During its retrograde phase, a planet appears to move backwards through the zodiac. Apart from the Sun and the Moon all planets go through phases in which they change from a direct to retrograde motion as viewed from the Earth. Energies become introverted and subconscious takes over. If you don’t have clear priorities, you lose stuff. Forgotten issues can come up again, and are sometimes helpful in making decisions.
- reconsiders before expressing love or affection
- relates awkwardly to others
- doubts the love others offer
- can become obsessed in relationships
- feels let down by the commitment level of others
Retrogrades in the Natal Horoscope by Lyn Koiner
All of the planets, with the exception of the Sun and Moon which are not actual planets, have a period of retrogradation. It is an apparent motion observed only from planet earth when the planet “appears” to move backwards in the sky. You will know that Venus or Mercury are about to turn retrograde when you see them move far ahead of the Sun. Mercury turns retrograde when it is about 14 degrees ahead of the Sun and Venus turns retrograde when it is about 30 degrees ahead of the Sun. Mercury is retrograde for 3 weeks 3 times each year and Venus is retrograde every 19 months.
The other planets turn retrograde when they are only the opposite side of the chart from the Sun. In a natal horoscope, any planet in opposition to the Sun will always be retrograde. Many times a planet forming a trine to the Sun will be retrograde also. Mars turns retrograde for slightly less than 2 ½ months every 2 years. Jupiter through Pluto are retrograde every year. Jupiter is retrograde for 4 months. Saturn through Pluto are retrograde for 5 months.
When a planet is retrograde, it does not work in its normal manner. It frequently needs to make changes or work on an inner, psychological level before it can express itself outwardly.