Retrograde Planets in Astrology

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Retrograde Planets


To understand Retrograde planets is very essential in astrology Retrograde planets in Western or English translation is a Planet moving backward. In Vedic Astrology it is called Vakram, which means moving in any direction , left, right, twisted or tilted.Retrograde planets are therefore unpredictable. A Retrograde planet is like a painting brush, it goes forward , then backward and finally forward . Superior Planets can become Retrograde when they are 120 to 240 degrees in the 5to 8th house from Sun. Inferior Planets Venus and Mercury can be 47 to 27 degrees apart from Sun Respectively. The maximum Longitudal distance between Mercury and Venus can be 74 degrees .We can also explain this phenomena , If we are travelling is a Car and another car overtakes us , it looks like we are going back ward but actually we are not . The relative speed changes of the planet and Sun. Retrograde planets are nearest to the earth. It has been observed that normally when mercury is 16-17 degrees from Sun it Retrogrades . 30th Nov. 1973 Mercury and Venus were 65.8 degrees apart and kendra from each other. It can be further explained as below about a Retrograde Planet

Father goes to market with his son, holding his hand and tells his son that if we separate then we will meet at a particular point. Retrograde Planet is like the son lost in the market, to reach back it moves left or right or twisted or tilted to reach the spot, hence his motion becomes unpredictable. To under stand the difference between a Benefic or Malefic will be decided as per the below Parameters

1. If the planet which is Retrograde in the chart owns benefic houses in the chart will primarily use his energy for benefic aspects , specially when placed in the benefic houses , will deliver definitely benefic results.

2. If such planet owns malefic houses and has malefic stance then , his retrogression may bring un predictable situations anguish and pain in life

Example Person Sleeping  and food placed on the table but cannot eat as sleeping , after some time food is removed from there . Person misses the Flight  as reaches late , Missesthe interview call as reaches late  etc. The circumstances may not encashed which one gets in life for the 2nd Parameter

Understanding the Planets

Jupiter  Malefic when Retrograde

Venus is powerful when Retrograde

Saturn Gains Strength when Retrograde

Mercury is Volatile when Retrograde

Mars gives the result of the previous deeds  or previously done , when Retrograde


Classics Mention as under about Retrograde planets

Manteshwar observes that a retrograde planet not only possesses  , but produces effects similar to those of the Exhaltation planet when in Deblitation.

Kalyan Verma holds in Saravali that  retrograde benefic  confer kingdom political power in present circumstances, while Retrograde malefic  cause sorrow, aimless wandering, Jatak Tatwa endorses this view

Bhavartha Ratnakara says malefics cause good  by having Retrograde motion, Jatak Tatwa endorses it  

Phaldeepika mentions that a Retrograde planet whose rays are full and brilliant and is debilitated  in Rashi or Navamsha enjoys full strength

In calculation of Longevity Retrograde Planets triple the contributed age

Uttra Kalamrita  says  A planet Exh. in a Rashi  and is Retrograde  is to a similar to a Deblitated one , it is considered weak and Viceversa.

Sanket Nidhi Vargottam Lagna Lord if retrograde and Posited with Amk will be strong and beneficial

Sarva chintamani in the chapter 13-14 Planet in Retrogression

Mars  There will be great fear from thiefs, fire , serpents, fire. The person may reside in forests  and face repulsion , fall in position.

Mercury. The person gets wife , children, wealth, he engages himself in charities.

Jupiter  The person becomes financially comfortable , gets wife and son and gets benefits from them, victory in war, close friendship with king and possesses decent goods  and cloths and is saintly. He enjoys interesting talks.

Venus  The person gets respects and gains from the rulers, he gets royal power and good post in the cabinet while moving accompanied by drums, he moves with conveyances, he wears colorful cloths, he owns ornaments.

Saturn  The person gets disappointment in works and failures  . He gets sorrow from Brothers and Money.


It has been observed that anger is another feature of retrograde planet

In my opinion the and observations the significations are as described on the first page  in the 2 parameters of Benefic and malefic

Retrograde Planet fallen is most malefic. Saturn was in Fallen state from 16th May 2012 to 25th June 2012 in Virgo . Mercury was in fallen state from 18th Nov. to 27th Nov. 2012 in Libra.                                                                      

Anil aggarwala

1st December 2012

This article was written by Anil

Anil Aggarwala SCHOOLING - DPS Mathura road New Delhi. ENGINEERING BSc. Production Engg. - Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh - year 1971. EXPERIENCE- M/S Escorts Ltd MSD FBD , Joint Venture MUL - DGM . ENGG. PROJECTS Training- Suzuki Motor Corpn. JAPAN, Daweoo Int. Corpn. KOREA - year Dec 1986-1987. BUISNESS - Automobiles- year 1987. ASTROLOGY -. Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan Institute of Astrology New Delhi -Year Jan 2007. Jyotish Alankar , Jyotish Acharaya .. ASTROLOGY RESEARCH Guidance Shri K.N.Rao,. ARTICLES-- 1. JOURNAL OF ASTROLOGY Feb. 2012 -- 2. ASTRO EXPERIENCES Vol 9 article no. 170 "Amazing Astro Experiences and Prashna" . 3." Saturn in Vishaka nakshatra :What it Fortells" In All India Federatioin of Astrologers Societies Research Journal July-Sept 2014 .4."FIXING AUSPICIOUS DATE AND TIME FOR C-SECTION DELIVERY" in the Magzine StarTeller in the Sept. 2014 issue. AWARDS- Saroj Memorial Award for Excellent Research - Astrology year -2012 Premonitions- childhood.. ASTROLOGERS influenced most - Pundit Hardev Sharma Trivedi. Narayan Pandit Delhi , Pandit S.Ganesh . Astrology is Science, Art., Shakun, Intution and Logic . Astrology is a Language of the mother nature , understanding important., Results in good Karma. Life -Like a cow tied to pole.Has path defined - circular motion 360 degrees. Cannot alter it , Rope has Elasticity .Stretchbility factor desiphered by Astrology .Quality and Strength of Rope -Our Past Karmas. Astrology explains well.. Nature guides- We ignore- suffer. We follow - success ASTROLOGY SYSTEMS I follow -Parashar ,Prashna,Jaimini and Nadi Predictive.. .Mundane Astrology my Interest.


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