As I delve deeper into my mission to learn more about Astrology, I thought I would share with you my latest findings on Retrograde Planets in your Birth Charts.
If you don’t know what planets you have retrograding in your natal chart, download your free birth chart, here-
(The planets marked as retrograding have an R and a small x next to them)
When a planet is “retrograde” it means that the Earth is passing it in orbit and that planet appears to be moving backward from our vantage point; “appears” being the optimum word here, as the planets do not actually move backwards!
All planets retrograde at some stage, so most of us have been born with at least one retrograding at the time
The most regular and strongly felt retrograder is Mercury- with 3 to 4 a year, lasting around 3 weeks
Venus and Mars are usually the next strongest felt due to their close proximity to Earth. Venus retrogrades every 18 months for around 40 days and Mars every 22-24 months for about 70 days
The outer celestial bodies; Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all experience an annual retrograde lasting 4 to 5 months.
The sun and moon never retrograde
So what does it mean when you have retrograding planets in your birth chart? Astrologer Ambi Kavanagh tells us “Retrograde means the planet’s energy is somewhat blocked externally, so those life areas that come within that planet’s domain are not as easily expressed. The chart holder’s soul chose to incarnate to learn deeper internal lessons regarding the areas of life ruled by that specific planet.”
Essentially this means that we “feel” the energy from that planet deeply internally, and we need to go on a journey of self discovery in order to express those feelings externally
This process helps you develop a deeper understanding and strength of the traits associated with that particular planet.
People who were born with a particular planet in retrograde often feel at home when it goes back in retrograde.
Having Mercury retrograde (☿℞) in your birth chart, is an indication of a mind that turns inward and suggests a person who thinks independently, imaginatively, and innovatively. When Mercury is retrograde information is processed non-sequentially and intuitively.
Those with Mercury retrograde tend to absorb thoughts and ideas through osmosis. Their sense of humour is quite quirky! The negative is that the individual could have problems articulating what they know in a sequential and understandable way but this has nothing to do with lack of intelligence or learning.
When Venus is retrograde (♀︎℞), the person has their own ideas regarding pleasure, beauty, love, relationships, and money. They may have an aversion for superficialities and are can be more concerned with themselves than others. It’s sometimes said that a Venus Rx acts like Mars direct. It’s true a person with Venus retrograde can be an aggressive lover, but also one who has a lot to learn about the give and take of romance.
Love is extremely important to a person with a retrograde Venus, but they may not be explicit about it enough for others to know just how deeply they can love. There is always more to this person than meets the eye. Their love life (and sometimes financial life) can be hidden in some manner. People born under Venus retrograde have to watch for self-sabotage in love relationships. There may be an underlying feeling of not being “good enough”, attractive enough, or loveable enough.
Those with Mars retrograde (♂︎℞) have internalized the fiery passion and drive of Mars. This results in a high degree of frustration. When Mars is retrograde in a birth chart, the individual can have problems dealing with and expressing anger. Mars retrograde is tricky because those with Mars retrograde generally try harder to assert their physicality and sexuality.
If Jupiter is retrograde (♃℞) the person’s morals, ethics, religion, and philosophy are their own, and they look for answers from within rather than subscribing to the dogma of the outside world. They can also be slow to respond to new opportunities. They are planners who worry about their future or consequences of their actions more than others.
Individuals with Saturn retrograde (♄℞) in their natal chart may voluntarily isolate themselves from society, or alternately try to cross the boundaries and limitations they feel society places on them. Most suffer from repressed feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, or a nagging sense that despite their best efforts, they could have done more, better, or different. Fears are internalised and they usually put on a brave face. Sometimes the childhood was not very disciplined or orderly. These people do not like to live a disciplined life.
Uranus retrograde (♅℞) in a birth chart can suggest that a person feels different or cut off from others. These people might hide their eccentricities, while Uranus direct natives are more inclined to flaunt them, or at least to be proud of them. In some ways, having Uranus retrograde is like having Saturn strong in the chart. There can be pent up energy with this position, so that while they may be following rules for some time, at a certain point they can bust out with a fit of rebellion.
Neptune retrograde (♆℞) in a birth chart indicates a person who could be subject to addictions and can be inwardly confused about themselves. These folks tend to hide their vulnerabilities, their spiritual side, or their compassion, as they feel these quite deeply. There can be a big fear of dreaming too big dreams, as they are afraid of being let down.
Pluto retrograde (♇℞) in a birth chart suggests a person who’s secretive, very intense on the inside, and is subject to many fated happenings in their life. These people maybe be more inclined to fear being controlled, manipulated, or betrayed by others than those with Pluto direct. There may be a tendency to keep these fears to themselves, as exposing them makes them feel more vulnerable.
Due to the length of time spent in retrograde, it is more common for a person to have Uranus, Neptune and Pluto retrograding in their birth charts. It is extremely uncommon to find a birth chart with no planets in retrograde or only one, but it is also rare to find a birth chart with 4 or more retrograding planets!
Next time, I will show you how we can go deeper by evaluating what sign and house placements the planets were in at your time of birth. Also, look out for my post on Chiron and its connection to healing your past life issues🙏