What Does a Retrograde Motion Planet Mean?



Explaining the results of a retrograde motion to someone who has one in their birth chart, can be difficult. It depends on the knowledge and the understanding of the person who is explaining the aspects of the chart.

Out of all the astrological planets we have in our charts the Sun and Moon are never in a retrograde state.

Look at any beginning book on astrology and you will see that when retrograde planets are brought up, most often than not we are told that a Planet retrograde in a natal chart is different; different as in bad.

We start to feel this because of the interpretations. Albeit,  not all books say this and make us feel this way.

The characterizations for Planets in retrograde are as  diverse as the people who practice astrology, it all depends.

Some say that the activity of a retrograde motion stays just below the level of awareness. Some badmouth retrogrades so much that people who are really into astrology want nothing to do with them in general and if in their charts they feel "less than" to others. I have one and I refuse to feel bad about it.

The impression a retrograde planet leaves differs from one that is in direct motion. A Planet goes from being direct and then makes a station to start going retrograde.

(When a planet has stopped all movement, it "makes a station" or is stationary. A planet has a more outstanding impact while it makes a station for its vitality is centralized and sharpened  in the zodiac sign it's in.)

A Retrograde impact goes in instead of out. When a Planet is retrograde in a natal chart it's force isn't pushing out and opening up as it does when a planet is Direct.

How Does Retrograde Motion Affect a Birth Chart?



In the a natal chart , retrograde motion planets assume a particular force.  This makes an impact when there is a retrograde planet at birth time.  

When a Planet is in retrograde in a person’s birth chart the things ruled by that Planet are decelerated, the person is therefore introspective regarding those things.

Generally, you find a retrograde planet in your astrological chart by looking for an Rx sign before the planet glyph or name.

First, one must look to the Ruling Planet of the chart and House,  to see if that is in retrograde rotation. This is important because if it is, this would be the one retrograde that has the most impact on the persons daily matters and life.

Example:

I was born under Jupiter and I have a natal Jupiter retrograde. This is important because Jupiter is my ruling Planet.

This means that the things governed by Jupiter,  things governed by the sign Jupiter was in and the Ruling house when I was born are drawn back or deterred to a later date.

It also means that I am much more prone to  reflect deeply on these issues, keeping my thoughts about them to myself.

Because of this determent, it's possible for me to benefit, I see all the particulars that someone with a Direct motion Jupiter would have overlooked.

And so, in short, what I am saying  is that; If your ruling planet is in retrograde motion when you are born, you will benefit in ways that a Direct motion Ruling planet person would not and could not, for you are looking at the same things in a different manner.

It also means that any benefit will come later, although it will still come.

To me, retrogrades are a pain in the ass to understand. It took me a long while to begin to understand, it all comes with experience, living and learning.

How Does Retrograde Motion Impact you?



These basic interpretations are general in scope. You would need a natal chart to really see how all the aspects interact.

And so we start with:




Retrograde Mercury in a Birth Chart


Mercury in  retrograde motion at birth announces that your soul  inherited an "awareness".

You may be thought of as naturally perceptive.

The House that mercury is retrograde in your birth chart shows where your insight lies.

You will use this in your life, mostly going with your gut feelings.

Your studying methods and learning was most likely be on the slow side. You think in a much slower manner than someone with a mercury direct; it's because you assimilate new knowledge differently.

Yet, since you are this way the consequence is a very perceptive point of view.

A person with a retrograde motion  Mercury will talk differently than what others think would be normal. You may even speak slowly.

It's not all bad…In some ways it's good. Speaking in an unhurried way may lead to others hanging on your every word.

If there is a Mercury retrograde in your natal chart, you may be/have been shy when they were growing up. However, you make this up as young man/woman and grownup.

On the other hand you may be especially outgoing. The person may be a chatterbox or a tight lipped.

Having a Mercury retrograde in your birth chart may mean:

*People misconstrue what you say and so you watch your words carefully for you are afraid of this happening.

*You may be more skillful  in expressing your thoughts on paper or computer.

*You have do a lot of self-talking and you live inside your head.

*Circumstances in employment and wellness frequently go through alterations and advancement.

*You are capricious.

*You make a decision even when you aren't sure what to do.



Retrograde Venus in a Birth Chart


The kind of impression a Venus in retrograde motion makes depends on its location in our birth chart.

A  retrograde Venus in an  astrology natal chart generally means modifications, alterations or shifts in feelings.

A Venus in retrograde in a birth chart means that this person is more  biased with the things they want, people they love and their money.

If Venus is located at a good place, the person will have strong arousal's and strong repulsions. 

No matter which Venus retrograde is in your chart, the person will not be like a direct Venus person.

A Venus retrograde in the natal chart, can  point to emotional disturbance as well as,  financial troubles (in this instance, Venus is badly placed).

People with a Venus retrograde in their birth chart have emotions that take place entirely within their mind.

Although, their feelings are hardly visible to others, they have strong and deep feelings of love, affection and passion..

This Venus person may also have a hard time maintaining relationships.

They  may place all the responsibility on the partner to fulfill them and we know that's not possible, we need to find our own fulfillment.

This Venus person may judge themselves by how much money they have in their pockets and or bank accounts.

Having a Venus in retrograde motion at birth means that the person may think again and again about conveying romantic affection and or love.

A Venus in retrograde motion in a natal chart signals feelings of being emotionally thwarted and desolate.

Contingent on additional elements in a natal chart:

A man that has a Venus retrograde in his natal chart, may be reactive and thin skinned in relationships.

A man with a Venus retrograde in his birth chart is also prone to showing a need to control or dominate his lover.

It is also hard for him to end or initiate an ending of a relationship.

This would make sense because he may take longer than other men to get over an old lover.

On the better side, a man with a Venus in retrograde motion in his natal chart can be one dedicated lover, if:

1. Most the other elements in his natal chart are beneficial or not excessively detrimental.


2. you don't mind that he can be jealous and touchy.

Depending on other factors in a natal chart:

A woman born under Venus retrograde may be pushy and a bit dominating in how she wants to be treated.

She likes to be the one in charge in her relationships.

She doesn't find it easy to break a connection with her lover, if her lover wants to break up, there is a big hill to climb to get to the other side...freedom.

If her other planets and signs support this trait, She may be prone to live the role of "a woman scorned".

A person with a Venus in retrograde motion in their birth chart:

*Wants to be their own person.


*May feel like an outsider when it comes to societal conventions.


*May feel ill at ease when trying to connect with others.


*May not easily believe another persons  love toward them.


*May show excessive or compulsive concern when it comes to someone they are in love with.


*May end up feeling let down by their partner because they don't feel the same deepness of  dedication from their lover.


*May feel shy about asking for what they want in  a relationship.


*May have problems finding the right person to be with, may be in love with love.



Retrograde  Mars in a Birth Chart



To find where this retrograde makes an impact look to find the house and sign that Mars occupies.

A  person with Mars retrograde orbit/motion at birth  will always execute things differently; they do things in a round about way.
 
They may and should use their instinctive knowing when opportunities present themselves, doing this leads to achieving what they want to achieve.

Mars retrograde birth people have a hard time standing up for themselves. The person is really backing down from speaking up to protect themselves. They may find this hard because they may be too scared to experience whatever results comes of letting out the ire they feel.

When they finally do stand up, they have taken more than other people would have taken.

They may be less self assured, less self directed and experience more emotional impediments than Mars direct people.

This person may often find themselves in the role of martyr in their romantic relationships.

A retrograde  Mars in an astrology chart means the person is extra-energetic, doesn't know what to do with Himself/Herself.

Having such a surplus of energy inclines the person toward a short temper.

With a retrograde  Mars in the natal chart a person may be inclined towards impulsive judgments that leave others amazed or surprised.

One important point of a retrograde Mars; a woman with this in her birth chart  needs to be in charge.

When a Mars in retrograde orbit/motion in a natal chart is placed in a detrimental position, the individual may be low in vitality or even sickly and may also be inclined towards accidents. 

If  mars retrograde is in a beneficial position, the person manages matters and acts in a strange manner compared to a Mars direct person.

No matter the instance, outcomes are far from the norm. The good news is that everyone has free will and they may ensure the final result.


The Not So Nice....


If Mars is retrograde in a birth chart  bestows; internal doubts, missed chances and unfavorable luck. This may cause the impulsive quality of Mars to be slower to come or  impaired.

The person may be given to repressing your wants and needs that should be expressed, often these inclinations have a negative,  unhealthy  and damaging effect on your psyche.

They may find that having to be aggressive, combative and in contention difficult.

They will quash their emotions and turn those emotions inward so far they become dejected.



The Helpful.....

This Mars retrograde will hold back your desires and impetuous ways.

The person thinks again and again before the show they are angry.

This person won't abide being pushed to make a choice.

People with a Mars retrograde motion can transfer their unexpressed passions and wrath into fighting for the underdog by helping others, get involved with charity work.

If handled properly, this placement of Mars in a birth chart can help a person learn to be; prepared, tolerant, and well put together, this placement helps a person learn persistence.

If a natal chart Mars retrograde is  managed the right way, they'll learn to be patient, tenacious, and methodical, and with these qualities they may achieve positive things.




Retrograde Mercury in a Birth Chart


Mercury in  retrograde motion at birth announces that your soul  inherited an "awareness".

You may be thought of as naturally perceptive.

The House that mercury is retrograde in your birth chart shows where your insight lies.

You will use this in your life, mostly going with your gut feelings.

Your studying methods and learning was most likely be on the slow side. You think in a much slower manner than someone with a mercury direct; it's because you assimilate new knowledge differently.

Yet, since you are this way the consequence is a very perceptive point of view.

A person with a retrograde motion  Mercury will talk differently than what others think would be normal. You may even speak slowly.

It's not all bad…In some ways it's good. Speaking in an unhurried way may lead to others hanging on your every word.

If there is a Mercury retrograde in your natal chart, you may be/have been shy when they were growing up. However, you make this up as young man/woman and grownup.

On the other hand you may be especially outgoing. The person may be a chatterbox or a tight lipped.

Having a Mercury retrograde in your birth chart may mean:

*People misconstrue what you say and so you watch your words carefully for you are afraid of this happening.

*You may be more skillful  in expressing your thoughts on paper or computer.

*You have do a lot of self-talking and you live inside your head.

*Circumstances in employment and wellness frequently go through alterations and advancement.

*You are capricious.

*You make a decision even when you aren't sure what to do.



Retrograde Venus in a Birth Chart


The kind of impression a Venus in retrograde motion makes depends on its location in our birth chart.

A  retrograde Venus in an  astrology natal chart generally means modifications, alterations or shifts in feelings.

A Venus in retrograde in a birth chart means that this person is more biased with the things they want, people they love and their money.

If Venus is located at a good place, the person will have strong arousal's and strong repulsions. 

No matter which Venus retrograde is in your chart, the person will not be like a direct Venus person.

A Venus retrograde in the natal chart, can  point to emotional disturbance as well as,  financial troubles (in this instance, Venus is badly placed).

People with a Venus retrograde in their birth chart have emotions that take place entirely within their mind.

Although, their feelings are hardly visible to others, they have strong and deep feelings of love, affection and passion..

This Venus person may also have a hard time maintaining relationships.

They may place all the responsibility on the partner to fulfill them and we know that's not possible, we need to find our own fulfillment.

This Venus person may judge themselves by how much money they have in their pockets and or bank accounts.

Having a Venus in retrograde motion at birth means that the person may think again and again about conveying romantic affection and or love.

A Venus in retrograde motion in a natal chart signals feelings of being emotionally thwarted and desolate.

