Retrograde Planets 2016-2017
Planets move retrograde predictably and with consistency. Their unique vibrational energy, as felt through the sign they are transiting, becomes intensified and focused as the planet slows down and appears to move backwards over degrees of a sign it has already passed. Retrograde periods give us time to reflect, revisit, reconsider, and reconfigure anywhere in your chart that the retrograding planets are transiting. You need to know your own chart to understand where the retrograde energies are working specifically in your life. Some retrograde periods will feel like hell on Earth to one person and to another person will feel like a warm summer beach breeze.
The sign(s) the retrograde planet is transiting will direct you to the issues and agendas to focus on to make the most of the retrograde cycles. Each planet expresses itself differently in each sign. Let’s take a look at the Retrograde planets for 2016 and what areas will be highlighted to revisit. Superimpose the retrograde movement of the planets on to your own birth chart to see which areas (houses) are being influenced and which, if any, of your birth planets or significant points (mid-heaven, ascendant) are affected by the retrograding planetary movement.
Outer planets: Pluto, Neptune, Uranus
The outer planets are massive in their impact and slow-moving. Their energies are non-negotiable. A sewer line needing to be repaired, a flood, a fire, a medical breakthrough, free energy access for all. If a retrograding outer planet transits over specific planets in your birth chart, you can expect some major overhauls to your way of doing life, seemingly forced upon you but, more accurately, desired by your soul as part of its evolutionary growth experience in this incarnation. Drastic isn’t always bad, only if you resist the call to grow. Growth offers endless opportunities to expand and experience beyond limited perceptions.
Pluto retrograde in Capricorn has us looking at our relationship to the systems and structures in our society that hold power over us. Personally you will be revisiting your relationship with the systems and structures that govern your ability to be fully in your own power and passion. Feeling deeply the effects of the patriarchal, misogynistic accepted standards of our times. Revisiting your own power to effect change in these profoundly disturbing energies. Allow for repressed feelings and taboos to come to the surface for neutralization and healing.
Pluto stations retrograde 18 April 2016 at 17 degrees 29 minutes Capricorn
Pluto moves retrograde to 14 degrees Capricorn, stationing direct on 26 September 2016
Pluto will return to 17 degrees Capricorn on 3 January 2017
Pluto stations retrograde 20 April 2017 at 19 degrees 24 minutes Capricorn
Pluto stations direct 28 September 2017 at 16 degrees 51 minutes CapricornPluto returns to 19 degrees 24 minutes Capricorn on 19 January 2018
Neptune retrograde periods can feel confusing, like negotiating your way through dense fog. As Neptune is transiting its home sign of Pisces, the fog is extra thick. Surrender to not knowing, aligning with your divinity, embracing a spiritual path is taking the high road. The low road is choosing to escape through numbing yourself by various addictions and self-denying behaviors.
Neptune stations retrograde June 13 at 12 degrees 3 minutes Pisces
Neptune moves retrograde to 9 degrees Pisces, stationing direct November 19
Neptune returns to 12 degrees Pisces on 30 March 2017
Neptune stations retrograde 16 June 2017 at 14 degrees, 16 minutes Pisces
Neptune stations direct 22 November 2016 at 11 degrees, 28 minutes PiscesNeptune returns to 14 degrees, 16 minutes Pisces on 13 March 2018
Uranus retrograde in Aries is a slow burn with surprising pops and explosions. Don’t think the fire of excitement and innovation has fizzled out. Quite to the contrary! Uranus retrograde in Aries has you revisiting projects and ideas you have begun and now need more kindling or perhaps a gasoline-soaked rag. Depends on how big a conflagration you can manage. And watch out! You might make more flames than you can handle so reconsider which embers you wish to re-ignite with your brand of genius.
Uranus stations retrograde 29 July at 24 degrees Aries
Uranus moves retrograde to 20 degrees Aries stationing direct on 29 December
Uranus returns to 24 degrees Aries in 7 April 2017
Uranus stations retrograde 2 August 2017 at 28 degrees 32 minutes Aries
Uranus stations direct 2 January 2018 at 24 degrees 34 minutes Aries
Uranus returns to 28 degrees 32 minutes Aries on 19 April 2018
The Personal planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury
As the personal planets (the ones we can see with our naked eye) move retrograde you will feel their impact more acutely in your daily life, in your relationship with others, in your work, your health. Faster moving than the outer planet retrograde transits you will feel the retrograde of the personal planets as more relevant in your life as the impact of these planets is closer to your personal awareness of how you experience your life and navigate through it.
