This morning I woke up with the thought ‘retrospective’, which means looking back on or dealing with past events or situations. Currently in the heavens there are a number of planets that astrologers term going ‘retrograde’.
Retrograde motion is an apparent change in the movement of the planet through the sky. It is not real in that the planet does not physically start moving backwards in its orbit. It just appears to do so because of the relative positions of the planet and Earth and how they are moving around the Sun.
When planets are in retrograde motion they give us an opportunity to go back over things and think them over from a different point of view. During retrograde cycles it is all about the “re” – re-new, re-write, re-turn, re-do, re-pair, re-schedule and re-store. Each of us are being asked to reassess what is important to us and to think carefully about the historical past so that we can move into the type of future that we really want to create.
The manner in which the retrograde motion impacts us changes from planet to planet. Right now Venus is retrograde in Gemini while Jupiter and Pluto are retrograde in Capricorn and Saturn is retrograde at 1 degree of Aquarius. Venus is a personal planet and represents what is important to us – what we truly love and value. Gemini is the intellectual sign of communication and with Venus retrograde in Gemini it gives us an opportunity to rethink and express what truly matters to us. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are impersonal or social planets that play an important role in economics and government. Saturn dipping its toe in Aquarius has highlighted the need for social change as it pertains to human rights and the structures that ensure the correct governance of these rights.
Retrospective politics means to pay attention to the historical injustices of the past in order to raise the moral standards for the cause of peace and democracy in the present and into the future.  Following the recent protests in the USA against racial injustice, peaceful protests are being organised in Australia to support Australia’s First Nations People in their own struggle for social justice.
People of all nations are now being given an opportunity to reflect on their individual histories and past racial injustices, in order to express what we truly want for a fair and equitable united future. We are being given an opportunity to think about what “SORRY” truly means, but it cannot be a rhetoric political apology that does not include listening and speaking about the truth of the past. It has to be backed with REsolute actions that show REspect and for all people regardless of race and include a genuine plan for REconciliation. A good place to begin is to truly listen to what Australian First Nations People are saying. At the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples gathered at Uluru, the heart of Australia, to make the following statement: