Retrograde. It might as well be labeled as astrology’s F word. Mention it and you’ll hear the groans kick in.Even those who are not astrology-fluent seem to know about the transit fuckery that is Mercury retrograde. It’s that time of the year when Murphy’s Law seems to be in full swing. What can go wrong, often does.
tBut what about when a planet is retrograde in your natal chart?
When a planet is retrograde in your natal chart, it means that instead of the outward projection of the energy, it’s more inwardly focused or inhibited. The expression tends to be hidden but may still be felt strongly by the native. I also find that the energy can sometimes be difficult to handle and may be expressed in a clumsy or bumbling manner. It might even be completely repressed.There is a school of thought that says this about retrograde planets in the birth chart: the energy was not allowed to be expressed outwardly when the native was young. Think: the parent who discouraged the child from using their outdoor voice inside. Suddenly, instead of being the boisterous you that you want to be, you’re restrained. It’s like that.
What is retrograde anyways?
It means the planet has slowed down its orbit. To the human eye, it might appear to be going backwards. It’s not. Just chilling a bit.The Sun and Moon are NEVER retrograde.All of the other planet go retrograde. Mercury does about three times a year.You can figure out which planets are retrograde by looking for that little R or “prescription” symbol.On average, most birth charts have two or three retrograde planets.
Planets describe a certain process of what is happening - eg. Mars fights, Saturn limits, Jupiter expands..Sign in which the planet is located determines how the planet is manifesting itself, for example Mars may manifest itself in a way Aries would behave (vigorously and irritably) or in the manner of Taurus (more slowly, gradually and consistently)Houses show special areas of everyday life, in which all this takes place. Location in a house shows whether, for example Mars manifests in relationships (7th house), employment (6th house), family (4th house) or elsewhere.Hint:Planets show us what is happening;Signs show us how it is hapenning; Houses show us where it is happening