Saturn retrograde feels hard, tedious, burdensome and can feel like punishment. I think that’s because many have experienced the heavy-handed Saturnian energy of our culture, our upbringing, and our times. Saturn retrograde periods feel like you are being bossed, controlled, ruled by some outside authority. Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius is the perfect time to reclaim your own inner authority and reframe your relationship with those your experience as being the boss of you, as part of your life philosophy. Saturn retrograde periods push you to look at your work – how you do your work, what you are committed to, and what needs more of your attention and discipline. Saturn always rewards with work well done so look to where you can improve with more focused commitment and a more mature attitude. Saturn in Sagittarius demands you to tell yourself the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Saturn stations retrograde 25 March at 16 degrees 24 minutes Sagittarius
Saturn moves retrograde to 9 degrees Sagittarius stationing direct 13 August
Saturn returns to 16 degrees Sagittarius November 16
Saturn stations retrograde 5 April 2017 at 27 degrees 48 minutes Sagittarius
Saturn stations direct 25 August 2017 at 21 degrees 11 minutes Sagittarius
Saturn returns to 27 degrees 48 minutes Sagittarius on 1 December 2017
Jupiter retrograde in Virgo has you looking to your personal care of your body, miraculous flesh sac holding you all together. Re-evaluate what you are eating, how you are eating, who you are eating with, your exercise regimen (if you don’t have one Jupiter retrograde in Virgo tells you to get one), and all facets of care for your body. You also will be revisiting how you are of service to the planet and how you can upgrade that to fit your ethics and values. Caring for the Earth comes front and center. You might find yourself taking a bag with you on your walks or runs and cleaning up the lovely carpet planet Earth provides for us all. You might also find yourself tidying up all kinds of loose ends, beautifying your living space to create more peaceful spaces with more Nature elements, like getting a fountain or some plants. Virgo is the Priestess, earthly vessel for the divine love of all sentient beings.
Jupiter stations retrograde on 7 January 2016 at 23 degrees Virgo
Jupiter moves retrograde until stationing direct 9 May 2016 at 13 degrees Virgo
Jupiter returns to 23 degrees Virgo on 6 August 2016
Jupiter stations retrograde 6 February 2017 at 23 degrees 8 minutes Libra
Jupiter stations direct 9 June 2017 at 13 degrees 13 minutes Libra
Jupiter returns to 23 degrees 8 minutes Libra 6 September 2017
Mars’ retrograde period begins in Sagittarius and moves back into the later degrees of Scorpio. This is potent any way you turn it. Mars is fiery and action-oriented. When moving retrograde it can resist and become belligerent and angry – think petulant 5 year-old. In Sagittarius retrograde Mars is fighting to hold on to thought and belief systems that may not be worth holding on to. Tell that to an angry Mars. As Mars retrogrades back into Scorpio deep reserves of emotions can be triggered, creating quite an energetic outburst of repressed feelings. Let the feelings work their way out to be free of their crippling influence once and for all. Use the fiery energy of Mars to burn away emotional blocks and resistance born of distrust, early childhood wounding, and lack of faith.
Mars stations retrograde 17 April 2016 at 8 degrees Sagittarius
Mars moves retrograde until stationing direct 29 June 2016 at 23 degrees Scorpio
Mars returns to 8 degrees Sagittarius 21 August 2016
Mars does not go retrograde in 2017
Venus does not go retrograde in 2016.
Venus stations retrograde 4 March 2017 at 13 degrees 9 minutes Aries
Venus stations direct 15 April 2017 at 26 degrees 55 minutes Pisces
Venus returns to 13 degrees 9 minutes Aries on 18 May 2017
Ah, Mercury retrograde – it’s on everyone’s lips! Chaos, computers not working, cell phones not working, communication not working as expected! Remember that Mercury is the mischievous messenger of the zodiac, reveling in antics to keep you from getting too serious about anything at all.
Mercury retrograde periods are excellent times to revitalize your thinking, take a giant step outside your mental constructs and go-to thought patterns, re-do communication that was unclear or went awry, and look to see where you can improve your communication skills.
Mercury reminds you of the ephemeral nature of all things and the best way to enjoy a Mercury retrograde period is to embrace the magic that is afoot! If you have to sign a contract, triple check the fine print (you should do that anyway) and if you have to buy any kind of equipment at all save the receipt as you might need to be standing on the return line. Mercury always reminds you to lighten up as all things pass. All things.
There are usually three but sometimes four Mercury retrograde periods in a year. There are four mercury retrograde periods in 2016. Each Mercury retrograde period is 3 weeks long.
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2016
6 January 2016 – 26 January 2016 0 degrees Aquarius back to 14 degrees Capricorn
29 April 2016- 23 May 2016 23 degrees Taurus back to 14 degrees Taurus
31 August 2016 – 21 September 2016 29 degrees Virgo back to 14 degrees Virgo
19 December 2016 – 8 January 2017 15 degrees Capricorn back to 28 degrees Sagittarius
Mercury Retrograde Periods in 2017
9 April 2017 – 3 May 2017 4 degrees Taurus back to 24 degrees Aries
12 August 2017 – 5 September 2017 11 degrees Virgo back to 28 degrees Leo
3 December 2017 – 10 January 2018 29 degrees Sagittarius back to 13 degrees Sagittarius