What planet is in retrograde? The planets are spinning backward once again

They're back! Curious what planet is in retrograde? This sucker is kickstarting the backwards spins after a two-month hiatus

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What planet is in retrograde? After a brief break, the celestial bodies are gearing up to spin backward once more. 

Yes, folks, Pluto retrograde 2022 will do the honors of breaking the two-month hiatus. Although it seems daunting—plus Mercury retrograde 2022 follows less than two weeks later—there's no need to worry. 

Retrogrades are a time to look inward and make changes where need be, even if they present a few challenges here and there. Pluto is a great way to welcome back the retrograde season, as it asks us to dig deep and pave the way for our true intentions. 

"Pluto moves so slowly it will never move through all of your houses during your lifetime," says astrologer Noush of Girl and Her Moon. "The fact that it has intentionally shown up for you at the point that it has shows that your soul is ready to transform in new ways. It wants to go deep into uncover healing, uncover empowerment."

This is a time to reflect, so use it to your advantage. Unwind, grab some tea and candles (excellent gifts astrology fans love, as you know) and let the solar system do its thing. Honestly, you don't really have a choice!

What planet is in retrograde?

The nearly three-month-long retrograde hiatus is coming to a close thanks to Pluto retrograde, which will take place in Capricorn. 

From April 29 to October 28, the planet of regeneration will be moving backwards—and slowly. Though it's not one of the faster fellas in the solar system, it is pretty powerful. 

""There's a power to Pluto, it's not just scary and ominous," says astrologer Noush with Girl and Her Moon. "It's about going through these deeper moments of understanding and uncovering them to gain a richer feeling of empowerment."

We can expect the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer) to feel its effects the most, as Pluto is moving through three degree points in Capricorn. Earth signs (Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus) are also expected to feel Pluto's presence more significantly than other members of the zodiac. 

But all in all, Noush suggests revisiting significant moments from March to June 2021, as the planet is going back through the degree points of that timeframe.

"It's bringing something to light from your psyche or intuition that maybe was not felt at that time," she says. "Whatever was happening then, now we'll go a little deeper."

But Pluto's not meant to frighten us, it's meant to accept changes that ultimately guide us towards the proper path.

A handy guide to retrograde 2022:

Here is a 2022 guide to what's going on with the planets (including the highly debatable "planet" Pluto). 

Don't let the backward spins make your head spin! With help from the pros, we're confident you're able to face anything that comes your way.

Venus retrograde 2022

When: December 19, 2021-January 29, 2022

Just as the Sagittarius season comes to an end, Venus will go retrograde in Capricorn. 

Things might be a bit confusing between you and a partner, romantic or otherwise, but use this opportunity as a time to focus on your needs. (Heck, if the holidays didn't give you a reason to chill out, Venus retrograde will!)

Plus, it's an important time to be mindful of important areas of our lives. We'll "really be rethinking our commitment to our legacies in relationships, value and money," astrologer Liz Simmons says.  

Mercury retrograde 2022

When: January 14-February 3, 2022
May 10-June 2, 2022
September 9-October 2, 2022
December 29, 2022-January 18, 2023

So, Mercury retrograde. Pop culture's worst nightmare. We'll be getting an extra dosage of the planet's antics this year, as it'll be in retrograde four times rather than three. How generous!

Before you sound the alarms, relax. There's a method to the Mercury madness if you ask astrologer Lisa Stardust, author of The Astrology Deck: Your Guide to the Meanings and Myths of the Cosmos.

She believes the first retrograde of the year will focus on the way in which we share our thoughts. Round two in the spring will bring us out of our comfort zones while the fall retrograde will balance out our communication. The extra whammy will have us re-examining it all.

Use Mercury retrograde as a time to make sure you're on the proper path. No need to worry about breakups during Mercury retrograde or computer malfunctions. But, we wouldn't blame you if you decided to buy extra iCloud storage...just in case.

Pluto retrograde 2022

When: April 29-October 28, 2022

Pluto might be small, and oftentimes overlooked in the astronomy world, but it's fierce in terms of astrology. 

Considering it's the planet of regeneration, Pluto does focus a lot on death and rebirth, but its retrograde should not be feared: it should be a time in which people make changes personally or professionally that are sustainable towards their overall goals. This is a notion that coincides nicely with the current Taurus season

"There's something really beautiful and helpful about Pluto that makes it one of the planets that can really guide your soul towards the most beautiful evolution and truth," Noush adds. "It's quite a beautiful energy, even though there is darkness to it."