Contingent on additional elements in a natal chart:

A man that has a Venus retrograde in his natal chart, may be reactive and thin skinned in relationships.

A man with a Venus retrograde in his birth chart is also prone to showing a need to control or dominate his lover.

It is also hard for him to end or initiate an ending of a relationship.

This would make sense because he may take longer than other men to get over an old lover.

On the better side, a man with a Venus in retrograde motion in his natal chart can be one dedicated lover, if:

1. Most the other elements in his natal chart are beneficial or not excessively detrimental.


2. you don't mind that he can be jealous and touchy.

Depending on other factors in a natal chart:

A woman born under Venus retrograde may be pushy and a bit dominating in how she wants to be treated.

She likes to be the one in charge in her relationships.

She doesn't find it easy to break a connection with her lover, if her lover wants to break up, there is a big hill to climb to get to the other side...freedom.

If her other planets and signs support this trait, She may be prone to live the role of "a woman scorned".

A person with a Venus in retrograde motion in their birth chart:

*Wants to be their own person.


*May feel like an outsider when it comes to societal conventions.


*May feel ill at ease when trying to connect with others.


*May not easily believe another persons  love toward them.


*May show excessive or compulsive concern when it comes to someone they are in love with.


*May end up feeling let down by their partner because they don't feel the same deepness of  dedication from their lover.


*May feel shy about asking for what they want in  a relationship.


*May have problems finding the right person to be with, may be in love with love.



Retrograde Mars in a Birth Chart



To find where this retrograde makes an impact look to find the house and sign that Mars occupies.

A  person with Mars retrograde orbit/motion at birth  will always execute things differently; they do things in a round about way.
 
They may and should use their instinctive knowing when opportunities present themselves, doing this leads to achieving what they want to achieve.

Mars retrograde birth people have a hard time standing up for themselves. The person is really backing down from speaking up to protect themselves. They may find this hard because they may be too scared to experience whatever results comes of letting out the ire they feel.

When they finally do stand up, they have taken more than other people would have taken.

They may be less self assured, less self directed and experience more emotional impediments than Mars direct people.

This person may often find themselves in the role of martyr in their romantic relationships.

A retrograde  Mars in an astrology chart means the person is extra-energetic, doesn't know what to do with Himself/Herself.

Having such a surplus of energy inclines the person toward a short temper.

With a retrograde  Mars in the natal chart a person may be inclined towards impulsive judgments that leave others amazed or surprised.

One important point of a retrograde Mars; a woman with this in her birth chart  needs to be in charge.

When a Mars in retrograde orbit/motion in a natal chart is placed in a detrimental position, the individual may be low in vitality or even sickly and may also be inclined towards accidents. 

If  mars retrograde is in a beneficial position, the person manages matters and acts in a strange manner compared to a Mars direct person.

No matter the instance, outcomes are far from the norm. The good news is that everyone has free will and they may ensure the final result.


The Not So Nice....


If Mars is retrograde in a birth chart  bestows; internal doubts, missed chances and unfavorable luck. This may cause the impulsive quality of Mars to be slower to come or  impaired.

The person may be given to repressing your wants and needs that should be expressed, often these inclinations have a negative,  unhealthy  and damaging effect on your psyche.

They may find that having to be aggressive, combative and in contention difficult.

They will quash their emotions and turn those emotions inward so far they become dejected.



The Helpful.....

This Mars retrograde will hold back your desires and impetuous ways.

The person thinks again and again before the show they are angry.

This person won't abide being pushed to make a choice.

People with a Mars retrograde motion can transfer their unexpressed passions and wrath into fighting for the underdog by helping others, get involved with charity work.

If handled properly, this placement of Mars in a birth chart can help a person learn to be; prepared, tolerant, and well put together, this placement helps a person learn persistence.

If a natal chart Mars retrograde is  managed the right way, they'll learn to be patient, tenacious, and methodical, and with these qualities they may achieve positive things.




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