Understanding planet motion
Planetary movement is an important factor in astrology and has a major influence on spirituality. The planetary motion can be direct, stationary or retrograde. The direct motion is the forward movement of the planet; that is the normal motion in its orbit while stationary motion describes the unmoving or standing-still position of a planet in its orbit before changing either to retrograde or direct motion and vice versa while retrograde will be explained further below.
What is retrograde?
It is the backward movement of the planet as it travels through the zodiac. The sun and the moon don’t retrograde; it is only the planets. The angle of observation from the earth makes it seem as if the planetary motion is backwards while in actual fact planets in the solar system do not orbit backwards. Therefore retrograde is an illusion but a very important analogy in astrology. An example to better understand this phenomenon is when a passenger in a fast moving train passes a slow moving train. In retrospect, it seems as if the slow-moving train is going backwards as observed from a fast moving train while in actual fact the slow-moving train is still going in the forward direction. In ancient astrology, a retrograde planet was considered weak but as information evolved, modern astrologers viewed retrograde in a chart as a positive aspect.
Retrograde has a significant impact on people’s lives depending on the horoscopes and depending on the planet, it can be chaotic and wreaks havoc. Since it denotes backward motion of the planets, this can sometimes translate to bad luck or stagnation in certain aspects of life while in some instance it can bring positive changes.
Why do planets go into retrogression?
The planets orbit the sun hence the sun’s energy is very important in keeping the planets in their orbits. Retrograde occurs when the planets get away from the sun in terms of angle of observation. This angle of observation describes how far the planet is from the sun elliptic movement. As can be seen from the picture below, the green line represents the sun’s ecliptic movement and some of the planets are not in alignment with the green line. This out of alignment depicts retrogression and the planets can either be above or below the line.
Jupiter in direct motion
Planets are benefic and malefic depending on their behavioural abilities to either have a negative or a positive influence. Benefic planets have a positive influence on fortune, money problems and other affected area while malefic planets are popular for bad luck and misfortune. However, natural benefic planets are not benefic for all ascendants and natural malefic are not malefic for all ascendants. Jupiter is a natural benefic planet which is benefic for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius ascendants while it is malefic for Taurus, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius ascendants and neutral for some ascendants.
In horoscopes, Jupiter is a ruling planet of Sagittarius while in Roman and Greek mythology it is said to be the king of gods or ruler of heaven and according to Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the preceptor of God, therefore, these explanations denote the power and majesty of this planet. Jupiter is a planet of abundance, good fortune, optimism and positivity. It also denotes devotion to God, expansion, wisdom, spirituality and etc. As a ruling planet of Sagittarius, the Sagittarian possesses the best qualities of this planet and this is evident by their ability to attract great fortune in life. They possess charismatic abilities which makes it easier to work well with people; work, friendship and other relationships flourish. The power of Jupiter brings forth riches optimism and a zest for life.
Understanding Jupiter in retrograde
Retrograde affects different horoscopes differently; it can bring a positive effect while some may get a bitter negative deal but the common attribute of this period is slow movement in some area of life. Changing the direction of motion calls for introspection in life and to harness the inward riches which may be overlooked during direct motion due to good fortune brought by the power of this planet. Backward movement may bring loss in material riches, causes disputes in relationships and it is also not a good time to take on new projects or make new business deals.
Surviving Jupiter in retrograde
The period of retrograde last for 120 days while everything may seem to move slowly, this period calls for introspection and spiritual growth. Negative emotions are likely to arise therefore honing in on internal growth and positive practices can be beneficial. Routine practices such as meditation, yoga and any other activity that helps one to be in balance and reduce anxiety are recommended for this period, moreover harnessing the power of nature such as engaging in outdoor activities and getting the natural vitamin D from the sun can help one to sail by with breeze during this time. Compassion, generosity and love can be withheld and empty promises come by easily, therefore, it helps to avoid rash decisions and making promises.
The planetary motion during retrograde depicts similar effects even though the intensity differs depending on which planet is in retrograde. All planets undergo retrogression and to gain better insight and be more knowledgeable in the matter we have more information about Mercury retrograde.