Retrogrades are misunderstood by most people, I have learned. First, planets do not move backward during a retrograde. The term describes an optical illusion based on a planet’s path in relationship to Earth. As planets’ pathways change, their influences on us also shift, which is most important. A planet in retrograde has a potent power.
Second, retrogrades have been thought to be times when things go wrong or backward. Not necessarily. Instead, retrograde periods can be seen as opportunities to internalize the power of a planet’s energy, to use it to restructure from within. This type of energy might cause delays or other issues that slow down our normally hectic outside activities, they offer an invitation to use the time to reflect and do some work inside. We are certainly experiencing that on a global scale now. More perfect cosmic timing – we are in the midst of an epic season of retrogrades that we can use to our benefit.
Note: The astrological symbol for retrogrades is Rx – our symbol for a medical prescription. These energies are big medicine indeed!