We keep listening to the word retrograde from time to time and keep worrying about their impact on us human beings. More so, with the present retrograde Saturn and the upcoming Jupiter going retrograde on June 20th, 2021 everyone is more interested to know about the retrograde influence on us. It is not only these major planets but, the planets like Venus, Mercury, Mars that go retrograde periodically. The only two that do not retrograde are Moon and Sun. Rahu and Ketu always move in retrograde motion.
What does the term “Retrograde” or “Vakri” mean? Astronomically, retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backward in the sky. The keyword here is “appears” as this movement is not happening. The appearance of retrograde motion occurs because of the relative difference in speed and proximity to Earth. Planets do not actually slow down, stop and change directions. During their respective retrogrades, Mercury, Mars, and Venus come closer to Earth than the Sun, and the planets Saturn and Jupiter move away from Earth.
Retrograde as per classics:
There are different views given in our classics about the retrograde planets. Like if a benefic planet retrogrades it gives benefic results, whereas retrograde malefic planet will give malefic result. As per Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra, along with the benefic and malefic nature of the planet, importance is given to the nature of the house the planet is occupying as well as yogakarakas. Say for Vrishabha lagna if vakri Saturn is placed in Makara in its own house. It being a friend to lagnadhipati Venus and because of being in kona it will give benefic results. Take another example same for Vrishabha lagna Jupiter being 8th and 11th lord is not functional benefic planet, hence, if this Jupiter is vakri it will not give good results to native.
Along with the classics, an astrologer’s individual experience also carries great importance in judging effects of a retrograde planet. The retrograde planets give the results not only based on the house they occupy, even their karakatwa gets effected slightly. Like say, if Mars is retrograde in one’s chart, then there will be some differences or concerns related to sibling, will be accident prone, may not get expected results in competitive exams etc.
Before a planet appearing to be retrograde it becomes stationary (sthambi) for few days. That is, the period becomes stagnant. Because of this many astrologers opine that this period may give bad results. But it is seen that there may be minor hurdles in completing the work or may face some hurdles while starting any new things. And if there is a benefic planet aspect or conjunction the results will be much better and the works will progress fast even after slight hurdles.
Retrograde effects in the natal chart:
Retrograde effects during transit:
Planets, retrograde degrees- effects and meaning.
During Mercury retrograde period the areas affected are communication, efficiency in daily tasks, hurdles in starting new ventures. It is the best period to re-evaluate and improve on existing matters on hand.
During Venus retrograde period, it makes us to re-evaluate our love and financial situation. Any old relationship issues may again come up, there may be delays in getting loans and your partners may misunderstand your every action. It is the best period to understand and evaluate our self-worth and honor it. Any neglected areas of our life more to do with any relationship should be reviewed.
During this retrograde period, you will feel less energetic to complete works taken up, there may be a communication gap with your sibling, and you will try to channel your energies towards new pleasurable ways, which may place you in an embarrassing situation at times. It is the best period to tackle any pending situation with focus and determination. It is better to respect others' viewpoints and see from their point of view before making any decisions.
During this retrograde period, we will feel lazy, less enthusiastic, overconfident, and procrastinate. It is the best period to work towards fulfilling our dreams, make plans, and be focused. Follow an exercise schedule to be physically active.
During this retrograde period, we will try to deviate from the rules and regulations, will take decisions without a second thought, and disrespect elders. It is the best period to lead a healthy life, accept and enjoy the fruits of the hard work.
Hence, one should not overly get stressed about the negative effects of retrograde planets. Instead, one can use the retrograde period to re-evaluate, re-think and redo any pending activities. Planets in retrograde give mixed results based on their placement, ownership, aspects, ashtakavarga bindus and shadbala strength.