April Retrogrades 2016

This April is chock full of twists and turns, on-a-roll with revelations, and retroactive in many respects. Seeds planted will begin to bear fruit. Plans made long ago will be fulfilled. Issues and problems will find resolution. Maybe something spiraling downward will hit rock bottom, or if it’s already there it will rise up to greet the sun. Something will be reborn. This is a roundabout way of saying what’s gone around will be coming around, in thought, deed, or manifestation.

This month began with two planets backward motion and three slowing down to Retrograde:

time-machine-blog-imageJupiter has been Retrograde since January 7th, still in conjunction to the North Node in Virgo. We’re being given a chance to clear house and make right the wrongs in our lives so that when Jupiter moves back into forward motion (June 9th) we’ll begin to see the pathways moving forward with greater ease and to receive better pay-offs than before for our investments of time, energy, and money spent on various endeavors.

Saturn went Retrograde in Sagittarius on March 25th, first squaring Neptune in Pisces in November 2015. We’re vibing on a second square coming up in June and a third in August…leading us into what might be a most disruptive if not profoundly peculiar autumn season. Already since Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius in December 2014 we have seen a significant melting of barriers in our educational, medical, religious, and corporate systems – an increasingly rapid breaking down of boundaries and flagging of false identities with the sanity of the collective mind severely at stake.

This is not the time to claim Truth as some kind of doctrine or cure-all pill under the assumption that we know everything we need to know. Far from it. If ancient lies finally being exposed for what they are are not enough to stir us into action (because the energy of apathy, hopelessness, and despair is pumped into the media we’re fed and the air we breathe), there’s nothing in the world like rolling up our sleeves and getting directly involved with what matters. If every vote counts, then each able-bodied person would do well to start by looking in the mirror. This is the time to seek for clarity and take a stand for what we deem as worthy, genuine, and sacred within ourselves. We are so powerful, and it seems like this is what we are most afraid of.

Mars is slowing down to turn Retrograde in Sagittarius on the 17th while it’s higher octave planet Pluto prepares to put on the breaks in Capricorn on the 18th. Mars recedes back into Scorpio on June 28th right before turning Direct on the 29th. The general tone between now and then is less aggressive and more introspective than usual. Players on the field whether sexual, psychological, or otherwise could begin to feel as though they’ve lost a grip on their game. Something that was taken to an extreme could fizzle out as other things become more important than it seemed to be. Battles should be chosen very carefully or avoided altogether. Whatever we’re doing we may seriously need to lighten up and see the humor in this circus we call life.

Mercury enters Taurus on the 5th and goes Retrograde from April 28th until June 22nd. Communication becomes more subjective and details take on deeper levels of importance during this stretch. Suited to this transit are activities related to bettering ourselves in some way by taking a second or third look at the work we’ve done or the wealth we have acquired in a certain area and seeking to improve and expand there. Reread a favorite book, restring a well-played guitar, repot a cherished plant, repaint a house, reevaluate stocks, bonds and other financial investments to see if little or large tweaks can be made.

The recent eclipses in March shook some deep dark debris from our psyches and left us with a lot to consider for the next phase of our journeys. What are the concepts, tools, energies, and people that we will share our newfound “space” with? April will clue us in by revealing many of our true values versus those we’ve bound ourselves to out of necessity, habit, and neglect.

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn 2016

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust” – Rumi

We’re in for one hell of a ride in January 2016, with the planet of communication turning backward in hard aspects to Mars, Pluto, and Uranus – planets that represent aggression, upheaval and radical change. The Sun is in conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn as Mercury changes direction to Retrograde in a churning, burning square to Mars, grinding into a sudden square with Uranus on the 20th that lasts until the 25th, and joining Pluto from the 22nd until the 30th. Beware of power struggles, heavy thinking (depression), manipulations and projections. There are shocks and surprises in store but many of them are meant to shake us out of a rut or situation that no longer benefits us. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, especially since Mercury Retrograde is already such a maligned phenomenon in our culture, but can be helpful to know a bit about what we’re dealing with in advance so we’re not totally caught off guard by the chaos that may ensue from such occurrences.

2015-12-27_16-41-43_407This Retrograde cycle begins from one degree Aquarius on January 5th, back into Capricorn on January 8th until the 25th. Its pre-shadow phase began wreaking havoc in communications on December 18th, with its post-shadow influence lasting until February 14th. In the sign of Capricorn Mercury tends to be hard-headed, stiff, and matter-of-fact. On the bright side it may increase our somatic awareness, sturdiness and connection to the trees, rocks and soil. Concentration abilities are enhanced, leaning toward education, mathematical and scientific studies. It may also spur an interest in history and genealogy.

Our main saving grace during the coming weeks could be Mercury’s trine to Jupiter, also Retrograde from January 7th until May 9th conjunct the North Node in Virgo. Jupiter going backward will not be the most light-hearted of transits but will probably help to simplify our overly hectic lives and clarify certain areas of confusion and paranoia brought on by the recent Saturn-Neptune square that began in November 2015 and will be present throughout 2016. Jupiter is Retrograde is a great aid to all forms of healing, but does not usually bring ease to business endeavors, so it would be wise to plan and review rather than to initiate new projects during this time.

don't be a blockhead

don’t be a blockhead

Capricorn is a feminine sign ruled by the “male” planet, Saturn. Opposite of birth-giving Cancer, it represents a ripe maturity and exit point for the soul, also sometimes signaling a switch-over between lifestyles or genders. Such forceful interactions between Mercury in Capricorn and other planets with a predominant male influence might grant us the precious opportunity to heal our relationship to the Sacred Masculine and Father archetype by altering our perceptions of them and how we access or suppress our own male energy in circumstances that call for it.

Entering into 2016, slow down a bit to remember the hopes and dreams of the past that seemed lost, stolen or otherwise crushed, both personally and collectively, including the those of our ancestors if there is knowledge of them. Recall the motivations, obstacles, inspirations, and miracles that have been experienced over time. Take inventory of both triumphs and failures, of what has been accomplished both with ease and through great effort and what is still yet to be attained. Resolve to continue the journey of self discovery with renewed passion and dedication. Do not cave in or give up. Commit to living your own truth, because at the end of life we will finally realize that is the best any of us could have ever done. All in due time…