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.
On the negative side, Jupiter can inspire those in its influence to overindulge a bit or even get caught up in a bit of blind optimism. Some astrologers who dabble in taboo subjects like the astrology of death have linked Jupiter in certain aspects to not only life-changing events but life-ending ones, in the sense of expanding your horizons outside your own body. Before you panic, please note this is only when Jupiter makes several aspects in specific zodiac signs, and any astrological aspect represents a tendency, not a destined outcome set in stone.
Jupiter is in the sign of Libra when it goes retrograde, which is the zodiac sign representing relationships and balance, so that's probably the area of your life where you'll feel the influence the most. Elephant Journal noted that this Jupiter retrograde period will put those relationships under the microscope so that we can examine what does and doesn't work for us.
"As Jupiter turns retrograde, anything that isn't working will become more apparent. Our souls will naturally be drawn to those relationships where balance flows as freely as love."
So the gist of all of this is don't worry. With Jupiter in retrograde, everything will still be all right. In fact, it will likely make things better in the end as you prune away the things that don't work for you and prepare for a new period of growth and expansion.
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