RETROGRADE PLANETS [IN THE BIRTH CHART]: A retrograde action is a planet slowing down. In contrast to the velocity of the Earth, it appears to be going backward. No planet ever goes backward or leaves its orbit. It is always moving forward. The apparent backward motion of a retrograde is simply the loss of velocity. The Sun and Moon never go into retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets represent work that must be achieved in this lifetime because it was not accomplished or reconciled in a past life.
MERCURY RETROGRADE: A Mercury retrograde usually occurs every three months, so that there are three or four Mercury retrograde periods per year, each lasting exactly twenty-one days. When Mercury goes retrograde, if you were born during a Mercury retrograde, it is a time to really make contact with yourself. You will be inspired and moved to recognize your ideas and thought processes with clarity.
When a person is born with a Mercury retrograde, he has a communication problem. He can tell you what he thinks, but he can’t tell you what he feels. He doesn’t make contact with his emotions because Mercury blocks it. There is also difficulty communicating with the self.
VENUS RETROGRADE: If you were born during a time of a Venus retrograde, your inability to appreciate the self is obvious. You are unable to express self-love. You don’t know how to get what it is you want or how to satisfy the self. You must learn not to expect such things from others but, instead, develop them within yourself.
MARS RETROGRADE: The inability to act is created in a Mars retrograde. It is as though you have been victimized by others because you are not using your aggressive qualities correctly – you either don’t know how to be aggressive or you fear aggression. You water down your energies. This does not make for a happy person; it creates a person who internalizes his aggressions and anger. This is dangerous because a retrograde Mars can lead to brooding or nursing old wounds and, eventually, to health problems ranging from ulcers to anxiety. Angers that cannot be externalized wind up being internalized, which impacts one’s health. Retrograde Mars in a chart indicates the inability to displace its natural energy in a positive or productive manner.
JUPITER RETROGRADE: A retrograde Jupiter usually leads to an overbearing individual, especially if placed in the fourth house – it is a tyrant in that house. It creates an inability to empathize with others, which results in an insensitive and isolated individual.
SATURN RETROGRADE: Saturn retrograde relates to self-worth. The inability to judge oneself accurately shows up in a retrograde Saturn. Saturn, as a maturation planet, puts your self-worth into proper perspective. People who tend to place more importance on themselves than others will certainly learn the lesson – Saturn will restrict them until they balance their own worth with the worth of others.
URANUS RETROGRADE: For those born with a retrograde Uranus, the action of Uranus, which is slow, becomes even slower. The unique and unconventional quality of Uranus ceases to be because something is underdeveloped or undeveloped that must be caught up with. This creates the late bloomer, one who doesn’t readily discover his rare individuality.
NEPTUNE RETROGRADE: Neptune in retrograde is a humdinger. Neptune is a difficult planet, so in retrograde action the negativity of Neptune becomes prominent. Neptune has a depth that can be lifesaving; but when it turns retrograde, it goes underground and doesn’t resurface. All of the wonderful concepts, ideas, and creative forces that are generally in Neptune when it is well-aspected will produce irrational fears and anxieties when in retrograde position. These fears are considered irrational because they are usually not created within the context of this lifetime, but from past-life issues and unfinished business.
If born with a Neptune retrograde, it is necessary to maintain faith and courage in the face of all challenges.
PLUTO RETROGRADE: Pluto is generational. During its long revolution, many people will be born within each of its aspects. If Pluto is in retrograde motion, which it is for about six months of the year, half of the population will be born with a Pluto retrograde. This group of people is not necessarily going to act according to the rest of the group. These individuals will, sooner or later, stand out within that generation. They will either be famous or infamous.
Ada Aubin and June Rifkin, The Complete Book of Astrology
The Sun: represents the essence of your self, your will, your individuality, your vitality and your desire for power. More than any other planet, it represents who you are. It also symbolizes man in general.
The Moon: represents your emotions, your subconscious, your instincts, your habits and your memory. It also represents women in general.
Mercury: symbolizes your communication style, your reasoning skills, and the way you think.
Venus: represents the areas of your life concerned with love, seduction, beauty, material goods and the arts.
Mars: is the planet of desire and aggression. It represents your physical energy, your combativeness, your spirit of enterprise and your courage.
Jupiter: is the planet of expansion and good fortune. It represents growth, prosperity, abundance, wisdom, generosity and higher consciousness. Jupiter’s position in the sky map indicates where you are lucky.
Saturn: represents limitation, restriction, prudence, organization, endurance and discipline. It tells you where you have to deal with your fears - and also where you have ambition.
