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All about Retrograde Planets

When you hear RETROGRADE, you may panic, even just a bit. You may have heard
of bad omens connected with times of Retrograde and the first thing you may think
is: potential for problems and limited progress. Retrogrades happen only from the
perspective of Earth (called Geocentric). From the Sun's perspective (called
Heliocentric), there are no Retrogrades, the planets continuously move in their
orbits around the Sun. But from our perspective on the Earth, planets sometimes
APPEAR to be going backwards. It's a sensory illusion, much like what happens
when you're moving slowly in a train or car and another train or car going slower
seems to be going backwards. From our perspective, the other planet seems to slow
in its orbit. Right before a planet makes a Retrograde station (the point where it
Retrogrades), it is at its farthest point in its orbit from the Earth. What actually
happens when a planet Retrogrades is that it comes back closer to the Earth (and
opposes the Sun).
Astrologically, Retrogrades happen when planets, and the energy they represent,
are too far out and need to come back in line with the Earth. This is when you need
to slow it down. You may need to take 1 step back now to take 2 steps forward later,
and during a Retrograde, slowing down can be ultimately more productive and
profitable than pushing on relentlessly ahead. When Retrogrades happen, things
need to change, minds change, information changes, and people with Retrograde
planets in their charts are here to create change and increase consciousness here
on Earth. When you have Retrograde planets in your chart, people may not see you
in your true glory, there's more to you than meets the eye.
Mercury Retrograde
Mercury Retrogrades three times a year for three weeks each time. This is the time
your thinking needs to come back in line with reality. If there's too much information
coming in and you're thinking a few steps too far ahead, Mercury Retrograde is a
time to process, digest, and organize what you've learned recently so you can
understand what's going on and find ways to put what you know to good use.
Review your ideas, edit your statements, write in your journal. This is a good time to
figure things out, see things from a more internal perspective, and decide how to
proceed so you can work and communicate more effectively.
Venus Retrograde
Retrograde Venus calls your values into question. You may have acquired new
possessions or made more money recently, but what do you want to do with your
wealth, your talents, your assets??? Your attractions may have drawn many
potential friends and lovers, but who do you want in your life and how do you want
to share? During Venus Retrograde you may get a better view of yourself by
observing how you relate to others.

Mars Retrograde
When Mars is retrograde, you may need to slow down. But to do that, you may find
yourself face to face with--- yourself. The urge to get what you want may be strong,
but instead of rushing out to get what you want when you want it, you may need to
take another look at what you're pursuing and how you're pursuing it. Is it really in
line with what you want or is it an unhealthy competition that has you running in
circles? Action is necessary, but what kind? You can can bring your desires in line
with what you really want and gain more personal power if you learn to control your
needs and master your energy by taking action only when and where needed. If you
can bring your own burning agenda back in line with others, you may be able to
deepen your intimate relationships and re-energize yourself.
Jupiter Retrograde
When Jupiter is Retrograde, expansion can become impeded and things that
seemed sure can just stop. When external energy dries up, it's time to find inner
wisdom and expand internal knowledge. This is the time to objectively look at your
projects and see where you need to work harder and do more. Don't just sit there
criticizing others, examine your own code of ethics and exercise your own integrity.
Think about how much you do to *fit in* out of fear and what are truly your own
goals and needs. Jupiter retrograde is when the things we think we need but aren't
really adding to our growth, are somehow removed from our lives. The end result is
beneficial and the quest to understand is the journey and the teaching.
Saturn Retrograde
Upsets and delays could become a normal part of life for the 4 and a half months
Saturn is Retrograde. Extra time-consuming, unfinished *business* can
unexpectedly come up that takes you away from your normal routine, adding extra
responsibilities, commitments, and time-eaters to your days. Expectations of
forward progress may have to be temporarily revised. It's time to ease up and take
a good look around you. Whatever house of your horoscope Saturn is currently
transiting through is where you will feel this effect. This is not the time to make bold
new strides and start experimental projects. Instead, use this time to re-evaluate
and strengthen what you are already doing. This retrograde can teach you new
methods to structure your inner psychological workings by exposing your limiting,
unproductive defense mechanisms. This knowledge can ultimately help you
translate yourself and your work to the world in a lucid, more easily comprehensible
way.
Planet Retrograde Direct Mercury March 12, 2012 April 4, 2012 Mercury
July 14, 2012 August 8, 2012 Mercury November 6, 2012 November 26, 2012
Venus May 15, 2012 June 27, 2012 Mars January 23, 2012 April 13, 2012 Jupiter
Oct 4, 2012 January 30, 2013 Saturn February 7, 2012 June 25, 2012

