When planets are in retrograde it means that they appear to be moving backwards (they’re not really they’re just travelling at a different speed, it’s some astronomy shit). So symbolically, when some planets in your birth chart are in retrograde it means that they are not doing the job properly. For example, Mercury is the planet of communication and learning and if it’s in retrograde you might have trouble with those things.
How do I know if I have any retrogrades in my chart?
Go here, type in your info. When a chart is created, scroll down and tick the box ‘Display List of Aspects and Positions of Planets’ and redraw the chart. Scroll down again and if there are any R signs near your planets, then you have retrograde.
Mercury retrograde - trouble communicating and learning
Venus retrograde - trouble with love + friendships
Mars retrograde - anger problems, not as assertive
Jupiter retrograde - don’t believe in luck/are unlucky, worry about consequences
Saturn retrograde - trouble with self-expression, rules/discipline
Uranus retrograde - fear of change
Neptune retrograde - uncomfortable expressing feelings
Pluto retrograde - easily manipulated, tend to be betrayed
More detailed descriptions here
Do retrogrades make me evil/bad?
Don’t be ridiculous, of course not.
Are retrogrades bad?
They do kinda suck since they make more obstacles that you need to overcome. But if you have them in your chart, then there is nothing you can do, you just gotta accept your lessons and learn them.
Note - Mean Node is always in retrograde for everyone