During the summer of 2023, a resounding seven planets will be in retrograde at the same time. Yes, you read that right.
The word "retrograde" tends to conjure up a visceral cringe for astrology followers. Mercury retrograde, for example, is a dreaded transit that happens three times a year, and is said to slow down communication.
Retrograde has a similar effect on other planetary bodies. The transit acts as a type of handicap, impeding the way they shine.
Retrogrades occur when a planet appears to move backwards in its orbit. These are optical illusions, but are still thought to have impact on an astrological level.
Here's what to know about the many retrogrades of the summer of 2023, which will create an astrologically charged summer.
What planets are in retrograde in the summer of 2023?
When is it? May 1 through Oct. 10
Pluto retrograde starts off in Aquarius and then enters Capricorn on June 11, taking us back to March. Old power struggles and former triangular situations will be reopened and re-examined to see how we can learn and grow from them.
When is it? June 17 through Nov. 4
Saturn retrograde in Pisces represents a moment of reflection in which we’re contemplating how we can attain our goals for the future. Relationships are going to be tested, as we’re deciding who and what we should invest our energy in.
When is it? June 30 through Dec. 6
Our intuition may not be as spot on as it usually is when Neptune is retrograde in Pisces. You may start believing the narratives you tell yourself — even if they're not true.
When is it? July 22 through Sept. 3
Venus retrograde in Leo will make us long for big declarations of love and affection. The less attention we get, the more we'll want it. This also holds true for money and finances.
When is it? Aug. 23 through Sept. 15
Mercury retrograde in Virgo is going to bring back exes and old flames. This transit will bring us face-to-face with the past, both the good and the bad.
When is it? Aug. 28 through Jan. 27, 2024
The planet of change takes baby steps towards evolution when retrograde in Taurus. Don’t expect major waves or growth during this time. Take life one day at a time to avoid frustrations from rising during this planetary retrograde.
When is it? Sept. 4 through Dec. 30
Jupiter retrograde in Taurus may prove to be beneficial. This transit urges us to make calculated risks instead of jumping all in without looking. Basically, it’s a call to read the fine print.