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lalalinda
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posted November 28, 2004 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lalalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is a Retrograde Planet? It is a planet that appears to be going backwards, in actuality it isn't. But it has slowed down. You can understand this by imagining being on a train and slowing down (but still going forward) and a train beside you going at regular speed. If you look out the window it LOOKS like you're going in reverse, but you're not.

The Sun and Moon are NEVER Retrograde, and The Nodes are always retrograde.



Retrograde Planets

From early schooling, we know the planets in our solar system revolve in orbit around the Sun. In astrology, all of these orbits are considered from our place here on Earth. As individuals, our place here on Earth is our place of birth. Thus, as the Earth revolves around the Sun, our view of the other planets in the solar system can become somewhat skewed and distorted. Because the other planets are moving at different speeds, there will be times when it will appear from Earth that a planet is not moving at all, and at times that a planet is actually moving backwards when viewed against the backdrop of a fixed star. In such periods, the planet is said to be in retrograde motion.
On some charts, and in the ephemeris (an almanac of the daily planetary positions), planets which are in retrograde are denoted by a tiny R after the degree and minute designation. While older astrology books may suggest that retrograde planets in the birth chart are debilitated in some way, modern literature has mostly dropped this. At most, a suggestion that a retrograde planet may denote delayed development of factors relating to that planet. Many astrologers barely mention the retrograde status of a planet in the natal chart.

Modern astrologers do pay attention to retrograde planets in their transit. Again, the tendency is to view periods of retrograde as being negative. The most popular planet to watch is Mercury. When Mercury goes retrograde, astrologers believe that many of the everyday affairs ruled by Mercury are disrupted. When Mercury is retrograde, mental mistakes abound. Travel plans are often messed up. Misunderstanding occur. Diehard believers will refrain from making any sort of contract when Mercury is retrograde.

Perhaps the greatest impact of retrograde planets can be felt when the outer planets turn retrograde while forming a transit aspect to one of your natal planets. If, for example, transiting Neptune has formed a conjunction with your natal Sun position, the interpretation might be:

"T Neptune conjunct N Sun on the positive side tends to increase your sensitivity and compassion for others. You may be much more inclined to set aside your own ego and lend a helping hand to those in need of your assistance. Neptune causes the ego drive of the Sun to diminish. It is from this aspect of the contact that the negative influence of the conjunction emerges. A common reaction to this transit is fatigue and an attitude of being defeated. You are likely to feel disappointed or especially sorry for yourself, as well as for others. This is not a good aspect for anyone who has a problem with drinking or drugs. The body is extremely sensitive to external influences and less able to resist strain of any type. Another result of this transit is that you may be inclined to deceive others, as if your ego energy is trying to make you appear as something other than what you really are. You are likely to be unusually idealistic under this transit. It's necessary to insure that these ideals are rooted in reality and are not merely a device for escaping it."

Now if Neptune were to go slow to a stop and start to slowly travel in reverse for a while, this aspect might stay in orb for a number of months. The potential for a negative impact would be significant. If you were predisposed to a drinking or drug problem, this lengthy transit aspect could be devastating. At a minimum, you would feel very tired and somewhat confused as to why.

Thus, some of our longest runs of good luck and of bad luck can be traced to an outer planet in transit forming aspects to planets in the natal map.

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I haven't listed a definition for each RX Planet, we'll do that individually, taking into consideration the house and sign.
List your Retro Planets (don't forget the house and sign)
I have 5
Mercury
Jupiter
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto

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Astromis11
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posted November 28, 2004 08:45 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pluto in Libra 2nd house
Saturn in Scorpio 2nd house

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scorpbaby
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posted November 28, 2004 11:37 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no planets retrogade! I can't seem to find any info regarding the absence of retro's in a chart.

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Gooober
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posted November 29, 2004 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gooober     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
guess what scorpbaby?i don have any retrograde planets either!
lal,i would also like to know if the absence of any retrograde planets means anything

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posted November 30, 2004 04:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
uranus in saggitarius 12/1
neptune in saggitarius 1


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posted December 01, 2004 07:11 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retrograde:
North Node in Taurus in the 1st house.
Chiron in Gemini in the 2nd house.

In my chart, I seem to have a stationary planet: Jupiter in Aquarius in the 11th house.

Im not too sure what to make of it; I am guessing that it means it is going to be going either retrograde or direct...

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sana
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posted December 01, 2004 09:31 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi..
i have 5 planets retro..
jupiter sag house 2
saturn libra house12
uranus sag house2
neptune sag house2
pluto libra house 12.

