Planetary Stations in 2014


Mars turns direct on 20 May 2014 

Mercury turns retrograde on 7 Jun 2014

Neptune turns retrograde on 9 Jun 2014 

Mercury turns direct on 1 Jul 2014 

Saturn turns direct on 20 Jul 2014 

Uranus turns retrograde on 22 Jul 2014 

Pluto turns direct on 23 Sep 2014 

Mercury turns retrograde on 4 Oct 2014 

Mercury turns direct on 25 Oct 2014 

Neptune turns direct on 16 Nov 2014 

Jupiter turns retrograde on 8 Dec 2014 

Uranus turns direct on 21 Dec 2014 


Mercury Retrograde
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially those who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, teachers, travelers, tricksters and thieves. Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.It is not exactly wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely that such decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the  small print!

Jupiter Retrograde
Jupiter is a planet of "luck", opportunities, and contacts with the world at
large. When Jupiter is retrograde, the support provided by others dries up, leaving us to get by on our own resources. Often sources of income decrease or unexpected big expenditures crop up. This serves to draw our interests away from "frivolous matters" and concentrate our focus on what is truly important. Use this time to put your life on a firm foundation -- if you can survive this period with so little, you're sure to thrive later when the support resumes.

Mars Retrograde
During Mars retrograde periods, we get to experience how we sabotage our
own actions, preventing us from achieving what we desire to do. The ability to express your will-power seems thwarted. The key here is to discover what is keeping you from effective action and changing it. This inner nemesis may be an over active temper, an impatience with planning when you can rush into activity, or simply a lack of awareness that causes you to ignore useful clues. This is not a good time to initiate new projects that require perseverance, nor is it easy to work with others during this cycle.

Venus Retrograde
When Venus is in retrograde, the emotions and instincts go haywire. Our
usual sense of what is beautiful, pleasing and attractive is suspended. Some astrologers warn against buying anything for its aesthetic appeal during this cycle, since the object will seem like a "lapse of good taste" at a later date. Relationships begun now can be the same way. I'd double-check any decisions made by "gut level instinct" or by the way the situation feels while Venus is backing up.

Pluto Retrograde
Pluto cycles are lessons in letting go. Most of us identify strongly with things,
people, and ideas that really have nothing to do with who we really are. Pluto comes along and strips away these false identifications, helping us discover our authentic selves. Sometimes there's a tendency to get a little power crazed during these cycles, but it's always best to operate in the most selfless manner possible. Trying to manipulate people or situations for personal gain now will invariably produce some kind of backlash in the end. Prepare yourself to be remade to your depths.

Neptune Retrograde
Neptune is the ruler of dreams and ideals, as well as a sensitivity to the subtler
dimensions of living. Retrograde Neptune is a time to reassess these guiding visions in our lives. Even the most noble purpose can become a limiting straitjacket or misguided passion when it has outlived its usefulness. This is a time of confusion and reevaluation, a time when our self-image as a "knight in shining armor" shows some rust and tarnish. Above all, this is a time to distinguish between true vision and a glamorous self-deception. The element of selflessness is very important with Neptune, so don't get hung up about being a supporting actor instead of the main star.

Uranus Retrograde
Uranus is the planet of insight and revolutionary change, the lit dynamite
stick about to blow apart existing structures. When Uranus goes into reverse gear, some area of your life that's gotten too cozy and settled is under intense pressure to transform. Frequently, this involves a marked shift in mental outlook or attitudes, taking a radical new look at things you once took for granted. The changes can be exciting, although the stress of letting go of something familiar may be strong. Be extra flexible during this time. Pay attention to "unexpected coincidences" and "accidents" now, as they can be the clues that point you in the directions you need to pursue.

Saturn Retrograde
Saturn retrograde is probably the least pleasant influence around. Saturn is a
hard-nosed; Mr. Brass Tacks himself, the teacher with the big ruler that insists you dot all your i's and cross all your T's before recess. He teaches us about responsibility and claiming our authority in the world, a class (Character Building 101) many of us would rather skip. Needless to say, this kind of discipline and skill is very useful later, even though the cycle itself is
rough to get through.

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