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Rewinding, Relooking & Redoing in Retrograde

15 Mar

In Astrology, the planets are always moving.  One would think that their movement is always going forward – however some of them have periods during the year where they move back.  If you want to be fancy then you can say that a particular planet is in retrograde while it’s in is backwards phase.

In the sky right now, we’ve got three planets moving back.  Saturn, Mercury and Mars have all made a K-Turn and are chugging back in each of the signs they are currently living in.  I think most of us are at least familiar with Mercury in Retrograde – as it’s become a famous saying for explaining communications slip-ups.

Retrograde periods get a bad rep as many say that we can’t get things done while we’re moving back. For the most part this is quite true – particularly if the ruler of your chart is moving back.  For a little more background on who the ruler of your chart is check out this prior post.  However, what we need to remember is that retrograde periods are not stopping us in our tracks just because the world is against us for several months out of the year.

The reason for these periods has a lot to do with reassessing things.  This is the time that we’re given to rewind things a bit and look back on what we’ve done.  Re-looking at things could really prove beneficial – because you might have missed something important that needs to be incorporated.  Maybe you made a major decision a few months ago and now it’s time to reassess what you’ve done and decide if that was the right decision or not.  Ultimately you may find that through your reassessment – you could decide that you’re happier with your decision or perhaps that you need to redo or even rework something in order to make it better.

Now I know nobody likes a”re” anything in my opinion.  Time, energy and effort goes into nearly everything we do and once you’ve finished something you’d like to be done with it.  I know most of us are tired and would rather not go back and fix our past efforts.  However I can tell you from personal experience that going back over something can be incredibly beneficial.  My ruling planet (Saturn) is going back right now so things have been cropping up recently that have made me re-look at things.  It’s certainly not my favorite and I am eager (probably just like you) to get moving forward again.  However, the Astrologer in me does eventually take over and reminds me that there is a reason for this!

After we get past the hemming and hawing (of which I am totally guilty) of having to “redo” – you might find that you’ve been given a chance to make something even better than you thought it was.  It’s not always a fun process but at the end of the day you’ll be happier that you’ve had to rewind a bit.

If you end up being put in a situation where you have to re-look at things and ultimately do a re-do – I will bet that you’ll be very happy with the results.  The process could ultimately prove quite gratifying – even though in the beginning you will probably be thinking the exact opposite.  The planets are always setting us up in circumstances that make us a work a bit harder than we want to.  Nobody like’s to do things twice!  However, it’s always up to us, to see the opportunity in it.  If you look close enough you’ll find that some unlikely benefits might end up springing out of your retrograde period.

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