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Retrograde Motion

THE RETROGRADE DO-OVER . . FORWARD . . BACKWARD . . FORWARD . . That's what Retrograde looks like my little mentators. And if you look close enough, there is a point where the same area is impacted three times. The first time being forward motion (direct), the second time being retrograde motion (backward) and then the third time being forward motion again (direct). If you look closely at the picture to the left and look at the little dots as degrees, then you will see that the area where Retrograde motion (backward) begins, gets tagged (or hit) three different times. Forward, backward, forward. This is what I refer to as the 'Retrograde Do-over' where God gives us not once, not twice, but three chances to get something right before we progress forward.

There is the 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.


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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
Mercury Rx January 5, 2016
Mercury 'Rx' in Aquarius 01 02"
January 25, 2016
Mercury 'Direct' in Capricorn 14 54"
February 14, 2016
Mercury in Aquarius 'back to' 01 02"
Jupiter Rx January 7, 2016
Jupiter 'Rx' in Virgo 23 10"
May 9, 2016
Jupiter 'Direct' in Virgo 13 15"
August 6, 2016
Jupiter in Virgo 'back to' 23 10"
Saturn Rx March 25, 2016
Saturn 'Rx' in Sagittarius 16 24"
August 13, 2016
Saturn 'Direct' in Sagittarius 09 46"
November 19, 2016
Saturn in Sagittarius 'back to' 16 24"
Mars Rx April 17, 2016
Mars 'Rx' in Sagittarius 08 54"
June 29, 2016
Mars 'Direct' in Scorpio 23 03"
August 22, 2016
Mars in Sagittarius 'back to' 08 54"
Pluto Rx April 18, 2016
Pluto 'Rx' in Capricorn 17 29"
September 26, 2016
Pluto 'Direct' in Capricorn 14 55"
January 16, 2017
Pluto in Capricorn 'back to' 17 29"
Mercury Rx April 28, 2016
Mercury 'Rx' in Taurus 23 36"
May 22, 2016
Mercury 'Direct' in Taurus 14 20"
June 7, 2016
Mercury in Taurus 'back to' 23 36"
Neptune Rx June 13, 2016
Neptune 'Rx' in Pisces 12 03"
November 19, 2016
Neptune 'Direct' in Pisces 09 15"
March 11, 2017
Neptune in Pisces 'back to' 12 03"
Uranus Rx July 29, 2016
Uranus 'Rx' in Aries 24 30"
December 29, 2016
Uranus 'Direct' in Aries 20 33"
April 14, 2017
Uranus in Aries 'back to' 24 30"
Mercury Rx August 30, 2016
Mercury 'Rx' in Virgo 29 04"
September 22, 2016
Mercury 'Direct' in Virgo 14 49"
October 6, 2016
Mercury in Virgo 'back to' 29 04"
Mercury Rx December 19, 2016
Mercury 'Rx' in Capricorn 15 07"
January 8, 2017
Mercury 'Direct' in Sagittarius 28 50"
January 27, 2017
Mercury in Capricorn 15 07"
Venus ----
No change in 2016
No change in 2016
No change in 2016

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This Calendar was personally created by Dr. Loretta Standley and should not be found on any other website.

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