Six Planets & Chiron, All Retrograde At Once: August 2018

I originally posted this in 2016, because advance warning provides an advantage. I updated it in May, 2018.

I am updating this now because we’re at the tail end of the summer retrogrades. This also happens to be their peak!

Here are the details.

  • Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto will all be retrograde between June 26, 2018 and July 10th, 2018.
  • Jupiter turns direct, July 10th, leaving four planets retrograde.
  • July 26, 2018, Mercury reverses and we’re back to five planets retrograde.
  • August 7, 2018, Uranus turns retrograde and at that point we have six planets Rx, seven if you want to count, Chiron.

The planets start turning direct with Mercury, on August 19th.
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So how has this played out?

There is not a single person I can think of who is not stuck in some kind of quagmire.  This does not have to be negative!  For example, I had my hip replaced. That’s good!  But I can’t run right now and nothing in the world is going to change that!

I have friend whose well went out. She doesn’t know much about wells, nor does her son, who has been trying to fix. They have spent a lot of money trying to save money. Weeks have passed. I know they will get the well fixed but when?

Having awareness of these summer retrogrades has benefited me by sparing me frustration. It will get done. It just won’t necessarily get – done – now!

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  1. All those retrograde planets fall on my solar return. Mercury will go direct on my ascendant on the 19th.
    It’s a while from now yet not that far from now because time is going so fast.
    I’m guessing that 2017 sets up 2018.

  2. I have to say thank goodness Jupiter will go direct before Uranus turns retrograde, let there be one outer planet (and let it be Jupiter, says the Sag in me) that is moving forward. Perhaps the sluggishness and inabilities will tamp down some horrific possibility that wants to erupt, as well as all the wonderful things we individuals wish to accomplish.

    One can hope.

    • Have Uranus-Pluto-Jupiter-Neptune-Saturn all retrograde in the top part of my birthchart. Just wonder if the retros for Summer 2018 will feel/look like my so-called ‘normal’ life?? Elsa, the word that you used,…’traction’. That stood out for me greatly, as no matter what I seem to have attempted in life, the outcome seems to tend toward fate rather than some more predictable outcome in relation to personal effort!

  3. I should graduate in the end of July 2018. I think I’m going to try to work as much as possible in April/May. It shouldn’t be impossible, my only concern is for the final thesis theme. I have a general idea of what I want to do, but ideally would like to pitch the idea to a business looking for the kind of information I’ll look into.

  4. I am wondering if all of this energy will be a “do over…” meaning that things slow down so we can re-examine the events that led us to whatever will happen in 2018. I guess I’m in the minority of those who like to consider that retrogrades are often a chance to stop, think, and re-examine before moving forward.

  5. Oh boy – I am soooo not looking forward to my 2018 Solar Return – ughhh – a sluggish year forecast (8 July & my Asc ruler also Rx). Bugger! (with a capital B)

  6. My oldest son was born late March 1981 – retrograde Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, & Pluto. Juno & Vesta, as well. He is to be married Sept 8th. Can retrograde energy feel more concordant to some?

    • Absolutely. 🙂 Some people who track their experiences – e.g. born with Mercury retrograde, observing themselves and others during Mercury retrograde times – have said “yes” to that. There are posts saying so in the ElsaElsa forum… and elsewhere. (I didn’t take note so can’t say exactly where, sorry!)

  7. Hi Elsa…
    Now that we are so close to all of these planets plus Chiron going Rx…do you have any further insights on how this may all play out? 2018 sure has started out volatile to say the least.

  8. I still feel very restless. And I still don’t know why. It’s weird.
    Like something is going on, and I don’t know what it is. It’s impending. It is not my personal life (I think… I am ok). There still is someone who tries to force me, I have trouble with that. But that gives not the feeling that I describe. …….

    • I think I have the same feeling. Every time my phone rings I have a foreboding feeling like I’m expecting some bad news. I’m sure it’s not a premonition, it’s probably just the current energy

      • Thank you la_sirena: it helps me to know that I am not alone with this. I talk little about this feelings to make others not uneasy. But I am very alert. I don’t even travel by train these days. Live in The Netherlands. I don’t understand but will not ignore it: I have to see to many times “you see now?” when I did.
        It is not necessarily the fear of terrorism. I said before: I don’t know what it is. I want to stay close to home, than I feel fine. The force from the outside will remain. I know who it is ( it is a corps! and I got help.

          • There are many scary thought forms hanging around in the collective unconscious
            Perhaps you are picking up on them They can feel very real

        • Are you virgo? I had this fear for almost 8months.I disnt want to go outside the room and had no interest to see and talk to anyone.Once my phone rang i was shocked and didnt want to have it.The realy ground of all these is unknown to me.Am in Kenya.Now is better but still not that good.I still dont feel going to town or to any gatherings.what could that be?

