On May 7th there will be a full Moon in Libra. Saturn, Jupiter and Venus all go retrograde shortly thereafter, a rare event which confirms that we live in unusual times.
Rahu, the north node of the Moon, is now moving from Ardra nakshatra to the much softer Mrigashira nakshatra. Mrigashira expresses an intellectual search for truth. Rahu in Gemini is now in Mrigashira, a nakshatra oriented towards communication and research.
Between May 14th and June 2nd, Mars moves into Shatabhisha nakshatra in Aquarius. This nakshatra reflects the need for universal healing and is sometimes referred to as the nakshatra of a hundred physicians and medicines.
Mars in Shatabhisha (a nakshatra ruled by Rahu) and Rahu in Mrigashira (a nakshatra ruled by Mars) have a mutual connection. This indicates that the current intense medical research will lead to new discoveries.
When external events suddenly and irrevocably shake up our lives, the initial response is often one of shock, denial and disbelief. Then comes a period of adjustment.
Retrograde planets tell us that many things remain unresolved, that we need to revisit the past before we move forward. Planets turn retrograde regularly so this is nothing new. But what makes this time so unique is that three of the major planets go retrograde almost at the same time.
Saturn retrogrades in Capricorn:May 10th - Sep 29th
Venus retrogrades in Taurus:May 13th - June 24th
Jupiter retrogrades from Capricorn to Sagittarius: May 14th - Sept 12th
Venus and Jupiter are planets connected to wealth and growth. The economy and finances are big issues now both for individuals as well as the world at large. The desire for expansion is not met externally. There is a need for financial evaluation as well as evaluation of business and travel.
For those who are lucky enough to have extra money, a retrograde Venus and Jupiter can be a bargain hunter’s delight.
Saturn is Shani or Sanaischara in sanskrit. This translates to “the one who moves very slowly”. Saturn is especially slow prior to being retrograde. Similar to a car going into reverse, it is essential for Saturn to slow down before his retrograde. Saturn stations at 7 degrees Capricorn for eleven weeks.
It is important to note that Saturn’s long stay and slow retrograde take place in a favorable nakshatra, Uttara Ashadha (26’40 Sagittarius to 10 degrees Capricorn). Most of Jupiter’s retrograde will take place here as well (until July 26th). This nakshatra has the power to overcome obstacles, and the power to give unstoppable victory. Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, is the deity connected to Uttara Ashadha. Uttara Ashadha can have solutions even to big problems.
Capricorn is about structure, work, regulation and organization. Saturn’s retrograde examines the past. What has worked and what is no longer relevant? We need to utilize what has worked and let go of what hasn’t. Restructuring can take place on a large scale in the world. A great deal of restructuring of work situations and organizations also takes place during this time.
The slowness of Saturn tells us that we need to be patient and resilient.
A slow down can actually be a gift. It gives us opportunities to reflect over our lives. Retrograde planets are introspective and interiorizing. This is a great time to journal, work towards restructuring one’s own work and simplify life so that it more deeply reflects what is truly meaningful and motivating to us.
Here is a visualization that is especially helpful during this time of change and introspection.
Before going to bed, mentally build a bonfire. Review your day, acknowledge your successes and failures, your reactions to the events of the day, your likes and dislikes. One by one, offer your actions, desires, reactions and attachments into the flames of the mental bonfire. As you release the events of your day to be purified by the flames, feel a sense of peace. Bring this feeling of peace and calmness into your sleep.