There has been a lot of talk recently about the impact of retrograde movement among the planets, leading us to investigate the way in which this powerful energy can truly influence all areas of our lives.
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This year is unique in that many astrologists are referring to the period of time from June to August in 2018 asThis is due to the fact that between June 26th and August 27th there will be a total of 6 planets in retrograde, causing significant energy shifts. Which planets? This includes Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Mars, Neptune, Uranus, and Mercury.
The length and intensity of retrograde energy differ from planet to planet. Some are only experiencing this shift for a very short time, while others will last months. Meanwhile, the impact largely depends on the energy of the planet as it normally stands.
Saturn moved into Retrograde on April 18th and will remain there until September 6th, so you are already living with the effects of this movement in your life. Known as theSaturn’s energy is one of discipline, responsibility, and hard work. It reminds us of the lessons that we must learn in order to succeed in this life, leading us towards wisdom, perseverance, and order in our lives. Unlike Mercury retrograde, which is known for sending our lives into disarray, the impact of Saturn Retrograde is a going to be a little uncomfortable, but it will be setting you up for good things in the future.
This is the time in which the Planet of Karmaand take responsibility for our actions and choices. If you have been making poor choices or are actively ignoring something that desperately needs to be addressed, this energy is going to force these situations into the spotlight. You may find yourself feeling anxious or fearful, but this is simply due to the fact you are being forced to address situations that you would much rather hide in the past, forgotten. The truth is that working through these negative situations will free you from their limitations, allowing you to reach for bigger and better things in the future.
Just how difficult this time will be is largely dependent on you. Reflect on your past, would Karma be working for you or against you? While we are all human, and therefore all make mistakes of some form, some people will put good energy out into the world, attracting positive Karma. Sure, they will have to address their few mistakes, but the impact will be fairly minimal. Meanwhile, those who have lived life with no regard for Karma, sending negativity out into the world will be.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
As someone who is driven and motivated, you have likely made a lot of significant choices and strategic moves in your career efforts. Inevitably, some of these will carry consequences due to the fact that you often act without regard for the consequences, acting on your every whim. In order to work through Saturn Retrograde with as little long-term pain as possible, you need to stay focused on your own inner peace. This isn’t something that generally comes naturally to you, so it will require a focused effort. Take a step back and slow down your life a little during this period of time. Keep your personal life and your work life separate and allow your personal life to focus on self-care and relaxation.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You are an incredibly hard worker, but you do so while maintaining a focus on the people around you. While you can be stubborn and hard-headed, you are incredibly loyal and genuinely work to create stability for everyone. This dedication is going to pay off for you during this time as you see the rewards of your good Karma. Heading into this time you may have struggled to establish financial security, facing challenge after challenge. This period of time is going to bring you something new and exciting, rewarding you for all of your hard work and allowing you to once again appreciate some of the finer things in life. Don’t take this for granted. Enjoy yourself, but maintain some focus on the bigger picture, setting yourself up for financial success down the road.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You are all over the map when it comes to your decisions over the months leading into this time. Indecisive and easily distracted, you have made some great and well thought out decisions, but you’ve also made your share of impulsive choices that will call for you to pay the price. The best thing that you can do during this time is to try to establish some mental and emotional balance. The mixture of good and bad Karma is going to take you on a bit of a rollercoaster ride, so do what you can to establish something stable and solid throughout this time. It may mean scheduling a standing date with a friend every week, so you have something to hold onto, or finding this grounding through a personal activity like a daily walk alone in nature. Whatever it is, use this foundation to help you weather the coming weeks. You will be proud of yourself when all is said and done for how you have handled it if you just stay focused.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Highly sensitive and emotional, even the smallest indication of bad Karma is enough to send you spinning. Overwhelmed by your own emotions, you are going to lose sight of what is happening, the presence of good Karma for all the good you have done in the world and the future ahead of you. Don’t allow yourself to be completely swept up in the negativity. There is so much good going on if only you can pull your head out of the dark clouds. You are going to have to accept that you will have to pay the price for some of your decisions, but you’re a fighter and you can survive it! Your need to care for and nurture others is going to bring you far more good than it is bad during this time, if only you allow yourself to recognize it. Take some time for self-reflection, acknowledging those few poor choices you have made, and address them head-on. Fixing this will allow you to let go of the negativity faster, moving onto better times.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Sorry to be the one to tell you, but the fact that you often allow your ego to guide your decisions in life will mean that you are going to face your share of bad Karma during this time. While your first instincts will be to try to fight back, it’s better to just accept that you can’t beat Karma, it’s going to win. Instead, take this time to focus on some of the things that you’ve wanted to do in life, taking your mind off the struggles you are currently facing. Have you always wanted to travel somewhere? Is there a new hobby you have always considered trying? Distract yourself from your temptation to fight, making this whole process worse. You are better off just accepting the consequences of your actions, acknowledging that you did make mistakes, and moving forward with your life. Maybe you will even learn a life lesson along the way.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
