Personal Note From Suzanne
Well with everything going retrograde know that shit is going to fly for quite a few people. Tension is high and there are moments when you will just want to lose it and scream. Now I know that in reality that is not the best idea but the tendency is strong, so even if you control your temper know that not everyone else is going to be able to do that the same as you.
So much is retrograde. Pluto is retrograde till 26th of Sept in the serious sign of Capricorn. So when Pluto goes retrograde, it forces you to focus on your own personal shadow sides — specifically, the unpleasant parts of your personalities that you may not really like. Two big themes that Pluto likes to highlight are power and desire. With Pluto retrograde, you will have to get honest with yourself about how much you are motivated by a need for recognition, money and authority and choices and decisions about how you are going to progress forward with your life is up in a big way. You have to look at what really is motivating you, money or helping others. I personally choose the latter.
At the same time, Pluto Retrograde will make you confront the darker sides of what you want; for example, are you working hard to get in shape because you are truly concerned about your health, or are you spurred by a desire for revenge on an ex who didn’t appreciate you?
With Pluto retrograde for five months, this period of personal reckoning allows you to do a lot of purging, too. Once you see traits in yourself that you dislike, you can work to improve them. You can also revisit old hurts and hang-ups as Pluto sheds light on the darker corners of your experiences. In this way you get to grow, which highlights Pluto’s key role in your life: transformation.
Saturn is retrograde till the 13th of August in Sagittarius forcing us to address what we believe and what we are willing to work towards. The old reality is being broken down by the Neptune in Pisces so there is a lot of water (emotion) melting away the structures of your life that have gotten you to this point. It is time for some new structures and that means that you are going to have to rebuild just as if a hurricane tore down your old house. Everything is going to feel like a mess and you are going to have let it all go and rebuild from the ground floor up. And whatever you do, create something very different. Let the past be the past and build a new dream rather that recreate your old world.
Neptune is retrograde from the 13th of June until the November 20th. When Neptune turns retrograde, your feelings are more astute at picking up and perceiving the illusive. It is easier to ascertain information about issues that have eluded you while Neptune was direct. It is essential that you do something about the problems that you picked up on while Neptune is retrograde because they can worsen when Neptune goes direct. I personally have noticed that, if you do not work on an internal level while Neptune is retrograde, you will be plagued by feelings of disillusion and vague dissatisfaction.
As one’s perceptions become more acute, it is important to listen more and listen to the “inner voice,” so that you can see more of what is going on around you. It is essential that you talk about what you are feeling, sensing or absorbing because Neptune retrograde can produce a type of psychic overload for very sensitive people. Heightened sensitivity can be both an asset and a liability.
It is important that you avoid drugs, chemicals and stimulants while Neptune is retrograde. Protect yourself by refraining from associating with addictive personalities, psychic attractions, and overwhelming people who drain your energies. Wearing black tourmaline can funnel off negative energy and psychic attack. If you feel a little paranoid during the retrograde period, it may be that you are picking up too much from your external environment.
Uranus is retrograde from the 28th of July till the 29th of December. Uranus tends to be more potent and more Uranian when retrograde. When Uranus is direct in the natal chart, intuitive and inventive impulses flow on a regular basis but, when it is retrograde, this energy builds to a certain level and then it explodes forth as some big experience.
In this building-up process, Uranus tends to be more potent and more willfully dogmatic. Uranus’ retrograde motion tends to stimulate deep psychological investigation and analysis. Its research, however, seeks answers that satisfies the mind and explains “Why?”. Expect people to make mountains out of molehills in their quest to know WHY!
Obviously, this is an excellent time for mental studies that explore human behavior and psychology. It favors activities that require bursts of inventive and intuitive energy. It favors psychological counseling connected with freedom urges and disconnected patterns of relating.
Mercury is retrograde from April 28-May 22, causing more mass communication challenges and the feeling that your voice is not being heard. Expect problems and challenges with the computers and remember to back up your systems.
And finally Mars is retrograde from April 17th to June 29th. This creates a drag in the energy and a feeling of a stalling effect in your world. Mars is the planet of energy, gumption and drive, so expect all of that to be a bit out of whack. Try to not create deadlines that you probably cannot keep.
Remember to take care of yourself. It is going to be a long and busy spring/summer.