Retrograding Planets - An Opportunity To Set Things Right
In taking a bird’s eye look at September's astrology, I am drawn to the number of planets in retrograde at once. Six planets in counting, making September a prime month to focus on the dynamics of retrograde planets and what this means for you. These months have been and continue to be full of more powerful collective transformation than we have seen in a long time. Understanding the astrological influences can help you find meaning, and a clearer sense of how you can orient yourself with the timing of how all these transformations are working inside you and your life.
Before I explain retrograding planets, let's take a moment and go back to late February in 2020… if you can remember what life was like back then . . . The coronavirus was only just becoming talked about in the U.S., lockdown measures hadn’t begun yet and life was still relatively business as usual. Whatever personal processes were brewing in your life then, may have started to grab your attention more strongly as the weeks went on and quarantine settled in, making whatever situations in your life become unavoidable and necessary centers of focus through the Spring and Summer months.
I offer you to pause here . . . take a moment to reflect on what the past 6 months were about for you.
What are the unresolved, lingering situations in your life that began in late February?
What was completed in the months since then?
Did life take you on a new and different course?
What opportunities presented themselves to you?
Where have things been blocked?
Did you shift your focus on how you want to be living your life?
This time period is important to explore because 2 of the 6 planets that have been in retrograde (Jupiter and Saturn) are actually moving out of retrograde this month and at the point they go direct, (September 13th and 29th, respectively) they will begin their return to forward motion from the precise points in the Zodiac that they were in late February when all this !%&$@# was just beginning.
…What does this all mean???
The key thing about retrograding planets is as the planets are moving along in their forward motion, they come up to a certain point, are then observed to slow down, stop, and head backwards. As they backtrack over the ground they have just traveled, you are given another opportunity to review, revisit and move forward on something that hasn’t been entirely worked out yet, or feels unresolved. Sometimes you think it’s figured out and then, down the road, more related things come up that need your attention.
When planets go through a complete cycle of in and out of retrograding, they actually cover the same points of focus three times. After retrograding backwards in the sky over the same portion of the zodiac they had covered, they turn again to direct forward motion and cover that same region for a third time. They cross a portion of the sky forwards, backwards, and then forwards again. Therefore, when something is occurring in your life, whether positive or challenging and it’s during this retrograde time period, there are 3 times you’ll have to work out something with your process, each time moving you more forward along in your situation. The time period could be weeks or months, or even a few years, depending on the planet(s) in retrograde. The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) of our solar system move incredibly slower than the rest.
During the retrograde cycle…
You have an opportunity to work more deeply and internally with the themes in your life. After the completion of the cycle… you can feel resolved on whatever matters you were working on … whether positive situations or difficult ones, they have an opportunity to come to a place of resolve that feels right for you.
Saturn and Jupiter retrograde cycle 2020 …
On September 13th Jupiter will go direct, and September 29th Saturn will go direct. In this second half of September, whatever your challenges are, it’s very helpful to get in touch with the parts of your life where you can create clear forward progress. With proper alignment and intention your momentum can evolve with a sense of great support from the flow of influences from our collective planetary cycles.
Jupiter brings you the opportunities to expand and grow some part of your life while Saturn requires you to do the work to manifest it.
To put this in perspective - from September thru December, 2020 - Jupiter and Saturn are moving forward through the same terrain they covered in February through May and as well as May through mid September.
Therefore… Good news!
September through December is actually the third and final period of this retrograde period. Some could look at this through the lens of studying the pandemic time period and seeing the end of the year as a real turning point. However, I encourage you to take a look at your life personally and see this third wave of focus as helping you get to a point of true resolution to the matters in life you’ve been working on all year.
More specifically . . .
Saturn has you restructuring things to truly manifest and create a more solid form of existence for where you are in your life and where you are headed. Saturn helps you get real about building the appropriate structures to help support your physical living here on Earth. Whether it’s about home, family, career, business, relationships, and or ways of making money, etc… it can feel like dedicated, yet much needed work to get you to a place that is more suitable for your life situations.
By late December, it might finally feel like you have a sense of resolve and real forward motion with all the changes you have found yourself making this year. Things may feel like they are working better for you then they were at the beginning of 2020. - Interesting line up for the New Year!
Jupiter brings us growth, expansion, and opportunities. So while you are working hard creating new structures in your life… Jupiter brings a level of optimism and faith, allowing you to connect to the opportunities coming your way in this creation. One little important twist to mention regarding the energy of Jupiter is it can expand any situation, for better or worse. Therefore, difficult situations might feel worse before they feel better - so keep this in mind as you are making your way through September and the rest of the year.
We have all been through a big journey over the last 6 months bringing us more inside. The personal growth work that life is asking you to do as an individual will naturally shift in emphasis and move towards clarity as Jupiter and Saturn return to the places where they were when the cycle began in February.
Some personal cycle you have been working on is going to feel like it's able to move towards completion by December. It’s kind of funny, because we tend to feel like something is wrapping up at the end of the year. This year, as December arrives, the planetary motion strongly reinforces this natural sense of a cycle coming around.
If you’d like to know more specifically what areas of your life are influenced by this Saturn and Jupiter retrograde and what it means for you personally, please contact me for an astrology reading. A personal astrology reading brings specific guidance and clarity for navigating the situations currently happening in your life with more meaningful perspective and empowered purpose.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.