by Lorraine Valente
There's a lot of discussion about retrograde planets and their meaning when they are retrograding. When a planet is retrograde, it is an apparent backward motion of a planet.
I'll share below how often retrograde (rx) planets change directions:
Mercury is Rx for 24 days; is stationary for approximately 3 days.
Venus is Rx for 42 days; is stationary for approximately 11 days.
Mars is Rx for 80 days; is stationary for approximately 20 days.
Jupiter is Rx for 120 days; is stationary for approximately 10 days.
Saturn is Rx for 140 days; is stationary for approximately 10 days.
Uranus is Rx for 150 days; is stationary for approximately 16 days.
Neptune is Rx for 160 days; is stationary for approximately 16 days.
Pluto is Rx for 160 days; is stationary for approximately 16 days.
The Sun and Moon are never retrograde. Planets from Mars to Pluto turn Rx when they reach an opposition to the Sun, and outer planets remain Rx longest.
Retrograde planets have three phases:
1). The direct motion until the the planet first stations (stops before changing directions),
2). The retrograde motion (apparent backward motion),
3). The direct motion following the second station (before changing directions forward). During this time, as the planet slows down to change direction, this stationary period in between is the most energetically powerful and usually triggers events or illuminates an awareness that may have been already unconsciously known, only to become conscious during forward motion of the involved planet.
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