Don’t get caught unprepared by these planetary power outages. Here are all the 2024 retrograde planets to help you plan ahead.
This article is partially excerpted from The AstroTwins’ 2024 Horoscope. The annual book provides a thorough forecast for all of the 2024 Retrograde planets.
When a planet passes the Earth in its orbit around the Sun, it’s said to be going retrograde. From our vantage point on Earth, the planet appears to be on a reverse commute, backing up through the zodiac instead of advancing ahead degree by degree. While this is an illusion, we still feel the effect of each planet’s apparent reversal.
Survival tips for the 2024 Retrograde planets:
• Think of the prefix “re-” when planning the best use of a retrograde. Review, reconnect, reconfigure.
• Retrogrades aren’t optimal times to start anything new, but they’re stellar phases for tying up loose ends, enjoying nostalgic moments or giving stalled missions a second chance.
The 2024 Retrograde planets, dates and meanings
You may only have heard about Mercury retrograde. Since Mercury wreaks havoc on technology, communication and travel 3-4 times a year, this planet gets the flashiest headlines. But Mercury’s not the only member of the retrograde brigade! With the exception of Venus and Mars, ALL planets have retrograde cycles every year.
Planning ahead for the 2024 retrograde planets can help you face the challenges but also find the secret opportunities each retrograde brings.
Inner planets retrograde in 2024
The inner planets are closest to the Sun. They are the “personal planets” since they govern the daily aspects of our lives.
2024 MERCURY retrograde dates
December 13, 2023 to January 1, 2024, in SAGITTARIUS
April 1-15, 2024 in ARIES
August 5-14, 2024 in VIRGO
August 14-28, 2024 in LEO
November 25 to December 15, 2024 in SAGITTARIUS
Mercury is the ruler of information, communication and our intellectual processes. For these approximately three week retrograde cycles, we can blame every Internet outage, petty fight and canceled plan on a spinning rock 48 million miles away.
While the scrambled signals can be agonizing, we have a chance to dive into deeper discourse. But try not to start anything new. Focus on activities that start with the prefix “re-,” as mentioned above. This means, simply: go back!
Review all your contracts before you sign. Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones. Prepare to repeat yourself often. Reunite with old friends. Redecorate a room. Rekindle a romance (proceed with this one with caution!)
You can read about all the 2024 Mercury retrogrades here.
2024 VENUS retrograde dates
Surprise, there is no Venus retrograde in 2024! The next Venus retrograde isn’t until March 1 to April 12, 2025!
Venus is the planet of love, beauty and luxury, lending its decadent energy to every zodiac sign for three to five weeks each year. Since we get a reprieve from her reverse commutes in 2024, this is an excellent year for weddings and any beautification projects.
2024 MARS retrograde dates
December 6, 2024 to January 6, 2025 in LEO
Mars is the like a celestial sentry, readying us to fight for what we hold dear. Beware the blowhards! Tempers flare and egos balloon during Mars retrograde.
Outer planets retrograde in 2024
The outer planets turn retrograde each year for 4-5 months. These snoozes help us incorporate changes.
2024 JUPITER retrograde dates
October 9, 2024 to February 4, 2025 in GEMINI
Wise, wild Jupiter is the galactic gambler, the global nomad and the eternal seeker. Developments happen rapidly in this powerhouse’s path! Jupiter’s job is to push us out of our comfort zones and into uncharted territory—even if that means leaping before we look.
Jupiter’s 2024 backspin will be extra chaotic since it takes place in double-talking Gemini. What are the facts and what’s fake news?
2024 SATURN retrograde dates
June 29 to November 15, 2024 in PISCES
Where have we become excessive? When is enough just…enough? Whistleblowing planet Saturn reveals where we need to set better boundaries. We need to be vigilant as we set limits around our time, money and indulgences. Your new mantra? “No” is a complete sentence.
2024 CHIRON retrograde dates
July 26 to December 29, 2024 in ARIES
Okay, Chiron isn’t a planet, but in recent years this comet’s been called everything from an asteroid to a planetoid. In astrology, Chiron reveals our power to process our trauma and suffering so that we can in turn, heal others. That is why astrologers (including us), call Chiron “the wounded healer.”
This timeout brings a chance to look deep within and gain greater emotional regulation. Our healing gifts emerge as we do our inner work.
2024 URANUS retrograde dates
August 28, 2023 to January 27, 2024 in TAURUS
September 1, 2024 to January 30, 2025 in TAURUS
Uranus is in “fall” in Taurus, meaning it’s in its least comfortable position. It makes sense! The side-spinning planet rules all things rebellious and futuristic, while earth sign Taurus is a conservational traditionalist. Uranus wants change, Taurus seeks to limit it and create predictability.
So how do you manage? Check your tech (and honor the analog). Increase your mindfulness. Slow down and get conscious about your every move—and your impact!
2024 NEPTUNE retrograde dates
July 2 to December 7, 2024 in PISCES
These periods can be deeply introspective times—but ones that require extra reality checks! You may feel like retreating or escaping from the world, which can be a healing process or one that lures you back to a destructive habit.
“Just this once” can become famous last words during a Neptune retrograde. Set up support systems so you don’t give in to toxic temptations. While Neptune intensifies its boundary-dissolving effect in its home sign of Pisces, that advice goes double!
2024 PLUTO retrograde dates
May 2 to September 1, 2024 in AQUARIUS
September 1 to October 11, 2024 in CAPRICORN
We have an opportunity to go back and revisit some of the buried stuff we’ve glossed over in our lives, during Pluto retrograde. What have you shoved down to the recesses of your consciousness? Pluto dwells in the underworld, a kidnapper of young Persephone—which is a metaphor for your own inner child.
The truth is, we all have a shadow side—the part of ourselves that we’d rather deny than lay claim to. No one’s cedar-lined closet is without rattling skeletons. For the five months of Pluto retrograde, you may have to face a few specters head-on. While its ultimate effect is for good, there can be a few intense moments at first…so hang on tight!