Everyone knows about Mercury Retrograde. When the planet which rules the internet, telephones, travel, transport, computers and the mail goes backwards, so do our lives. We get stuck. Things slow down or reverse. People communicate badly or even lie. Technology fails.
In May 2016 we have five retrograde planets – not just Mercury. So we are all experiencing stuck or slow conditions in many different areas of our lives. Mars is retrograde. Jupiter is retrograde. Saturn is retrograde. Pluto is retrograde.
What the Five Retrogrades Mean For You
Retrogrades take you back to the past so you have to start over. If you are doing your tax return, you may have to return to the return. If you are looking for a new office, you may find yourself back in your old office, from years ago. In your love life, you may find the return of some very old issues (decades old) with your ex boyfriend. You get the picture. The retrograde rule is put ‘re’ in front of anything and you’ll soon see what May 2016 is about. Rehashing. Rescheduling. Rethinking. Repetition.
Famous Mercury Retrogrades in History
Of all the Mercury Retrogrades in history, the 1929 Wall Street Crash is one of the most famous. The Titanic is not far behind. The ‘Peace in our time’ negotiations with Adolf Hitler are also up there. By the way – in modern astrology, we include the shadow period, before and after the actual Mercury Retrograde. I have written about that elsewhere on this website. But does retrograde mean ‘bad’? Absolutely not. This is a boring answer, but you have to put it in context. You can’t judge stuck, slow or backwards situations without looking at the other planets. Wall Street, the Titanic and the Second World War happened when the entire skies were fraught.
How to Use Retrogrades in May
My friend the astrologer and author Joanne Madeleine Moore was talking to me about the retrogrades recently and pointed out that Mercury Retrograde seems to create more issues these days, because we are so dominated by the internet. Before the 1990’s that wasn’t the case and if a letter went missing, or a telephone call missed the answering machine, it did not cause a chain reaction of chaos around the world. Now, we live in a 24/7 world based on information, which Mercury rules.
One way to handle just this one cycle – Mercury Retrograde – is to enjoy the break. Switch off. Go back. Rethink. Go over old documents, ideas, books. Don’t start anything new. Your entire life is ‘new, different, new, different’ the rest of the year, thanks to the churning of the internet. Why not use this cycle to go back in time?
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto Retrograde
Whatever the planet rules, goes backwards on a retrograde. You know that Mercury rules communication, information, travel and transportation. That’s why we see massive hacks on this cycle, affecting millions of people. That’s why we see extreme weather which affects global airline schedules.
Mars rules action. It rules conflict. It rules heat. Mars will be retrograde, now through June 28th 2016, which means you will be spinning your wheels with a situation where (by rights) you should have nailed the issue in one month. Long and drawn-out situations are characteristic of this cycle. There is no quick battle. Just a ridiculously long period of stop-start strategy.
Jupiter will be direct on Monday 9th May, which is far better. Yet, even here, as you go into this new month, you will have noticed that the opportunities, growth and expansion you had been counting on is not there. Why? Because nobody else has it either and this means there isn’t much they can do for you. Yet, from 9th May, you will slowly see the return of a situation with so much vast potential from October 2015, when Jupiter was last at this position. In fact, you will see a wonderful replay of one possibility after another that first announced itself (then got stuck or disappeared) from October 12th 2015 through to January 7th, 2016.
Good things or good people may come back to you, from May 2016. This is the classic ‘lost cheque in the mail’ scenario. Or – you are given the second chance with a project, apartment, romance, job or vacation that you missed the first time.
Saturn Retrograde? Not so much fun. Expect the stuck, slow, stagnant atmosphere with one department of your life – already rather heavy – to continue. When do wheels turn again? August 13th, 2016. You really need staying power and positive thinking to get through this phase of the Saturn cycle. There may be flashbacks (depending on your age) to issues you were dealing with in 1986 and 1987.
Pluto Retrograde? A deep change in the balance of power, in one area of your life, now asks you to revisit what happened before. This is not moving forwards. It is pulling you backwards. I wrote elsewhere about using Pluto Power, which you can read now. If you are prepared to revisit old issues, old themes, old challenges then you can truly work this cycle, to empower yourself. This is the case until September 26th, 2016 when Pluto moves forward again.
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
You are going to see a lot of ‘same old, same old’ on these retrogrades, but going back to where you were before – and who you were before – can be useful. It allows you to really concentrate on what needs to be done.
If you want to know the ‘what’ of each retrograde (the life area) specific to your personal horoscope you can ask me questions here, if you are a Premium Member and I have your chart – in the Comments section.
May 2016 begins a period of flashbacks and time-travelling which is particularly intense because we are going all the way back to the years that Pluto himself was in Scorpio and Sagittarius – the Eighties and Nineties. Thus, it is the really massive changes in our lives, that made us who we are, that are now stirring in our memories, because the triggers are so intense now. Time to deal. Or deal again. Maybe, too, it’s time for final closure?