Uranus: represents originality, independence, spirit of rebellion, inventiveness, insight and all that is not foreseen.
The conjunction is the only aspect possible between Sun and Mercury, so if someone has this aspect, it is likely that their voice is full of confidence, there can be a rich quality to their voice, they may speak with plenty of precision and are not ones to stumble or stammer; they come across as though they know a lot of information.
Mercury-Moon aspects could indicate that the person has a really soothing voice, full of calmness and serenity, speaking softly and femininely. They may have a type of voice that you feel like you can trust and confide in, because they are so gentle through the way they communicate.
Mercury-Venus aspects could indicate that the person has a beautiful voice, a voice that is highly appealing and sweet. They may also be talented at singing because of their lovely voice. They sound very melodic and charming.
Mercury-Mars aspects could indicate that the person has a striking voice, their tone of voice may be brash and probably sounds harsh. They might often sound angry even if they are not actually angry. These natives are also known to speak with tons of passion and intensity, and aggression.
Mercury-Jupiter aspects could indicate that the person has a pretty loud voice, and they make sure that their words are being heard, so therefore their tone of voice is prominent. People with these aspects are prone to laughing a lot, and often have long, loud laughs, which gives them an endearing quality.
Mercury-Saturn aspects could indicate that the person has a quiet, reserved, and respectful tone of voice. When they speak, they seem composed and could have a wise way of speaking. Their voice is often monotone and they usually talk dryly, at a relatively slow pace.
Mercury-Uranus aspects could indicate that the person has a unique voice; maybe their voice is quite different, or stands out among the rest. Think of Morgan Freeman: one of the main things he is recognized for is his renowned voice (he has Mercury conjunct Uranus). These natives attract interest through the way they speak because the voice is typically dissimilar from most.
Mercury-Neptune aspects could indicate that the person has a dreamy, poetic, sleepy tone of voice. They sound laid back and nonchalant, but also with an enchanting quality to the way they speak. Their voice is chilled out and mellow, and they may sound a little shy.
Mercury-Pluto aspects could indicate that the person has a powerful, dominant, and heavy/deep tone of voice. Lauren Bacall had Mercury sextile Pluto and was admired for her deep voice, which sometimes intimidated and intrigued others at the same time.
Retrograde planets are planets that appear to physically move backward in the sky at the time of birth in a natal horoscope. It is only illusion as the planets only appear to move backwards in the sky from a point seen on earth. They do not physically move it is only optical illusion. During the Retrograde the planets are as close to the Earth as they ever are during their orbit.
Planets in retrograde motion symbolize karma. Retrograde symbolizes an internalization of the planet’s energy, thus making us consider their energies more. The planets energy becomes a part of our consciousness through Retrograde in a birth-chart. For this reason planets in retrograde effect people at a great level.
Mercury is already apart of our conscious and it’s nature is internalized by nature. As Mercury rules the lower mind and communication it is a part of a persons conscious nature. Retrograde still effects it, but not as deeply as the other celestial bodies. It is a different story from the other planets as there effects are greater.
The deeper influence of Retrograde planets are felt from Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Why is this you may wonder. The simple answer is because all of these planets are planets that don’t represent an integration into our conscious thinking naturally.
Sun, Moon and Mercury together are all naturally part of a persons singular consciousness in this lifetime. Mercury and Moon represent thinking of the lower and higher mind, and the sun is the other part of a persons conscious. Only Mercury can be retrograde in the normal consciousness because Sun and Moon cannot be retrograde in a birth chart.
Below is the list of planets and each of there Retrograde symbolic meaning.
Now what the planetary retrograde means by planet.
Thinking may have a non-linear and differing quality then other peoples. The thinking can be more insightful. The mind goes over experiences more. Learning is different and information is processed through subconscious thinking patterns as opposed to conscious thinking patterns.
Doubts may center around learning, and this person can struggle with communicating their thoughts. This can be from a reduced sense of confidence in the validity of their ideas. Communicative reactive skills may be slower, as the mind needs to process incoming information different then others. Sometimes the mind works so differently people may believe this person possesses a learning or speech disorder due to their offbeat mind and communication style.
Due to abstract thinking partners these individuals have a tendency to be their own best teachers. They ask lots of questions and have trouble accepting things at face value. Mercury retrograde learns at a different pace then others due to their different thinking process. Mercury here works best expressing itself through the hands by doing music, drawing, or painting instead of verbal communication.
Mercury Retrograde karma centers around a past life where the person could of relied to much on others for teaching. They may not of asked enough questions to enhance their learning. They may of communicated things out of context and now are to learn to “think twice.” about what they communicate.