Retrograde Planets
Mercury Retrograde - When Mercury goes retrograde it is a time to finish projects
that involve communication and close big deals, before Mercury stations Retrograde.
Ordering and purchasing, especially for business, can be continually problematic if
purchased during Mercury Retrograde. Letters can get lost in the mail, machinery can break
down, computers can go haywire; connections don't always work and it's not an aspect
you'll want in the chart of a new venture unless you thrive on serious stress or you're
starting a repair business. Mercury the trickster, however, has a dual nature. During
retrograde periods, while there are problems with external communications, the inner
communications part works better. Use this time profitably to get in touch with yourself.
Analyze the information you've already collected, re-think and evaluate plans before
jumping to action, meet with old friends The extent to which this retrograde affects you
personally depends on how significant Mercury is in your birth chart and on its current
transits to planets and points in your chart. Take care of external communications -- that's
what can get dysfunctional and problematic. This isn't a huge big deal and should not stop
you from making an advance if one opens up. It's just annoying little unexpected and
unplanned-for buggy things could delay progress and otherwise try to trip your switches.

Venus Retro - When Venus is retrograde, there's an opportunity to reassess


what you attract by taking a closer look at your values and tastes. If you don't like what
you've got, think back to why you wanted it in the first place; there's always something
you're getting out of everything you have, want, desire, or attract. If you can come to a
more personal understanding of what makes you happy, what your social and financial
requirements are, and how you need to love and be loved, you can start to attract what you
really want. Since you can find yourself in the process of reevaluation during Venus
Retrograde, it might not be the best time to solidify relationship commitments in personal or
business life.

Mars Retro - When Mars goes Retrograde the section of your chart where Mars is
located is likely the place where you experience the most inertia BEFORE the Retrograde
station and the most backward movement or even loss of recent gains DURING the
Retrograde. Despite something that seemed promising before a Mars Retrograde, progress
can start to seem like an unrealistic dream as you feel a loss of enthusiasm and energy for
whatever seemed to be so exciting before. When Mars stations and travels Retrograde, its
excited, active energy becomes covert and calculated; its motives are hidden. Careful --

inwardly turned outward-bound energy can become toxic! Positively, Mars Retrograde can
give you a chance to think before acting; to assess your motives and aggressions before
reacting; to find your inner demons and send them packing before they continue to interfere
with your life. Indecision and delays can be an clue that you need to make better plans -back to the drawing board!!

Jupiter Retrograde - When Jupiter is retrograde it is the time to look at your


projects and see where you need to work harder and do more. Don't just sit there criticizing
others, examine your own code of ethics and exercise your own integrity. Think about how
much you do to out of fear and what are truly your own goals and needs. Jupiter retrograde
is when the things we think we need but aren't really adding to our growth, are somehow
removed from our lives. The end result is beneficial and the quest to understand is the
journey and the teaching.

Saturn Retrograde - When Saturn is retrograde your expectations of forward


progress may have to be temporarily revised. It's time to ease up and take a good look
around you. Whatever house of your horoscope Saturn is currently transiting through is
where you will feel this effect. This is not the time to make bold new strides and start
experimental projects. Instead, use this time to re-evaluate and strengthen what you are
already doing. This retrograde can teach you new methods to structure your inner
psychological workings by exposing your limiting, unproductive defense mechanisms. This
knowledge can ultimately help you translate yourself and your work to the world in a lucid,
more easily comprehensible way. Upsets and delays could become a normal part of life for
the next 4 and a half months. Extra time consuming, unfinished business can unexpectedly
come up that takes you away from your normal routine, adding extra responsibilities and
commitments to your days.

Vakri Grahas Retrograde Planets


Planets from the point of view of the earth will slow down and become stationary. Then
they appear to move backward in the sky this motion is known as retrograde motion of the
planets. This apparent retrograde movement is due to the motion of the earths orbit. The
Sun and the Moon never retrograde. Rahu Ketu always move in retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets in the natal chart or ephemeris are marked by R or Rx. Mars R or
Jupiter Rx both indicates that these planets were retrograde at the time of the chart.

