevitability or familiarity. However, I emphasize the importance of taking your time, and not jumping into anything surrounding such an encounter. I recommend even waiting until Venus turns direct to make your solidified move.

Use Venus retrogrades to improve how you feel about yourself and prioritize loving yourself. Meditate what truly brings you pleasure and nourishment. Now is the time to look at the problems in earlier, or current relationships. Maybe there’s been a pattern revolving around your relationships that have only brought you superficial, or temporary pleasure. Looking inward, identifying those patterns, and allowing yourself to feel (the less than pleasurable) emotions, may bring clarity and harmony.



Jupiter adds uplifting energy to this Retrograde cluster, on May 14th in Capricorn.


Jupiter is the planet of luck, generosity, and success; this remains both true and beneficial during retrograde periods.

Jupiter is the generous and fortunate planet, identified with the idea of expansiveness and abundance.

Jupiter retrograde is a time for philosophical or spiritual introspection, reflection, and contemplation.


Lessons to help you find your most authentic self will come your way to set you up for reaching your highest potential IF you let them.

Jupiter’s backward dance brings a chance to determine what’s really important and where you’re merely distracted. It’s an opportune time to overcome self-indulgence and break habits that do not serve your purpose.

If you take advantage of this time, once Jupiter turns direct, you will be ready to seize any opportunity that heads your way with a new and improved sense of self.

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