We're officially in Jupiter Retrograde – here's what that means for you

Don’t be too quick to celebrate our escape from Mercury Retrograde – we’re not free of retrogrades just yet.

Now, we’re in Jupiter Retrograde, which in 2021 occurs from June 20 to October 18.

But what does that mean?

A planetary retrograde is when a planet appears to spin backwards. It’s an optical illusion, but it does have an impact- namely, broadly, to reverse the planet’s influence.

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, and also one of the outer planets, meaning it’s a long way from the Sun and Earth. This means it tends to have a slower orbit and a slower impact and influence on life on Earth, astrologically (for instance, the Moon changes sign every 28 days, whereas Jupiter takes a whole year).

Jupiter typically therefore has more of a generational than personal influence.

That said, it’s a positive influencer we all enjoy. Jupiter governs luck, fortune, philosophy, expansion, abundance and joy. Jupiter brings the party, spreads happy vibes, buys the round, treats you at birthdays, and pays the compliments. So, while Mercury Retrograde messes everything up, Jupiter Retrograde delivers good vibes.

That being said, it can still feel like a pause or a reversal.

When is Jupiter Retrograde 2021?

This year, lovely lucky Jupiter went into retrograde June 20 (and will remain so until October 17-18). So that’s four months.

How does Jupiter Retrograde affect us?

A Jupiter retrograde may make you feel like your own growth, expansion and abundance have stalled or even gone into reverse. You may not feel like your efforts are being rewarded or that your ambitions are progressing as fast or furiously as you hoped. Don’t worry. Chill.

This retrograde is a great time to zoom in on areas you feel are going in reverse, and take stock.

Assess your efforts, choices, priorities, habits and responsibilities. Where is your energy going, and where is it being rewarded or developed (and not)? It is a good time to refocus and adjust.

Sometimes, too, the impact of a Jupiter retrograde can make us behave greedily or act forcefully about getting our own way – a natural reaction when things don’t go as we hoped.

Resist this urge. Don’t push too hard for things which aren’t working, or take what’s not yours. Aim to use the pause to reflect and recalibrate your own efforts.

Ahead, we break down what this Jupiter Retrograde means for each star sign, and how you should use this time.

Aries

March 21 to April 20

You’re a generous and caring soul. Look around you this retrograde and see, in your circle, whose luck has changed the most, and offer a helping hand and a compassionate ear. You can help.

Head here for everything you need to know about being an Aries

Taurus

April 21 to May 21

Take stock of your career progress and where you’ve enjoyed the most success or satisfaction – perhaps more of the same is the way forward.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Taurus

Gemini

May 22 to June 21

Look back at your abandoned project list. I am sure it’s quite a long one, because you love to start things!

Now might be the time to reactivate some of this stuff. You weren’t ready then… but you are now.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Gemini

Cancer

June 22 to July 23

Look within to find the life lessons that the big events and setbacks of 2020/1 have taught you. Wisdom comes consciously. It comes from us making connections between life, learning and self-awareness.

You are keen to understand yourself better.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Cancer

Leo

July 24 to August 23

Surround yourself with people who uplift you and raise your spirits.

You are very sensitive to setbacks and delays, and take them to heart.

Remember this chapter will pass, and you’ll be back to being fabulous again!

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Leo

Virgo

August 24 to September 23

Review the ways you care for your mental health and wellbeing during this retrograde.

Sometimes you sacrifice your peace of mind in the name of work or duty. Lessen the load.

Add more relaxing and soothing activity to your schedule. Take good care of yourself.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Virgo

Libra

September 24 to October 23

It’s a good time to re-establish old hobbies, activities or projects that you felt passionately for, but didn’t pan out back then.

Things have changed. Introduce more heartfelt ambitions into your world to reignite your mojo.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Libra

Scorpio

October 24 to November 22

This retrograde makes you re-evaluate your relationships, where they do and do not serve you well, and what role you play there too.

Consider what you can do for yourself that you perhaps crave or have sought from others in the past.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Scorpio

Sagittarius

November 23 to December 21

Know yourself, know your worth, know your opportunities. Be clear about what you want, what that means and what’s on the to-do list. And focus 100% on it. No distractions right now.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Sagittarius

Capricorn

December 22 to January 21

Money is on your mind (when is it not?), and you’re keen to get what you feel you deserve.

Speak up, ask, make a case, show your worth. You are the hardest worker of the Zodiac, and you merit high reward.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Capricorn

Aquarius

January 22 to February 19

A feeling of low self-esteem has passed, and you feel like you owe it to yourself to raise the bar, go for a bold ambition, live a dream.

Use this retrograde to make some exciting plans for yourself, ready to go forth and conquer.

Head here for everything you need to know about being an Aquarius

Pisces

February 20 to March 20

Share your wisdom, your compassion and your insight about the people closest to you. Pisces, you see and understand everything.

Help others through their own tough spots, and ask for help when you’re going through one of yours.

Head here for everything you need to know about being a Pisces

Kerry King, the tarot queen, uses tarot and star sign wisdom to create inspiring forecasts and insights, with over 25 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world. You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, through her website.

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