A Summer Of Retrogrades: 2020

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Don’t be this guy for summer 2020. Photo by Bess Hamiti from Pexels

Excited about your summer of 2020! *insert collective groan here.*

Let’s discuss the retrogrades.

• Mercury Rx occurs from June 18, 14 degrees of Cancer – July 12, 5 degrees of Cancer
• Venus Rx occurs from May 13, 21 degrees of Gemini – June 25, 5 degrees of Gemini
• Jupiter Rx occurs from May 14, 27 degrees of Capricorn – September 12, 17 degrees of Capricorn
• Saturn Rx occurs from May 10, 1 degree of Aquarius – September 28, 25 degrees of Capricorn

And at the end of the summer, Mars will also go into retrograde — just in case we were eager to experience normal life again.

We are not including shadow periods for this retrograde discussion.

It is not my desire to focus overmuch on the coronavirus and its effects, but the reality is, not only is it now a part of our new normal and fundamentally altering our day to day lives, but the impact to the stars is real and personal. Life, ultimately, rolls on — and the stars have something to tell us about it.

Mercury Rx occurs from
June 18, 14 degrees of Cancer – July 12, 5 degrees of Cancer

Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Cancer from June 18th to July 12th. The Messenger will be involved in matters of the home, beginnings and endings, and communications regarding it. This is particularly key given the recent census. Did you forget to fill out the form that was sent in the mail? Every ten years, the government hires people to conduct the census and travel door to door to obtain this information. We can expect it is possible this normal ritual may be altered given our new social distancing restrictions, and perhaps postponed or changed in some way.

Cancer is a cardinal sign and I would expect this retrograde period to be especially meaningful. All the usual issues surrounding Mercury in retrograde apply — avoid signing new contracts, starting a job, be more aware and detail oriented so as to avoid mistakes, spend time to re-evaluate projects and take your time coming up with solutions.

Cancer is not only a private, emotional space that involves the home, it is also rules matters of beginnings and endings. Break ups or more severe schisms can be a part of this cardinal sign, so keep in mind during a time period where many are restricted to their homes in close quarters, frictions may run high and relationships will end.

On the opposite end of emotional issues, it is possible that Mercury in the 4th house will be more literal: your physical house may be going through changes, whether it’s a change of ownership, a stalled sale, perhaps it needs to be redone, re-evaluated, or scrapped altogether.

Given current times, this could also concern rent payments. There is a great deal of confusion going on right now in some parts of the county that have been shut down and hit with the coronavirus over whether rents will be cancelled or merely postponed, and because so many are without work, they are left unable to do so. There will likely still be a lot of back and forth over how to resolve these debts incurred by crisis, and this Mercury in retrograde period will play a role in solidifying an eventual solution.

Critically, during this time period, there will be an annular solar eclipse at 0 degrees of cancer. By rulership, this is the moon’s domicile, where it feels most comfortable and at home, and it means what Mercury does in the sign of Cancer will be under the rule of the moon. Home matters, therefore, will hit us all the harder.

Venus Rx occurs from
May 13, 21 degrees of Gemini –
June 25, 5 degrees of Gemini

Love and fortune in the sign of the twins. Venus goes into retrograde on May 13 at 21 degrees of Gemini. Prepare yourself to have a lot of rethinking and re-evaluating during these days over matters of money and love.

Given the mutable nature of Gemini, there may be a shift in attitudes surrounding loved ones. Perhaps after a prolonged time together, the flavor of the relationship has changed, and no longer suits us. A quick break up would be like ripping off a Band-Aid and allow us to get back to our daily lives sooner, but Venus in retrograde while in Gemini is going to want to tug us between people we love and people who love us. Not a good time to begin a relationship. Expect verbal jabs that erode the trust and companionship over time, or the possibility of a dual relationship.

Venus does not only concern herself with romantic relationships, but also with matters of money and good fortune. Expect investments to go up and down, for there to be confusion in the markets. As stores reopen, there will be a strong pull for the Venus in all of us to accrue resources and feather the nest, but making purchases under this transit may seem like a good idea at the time, and turn out to be buyer’s remorse later. Rather, now would be a good time to park the cash, look over your financials, and reconsider how you’re handling your money. Doing so now could be more fruitful in the future.

Check in on your siblings, as Gemini rules over your brothers and sisters and your general neighborhood. You will likely see shifts in your neighborhood — your HOA may be having some difficulty solidifying plans and maybe they’ll ding you for that tomato plant you decided to grow. Get loud and fight back — they’ll change their minds.