Venus in retrograde people may appear deeper then the standard Venus sign. They may be more introverted then then a normal Venus can be. Socializing isn’t superficial and relationships are very important and taken very serious. They don’t make social contacts just to be social, their relationships have purpose.
These individuals may have troubles communicating love or being affectionate in expression. Can ask a lot of questions around love. May wonder a lot about commitment and loyalty. Struggles can center around a reduced sense of self worth believing they are good enough in love. Can come from thinking themselves into despair regarding being worth love. Self esteem of the person suffers in many cases.
Life may be seen and measured in terms of value of love. They may be wrapped up so much in the fear around losing love they don’t put themselves out there. Forming the bond of a relationship can be problematic due to their self sabotage tendencies within thinking. Opening themselves up to believing relationships are good for them despite their fears can be troublesome especially in early years.
Overindulgence in eating (food is a luxury seen from Taurus after all) can be a problem with Venus retrograde. They may emotionally eat to make up for the lack of human companionship due to holding themselves back. Loneliness may be a problem due to their troubles communicating their desire or affections for another.
The Karma of Venus in retrograde centers around past lifetimes where relationships and love may of been misunderstood, neglected, or troublesome. The current lifetime tends to carry on pain from the previous life love endeavors.
Mars likes to fight by nature but internalized retrograde Mars needs to sort out whats its fighting for. Needs to seek and internal purpose that they think is worthwhile. More times then not they relive actions they have lived in their lifetime in their head. This person can work hard and more efficiently when given a second chance at retribution for their mistakes. This individual can be one that works so hard at retribution they forgo taking care of their vital needs.
Not accomplishing goals can cause over-reactions as a result of the the internalization of their shortcomings. Sexual side can be more internalized and their lovers may feel they are selfish.
Karma for Mars retrograde can center around reliving actions already lived in prior lives. There may of be a desire to attach to people that represent something from a previous life. This may also mean recreating situations by living somewhere or doing tasks again in this life that can from a previous one.
There can be a perpetual feeling of living past lives, and coming back to accomplish missed deeds in a prior form. Shortcomings and failures may subconsciously be relived with a desire to to relive the past life in this lifetime.
Since retrogrades rule internalization, Jupiter retrograde symbolizes internal expansion of the person. Morality, ethics, and philosophies come from their own internal thinking. Others may think their belief systems, morals and philosophies are not of the norm. They may struggle with higher education and be prone to being self educated more.
This retrograde offers an avenue for a higher spiritual nature in life. They may be inclined to compile their own idea of religions. This can be done by picking over infusing pieces from their own morality and other religions they are inspired by into a pseudo-religion that makes sense more to them. Luck may not come so easy to them, so they think more about what they can do in the moment to make good things come to them.
The karma of Jupiter Retrograde may come from blindly following other philosophies, religions and morals in a previous life without consider your their own personal values with them. They may of also taken on education others recommended for them, failing to follow their own interests in a prior life.
Fear and self doubt can rule their life. These people can possess a conservative approach in life. They fear losing and fear rejection; causing them to not want to take chances. They can feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. Limitations are brought on by their own doing.
Saturn in Retrograde can produce a person who fears letting people down. The odd twist of fate is that they really let themselves down. Following strict guidelines can be very different for Retrograde Saturn. These people may feel nervous about fulfilling expectations others have of them.
Karma says that Saturn retrograde indicates that there was trouble fulfilling oneself in a previous lifetime, and it is to be relived in the current one. Some with Saturn in Retrograde feel like they have more weight upon their shoulders then others. Besides the fear of not pleasing others, they may subconsciously feel failing in this lifetime from the souls remembrance of failure in a prior life. Failure in this lifetime is a state of mind they create for themselves by their own negative self image carried over from a prior life or soul experience.
The current lifetime can be about using the wisdom of hardship to their advantage. To realize that there is rewards for struggle, and retribution comes in the form of personal sacrifice. Reputation and acknowledgment can come only when Saturn in Retrograde realizes the only person holding themselves back really is themselves. Karma can be worked through but it’s up to them.
Internally their can be a great unrest centered around familiarity. Instead of showcasing their originality to the world as an Aquarius would they can feel inclined to internalize what makes them original and unique. Outside to the world they may seem like conformists, but consciously in there head it’s another story. This can stem from a childhood that may be symbolized a lack of self expression and individuality allowed.
