Everyone seems to have heard at some point about Mercury retrograde over these past few years as more of the collective awakens. However, did you know that although Mercury is the most commonly discussed and is of course the most picked on in the meme world.. all of the planets station retrograde at some point, each with a specific lesson associated with them. Below you will find the retrograde dates set for 2022, what to expect and tips for navigating through them.
LET’S REVIEW, WHAT IS A RETROGRADE?
A “retrograde”means that a planet appears to be moving backwards, although this is not physically happening.. the effects are still very much experienced energetically. The opposite of a retrograde (or Rx for short) is moving in a direct motion and this energy can be a lot easier to move through.
As stated above, each of the planets have certain karmic lessons and growth attached to them. A karmic lesson is something that you as a soul set out for yourself to learn that you have yet to master or balance in previous lifetimes. Odds are, if you have a situation that keeps repeating in your life that you cannot seem to get through, you are learning something that you set out for yourself to master in this lifetime. The retrograde energy can assist with this growth.
Retrogrades affect everyone on the planet. However, if one of these retrogrades is in your birth chart, you will be feeling the energy and effects much stronger as this is a transit that you are meant to experience.
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT A SHADOW PERIOD?
Every retrograde has a shadow period. This is a transition period so to speak that helps us readjust after the energy shift has occurred. This is when the motion of the planet begins to station in the opposite direction that it was. Due to these shadow periods, we can feel retrograde energy weeks before and after the shift occurs.
1/14/2022 - 2/3/2022
5/10/2022 - 6/3/2022
9/9/2022 - 10/2/2022
12/29/2022 - 1/20/2023
A time to reflect, review choices before making decisions, communication issues may occur and electronics can go awry. When Mercury is Rx, it is not usually a good time to sign contracts. This time is for review and readjustment before moving forward again. This is one of the smaller and more common retrogrades (although the energy felt can be quite powerful).
12/19/2021 - 1/29/2022 - VENUS RETROGRADE
Venus is in charge of your heart center. Because of this, when Venus is Rx there are often lessons associated with deep heart healing. Venus helps to awaken your heart to a new perspective and true understanding of divine love. Venus Rx will come with lessons of learning to love yourself and honor what your heart truly desires. Relationships are typically challenged during this period. Relationships with others (romantic or platonic), the relationship we have with ourselves and our relationship with money.
4/29/2022 - 10/08/2022 - PLUTO RETROGRADE
When Pluto is Rx we are guided to turn inward towards our own personal shadow side and take a long hard look at everything. It is a time to revisit some old wounds, self imposed limiting beliefs and purge them out for good so we can become a stronger, more capable version of ourselves. Pluto is all about soul transformation. *You may find yourself coming out with a much more solid understanding about life and what you are here to do after being moved through a Pluto transit.
6/4/2022 - 10/24/2022 - SATURN RETROGRADE
Resolution of karma. Saturn causes us to confront past lessons and gain wisdom from these past sessions before entering a new cycle in our life. Saturn can also mean father healing of any kind. Saturn helps us move past self imposed limitations and move into higher consciousness. Saturn Rx will bring up anything that has been suppressed and cause you to listen to your heart and face what that little voice within has been saying. If you listen, all will go well. If you don’t, Saturn will manifest whatever has been ignored so we do the work needed for our highest good.
7/28/2022 - 11/23/2022 - JUPITER RETROGRADE
When Jupiter is Rx, it is a time of some spiritual truth seeking and even taking some time to find the deeper meaning in all aspects of your life. Jupiter is a lucky planet and when direct will reward us for work well done on our spiritual path. When in Rx, Jupiter may teach us a little more about where we need to grow and master lessons around our spiritual path.
6/28/2022 - 12/03/2022 - NEPTUNE RETROGRADE
This planet is associated with illusions. When Neptune is Rx, illusions are revealed and we are gently nudged by the universe to feel everything so we can gain clarity about what we may have been hiding from ourselves within our heart space. Lots of spiritual growth comes from this energy.
8/24/2022 - 01/23/2023 - URANUS RETROGRADE
When Uranus is in Rx it is a time of tearing down the old and making way for the new. This planet can come in almost like a wrecking ball and will literally tear down the structures we are living in that are simply not serving us, to make way for the abundance that we are worthy of.
10/30/2022 - 01/12/2023 - MARS RETROGRADE
This planet is associated with action. When Mars is Rx, any direct or new action becomes a little more difficult. This is a time for going within, finishing up unfinished projects, learning or allowing some sort of re-do to occur. This not a time at all for trying to push forwards. Mars Rx will not allow a push to control anything to occur at all.
You may not be able to feel the effects of these energies on the day they are taking place. Changes and shifts can occur over a few weeks or months. Just keep swimming and remember to trust that the universe has your back and any changes that occur are in alignment with what you are here to experience. It's time to flow, grow and transform. Trust.