Even those who don’t closely follow astrology may have heard of the dreaded “Mercury retrograde” phenomena where communications get scrambled during this less than auspicious astrology period. But Mercury isn’t the only planet that goes retrograde. In fact, last year we experienced an unusual occurrence where five planets were retrograde at the same time. One of these planets was Jupiter, which is going retrograde again starting Monday, February 6, 2017. Since this is a reoccurring phenomenon, here are the details about this lesser-known astrological event.
Does Jupiter Retrograde Really Mean The Planet Is Going Backwards?
First, let’s clarify exactly what retrograde means. No, planets don’t reverse their course and start going in the opposite direction. The whole Jupiter retrograde, Mercury retrograde phenomena means that because of our perspective here on planet earth, these planets simply appear to go backward during retrograde phases. What retrograde means in the world of astrology is that the characteristics of that planet — and whatever astrological sign it’s in at the time — may be repressed or may be expressed more internally than externally. Whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on the circumstances for each individual. Regardless, planets go into retrograde on a regular basis and it doesn’t mean you need to cower and hide until your favorite planets start moving “forward” again.