This Year’s Juno Retrograde

Juno is direct (moving forwards), not retrograde (moving backwards)

Previous Juno Retrograde period:
April 13, 2021 to August 2, 2021
From 24º to 8º  Sagittarius.
Find out all about it here.

Upcoming Juno Retrograde period:
July 24, 2022 to October 22, 2022
From 21º to 7º Pisces.

Understanding the Juno cycle can help you in all
of your contractual partnerships—both marital and business.
Juno is the Spouse, Business Partner and Social Leader in you.

To learn how Juno in your chart helps you
find the right partner for you

and improve all your relationships,

Contact Pandora Astrology for a
 Lifelong Love reading.

Juno, asteroid goddess of contractual partnerships of all kinds, goes retrograde in our skies about every year and a half.  When she does, she takes us into a several-month-long journey into the past to uncover what may be the hidden or forgotten places in our partnerships.  A Juno Retrograde period can be hard on your relationship, but it can also be utilized to make your relationship stronger, if you know how to handle it.

What Is Juno Retrograde?

When Juno goes retrograde, she calls into question our habitual ways of relating with others, especially those we are strongly bound to in a contractual way. During a Juno Retrograde period we find ourselves asking, “Why am I in this partnership?” or “does this partnership have equal give and take?” If we’re single, we might ask, “What would it take for me to find the right partner—and why hasn’t it happened yet?” These questions apply not only to committed, long-term personal relationships (like marriage, cohabitation or co-parenting) but also business partnerships and even consultancy businesses that hire or offer contractors to work one-on-one with clients. It’s the combination of one-on-one connecting, expected to continue in the long-term and cemented with a legal agreement, that brings this within Juno’s domain. During Juno retrograde, these are the kinds of relationships that demand reevaluation.

They say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If your relationship isn’t quite broke, but bent almost to the point of breaking, this transit could break it all the way, forcing a fix. We all go through periods in which we are too busy with other things to maintain our relationships. This kind of “breakage” is exactly what might be needed to show you the maintenance that’s come due. And even though it’s scary, in the end, it could well lead to the best results after all.

How Long Does It Last?

The Juno retrograde period can last anywhere from 10 to 17 weeks. It’s part of a grand Juno cycle that lasts about 4 years. 2022’s Juno retrograde cycle lasts for 13 weeks.

The 2022 Juno Retrograde Cycle:

In 2022, Juno goes retrograde at 21º of Pisces on July 24, 2022 and travels backwards to 7º Pisces, finishing on October 22, 2022. This brings up relationship issues which will not fully resolve until Juno has again turned direct and also passes the degree of Pisces where she turned retrograde, which will happen on December 24, 2022.  On that day she’ll be done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about partnership and our partnership needs will be over for the year. Juno travels retrograde from 21º to 7º of Pisces, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 7º to 21º of Pisces, you will likely feel this transit strongly. And if you have anything in your chart in the same degree span of the other Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius), you will feel this too.

The Juno Cycle and Its Milestones

The grand cycle of Juno begins and ends with a day of “Ah-ha!” or epiphany. This happens when Juno conjuncts the Sun while moving forward swiftly and it brings an “Ah-ha!” in our partnerships and helps them progress at speed. There are two of them and they act like bookends, forming the beginning and ending of a Juno cycle. I call these Commitment Rapture Days and you can see on the diagram below that the current cycle begins with one on January 11, 2022 at 21º Capricorn and finishes with one on June 20, 2023 at 28º Gemini. 

There is another kind of epiphany during the Juno cycle—it occurs while Juno is retrograde, on the day she conjuncts the Sun. I call this Commitment Clarity Day, because if Juno Retrograde’s reexamination period has been painful for you, clarity is likely to come on this day. This clarity can lead to a deeper bond and greater commitment in your relationship going forward. Alternatively, it can also bring the clarity that leads to a separation, divorce or mediation of a long-standing disagreement—with the possibility of real resolution in the future. The current cycle’s Commitment Clarity Day is on September 7, 2022, at 15º Pisces.

And there is a third, very important point in this cycle and that’s the day when Juno once again returns to the place where it first went retrograde (21º Pisces), this time to pass through and onward. I call this Commitment Resolution Day and it happens on December 24, 2022. On this day the cycle’s themes resolve and complete.

The Cycle of Juno 2022

Juno Retrograde in Pisces:

In 2022, Juno goes retrograde in the Mutable Water sign of Pisces, infusing this Juno retrospection period with the Neptunian themes of compassion, devotion, spirituality, faith, universal connectivity and the collective unconscious, dreams, altruism, self-sacrifice, romance, and creativity. You’ll also encounter Pisces’ shadow themes: illusion, deception, martyrdom, addiction, escapism, confusion over boundaries and feeling lost. These themes can apply both to personal relationships (like marriages) and also to business partnerships.

During Juno’s Retrograde in Pisces you might find yourself asking questions like these: What am I sacrificing for my relationship? Am I able to come to my partner with compassion and empathy, and is there equality in this regard? What role does romance play in our relationship, and conversely, how am I seeing my partner through rose-colored glasses? How can I have more faith in my partner and in our relationship? Can this relationship support my creativity? Are there any ways in which either of us are claiming the roles of victim or savior? What role does addiction, escapism, or codependence play in our relationship? How can we establish better personal boundaries?

Juno’s retrograde period is challenging to relationships and triggers a retrospective period, but it was not designed to break down your relationship. You can utilize this time to strengthen it through questioning aspects of it you usually take for granted. Having thought these things through, and discussed them too, you may find your way to a robust relationship with space for each partner to truly be themselves.

Does this affect you?

There’s no doubt you would feel this transit in the area of life corresponding with the house Juno is retrograding through in your chart. That’s something you can find out about in a reading. There’s also no doubt that if your Sun is in a degree along Juno’s retrograde path, you would feel it too. Here are the birthdates (in any year at all) that were affected by 2020’s Juno retrograde:
February 25 to March 12
May 28 to June 12
August 30 to September 14
November 28 to December 13

Find out more about this:

Pandora Astrology’s Venus page
Juno Direct with Venus Retrograde in Capricorn 2021-22: Taking Relationships Seriously
Juno’s Retrograde in Sagittarius April 2021: Relationship Growth and Freedom
Juno Retrograde in the Spring of 2020: Love In the Time of Coronavirus

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and you want to understand its effect on your relationships
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