does it mean when a planet is “retrograde”?
is said to be “retrograde” when it appears to be moving “backwards” from the earth’s perspective.
It’s not really moving backwards…it just seems that way because of the size & rate of the
planet’s orbit in relationship to Earth’s orbit & also sometimes the orbit of the fixed stars.
of it this way: If you are in a car that is driving 60 miles an hour, and there is a car right next to
you driving at exactly the same speed, you will both be appearing to move in the same direction at the same rate.
But let’s say that your car suddenly accelerated to 95 miles an hour (while the other car maintained its original
speed of 60). In that moment of sudden acceleration, the car that is next to you would probably appear
to be moving backwards, even though it is actually not. That’s retrograde motion.
Only the planets,
not the sun & moon, can be retrograde.
effect does a “retrograde” planet have?
In A Birth Chart
In a birth chart, a retrograde planet
shows that the Archetypal energies of that particular planet will be weakened or delayed in that person’s life.
It also shows that these energies operate on a more subconscious level.
For instance, a person with Venus retrograde in her natal chart will probably experience difficulties & delays in marriage
and partnerships (typical Venus issues). It may not be until later in life that she is able to create a
partnership that she enjoys. Also, it is possible that she may have subconscious issues with thinking of
herself as un-attractive & unworthy (both Venus issues). By working more consciously within the Venus
energy in her self, she can bring these issues up to the surface and create healing.
Not all birth charts have retrogrades. Any retrograde planets in your chart will probably be noted with
an “Rx” sign. A preponderance of retrograde planets shows an opportunity to heal & many
subconscious issues in this lifetime.
As a Transit
Regardless of your birth chart,
retrograde planets affect us all by transit. When a planet goes “retrograde”, its Archetypal
energies often seem to be working “backwards”. Usually, it’s best to refrain from any
activities associated with a particular planet while it’s retrograde. At the very least, you want
to be extremely thorough & cautious if you must go forward with a certain activity when the
planet that is associated with this activity is retrograde.
are ruled by a particular planet will usually need to be repeated or done over when that planet is retrograde.
If you’re planning to do something associated with a particular planet while it is retrograde, then make sure
it is something you won’t mind re-doing again later.
Esoteric Note: One thing that I have personally noticed about
retrograde periods is that when a planet goes retrograde, it’s actually best to focus on the activities that are OPPOSITE
of what that planet symbolizes.
For example: When Mercury, the planet of communication goes retrograde, its best to stay focused on being
centered within yourself instead of reaching out to communicate with others. When Mars, the planet of initiative
& aggression goes retrograde, it’s best to work on establishing harmony and cooperation rather than relying on your
own ability to get things done.
What if I was born with a specific planet retrograde?
that change its effect on me when that planet retrogrades?
More than likely, if you were born with a planet in retrograde, you will feel more at ease than usual when that planet
experiences a retrograde transit. For instance, people with Mercury retrograde in their natal chart may
actually experience *improved* communications during times of Mercury retrograde…times when the rest of us are more
likely to have communication break-downs.
It seems that if you’re born with a certain planet retrograde,
then it just feels more comfortable & natural to you when that planet returns back to a retrograde position.