Retrograde – the planetary forces are moving backward or are reversed, things tend to get a little backward and mucked up.
When the planet named for the ruler of the Roman gods is in retrograde, you know it’s time to slow down.
Jupiter Represents – Luck, expansion, opportunity, travel, and wisdom.
Ruler of the sign Sagittarius
Jupiter takes around twelve years to do a complete revolution around the sun and is in retrograde for around four months each year. When Jupiter goes retrograde, we should review our visions, ideals, and belief systems.
The planet of opportunity has just revisited the Heavens, and is retracing its steps, so it’s time to start checking back with opportunities that did not pan out initially – review previous short and long-term goals, as well as past events of your life. Jupiter’s retrograde causes expansion and grown to stop abruptly in your life. External energies are sucked away; you need to look into your internal self for survival. Put in more energy and commitment than normally warranted for your projects.
Things that you have been clinging to will be removed and you will need to continue your journey without them. Ultimately, it is for your benefit.
*Now, everyone thinks of a Retrograde as only one phase, but there are actually three phases:
#1 First Shadow zone = the planet introduces itself by bringing up some issue or creating an event in life.
Jupiter first shadow zone – 6 February 2017:
From now until when Jupiter stations retrograde is the first shadow period. During this phase, you will get an idea of personal growth and happiness issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase
#2 Second Shadow zone or Retrograde= the planet “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
Jupiter second shadow zone/retrograde – 9 June 2017:
This second shadow period lasts until Jupiter leaves the retrograde zone on 9 September 2017. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Jupiter retrograde phase can now be worked on
#3 Retrograde finale= Having returned to direct motion, the planet advances again which causes the final resolution or fruition of what was brought up in phase one.
Jupiter retrograde finale – 9 September 2017:
This completes the final phase of Jupiter retrograde 2017. The outlook is extremely positive after that questionable shadow direct phase.
These are things to expect:
-A stopping of all forward motion
-New business going at a sluggish pace
-Travel plans going awry
-Unexpected luck and twist of fortune for the better
-Hindrances in new business
This is how you can use it your advantage:
Instead of the Jupiterian “Go, go, go”- try Slow, slow, slow.
Use this time to work on and finish old business left undone, clear up loose ends, check on opportunities/projects/friendships that did not bear any fruit. Examine your internal workings, belief systems, goals, and life track. Give your life a review and make sure that you are going in the correct direction.
Opportunities during this retrograde:
Figure out your next life step, figuring out just how resourceful you can be, figuring how patient and content you can be.
This is what you can learn from it:
-Lessons that Jupiter retrograde can teach us – slowing down isn’t stopping. There are many times when your inner guidance is a heck of a lot more valuable then luck.
-Effective & efficient time management (can’t do something new, finish up the old)
This is what it does to help us:
This retrograde teaches us the value of looking over our own inner landscape and finishing things that have been left undone. It teaches us to rely on our own innate wisdom, instead of just running ahead regardless of the consequences all the while relying on our luck to carry us through any trouble or bumps in the road.
These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above-mentioned areas.
A list of helpful gemstones:
If you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slow down, meditate, and use inward reflection.
A list of helpful gemstones:
Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!
****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
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