Saturn retrogrades for 140 days and remains stationary 5 day before and after.
Jupiter retrogrades 120 days is stationary 5 days before and after.
Mars retrogrades for 80 days and is stationary 3 to 4 days before and after.
Venus is retrograde for 42 days and is stationary approximately two days before and after.
Mercury retrogrades for 24 days and is stationary one day before and after.
Each planet has its own percentage of time when it must retrograde. They are Saturn
36.39%, Jupiter 30.24%, Mercury 19.76%, Mars 9.33% and Venus 7.22%.
The Sanskrit name for retrograde planets is known as Vakri. Vakri means twisted, crooked,
winding, roundabout, indirect, evasive and ambiguous. Vakra Asana in Yoga twists the
body from back to front. Usually this asana are done to strengthen the spine and make
them flexible. The potential of the retrograde planets is to be flexible, to twist thing around,
to make them unclear, to teach its message in an indirect way, to view life in a different way
to others. By doing it correctly they can strengthen themselves and become adaptable,
original, innovative and different. On the negative side they can be twisted thinkers,
crooked and dishonest. The individual can deal with the quality of their retrograde planets
in a positive manner or can use their potential in a totally negative way. The essence is there
to do good or bad in the planet but it is up to the individual to use this in the right way.
Rahu Ketu are forever moving backwards and this has lead to them being described
negatively in the classics. But they also have the potential to view everything in a complete
different manner and therefore can be quite innovative and make individual reach heights
that they never thought they would conquer, by going against the grain. Rahu Ketu are
usually comfortable with their nature as they only travel the retrograde way. Sun and
Moon always go direct so it is only the five other planets, which are used to going direct
usually that can turn retrograde.
The five planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn express the practical reality of
our life. They are the planets that form the Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga that bestows
greatness on earth. The rule the Pancha Mahabhutas, the five primary elements that
influence our physical body but also sheath the eternal consciousness. These elements
control our organs of desires, emotions and senses. They can keep us grounded in gross
reality but if we start to use their energy spiritually they become infused with a different
power.
Bhuta Element Planet
Aakash Ether Jupiter
Vayu Air Saturn, Rahu
Tejas Fire Mars,Sun, Ketu
Apas Water Venus, Moon
Prithvi Earth Mercury

The Bhuta also rule the Chakras, the subtle body. Chakras influence our senses. The
fulfillment of the sensuous nature keeps the individual tied to the cycle of happiness and
unhappiness. The more we allow the sense to rule us, the more the doors to our astral self
remain shut. Understanding and controlling the senses will give indication of whether we
are able to open the gates to the higher self.
Chakra Tattva Graha Indriyan Jnanendriyan Karmendriyan
Element Planet Sense Sense organ Work organ
Vishuddhi Aakash Jupiter Hearing Ear Mouth (speech)
Anahata Vayu Saturn, Rahu Touch Skin Hands
Manipura Tejas Mars,Sun, Ketu Sight Eyes Feet and legs
Swadhisthana Apas Venus, Moon Taste Tongue Genitals
Muladhara Prithvi Mercury Smell Nose Anus
Retrograde planets influence the primary structure of the human consciousness and its
relationship with its human life. By blocking the chakras and the complicating the Pancha
Mahabhutas, they create disconnection and imbalances, inability to control the senses. An
individual has to understand their retrograde planets and nurture them to bring back the
harmony.
Vedic Astrology classics say that retrograde planets are strong. The quality of the planet
changes when it turns retrograde. Retrograde planets are closest to earth; therefore their
impact on the individual is the strongest. Strong to do what? Two influences of retrograde
planets need to be taken into account their affect in the natal chart and by transit. The
individual with retrograde planets does not always know how to control its energy.
Therefore they struggle to express the planets qualities over-emphasizing them or being
in denial of their positive qualities or misusing their power. Knowing how to deal with the
retrograde in the natal chart is the key. Retrogrades by transit can influence everyone
whether we have them in our chart or not. A straight thinking person can suddenly change
their ways under the influence of retrograde Mercury. So we all have to learn to cope with
the retrograde transit and be aware of them annually.
A planet in debilitation if retrograde acts like an exalted one and an exalted planet like a
debilitated one. The reason: debilitated planets have the potential to be unethical and
negative, when they twist around, they start behaving in the opposite manner. Whereas an
exalted planet is a good guy, when he gets twisted he inherits the potential do bad. The
benefics who are usually the positive influences can become ambiguous, non-spiritual,
disobedient by being retrograde whereas the malefic can definitely become more negative
due to their retrogression. Controlling the malefics in Vakri is a lot more difficult. The main
aspect I have noticed about retrogrades is that they do not follow tradition and in the
ancient times when astrology was written, those who did not follow tradition were

