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Keep calm and understand retrograde planets - Part 2

Posted on 4 May, 2016 at 20:20 Comments comments (0)

Part two on retrograde planets explores the Social Planets, Jupiter and Saturn.


Jupiter retrogrades around every 13 months for about four months, Jupiter is a planet of expansion on a physical, mental and spiritual level. It is about a search for meaning and truth in life, your faith in life (i.e. religion, spiritual beliefs). During a Jupiter retrograde it is a good time to revisit your beliefs ensuring they are in alignment with who you are. A time to drop outdated beliefs that no longer serve you. The sign that Jupiter is retrograding through usually points to what area of your life you may be revisiting. With Jupiter retrograding in Virgo, you may find you are reviewing your beliefs on health and daily routines. Jupiter being the planets of opportunities (and some say luck) you may find that in a retrograde period, those opportunities come in roundabout ways, ways that you are not expecting.  The current Jupiter retrograde period will end on May 9th 2016 and will go retrograde again in February 2017.  


Saturn retrogrades for four and a half months every year. It is the planet of boundaries, restrictions and karma. It is the planet of authority and law. During a Saturn retrograde you may find that there are hard lessons to learn. During a Saturn retrograde you may find restrictions around an area of your life that you cannot move forward. It is best to try and understand the reasoning behind the restrictions if you can and understand that perhaps there are lessons for you to learn before you can move forward. You may find yourself being too hard on yourself or those around you. Saturn is about your own authority as well so watch for power struggles and over-exerting your authority over others during this period. This is a good time to revisit and perhaps revise your ambitions.  The current Saturn retrograde period ends on August 13th 2016. 

The final part of retrograde planets will look at the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.  Watch this space...

Keep calm and understand retrograde planets - Part 1

Posted on 28 April, 2016 at 23:05 Comments comments (0)

At the time of writing we have five planets that are retrograde: Mercury in Taurus, Mars in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn.  Now if you like astrology based or spiritual pages on Facebook, you're likely to see posts about Mercury Retrograde.  That's because it happens around three times a year for about three weeks.  There is a lot of hype around retrograde planets, especially Mercury, where we fear technology or signing contract, travel or communication.  I have bought into that fear before and would blame everything going wrong in life on Mercury Rx.  A more positive way to look at retrograde planets is to think about the RE in REtrograde and REvise, REvisit, REthink, REstore, REjuvenate, REtreat.  It is often a time to go back over something to either learn the lesson we didn't learn the first time around or to take a step back and look within.  We cannot keep up the fast paced, hectic environment that this world seems to demand of us.  We cannot always be switched to "ON", we need to switch "OFF" at regular intervals.  A retrograde planet helps us do that if we tune into the energy of the retrograde planet and actually take the time to retreat, rejuvenate, revisit, rethink, revise and sometimes reinvent.  We then have the ability to move forward again with a clearer perspective and perhaps a lesson learned.  FYI: A retrograde planet is a planet that appears to be moving backward in the sky.  It is not actually moving backwards but has slowed down enough that it looks like it is going backwards.  Much like when you pass a car on the freeway, as you are doing a faster speed as you pass them it looks like they are going backwards.  

So let's take a look at each planet and how it affects us in retrograde and what we can do in each period to use it to our advantage.  Firstly we'll start with the personal planets, Mercury, Mars & Venus.


This one is always a big one.  Mercury is the planet that people tend to freak out about being retrograde.  We are warned that computers will break, travel plans will be disrupted, communications will be mixed up, and that may very well happen but we need to look at the bigger picture.  Mercury is the planet of communication, learning, language.  So a retrograde period is a good time to review how we are communicating and whether it is serving us well.  Life cannot stop during a Mercury retrograde period and because it happens three times a year, coming to a complete halt is just not practical.  However, it is a great time to clear the backlog of work, do the filing, delete old files and emails from your computer (and backup!!).  Use this time to review your goals, rethink your strategy or plans, take the foot off the pedal for a bit.  A great time to take a deep breath because when Mercury goes direct, you can be ready to forge ahead again.  I would also recommend reconfirming all travel plans and critical communications.  Although it may not seem like it Mercury retrograde follows a pattern and at the moment you will find that all Mercury Retrogrades until December 2017 will be in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), so the focus during Mercury Rx over the next 18 months will be on practical matters, security, home, job, body.  It is time to concentrate on the practicalities of your life and take care of the seemingly mundane tasks during this retrograde period.    


