All retrograde periods ask us to check in with what we’re doing and, more importantly, why we’re doing it.
Sounds great, yes. But what it can look like during these weeks and months is that things don’t work, miscommunication and confusion take center stage, progress is stalled, people wonder what they’re doing wrong because things aren’t working as they normally would, and more.
When things don’t work during a retrograde period, a door is opened into our psyches we can use to hear more about our underlying motivations.
Retros can, therefore, be opportunities to retool how and why we do things, ideally setting off on a better footing than we had before.
This year I’m putting more attention on the dwarf planet Ceres. Currently I’m preparing to facilitate a home-study festival of Ceres called Cerealia: Finding Ceres Within. It’s about getting inside our patterns of care and love (both for others and self) so we can make better, more empowered choices.
I began taking notes in early 2018 for this event, but last year other things took my attention. This year when I felt a green light intuitively to proceed, I looked up the chart of the first day, April 20, 2019. Ceres in that chart is retrograde in Sagittarius, and I knew that was a great time to do it.
Ceres 2019 Retrograde Details:
Dates: April 10 to July 18, 2019
Degrees: 14 Sagittarius to 0 Sagittarius
Cerealia is entirely about looking at our motivations, about understanding why we do what we do when it comes to patterns of love and care.
Any retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius will challenge us to get inside our motivations for doing what we do–it’s the sign of operating according to a belief (even when we don’t realize it).
It’s the perfect time for this festival, especially as it’s mostly a solitary process (retrogrades ask us to go within): You’ll work with channeled material every day for a week, journaling your reactions and answering questions for self-reflection from Ascended Master Djehuty (a.k.a. Hermes, Thoth, St. Germain, Merlin), and these are meant to help you unlock how love, nurturing, and protection work in your life.
As far as the day-to-day level of what to expect during this retrograde, expect that what or who you believe will nurture or provide for you might not measure up to your expectations. Something you’re counting on might just fall flat, leaving you holding the bag and wondering what you did wrong. (But you didn’t–it’s that you need to change things up and innovate.)
It can also be that you realize that self-care patterns you’ve employed for a long time don’t cut it anymore, or perhaps that someone in your life needs to step and do something for him- or herself that you’ve been doing (or someone brings this “difficult conversation” to you instead).
Check out my Ceres/Cerealia YouTube playlist for more on all of this, including an example of the kinds of questions Djehuty asks to unlock things within us.
Join me for Cerealia to get inside the patterns of love you inherited and learned from your loved ones when young and learn to seed new ones based in who you uniquely are and what you uniquely need.
As we’re each here to learn to become the source of love for ourselves, Ceres offers us a route to learning to step up into being in charge of our lives, regardless of whether others in our lives have nurtured, loved, provided for, or protected us.