considered bad and unethical. Whereas now, we honour those who go outside the box, who
are non- traditionalists. So the influence of retrogrades has to be thought from the point of
view of the society we live in. Also we must celebrate their potential to be original, different
(according to their karakas) and at the same time try to control their negative aspects.
Also dont forget the houses the retrograde planets rule. Retrograde planet dasha can bring
about health issues; they also can bring diminishing returns. The start of the dasha may
appear very good, but the quality of the dasha can reduce as it progresses.
Natal planets in Retrograde
Mars retrogrades once in two years. Retrograde Mars in natal chart can bring out power
issues, how to deal with conflict and aggression and anger. As Mars has male energy, its
retrogression can create problems with how you deal with maleness within. It is often seen
in charts of females who have problems with their sexuality- they can be overtly aggressive
or completely suppress their masculine side whereby creating imbalance in personality.
Men have to watch they do not become too aggressive and angry. As Mars is about power,
its retrogressions give a lot of power yet the individual does not understand their own
power and how to use it properly. This can lead to its misuse. Mars rules Agni (fire)
element so its retrogression can create too much fire or complete exhaustion. They have to
watch their metabolism. It can get speeded up or be totally dull. The chakra is Manipura,
which deal with balance, vision and energy. Retrograde Mars will block the way this
chakra works and create problems on a subtle level. Mars deals with logic and here the
logic can get skewered or twisted. It can also make a person whose logic is unconventional
but at the same time very powerful and they can reach places where others cannot as they
have the ability to see things from backward to forward.
Mercury retrograde promotes either a person talking too much or not at all. Mercury is the
karaka of speech and intellect. Their thinking can also be different. They may be very
bright thinkers, but not know how to express that or drive other crazy with their ideas,
thinking they are the only ones who are the intelligent ones. Mercurys combustion can
create more problems. Mercury travels close to the Sun and it is most likely to be combust.
Combust and retrograde can make a person very prone to burn out and also unsure of how
to deal with their Mercury. Not an easy situation to be in. Mercury rules the prithvi (earth)
bhuta. Prithvi deals with practical and stable. Prithvi also controls the Muladhara chakra.
Mercury retrograde can make someone impractical and they are more likely to make their
position unstable than those whose Mercury is direct. Retrograde Mercury would show
some blocks to the Muladhara chakra.
Jupiter is the guru or the teacher. Jupiter retrograde usually never knows when to stop
giving advice. They can be very knowledgeable yet they do not know how to use this
knowledge in the right way. They can also mistrust their own wisdom. On a positive level
they can give look at issues with a very different viewpoint. They will also give advice that

is unconventional and different. As Jupiter is the karaka of children, it can show children
who are different. The classics say that if Jupiter is retrograde, it will definitely give
children despite what else is promised otherwise in the chart. This aspect does not always
pan out but we can research it further. Jupiter as a karaka of husbands in a female chart
will give a husband who is different. On an extreme negative level, they can bring twisted
thinking into the relationship. Jupiter rules the Aakash element. Aakash deals with the
knowledge, wisdom, our ability to purify, to repel the negative forces. Jupiter being
retrograde weakens the ability to use this tattva. Vishuddhi chakra will become blocked
and this make us feel unprotected and make some wrong choices. Vishuddhi also purifies
the poisons; here the poisons of the mind do not always get the right filter. So we do not
know how to stop them from polluting our life.
Venus is the karaka for marriage. It being retrograde does make us choose unusual
alliances. We may have an unconventional view of them or when in marriage or
relationship do not know how to express our love well. Venus also deals with femininity and
women with Venus retrograde do not always understand how to be truly feminine. They
can become overtly masculine or forget to dress feminine and be feminine. We see this often
in male homosexual charts as they want something different from their relationships and
their concept of the women in their life is different. Venus rules Apas, the water element.
The human body is composed of over 85% water. Water deals with emotions, taste,
happiness and peace. Retrograde Venus can create problems with all these. The
Swadhisthana chakra is also blocked.
Saturn retrograde usually do not know when to stop working. Or they may not like work at
all. As Saturn is the karaka of misery, it is important that one must not give into a negative
attitude to life and embrace depression as a habit. Saturn is usually depicted as the poor
man. The poor are usually hungry for food, for material goods, for good things in life.
Saturn retrogression can make individuals hungry with desire, wanting more and more
even when the hunger has been appeased and they may be materially very well off. They
need to watch for greed. Saturn rules Vayu ement. Vayu is air and Vayu needs to be used
constructively otherwise it can become unnecessarily destructive. Retrogrades do not know
how to use their energy so if they do not take care, Saturn can become destructive force for
them. Anahata chakra teaches dispassion and detachment. When this chakra is blocked by
retrogression then they can find it difficult to detach.
Rahu Ketu are forever retrograde and you can read about them in the Rahu Ketu article
on the website or my book Lunar Nodes- Crisis and Redemption. click for rahu ketu article
Retrogrades and Stationary Motions
Even if you do not have natal planets in retrograde, you can experience them during their
retrograde transit. They can temporarily block the elements and create problems in the

