Why April's Triple Retrograde Could Make Things Extra Sexy
Things are about to get real, people. Just when you thought Mercury’s retrograde was definitively in the rearview mirror, along come three outer planets all turning retrograde within just days of one another. This year, Jupiter will be retrograde from April 10 to August 11, Pluto will be retrograde from April 24 to October 3, and Saturn will be retrograde from April 29 to September 6.
So, in essence: From April 29 to August 11, all three planets will be retrograde at the exact same time.
The best part about this triple retrograde? It could bring something extra special between the sheets. Here, we’ll dive into the effects of each planet turning, what happens when they turn, and how to maximize this opportunity based on your sign.
What Happens When Jupiter Goes Retrograde
When retrograde, this planet nudges you to do some soul-searching around your personal philosophies, development, and spirituality. Higher education and broadening horizons is key.
What Happens When Pluto Goes Retrograde
When retrograde, Pluto urges you to look at the darkest corners of your psyche, pulling out the skeletons in your closet and any areas of your life in which you lack control. Exercising these demons from your life is its main priority.
What Happens When Saturn Goes Retrograde
When backward, Saturn promotes self-reflection around long-term commitments. Have you actually absorbed certain difficult lessons and applied what you’ve learned?
What Saturn sign are you? Talk to an astrologist to find out.
What Will Happen When Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn Retrogrades Occur at Once (?)
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With the planets of philosophy, transformation, and responsibility at play, it’s sure to be a period of massive self-examination. When these three retrogrades overlap—and don’t forget that Mercury will join the pack when it moves backward on July 7 (*sigh*)—you may notice it’s tougher than usual to push projects forward or see progress in a concrete way. But by the time it’s over, you should have an even better understanding of your world view, needs, boundaries, and personal growth.
All of this undoubtedly lends itself to how you connect with others, especially in the most ~intimate~ way. That whole “getting-your-life-together” feeling brings a kind of self-empowerment that can only heighten pleasure and connection. Here’s how your sign can make the most of this triple retrograde to take sexual intimacy to the next level.
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Using the Triple Retrograde to Maximize Your Sex Life, Based on Your Sign
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Aries (March 21–April 19)
Pluto and Saturn will move backward in your tenth house of career, requiring you to examine toxic patterns and tough lessons around your professional goals. Add this to Jupiter’s movement through your ninth house of adventure, and you’ll hone in on what truly makes you happy during your day-to-day. Once you identify that Aries, sharing your aspirations with your S.O. could light an intellectual fire that should be quick to translate to fiery explorations in the bedroom.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Pluto and Saturn retrograde in your ninth house of higher education Taurus, which has you reflecting on ways you've grown and what you've learned. And with Jupiter moving backward in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you'll want to reassess how you approach the power balance with your lover or potential partners. Experimenting with new dynamics may deepen your bond and set a whole new, intensely satisfying tone for your relationship.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
With Pluto and Saturn retrograde in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, and Jupiter moving backward through your seventh house of partnership—the feels are coming for you, Gemini. You'll likely be reassessing your commitments to a lover—or how you want the relationship to be. To do this, examining reciprocity will be a major focus. Are you giving more or taking more than your S.O.? Gaining clarity on your expectations amplifies your appetite to be intimate, so that when you are, it can feel downright transcendent.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Pluto and Saturn retrograde in your seventh house of partnership, which might make taking your relationship status to the next level a bit difficult—partially because you may be wrestling with old demons that have come up in the past. With Jupiter retrograde in your sixth house of routine, your focus shifts to stepping up your efforts to create work-life balance and bolster your overall wellness. For the spiritual Cancer, mind-body routines like restorative yoga are great for you right now. The more you can do to feel centered, the more you’ll feel like connecting with a partner on all levels—spiritually, emotionally, and yep—throwing yourself into steamy, gasp-inducing, heart-pounding lovemaking sessions.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
