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Rio's Retrograde Reminders

A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards, from west to east, each day. This is an optical illusion which applies to all planets, with the exception of the Sun and Earth's Moon. When a planet is retrograde it is closer to earth than at any other times. This may be why we experience and express the energy of a retrograde planet in a more personal way. This could lead to disconnection between people and even with one's own reality. Following are ways that we can use the retrograde periods in beneficial ways that minimize or eliminate the problems and maximize options for productivity and growth.

January 2, 2018: Uranus turns direct in Aries. It's a new year and a good time to implement actions that could bring revolutionary change in your life. This could pertain to material plane activities or simply being more self-affirming in the expression of your authentic self in social situations.

March 8, 2018: Jupiter turns retrograde in Scorpio. Emotions tend to deepen and intensify with Jupiter in Scorpio. Now is time to tune in to what we are experiencing on the inner planes. It's important that we keep the feelings flowing. Avoid denial, overlooking or burying things. Release and let go of blocked or repressed feelings. Researching financial assets could lead to prosperous transformation of assets later on.

March 22, 2018: Mercury turns retrograde in Aries. Being thoughtful before speaking prevents rashness, insensitivity and communication breakdown. Develop a habit of thinking more deeply and methodically. This helps to broaden and improve both understanding and communication.

April 15, 2018: Mercury turns direct in Aries. This is a good time to communicate with others about starting new projects. Practice skills of patient, methodical contemplation that began during the retrograde period. Pay attention to positive ideas that provide new awareness of familiar topics.

April 17, 2018: Saturn turns retrograde in Capricorn This is a combination that is goal oriented and likes to be productive. Now is a good time to reflect on our intentions and how we are planning to achieve them. Consider goals, methodologies and estimated timing. This may slow down progress now, but it will lead to greater success later on.

April 22, 2018: Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn. Pluto will remain retrograde for 5 months. This is time for deep self-analysis. Reflect on goals, values and behaviors. Anything that seems stagnant should be released. Although it's spring, this transit suggests that this is a time to let go of parts of ourselves that have proven outmoded as a result of recent realizations and growth.

June 18:2018: Neptune turns retrograde in Pisces. Neptune connects us to Divine Creation. It can also hook us into fantasy that leads to self-undermining behavior. This is a good time to look within in order to distinguish between true perception and idealized illusion. This could pertain others or ourselves. The door is wide open to experiencing true transcendent awareness.

June 26, 2018: Mars turns retrograde in Aquarius. Mars is about action and new beginnings. Our physical energy tends to decrease over time during its retrogradation. This is a time to finish previously incomplete projects, or let them go entirely. We can also research activities that will begin after the retrograde period. Hostility may tend to backfire. This is a time to look within to find root causes of anger and frustration rather than assuming they lie elsewhere.

July 10, 2018: Jupiter turns direct in Scorpio. This is a good time to implement transformation of financial assets. It's also a good time to be honest and clear the air around emotional issues. This could in an ongoing relationship or with someone who has harmed you emotionally. Integrity and truth are strong, prime guideposts at this time.

July 25, 2018: Mercury turns retrograde in Leo. Leo can be oratorical, projecting its ideas to all. This, however, is more a time of contemplation and research than it is of communication. This is also a good time to do some creative writing. This could be for fun or as a way to journal and get in touch with inner drives and feelings.

August 7, 2018: Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus. Uranus is iconoclastic and freedom loving while Taurus tends more toward the safe and comfortable. Notice things like impatience, frustration and resentment and how they are impelling reactive words and actions. Uranus remains in Taurus for 7 years suggesting its time to shift gears from the high powered Uranus in Aries to the low and slow Taurus.

August 18, 2018: Mercury turns direct in Leo. This is a good time to share our ideas openly with others. Our writing can be shared; our thoughts can be verbalized. The mind is very malleable and this is a good time to use it to play games, make decisions about investments and to let your sense of humor be enjoyed by all.

August 27, 2018: Mars turns direct in Capricorn. Any long-range plans conceived when Mars was retrograde can be implemented starting now. Capricorn wants a goal, a plan and a methodology in order to ensure success. Start slowly. Remember that our energy may be quite low after the 8 weeks of Mars being retrograde. Methodical progress is a good mantra at this time.

September 6, 2018: Saturn turns direct in Capricorn. Now is the time to start putting into action plans we have been researching and contemplating. This planet and sign are conservative and disciplined. Being patient with the process can lead to greater accomplishment in the long run.

September 30, 2018: Pluto turns direct in Capricorn. Autumn may feel like a strange time for rebirth, but this transit can impel us to renew connections to familiar parts of life as well as to create new ones. The new associations could relate to brand new activities and values or simply re-affirming things which remain meaningful.

October 5, 2018: Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio. Venus pertains to values, relationship dynamics, money and the arts. Now is a time to reflect and re-evaluate everything we are doing that involves those parts of our life. Avoid projecting causes of frustration onto others. If we take responsibility for the creation of our own dissatisfaction now, we can make healthy decisions that lead to more fulfillment and security later on.

November 16, 2018: Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius. Now is a good time to look within to find spiritual inspiration. By listening to our inner voice we can discover guidance that prompts us to make progress in consciousness development even if there is nothing overt to show for it at this time.

November 24, 2018: Neptune turns direct in Pisces. During the 5 months that Neptune was retrograde we had the opportunity to connect with Divine Spirit. Now is the time to be compassionate, empathetic and serviceful. Internal inspiration can enable us to know where and how to make the greatest impact in bringing divine principles to the world.

December 6, 2018: Mercury turns direct in Scorpio. Speaking truth can be awkward. We don't want to seem inappropriate or make others uncomfortable. Yet sometimes when we become aware of hypocrisy or blind spots in others we may feel compelled to say something. Now is such a time. Strive to balance truth with thoughtfulness.