She continues, "If you are a Capricorn, Aries Libra or Cancer, you might feel this retrograde a little more because it's moving through a cardinal sign [Capricorn]." 

"If you are an earth sign—Virgo, Capricorn, or Taurus—the retrograde will be trining your signs, so you might feel this in a positive way. It's something that can feel like a challenge, but it's a challenge that you might be more ready for."

Saturn retrograde 2022

When: June 4-October 23, 2022

It's the planet that is responsible for our boundaries, structure and habits that keep our daily lives in check. Essentially, it's something to be mindful of when you're focusing on your career. 

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Neptune retrograde 2022

When: June 28-December 4, 2022

Neptune retrograde is the reality check of the celestial motion. During this time, you might find yourself wondering, "How come I didn't realize this before?" Neptune is most definitely keeping things in check.

Jupiter retrograde 2022

When: July 28-November 23, 2022

Jupiter is the planet that is typically associated with growth, so this retrograde is a time to bring things to fruition. 

"It's about fine-tuning things that didn't fully manifest and adjusting our point of view, seeing more of the big picture," says astrologer and author Narayana Montúfar, who just released Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power

Uranus retrograde 2022

When: August 19, 2021-January 18, 2022
August 24-January 1, 2023

Considered the wild-child planet, Uranus retrograde might yield unexpected results. Watts suggests we'll be affected on an internal level since the planet is further out than others, therefore it might not affect us quite as severely. 

Now is the time to make sure you're not acting on your impulses, so be mindful of your behaviors. Consider it a less intense Neptune reality check.

Mars retrograde 2022

When: October 30, 2022-January 1, 2023

"It's my least favorite," Montúfar reveals of the planet's retrograde. "Mars rules your drive and energy. You can't function at your best." 

Knowing that it has the tendency to make you feel lethargic, take note and make sure to enjoy your favorite self-care practices to feel rejuvenated. During this time, it's possible that sex might feel a bit awkward, so you'll want to take a cue from the experts about how to reset your sex life.


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Important retrograde takeaways

First thing's first, as Montúfar states, retrograde shouldn't come with a negative connotation. 

"It's an opportunity to readjust the things that the particular planet rules and revise the way we're going after things," she says. 

So, embrace it! You might also want to take a gander at your astrological birth chart to see how each planetary shift will affect you personally and go from there. 

Let's look at these challenges as opportunities to enhance our lives, relationships and career. Retrograde panic? That's so last season.

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The nearly three-month-long hiatus is coming to a close thanks to Pluto retrograde 2022, which will take place in Capricorn. 

From April 29 to October 28, the planet of regeneration will be moving backwards—and slowly. Though it's not one of the faster fellas in the solar system, it is pretty powerful. 

""There's a power to Pluto, it's not just scary and ominous," says astrologer Noush with Girl and Her Moon. "It's about going through these deeper moments of understanding and uncovering them to gain a richer feeling of empowerment."

We can expect the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer) to feel its effects the most, as Pluto is moving through three degree points in Capricorn. Earth signs (Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus) are also expected to feel Pluto's presence more significantly than other members of the zodiac. 

But all in all, Noush suggests revisiting significant moments from March to June 2021, as the planet is going back through the degree points of that timeframe.

"It's bringing something to light from your psyche or intuition that maybe was not felt at that time," she says. "Whatever was happening then, now we'll go a little deeper."

But Pluto's not meant to frighten us, it's meant to accept changes that ultimately guide us towards the proper path.

The nearly three-month-long hiatus is coming to a close thanks to Pluto retrograde 2022, which will take place in Capricorn. 

From April 29 to October 28, the planet of regeneration will be moving backwards—and slowly. Though it's not one of the faster fellas in the solar system, it is pretty powerful. 

""There's a power to Pluto, it's not just scary and ominous," says astrologer Noush with Girl and Her Moon. "It's about going through these deeper moments of understanding and uncovering them to gain a richer feeling of empowerment."

We can expect the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Libra and Cancer) to feel its effects the most, as Pluto is moving through three degree points in Capricorn. Earth signs (Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus) are also expected to feel Pluto's presence more significantly than other members of the zodiac. 

But all in all, Noush suggests revisiting significant moments from March to June 2021, as the planet is going back through the degree points of that timeframe.

"It's bringing something to light from your psyche or intuition that maybe was not felt at that time," she says. "Whatever was happening then, now we'll go a little deeper."

But Pluto's not meant to frighten us, it's meant to accept changes that ultimately guide us towards the proper path.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


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