Planets in retrograde, such as Mercury, are now considered as a popular subculture and are an annual part of our society. In this section, we'll examine at what occurs with retrogrades and how we may use them to our advantage. So, let's take a look at retrogrades.
There are two types of retrogrades: true and false. A true retrograde is when one planet actually moves backwards in its orbit around the Sun; this happens about once every 80 years or so. During a true retrograde, the planet turns away from the Sun, entering a dark phase of its orbit. Because more radiation reaches the surface of the planet during a true retrograde than during another period of the planet's orbit, these events are likely to have adverse effects on life and civilization.
A false retrograde occurs when the apparent position of a planet changes but it remains in orbit around the Sun. This can happen when another object passes between Earth and Jupiter, for example, causing an eclipse. Even though we don't see a change in direction of movement, mathematics proves that Jupiter didn't move during this event - only its appearance changed. Since this phenomenon occurs very frequently, people have often used it to explain things about which they had no actual knowledge, such as the evils of drinking wine or the merits of different brands of tea. Today, we know this is not really true retrograding, but rather an astronomical anomaly that can affect your daily life.
Inner planets Venus and Mercury appear to travel retrograde in a similar manner, but because they can never be perceived as being in opposition to the Sun from Earth, their retrograde cycles are related to their inferior conjunctions with the Sun. That is, they each retrograde for about two weeks starting when they are closest to us in our sky.
Venus was the first planet discovered to have phases, or changes in appearance due to clouds and darkness, so it's no surprise that it has been revealed to be one of the most fascinating objects in the solar system. It completes an entire circuit around the Sun in approximately 225 days, but because of its orbit farther from the Sun than Earth's, it receives only 9 hours of sunlight per day, mostly concentrated in the morning hours. The remaining 21 hours of daylight provide all the color we see in the Venusian cloudscape.
The average temperature on Venus is 450 degrees Celsius (890 degrees Fahrenheit), making it the hottest planet outside of Earth. It is also extremely dense, with 90% of its surface made up of carbon dioxide, which is more than any other planet except for Earth. Only 3% of the CO2 is able to evaporate because the rest is bound up in the atmosphere. The remaining % resides in liquid form within the deep oceans that cover 69% of the planet.
Mercury is renowned as the planet that governs all communication, according to B.C.-based astrologist Georgia Nicols. This implies that when Mercury goes retrograde, individuals may have communication challenges, technological glitches, or even misplaced mail. These problems can arise at any time during a retrograde period, but they are especially likely to occur right before or after a full moon.
The primary problem with a retrograde Mercury is that it can lead us down incorrect paths, discourage us from important tasks, and keep us from moving forward quickly. A secondary issue is that it can make us look back over our shoulders, wondering about missed opportunities and forgotten messages. Finally, a retrograde Mercury can cause confusion, irritability, and errors of judgment.
All in all, retrograde Mercury is not good for business or personal affairs. It can cause delays, mistakes, and even rejections if you're trying to get something done outside the realm of technology.
During a retrograde, the planet's energy is more retiring and inward. It occasionally inverts events, causing our sentiments and habitual activities to alter. Retrogrades are thought to represent "loose ends." Beneficial planets such as Venus and Jupiter have a reduced influence while they are retrograde. More aggressive planets such as Mars and Saturn become more active during this time.
Planets can be retrograde for several reasons. Sometimes they just need to stop and rethink things. Other times there is an error in our understanding of how something works or simply because they want our attention! Planets can also go retrograde due to external forces such as another planet coming between them and the sun. Finally, a planet can go retrograde voluntarily at certain points in its cycle for example, when it reaches a new moon.
When a planet goes retrograde, it moves into a new sign each day until it stops doing so. This has important implications for those who are born under their ruling star's sign, especially if the planet in question is located in one of these signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo or Libra. They will experience some sort of change during their retrograde period, either through events or issues that have been "flowing" since it started.