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Rio's Retrograde Reminders 2019

With the exception of the Sun and Earth's Moon, all the planets periodically turn retrograde. This means that the planet appears to slow down, stop and slowly move backwards. This is an optical illusion but it does shift the way we experience the energy of the planets. We perceive and express retrograde energy in more personal ways. This can help us be more aware of our feelings, perceptions, goals and needs regardless of the pressure or expectations from the cultural collective. Here are some strategies that will enable us to take advantage of the planetary potentials as they move from direct to retrograde and back to direct this year.

January 6, 2019: Uranus turns direct in Aries. This combination prioritizes independence and new beginnings. This is a good time to begin to implement changes that we've been contemplating. This transit inspires courage and adventure to experiment with new ideas, concepts and behaviors.

March 5, 2019: Mercury turns retrograde in Pisces. This transit indicates it is time for inner dialogue. Verbal exchange could prove confusing but writing could prove useful both as a means of bringing clarity to a situation as well as being a creative outlet.

March 28, 2019: Mercury turns direct in Pisces. Sharing our intuitive insights can prove useful to others. The caveat, however, is to remember that [IF]we shouldn't provide an answer to a question that hasn't been asked. Offering unsolicited advice can feel rude and invasive, even if it is accurate and wise.

April 10, 2019: Jupiter turns retrograde in Sagittarius. Jupiter has only been in Sagittarius since late November, which suggests that we may have had a lot of expansion and adventure in a short time. Now it's time to pause and reflect, review and revise what we have been doing, especially if it involves reading, traveling or pursuing altered states of consciousness.

April 24, 2019: Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn. This can trigger the desire to look deeply into our emotional being. If we discover parts of our lives that are old, toxic or dysfunctional this is an opportunity to let them go and create new, viable, healthy options to take their place.

April 29, 2019: Saturn turns retrograde in Capricorn. This is a serious transit that requires us to analyze our goals and ways of achieving them. The key is being accountable. We create our own reality and experience in life depending on our degree of personal responsibility and integrity. Now is the time to determine if our ends and means of achieving them are in alignment.

June 21, 2019: Neptune turns retrograde in Pisces. This signals time to turn inward, seeking emotional health, psychological clarity and spiritual growth. We could also feel creatively inspired and use this transit as a time to express artistically what we feel or perceive emotionally or spiritually.

July 7, 2019: Mercury turns retrograde in Leo: JUPITER IN LEO inspires the sharing of [OUR]ideas. When retrograde, however, it's time to review what those ideas and points of view are. Recent experience may have brought new realizations and this is a time to integrate them into our standard understanding.

July 31, 2018: Mercury turns direct in Cancer. After a time of introspection and research we might assume that our new realizations must be correct. We could become so attached to these ideas that we forget to be open to others. This transit can enable us to be more self-aware in our communication, but we must strive to not become too emotionally attached to what we think.

August 11, 2019: Jupiter turns direct in Sagittarius. After 4 months of examining ways and areas of growth, clarifying our perspectives, now is the time to start acting on that research. If we've done the work we should discover fulfillment through implementing new realizations in ways that are beneficial to ourselves and TO our community in serviceful yet practical ways.

August 11, 2019: Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus. Uranus represents radical change. Taurus prefers stability. This transit gives us [THE] time to reflect on those parts of our life that have become stale and those that require continuity. During this period we can learn how to alter the former and maintain the latter.

September 17, 2019: Saturn turns direct in Capricorn. Now is the time to start implementing new directions in our life. Things that may have been blocked for months can finally start to move in a forward and productive direction. Being patient with project development can create solid, lasting development.

Ocbtober 2, 2019: Pluto turns direct in Capricorn. A lot of energy has been released recently. This has the potential to help US to feel empowered and to begin the process of working toward achieving significant goals that could affect both our personal lives as well as collective well being.

Ocbtober 31, 2019: Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio. This begins a time of deep, introspective analysis. It could be into one's inner being. It could be focused on understanding profound metaphysical concepts. Refrain from sharing the results of this research unless good communication and trust have already been established in the relationship.

November 20, 2019: Mercury turns direct in Scorpio. Sharing deep emotional truths can bring feelings of vulnerability. Nevertheless, being open and willing to engage DEEPLY can transform the relationship into a more meaningful and valuable experience. Now is a good time to communicate in that way.

November 27, 2019: Neptune turns direct in Pisces. When retrograde, Neptune enhances our connection to the Divine. When it turns direct we may feel a slight let down. The challenge, and the growth, can come from being mindful about living our spiritual truth in light of the realities of the world.