subconscious if we are not aware of them. The two most difficult retrogrades are Mercury
and Saturn. Mercury as it happens so often and Saturn as it can transit over one point of
the chart again and again; and create lots of problems. It is important to know
retrogression of planets in a given year. The retrograde motion of your dasha ruler can
change the direction of events. Retrogrades indicate a concentration of energy in the part of
the zodiac where they are active. If you have planets in that area then they will have major
impact. Retrogrades make life appear to be stuck in limbo, neither moving forward or
backward. Saturn and Jupiter retrograde once a year and Mars and Venus one every two
years. Mercury retrogrades at least three times a year.
Retrograde Planets in Transit
While analysing the transit effect of the retrograde planets remember the following:
1. Always be aware of Mercury retrograde. They are stress points in the year. Mercury
retrograde creates communication problems and makes life uncomfortable. Stress,
arguments, delayed journeys all can make life troublesome during the Mercury
retrograde. So do problems with computers, Internet, and other technologies. Double check
all appointments, travel programme and journeys- remember not to stop your life.
Decisions made during Mercury retrograde can be changed after it goes direct. Stress levels
can climb sky high. Arguments can result from crossed wires. Mercury retrogrades at least
3 times a year so its awareness has a huge say in the quality of your life. Gemini and Virgo
need to be doubly conscious, it will make their life a lot easier. 2006 retrogrades for
Mercury are from 4 to 27 July 2006 and 28 October to 18th November 2006.
2. When planets retrograde over the gandanta points. Saturn will transit the gandanta
point between Cancer and Capricorn from 22 October 2006 to 17 November 2006, and then
it will station near the gandanta point at 107 Leo on 7 December 2006. It will again
retrograde back on the Gandanta degrees from 25 December 2006 to 22 January 2007 and
the last time for 9 July to 22 July 2007. This shows Saturn in a very unstable situation.
From October 2006 to January 2007 it will bring instability in the world. We need to watch
this time for an unstable property market, political upheaval and major changes in the
world order. If natal planets are placed in those degrees, there can be added pressures on
them.
3. The stationary points of Saturn- before and after retrogression. Does it effect any of your
planets? If a natal planet is on the same degree as Saturn stations, then you can expect that
to be a major issue to contend with. This becomes even more important during difficult
Saturn transits like Sade Sati, which is itself a troublesome transit. Saturn stationing over
the exact degree of the Moon will bring untold mental stress. The house rulership and
placement of the Moon will show where the problem is about. Also Saturn can transit over
the same point three times, which concentrates the energy of its difficult influence.

4. The stationary points of Jupiter. This can positively enhance good qualities. It can make
people think in wrong ways. Or encourage the possibility of getting wrong advice.
Traditionally in India, marriage, auspicious events and new ventures are not planned when
Jupiter is retrograde.
5. The stationary points of Mars. This can lead to war or aggressive tendencies. Mars
retrograde can increase stubbornness and can herald a time for war. The Kosovo War
March 1999 began with the station and retrogression of Mars and ended when Mars went
forward.
6. The impact on dasha, antar and prayantara dasha rulers. Past issues can become
dominant. There can be a change in the direction of life.
7. When your Lagna ruler retrogrades, it will have a major impact on your inner self.
Venus retrograde indicates a focus on past relationships. Venus brings problems with
relationships. It is not a good time to marry.
8. If there are other difficult aspects accompany the stations. In November 2004, Saturn
retrograded at the time it was in an exact 4 10 aspect with Mars and a major train
accident took place in UK. In October 2005, Mars retrogrades (1st October) around the
time of a solar eclipse (3rd October); there was the Pakistan earthquake. Two aspects
creating a powerful synergy.
mercury retrograde demystified
The nature of Mercury retrograde -- in fact every retrograding planet -- is
a bit more complex than often discussed. In Vedic astrology, for instance,
a retrograde planet is considered to be 'strong.' The word 'strong' is
ambiguous, but let's consider astronomically what is happening and we
will soon also understand what type of strength a retrograde planet has.
When a planet is retrograde it is closer to the Earth than at any other time
during its orbit. It is exactly the closest when its celestial longitude is
either exactly the same as the Sun (for Mercury and Venus, planets inside
the Earth's orbit) or exactly opposite the Sun (for planets outside of the
Earth's orbit).
To understand the visual phenomena of a retrograde planet, you need only
imagine you are traveling down the highway at 70 miles an hour and you
pass a car that is going 60 miles an hour. From your perspective, in the
faster-moving car, the slower-moving car appears to be moving backward.
This is exactly what happens with a retrograde planet. It is not actually
moving backward, but based on its current orbital position around the
Sun, it appears to be moving backward from our orbital position on the
Earth. See the diagram below about Mercury and Venus retrograde and

combustion cycles.
As you observe this diagram, you will see that Mercury and Venus are
retrograde when they are in between the Earth and Sun, closest to the
Earth. Outer planets would be retrograde when the Earth is between them
and the Sun.
With Mercury and Venus retrograde, they are the faster-moving car. With
the outer planets, we are in the faster-moving car. But in both instances,
the planets are closer to the Earth when retrograde.

