We are most familiar with Mercury turning retrograde and the snafus that ensue, but all of the planets turn retrograde at one point or another. When the planets in the sky are observed from Earth, they sometimes appear to move backwards because not all of the planets are moving at the same speed. If you are driving in a car and pass another car that is moving more slowly, it may seem as though that car is moving backwards.
Using the same car analogy, as planet prepares to turn retrograde it’s like a car making a U-turn. It has to slow down in order to reverse direction, and then it is almost stationary until it reverses and then picks up speed again. During that time the planetary influence is stronger than any other time as if a laser beam is focusing the energy that we associate with that planet into our lives.
It’s a mystery how this planetary influence works. Is it a purely symbolic event that stimulates something that occurs only in our own psycho-emotional system? Does the actual planetary body in the sky create a field of resonance to which our own psyche responds? Does it actually send a beam of influence that instigates certain behaviors? In any case, a retrograde planet urges us to retrace our steps, and the influence of that planet is emphasized in a more personal way.
Chiron is best known as the “Wounded Healer,” but I’ve been calling it the “Soul Healer” instead. In the early days of working with Chiron we used to say that Chironic wounds were the ones that cannot be healed, but I’ve discovered over the years that the wounds of the soul CAN […]