6 Planets Are in Retrograde! Here’s Your Survival Guide

Posted on August 12, 2021

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Are you aware of what is happening with the planets right now? Are you wondering how to master the current transits to bring the most success and abundance into your life? We may have all fallen victim at some point to bemoaning any upcoming retrograde, pointing them out as a red flag for the world to fall apart at any minute.

Maybe you’ve blamed your problems on Mercury in retrograde at some point or looked away when you found out it was coming up soon. Whether you run, hide, or let the planets take the heat for anything and everything, you’re probably not alone in your concern or fear.

Legitimate worries aside, however, a retrograde is not something to run away from, nor is it really something to fear. And with six planets in retrograde right now, you’d better hope it’s true!

In fact, with the right information and appropriate approach, you may find that this retrograde season is a beneficial one for you. Let’s take a look, and find out for ourselves with your survival guide for these retrogrades.

Your Introduction to Retrogrades 101

First thing’s first, let’s unveil the mystery: what is a retrograde in astrology?

It’s actually a lot simpler than most people think. When a planet slows down in its orbital path and appears to be going backward, it creates the illusion of switching direction (even though it actually isn’t). This is what we call a retrograde.

Astrologically, this means that the energy and themes of a planet are considered to be turned inwards.

For example, Mercury, the planet of communication, usually shows us how we communicate with others. However, in retrograde, we experience travel hiccups and miscommunications.

And on the flip side, we have an opportunity to have a powerful inner dialogue with ourselves, perhaps producing creative works with more ease or allow ourselves to have more downtime.

That’s it! In reality, a retrograde is neither good nor bad — it is a neutral, natural phenomenon that sometimes creates a needed balance in the order of the grand scheme of things.

Meet Our Retrogrades: What Planets Are In Retrograde Right Now?

Now that you’ve got a refresher on what a retrograde is and what it tends to mean for us, it’s time to meet the retrogrades that have had a grip on the stars this year — and see what else they have in store for us.

1. Pluto Retrograde

We’ve been experiencing Pluto retrograde in Capricorn for quite a bit of 2021 already.

Kicking off in late April of this year, Pluto retrograde is coming to an end in a couple of months on October 6th, 2021. Still, if you haven’t been utilizing its transformative power as an opportunity for personal growth quite yet, there’s still time to finish strong.

Known for demanding strong internal growth and transformation from everyone and anyone, this retrograde can push us to uncover hidden internal secrets, treasures, and powerful change from within.

Dive deeper: Your Secret to Success With Pluto in Retrograde

2. Saturn Retrograde

Responsible and disciplined, Saturn won’t let us off the hook when it comes to intensity and inner transformation quite yet.

This retrograde started on May 23rd of this year in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius and will be with us until October 10th, 2021. The key to working with a Saturn retrograde is knowing that each action has a full cause-and-effect punch.

If you’ve been slacking off on something, likely, you’ve already seen the consequences show up this Saturn retrograde. Likewise, any previous hard work is more likely to pay off in this part of the year.

3. Jupiter Retrograde

Full of whimsy and good fortune, seeing the planet of luck, Jupiter, go retrograde may initially seem like cause for concern.

Kicking off in the summer on June 20th, 2021, Jupiter will be in retrograde until October 18th. Expansive and philosophical, Jupiter, in a backward motion, asks that we think reflectively about our own values and how we want to grow spiritually.

Ultimately, reconnecting with yourself at a heart and spiritual level is what Jupiter retrograde is all about. Coupled with the others, the stars are surely giving us all a lot to deeply ponder about ourselves this year.

4. Neptune Retrograde

A Neptune retrograde is dreamy, full of intuitive insight, and can feel a little bit foggy.

Like Jupiter, Neptune took to backward movement this summer. Starting June 25th, Neptune went retrograde in its home sign of Pisces and will go direct once more on December 1st. Planet of dreams, illusion, and mysticism, Neptune forcing us to go inwards and get a little “out there” is nothing really new.

Like other retrogrades we’ve discussed, however, Neptune retrograde demands some serious internal reflection and can challenge what you felt to be your reality only a couple of months ago.

