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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

Retrograde Planets:
Part Two


What happens when you find that some planets in your personal horoscope are Retrograde? Can you believe everything that you have heard? How did that happen, anyway? Well, take heart. The planet in question was not going backwards. From here on Earth, it looked that way, but it was just the appearance of retrograde motion.

Because the Earth is "The Third Rock From The Sun," there are two planets closer to the Sun. These are the "inner planets," Mercury and Venus. The remaining planets are further from the Sun, and are called the "outer planets." Typically, Mercury appears to be retrograde three or four times a year; Venus, on the other hand, appears to be retrograde only once a year. The outer planets, except for Mars, are retrograde only once a year. Mars goes retrograde every second year.

Astrologers have long pondered the meaning of retrograde planets in a horoscope. Some interpretations border on the mystical and the esoteric, such as past life or reincarnation implications. The more conventional interpretation is that the retrograde planet has its action deferred or is expressed internally. Some examples follow.

Retrograde (Rx) Mercury in the natal chart is still Mercury, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of communication, the five senses, and the intellect. The function of the Rx Mercury will be expressed as something other than the expected, something away from the norm. Perhaps a few of the senses will be extraordinary. Perhaps the verbal ability will be noteworthy. How about intellectual function? Ask anyone with a natal retrograde Mercury, and he will tell you that his mind and intellect are extraordinary and he will shyly admit to genius.

Retrograde (Rx) Venus in the natal chart is still Venus, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of love, of emotions, of beauty, of refinement and taste. The function of the Rx Venus will be expressed as other than expected. Perhaps the expression of love will be unusual, with a great deal of internalization before it is expressed. This tendency toward internalization may express itself in an art form such as poetry.

Retrograde (Rx) Mars in the natal chart is still Mars, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of energy, aggression, activity, and pioneering. The function of the Rx Mars will be expressed as other than expected. Some Astrologers have associated the Rx Mars with a propensity for accidents. I have not seen this to be the case. Rx Mars people may have difficulty in expressing anger and may choose a lifestyle or occupation which avoids confrontation.

Retrograde (Rx) Jupiter in the natal chart is still Jupiter, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of expansion, generosity, jubilance, and good fortune. The function of the Rx Jupiter will be expressed as other than expected. Some Astrologers assign negative qualities to the otherwise beneficent and benign Jupiter. They talk about getting into trouble from overindulgence, extravagance instead of generosity, and laziness brought about by good fortune. It is as if there is too much of a good thing expressed. I have not found this to be the case, but the reader should be aware of these possibilities.

Retrograde (Rx) Saturn in the natal chart is still Saturn, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of structure, organization, discipline, and perseverance. The function of the Rx Saturn will be expressed as other than expected. Everyone has Saturn somewhere in the natal horoscope. The person with a Rx Saturn has a built-in maturity and discipline to help him handle any of the Saturn-like problems or situations that Life may bring.

Retrograde (Rx) Uranus in the natal chart is still Uranus, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of the unusual, the unexpected, the unique, and the original. The function of the Rx Uranus will be expressed as other than expected. How can that be? When Direct, Uranus is unusual, shocking, surprising and "different" in its action. Everyone has Uranus somewhere in the natal horoscope. The person with a Rx Uranus expresses a reinforced characteristic of Uranus. He is far ahead of his time.

Retrograde (Rx) Neptune in the natal chart is still Neptune, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of inspiration, dedication, sensitivity, illusion, and deception. The function of the Rx Neptune will be expressed as other than expected. The person with a Rx Neptune may not have the capability to pretend or act other than how he is in a straightforward manner. He will probably choose a career that places a premium on honesty and integrity.

Retrograde (Rx) Pluto in the natal chart is still Pluto, however modified in its action. It is still the planet of growth, development, transformation, and masses of people. The function of the Rx Pluto will be expressed as other than expected. The person with a Rx Pluto may turn these attributes inward and work on his own personal growth and inner transformation. He may exhibit a specific talent for working with masses of people. Look for charisma!

The preceding has been a basic summary of the retrograde condition in the natal chart. If you are in doubt about the interpretation of a retrograde planet, resort to the meaning of the planet itself and look for something unusual in its expression.

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