Internalizing originality gives a belief that others cannot take freedom from them. A great struggle can exist in contradiction. A feeling where this person may have to do one thing to conform, but really there is desire to be their original selves. Embracing being a free spirit is something inside themselves they have aspirations, hopes and wishes for. Yet the Retrograde gives them struggles in bringing it out.
People with Uranus retrograde may struggle and feel lonely because of this position. Due to struggles expressing their individuality there can exist troubles being apart of social groups. Struggles with assimilating with network groups, or gaining a following on networks due to internalizing their individuality that makes them unique and different is most likely.
The Karma of Uranus retrograde can center around previous lifetimes where they expressed to much rebellious or individual behavior and didn’t consider their impact.
Neptune in retrograde can create a more hazy, confused and distorted perception. Common sense may be a struggle as the physical world does not come easy to them. Internally they challenge the idea of their compassionate nature. While they may be more consciously aware of the spiritual side of life they be more apt to keep private.
Since Neptune is water and contains psychic ability, Retrograde here may indicate a more psychic nature in the person. This is because retrograde forces the outer planets energy to be absorbed into the conscious more. This makes a person recognize Neptune’s intuitive and psychic ability and be more apt and develop it. They are more likely to put it to use. The dreamy side of Neptune can be internalized as well, leading them to keep their dreams to themselves.
Karma dictates then in this life Neptune is retrograde to give the person a sense of the purpose of dreams. Not just to act on dreams, but consider their validity in the real world. The dream world and physical world can feel separate to them, making them feel they exist on two different levels. Karma also shows here that person may of had psychic ability but failed to develop it in a prior lifetime.
Retrograde Pluto can make Pluto’s energy more consciously a part of the internal world of the person. There can be inner intensity in their consciousness, along with thoughts that they either love something or hate it. Internally there thoughts may be very extreme in nature. Yet to the outside world they keep them hidden.
There can exist deep intuitive and psychic powers here since they are seen from Pluto. They can be more a part of the persons living consciousness and not even realize their abilities are of a psychic nature. Internally they may suffer with fears. They can fear being controlled and manipulated.
This individual can struggle showing their power in the real world. This leads them to having the door open to being manipulated by others. They internalize the desire to have control of others and consider it’s value. Yet coming out with it in the real world is reconsidered as the use of their power is now conscious a part of themselves. They consider the effects of their actions more internally. These individuals may stop to consider how their actions help anyone.
Pluto in retrogrades karma centers around transformation. In previous lifetimes the person may of had much power but failed to utilize it to transform others in a positive way. Now they have a second chance in this incarnation to help stress the positive side of Pluto energy. This is to use it to heal humanity instead of destroy or hurt others.
Sun in the 4th house: emotional vibrance Moon in the 4th house: emotional serenity Mercury in the 4th house: emotional clutter Venus in the 4th house: emotional equipoise Mars in the 4th house: emotional might Jupiter in the 4th house: emotional richness Saturn in the 4th house: emotional starvation Uranus in the 4th house: emotional mayhem Neptune in the 4th house: emotional slumber Pluto in the 4th house: emotional suicide
The 12th House is often dubbed as the house of the lost, the hidden and the secret. It represents prisons and as such is the house that shows us the things we feel trapped by. It is seen as a shadow house because it hides parts of ourselves from ourselves and others. The 12th House is our subconscious and can also represent the nature of any repressed memories we may have. In this post I’m going to describe the planets in the 12th House and the “lacking” we feel as a result.
Sun in the 12th: These people tend to be easily walked on as they suffer a lack of ego. This is not to say they don’t have an ego, they simply can’t access it as easily as others. They might feel invisible or like they don’t matter or have an impact on others. This being said they have amazing empathy for others.
Moon in the 12th: These people usually feel that their emotions don’t matter or that they’re invalid. They feel things really deeply but are often confused by what they feel. They bury their emotions a lot and aren’t great at confronting them. They’re great at understanding others and their emotions, sometimes better than their own.
Mercury in the 12th: These people tend to daydream a lot and get lost in their own mind. Their thought processes are foggy and they find it hard to make sense of the things their own brain comes up with. They often have very abstract ideas and tend to be quite creative, usually having an emotional understanding of poetry and literature.
Venus in the 12th: People with Venus in the 12th House tend to find it hard to feel or show love. Love is an abstract concept for them and they might find it hard to know where they start and their loved on begins. They are at risk of getting lost in their partner and over extending themselves in efforts to gain more love and affection. They’re very selfless people who do anything for their loved ones.
Mars in the 12th: Those with Mars in the 12th House may suffer a lot of repressed anger and frustration. They find it hard to express this anger in a safe way and usually have to find themselves a good outlet. Their anger shows itself as passive aggression and hostility. This placement is also one of the many placements that correlate with abuse and bullying.
