2019 Planetary Retrogrades and Their Effects

2019 will be a very interesting and eventful year – with three high-impact Mercury retrogrades, two game-changing Uranus retrogrades, one Jupiter, one Neptune, one Pluto, and one Saturn retrogrades, the year ahead is going to be super different for everyone in every sign.

Planets go retrograde for different amounts of time and have different effects on our lives. For example, while Mercury can go retrograde just for twenty days and do it three times a year, planet Pluto can take two hundred days to finish just one retrograde cycle. Planets move at different speeds, and some have a tendency to go retrograde more frequently, e.g. once every few weeks, while others only do it once every few years or even less.

But what is a retrograde? Do planets actually go backward in their orbits? Is that even possible? The answer is no. What happens is, while planets continue to go prograde, meaning forward, in their orbits, to us they look like they’re moving backward because of our Earth’s position in the solar system at that point in time. And astrology always looks at the sky from the perspective of our home planet – Earth.

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2019 Retrograde Dates

Retrograde dates are different every year, and two years are the same. As planets continue to move at different speeds, the sky keeps changing and it’s always uniquely arranged in terms of the planets.

For your convenience, below we are listing the retrograde dates in 2019 as well as retrograde 2019 meanings – specific to this year and in relation to concurrent planetary movements. Every retrograde is different and needs to be understood in the context in which it’s happening.

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Mercury Retrograde 2019 Effects

Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, expect haphazard mistakes, misunderstandings, and unintentional communication and transport problems. It’s a good idea to avoid signing contracts, starting new projects, or buying expensive items including property. But Mercury retrograde isn’t all bad. Whatever you started before the retrograde can be finished during the retrograde, and be finished effectively and completely. While it’s not a good time to share news with others, it’s a fruitful time to work on what’s already at hand, quietly and steadily.

In 2019, specifically, Mercury will go retrograde three times.

From Mar 5, 2019 (in Capricorn) to Mar 28, 2019 (in Pisces)

From Jul 7, 2019 (in Leo) to August 1, 2019 (in Cancer)

From October 31, 2019 (in Scorpio) to November 20, 2019 (in Cancer)

The first retrograde will last twenty-three days, the second one twenty-five, and the last one will last twenty days. Not long enough to ruin a life, but long enough to cause some serious misunderstandings, bumps on the road, and mishaps. Make sure to put these days in your organizer to prepare yourself.

Mercury Retrograde 2019 Effects on Signs

Different zodiac signs will get influenced by each Mercury Retrograde differently. If you want to be super exact, stop reading about your sign, and get your natal chart done. See how your unique situation is affected by Mercury’s movement, as well as the concurrent movement of other planets – while your sun sign is a good indicator of how things might be unfolding, it’s by no means a complete indicator.

For more on sun signs versus astrology natal charts, and what else astrology can show you, read our article here. For example, did you know that your Moon Sign has to do with what you bring from your past lives? That it’s a very good karma indicator? We have an article on this too; read it here.

Next – Uranus Retrograde 2019 Effects

Planet Uranus takes some long eighty-four years to complete one orbit cycle around the Sun. This means, it spends about 7 years in each zodiac sign. Every year, Uranus goes retrograde for some 148 days. During this time, our inner ability to be free is tested. Mark these dates in your calendar to make sure you won’t be negatively influenced by outside forces and go against yourself during this time.

From Jan 1, 2019 (in Aries) to Jan 6, 2019 (in Aries) – just five days!

From Aug 12, 2019 (in Taurus) to Jan 1, 2020 (in Taurus)

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Saturn Retrograde 2019 Effects

Saturn completes a full orbit around the Sun approximately every twenty-nine years. This means it spends some two years and some months in each zodiac sign.

When the serious Saturn retrogrades, our long-term projects, goals, and desires as well as our relationship to authority figures and responsibilities needs to be examined deeply. Saturn retrograde is a good time to review and renew our lifelong and key commitments, to take a look at how we live life in general, and what we expect to achieve in our lifetime.

From Apr 30, 2019 (in Capricorn) to Sep 18, 2019 (in Capricorn) – a whopping 141 days!

Jupiter Retrograde 2019 Effects

Jupiter takes around a mere twelve years to do a complete spin around our beloved Sun. Every single year, Jupiter goes retrograde without fail. This period lasts around 120 days and in this period, it’s a good idea to take a deeper look at our belief systems, visions, ways of relating to life.

From Apr 10, 2019 (in Sagittarius) to August 11, 2019 (in Scorpio) – 123 days total

Neptune Retrograde 2019 Effects

Neptune is yet another slow-moving planet. It takes Neptune around 164 years to do just one orbit around the Sun. This means, Neptune spends 14 years in each zodiac sign – can you believe it?

Every year, Neptune does go retrograde for around 150 days – five months! Because Neptune is associated with mysticism, spirituality, occult matters, when it goes retrograde our inner life is challenged. We might need to redefine how we connect to the deeper, more psychic and subtle aspects of this universe.

From June 21, 2019 (in Pisces) to Nov 27, 2019 (in Pisces)

Pluto Retrograde 2019 Effects

Pluto takes even more time than all the others to finish just one orbit around the Sun – an incredible two hundred and forty-eight years. This translates to twenty-one years in each zodiac sign. Every year, this planet goes retrograde for about five or six months and 2019 is no exception.

The Pluto retrograde has to do with how we relate to changes, small and big, daily and bigger, as well as wholly life-changing transformations.

From Apr 24, 2019 (in Capricorn) to Oct 3, 2019 (in Capricorn)

Venus, Mars, and Others

The above-mentioned are all the retrogrades we’ll see in 2019. Venus will follow her direct orbit around the Sun for the duration of the year, without any retrogrades, so will Mars. We don’t see retrogrades in the Moon or the Sun – they are exempt from such influences. Neptune’s Moon Triton is the only moon that goes into retrograde but it doesn’t affect our astrological charts and lives down here on Earth.

To understand the effects of each planet on your natal chart – which includes not just your sun sign but also rising and moon signs – simply get an astrology reading. Astrology is too complex to be reduced to a few paragraphs – every person has a distinctly unique astrological chart and distinctly unique life, karma, and life purpose. Getting a natal chart by a top-rated astrologer is the only way to map all the influences on you and your life.

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