Your Complete Retrograde Guide For 2017

by Kaitlyn Wylde
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If you're a big believer in the effects of planetary retrogrades on Earth, you're going to want to take a look at a complete calendar of all the retrogrades happening in 2017. Because I hate to break it to you, but there are a lot.

Throughout the year, almost every planet will go into at least one retrograde, triggering different effects here on Earth — or so many believe. But retrograde isn't all bad. It's all just a matter of perspective. Astrologers believe that each planet's retrograde cycle inspires different changes in us here on Earth. While some planets might cause confusion like Mercury, other planet's retrogrades inspire us to follow our dreams, like Neptune.

But as a whole, if you take away anything from retrograde, it should be a lesson in learning to count on yourself, plan ahead, and be flexible. If you master those three things, anything that life, or other planets throw at you, is no big deal. So take note of the different retrogrades, but don't blame the planets too hard. You've got the power to overcome whatever obstacles come in your way. Here's a full list of all of retrogrades occurring in 2017 and what they mean for you:


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Mercury has the most retrogrades in 2017. The first was Dec. 19 to Jan. 8. The second starts on Apr. 10 to May 3. The next will be Aug. 13 to Sept. 5, and the last will be Dec. 3 to Dec. 23. Mercury's retrogrades are characterized by misunderstandings, confusion, and miscommunications.


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Venus only has one retrograde, and it starts Mar. 5 until Apr. 16. Venus' retrogrades are characterized by a deep focus on personal relationships.


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There are no Mars retrogrades for 2017. Mars' retrogrades are characterized by delays, halts in progress and struggles to move forward.


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Jupiter has one retrograde, it started on Feb. 7, and will end on Jun. 10. Jupiter's retrogrades are characterized by an encouraging time for self reflection. A time to slow down, stay close to home and put off travel plans.


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Saturn's only retrograde begins Apr. 6, and end Aug. 26. Saturn's retrogrades are characterized by holding ourselves accountable for mistakes we've made in the past when rushing. It's a time to rewind, fix things we breezed over, and redo them properly.


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Uranus' only retrograde will start this summer around Aug. 4, and end in early 2018 on Jan. 3. Uranus' retrograde is characterized by unexpected happenings. It's the wild card planet.


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Neptune's only retrograde starts Jun. 17 and end Nov. 23. Neptune's retrograde is characterized by a time to focus on dreams, intuition and goals for the future.


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Pluto's only retrograde starts Apr. 21, and ends Sept. 29. Pluto's retrogrades are characterized by reformation and transformation. It's a time to make changes in yourself that you've been avoiding.