You can’t put your life on hold waiting for the stars to be in perfect alignment, but there are times when certain activities are more likely to find success or more likely to run into obstacles. Planetary Retrogrades mark significant times during the year when issues in areas of your life are likely. Knowing when these periods occur can help you better plan your year as well as prepare for the possible upcoming difficulties.
Mercury goes Retrograde about three times a year. This is the planet that rules intelligence, communication, and travel. While Mercury is Retrograde, you can expect communications to break down, technology to go awry, and troubles in travel and transportation. Projects begun during a Mercury Retrograde are very likely to run into unexpected problems. However, there is no reason to suspend activities that were started before the Retrograde, and this period is an excellent time to rest, relax, and reflect.
Mercury Retrogrades in 2015:
- January 21 through February 11
- May 18 through June 11
- September 17 through October 9
Jupiter, the planet of good luck, optimism, success, and generosity, brings you the things that give your life joy. This is a period when you will find it best to not press your luck. If luck is needed in a situation, it isn’t likely to go your way. You may find success during this time, but the reward for it is likely to be delayed. Joy will be harder to come by or will come from different sources than are typical of your life. This period is a good opportunity to identify the things that get in the way of your success and your joy. Removing these things from your life will help you be ready for a positive change of luck when Jupiter goes Direct again.
Jupiter Retrogrades in 2015:
- December 8, 2014 through April 8, 2015
The next planet to go Retrograde in 2015 will be Saturn, the planet ruling our work ethic and responsibilities. This is the planet that teaches us strength and wisdom through trial. While Saturn is Retrograde, you will often find obstacles taking you away from the task at hand. Your usual playbook just doesn’t seem to work as well as usual. While Saturn is Retrograde, you have a good opportunity to reevaluate the strategies you have employed to meet your responsibilities; have they been getting what you want and need? Do you need to develop a new approach? Now is the time to develop a new playbook so you can put it into action when Saturn goes Direct.
Saturn Retrogrades in 2015:
- March 14 through August 2
Pluto is the planet that represents dramatic transformations in your life, the planet of endings that clear the way for new beginnings. When Pluto is Retrograde, projects you thought you had completed will suddenly require more attention, problems you thought you had settled will keep cropping up again, fresh starts will be hard to come by. This is a good time, however, to assess those things that are no longer useful in your life and get rid of them. By doing so, you will truly be ready with a clean slate when Pluto goes Direct.
Pluto will be Retrograde in 2015:
- April 16 through September 25
Chiron is the maverick shaman that forces us to heal ourselves in order to move on. Retrograde motion does not negate this energy, but, instead, intensifies it, making it more urgent, like a call to action. When Chiron is Retrograde, expect old, neglected wounds to be dragged, sometimes forcibly, to the surface to be dealt with. You can try to ignore this, but Chiron will find some way to force the issue. You’d best pay attention and act accordingly.
Chiron Retrogrades in 2015:
- June 24 through November 28
Neptune is the planet of mystery and illusion, representing our dream life and our mysticism. When Neptune is Retrograde, it does not negate the planet’s dream-like, esoteric nature, but turns that energy inward. This is a time when you will often feel “lost in your own thoughts” or, often, you will feel like you are hidden outside of the spotlight, even when the efforts were all your own. This period actually is a strong time for those who normally conduct their work behind the scenes, for the common good, such as nurses, counselors, healers, even unpaid caregivers. If you have such people playing a vital supporting role in your life, now is an excellent time to give them the recognition they deserve.
Neptune Retrogrades in 2015:
- June 12 through November 18
Venus is the planetary ruler of our love life and that which gives us pleasure, of our sex appeal and our attractiveness, and of art and beauty. When Venus is Retrograde, the world seems like a less beautiful place and artistic creativity is harder to come by. This period can bring a breaking point to a troubled relationship and a love affair begun during it will face obstacles. It is strongly advised that you not schedule a wedding during a Venus Retrograde as that could bring disaster. This can be a good time to reevaluate a difficult relationship to determine if it is worth continuing. Also, if you tend to repeat the same destructive patterns in the pursuit of love, now is the time to take a critical eye to your approach and come up with a new game plan for matters of the heart so that when Venus goes Direct, you are ready for what the Goddess of Love may have to offer.
Venus Retrogrades in 2015:
- July 25 through September 6
Uranus is the planet of change and originality. It gives us that spark of creative genius, and brings us both opportunities and shocking surprises. While it is Retrograde, you may find yourself forced to repeat tasks or revisit your past. You may feel less creative and may see less change in your life than you are used to or feel stuck in a rut. This is a good time to address things you’ve mishandled in the past and correct them. If you wronged someone, you can now set it right. Freed from the burden of past mistakes, you will be ready to embrace change and opportunity when Uranus goes Direct.
Uranus will be Retrograde in 2015:''
- July 26 through December 25
Also worth noting:
During the last week of July, 2015, five planets (Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) will be Retrograde at the same time. It is strongly advised that you not start any new projects this week, nor commit to any long-term binding contracts. This is a great time to take a look at your life, overall, and see how things are going. What things need to be changed in your life? Where are there repeating patterns that need to be changed? Are you satisfied with where you are going and who you are? Spend this time in meditation and reflection.