Ceres is a dwarf planet in astrology, and ruler of nourishment, support, and resources. The transit, or moving, planets can make aspects to your natal Ceres and impact your ability to feel nourished, get and give support, and have the resources you need and use them well.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars retrograde are no exception! They can make aspects to your natal Ceres, just like to any of your other natal planets, How do they impact your natal Ceres?
What is a retrograde?
A planet or body is called retrograde in astrology when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac. This is just our perception, and it's not actually moving backward, but looks that way.
Planets and bodies operate differently when they're retrograde compared to when they're not. Sometimes this is very subtle, but in the case of Mercury, Venus, and Mars it's not subtle at all.
This is because they are the personal planets, and we feel them in a deeply personal way. Mercury rules our communications, so Mercury retrograde likes to throw that off, and we have difficulty with focus, movement, work, expression, and tech. We can be scattered and anxious.
Venus rules our relationships, so Venus retrograde likes to bring out existing issues in relationships, and can put them on the edge. It can also bring back old flames, but it may not last once the retrograde is over. We can be indulgent, impatient, and stubborn.
Mars rules our energy and drive, so Mars retrograde likes to make it difficult for us to take initiative, be active, and go for what we want. We can be prone to frustrations and arguments, and this can be a time when we lash out. We can be impatient, impulsive, and insecure.
Mercury Retrograde to Natal Ceres:
When Mercury retrograde sextiles or trines natal Ceres, this can help you come up with new, different ideas and plans for maximizing or acquiring new resources. You can find new ways of expressing support, and can feel supported from others in new ways.
When Mercury retrograde squares or opposes natal Ceres, this can expose ways in which you've been quiet about your lack of support or lack of resources, and you can feel extra insecure about it. You may need to find different ways of getting what you need.
When Mercury retrograde conjuncts natal Ceres, this can bring super focus on your needs, resources, and support. You may feel more driven to speak up and express yourself, and you may experiment with new approaches to giving and getting support. This can be a strong period for decisions regarding your resources or finances.
Venus Retrograde to Natal Ceres:
When Venus retrograde sextiles or trines natal Ceres, this can bring helpful energy for your relationships and dealings with others. You can find new ways of getting and giving support, of feeling connected, and showing you care.
When Venus retrograde squares or opposes natal Ceres, others may be more frustrating to deal with, and you may find they';re extra stubborn, or you may be the stubborn one. You may not want to deal with them, but this can create bigger problems. You may feel you don't have the resources you need, which can lead to extreme frustration.
When Venus retrograde conjuncts natal Ceres, this can be strong energy for focusing on your resources and finances, and you can find new ways of improving your financial situation or having new, different resources available to you. You can bring nurturing energy to your dealings with others in new ways.
Mars Retrograde to Natal Ceres:
When Mars retrograde sextiles or trines natal Ceres, you can use your energy and drive in new, different ways to get and give support, be nurturing, or make use of resources. You may take the initiative in a way you haven't before.
When Mars retrograde squares or opposes natal Ceres, this can bring out frustrations with not feeling supported or not having enough, and this can make you lash out. You may feel deeply insecure and stressed out. You likely need a healthy outlet for the frustrations, and to go about things in a different way.
When Mars retrograde conjuncts natal Ceres, this can bring a surge of energy for having different resources or improving your financial situation in a different way. Your gut instincts can be killer when it comes to these things, and you can be energized when you feel supported or give support in new ways.
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