It has taken me the entire day to get this to you… how perfect for this retrograde season that jumps off today. Lots of rain and rest here in Austin.
Mercury and Pluto are bringing us an earth today, transforming communications and bringing powerful messages that are life changing. Open up to receive transmissions that can be very empowering and grounding. It’s a good day to ask for help with changing something. There are many hints today as to how our creative butterfly makes her way out of the cocoon.
Let’s talk about retrograde stereotypes and how much negativity surrounds them. Many astrologers will tell you it’s when everything goes wrong, I disagree, even though I have had many weird miscommunications and technical fallouts during them. I am certain that I have those when planets are not retrograde… it’s part of life in the modern world! Retrogrades are time for reflection and introspection. Of course we can’t stop the presses… but we can feed ourselves differently in-between obligations and remember the inner remodeling has to happen before we see it manifest in the physical form.
Mars turns retrograde today and Pluto turns tomorrow and when Mercury turns in 11 days… there will be 5 retrograde planets for the first time in 10 years. This is a huge interwoven period where Soul evolution is concentrated.
Here is the path of Mars - the motivator.
He goes retrograde today at 9 degrees Sagittarius. He re-enters Scorpio on May 28.
He moves direct on June 29 at 23 degrees Scorpio and he will be in Scorpio for 131 days - that is over 18 weeks!
He will leave the depths of the Scorpio waters and move into the fires of Sagittarius on August 2nd. Where this falls in your chart will have a major impact.
With Mars in Scorpio for so long… it’s helpful to realize that it is designed to brings up our deepest desires and flushes out our fears… it is the great transformative energy that is ruled by Pluto, always extremely thorough in its ‘uncovering the truth’ and resisting it or hiding from it brings great discomfort. To quote Startrek - “Resistance is Futile”. The purpose of this time is to discover your inner power that brings forth the courage to live the life you truly desire. We have to go deep to find it… there is nothing superficial here.
To be the alchemist, the magician of our life story, where we birth a new paradigm that comes from Love instead of fear > This is what can come to pass, when we are willing to do this kind of inner work.
on a practical level…
A Mars retrograde period is great for working on your plans and strategizing. Its a time that is best for going back over and re-working projects. Its fantastic for re-orienting your relationship to your physical body, remodel your muscles and your motivation. Its wise to consider how regrouping and resting up can revive and rebirth ourselves. It’s a fantastic time to recharge your batteries. The rejuvenation that is embraced now will give you a successful launching experience once Mars turns direct.
Here is a list of the other retrogrades:
Mercury is retrograde in Taurus - April 28th - May 22nd, 2016
Saturn is retrograde in Sagittarius - March 26th through August 13th, 2016.
Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo - January 7th through May 9 2016.
Pluto goes retrograde April 18th at 17° Capricorn and ends on September 26 at 15° Capricorn.
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