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Releasing the retrogrades in 2018

In part one I went through meanings of our Summer of Retrogrades. In this piece, I look at how we can use the release points of this Summer and early Autumn to move on from the retrograde energetic.

I imagine, if you, like me, have experienced delays and traumas this Summer, you’ll be keen to know more!

Where are the let off/release points?

  • August Full Moon – The Healing Moon
  • September New Moon – The Truth Release
  • Equinox to September Full Moon – Getting to the Root Cause
  • October New Moon – Out from the Shadow
  • October Full Moon – Moving on, moving away

August Full Moon – The Healing Moon

August’s Full Moon occurs on the 26th at 12.56 UTC. The Full Moon is at 3 degrees of Pisces, and the Sun at 3 degrees Virgo.  What interests me on this day is that Saturn, Uranus and Chiron (which are all retrograde on this day) are also at degrees whereby they’ll be creating aspects to the Sun or Moon or Both.

Saturn and Uranus, both in Earth signs, will form a grand trine with the Sun. They are at 2 degrees Capricorn (Saturn) and 2 degrees Taurus (Uranus). This means both planets will also be in sextile to the Full Moon. The grand trine, plus the two sextiles create what is known as a kite formation.

This formation really shows that a balance between egos can be found between attitudes of rules/duty and familial codes (Saturn) and between freedom, truth and discovery.

Chiron at 1 degrees Aries will be quincunx the Sun at 150 degrees away, and will be in a semi sextile to the Moon. Chiron will also be in aspect to both Saturn and Uranus. Whilst a balance can be found at this time, it is important to recognise the need for magical healing, counselling, and trust in the need for release.

Interestingly, I have blogged and podcasted heavily about all three this year (Uranus, Saturn and Chiron), because they have all changed signs within 5 months of each other. Given that they move in different cycles, and at different speeds, having all three change signs in quick succession, is unusual. So to have all three in aspect to the August Full Moon is also a message that, the patterns involved in surprising pain, childhood and shock revelations can come to a head and be worked through to some level of release at this time.

Hold the intention to find healing release, that a balance can be found between old narratives and new needs. Healing behaviours can manifest to assist all parties to release and move on.

September New Moon – The Truth Release

September’s New Moon taking place on the 9th September 2018 at 19.01 UTC, is at 17 degrees Virgo. It is sextile Jupiter in Scorpio, trine Pluto in Capricorn and opposing Neptune in Pisces.

This forms an almost symmetrical half bucket shape. Depending on where the bucket appears in your own chart, this can determine where the truth can be released and understood in your life.

This energy is tuned in to clarity. The Virgo New Moon challenges Neptune to ‘come clean’ and because both Neptune, the Sun and the Moon are in supportive aspects to Pluto (transformation) and Jupiter (expansiveness, optimism), there’s a strong element that the solution can be revealed.

Hold the intention that you have a clear solution.  That the light is ‘lovingly’ shining on shame and secrets revealing clarity, truth and empathy.

Equinox to September Full Moon – Getting to the Root Cause

Taking place between 23rd September 02.54 to 25th September at 03.52

This two day window of opportunity between the Equinox on the 23rd and Full Moon on the 25th, opens wide onto what residual discomfort is active in our lives. For those of you who still have wide gaping wounds, this might be one where the energies are significant enough to bring about a breakthrough. This Full Moon is conjunct Chiron and Chiron, the Sun and the Moon are all square Saturn in Capricorn.

It’s energy is not gentle, nor is it considerate. It is like getting an almighty telling off from your parents, that renders you so numb, that your mind can close down to hear another message from that part of you that wants healing.

This is a strong couple of days that will really affect anyone who has ongoing difficulties AND who has planets at 0-2 degrees of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Hold the intention that you are defined by your own authority.  That you are moving effortlessly past the authority of your programming. You are free to programme yourself and to take full responsibility for who you are.

October New Moon – Out from the Shadow

This New Moon on the 9th October 2018 at 19.01, sees the Sun and Moon at 15 degrees Libra, Quincunx Neptune in Pisces and Square Pluto in Capricorn.

