There are currently over 20,000 asteroids in astrology (a lot, I know!), and many asteroids link to something specific. Some link to love and relationships, and in this article, we're going to focus on 4 of them: Juno (commitment), Amor (romance), Cupido (crushes), and Eros (sex).
The asteroids can turn retrograde, which means they appear to move backward through the Zodiac, When they are retrograde, this can throw their energy off, and we can experience struggles and changes in love and relationships.
So, what does it mean when these 4 are retrograde in the natal chart, in transit, and in the progressed chart?
Retrograde Love Asteroids in the Natal Chart
If one of these 4 asteroids is retrograde in your natal chart, this means you were born while that asteroid was retrograde. This makes the retrograde energy your natural energy, and the one you closely connect to.
If you were born with asteroid Juno retrograde, this may mean you have some discomfort with commitment or commitment issues or trauma you need to work through. You may need to find new, different ways of showing how committed you are to partners (and projects, plans, ideas, etc.).
If you were born with asteroid Amor retrograde, this may mean you have some discomfort with romance. You may have some old love issues and traumas to work through, and can take a different approach to romance.
If you were born with asteroid Cupido retrograde, this may mean you have way too many crushes or rarely have any. You may become too infatuated at times, or lack passion, and need to find balance between the two.
If you were born with asteroid Eros retrograde, this may mean there are some issues around sex. There may be previous trauma or baggage, and you may need to work on acknowledging your desires in a healthy way.
Any of these asteroids retrograde can show relationship and love issues, baggage, and trauma, however they also show you needing to go about using their energy in a way that is different from the norm (whatever the norm means to you).
Retrograde Love Asteroids in Transit
When the transit (moving) love asteroids are retrograde, this has a general impact on us all in our relationships. When asteroid Juno is retrograde, people may be less likely to commit, however can reconnect with people from the past they used to be committed to.
When asteroid Amor is retrograde, people may be less romantic, but can reconnect with old flames. When asteroid Cupido is retrograde, people may have less crushes, but can reconnect with old crushes. When asteroid Eros is retrograde, sexual desire can wane, but we can reconnect with old sexual partners.
These asteroid retrogrades can dig up subconscious, karmic, and early life traumas and baggage associated with them, so this can be a good time for digging deeper into relationship issues and releasing. This will especially be the case when they are occuring in your natal 7th house (of relationships), 12th house (of spirituality and karma), or in your natal Venus sign (planet of love and relationships).
Retrograde Love Asteroids in the Progressed Chart
The progressed charts adds one day to your date of birth for every year you've been alive to create a new chart reflective of your maturation and growth that can be used in predictive analysis. These asteroids can turn retrograde or direct (end a retrograde) in your progressed chart.
When progressed Juno turns retrograde or direct, this can have a massive impact on commitments in your life. You may opt to make a big commitment to someone or something, or you may do the reverse and opt out of a commitment to someone or something. This can be big energy for both marriage and divorce.
When progressed Amor turns retrograde or direct, this can have a massive impact on romance in your life. You may be more romantic in all areas of your life, or it may zap out completely. You may throw yourself into a big new romance with someone, and there can be a fated quality to this. Or, you may leave a romantic partnership, and become more practical with love.
When progressed Cupido turns retrograde or direct, this can have a massive impact on passion in your life. You may become more passionate in many areas of your life, or passion may wane. You may have lots of crushes and passionate infatuations with others, and one in particular may stand out, and others can be more obsessed with. On the other hand, you may become more disinterested, and want to find new ways of being passionate that aren't so loud and obvious.
When progressed Eros turns retrograde or direct, this can have a massive impact on your sex life. You may have lots of new sexual encounters or partners, wanting to explore this side of yourself more fully, or you may pull back and avoid it completely. There can be old issues around sex that need to be addressed. Your creativity can also be impacted, and this can surge and lead to epic inspiration, or it can wane and lead to dry spells.
Suggested Reading: The Love Astrology Series