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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 5
Surprises About Retrograde Planets


In the first four articles in the current series on Retrograde Planets we examined the basic concept of retrograde motion, the conventional interpretation of retrograde planets in the natal horoscope, and the role of three significant retrograde planets in our daily lives. In this article we will examine an unexpected feature of retrograde motion which arose out of John McCormick's research.

As I have stated before, John McCormick studied the retrograde motion of the planets for a recent one hundred year period. He determined the percentage of time that each planet had been retrograde over the one hundred year period and the percentage of time that none, one, two, three, etc planets were simultaneously retrograde over that same hundred years.

He then examined the natal horoscopes of famous people, World War II Generals, Statesmen, Writers, Athletes, and others with respect to retrograde planets in the natal charts.

Ordinarily, if there were no reason to believe in the astrology of retrograde planets, one would have expected that the percent of the group of World War II Generals, group of Statesmen, group of Writers, group of Athletes, etc, with a natal retrograde Mercury to be approximately the same as the percent of time that Mercury was retrograde during the hundred year period for which he had gathered data. A similar expectation would arise for each of the studied groups and the other natal planets.

Similarly, if there were no reason to believe in the astrology of retrograde planets, one would have expected that the groups of Generals, Statesmen, Writers, Athletes, etc, would have about the same occurrence of none, one, two, three, four, five, six, and even seven retrograde planets in their natal charts. One would further expect, if there were no astrological significance to retrograde planets, that the occurrence of none, one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven retrograde planets would match the statistics of retrograde motion developed for the hundred year study.

Neither expectation was met and validity was developed for the astrology of retrograde planets.

One striking example pointed out by McCormick was the relation between Retrograde Neptune and World War II Generals. Neptune was retrograde forty-four percent of the time in the studied interval. Consequently, one would have expected about forty-four percent of the Generals to have a Retrograde Neptune, but ninety-two percent was found! (General MacArthur was an exception.) In the opposite direction, only nineteen percent of United States Presidents had a Retrograde Neptune. What is there in a Retrograde Neptune that encourages the development of Generals, but restricts the development of Presidents? Is it because a Retrograde Neptune impedes the talent for lying and pretending? Troops must trust their leader. The public expects politicians to skirt the truth when necessary. And successful politicians do.

The big surprise in John McCormick's work is in the analysis of quantities of natal retrograde planets. He discovered that the quantity of retrograde planets in any one chart was more significant than the actual identity of the planets. In the studied hundred year period, there were no retrograde planets only eight percent of the time. Thus, while there is an eight percent expectation of no retrograde planets in a group of charts, he found that this condition existed in the natal chart of thirty-six percent of United States Presidents. Isn't Astrology amazing?

John McCormick came up with a set of conclusions about the significance of the number of retrograde planets in a chart. I have tested his conclusions for twenty-five years as part of my Astrology practice and, in the next column, I shall pass them on to you as worthy of incorporating in your natal interpretations.

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