What is a retrograde?
A retrograde is when a planet transiting closest to earth, appears to be travelling backwards from a vantage point, in this case it's Earth.
Pre shadow is when the planet first triggers the area of the zodiac in which it will influence for the duration of the retrograde. You might begin to experience the effects of the retrograde at this point.
Station Retrograde is when the planet appears to be travelling backwards from Earth, and when the period of retrograde is in action. This is where issues can come to light and you can use the period for reflection, releasing and paying attention to anything that’s triggered or brought up.
Station Direct is when the retrograde planet appears to move forward again, moving away from the energy of the retrograde which should be finalised as we move towards the after shadow date.
The areas you may feel tested in are as follows:
Mercury // communication, travel and technology. Check and recheck all details/contracts. Try and avoid travelling. Expect and plan for delays.
Venus // love, relationships and all matters of the heart. Old flames may reappear and an old friend may reach out to reconnect.
Mars // personal energy and drive. You might feel blah and burnt out, and your motivation levels might be low.
Jupiter // growth, adventure and abundance. A period to reflect on finances and study, you might feel restricted in your growth and plans.
Saturn // Traditions, fears and challenges. You might feel pulled to connecting with something that you used to do, but if you’re feeling fear, it’s a great time to reorganise and figure out where you’re at.
Uranus // rebellion, breakthroughs, freedom and chaos. Unexpected events occur and feelings of stubbornness and rebellion may run high.
Neptune // inspiration, mysticism, delusions and deceptions. Realising any limiting beliefs and getting real, and taking action with your creativity.
Pluto // deeply transformative, self power and rebirth. Facilitating change and power, and a purge/return of any unwanted items.