Retrogrades, Out of Bound, and Comets

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My clients are asking more often this month, “Is the cosmos out to get me?”  Not exactly. We have seven planets in retrograde, one out of bounds and one recovering and in it’s shadow.  

What does that mean? Lets begin with a couple of definitions first.

According to Wikipedia, “Retrograde motion, in astronomy, describes the orbit of a celestial body that runs counter to the direction of the spin of that body which it orbits. Apparent retrograde motion, in astronomy, is the apparent motion of planets as observed from a particular vantage point.”

Steven Forrest explains the Out Of Bound motion as “a planet progresses out of bounds, that planet has “gone to the wilderness in order to re-invent itself.” The part of you it represents has been too stifled by customs, other people’s expectations. It is sick of “the rules.” It will look a little crazy for a while, but there is a good chance that when it comes back in bounds, it will be refreshed, liberated, and renewed – and significantly re-oriented.”

Bustle explains “Retroshade as not quite as hectic or confusing as retrograde. This is actually a time to reflect, and it’s much more calm. It’s a good time to think about our past and try to learn from it. In fact, you might find the two weeks of retroshade to be really helpful, especially if you’re trying to move forward.”

Cafe Astrology defines Chiron as “a comet with a unique and erratic orbit. In the natal chart, Chiron is symbolized by the “wounded healer”. It represents our deepest wound, and our efforts to heal the wound. Chiron was named after the centaur in Greek mythology who was a healer and teacher who, ironically, could not heal himself.”


PLUTO is retrograde

NEPTUNE is retrograde

URANUS is retrograde

CHIRON is retrograde

SATURN is retrograde

MARS is retrograde

MARS is also Out of Bounds

MERCURY is in it’s shadow phase also known as retroshade

And that’s all I know… a whole lot of stuff appearing to go backwards while actually going forward.