What It Means When Your Ruling Planet Goes Retrograde


Leo Ruling planet: The sun

Like Cancer, you’re exempt from dealing with ruling planetary retrogrades, Leo. Unlike Cancer, your ruling heavenly body is pretty darn consistent.

On one hand, this might be why you appear to move through life relatively effortlessly, but this is also why you feel so attacked when a retrograde comes along and starts messing with things you hold nearest and dearest, namely your appearance, romantic exploits, and any other part of your life where the attention of others is at a premium.

You should actually watch out for Venus


Virgo Ruling planet: Mercury

As the healers, handlers, and overall fixers of the Zodiac, Virgos were born to put out the little fires that Mercury retrogrades tend to spark.

But, if you’ve ever seen a Virgo who feels out of their depth, you know what true stress and panic look like.

To put it lightly, retrogrades that raise greater existential questions or call on us to reflect (rather than execute) will put most Virgos out of their depth in a heartbeat. They can’t stand to admit that there are some fires they can’t extinguish so easily.

You should actually watch out for Pluto


Libra Ruling planet: Venus

Let’s be clear: Venus retrogrades, with their penchant for imperiling flirtations and blowouts alike, are no walk in the park for you, Libra. You hate to be reminded of past lovers and insecurities when you’d rather focus on new prospects.

As long as everyone’s tempers are on an even keel, you can still charm your way into their hearts.

But, if people are pushing when they should be pulling or, even worse, refusing to budge when they should go with the flow, you’re likely to get flustered and wish to escape to sunnier social climes.

You should actually watch out for Mars


Scorpio Ruling planet: Pluto

You’re fascinated by systems of power and control — even more so when you have the chance to watch them shift and crumble from within — so it’s no wonder that you kind of thrive during Pluto retrogrades, Scorp.

You’re the rare sign who knows how to embrace (or at the very least tolerate) great internal changes.

But, if you find that you’re being hemmed in by some external force (and can’t slink about as you please in your everyday life), you’re much more likely to get frustrated and act rashly.

You should actually watch out for Mars


Sagittarius Ruling planet: Jupiter

An expansive, curious sign like yours greets Jupiter retrograde, which encourages trial and error as well as intellectual exploration, with open arms.

It’s every Archer’s dream to have more time to experiment and play around with their ideas and grand plans for adventure. Your nightmare, dear Sag, is being told to sit still and methodically execute the tasks that are presented to you.

Maybe you have a problem with authority, maybe thinking about the future freaks you out — either way, feeling forced to face your long-term future gives you the heebie-jeebies, Sag.

You should actually watch out for Saturn.


Capricorn Ruling planet: Saturn

You know what you like, Cap — efficiency, progress, and the dark, dreamless slumber that follows a job well done. While everyone else cowers in fear of a rigorous and ever-watchful Saturn retrograde, you crack your knuckles and buckle down to get shit done.

You don’t mind a little extra work if it means greater security down the road. With all this in mind, it’s safe to say that you are not a fan of dawdling — and retrogrades that urge you to take your time and test out different methods feel a lot like dawdling to you.

You should actually watch out for Jupiter


Aquarius Ruling planet: Uranus

You have a lot of thoughts and as your symbol, the Water Bearer, implies, you stay grounded by letting them flow freely and sharing them with others.

That’s why others might look to you during Uranus retrogrades, Aquarius. These are times of major external and internal upheaval — no idea is too harebrained to try.

But, if your vessel (read: your mind) is left to overflow with no drain in sight, you’re likely to drown (read: get overwhelmed and lose your fire). Retrogrades that inspire internal reflection and alone time might as well be Aquarian kryptonite.

You should actually watch out for Neptune


Pisces Ruling planet: Neptune

A dreamy, foggy Neptune retrograde might sound like too much of a good thing for an already dreamy, foggy Pisces. But you have the advantage of knowing your ruler’s retrograde operates on a deeper level, too:

It can ignite our creativity and imaginations — and, in your case, prompt you to make some of your best work. What you don’t need to deal with is a retrograde that’s believed to reawaken old relationships and memories.

When those effects blend with your natural nostalgia, a potent emotional cocktail is a result. Sip slowly, Pisces, and don’t drink like a Fish.





Source: refinery29


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