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Cosmic Relief: What in the Retrograde is a Retrograde?

You may have heard of Mercury Retrograde and, if you’ve followed my column, I speak about it here. However, all other planets in the solar system also have a retrograde motion which means they appear to be moving backwards from our vantage point on Earth.

Astrologically, while in retrograde the effects of a planet move from our conscious to our subconscious world. This month we have three planets doing so—Saturn, Pluto and Mercury. Saturn governs our lessons, discipline and limits while Pluto initiates transformation, holds our power and controls our hidden aspects. Near the end of the month, Mercury stations retrograde, which speaks to communication systems and the mind.

The retrograde season of each planet lends itself to introspection about the parts of our lives that each planet highlights. Mercury’s smaller orbit makes its retrograde effects more aggressive and, as it happens three times a year, it can be exhausting. Saturn and Pluto, however, have much longer retrograde periods making their impact deeper and long term.

This month has us shifting focus on the inner parts of ourselves. We’ll be asking who we are, what to invest in, and how to live. To help put a spell on your retrogrades and May, here is another cosmic mixtape, and of course your horoscope based on your Sun and/or Rising Sign.

ARIES SUN // ARIES RISING

You’re exhausted, Aries! This month is all about recalibrating—you’ve given a big push in lots of projects last month, so take some time to take care of yourself. 

TAURUS SUN // TAURUS RISING

It’s time to shine, Taurus! You’re ready to burst out onto the scene and show the world what you’re made of—and guess what? They’ve been waiting for you!

GEMINI SUN // GEMINI RISING

You’re a little giddy these days Gemini. Lots of ideas and attention are being thrown your way. Enjoy it, because there’s more from where that’s coming from. 

CANCER SUN // CANCER RISING

You’re feeling the tensions a lot this month as you’ll be the sounding board for a lot of people in your life. You’re feeling like you’re stuck in the middle of everything so go easy on yourself.

LEO SUN // LEO RISING

Things seem to be progressing a little easier this month, Leo. You’re gearing up for a pretty hot summer season, so take this newfound flow for what it’s worth.

VIRGO SUN // VIRGO RISING

Although it’s been an exhausting year, Virgo, this month looks a bit tamer. You feel more vocal about things, and have found a good groove at work. Keep that rhythm up. 

LIBRA SUN // LIBRA RISING

You’re likely feeling a little quieter this month, Libra. You’ll find yourself wanting to take in your days with more introspection than usual. Enjoy it while it lasts!

SCORPIO SUN // SCORPIO RISING

This month is all about doing as little as possible. It’s likely you’ve been going in overdrive for a few months now, and it’s time to be more strategic about where you invest your energy. 

SAGITTARIUS SUN // SAGITTARIUS RISING

You’re likely giving a lot of love and spending time in long chats this month. People are relying on your warm welcome. Just make sure to carve out some time for you. 

CAPRICORN SUN // CAPRICORN RISING

You’re working behind the scenes and in the right headspace for strategy, this month. Don’t forget to pay attention to that romantic sparkle in your periphery, it’s craving some love. 

AQUARIUS SUN // AQUARIUS RISING

There seems to be no time to think about anything this month, Aquarius. Although you’ll find it hard to get grounded, remember this is just temporary.

PISCES SUN // PISCES RISING

You’re feeling hopeful this month, and likely a little inspired too. Take May to work on some long overdue creative projects you’ve had on the back burner. 

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Elfie Kalfakis, who also goes by her artist moniker, White Owl Mystic, is an artist, author, teacher and mystic. Her work is inspired by social issues and a keen interest in the metaphysical, esoteric and chance. She aspires to break down barriers within popular culture towards esoteric concepts and she’s passionate about female empowerment, mental health advocacy and understanding the collective unconscious.