How Retrograde Planets Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars & Saturn In Your Birth Chart Affect All Zodiacs Signs

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What Retrograde Planets Mean In Your Birth Chart Per Vedic Astrology

According to the calculations of Vedic astrology, which differ from those of Western astrology by almost an entire sign, that shady planet Mercury is going retrograde from November 17 through December 6 in the sign of Scorpio, just as Venus, the planet of love, goes direct again on November 16.

And while Mercury is typically considered one of the "bad guy" planets, fret not this time (literally!) around!

Mercury is a sucker for a little peer pressure, and tends to follow the happy vibes when he hangs out with "good guy" planets like Jupiter, bringer of healing, wisdom, abundance and blessings. And it just so happens that when Mercury enters Scorpio this weekend, Jupiter will be there waiting to say hi and send us all some combined love.

However, it's important to note that while Mercury in retrograde gets a whole lot of attention, it isn't the only planet that does this.

In fact, all of the planets do, and many of us were born with retrograde planets — like Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn — somewhere within the houses shown on our astrology charts.

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This fact is much less commonly known and understood than the phenomenon of Mercury in retrograde, and yet it has a huge impact on your life.

When planets are in retrograde motion, they appear to travel backward, but this reverse motion is actually an optical illusion caused by Earth speeding past them in their parallel orbits around the Sun.

As defined in terms used in astronomy, "Apparent retrograde motion is the apparent motion of a planet in a direction opposite to that of other bodies within its system, as observed from a particular vantage point. Direct motion or prograde motion is motion in the same direction as other bodies."

Planets in retrograde are also closest to the Earth than at any other time, and this proximity causes the astrological influence of that planet to be felt more intensely than usual. That can be a good thing or a not-as-good thing, depending on the planet in question.

What does it mean if you have retrograde planets in your natal astrology chart?

When planets are in retrograde, "good guy" planets send shock waves through your life by becoming "too" good, while "bad guy" planets wreck more havoc with you than they typically do.

There are two circumstances under which retrograde planets may impact you:

1. If you have a retrograde planet in your birth chart, meaning it was retrograde when you were born, and therefore will impact your life on a constant basis.

2. When, as mentioned above, the Earth speeds past a planet on its travels through the sky, activating important things in your personal stars.

So, for instance, if you have a "good guy" planet in your chart that's in retrograde, as Venus, the planet of love and pleasure, is at this very (and will be until November 16, as mentioned above), you may potentially be too passionate, romantic, and indulgent during this time — to the point of possibly becoming obsessed or "addicted" to love and sex (and maybe even shoes!).

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If you have a "bad guy" planet in your chart that's in retrograde, such as Mars, the planet of ambition and courage, you may be extra martial during that time, meaning you may feel excessively driven and prone to making risky choices without adequately weighing the facts beforehand.

In order to find out how any of these planets in retrograde may affect you in particular, access your birth chart with this natal chart calculator.

Your results will look something like this:

Then, look at either the South Indian chart on the right or the North Indian chart on the left (they're the same, just in different formats) and see if there's a big "R" beside any of the planetary abbreviations, as circled in the example below.

If none of your planets has an "R" beside it, that means you weren't born with any of your planets in retrograde, and you can skip to the next section.

If some of your planets do, I'll take a moment to tell you what this may mean for you and your love life.

Note: I'm only covering the five major planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — for now, rather than also looking to the outer planets, because they don't rule houses. And of course, the Sun and the Moon which are never retrograde.

Here's what it means for all zodiac signs' daily horoscopes and love life if you have any of these 5 retrograde planets in your natal astrology chart.

1. Mercury (Me) Retrograde

You have a strong intellect and love of communication. You learn quickly and love to read, write, and talk, and you are extra talented.

In relationships, you often have a different point of view than your mate, and you tend to over-think everything they say and do. Surround yourself with people who mentally stimulate you and love to talk, and make sure to travel and socialize often.

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2. Venus (Ve) Retrograde

You have a love of pleasure, fun, and creativity. You're skilled in any of the visual arts and design. You're a wonderful host or hostess, with a flair for fashion, decorating, cooking, and making everything beautiful and fun.

You focus on relationships and sensuality more than others, and your love life is unusual somehow or delayed. You require a mate who’s romantic and appreciates your well-developed tastes and needs.

3. Mars (Ma) Retrograde

You're athletic, ambitious, and competitive, and can also be impatient, restless, impulsive and easily angered. Have a physical outlet like martial arts or regular rigorous exercise, and be sure to take your time before making big decisions.

In relationships, watch your tongue. If you can't say something nice — say it nicely. Be sure you get to know a partner for a while before making a commitment.

4. Jupiter (Ju) Retrograde

You're concerned with spiritual, ethical, and philosophical concepts, and are drawn to counseling, teaching, and the law. You’re the friend that everyone turns to for advice. You're generous and optimistic, but be sure not to over-give or try to avoid problems with your "Pollyanna" perspective.

You may marry or have children late in life. Be careful of picking a partner you need to "save" or "fix."

5. Saturn (Sa) Retrograde

You're responsible, reliable, and detail-oriented, skilled at things that require technical ability and focus. You always wish you'd "done more" or done things "better."

Be careful of being too picky or critical with yourself and your partners, as well as of being too private or unavailable when you're single. Once in a relationship, watch out for codependency. You're not responsible for the actions of others.

What does it mean if there are no retrograde planets in your chart?

If you don't have any retrogrades, you’ll still be affected when planets are retrograde in the sky, as we all are. The theme of that planet will be obvious, and anything in your life that you need to improve or fix in terms of that theme will be up to you to figure out.

This Mercury retrograde and conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio should be a transformative, restorative, growth-inducing time.

As always, be sure to take extra good care of yourself!

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Carol Allen is a Vedic Astrologer, Relationship Coach, and former radio show host who believes that when it comes to relationships, looking to a man's Sun sign in relation to yours won't explain whether or not things will work. To learn more about this and other amazing truths at the intersection of astrology and love, sign up for her free newsletter.

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