You might want to brush up on: How to Actually Prepare for Neptune Retrograde

5. Uranus Retrograde

Uranus retrograde calls us to think about what we want our long-term adventure to look like.

Freedom-loving and full of curiosity and vibrance, Uranus will be in retrograde from August 19th, 2021, all the way until January 18th, 2022.

Sitting in stable and earthy Taurus, we’re called to consider how we can create freedom and excitement within our routines and structures — something that may seem difficult but definitely isn’t impossible.

6. Chiron Retrograde

This mystery player may not be on your typical astrology radar, but Chiron’s retrograde is not necessarily worth shrugging off.

Known as the wounded healer (both in myth and within the birth chart), Chiron sheds light on where we hold some of the deepest wounds. And from July 19th, 2021, up until December 19th of this year, it will be in retrograde, demanding that we take a serious internal inventory of those wounds.

Your Survival Guide to These Powerful Retrogrades

You’re all caught up! Now you have the debrief on each retrograde you’ll be wrestling (alongside the rest of the world) for the rest of this year. So… now what? It’s time to create a game plan to survive them!

1. Reflect, Rest, Repeat

These retrogrades all share one thing in common — you’re going to be wanting to look internally rather than sharing externally.

This means it’s best to spend a lot of time with yourself and actually have it be meaningful solo time. Whether it’s journaling, art, meditation, or another self-reflective hobby, it’s a great time to put pen to paper and let yourself work with your inner dialogue.

Additionally, you should frequently be resting, as these retrogrades can absolutely take a toll on you if you’re only planning on “powering through.” Sheer willpower isn’t the name of the game here, but rather a healthy balance of rest and rejuvenation.

Get reflective: The Benefits of Meditation & The Best Meditation for Your Zodiac Sign

2. Honesty Talks: Walk the Walk

If there’s one more thing almost all the planet retrogrades ask of you, it’s honesty.

At the end of the day, these retrogrades are here to help you transform and grow as a person. This kind of work is often something we love to reap the rewards from but sometimes neglect to remember how difficult it actually can be.

Digging deep into the nitty-gritty of our innermost thoughts and feelings isn’t always fun. However, it’s crucial to do so with honesty and true self-awareness. You’ll be confronted with your bad habits, outdated behavior, and you might even encounter connections from your past that hold unfinished business.

Now is the time to clean the slate with honesty and good intention.

3. Reward Comes to the Deserving

Looking to skate right by with no work completed? You’re in for a tough wake-up call.

Particularly during Saturn retrograde, what goes around comes around. This is great news if you actually intend on doing the tough labor that needs to get done, like contemplating future plans, considering your values, and perhaps opening up some intense shadow work.

However, you’re not going to be able to reap any rewards at the end of this retrograde season if you’ve been slacking off. In fact, you may just be in for a bit of a rough ride.

4. Learn to Prefer Pause

You’ve heard it before, but we can’t stress enough that good things come to those who wait.

If you’re ever debating whether or not to pull the trigger and complete a risky action, send a text, or start up a business venture in this period of time, it’s going to be more beneficial to put that decision on pause than jump the gun.

Now is generally not the time to start up anything extraordinarily new in a major sense (rather, it’s a great time to plan your next move rather than take it), but of course, this isn’t always an option for everyone.

If you find yourself required to take a big leap, just grant yourself some pause and reflection beforehand to keep the spirit of the retrograde season.

Seizing Retrograde Season with Grace

Equipped with all sorts of astrological information under your belt for the rest of this 2021 retrograde season, you may be feeling a bit more confident already.

Or maybe the idea of being pushed towards the internal world still isn’t appealing. (To each their own!). Retrogrades aren’t always pretty, no matter how necessary, transformative, or powerful they are. Especially coming in hot all at once, it’s understandable to side-eye the stars right now.

That said, it’s always better to work with rather than against the stars. Keeping tabs on the movement of the planets and what you can expect can help you stay one step ahead of the game.

Stay cool and calm, and remember that it may just be over quicker than you can blink!

Related article: Your Complete Guide to 2021 Retrogrades

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An honest Aries with a grounded Virgo Moon and Rising, Lexi Hikari picked up her first astrology book at age 12, and has loved the language of the stars ever since. She began her… Learn More About The Author »

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