How To Make The Most Of This Lucky Retrograde

The moment we hear the word "retrograde," an astrological alarm bell goes off in our heads. Since Mercury retrogrades are the most common (and, arguably, the most annoying) planetary backspins we're subjected to, we tend to assume all other retrogrades similarly spell disaster. But that's a misconception on a cosmic scale. Jupiter enters a four-month retrograde period today, but don't panic. This planet's retrograde is arguably pretty lucky.

In general, Jupiter is associated with good fortune, wisdom, and progress. It can highlight how we might better reach our goals and urge us to meet them. When Jupiter turns retrograde, those effects are still there, but they might be slower to reach us.

Looked at one way, this period might inspire impatience, but it can be nice to move toward our achievements in slow motion — especially if, as it is often the case, we aren't totally sure how to reach our goals.

Jupiter retrogrades allow us more room for error than we would have normally. During, say, Mercury retrogrades, we tend to get punished for innocent slip-ups. Meanwhile, Jupiter welcomes experimentation, even at the risk of failure, as long as we learn from our mistakes by the time it turns direct.

In other words, this is about as forgiving as retrogrades get, and if you've been in a professional rut or have been struggling to make a tough decision, you'll want to take full advantage of it. Ahead, we've rounded up four ways you can make the most of 2018's Jupiter retrograde. You have from now until July 10 to give them a try.

Revise your to-do list.

According to Jupiter, your personal happiness should always come first, but that doesn't mean you should clear your schedule of all bothersome tasks. Completing some needling chores is necessary to feeling satisfied with your life, so you're better off simply rearranging the items on your to-do list. Before you start rewriting, ask yourself if you're prioritizing what really matters to you. Let that query guide your plans — it'll lead you toward the accomplishments you'll be proudest of.
Try on a different perspective.

You won't make much progress if you always consider your problems from the same angle. Jupiter retrogrades are a great time to put yourself on the other side of an issue, or ask an outsider for their opinion. Either way, you'll get to see your predicament (be it a disagreement with a coworker, conflict at home, or something else entirely) from a whole new point of view. And that won't just help you address the matter at hand — the next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, it might be easier to adopt this alternate perspective.
Take risks.

Jupiter, even in retrograde, rewards bravery. Consider the Zodiac sign that Jupiter rules, Sagittarius. The sign of the Archer is known for its zealous approach to new experiences and desire for adventure, so why not take a page out of Sag's book for the next four months? Take the lead on an ambitious project at work, ask out someone who isn't your regular "type," or finally get a pixie cut. Taking a leap, no matter how minor it may seem, could pay off in the months to come.
Keep an open mind.

More than anything, Jupiter retrogrades encourage discovery of the self and of the world around you. If you do one thing during this Jupiterian retrograde, welcome the new and unfamiliar. Don't shy away from blind dates, and do not pass up opportunities to travel this spring. You'll have plenty of time (four long months, in fact) to see how these changes fit into your routine and to decide whether you want them to become your new normal.
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