Hi all, here is the infographics I have created to show Retrograde motion of all the planets – their Zodiac positions & dates.
Mercury has 4 retrograde periods in 2016, with the 4th one just starting in late December.
Venus makes No retrograde motion in 2016 (compare to Mars that had no retro motion last year in 2015).
A total of 5 planets will be retrograding at the same time between 28th April to 8th May (of course some of them start or end their retrograde motion before or after these dates..). Those planets are Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto. We can expect quite a lot of challenges at that time.. as normally we only get 4 planets retrograding at one point or other. That said, next year in 2018, there will be a few weeks where 6 planets will be retrograding !
I’ll type up the actual dates for all the planetary retrograde motions (same info on graph..but typed here) in a few days so come check again soon.
I have used data from `American Ephemeris 2000 to 2050′ (2nd ed. ACS Publications).
Today sees the beginning of the annual Pluto retrograde! And I got thinking (late last night) that it was when Pluto began transiting my sign (few decades ago now – go on figure it out) that I began to study astrology much more seriously, and started attending classes and so on. Anyway, for months (or years?) I had been wanting to create a visual aid to see all the Retrograde motions of planets on a chart wheel. (never seen one before).. so after a morning of hard work (manually putting every line, every letter and so on on a graphic, using data from the Ephemeris)…here we are! 🙂
Retrograde motions of Planets in 2015, the durations and zodiac positions (click picture for hi-res image)
.I will return to this blog to start writing in all the details, tables and so on.. but for now – Breakfast calls (at 2.25pm!). I’ve earned it, don’t you think? 🙂
All the planets are going around the Sun in an anti-clockwise direction (if we were to watch the whole solar system from `way up’ above the north pole of the Earth). But because planets are orbiting the Sun at different speeds, what we see differs – depending on where and when we are observing from. It’s a bit like being on a moving train in railway station, with another moving train on the adjacent track. Even when both trains are going in the same direction, one train may be going slightly faster than the other. So sometimes, it may `look like’ your train is going backwards, or the other train is going backwards. Same with planets. The ones closer to the Sun are going faster than Earth. And Earth in turn is going faster than the ones on further orbits.
Because of all this geometry, sometimes we on Earth see other planets going `backwards’ for certain periods every year. So if for example, Mercury seems to be going backwards for a few weeks, we say it’s `Mercury retrograde’. Now during such periods, the influences of that planet on us are different. Astrologers advise people not to start new business ventures during a mercury retrograde period, or astrologers advise people to take extra care with communications, contracts etc. For different planets, these `areas of life’ differ (ie when venus is retrograding, relationships matters may be affected, so consolidate on relationships, and don’t plan new ones – unless of course it’s about touching base with an old `could have been…but missed the opportunity’ ones!)
Average duration of retrograde motions
Mercury: Retrogrades for 2-3 weeks. (Happens 3 -4 times a year).
Venus: Retrogrades for about 5-6 weeks. (Happens once a year).
Mars: Retrogrades for about 10 weeks. (No retrograde in 2013..! More on this in another post!)
Jupiter: Retrogrades for about 4 months (happens once a year).
Saturn: Retrogrades for about 4 and a 1/2 months (happens once a year).
Uranus: Retrogrades for about 5 months (happens once a year).
Neptune: Retrogrades for about 5 months (happens once a year).
Pluto: Retrogrades for about 5 and a 1/2 months (happens once a year).
Now here’s the big thing. At any one time, there may be some planets going direct and some retrograding. But we do get clear few days or weeks, when all the planets are going direct, and there are no retrograde planets. These windows vary. This is astrologically very important (it’s as if we have a smooth straight road and no opposing wind is slowing down our cars.. ).
I was just musing about this and happen to catch the fact that our next window of NO RETROGRADE is coming up. (Sometimes I just sit and trawl through Ephemeris data ..looking for patterns. It’s almost an intuitive -meditative bit of work! 🙂 )
30th January – 17th February 2013 That’s the rare 17 days of smooth astrological climate.And you should make full use of it. The subsequent `Retrograde-Free’ time slot is a good 3 years away after this… in December 2015!
Here are the periods (past & future) where No-Retrograde motion is observed from Earth. (Remember these are the `smooth days’ ).
1st – 20th December 2009 (20 days)
6 – 9 December 2010 (3 days only)
30 Dec’10 – 26 Jan’11 (26 days)
25 Dec’11 – 23 Jan’12 (28 days)
30 Jan – 17 Feb 2013 (17 days) – coming up. Then 3 year wait!