We have a few planets stationing at the moment, and this is something that happens throughout the year, every year. This is because planets station when they're turning retrograde or direct.
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What is a retrograde and direct?
A planet or astrological body is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth through the Zodiac. It's not *actually* moving backward, and just appears that way. Normal motion is forward motion, so the planets and bodies operate a little differently when retrograde, sometimes in the opposite way they usually do.
A planet or astrological body is called direct when it appears to no longer be moving backward, and it is now moving forward again. Again, this is just in appearance, but it means the planet or body is back to moving its normal way.
What is stationing?
A planet or astrological body is called stationing when it's hovering in about the same location in the Zodiac. This happens whenever a planet or body turns retrograde or direct. Why? Since the planet of body is changing its motion, it slows way down in order to do so, thus is hovering in about the same spot.
For faster planets like Mercury, Venus, and Mars, it's usually considered stationing when it's at the same degree it'll turn retrograde or direct at. Since Mercury retrogrades 3-4x's each year, it stations 6-8x's yearly, and this usually lasts for a few days to a week. Venus retrogrades every 1 1/2 years or so, and stations twice, once at the start and once at the end, and this can last for a week or two. Mars retrogrades every 2 years or so, and also stations twice, once at the start and once at the end, and this can last for a couple of weeks.
The slower planets may be stationing when they're at the exact degree and minute they'll turn retrograde or direct at, especially Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron. This station may be short sometimes, just a few days, or sometimes really long, like a month. Jupiter and Saturn can focus more on the degree than the exact position, unless they stay at that position for a longer period.
The energy of stationing:
Since the planet or astrological body is hovering in the same spot, the energy of stationing is stagnant. We can feel like things are on hold, we're holding our breath, we're waiting to see what happens. Everything tends to slow down, and picks back up again when the planet or body is moving forward or backward at a greater speed.
Periods where a planet is stationing tend to be more impactful if the planet or body is stationing in aspect to another transit planet. This aspect can be felt for a much longer period than usual, and it's getting steady energy. Whether good or bad and what exactly it can lead to depends on the aspect being made and the planet or body involved.
Stationing planets or bodies tend to be most important for you personally when they are aspecting your natal chart. This is when you get a direct hit, and it's an indicator of a strong period for you. Whatever is being aspected gets a steady flow of continuous energy, and you can give it a lot of extra attention. It can often be a time when developments occur or events are triggered in your life related to whatever is being aspected, so it's important to pay attention to it.
Suggested Reading: Progressed Planets Turning Retrograde or Direct
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn: December 2021 - January 2022
Saturn Square Uranus 2021
Jupiter Square Uranus 2021
November 2021 New & Full Moons
December 2021 New & Full Moons
Black Moon Lilith in Gemini: July 2021 - April 2022
White Moon Selena in Capricorn: July 2021 - February 2022
Ceres in Gemini: July - December 2021, February - May 2022
Ceres in Taurus: May - July 2021, December 2021 - February 2022
Lunar Nodes in Taurus & Scorpio: December 2021 - July 2023
Jupiter in Pisces: May - July 2021, December 2021 - May 2022, & October - December 2022
Jupiter in Aquarius: December 2020 - May 2021, July - December 2021
Saturn in Aquarius: March - July 2020, December 2020 - March 2023
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026