Jupiter Rx occurs from
May 14, 27 degrees of Capricorn –
September 12, 17 degrees of Capricorn

 

Jupter the amplifier, goes retrograde once a year. Last year, he started retrograde in April of 2019, and he doesn’t get nearly the same amount of fanfare as the smaller, personal planets. When Venus and Mars and Mercury go retrograde, they tend to wreak a different kind of havoc, since their retrograde patterns are more personal to us. But big mover Jupiter still affects us, just not in the same way.

Jupiter loves to go big or go home, and he will retrace his steps through the sign of the goat from May 14th to September 12th. Without any context for our current times, we might suppose that this motion through the cardinal sign of Capricorn means that people will experience bold movements in their career — perhaps reflecting on their direction and creating a better road map on how to attain their next career move.

This will be true for some, as businesses as undergoing seismic shifts in the ongoing global pandemic. Amidst this crisis, which Jupiter was a major player in amplifying during his passage in Capricorn  during January, Jupiter will make everything around us bigger, and sometimes that means badder, too. But additionally, with his ability to amplify crisis, he will amplify opportunity.

The problem with Jupiter being in retrograde during this time of crisis and opportunity is that people will leap in too fast and too intensely in an attempt to make gains for their careers or public life. Rather, this is better for letting those big, juicy ideas come to you, and then give them time to temper. Are those ideas sounding as good the next week, after some time has passed? Run it by your friends and seek advice, as you may need to show some restraint and pull back. Expect Elon Musk to say something ill considered on twitter that frightens and outrages his shareholders. Of course, he does that all the time! But it’s perhaps an example of how Jupiterian hubris can have ill effects. Wait, and reconsider your big plans. It’s okay to go small and test the waters instead of throwing in a Titanic to sink or swim!

Saturn Rx occurs from
May 10, 1 degree of Aquarius –
September 28, 25 degrees of Capricorn

It struck me that most of the retrogrades this summer are occuring within one sign — but now we’re coming to the heavy hitter Saturn, who currently calls the cardinal sign of Capricorn his home and who, in traditional astrology, once ruled Aquarius. Don’t worry, Saturn — in my heart, you’ll always rule Aquarius 🙂 He goes retrograde just as he peeked his head into Aquarius’s house at 1 degree, to go dancing back into Capricorn until September 28th, at 25 degrees.

Saturn has been walloping us hard, between his conjunctions with Jupiter and Pluto during the early part of the year, and he’s really not finished yet. He controls the rules, the regulations, he upholds the law and demands discipline, and he punishes us when we get cocky and forget to do our due diligence.

Saturn also retrogrades on a regular schedule. The outer planets, like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn, often don’t get the same headlines as personal planets, and with good reason. Most people’s lives are evolving at a shorter time span. We don’t concern ourselves too much with where we will be 30 years from now–we’re more interested in knowing what things will be like next week.

As a result, Saturn and the other big movers aren’t quite as germane, but they can often be just as instrumental. Another aspect of Saturn not really getting a lot of fanfare for his retrograde motion is that, like Jupiter, it happens once a year like clockwork. These cycles are not unusual for us, and if anything, are business as usual.

Saturn, however, isn’t ready for business as usual. There is something he forgot back in Capricorn. There will likely be a closer look given to any new rules or laws enacted during these past few months, and especially bills that were passed as vested interests clash with the needs of the public. Saturn wants his blood tribute, figuratively speaking, and this retrograde period will be about reeling back any legislation that got out of hand while government was busy during coronavirus.

For us personally, Saturn in the cardinal house of career will be holding hands with Jupiter as well, which means our blunders will be bigger and badder when it comes to our professions. The best advice is to own up to your mistakes and wrong doings now, and be proactive about fixing the problem. Leaders will stumble, and we may see nasty effects on the political end, with legislation being bungled, and people taking the blame for things they did not do or shifting the blame onto others. People may lose their jobs, businesses paused temporarily, and people rehired in the same breath.

Now is a time for testing plans, considering all aspects of a new idea. No “winging” it, as Saturn will be waiting to shoot you down for your crass disrespect of rules and regulations. Yet, how are you supposed to know what the rules are in this swiftly changing landscape? That is the challenge of this retrograde. Things that you thought were good ideas at the time, will need to be re-evaluated later. It does not mean your plans will fail — you may need to modify and adapt.