Uranus Retrograde Promises Chaotic Energy This Year

When planets go into retrograde, followers of astrology start to brace themselves. Retrogrades are thought to cause imbalances in our lives and can sometimes affect communication and relationships. According to Astronomy, planets don't actually move physically backward during retrogrades. As they orbit the sun at different speeds, it appears as if they're moving backward from our vantage point, but it's just an optical illusion. However, when the apparent retrograde happens, astrologers believe that there are shifts in people's lives that can sometimes be disruptive.

While a Mercury retrograde is perhaps the most widely known, the other seven planets also experience this phenomenon. Get ready, because Uranus will be in retrograde through Taurus for a staggering five months, starting from August 28. Known as the "awakener," this planet symbolizes major upheavals and revelations. During this retrograde, be prepared to reflect on things you need to improve in your life and expect to make some drastic changes.

Self-reflection during Uranus' retrograde will have you making big moves

As fall approaches, there's a sense of change in the air, and some of it may be due to Uranus going into retrograde until January 27. Uranus is known for being unpredictable and chaotic. When the planet is in retrograde, it forces you to take a good, hard look at yourself and your circumstances. You'll feel the need to rebel against the structure of your life and make changes to things that haven't been working for you.

"This a time where you can break free from boundaries that have been holding you back. The best thing to do is to listen to your inner voice. Uranus retrograde is in Taurus which is ruled by Venus and so you will be feeling changes most related to money and love," astrologer Dalila Salgueiro shared with My Imperfect Life. During this 2023-2024 Uranus retrograde, many shifts will happen within yourself at first, prompting you to realize that there are external factors that need to be shaken up. "You need to be flexible and go with the flow — be open to exploring new possibilities," Salgueiro stated. Just because Uranus' retrograde inspires change, that doesn't mean you should move impulsively. Those affected by the retrograde should think things through before making any major decisions.

How to use Uranus' retrograde to your advantage

Uranus' retrograde is bound to bring a bit of chaos into your life but, it is also the perfect time for self-discovery and slowing down. When major changes occur around and within you, be the calm within the storm. You may have big ideas during this time, but before acting on them, it's best to write them down in a journal. You'll likely experience a surge of creativity that can easily turn into chaos if not tempered.

If you decide it's time for a change, make it a positive one. Use this retrograde to get out of a rut, whether it be in your job or a failing relationship. Try to let go of perspectives or ideas that are holding you back from growing. If you're someone who's afraid of change, learn to step out of your comfort zone and embrace new experiences. While retrogrades are typically moments of upheaval, Uranus' retrograde is the perfect time for self-growth and discovery.