A new year is coming, and as we get to the end of 2021 and start thinking about 2022, many like to hit the ground running once we start a new year. But unfortunately, that likely won't be the case when it comes to 2022. The astrology isn't really there for it!
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Blame the Retrogrades for the Slow Start to 2022
It's a very simple reason why it may feel like a slow start to 2022 astrologically - retrogrades! A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth; it isn't actually moving backward, and just appears that way. Normal motion is forward, so when planets are retrograde, they tend to feel off.
Venus retrogrades starting December 19th 2021, and this retrograde lasts until January 29th 2022, so we move into 2022 already with Venus retrograde. Venus is a personal planet, so we tend to feel this retrograde strongly.
Venus retrograde also tends to slow us down anyway, and makes us lazier and more indulgent. Venus is the natural ruler of both Taurus and Libra, but with the retrograde in earth sign Capricorn, it's more likely to feel like Taurus energy - lazy, stubborn, and stuck. Just bring on the chocolate!
Add to this dwarf planet Ceres (who's argued to rule Taurus) who is already retrograde (since October 8th), and retrogrades back into Taurus December 1st until it ends January 14th. 2022. This adds to the laziness and indulgence, and we just may not feel very motivated to get out and do anything.
And, Uranus is also currently retrograde in Taurus (since August 19th), lasting until January 18th, so it's very slow, sluggish, almost immovable energy.
Then there is Mercury, to cap it all off, who will turn retrograde January 14th until February 3rd 2022. Mercury keeps the energy slow as we're trying to come out of the other 3 retrogrades, and we're just struggling with getting things off of the ground at all.
So what does this mean? We're probably not going to feel like 2022 REALLY starts until February, likely mid-to-late February 2022. Slow start, indeed!
So what should I do about the slow start to 2022?
This doesn't mean you need to give up already on any of your resolutions for the new year, but it does mean you may need to prepare for putting them on hold for a couple more months. Don't give in to frustration if you encounter blocks or simply can't even start for a little while longer. As everything does, this too shall pass.
Retrogrades are great energy for reflecting, turning inward, and releasing. Make use of the time and energy for being more introspective, going through your plans more thoroughly, and coming to terms with past issues that you can move on from now. All of this helps you to hit the ground running once opportunities do open up for you.
There is some very lovely energy waiting on the other side of this with Jupiter moving back into Pisces, joining Neptune, and the two linking on April 12th (at 23 degrees Pisces). Mars moves into Pisces 2 days later, and we get a lovely Pisces stellium chock full of energy to work with. So do look forward to that!
Also, all of this retrograde energy is good for one other thing - second chances. If one of your goals is to try again with something, pursue an old opportunity, create another shot at something you failed with or never got going, then this is actually perfect energy for that. So, definitely give it your top focus as 2022 starts!
One extra note for those of you who have Mercury and Venus retrograde natally: This would be your time to shine! Instead of a slow start, you're the one zipping through all of the challenges and making things happen with minimal effort. This is your natural energy, so run with it.
Suggested Reading: Beginnings and Astrology