Six Planets & Chiron, All Retrograde At Once, 2018

I posted this in 2016.  I was asked to update it. Here’s the original post:

I’m working on the Transit Calendar for 2018.

  • 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. This will be something to watch!

To update in 2018, we’re talking about the summer, here in the US. While I listed the particulars above, it makes sense to view this period as a chunk of time when certain things will be true.  Specifically, you can expect to be going back over various things.

I don’t know why this bothers people so much.  We can’t always be hurtling towards the future.  Are there not times in life or things you’ve done that you’d not like to do over?  What if you got it wrong?

People tend to hate the idea they might have made the wrong choice or misjudged something or someone, even this happens to everyone at one time or the other. This summer will be a good time to reflect back on your life in different ways and on different levels.

You may not want to break new ground at this time but that’s not the worst thing. Socrates is credited with this quote, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Take the time this summer, to mull things over.  This way, when you head out you’re likely to feel more solid about who you are and what you’re doing.

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Six Planets & Chiron, All Retrograde At Once, 2018 — 64 Comments

  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.

  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.

  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.

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