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Rio's Retrograde Reminders 2020

A planet is said to be retrograde when it appears to be moving from west to east in its daily motion, rather than moving from east to west as it normally does. Although this is an optical illusion, based on that planet's speed and orbit relative to the Earth, we tend to experience and express the energy of a retrograde planet in a different and more subjective way than we do when the planet is direct. We can use the period of retrogradation as a time to alter our normal expression of the planetary energy, becoming more aware of different possibilities of manifestation. Knowing the dates and signs of retrograde and direct motion enables us to plan an effective strategy through which we can use these planetary changes in positive and productive ways.

January 10, 2020: Uranus turns direct in Taurus. This is a good time to act on our inspiration and to express our uniqueness in ways that are in line with our values. Finding the balance between radical versus methodical change is key at this time.

February 16, 2020: Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces. Working on stilling the analytical mind enables us to tune in to intuitive insights and wisdom. This is a good time to seek information that can provide insights into both our own psyche as well as deriving clear understanding of others.

March 9, 2020: Mercury turns direct in Aquarius. The insights gained during the retrograde period can be applied now. This is a good time to solve problems by approaching them with a clear and inspired mind. Practice communicating with others in new ways that can produce stimulating conversation. Keep an open mind to all.

April 25, 2020: Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn. Capricorn tends to be organized and law abiding. This is a good time to make sure our sense of order is effective and productive. Also, we can become aware of the manner and degree through which we conform to societal regulations. Do we hypocritically say one thing but do something else? Are the rules something we even agree with?

May 10, 2020: Saturn turns retrograde in Capricorn. This transit can provide internal clarity and perspective about our goals. We can make sure that they are up to date, still meaningful and our sense of how and when to achieve them is accurate. This is a time of research, not one to create new actions.

May 12, 2020: Venus turns retrograde in Gemini. Venus can pertain to our values. What makes our lives meaningful? This is a time to review our values that involve social behaviors, relationship needs, modes of creative expression and financial concerns. Avoid major relationship changes or major financial outlays.

May 14, 2020: Jupiter turns retrograde in Capricorn. In a year of changing goals and transforming structures, this is a good time to ensure that what and how we are changing is done in alignment with our ethical values. Accountability requires us to be productive by acting in the right way.

June 17, 2020: Mercury turns retrograde in Cancer. This is a time to be mindful about the degree to which we emotionally identify with our ideas to the point that our communication suffers. The challenge is to integrate our intuitively derived clarity with objective sharing of the information in order to maximize the potential to be understood.

June 22, 2020: Neptune turns retrograde in Pisces. The next five months provide the opportunity to connect directly with Divine Source. Spiritual downloads abound. This is a time to work on developing our intuition and learn to trust the wisdom teachings that ensue.

June 24, 2020: Venus turns direct in Gemini. The review and revision we did during the retrograde period can now be implemented. We can begin by communicating about our revised values and social behaviors with those who need to have this information. Remember to listen as they share their changes with you as well.

June 12, 2020: Mercury turns direct in Cancer. This is a time to integrate intuitively derived insight with analytically understood ideas. We could feel sensitive to feedback, so share the most personal information to those with whom you feel safe. This could, however, limit what we share and what we learn. Strive to balance self-protection with curiosity at this time.

August 15, 2020: Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus. The ultimate oxymoron - the planet of ever change in the sign of never change. This is a good time to review our progress in relying upon our unique ability to create a value system that we find inspiring and expressive of our individuality and self-reliance.

September 9, 2020: Mars turns retrograde in Aries. The nature of both Mars and Aries is to continuously move forward. This is a time to review where we are, how we got here and which of our activities maintains our interest. Finishing worthwhile endeavors while discarding those that aren't is a focus of this transit.

September 12, 2020: Jupiter turns direct in Capricorn. Time to put new concepts and philosophical realizations into action. This is a time to prioritize feelings of well being for a job well done in the present rather than trying to feel and express joyful idealism about the future.

September 28, 2020: Saturn turns direct in Capricorn. In a year of reversal and upheaval, now is the time to feel empowered by implementing the intentions we have been analyzing and planning since May. Being cautious and methodical will prove more productive than the quick strike of impatience.

October 4, 2020: Pluto turns direct in Capricorn. Now that all 3 of the planets that are conjunct to each other and transiting through Capricorn, it's time to integrate our clarity, integrity and passion. This will help us make strides in working toward major goals and accomplishments with the expectation of success.

October 13, 2020: Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio. This is a time of research. This could be on a project, an academic interest or the content of our own emotional body. Integration of intuitive wisdom with analytical understanding can provide useful and potentially transformational understanding.

November 3, 2020: Mercury turns direct in Libra. Sharing the insights and realizations of the past 3 weeks can be productive. Being thoughtful of how others construe our words enables us to increase the potential of being understood. Keeping an open mind to the feedback from others enables us to keep learning.

November 13, 2020: Mars turns direct in Aries. Any frustration we have been experiencing about lack of energy during a time that requires action can be alleviated now. If we have been deliberate and disciplined about making major changes in our life, we can expect success and fulfillment of our desires even if we increase the rate at which we make those alterations.

November 28, 2020: Neptune turns direct in Pisces. Regardless of the trials and tribulations of the year, both personal and collective, this is a transit that enables us to feel aligned with the Divine Presence. With that connection, we can feel the faith and have the confidence that the New Year will bring the opportunity to act with greater compassion in our service to the greater good.