While Pluto and Saturn move backward through your sixth house of routine, you may have to revisit psychological challenges from the past. If you haven’t mastered your self-care plan Leo, trial and error now can make for smoother sailing. Jupiter’s backward trip through your fifth house of romance has you rethinking how you’re experiencing fun and romance. Switching up approach—like focusing on one or two partners vs. playing the field or carving out more time to explore self-love—can have you feeling happier and more fulfilled.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Pluto and Saturn’s retrogrades occur in your fifth house of romance; this encourages reflection on how you’re experiencing fun in love. If you’re an attached Virgo, tune into your intuition and see if you’re getting what you need out of your bond. If you’re single, you might be nudged to focus on one or two matches as you date. At the same time, Jupiter’s backward turn through your fourth house of home life slows the pace on the home front, urging more downtime in your sanctuary. Focusing on fun pastimes around the house (like dancing in the kitchen or enjoying impromptu make-out sessions) can light up your sex drive.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Jupiter’s trip backward through your third house of communication has you thinking about how you connect with your partner or potential S.O.s. Are you presenting yourself and your big picture views and dreams as clearly as you’d like, Libra? If not, this is the time to reassess and revise those patterns. The more self-reflection you do, the more empowered you’ll feel on all fronts, which can ignite your sensuality. Flirty banter, sexy photos, and spending languorous nights in, having deep, philosophical conversations, with your lover might be especially fulfilling now.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
With Jupiter moving backward through your second house of income and Pluto and Saturn retrograde in your third house of communication, you’ll be meditating on major values, the way you’re bringing in cash, and how you’ve handled sticky situations around self-expression now. You may do well to highlight the types of communication that have not worked well for you, Scorpio. Then you may want to experiment with discussing emotional issues with your partner or a potential S.O. in a more candid, direct way. This new feeling of openness sets your chemistry ablaze, and you could feel even more turned on and connected both physically and emotionally.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Jupiter is moving backward through Sagittarius, which has you reflecting on your self-image and what you can do to bolster it—internally, but also externally (like a style makeover). Identifying these things bumps up your confidence and your inner fire, making you even more amorous and excitable with your partner or a potential S.O. Warning: Your desire may come in bursts, but when you’re ready to express yourself in a physical way, it’s bound to be intensely pleasurable.
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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
As Pluto and Saturn move backward through your first house of self, you'll ask yourself what battles are worth fighting right now based on long-term goals—this is bound to be a period of major self-analysis. At the same time, Jupiter is retrograde in your twelfth house of spirituality, amplifying your need to slow down and tend to your mental and emotional health. Solo time—and solo sex!—may be more attractive to you now, Capricorn. But if you have a partner who's open to trying new things, connecting on more spiritual, sexual experiences (like Tantra) can be intensely erotic.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
While Pluto and Saturn are retrograde in your twelfth house of spirituality, you’ll be urged to shed light on and revisit old emotional wounds. If you’ve been doing psychological work and changing old patterns, you might find this is easier to contend with, but if not, you might feel stuck in a toxic cycle. Jupiter’s backward shift through your eleventh house of wishes and dreams has you thinking about long-term visions and big picture team projects you aspire to be a part of. While sticking to the facts is your typical Aquarian M.O., opening up to a partner about what’s in your heart and your imagination can make you feel truly seen and supported—which is the greatest aphrodisiac for you right now.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
While Pluto and Saturn move backward through your eleventh house of dreams and wishes, you’ll be reflecting on the work you’ve put in to achieve your wildest aspirations. Do you feel like your community, loved ones, and circle of friends have your back? How can you shift power dynamics and transform platonic bonds to feel even more supported? At the same time, you’ll be reassessing how you want to shape your public reputation and professional path, with Jupiter’s retrograde in your tenth house of career. The common thread here is your self-image. The more confident you feel as your beautiful Pisces self, the more quickly and solidly you can connect with a lover on all levels. Plus, diving into the therapeutic and literal work you’re most passionate about has you radiating from the inside out.
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