Everything You Need to Know About Jupiter Retrograde

If you follow astrological happenings at all, you're probably well aware of Mercury retrograde. During this time period (which we're in until June 22), many believe that technology goes on the fritz, communication breaks down and minds become foggy until the planet goes direct again.

But Mercury isn't the only planet to go retrograde. In fact, all of the planets in our solar system do—and just before Mercury goes direct again, Jupiter is scheduled to join it in retrograde.

Worried about the biggest planet in our system going retrograde? You don't need to be. Here's everything you should know about the phenomenon.

What Is Jupiter Retrograde?

What in the world does it actually mean for a planet to go retrograde? All it means is that, from our point of view here on earth, the planet appears to change its orbit and start moving backward. Of course, the orbit doesn't actually change at all. It's simply an optical illusion caused by the relative position of the Earth and the other planets as they move around the sun. That doesn't make the event any less cosmically relevant to astrologers.

Shutterstock: The Jupiter shot from space showing all they beauty. Extremely detailed image, including elements furnished by NASA. Other orientations and planets available.

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When Is It Happening?

The Jupiter retrograde transit occurs every thirteen months or so, lasting for four months. In 2021, Jupiter will be in retrograde from June 20 to October 18.


What Does It Mean?

When you hear about a planet going retrograde, you probably groan and embrace for complications and difficulties. That's the expectation that Mercury retrograde has set, anyway! We're happy to announce that fortunately, Jupiter retrograde defies that expectation and has more positive implications.

In astrology, Jupiter is the planet most associated with the ideas of growth and expansion, as well as things like luck, success, healing and miracles. It also represents travel, freedom and independence, as well as philosophical and spiritual thinking.

So when the planet goes retrograde, it's said that the planet's influence allows us to look inward and reflect on ourselves both philosophically and spiritually. If there's anything blocking your path to developing into the person you need to be and finding your own prosperity, it's time to work through those issues and work toward your happiest, most complete self.

Of course, that doesn't mean there won't be challenges for you, or that you'll remain untested, but all of it paves the way for your growth. It will lead to you receiving whatever it is that you need in life, whether that's money, love or something you've been waiting on for a long time. This time also helps you to confront your negative behaviors, allowing you to grow and move forward. It won't necessarily be easy, but true change and growth rarely are!

That also means that when Jupiter goes direct again on October 18, it's likely you will have confronted your issues and set the stage for your joy to follow. Don't resist the change. Let it happen to maximize your happiness.

Shutterstock: The Jupiter from space showing all they beauty. Extremely detailed image, including elements furnished by NASA. Other orientations and planets available.

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Curious about the planets? Click HERE to find out more about what happens when every planet goes retrograde.