Jupiter in the 12th: People with this placement tend to be very compassionate although they are not the best secret keepers. While the 12th House is one that people tend to fear, Jupiter being placed here can provide some light and protection from potential hidden enemies. They are very altruistic but must be careful not to overextend themselves to the point of martyrdom.
Saturn in the 12th: This is possibly one of the most difficult placements to have as a person can isolate themselves to the point of depression out of fear. They tend to have a lot of worries and fears and as a result they may have an aversion to accessing their own subconscious feelings. These people must learn to keep an open mind towards overcoming their fears.
Uranus in the 12th: People with this placement tend to feel alienated in early life due to unique and unusual personalities. They may feel suppressed as they get older and become afraid to embrace their individuality. Unstable sleeping patterns and vivid dreams are quite common for these people and they have the ability to conceive bizarre thoughts better than most.
Neptune in the 12th: As Neptune is at home in the 12th House, this placement is possibly the least afflicted. These people are blessed with intuition and many psychic like abilities. They are very empathic people but if Neptune is harshly aspected, they may find themselves falling into deception and illusion easily.
Pluto in the 12th: Pluto being placed here indicates a very intense life. Pluto correlates with trauma in the house it’s placed, placed here can indicate a difficult birth. They also tend to hold a lot of secrets, sometimes to do with their sexuality or their desires. They may have psychological wounds from childhood and if Pluto is adversely aspected, they may have experienced sexual assault.
Chiron in the 12th: Those with this placement may be subject to a lot of phobias and fears. They have issues surrounding their unconscious and repressed memories. They tend to soak up other’s emotions and must be careful with letting others drain the life out of them.
Deception, deceit, and disintegrated boundaries. May I
present to you the negative aspects of Neptune in the houses:
1st House: total loss of self, with no definition
of who or what you know yourself to be; the identity is uncertain and unstable,
which leads to deceptive and duplicitous personas; the person is
impressionable, unclear about how they are received.
2nd House: extremes of wealth and poverty; money
is an elusive commodity – either it is abundant and divine or scant and
unreachable; wasteful and frivolous spending; financial fraud and
self-deception; delusions about being saved by money, or saving people with
3rd House: a scattered mind and lack of
concentration leads to daydreams that distract and deaden awareness of reality;
easily hypnotized, lulled by self-concocted fictitious imaginings; shallow
mentality with a devotion to useless, esoteric studies.
4th House: early roots are in disarray leading to
heavy confusion about one’s own family and upbringing; deep, unshakeable
longing to remain protected and safe by parents or parental figures; enmeshment;
discontent at home and let down by the reality of the family; unrealistic
expectation from domestic life.
5th House: deception in love affairs, which leads
to scorned romances and paramours; often aligns with underdogs; over dramatizes
life and love, and loses self to glamour due to substantial quixotism; using
fantasy, entertainment, and artsy pleasure are used in excess to escape the
6th House: ungrounded and untidy, with great
difficulty being practical as it pertains to daily-to-dos, which leads to harmful
avoidance of work and routine; disorganized living; swamped by health concerns
and details; hypersensitive hypochondriac.
7th House: projections and disordered reflections
of self; unreal relationship ideals and expectations; tends to glamorize relationships,
making one blind to potentially fatal flaws of the partner, leading to
codependency; wants to rescue and save spouses and lovers.
8th House: obsession with death, sex and confuse,
sometimes scare causing overwhelming emotional wounds, which lead to destructive
avoidance and damaging habits; the identity disintegrates into a cesspool of possessive manipulation.
9th House: optimism, though abundant, is
unrealistic and hopeless; restless and fervent yearning for some type of
ecstasy and/or heaven; personal beliefs can lead to increased vulnerability to
religious misleading and philosophical misperception.
10th House: the career and one’s calling is in a
constant state confusion, which causes hallucinations about one’s true purpose
in life; difficulty finding position in society, and establishing a reputation that
is separate from the identity; bewitched by achievements and success.
11th House: finds society deeply unsatisfying and
wants to wash away the pains of the world, but cannot separate fact from
fiction; strange altruism; continually let down, influenced, and enchanted by
unreliable, careless friends and associates; acquaintances drift away and apart.
12th House: the ego is overwhelmed, feeling
helpless and vulnerable, protected by nothing and no one; an aversion to the
mundane causes a comatose existence riddled with seclusion, self-containment,
and make-believe; feelings of isolation and victimization are byproducts of