  9. Awash in snowflakes, wanting new
    Wanting not fears of habits gone by;
    2 quotes given by the great Gretzky
    (Perhaps slightly paraphrased)
    I go not where the puck has gone but where it’s going,#1,you miss
    100% of the shots not taken#2
    Thinking to plant some peas on next
    Good moon, best days to plant
    Pisces,cancer and Scorpio

  10. Yup, I’d sure like to do it over and get it right. I’m hoping that I got it right this time, and if not, I hope I find out so I can get it right in the future.

  11. Im all about the Jupiter retrograde in my 2nd house where Scorpio Venus and Neptune reside.
    Your solar return report has been uncannily accurate Elsa. I’m going over my report and taking notes to be sure I am mulling over and patching up my screw-ups so far this year (half way through) before my next birthday in September. I hope everything reserves and instead of being sluggish like its been, Ill be going like gangbusters before June and After August hopefully more grounded and wiser.

  12. I have yet to discover how retrograde planets affect me. I have no idea – I’ve never tracked this. (Natally not one of my planets are retrograde, which does not happen often.)

    The problem is that most of the planets going retrograde soon are making very bad angles to my natal planets at this moment, so I assume they will they be digging in deeper, making things even more difficult. (Many things one can’t do over. It comes from ‘outside’ – it’s done to you.)
    But… you can stop… and think… and reflect… and go inside yourself… and ask yourself why … I don’t know.

    I will be trying to find the good side to all this.

  13. Seems an important opportunity to see the value in slowing down. All those planets are retrograde between my 12th and 3rd houses with Uranus plowing up the ground or bringing lightning through Taurus in my 4th. Food for thought to reread this post as the Spring Equinox has just balanced the eggs.

  14. I’ve never noticed much on the retrogrades of Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. I think collective planets, especially PLuto. It all tends to happen in the secret corridors of power far away from the little people.

    • I don’t either very much and I seldom pay attention to them. I have seen big events unfold when Pluto stations Direct though.

  15. Would love to redo a lot of things politically – like bring back civility and respect for diversity, science and environmental protections. Maybe this period will be good.

  16. I’m on holiday in Greece from 29th June to 9th July with my teenage daughters. I wonder how this will play out?

  17. Aloha Elsa,
    Thank you for your amazing Astrology reports, do love them.
    A close friend of mine wanted to get married in July, I advised her to may be wait due to all those planets being retrograde, especially Mars, was this good advice? Thank you!

  18. I checked my birth chart for retrograde planets the other day and all the outer planets were retrograde in April 1980. Jupiter Saturn Neptune Pluto. Maybe that’s the reason why I always feel like I’m driving with the handbrake on!!

  19. Hmm maybe a trapped in a snow globe feel,still need a good read book! Thanx for the share, it will effect all so nice to have time to make or think to make slow plans
    Porch BBQ?

  20. It’s a month early but I’m already feeling this coming on, like PMS. It’s like when you start to feel the energy of an eclipse ahead of time. It’ll be an interesting time for sure 😯

  21. I’m reshooting an animation and now I will have time to read up on all the technical stuff to get a more professional result. I’ve been frustrated that I’m repeating things and not getting any better, partly due to time pressure. So this gives me the opportunity to do things properly and go up a level. Apart from the usual Mercury Rx I might be looking forward to this. It will be nice to work to my own deadlines for a change and once I’ve mastered the techniques it will be knowledge that will stick there forever.
    I’ve also been offered a date to play live in September, it’s been years! So I’ll be digging out old material along with the new and rehearsing all summer. It’s the old swan analogy, gliding along while the feet are paddling away underneath.

  22. I am thinking collectively, not personally.. IMHO what with two solar eclipses and a (blood moon)lunar one plus all those retrograde bodies, it surely feels like sinister Times for us all on the planet.. Praying for Divine Mercy.

  23. Elsa, do you advise moving to a new city and starting a new job in July or August? I’ve already kind of set things in motion…

    • If that’s when the new job you need come up – yes. Just don’t be surprised if you’re off to a sluggish start. This won’t matter over time. 🙂
      Good lucK!

  24. Dear friend ,I am also assuming this .but you are also conformed this to me thank you Elsa. I am so happy for your conformation.

  25. Hello ! What ,praytell does this mean to me plz ? 01/29/1964 12:31 pm Melbourne,Fla. I would love to know what you see for me in this fascinating pileup of retrogrades; Will any good come out of it ??? , if you are so inclined, to humour me plz!