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virgotaurustaurus
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posted December 01, 2004 01:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have any planets in retrograde natally (just Chiron in Taurus!), however I do have a question...currently Saturn is in retrograde. It's in my 4th house sitting right on the cusp of Cancer/Leo now (even though it was previously in Cancer). I really didn't think this was going to affect me as strongly as it has been, and now that the moon is conjuncting it, very bad memories of things that have happened in my family have been surfacing in my head. My question is, even if a retrograde planet does not aspect something in your chart, can you still feel the effects of it? Also, if a transiting retrograde planet is only making aspects to other transiting planets can you feel that too?

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lalalinda
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posted December 01, 2004 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lalalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
VTT,
I didn't find Glen Falls, New York and the Asc. I got for you was 29 Aries, I'd like to rectify your chart. Could you give me the name of the closest city or coordinence ?

Saturn Transiting the 4th house is going to effect all areas of your home including your family. Home conditions will be restrictive.

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virgotaurustaurus
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posted December 02, 2004 12:36 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
weird...aries ascendant? O_o

The closest city is Albany, New York. The coordinates for Glens Falls are 73w39, 43n19 but it's a small enough city to not be counted

I think the thing I find most frustrating about what I read about Saturn transiting 4th house is the restrictiveness of the home because my family hardly talks to me in the house, but my brain is pushing deep long issues I've had with them to the front now. However I've been stuck here because of bad weather! Argh.

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posted December 04, 2004 10:02 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Jupiter (Leo, 11th house), Saturn (Virgo, 12th house) and Pluto (Libra, 1st house) retrograde in my natal chart.

After your post VTT, I looked up where Saturn was sitting in my chart right now... it's retrograde transitting my 10th house... Probably explains the career slump I've had all year.

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posted December 05, 2004 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good info!

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posted December 14, 2004 11:05 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Mercury in Aquarius in the 12th House is Retrograde. I never knew having it in retrograde would effect it much though.

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posted December 15, 2004 01:26 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Jupiter in the 1st house, Saturn in the 2nd house and Pluto in the 4th house.

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posted December 15, 2004 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jupiter Cancer 0307'50 04 retrograde
True Node Libra 1319'33 07 retrograde

Weird, I thought I had Merc retro. *shrugs*

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Nackie
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posted December 16, 2004 04:36 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Mercury, Neptune, Uranus, Pluto all retrograde. True Node is direct.

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posted December 16, 2004 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cappyme     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My mercury in capricorn in the 1st house is in retrograde. My mars in taurus in the 5th house is retrograde and my jupiter in leo in the 8th house is retrograde. Is that good, btw:s?

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posted December 29, 2004 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apollo861     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have got..

mercury
mars
jupiter
saturn
uranus
neptune

all retrograde.

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moonstar77
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posted December 31, 2004 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonstar77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got:

Saturn scorpio 5th
Pluto scorpio 5th
Mars scorpio 6th
Uranus sag 6th
Jupiter cap 7th
Neptune cap 7th
NN gemini 12th

So, I have quite a few. Is that good or bad? I read somewhere a person with a lot of Rx planets are "old souls" types. Don't know if this is true or not...

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posted February 04, 2005 11:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the NN really always retro?

Astrodienst lists mine (and my husband's) as being direct (though it lists most others as retrograde).

My retro planets are:

Mercury in Pisces in the 4th
Mars in Leo in the 10th
Jupiter in Virgo in the 10th
Saturn in Virgo in the 11th
Uranus in Scorpio in the 1st
Pluto in Libra in the 12th

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lalalinda
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posted February 05, 2005 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lalalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
wow Proxieme, you must hold the record here for having the most Rx planets the only planets not Rx are Neptune and Venus.

The nodes orbit (for lack of a better word) moves backwards. Get an ephemeris and look at the position of the nodes at the first of the month for about 6 months and you'll get a better idea of what I'm talking about

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posted February 05, 2005 10:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Saturn (R) in Gemini in the 1st house & Chiron (R) in Aries in the 11th house

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steelrose
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posted February 07, 2005 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steelrose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All my planets are direct.

But Im interested in this guy who has got Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto retro...

Will I be able to cope with so much introspection, psychological issues and "inner war"? I always thought: Why doesnt he get up and go, why doesnt he conquer something and sort his problems? What is he waiting for, cant he see hes going nowhere and losing everybody out there?

Maybe thats my direct me , not understanding how retro feel... Any clue about how not to feel desperate with so much apparent innactivity?

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LibraSparkle
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posted February 07, 2005 12:40 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel like a bone head (again)...

I don't understand how to find otu where my Retro planets are

Ok... NM. I found a chart with the little 'r's.

I have:

Chiron in Aries 12th Hs.
Jupiter in Aries 11th Hs.
Mercury in Libra 6th Hs.

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no retrograde planets but 1 retrograde Chiron in Gemini...what does Chiron in Retrograde mean?

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