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There is a very likely possibility that you were born with one or more planets in retrograde motion. Planets that are retrograde in your Natal Chart would account for why some things would come to you later in Life than others, such as; a fulfilling relationship or marriage, financial abundance, career opportunities, college, children, etc. If you have a retrograde planet in your Natal Chart, look up the retrograde planet in question on the planetary symbols page and adopt the positive attributes of that planet. Further, forwarded e-mails that warn people of Mercury retrograde are really irritating because they aren't providing accurate information. Retrograde Motion is symbolized by the glyph Rx.


Retrograde motion pulls back and gives you an opportunity to take care of your past (old business). The past that needs to be resolved is directly related to the planet involved. Mercury retrograde has to do with communciation, YOUR COMMUNICATION. Pluto retrograde has to do with transformation, YOUR TRANSFORMATION. Jupiter retrograde has to do with abundance, YOUR ABUNDANCE. 'Out of its Shadow' means after the planet leaves its retrograde (backward) motion and goes direct (forward) again making its way back to the degree that it was before it went retrograde. In other words, it's when the planet is back to its old self. Now you can start again (a do-over so to speak) and prayerfully you learned something during the retrograde experience or took care of the past while the planet was retrograde and now you get to move forward under better circumstances than you would have had the planet not gone retrograde. Retrograde motion isn't a bad thing folks, it's actually meant to serve your higher purpose. Everything is always for your higher purpose.

Retrograde Motion is misleading!

Retrograde motion is when it APPEARS as though a planet is actually moving in a backward motion due to the relation of the planet to the earth in its particular position at a certain point in time.

Let's face it, planets are NEVER actually retrograde (moving backward) or stationary (stopped). This is a phenomenon due to the Sun casting a shadow on the planet making it appear as though it is stationary or that it is in retrograde motion.

Even when a planet "APPEARS" to be in retrograde motion its influence does not change, BUT your individual response to that particular influence of that planet may be different. Unless of course, you remember that this is merely an illusion. IT ISN'T REAL!!!

So how can you use retrograde motion to your advantage?

When a planet is said to be in retrograde motion, you can focus on the energy of the planet (like Mercury) and become more efficient in adopting its positive attributes. So when Mercury is said to be in retrograde motion and it appears communications are going to heck in a hand-basket, this is merely our response and not what actually is. Again, look up Mercury or the retrograde planet in question on the planetary symbols page and adopt the positive attributes of that planet.

The Sun and Moon are never retrograde or stationary. The North and South Node are ALWAYS retrograde.


Copyright 2000-2013: Dr. Loretta J. Standley - All Rights Reserved.
This Calendar was personally created by Dr. Loretta Standley and should not be found on any other website.

Rx = Retrograde
When a planet 'appears' to be moving backward;
therefore, the degrees begin to go backward
When a planet returns to its forward motion;
therefore, the degrees will begin to move forward again
When a planet returns to the same degree it was
when it first went Retrograde
Jupiter Rx October 4, 2012
Jupiter 'Rx' in Gemini 16 22"
January 30, 2013
Jupiter 'Direct' in Gemini 06 19"
April 25, 2013
Jupiter in Gemini 'back to' 16 22"
Saturn Rx February 18, 2013
Saturn 'Rx' in Scorpio 11 31"
July 8, 2013
Saturn 'Direct' in Scorpio 04 49"
October 14, 2013
Saturn in Scorpio 'back to' 11 31"
Mercury Rx February 23, 2013
Mercury 'Rx' in Pisces 19 52"
March 17, 2013
Mercury 'Direct' in Pisces 05 37"
April 6, 2012
Mercury in Pisces 'back to' 19 52"
Pluto Rx April 12, 2013
Pluto 'Rx' in Capricorn 11 35"
September 20, 2013
Pluto 'Direct' in Capricorn 08 59"
January 10, 2014
Pluto in Capricorn 'back to' 11 35"
Neptune Rx June 7, 2013
Neptune 'Rx' in Pisces 05 22"
November 13, 2013
Neptune 'Direct' in Pisces 02 34"
March 4, 2013
Neptune in Pisces 'back to' 05 22"
Chiron Rx June 16, 2013
Chiron 'Rx' in Pisces 13 50"
November 19, 2013
Chiron 'Direct' in Pisces 09 07"
March 11, 2014
Chiron in Pisces 'back to' 13 50"
Mercury Rx June 26, 2013
Mercury 'Rx' in Cancer 23 06"
July 20, 2013
Mercury 'Direct' in Cancer 13 21"
August 3, 2013
Mercury in Cancer 'back to' 23 06"
Uranus Rx July 17, 2013
Uranus 'Rx' in Aries 12 31"
December 17, 2013
Uranus 'Direct' in Aries 08 35"
April 2, 2014
Uranus in Aries 'back to' 12 31"
Mercury Rx October 21, 2013
Mercury 'Rx' in Scorpio 18 23"
November 10, 2013
Mercury 'Direct' in Scorpio 02 29"
November 27, 2013
Mercury in Scorpio 'back to' 18 23"
Jupiter Rx November 7, 2013
Jupiter 'Rx' in Cancer 20 30"
March 6, 2014
Jupiter 'Direct' in Cancer 10 26"
June 1, 2014
Jupiter in Cancer 'back to' 20 30"
Venus Rx December 21, 2013
Venus 'Rx' in Capricorn 28 58"
January 31, 2014
Venus 'Direct' in Capricorn 13 33"
March 4, 2014
Venus in Capricorn 'back to' 28 58"

Copyright 2000-2013: Dr. Loretta J. Standley - All Rights Reserved.
This Calendar was personally created by Dr. Loretta Standley and should not be found on any other website.

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