So, okay, we understand the astronomy, but how does that affect us
astrologically and what are the energies being disbursed in our life?
There is no doubt that a retrograde planet will tend to act unpredictably.
Why? Because our life on Earth -- through the matrix of the mind and body
and its relationship to time (astrology) -- is moving forward. The
retrograde planet appears to be moving backward. Thus, externally in the
world, the retrograde planet's energy becomes a source of confusion. We
begin to hesitate externally with that thing. With Mercury, for instance,
we become unsure of what to say, we doubt our communication abilities.

We become aware of things that seem unfair. We may mix-up the


important details necessary to move forward. None of this sounds very
good, does it? So why am I saying it's strong? Well, here is why:
Just because something becomes a source of confusion externally does not
mean it is bad or weak. In fact, the interruption of the Mercury issues (or
any other retrograde planet's issues) is a powerful catalyst for
internalizing that energy and increasing its reflective power. This power of
reflection is something we rarely use while happily going along with our
smooth day-to-day life.
Here is an example. Every time we return home, we put the key in the lock
and open the door. We don't pay attention to the key or the lock. We
perform this task mechanically. That is, until one day we come home and
the key does not enter the lock -- or when we try to turn the key and the
lock will not open. When that happens, suddenly we pull out the key and
examine it very closely. We then see that the key is bent, dull and getting
worn. We notice the lock is also getting worn. Suddenly we pay attention
to the key and the lock. The key and the lock were in that worn state for
quite a while, but we didn't notice it until it messed up externally.
When things are moving smoothly in our life, and we feel comfortable with
them, we tend to fall asleep. Retrograde planets create confusion with
their external nature. This confusion causes us to hesitate and reflect.
This reflection is a powerful catalyst for understanding the inner, deeper
nature of the life lesson related to that planet. In the Eastern/Vedic sense,
we are not necessarily here to be happy. Happiness is a part of life, but we
are here to learn the truth about who we really are. A retrograde planet as
such is 'strong' in delivering that lesson to us.
A person who has a retrograde planet in their birth chart will often
hesitate with that energy, due to some confusion or lack of confidence
with it. The hesitation and confusion will be seen in the areas the planet
rules as a House Lord. For instance, for Libra ascendant, Mercury rules the
Ninth (Gemini) and Twelfth (Virgo) Houses. Thus, if a Libra-rising person
has Mercury retrograde in the birth chart, things related to the Ninth and
Twelfth Houses (personal philosophies, teaching, letting go of ideas) will
be a source of confusion. But this confusion creates a powerfully reflective
nature in the individual. This will be an area of life that is deep and rich
within them. The external mistakes and hesitation bring about greater
care in using that energy. Over time especially, this can be quite powerful.
Based on the dignity and disposition of that natal Mercury (sign and
aspectual strength), you predict whether or not these things will lead
them to more or less strength.

Mercury retrograde cycles are very good for writing, organizing important
projects, and even starting new projects if you find the right auspicious
time (called 'Muhurta'). Yet, in general, important things such as signing
contracts and other types of negotiated agreements where people have to
pay attention to important details are better left when Mercury turns
direct.
That said, people go way overboard with the Mercury retrograde
bogeyman analysis. Often you hear that 'any contracts signed while
Mercury is retrograde will surely get broken' and things like this. I will tell
you, as someone who watches the cycles all the time, I have started many
successful things while Mercury was retrograde -- including releasing a
book and starting an entirely new set of classes. Now someone may say
'Well, if you had waited until Mercury was direct, maybe it would have
been even more successful.' Okay, that's a valid point -- and we will never
know. Both of the things I started were very successful by the standard I
chose to measure them. My book-release paid for the first printing within
24 hours. My astrology classes led to a wonderfully generous and
unexpected income over the ensuing three months. Hardly what I would
call a failure in any respect.
Between now and October 14, Mercury will be retrograde. However, he will
be very well dignified in his own sign of Virgo. This is a great time for
writing, reflecting upon important details and communicating after you've
gathered your details accurately. Remember: the thing that is most
important to a planet is its dignity -- the environment the planet is in.
Mercury in Virgo is always going to be powerful, so this is a good time for
Mercury issues: communication, writing, organizing and managing details.
That said, there is nothing wrong with hesitating a little bit before we
open our mouth, either, and that is one of the benefits of Mercury
retrograde for sure.
Techniques for appeasing Venus/Sukra

Animals and Birds have to be fed every day.


