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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 6
More Surprises About Retrograde Planets


In the first five 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. Then we examined some unexpected features 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 also 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 the retrograde planets in the natal charts, and, more important for this article and for astrology, the number of retrograde planets in each person's natal horoscope.

John McCormick's work was still in its infancy when he died, so a purist might object to the statistics and the general pattern of his research. After all, most World War II Generals ( not General Douglas MacArthur) were probably born within ten years of the turn of the century. United States Presidents, on the other hand, had a wider spread of birthdates. Purists might also object to conclusions drawn from so small a sample.

Despite these possible objections, the validity of his work lies in the observations of those Astrologers, myself included, who have tested his conclusions over the twenty-five years that have passed since the publication of his findings.

In the one hundred year period that John McCormick studied, and in which you and I were born, the percentage of time for the various quantities of retrograde planets is listed below: 0 retrograde planets 7.7 percent of the time 1 " " 18.7 " " " " 2 29.2 3 26.7 4 12.7 5 4.15 6 0.66 7 " " 0.005 " " " "

As you can see, the most common occurrence (29.2%) is the pattern of two retrograde planets. We feel comfortable when we encounter people who have two retrograde planets because this is the most familiar to us. For no apparent reason, people are drawn to and like and accept those who have two retrograde planets in the natal horoscope. I have found that this phenomenon is true when a person has two retrograde planets by secondary progression as well.

The next most common occurrence (26.7%) is the pattern of three retrograde planets. The difference in percentage is very small, but the public acceptance found for those with two retrograde planets is not found for those with three retrograde planets. People with three retrograde planets tend to operate behind the scenes, and according to McCormick, have a "sullen determination to excel" in some speciality.

The next most common occurrence (18.7%) is the pattern of one retrograde planet. I have found that the person with only one retrograde planet is independent and does not need the company of other people to be happy. He exhibits some of the qualities of an Aries-type person. He can work alone and achieve alone.

The next most common occurrence (12.7%) is the pattern of four retrograde planets. McCormick frequently found this pattern in the horoscopes of writers, who withdraw and seek expression in private. Paul Hewitt incorporates the findings of John McCormick in his Career Counseling techniques (astrological) and in the software which he developed for Career Counselors and Astrologers. He associates four or more retrograde planets with the more solitary professions.

The next most common occurrence (7.7%) is the pattern of no retrograde planets. I have found that people with no retrograde planets are unique in their perseverance to attain their goals. McCormick found that "athletes and dancers possess this confirmation in abundance." He also found zero retrograde planets in an unexpectedly high number (36%!) Of the charts of United States Presidents. The road to the Presidency is arduous and perseverance is needed to attain that goal.

The next most common occurrence (4.15%) is the pattern of five retrograde planets. If you have five retrograde planets in your horoscope, do not expect people to rush up to you with a hug and a kiss. Only people with two retrograde planets are greeted this way. Most likely, people will greet you by shaking hands. The general public does not love you on sight. Choose a solitary occupation where you need not please other people.

The next most common occurrence (0.005%) is the pattern of six retrograde planets. This was the condition on only fifty-one days out of one hundred years. McCormick found only two famous people with six retrograde planets. They were Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali. He avoided coming to any conclusions with this small sample.

I knew and respected John McCormick and I find in his work the potential for a major breakthrough in the field of Astrology. I hope that these articles on Retrograde planets will inspire someone to do further study of this subject.

How many retrograde planets are in your horoscope?

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