Have any of you been feeling as though you’re performing the lead role in Ground Hog Day? Same thing – different day?
Well, you’re certainly not alone and it’s not really surprising, seeing as we have 6 planets AND Chiron, all Retrograde right now. This means that from our perspective here on earth, they all appear to be moving backwards! Although it’s an optical illusion, the energy certainly isn’t!
In a heavy retrograde period like this, we often feel as if our lives (or areas of our lives) have come to a standstill. We know that things need to change, but are unsure of exactly what to do next.
It really can feel as though we are taking one step forward and three backwards, as if our progress is being blocked, or that we’re being physically stopped or slowed down.
Some of us might even feel hopeless, listless, confused, unwell, unable to “see” the future” and perhaps fearful of even contemplating what lies ahead.
When there is this much retrograde activity around, we’re urged to go back… reflect on, review, reassess, reconsider different areas of our lives, so that we can learn from them and re-envision a future more aligned with our true potential.
Without going into too much astrological detail, we are quite accustomed to the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus) going retrograde every year and Mercury every few months. However, this time it’s a bit different as they’re all retrograde together and are joined by the other hefties (Mars and Saturn).
The good news is that Mercury will turn direct on the 20th August and Mars on 29th August, followed by Saturn on 6th September, so things should start to turn around in the next couple of weeks… , but first, let’s grab this retro season by the tail and see what its teaching us.
The one many of us are feeling most acutely right now (particularly if it’s triggering your personal chart) is Mars Retrograde (from June 26 to Aug 27th) The fiery one only retrogrades once every 1.5 years, so it’s not as common as the others. To intensify it even more, he’s been moving in and out of a square with Uranus, the planet of change!
The way I’m feeling the energy is – “I want / need this situation to change, before I can shoot my arrows in the direction of my goals and dreams” – “Oh.. but hang on… I’m not exactly sure what those are… and before I move forward, there’s this to take care of… so not yet!”
Mars, the planet of action really doesn’t enjoy being… well… inactive. The fiery one wants to shoot his arrows towards his goals, dammit! Move FORWARD… not backwards! He’s impulsive, impatient and wants to get on with it. Obviously, when this isn’t possible, it can lead to irritability, nervous anxiety, anger, accidents or clashes with others. This has all been elevated by the Eclipse season, by the way.
Mars Retrograde is asking us to really reassess/ review our goals/ desires to see if they are still valid or if they need to be adjusted a bit. He also asks us to look at how we are using or abusing our energy. Are we sending it on missions that are helping or hindering us?That little arrow on the mars symbol is itching to be set free, but first, as any good archer would tell you, he has to PULL IT BACK, reassess the target, make sure his feet are planted on solid ground and that neither the target or the ground beneath his feet are moving. Then when the time is right, take aim and fire!… but not yet!
Hopefully, when he turns direct on 29th/30th August, the pressure should ease a little. Until then, pull back, if you can. Reflect. Reassess. Review.
AND THEN THERE’S GOOD OL SATURN
Saturn, the Lord of Karma, Father Time, the stern parent teacher planet, has been retrograde since April and will stay that way until 6th September. On his journey through Capricorn (where he will remain until 2020), he is, more or less, grabbing us by the scruffs of our necks and making us confront reality, face up to our responsibilities and do what needs to be done. He is also insisting that we take responsibility for everything in our lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Even the stuff that seemingly isn’t “our problem” or “our fault” – Everything. All our actions. All our thoughts. All our words.
The tendency is to want to run and hide, but that’s not the way it works, because it will just come around again – cue Ground Hog Day – scene Ten!
Saturn is also a past master at revealing our old, deeply imbedded fears, core beliefs and old conditioning (sometimes karmic). He will tell us exactly why the things that we say we don’t want, continue to repeat themselves, provided we take the time to reflect and review.
If you find yourself in the same situation AGAIN – in a particular area of your life, it could be a clue that there is something that needs to be worked with, a lesson that needs to be learnt, a karmic debt that needs to be paid or a thought pattern, person, place or situation that needs to be released.
WHERE IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU PERSONALLY?
Your Personal Birth Chart will tell you in which areas of your life this is playing out and give you real insight into how to work with the energy, so as to prevent the same thing happening again… and again!!
Mars, Saturn and Pluto are all retrograding in Capricorn, so that’s the area of your chart that you will be working with this energy.
You are most welcome to schedule a session to work with me on this, to optimize the learning, before the planets turn direct.
In the meantime…
Without getting caught up in the full emotion of it, reflect on how you are feeling right now. Then, as if you are looking though a rear view mirror, think back to what was happening around January-February of this year and how it might be linked to how or where you find yourself now. Where were you energetically? What was coming up for you? What were some of your major concerns and fears? What has happened since then?
Then, if you like, go back even further to where this might have happened before in your life. Journal it, talk with somebody about it and try to trace the threads.
Review where you have been and might still be sending your energy.
Remember that when you focus on anything (positive or negative) for 17 seconds or more, it starts to change energetically. So… if you’re sending your energy down the same muddy roads again and again, you’re just going to be faced with more potholes.
WATCH WHAT YOU’RE SAYING / MUMBLING, UNDER YOUR BREATH, TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS.
- Really get real with yourself and what you truly believe and are saying about your life, your future and the situation/s at hand.
- A few prompts –
- ………. keeps on happening to me
- I can’t trust………………….
- I hate……………………
- I can’t …………………….
- I feel limited by…………………..
- I believe………………………..
- I’m so sick of……………………….
- I’m never going to be able to……………………
- I fear…………………………..
- Just know this… WHATEVER you’re saying over and over, is GOING to repeat itself!
- Breathe in… Breathe out… and affirm the opposite
One way to work out what needs to change is (for a few moments) to focus on what you DON’T want and how that feels to you. You don’t need to STAY there – just visit briefly. Notice how it feels in your body. Give it a colour, a texture, a word and/or and/or an image.
Then come up with something that you do want or a way that you would like to feel more often. You are wanting to access a positive resource state. Make this as vivid as possible, using all your senses. This needs to be a situation or vision where you feel light, expanded, free, happy, joyful. Consciously spend more time focusing your energy there.
Start and end your day by visualizing it as vividly as you can, until you can feel it pulsing in your body. A vision board, created with images that activate this state, also helps to connect with it. Gratitude journals work too, as do affirmations, particularly when done whilst in the “resource” state.
Heads up – if your patterns run very deep, you might need the help of a qualified therapist, Hypnosis practitioner, Life Coach or good Energy worker to help to clear and release them.
I had two amazing workshops recently in Durban at the beautiful Rest and Digest in Gillitts. Watch this space for more to come.
I’m delighted to be running another retreat in Grotto Bay (Western Cape) in September. Called The Flowering of You, it has been created to coincide with the arrival of the exquisite wild flowers that appear here at this time of the year.
Thanks for reading. Please send comments as to how you feel this retrograde energy, if you feel led to.
In life and light