Milk has to be given in charity.
Curd,Ghee,Camphor and Pearls have to be given in Charity.
Should pray to Goddess Maha Lakshmi.
Should acquire two equally weighed pearls and Kriya has to be done same as like kanya
daan. One of it has to be dropped into a river and the second one has to be retained with
your self forever.
How to get planetary Peace by Herbs ?

In Ancient time sages have researched a lot and wrote the books of Ayurveda which tells us
how to use Herbs to get rid of our diseases But Ayurveda is not only helps to overcome from
complicated diseases but also helps to overcome from the bad effects of Planets i.e. herbs
are also very useful to overcome from Astrological problems if used in a specific way.
But the question is that how it is possible.so read carefully for the answer of this question
Every planet related with a specific herb so when any one is affected by any planet in that
case that herb is used in a specific way so that it may help to eradicate the planetary
problem. for e.g. root of Bel is used for Sun, Root of Khirni is used for Moon etc...

Below Table will show you the root used for the 9 planets.
Planet

Gems

Sun

Ruby

Moon

Pearl

Mars

Stone
Root

Coral

Jupitar

Topaz

Root

Venus

Diamond

Root

Root

Neelam
Gomed

of

Root

Emerald

Rahu

of

Root

Mercury

Saturn

Herb

Root

of

Khirni
AnantMool

of

Vidhaara

of

Banana

of

Root

Bel

sarpokha

of

Bichoo

white

Sandal

Ketu Cat's Eye Root of Ashwagandha

Vakri Grahas Retrograde Planets

Planets from the point of view of the earth will slow down and become stationary. Then
they appear to move backward in the sky this motion is known as retrograde motion of the
planets. This apparent retrograde movement is due to the motion of the earths orbit. The
Sun and the Moon never retrograde. Rahu Ketu always move in retrograde motion.
Retrograde planets in the natal chart or ephemeris are marked by R or Rx. Mars R or
Jupiter Rx both indicates that these planets were retrograde at the time of the chart.

Saturn retrogrades for 140 days and remains stationary 5 day before and after.
Jupiter retrogrades 120 days is stationary 5 days before and after.
Mars retrogrades for 80 days and is stationary 3 to 4 days before and after.
Venus is retrograde for 42 days and is stationary approximately two days before and after.
Mercury retrogrades for 24 days and is stationary one day before and after.
Each planet has its own percentage of time when it must retrograde. They are Saturn
36.39%, Jupiter 30.24%, Mercury 19.76%, Mars 9.33% and Venus 7.22%.
The Sanskrit name for retrograde planets is known as Vakri. Vakri means twisted, crooked,
winding, roundabout, indirect, evasive and ambiguous. Vakra Asana in Yoga twists the
body from back to front. Usually this asana are done to strengthen the spine and make
them flexible. The potential of the retrograde planets is to be flexible, to twist thing around,
to make them unclear, to teach its message in an indirect way, to view life in a different way
to others. By doing it correctly they can strengthen themselves and become adaptable,
original, innovative and different. On the negative side they can be twisted thinkers,
crooked and dishonest. The individual can deal with the quality of their retrograde planets
in a positive manner or can use their potential in a totally negative way. The essence is there
to do good or bad in the planet but it is up to the individual to use this in the right way.
Rahu Ketu are forever moving backwards and this has lead to them being described
negatively in the classics. But they also have the potential to view everything in a complete
different manner and therefore can be quite innovative and make individual reach heights
that they never thought they would conquer, by going against the grain. Rahu Ketu are
usually comfortable with their nature as they only travel the retrograde way. Sun and
Moon always go direct so it is only the five other planets, which are used to going direct
usually that can turn retrograde.
The five planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn express the practical reality of
our life. They are the planets that form the Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga that bestows
greatness on earth. The rule the Pancha Mahabhutas, the five primary elements that
influence our physical body but also sheath the eternal consciousness. These elements
control our organs of desires, emotions and senses. They can keep us grounded in gross
reality but if we start to use their energy spiritually they become infused with a different
power.
Bhuta Element Planet
Aakash Ether Jupiter
Vayu Air Saturn, Rahu
Tejas Fire Mars,Sun, Ketu
Apas Water Venus, Moon
Prithvi Earth Mercury

