I know that some people are looking forward to the end of Mercury Retrograde, and also feeling a bit apprehensive about the other planetary retrogrades we have going on right now.
Jupiter went retrograde on Feb 6th and will go direct again on June 9th.
Mercury went retrograde April 9th and goes direct on May 3.
Saturn joined went retrograde on April 16th and will go direct again on August 25th.
And Pluto joined the Retrograde party on April 20th and will stay that way until September 28th.
This can all seem like a great cosmic traffic jam at times, but don’t panic!
Retrogrades provide us with an excellent time to slow down and dig a little deeper into our lives, rooting out the sources of problems, fears, or setbacks. Each planet has lessons for us, and the Retrograde brings a magnifying glass to each planet’s lesson while simultaneously slowing down the progress within that lesson. If life is a school and the planets are our teachers, a retrograde may be like getting an extra hour of study hall with that teacher (planet) to really help us zero in on our failings or issues within that class. If we pay attention and make the most of that extra time, we should be able to improve our understanding of that class, bring up our grade, and develop a better relationship with that teacher. So right now we’ve got FOUR different teachers pulling us into study hall for some extra work. Retrogrades are also a time we can focus on Shadow Work – going within and examining the parts of ourselves that we repress, fear, and hide away.
Study Hall With Mercury
Mercury is the most famous, as this planet goes retrograde three times a year. The Inner planets (closer to the sun) have more affect on our day to day lives so the energy of a Mercury retrograde is strongly noticed. As the planet of communication, day to day travel, and information, this retrograde has a bad rap for retrogrades resulting in computer problems, car or transportation problems, or missing important details. As a teacher, Mercury’s lessons are about finding our voice, self expression, communicating clearly, planning efficiently for our travels and tasks, and activating our Throat chakra. Professor Mercury may be bringing you in for extra lessons during this time to help you with one or all of these important life skills. It’s a one on one class where you are being asked to do some shadow work and look at why you are struggling in these areas. Why are you afraid of speaking your truth? Why are you consistently late to events? Why do you feel you are not a good public speaker or teacher to others? Why are you always putting off following up with your clients, procrastinating with your paperwork, and generally lacking organization skills? Mercury wants to know why you don’t have your shit together, and will point out the ways you are self-sabotaging your own life. (these are just some examples of what Professor Mercury might be asking you in Study Hall, and he wants a thoughtful and honest answer.
Study Hall with Jupiter
Jupiter is the planet of Luck, Expansion, and Growth, dealing with our biggest ambitions and goals. Always pushing the boundaries, Jupiter is like the Teacher that has some fun in the classroom, or takes the class out of the classroom to learn in a different environment. They don’t always stick to the lesson plan, but encourage students to think big, express individuality, and challenge the norms of society. Your Study Hall with Professor Jupiter is a time when they are asking you why you aren’t successful in your projects right now? When you started this project it seemed great, you were inspired and motivated, so what happened? Something obviously isn’t working because you used to love this class but now you dread it. So with Jupiter Study Hall we’re gonna look at what isn’t working anymore, and see if there is a totally new and different way we can go about achieving our goal. This might not mean scrapping the whole project and starting over, but you need to look at it again with fresh eyes and a new perspective. Jupiter is one of those teachers that might ask you to stand on your desk, stand on your head, or take a jog around campus to get your creative juices flowing. They’re gonna try to mix things up a bit to get your attention and get you engaged again. This might not always be fun, and sometimes it will be messy, but the Shadow work with Jupiter Retrograde should leave you more focused and more excited about your dreams and life goals.
Study Hall With Saturn
Yeah, Saturn is already known as “The Great Teacher”, and also “The Great Tester” and the Lord of Karma. Study hall with Saturn can feel a bit more like detention at times. Saturn’s lesson’s are about taking responsibility for the choices we have made, and learning life’s deepest lessons that we are here to learn. There is some real important shadow work to be done here in terms of taking a close look at what we naturally avoid and the lessons held within. With Saturn in retrograde, we may feel like we have already learned this lesson before. “I did this already. I turned it in last month”, you say. “DO IT AGAIN” is Saturn’s stern reply. Why are we facing the same road blocks, doubts, or fears again? Why does it seem like this particular problem keeps coming up in our relationships, our job, or our psyche? Because we haven’t truly finished with the lesson yet. We may have solved the circumstances surrounding the problem in the past, but we didn’t finish doing the deeper work. This is the work that actually shifts how we see ourselves and the world – and how we interact with the world changes once that shift is made. Only then are we truly free of this repeating pattern of obstacles. Saturn in Retrograde is urging this shadow work to happen now. As frustrated and resistant as you may feel – keep in mind the Professor Saturn really has our best interest in mind as he pushes us through the dark corridor.
Study Hall With Pluto
Ahh, yes, the very old, very diminutive teacher that is Pluto. Speaking in riddles of the great mysteries of the intangible and spiritual realm, Pluto must be the Professor of Occult Mysteries and Ancient Spiritual teachings. The far outer planets tend to teach us at a global level rather than a personal level, and Pluto’s movements through the cosmos will very much affect global attitudes and trends. Pluto in retrograde causes some deep subconscious shifts that can transform us to new levels of power. I chose the photograph of Yoda for this concept because as Luke finds himself in a murky underground bog learning the ways of The Force from Master Yoda this is a perfect metaphor for a Study Hall session with Pluto. The skills and changes we learn here transform us, and we must face some fears along the way. Meanwhile, the Empire seems to be getting more evil and more oppressive every day, and we may wonder what we are doing stuck here in this swamp with our meditation teacher when we should be out there doing something. Pluto in Retrograde will give us all an opportunity to unlearn something we have learned – to let go of a belief or idea that is simply a construct which has held us back. Once we complete this process, we can transcend the fears that society has taught us, and go back out into the world – now better able to be the teacher, guide, healer, light worker, or warrior that we are meant to be.
So are you ready to do some Shadow work with the teachers Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto? I recommend A LOT of journaling, meditation, yoga, and self care over the next few months! Write it out, dance it out, and follow up with bubble baths and tea. Get out in nature as often as you can, with a pen and notebook. Reiki can help greatly during this time, to help clear the energy meridians and chakras to make sure that you are really able to absorb and process the lessons of the great Cosmic Teachers. Click here to learn more about the Reiki Healing sessions I offer (locally or distance sessions). A Tarot or Oracle Card reading could also help you identify some of these lessons and how they are manifesting in your life, or some specific advice to help you make the most of your Study Hall!