Retrograde Planets Astrological impact
Planets in or close to being in opposition to the sun become retrograde. The only exceptions are the inner planets Mercury and Venus. This opposition give a clue to the deciphering of the effect of the retrograde planet.
Interpreting the effects of a retrograde planet is one of the most difficult problems in astrology.
The non availability of proper astrological literature on the subject has given rise to many in misconceptions regarding the appropriate interpretation of retrograde planets.
Generally, the Sun or Surya, in an individual horoscope, represents one’s ego. His position by sign and house, indicates how the personality asserts itself.
A retrograde planet typically oppose this assertion of the personality and cause a direct conflict with one’s ego or aham.
How, when and where this comes about is dependent on a number of factors but primarily on the location of the retrograde planet.
This conflict is caused essentially by a mental regression into past events i.e. events in this life or in past birth and shows up as conflict between events of the past and the ego.
The suffering that this conflict might sometimes entail gives a retrograde planet immense spiritual potential.
For example take the case where Sun is the ascendant and Saturn retrograde in the 7 th house. The retrograde Saturn comes into conflict with the personality. The natural quality of Saturn would make the individual feel that the other is holding him back. The ego would feel hurt over very minor or small matters and there will be a tendency to rebel, undiplomatic and nasty. The man would latter realize the necessity of maintaining harmony.
The key to understand the conflict of a retrograde planet, then lies in realizing the conflict it imposes on the ego. Once this conflict is resolved then a retrograde planet stands yielding powerful benefic results. It tends to bring about results which are by and large brought upon one by one’s own attitude.
A person with retrograde Jupiter in the 2 nd house has generally a tendency to have a false sense of values in matters of money, prestige and justice.
Jupiter in the 2 nd house normally makes one talk in a balanced way. When retrograde, Jupiter makes one very talkative and also careless. In this situation many things are said in haste and later regretted.
A strong favourable saturnine aspect however can curb the talkativeness created by Jupiter and provide a requisite amount of balance.
Saturn retrograde in the 2 nd house provides an interesting contrast to Jupiter situation there. This position of Saturn makes one highly conscious of financial security. The 2 nd have also signifies family life. There is a sense of guilt even fear while dealing with one’s family. These feelings gives one a rather cold family life.
In the 11 th house, retrograde Saturn causes unusual responsibility. It makes one an idealist who thinks it is one’s duty to shoulder other people’s responsibilities.
Generally retrograde planets are inherently neither good nor bad. However, they are very powerful because they create an imbalance in the personality.
Favourable aspects can channel this power constructively whereas malefic aspects and association can cause disastrous effects.