Venus goes retrograde around every 19 months for about 40 days.  It is the planet that concerns what we value in life.  Themes around money, beauty, possessions, the arts, creativity and relationships are all connected to Venus.  During a Venus retrograde it is a good time to spoil yourself. A great time to go on a retreat, book a holiday with your partner, treat yourself to something that you really value.  Also it is a good time to reflect on your relationships and ask yourself if you feel valued in these relationships.  Most people create a budget at the start of the year or even at the start of the financial year, however it is said that creating a budget or savings plan during a Venus retrograde is a good idea too.  (Something I would like to try!)  If you are experiencing disharmony during a Venus retrograde, it signals that you are not living in accordance to your core values or creativity.  It is a time to contemplate what your needs are and how you are going to go about fulfilling them.  The next Venus retrograde occurs in March 2017.


Mars retrogrades around every two years for about 8-12 weeks.  Mars is our planet of action so during a retrograde period it is good to take the foot off the throttle a little and relax.  Our energy may be low during a Mars retrograde so it is important to focus and channel our energies into what needs it most. In other words, don't waste your energy during this time.  Revisit your goals during a Mars retrograde and channel your energies inward to ensure that your goals are still relevant.  Try not to take on too much during a Mars retrograde as you are likely to burn out quicker than you usually would.  It is a time to get clear in your mind about what you want so when Mars goes direct you can put your energy towards going after it.  Projects or ventures may be postponed during a Mars retrograde and they may even terminate all together.  You may find that you are stagnant or waiting for things to happen during a Mars retrograde, so watch your anger and frustration.  Find creative outlets for your frustration during this time.  The current Mars retrograde ends at the end of June 2016.  

To see if a planet is retrograde, check the below table for the current planetary positions.  If there is a backwards R before the sign, that means the planet is retrograde.  More on the remaining planets to come...  

Yes I've decided to blog....or not!

Posted on 27 April, 2016 at 20:25 Comments comments (0)

Well, finally I have pushed myself to start writing.  The urge has been there for a long time and I said for years that there is a book or two inside of me, I just don't know what it is yet... I still don't.  However, I finally feel that it is time to write and I need to write every single day (my chart says so but more on that later).  So I thought a blog was the way to start and we'll see where it goes from there. 

Blog.  I hate the word... I don't feel that it adequately expresses the creative element that goes into writing.  So I decided to Google the etymology of the word "Blog".  Turns out it is an abbreviation for the word "Weblog".  http/  Nah, I still hate it.  So I need to come up with another name for my writings.  However, instead of getting hung up on what I will call it and procrastinate about starting until I find the perfect name, which is what I would normally do (how very Virgo of me), I'm pushing through and going to call it "Not a Blog!".

I am brand new to blogging.  I have never done it before, I have no idea if there are rules or an etiquette to blogging.  I wouldn't have a clue!  I've never really thought anyone cared much about what I thought or did with my day as a stay at home mum of three kids under 4 or now as a mum with three kids in primary school.  Maybe people still don't care about what I have to say or think.  However, I've realised that it is not about having people like it.  I've realised that I love to write.  I love the written word, I love the creative process of writing.  When I was studying my Psychology degree, I loved getting my creative teeth stuck into an essay. Although I hated writing Lab Reports and referencing.  Getting marked down for having a full stop in the wrong spot in my APS (Australian Psycological Society) referencing and being told that this is "not 3rd year standard." really made me question the profession I was getting into.  Does a full stop in the wrong spot make me a bad psychologist?  How does this affect my ability to help clients?  

Anyway, I digress... I love to write and for many years I missed it but didn't realise that was what I was missing.  I'm currently studying Astrology and I'm loving being able to express myself through writing essays about what I am learning.  It was through my studies that I realised that I need to write.  Mercury, the planet of communication, language, learning, is in Capricorn in my 6th house.  The 6th house is about daily routines, work and health.  It is the place where we create rituals that supports our well being.  So in order to support my well-being, I realised that I need to write every day.  It needs to be a part of my everyday routine.  With Capricorn, on my 6th house cusp it gives me structure, which is something I need.  For those who know me well know that I have spreadsheets and to-do lists to keep me running to a schedule.  This may seem to be the antithesis of creativity but I feel that there is creativity in structure as well.  Creativity does not have to mean that your life is chaotic or unstructured.  I believe that you can be a creative being but still have your shit together!  ;) 

So there you have it, my blog that we are not calling a blog until I can figure out what I am calling this thing.  At this stage, I'm not sure what I will be writing about but I feel there will be a mix of a whole lot of different things from energy healing and astrology to things that are happening in my world and the world on a collective level.  

If you get a kick out of anything I write, feel free to leave a comment.  Be nice, be respectful and I reserve the right to remove any offensive, derogative or disrespectful comments from my website.  Scroll, don't troll is my motto!