2021 Planetary Retrogrades and Eclipses

2021 Brings a Small Sigh of Relief!

There are seven planetary retrogrades and four eclipses in 2021. This is certainly a more ‘normal’ year than 2020! Although we still have various challenges and growth spurts to contend with, hope and optimism begins to return this year along with some stability… finally! We also have asteroids Chiron, Vesta, Pallas and Juno going retrograde in 2021 which I’ll cover in another article.

Planetary Retrogrades and Eclipses 2021

The Seven Planetary Retrogrades

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde ( 30/1/21 - 19/2/21, 31/5/21 - 21/6/21, 28/9/21 - 18/10/21 )

When Mercury goes retrograde, misunderstandings and miscommunications can reign supreme. Cognition is also affected, so you may feel confused and fuzzy headed with your head in the clouds, especially if you are an Air sign – Gemini, Libra or Aquarius.

Venus Retrograde

Venus Retrograde ( 19/12/21 - 29/1/22 )

Starts at: 26° Capricorn 29’ | Ends at: 11° Capricorn 5’

Venus the planet of love, beauty, the arts, cooperation and $$$ and she changes sign every month or so. She also goes retrograde every 18 months for about 6 weeks and in 2021, Venus will be retrograde December 19 – January 29, 2022 in Capricorn. There is also a ‘shadow period’ commencing a few weeks before and after these dates. Many people are affected to some extent but if you have Capricorn, Libra or Taurus in your chart you will be very strongly affected.

Jupiter Retrograde

Jupiter Retrograde ( 20/6/21 - 18/10/21 )

Starts at: 2° Pisces 11’ | Ends at: 22° Aquarius 20’

Jupiter will be retrograding the watery sign of Pisces into airy Aquarius. Jupiter the planet of expansion, growth, adventure and good luck goes retrograde every 9 months for about 4 months. In 2021 Jupiter will be retrograde June 20 – October 18, 2021 beginning in Pisces and ending in Aquarius. Jupiter has affinity with the male yang energy and when he’s retrograde, you may become more inward focused. It’s as if expansive and dynamic energy contracts inwards.

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Saturn Retrograde

Saturn Retrograde ( 23/5/21 - 10/10/21 )

Starts at: 13° Aquarius 31 ’ | Ends at: 6°Aquarius 53’

Saturn is the planet of chronological time, governments, the judicial system, elderly people, employment, those economically disadvantaged and natural resources including agriculture. Saturn is also ‘Lord of Karma’… he really is not to be trifled with, he enjoys contraction, restriction and limitation… oh bliss… NOT! To stay on his good side, everything must be above board, organised, structured and properly legal. If you have Capricorn or Aquarius strongly in your chart, then you will be very strongly affected.

Uranus Retrograde

Uranus Retrograde ( 15/8/20 - 14/1/21, 19/8/21 - 18/1/22 )

Starts at: 10° Taurus 41’ | Ends at: 6°Taurus 43’ and Starts at: 14° Taurus 48’ | Ends at: 10°Taurus 49’

Uranus continues his journey through Earthy Taurus and will be retrograding giving both excitement and turbulence. On an inner level, there is a great deal of psychological and spiritual transformation. You may get some creative flashes of brilliance, going off like fireworks on cracker night in your head! When Uranus is retrograde, issues with authority figures may arise – particularly with governments or fatherhood figures as rebelliousness, revolution and anarchy rise.

Neptune in Pisces

Neptune Retrograde ( 25/6/21 - 1/12/21 )

Starts at: 23° Pisces 12’ | Ends at: 20° Pisces 24’

Neptune will be retrograding in the changeable watery sign of Pisces enhancing both spirituality and delusions. On an inner level, there is a great deal of psychological and spiritual transformation. Neptune spends approximately 23 weeks per year in retrograde and has affinity with the feminine yin energy. When she’s retrograde, delusions and illusion may occur more often than usual. Logical thinking may be particularly difficult, and judgement doesn’t seem as clear cut as usual.

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Pluto in Capricorn

Pluto Retrograde ( 24/4/21 - 6/10/21 )

Starts at: 26° Capricorn 48’ | Ends at: 24° Capricorn 19’

Pluto continues to retrograde in the stable Earthy sign of Capricorn. Pluto rules over profound transformation, death and rebirth. Pluto Retrograde is often a time of major transformation in life. The phoenix rises from the ashes and we are born again. Karma and fate are key themes now. Pluto is the last planet in our solar system and the 3rd transpersonal planet which means it relates not only to individuals but also to large collectives of people, for example countries.

a bright yellow and black solar eclipse

Solar and Lunar Eclipses 2021

All eclipses represent transformation and 2021 has four eclipses unlike last year which kept the changes rolling nonstop with six eclipses. We can now breathe a small sigh of relief this year. Solar Eclipses represent male aspects whilst lunar eclipses represent the feminine energies. Eclipses force us to confront our own shadow nature or the dark side of our personal subconscious. They are also a sign from the Universe that change will soon visit us on the Earth plane and it can be unpredictable and unexpected change.

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