Just when you thought you had a handle on Mercury retrograde and Big Aries Energy we have some bad news: three planets are going backward through the zodiac this April 2019 and the effects could be catastrophic. This month alone, Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto will kick off their own retrograde periods and, in turn, send our minds a-spinning.
Before you go into hiding, remember that these three planets don't wield the same power on our everyday lives as Mercury which rules our communication. Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto are outer planets and their resonance is usually slow and measured because they rule the more abstract parts of our lives like knowledge, power, and faith. As important as these concepts are, they probably aren’t a top priority for you on a daily basis.
So let's take a look at these far off celestial bodies (is Pluto still considered a planet?) and how their back peddling influence your life...
In retrograde from April 10 to August 11, 2019
In astrology speak, when planets go retrograde, you tend to feel the areas they rule with greater intensity - like a celestial microscope is - retrogrades are associated with the past and, when viewed in a flattering light, are considered opportunities to retreat, review, and reflect on old habits, actions, and projects.
Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and is often called the lucky planet that favours the risk takers in our midst. However, Jupiter is more than just about bravery, touching areas pertaining to knowledge and higher learning. Which mean this retrograde period is the perfect time to develop a skill you set aside years ago or reconsidering how you learn best.
In retrograde from April 30 to September 18, 2019
As anyone who has lived through their Saturn return knows all too well, the sixth planet from the sun dishes stern and sudden in the lessons around discipline, responsibility, and long-term success. Put simply, Saturn is here to cut egos down to size. But, these periods of growth serve what it’s in our best interest to face head-on.
In retrograde from April 24 to October 3, 2019
Don't underestimate this dwarf planet, Pluto's dominion oversees shifts in power and control. When in retrograde you might realise that you have become a backseat driver in at work or that you’ve actually been too demanding of your significant other. This is the time to pinpoint these unfair dynamics and, if needed, make a plan to address and adjust them.
This article originally appeared on marie claire.