We're currently in a period where 3 planets are ending their retrogrades: Mars retrograde ended yesterday (Jan 12), Mercury retrograde ends in 5 days (Jan 18), and Uranus retrograde ends in 9 days (Jan 22). What does it mean when retrogrades end like this, and what can we do with the energy?
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What is retrograde in astrology?
A planet or body is called retrograde in astrology when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth. Normal motion is forward, so this can throw the planet or body off.
When the retrograde ends, this is called direct. The planet or body is no longer moving backward, and is either moving forward through the Zodiac or getting ready to.
When a planet or body turns retrograde or direct, it slows way down, and this is called stationing. The planet or body hovers in about the same spot in the Zodiac, and this can be a limbo period where we're not certain what to do next, and we're looking both forward and backward, trying to discern our next move while feeling a bit stalled.
How to Use the End of Retrogrades Well:
The first thing you need to do when retrogrades end is maximize the slowing energy. Take time to get extra rest, to relax, and to manage stress in a healthy way. This can leave you free to get moving and refreshed when you have the chance.
Go over what has transpired in the last few weeks or months while the planet or body was retrograde. What problems arose that have yet to be fixed, and you can work on now? What did you learn? What do you want to do differently now?
Take that information and work on your plans for the coming weeks/months. How can you improve these plans, and make sure you stick with them?
You may want to take time to be reflective and introspective. Take stock of what you're feeling emotionally, and of what your mind is focused on. Dip into your subconscious, and see if there's any extra sludge to remove.
It can be easy to give in to the temptation to jump into action as soon as a retrograde ends, but this usually isn't the right idea. Instead, you want to go over your plans, gather information, and proceed cautiously.
Depending on the planet or body (and whatever other astrology is occurring at the same time), it can take a little while for energy to really pick back up again and to regain forward momentum. Try to go with this, and know that it'll pick up eventually. Just be patient :)
Suggested Reading: Stationing & Direct in Astrology