Based on the Zodiac, This Is How the Jupiter Retrograde Will Affect Your Friendships

On March 8th we entered into an incredibly powerful period of growth and change known as Jupiter Retrograde. Lasting approximately 120 days, this energy will influence every area of our lives from our careers and financial success to our friendships and love life. By understanding how this energy will influence our thoughts, emotions, actions, and reactions we can leverage the positive aspects while taking steps to protect ourselves from any possible negative energy.

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When a planet turns retrograde, it means that it appears to be moving backward. Merely an illusion, this backward motion is created by the position of Jupiter in relation to the Earth, and the way in which we are orbiting around the sun. While the movement is an illusion, the impact that this time has on the energies that surround us is very real.

Jupiter is considered to be the ‘Planet of Luck,’ associated with higher learning, intellect, philosophy and good fortune. The influence of Jupiter is often considered to be positive and incredibly lucky, however, the influence of the retrograde will noticeably shift this energy. Rather than simply focusing on the positive aspects of our life, Jupiter Retrograde will highlight areas of potential growth. It will challenge us and push us out of our comfort zone, allowing us to evolve into stronger, better-adjusted versions of ourselves.

In relation to our friendships, Jupiter Retrograde is going to cause some chaos and disorganization, drawing our attention to relationships that may need attention and those that are no longer serving a purpose in our lives. These challenges and roadblocks will strengthen some friendships as you work through all that this time throws at you, growing together, while other relationships may come crashing down. By the end of this period of time, you will know who you can trust, and who will always be there for you regardless of what life throws your way.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Always bold and outgoing, you put your best foot forward making plans, reaching out to your friends and ensuring that you are in touch with everyone in your social circle on a regular basis. Jupiter Retrograde is going to highlight one interesting question – Who is willing to make the effort to be in your life when you don’t? You will find yourself withdrawing during this time, and this will allow you to see who makes the effort to reach out to you instead.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You are highly loyal, which causes you to focus 100{b75a4a6005db7822c82f3e33dad0e4d58697da6786c21fbe97332e94bc283cbb} of your attention on your existing friendships rather than meeting anyone new. This focus is going to be turned on its head during Jupiter Retrograde, as you suddenly feel compelled to get out and meet new people. This is going to highlight which friends are supportive of you, and which simply want your attention as those who don’t have your best interests at heart will become jealous of your new relationships.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Usually seen as the social butterfly, you have the gift of gab. Your friends know you as the person who always has the right thing to say, regardless of how awkward the situation may be. Jupiter Retrograde is going to force you to listen to others, as you suddenly find yourself struggling to speak without fumbling your words or offending others with what you have to say.  Furthermore, this will force to identify your true self rather than masking your uncertainty with your creative wordplay.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Highly sensitive, you dedicate your time and energy focusing on the emotional wellbeing of everyone that you hold dear. You always prioritize everyone else – the compassionate shoulder to lean on and listening ear any time that it is needed. Throughout Jupiter Retrograde you will be forced to make yourself a priority, helping you to establish a better balance in your life. In doing so, you will learn who is actually there for you, reciprocating the effort you have been putting in all this time.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

There is nothing that a Leo loves more than attention and adoration, and you can always count on your friends to provide that, right? Jupiter Retrograde is going to force you to do something that you never believed possible – Suddenly stripped of the adoration of others, feeling ignored and forgotten about, you will have to learn how to validate yourself which is a powerful skill to have. This will build your self-esteem, and once the influence passes and your friends are back in the fold your relationships will be made even stronger by this new self-discovery.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

You are at your best in a carefully planned and organized life, scheduling out your day carefully. For this reason, you have carefully selected your friends based on who will fit into your big plan, causing as little disturbance as possible. Unfortunately, this rigid outlook can cause friction in your relationships. During Jupiter Retrograde your friends are going to throw some curve balls your way, making a mess of your otherwise perfect life and forcing you to tap into your patience and understanding. This will teach you a little flexibility, which will allow your friendships to grow.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You are a master at avoiding conflict, carefully walking the neutral line in order to avoid upsetting anyone else. While this may seem like a great way to keep your friendships drama free, you aren’t being true to yourself. There is nothing wrong with having your own opinion, and Jupiter Retrograde is going to force you to discover this voice. You will be backed into a corner in which you must pick sides. While these difficult decisions will be incredibly uncomfortable at first, you will feel a load off your chest as you realize that you can voice your opinions and still maintain great friendships.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

You are incredibly selective of who you allow into your life, valuing your privacy, however, once someone makes their way into your heart, your loyalty and passion make it nearly impossible to let them go. Unfortunately for you, this even happens with the most toxic of relationships. Jupiter Retrograde is going to teach you the value of saying goodbye, cutting the ties with the toxic people in your life, freeing yourself from their negativity. It won’t be easy, but by removing the negativity in your life you are freeing up space for the positive people you have yet to meet.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Often the friendships in your life are built on adventure and excitement. While these relationships certainly serve their purpose, by relying solely on adventure to create a connection, they are missing something deeper. During Jupiter Retrograde, you will find yourself longing for emotionally charged friendships, the people that connect with you on a deeper level. If you don’t currently have these people in your life, this will push you to seek new friendships that will fill this void. You will learn that there is more to friendship than just fun and happiness.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You live a life built on incredibly high expectations, both of yourself and of the people that you allow into your inner circle. While you are selective about who you allow in, ensuring that these expectations are met, you need to realize that no one is perfect. During Jupiter Retrograde your friends are going to fall short, leaving you feeling disappointed. This is going to force you to learn the value of understanding and forgiveness – important building blocks in any relationship. Developing these key areas will help you to build stronger, longer lasting friendships.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Often distant, choosing to hide your emotions rather than sharing them with the world, Jupiter Retrograde is going to force you to open up to the people in your life. By allowing yourself to be vulnerable, you will have the opportunity to build closer, more connected friendships which will serve you well long term. The challenges and difficulties that this time will bring will force you to rely on others. Try not to assume that you know who will and won’t step up, as the people who will really be there when times get tough may surprise you.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You happily operate in the shadows, allowing the strong personalities of others take the spotlight all the time in your life. Normally, this is completely ok with you, however, Jupiter Retrograde is going to force you to find your voice. As you gain confidence and demand attention, you will have to deal with the fact that some of your friends are going to become jealous or offended, believing that you are ‘stealing their thunder.’ True friends, however, will love, support and encourage you, acknowledging that you can rise to greater heights together than you will competing against one another.