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Retrogression of the planets is a very common phenomenon which occurs multiple times in a year. Astrology puts specific emphasis on the retrogression of planets.
In common terms the term ‘retrogression’ means going or moving backward. This term is also common parlance in the mystic realms of Vedic Astrology. The usage of this term is highly associated with the movement of planets that is when the planets orbit counterclockwise. This is a visual illusion created because of the speed at which the planets move in relation to the position of Earth. Hence, it can be further elucidated that the illusion of retrogression takes place when the faster-moving planet passes the slower moving planet in the solar system.
The answer to this question is highly dependent on the frequency or the number time the planet passes the earth. For example, Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in 88 days. When we relate this to Earth year then the mercury appears in retrogression 3-4 times in a year.
Vedic Astrology holds retogression of planets in special significance. It is of the belief that when a planet is in retrogression its impact becomes three times stronger and different from when it is in direct movement. The retrogression of planets is also called 'Vakriya' in vedic astrology. This apparent retrogression of planets habve a different impacts on the native and usually unfavourable results. When the malefic planets are in the retrograde they give very bad and unfavourable results whereas when the benefic planets are in retrograde they give very aupicious results.
The planet mars goes into retrogression once in two years. Mars is a very fiery planet and often instills the native with aggression and anger issues. When mars go intro retrogression, it can create anger related problems. During the Mars retrograde, people usually find it difficult to make use of the power properly. Often, anger makes the humans irrational and this aspect becomes even more prominent during the Mars retrograde.
Mercury rules the communication or the ability to communicate. When the mercury goes into retrograde, people can find it difficult to appropriately communicate. Mercury is also a ruler of rationality, and when it goes into retrogression, it can make the person irrational and illogical. Mercury does best when it is direct and often create problems when it goes into retrograde.
Venus rules the emotions and love. When this planet goes into retrograde the person ends up facing issues with emotional well-being. They tend to become inexpressive and may choose absolutely wrong relationships. The planet venus deals with happiness, emotions and relationships and when it goes in retrograde it ends up creating troubles in all these aspects. Venus is in retrograde for 42 days.
Jupiter is considered as one of the most benevolent planet in the Vedic Astrology. This planet is called 'Guru' in hindi and also plays the role of a teacher in the Astrology. When this planet goes into retrograde people tend to stop believing in their own wisdom and decisions. Jupiter in retrogade weakens the decision making ability of the native. Jupiter is in retrograde for 120 days.
Saturn is one of the most feared planet in astrology. This is a planet that can either make a person or totally break a person. When Saturn goes into retrograde it makes the person very negative and depressive. Saturn retrograde also makes the person greedy. Hence, Saturn retrograde can be very destructive for the native. Saturn is in retrograde for 140 days.
Rahu & Ketu are the nodes of the moon and are always in retrograde. Read more about them here.
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