When a planet goes into retrograde, we find that we usually have to go over an issue we blew by the first time around. These are times the past has a nasty way of popping its head up into our present. Some retrogrades can be more amusing than others. Mercury retrogrades are my personal favorite, because of their frequency, it is easier to see the effects on everyday life. Doing an event chart for a public function, I said that only 2 days in the next month would be acceptable. That pushed the day up to an unreasonable time frame so I was asked why… and I tried to explain Mercury rx (retrograde) and got a whole bunch of incredulous looks. But, I got my way and all went smoothly, including the media coverage no one expected we would get. The following weeks, the organization had a number of huge events… and all because of a series of communication problems, there were many failures…. Letters never made it, computer failed at a critical moment, no media coverage, phone lines went down, people misunderstanding each other, meetings canceled at last moment …. and I would shrug and say, “Hmmm, Mercury retrograde”. It didn’t take long for those that thought I had gone insane to start asking me Astrological questions. One woman in particular made a point of asking me about that “Mercury thingy” when setting up a fundraiser the following month. She didn’t look amused when I said, yeah Mercury will be fine, but Jupiter is going to be retrograde then and proceeded to explain how this would not be a good thing for fundraising… but then it dawned on me… We can work with retrograde energy. So the event was based on the theme of going back to past members that had donated, and to use speakers that were tried and true with the group instead of something new and flashy and Jovian in nature. The fundraiser went well.
This last year, I got to watch Mars retrograde through Cancer…. over my Moon, over the Moon of a “love interest” then back to through his natal Juno. At this time he decided to go back to his ex-wife and make another go of it. I was not amused to say the least. About the time Mars hit his natal Juno… there was an explosive break up and finally an understanding that it was over once and for all. Well, that should have been done years earlier, and it took the retrograde to force the issue. As for me, I got to sit and watch the drama and then when the air cleared and Mars went direct again, I decided this would never work out anyway. So the Retrograde did give me time to think; and Mars, a cutting away from a situation as it passed direct over my Moon.
The current sky has lots of retrograde action going on right now. Naturally, you will see the effect best against someones Natal chart. But every so often you get to watch the them play out all around you. Uranus retrograde has been making for an out of the blue, clumsy Cupid of the past. I have watched my teen daughter have a boyfriend move back to town for the Summer and another ex boyfriend show up at the door. It seems that the past hurts are being fixed with a new form a friendship between them. An online friend of mine was contacted by two past partners also. The first one gave the apology that was way over due and the second one… well we don’t know how that will play out yet, but already showing signs of trying to right a wrong. I know of others that are returning to marriages to make attempts to fix “bad” past behavior. I was tempted to call a person from 20 years back to say, “sorry”. Bleh, but he is a Libra and we would only end up fighting : ) Seriously, I don’t want to interrupt his life is what it is. I also reached out and got conformation of what I had feared for a while. I had a “Big Date” with a guy that treated me as a princess… and he had stood me up. I know something had to had gone wrong, that it wasn’t a personal thing. During this retrograde, I finally decided to find out what happened last year… and my fears confirmed, he died the night before the “date”. Don’t know where this is going, but it looks like I may peripherally be rejoining with an old friend that I absolutely adored and missed and haven’t seen in 26 years. I think all of us have been looking back at past relationships if not acting on them… or at least us that feel we need to say, “sorry, I should have…” or we finally have the guts to look under the bed at the monster and confront it…. This appears a great time to close all those doors left open and causing a draft through the soul. I am blaming Uranus, I guess I could look at Pluto rx and all the personal planets that had to run Opposition to it this month.. or maybe Juno rx. But, Uranus seems to usher people into our lives unexpectedly, and I am going to suspect a retrograde will have unexpected returns to fix what was left hanging…. usually the person being contacted.