2020 has brought us a tremendous period of retrograde activity as you can see in this image which I created to show the details of how many planets would be retrograde in 2020 and when. The period between June 18th and September 29 marked an incredibly long period of time to have this many planets retrograde. Feeling stuck? Like your life is on pause? The retrogrades have something to do with this. Retrograde planets are closest to Earth, and their energies are stronger and felt to be more intensely personal, but they also tend to turn our attention to the past – to regrets and reconsiderations of past choices.
Mars turns direct today, and while it will take a couple of weeks for its motion to pick back up to a normal pace we will find it easier to find the motivation and drive we need to activate our lives in more positive ways. I say this at a time when Covid-19 is threatening to lock down the world once again, and we will likely be limited physically. But Mars inspires from the inside out, and while it remains in Aries (until January 6) we will need to incorporate a fair amount of physical activity and other types of action in order to channel the Martian energy productively.
Lynn, Thanks for all your good work educating us! There’s one thing I don’t quite understand, though. How are planets “stronger” when they are retrograde???
Hi Sandy, this idea that planets are weaker when they’re retrograde is a fallacy. Retrogradation occurs due to the location of the planet relative to the Earth and the Sun, and when a planet is closer to Earth its motion appears to slow down and it looks like the Earth is moving faster. So just as a SuperMoon has a stronger effect because it’s closer to the Earth, so are retrograde planets. Hope that helps! 😃💕