While you may come across to others as slightly uncaring due to your high expectations, you set the bar with the well-being and success of everyone in mind. You don’t just hold others to high standards to make your life better, you truly believe in doing so you can help others to be the best version of themselves. This focus is going to put you in a good place when Karma hands out its rulings, as you have welcomed an incredible amount of good Karma into your life. Your hard work, determination, and focus are going to pay off as you find yourself experiencing some incredibly good luck during this time. Where you are experiencing financial success, celebrating a new job or promotion, or seeing your relationships flourish and grow, you have a lot of great things to look forward to! Try not to focus on the ‘what ifs’ as you will only cause yourself to worry so much about what might be around the corner that you don’t truly enjoy this time of positivity and celebration. You earned this.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
You have dedicated your life to bringing peace and harmony to the world around you, despite the fact you feel as though you are constantly fighting an uphill battle with nothing going your way. This is going to leave you even more confused about the fact that you’re getting hit now with some seriously bad Karma. The truth is that you often give into the influence of others in order to try to keep the peace, but this influence isn’t always leading you to the best choices. It’s time to start standing on your own two feet and recognizing the difference between right and wrong in your own mind. Furthermore, you need to be careful not to develop tunnel vision. Efforts to create peace in one area of your life isn’t going to bring you good Karma if you are handing out negativity in other areas in the process. Try to keep your eyes open and follow your own intuition. You know what’s right, you just need to shut out the voices of everyone else around you.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You aren’t exactly known for putting the well-being of others first, in fact, you can get so passionate about one specific cause or interest that you will do nearly anything to make it happen. This can lead to some serious manipulation of other people around you, and Karma is here to make sure that you realize that this isn’t okay. This is going to be a difficult time for you, but you made your own bed. Rather than shutting down and retreating to your own dark little corner until this passes, try to open your mind and heart to actually learning a lesson through all of this. You have the potential to be an amazing person, but in order to do so, you need to remember the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of those around you throughout your life. Keep your cool, take a deep breath and try to listen to what the universe is telling you, regardless of how difficult it may be.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You live your life as a wild and free adventurer, going wherever the wind may take you. While this approach may appear to be well-meaning and free from the punishment of bad Karma, stop to consider for a second the people that you are leaving behind in your wake. Your inability to commit or focus on any one thing for long before running for the hills can cause some serious pain for others in your life. You haven’t acted out in a way that’s going to leave you suffering major punishment, but you are going to notice a serious drop in your energy and excitement during this time. This is the weight of your actions coming down upon you. Take a deep breath and look around you. The biggest purpose for Saturn Retrograde is to try to influence us to learn valuable life lessons, and you’ve got a pretty clear one here. Are you going to live your own life as a wanderer, or is it time to take a deep look at your responsibilities and commitments?
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Saturn Retrograde is going to bring you a great deal of good Karma and celebration. This is your time to truly enjoy the reward for all of your hard work, effort, and dedication. Don’t fall into the trap of getting so wrapped up in the positivity and celebration that you forget about the task at hand. Sure, you are being rewarded for your work, but your work is far from done! Enjoy your success, but also make sure that you stay focused on what you were working on before this started. You can find a healthy balance between the two as long as you keep yourself grounded, maintaining an open mind and a dedication to your goals in life. There is no denying the fact you’ve done good work, so you don’t want to lose ground now! You’re on your way to something amazing.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
The months leading into Saturn Retrograde were trying for you, as you were faced with a number of challenges, confrontations, and difficulties. You may have been right on the edge of giving up but hold on. This period of time is going to bring you some great relief as it encourages you to get in touch with your inner self. You are going to see some great Karma coming your way, which you can leverage to overcome many of these barriers in your life. Your goals and dreams will suddenly appear more in reach than ever before, providing you with a renewed focus, energy and motivation to continue plugging forward in your efforts. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and explore the new areas of life that will be opened to you with the removal of these barriers. These opportunities will allow you to grow and expand, becoming the best possible version of yourself.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You are a beacon of light in even the darkest times for everyone around you, always full of love, optimism, and positive energy. Don’t think that Karma has overlooked these efforts. Even when you are struggling at your lowest of lows you go out of your way to bring happiness to others, and now you are going to receive the reward for your selfless ways. Karma is going to bring you an incredible amount of positivity during this time, bringing you closer to your goals, dreams, and desires than ever before. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to celebrate a little during this time. You have earned this and celebrating your rewards does not make you a selfish person. We all need to enjoy the good things in life from time to time, and you have certainly earned this right! Allow this to recharge your spirit, igniting your good intentions and focus on positivity even stronger than before. The world needs more people like you.
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