January Reading Special
Facts About Retrograde Planets
All the planets (except for the Sun and Moon) will appear to move forward, at times to stand still, and to move backward. The forward motion is called direct, the stand still is called stationary and the apparent backward motion, as seen from Earth, is referred to as retrograde.
Mercury retrogrades have one of the worst raps in astrology. They are blamed for every computer glitch and car problem in the book. It is very common, when things are going wrong for no apparent reason, to hear someone say, "Mercury must be going retrograde!"
Mercury represents communication, when it changes direction it indicates a mental time-out. Taking "time-out" is difficult in a Yang society like America where "Time is Money" rules, and we have no national vacation plans like England for example. If we are to benefit from astrology we would realize that a Mercury retrograde is a natural down time. It is best used for doing research, reevaluation, and re-thinking of plans and goals, repairing damaged items, cleaning out files and closets or mending things and relationships. Since results can be uncertain and logic and order are under siege during a Mercury retrograde, it would be wise to stick to the tried and true.
Avoid signing legal documents or launching new projects during this three week period. If you must, read or go over the plans with extra care and deliberation. Don't rush into anything at this time. Travel may present unusual and annoying difficulties. If you have to travel during a Mercury retrograde be prepared for delays. Short trips may be delayed or canceled.
This transit has a particular impact on those in mercurial professions, writers, teachers, computer specialists, speech pathologists etc. Also affected are telemarketers, salesmen, and secretaries. Computers and audio visual equipment seem to be particularly sensitive to a Mercury retrograde. Those people who are born with Mercury retrograde seem to do the best with these transits.
is retrograde 19.1% or three to four times each year for 21 days each cycle.
Venus is retrograde 7.2 % or once every 19 months for
43 days a year.
is retrograde 9.4% or once every year and a half for 56-82 days a year.
is retrograde 30.2% or 120 days a year.
Saturn is retrograde 36.4% or 140 days a year. In 2023, Saturn Stations retrograde on June 17th through November 4th.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are retrograde 41% - 44% or between 140 and 155 days a year. This means that 40% of all people will be born with these planets retrograde. Their retrograde is significant on a generational rather than a personal level, but may be felt more strongly if aspected to a personal planet. These retrogrades are mainly significant in relation to general social, and political trends.
In 2023, Uranus goes retrograde on August 28th through January 27th, 2024. Neptune is retrograde from June 30th through December 6th, and Pluto is retrograde from May 1st through October 11th.
Retrogrades are opportunities for continued personal growth. They are found in the charts of many who have overcome handicaps to achieve greatness. 92% of the population have at least one retrograde planet in the Natal Chart. Below you will find a list of possible issues as a result of a retrograde planet in a Natal Chart.
Mercury retrograde represents a communication barrier of some sort. This may take many forms, from being a musical genius to being more interested in historical events, such as the battles of ancient Rome, rather than in tonight's news. This does not suggest that the individual does not communicate but that the form of communication may be different, unusual, or very personal. It can indicate a genius or a learning disability. Note that when Mercury turns direct by progression it often indicates a change in physical location as in a move to a new house or city.
Venus retrograde indicates that due to past insecurities the path of love does not flow smoothly in this lifetime. Confirmed celibates, religious or otherwise often show this placement. It is particularly hard in a males chart as he may avoid females altogether.
Mars retrograde can indicate a sexual imbalance especially in a female chart as she may have had past life problems with men. It can also affect the goals of the individual, frustrating, and impeding forward progress. There may be repressed anger of which they are unaware.
Jupiter retrograde causes introspection about education, philosophy and religion. A certain mystical approach to life is apparent. There can also be an unusual degree of psychological involvement with part of the social upbringing or culture. Could produce symptoms of Agoraphobia: abnormal fear of crossing or being in open spaces.
Saturn retrograde is concerned with resolving past Karma. There is an over emphasis on the natural impulses of patience and caution and the native may fail to see new opportunities to solve his past problems. There may be a fear of closed places.
Uranus retrograde brings old, unfinished business up very suddenly or unexpectedly which can change the fabric of the individuals entire life. There is also an unreasonable fear of the unexpected.
Neptune retrograde becomes introspective about the intuitive, emotional feeling side of life and can become deceptive. If afflicted this can produce addictions of all sorts. There may be an obsessive fear of water. Neptune also rules communicable disease.
Pluto retrograde can be used to release old unusable patterns or structures in your life into new forms. The ultimate recycle! A retrograde Pluto knows he can not change the world, that the struggle of mankind begins with a single personal step, one's self.
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planets retrograde: expected occurrence 8%. Often found in charts of
those required to expend great efforts in pursuit of their goals.
explore the nature of a retrograde planet in the birth chart:
DeVore, "Encyclopedia of Astrology"
Tyl, "The Principles and Practice of Astrology"
Paige McKenzie, "Emphasis
on Expression" in American Astrology, 8/77
Conclusion: The original meaning of a planet is altered when retrograde. The energy is turned inward, felt and expressed differently, reversed, changed. It may be less aggressive, more strategic, more personal, and subjective.