  26. I had foot surgery when Tr Mars was direct in my 1H. The procedure went smoothly. However, now with Mars in retrograde and backing up into my 12H, I find that my energy level (Mars) is erratic (squaring Tr Uranus) and sluggish (12H Piscean fog).

  27. Well……I could write the war & peace of astrological synchronicities & what to expect when you’re expecting a Uranus transit.
    Briefly: boyfriend is getting hit hard….his natal nodal axis & Uranus conjunct Nn & Chiron conjunct Sn is being squared by current nodal transits…..so yep that Mars thrown in there plus Uranus moving to an opposition to natal Uranus & conjunct natal Chiron on SN – hope making clear – lots of tension
    Here’s the rub: last time nodal square to natal happened his wife died in a car accident…..&….nodes at that time were conjunct her natal nodes & sun….
    Boyfriend under tons of stress & I have to wonder what much deeper issues are being brought up.
    Work issues plus health issues – he is a combat veteran – & the VA is..don’t get me going…
    I hope he & we get through this – feeling rather titchy about it all- like watching a scary movie- on eggshells waiting for that moment of reveal
    Plus Pluto is squaring his Mars (which conjuncts my descendant) & Saturn just past exact square to his sun….what’s disconcerting is not long after Pluto is done with Mars he will hit his natal Venus…& Saturn will move up to square his Pluto…..(& yeah lots of planets for me too)
    Blah

    • Your description is shockingly familiar to my own boyfriend. He is also a combat veteran, dealing with so many work and health issues I barely hear from him much less see him, and weirdly enough, several of the aspects you mentioned are same too! He’s not 49 and named Mike is he? 😛

  28. A friend of my brother’s got killed last night while walking along the highway. The car struck her and then went on to hit a pole and flip and the people in the car were fine. I have been getting bad news for the past two weeks from everyone I know. Another relative is at death’s door as I found out from another person today.

  29. So far moderate bad news keeps bumping in. Lots of frustration in trying to get traction at work now that I have people working on the project. I am trying to view it as a chance to work out the kinks in the process before we push forward hard.

    On a personal level this is allowing me to chew my cud. aka process a lot of stuff that got set aside while I was dealing with fires for years. Lots of what is coming up is not pleasant or easy but it feels right to sift for lessons before I turn forward after my life was radically shifted/changed outside of my will. I want to be on more solid emotional ground so I go where I want instead of being drug along behind the freight train.

  30. Doctors,vets and (possibly) house repairs haven’t let me go travelling for my holidays. But it’s OK, been reconnecting with my surroundings,which are very nice, and met several local very nice oeople

  31. So many comments! Work has been one step forward, two back, at tepid pace, like a frustratingly sick hokey pokey. Family issues have stagnated as well, but it’s not necessarily bad. Sometimes, things need to simmer a while before they’re ready to be served.

  32. It’s a B*tch! I think Mars Rx is always the hardest. Agitation, annoyance and all the rest has been amped up. Starts to trine my Sun soon. Maybe I’ll catch a head wind soon.

  33. Elsa,

    I wonder who else is expereincing these retrogrades as backtracking much further than the planets are actually moving…much further.
    I’ve been revisiting so many moments and areas of life from the past few years, things that touch on super scary and sensitive spots, and go back as far as 3 years ago..Im wondering if anyone else is experiencing this too..I feel like Im time traveling backwards and being a triple Aries with Virgo MC, I dont like it. Its scary and is triggering major anxiety. Besides making me worry that revisiting these areas is what the people in my life who Im close to are doing too. Are they? Or is it just me….

  34. I was born April 1971 with 5 planets plus nodes retrograde. Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Uranus. I always enjoy times during retrograde. The more the better

  35. Well the influences of retrograde planets become processed more INTERNALLY and manifest that way, too, until they turn direct; this is just more a time to ponder, meditate and not make big changes or any big decisions without thinking long on them. And, we need to remember to be kind, to ourselves as well as others!

  36. This has probably been the worst year of my young 26 years of life. Transit Pluto has been squaring my Venus for over a year and my progressed Venus has been opposing my natal Pluto for just as long. The retrograde Mars in Capricorn has been fucking up my already terrible love life (this is happening in my 7th) and transit Jupiter moving through my 5th hasn’t been auspicious for me in love (the retrograde was shit). I can’t wait until this awful year is over and things hopefully get better in my love life. Screw retrogrades

    • Sim big hugs, listen Elsa has a workshop on Saturn/Venus/cap/7th house stuff I highly recommend. You can get the transcript in the store here. It is worth it, anyone will attest to it around here

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