With the Sun and Moon square Pluto, this is a power day to confront what resides in our darkness, and with the Sun and Moon in quincunx to Neptune, there’s an opportunity to understand how that darkness has been defined through shameful past actions and painful secrets. This is a time for self-forgiveness and to recognise that through loving yourself, you can powerfully step through your shadow and reconnect to that which will bring you most happiness.

Hold the intention that you are forgiven.  That you have understood your past and are happy to leave it there. You spread love and healing to those you have hurt and you can walk through the shadow of your shame and bathe in the light of love. All is well x

October Full Moon – Moving on, moving away

This is a shocking Full Moon bringing about big changes and new beginnings. It takes place on the 24th October 2018 at 17.45, with the Sun opposite Moon at 1 degrees Scorpio/Taurus. The Moon is conjunct Uranus and the Sun, Moon and Uranus are square the North Node. It is now only Neptune, Uranus and Chiron who are retrograde still.

This is a day to shake off the shackles fully and dream bigger dreams, plan for greater resources, more aligned adventures and a deeper reconnection to your karma. Whatever it is you’ve been working through, during this Summer/Autumn of retrogrades, this date promises the need for a BIG new start. From the tensions of recalibrating who you are (brought about from the retrogrades 2018), you are now in such a clearer position to make strong new choices for yourself, without the karma of the past holding you back. It is like cutting away from the past and being given the chance to forge ahead on your own.

Hold the intention that you are free.   That you are free to be whoever you now want to be, given what you have learnt about yourself. You have re-valued your life and resources and can now let go of that which is not you in favour of who you really are.

Hopefully this run through of the release points has been of some use in planning to use the Moons, season changes and the message of the retrogrades to surf the cosmic waves and propel yourself further than you would ever have known or thought.

This has been an intense summer so far and is likely to get more interesting as the retrograde energy is finally integrated into our mind/body system.

If you’d like a private, bespoke reading to help you navigate the cosmic waves just that little bit more, then please do drop me a line.

Stay strong and know you’re loved xxxxxx



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Louisa Tanner Munson

My life changed when my mum told me I was a Sagittarius. I've been bonkers about astrology since then!

10 thoughts on “Releasing the retrogrades in 2018

  1. Hi Louisa,
    I am a member of the fb group pure portugal so I followd also the podcast from Carl your husband.(very good!)
    I am a Sagittarius to and I have a question for you. In friendship I always am attracted to the sign virgin but after a while the friendship seems alway’s to end with a misunderstanding and very painful for me. Is there perhaps an explanation? Sorry for my bad english I am from Belium and my native language is dutch.
    Kind regards Jeannie

    1. Hi Jeannie.

      Good question and thanks for contacting me.

      I think a lot depends on your birthchart, as every chart is individual and has sensitive areas that can get triggered again and again. For me, I have a funny on off thing with Taureans born between 20 April to 2 May. Taureans after this point I have no difficulty with. I also note that significant things have happened to me around the 2-4th May. (Got married on 4th May for example).

      When you translate/plot these dates onto your birthchart it all becomes clear. 2-4th May is conjunct my Descendant (the point of relationships). It is therefore under greater pressure to perform. If a challenging planet is in opposition or square to this point in anyone’s chart, they experience new challenges I their relationships/friendships and those friends whose birthdays fall on this point can also be affected.

      I’ve also noted that Venus in my chart is another hotspot for this kind of energy. In my chart Venus is in Capricorn, but also the planetary ruler of my Descendant. So I have a funny thing with Capricorns too.

      This article might help explain it more https://louisatannermunson.com/proof-of-pattern-or-coincidence/

      By the way, your English is amazing. I’m a quarter Flemish and speak only een klien beetje as it wasn’t taught to me by my grandmother, but am fascinated by Dutch/Flemish language having worked on French campsites in my early 20s (many of my clients were from your region)

      Let me know if I can be of further help Jeannie xxx

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