Retrograde Planets

Before listing the actual dates (in a later post), let me make a few comments about retrograde cycles in general and what to do with them.

Retrograde Cycles
A retrograde planet is far more likely to affect someone if it goes retrograde, or turns direct, at or near the position of a planet in your own natal chart. A Mercury retrograde passing over one's Ascendant, for example, will be more significant than one that is buried in the 8th house, with no aspects to anything else in the chart.

Planetary Periods
Another time that one might be affected specifically by these retrograde cycles is if one is in a planetary period that corresponds to that retrograde planet. For example, if you are in a Jupiter period, and Jupiter goes retrograde, this may affect you. I'll post more on these periods at a later date under the topic "Firdaria", so watch for it.

When a planet is approaching retrograde, it appears to slow down. It usually spends a few days in the degree that it's about to turn retrograde in. Once it reaches this degree, it's as good as retrograde, since it's not really moving ahead any more. Also, as the retrograde comes to an end, the planet slows down again; when it reaches the degree that it will turn in, it will again spend a few days there, and the planet is about as good as direct, since it no longer appears to be moving backwards. So when looking at these cycles, especially Mercury, which happens often, try to take advantage of the stations. As a matter of fact, since a planet that moves most slowly is far more powerful, when a planet like Mercury stations to go direct, it's at its most potent, even though (or more specifically because) it hasn't started to move forward yet.

See the following post for what to do when you're stuck with having to deal with daily life during one of these retrograde cycles.

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