Who’s ready to come out of hibernation and shine?
This past year has been one of self-reflection and healing. That is because 2018 was the year of retrogrades. When planets go retrograde, there is a shift from our external environment to our internal environment. The energy is more introspective and the purpose is for us to look within and process our inner world. This energy is much needed in our society as we are often stimulated and focused on our daily life (work/family/etc.) that we overlook or disregard our internal needs (self-care/emotional processing/healing/etc.).
In 2018, every single planet took a turn inward with a retrograde. There was only one month, February, that saw clear and forward direction of the planets. In contrast, there were two months, July and August in which we experienced SIX planets in retrograde at one time! We had both personal and interpersonal planets taking a turn (Read more on the planets here) which created a call to review our own personality/individuality (inner planets) and how we show up in the world as we follow our path (outer planets).
I find it helpful to think back and reflect on what you experienced during times of retrogrades as they are great teachers. What energies did you feel or experiences did you have that brought about struggle, release, enlightenment, healing, etc.
This is a perfect exercise to do right before we have our last new moon of 2018!
Here is an outline of the 2018 retrograde schedule for you to reflect upon and review what happened for you during these times:
Mercury (inner planet of the mind and communication): 3/22-4/15, 7/26-8/19, and 11/16-12/6
Venus (inner planet of values and connection to people and things): 10/5-10/16
Mars (inner planet of action, will and desire): 6/26-8/27
Jupiter (inner planet of expansion, prosperity, and exploration): 3/8 - 7/10
Saturn (inner planet of structure and karmic boundaries): 4/17- 9/6
Uranus (outer planet of intuitive awakening beyond societal structure): 8/07-1/6/2019
Neptune (outer planet of dissolution of ego and soul growth): 6/18 - 11/24
Pluto (outer planet of death, rebirth, and transformation...your soul purpose): 4/22 - 9/30
Chiron (asteroid called the wounded healer which represents the ways through which we heal ourselves and others): 7/4- 12/9
As you can see, there is not one aspect of self that was left untouched by the retrograde schedule this year. Many of you are most likely feeling completely raw and exposed right now. Like everything that you wish to keep hidden has come to the surface to be worked through. Many of you are just tired! Tired of struggle, tired of healing, tired of the anxiety and pressure to “get better”.
For those of you who do not feel this way, you most likely were born with many of these planets in retrograde and thus are more comfortable with your inner world. You may be feeling like you finally got the chance to truly shine a light on your path and learned how to express your more introspective nature out into the world.
So as we close 2018, take a deep breath and an even bigger exhale...because 2019 is approaching and the energy is one of external expansion! I will be posting soon on the 2019 year ahead with a general overview of the planetary movements and aspects.
If you are curious about what lies ahead for you specifically in 2019, please email me regarding a personal astrology session or coaching package!
With love and light,
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Ashley Tracey, MS RYT
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