This Year’s Juno Retrograde

Juno is direct (moving forwards), not retrograde (moving backwards)
Previous Juno Retrograde period:
February 8, 2020 to May 26, 2020

From 21º to 5º Libra.
The next one will begin in April of 2021.

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 Venus cycle that lasts about 4 years.

The Previous Juno Retrograde Cycle:

In 2020, Juno went retrograde at 21º of Libra on February 8, 2020 and traveled backwards to 5º Libra, finishing on May 26, 2020. This brought up relationship issues which did not fully resolve until Juno again turned direct and also passed the degree of Libra where she turned retrograde, which happened on August 24. On that day she was done retracing old relationship ground and her mission to teach us about partnership and our partnership needs was over for the year. Juno traveled retrograde from 21º to 5º of Libra, so if you have anything at all in your chart between 5 and 21º of Libra, you likely felt this transit strongly. And if you have anything in your chart in the same degree span of the other Cardinal signs (Aries, Capricorn or Cancer), you felt 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. You can see on the diagram below that the previous cycle began with one on August 22, 2019 at 29º Leo and finished with one on November 8, 2020 at 16º Scorpio.

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 previous cycle’s Commitment Clarity Day was on April 2, 2020, at 13º Libra.

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 Libra), this time to pass through and onward. I call this Commitment Resolution Day and it happened on August 24, 2020. On this day the cycle’s themes resolved and completed.

Juno Retrograde in Libra:

In 2020, Juno went retrograde in the Cardinal Air sign of Libra, saturating this Juno retrospection period with Libra themes. Libra is a sign very much associated with relationship, so this is a good fit. During this period you’d find yourself asking, “do I feel the back and forth of dialogue in this relationship? Or does someone in this relationship demand more than the other?” (more attention, more support, more indulgence, more soothing, more respect) Even the healthiest of long-term relationships often doesn’t look equal in the moment and you probably asked yourself, “If things look unfair or unequal now, does it all even out in the end? And is this just a phase or will I spend the rest of my life in this unequal contract?”

Having thought about these things for a while, you then moved on to other questions, such as “how can I get a feeling of equality in my relationship?” “How can we restore balance—or find balance?” And perhaps the most important question of all is, “How can we be a stronger team and optimally benefit both team members and the relationship itself?” Juno’s retrograde period was not designed to break down your relationship and you can utilize this time to strengthen it through questioning aspects of it you usually take for granted.

This Juno Retrograde coincided with Venus Retrograde:

Because Juno also went retrograde in 2020, in an overlapping time frame, these two goddesses combined and conspired to force a deep relationship reexamination during the spring of 2020. Juno began it when she turned retrograde on February 8, and before she was done, Venus went retrograde on May 13. Then Juno finished on May 26, but Venus wasn’t done until June 25. So all told, it was about 4 and a half months of intensive questioning of our relationships, both in their structure and the strength of the bond they contain. The social distancing instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic fitted this symbology perfectly. More about this in our video about it:

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:
March 24 to April 11
June 25 to July 13
September 27 to October 14
December 26 to January 12

Find out more about this:

Relationship Retrospection in the Spring of 2020
Pandora Astrology’s Venus page.

If you are feeling a current Juno Retrograde period
and you want to understand its effect on your relationships
request a reading on Jamie’s services page.