The Bhuta also rule the Chakras, the subtle body. Chakras influence our senses. The
fulfillment of the sensuous nature keeps the individual tied to the cycle of happiness and
unhappiness. The more we allow the sense to rule us, the more the doors to our astral self
remain shut. Understanding and controlling the senses will give indication of whether we
are able to open the gates to the higher self.
Chakra Tattva Graha Indriyan Jnanendriyan Karmendriyan
Element Planet Sense Sense organ Work organ
Vishuddhi Aakash Jupiter Hearing Ear Mouth (speech)
Anahata Vayu Saturn, Rahu Touch Skin Hands
Manipura Tejas Mars,Sun, Ketu Sight Eyes Feet and legs
Swadhisthana Apas Venus, Moon Taste Tongue Genitals
Muladhara Prithvi Mercury Smell Nose Anus
Retrograde planets influence the primary structure of the human consciousness and its
relationship with its human life. By blocking the chakras and the complicating the Pancha
Mahabhutas, they create disconnection and imbalances, inability to control the senses. An
individual has to understand their retrograde planets and nurture them to bring back the
harmony.
Vedic Astrology classics say that retrograde planets are strong. The quality of the planet
changes when it turns retrograde. Retrograde planets are closest to earth; therefore their
impact on the individual is the strongest. Strong to do what? Two influences of retrograde
planets need to be taken into account their affect in the natal chart and by transit. The
individual with retrograde planets does not always know how to control its energy.
Therefore they struggle to express the planets qualities over-emphasizing them or being
in denial of their positive qualities or misusing their power. Knowing how to deal with the
retrograde in the natal chart is the key. Retrogrades by transit can influence everyone
whether we have them in our chart or not. A straight thinking person can suddenly change
their ways under the influence of retrograde Mercury. So we all have to learn to cope with
the retrograde transit and be aware of them annually.
A planet in debilitation if retrograde acts like an exalted one and an exalted planet like a
debilitated one. The reason: debilitated planets have the potential to be unethical and
negative, when they twist around, they start behaving in the opposite manner. Whereas an
exalted planet is a good guy, when he gets twisted he inherits the potential do bad. The
benefics who are usually the positive influences can become ambiguous, non-spiritual,
disobedient by being retrograde whereas the malefic can definitely become more negative
due to their retrogression. Controlling the malefics in Vakri is a lot more difficult. The main
aspect I have noticed about retrogrades is that they do not follow tradition and in the
ancient times when astrology was written, those who did not follow tradition were

considered bad and unethical. Whereas now, we honour those who go outside the box, who
are non- traditionalists. So the influence of retrogrades has to be thought from the point of
view of the society we live in. Also we must celebrate their potential to be original, different
(according to their karakas) and at the same time try to control their negative aspects.
Also dont forget the houses the retrograde planets rule. Retrograde planet dasha can bring
about health issues; they also can bring diminishing returns. The start of the dasha may
appear very good, but the quality of the dasha can reduce as it progresses.
Natal planets in Retrograde
Mars retrogrades once in two years. Retrograde Mars in natal chart can bring out power
issues, how to deal with conflict and aggression and anger. As Mars has male energy, its
retrogression can create problems with how you deal with maleness within. It is often seen
in charts of females who have problems with their sexuality- they can be overtly aggressive
or completely suppress their masculine side whereby creating imbalance in personality.
Men have to watch they do not become too aggressive and angry. As Mars is about power,
its retrogressions give a lot of power yet the individual does not understand their own
power and how to use it properly. This can lead to its misuse. Mars rules Agni (fire)
element so its retrogression can create too much fire or complete exhaustion. They have to
watch their metabolism. It can get speeded up or be totally dull. The chakra is Manipura,
which deal with balance, vision and energy. Retrograde Mars will block the way this
chakra works and create problems on a subtle level. Mars deals with logic and here the
logic can get skewered or twisted. It can also make a person whose logic is unconventional
but at the same time very powerful and they can reach places where others cannot as they
have the ability to see things from backward to forward.
Mercury retrograde promotes either a person talking too much or not at all. Mercury is the
karaka of speech and intellect. Their thinking can also be different. They may be very
bright thinkers, but not know how to express that or drive other crazy with their ideas,
thinking they are the only ones who are the intelligent ones. Mercurys combustion can
create more problems. Mercury travels close to the Sun and it is most likely to be combust.
Combust and retrograde can make a person very prone to burn out and also unsure of how
to deal with their Mercury. Not an easy situation to be in. Mercury rules the prithvi (earth)
bhuta. Prithvi deals with practical and stable. Prithvi also controls the Muladhara chakra.
Mercury retrograde can make someone impractical and they are more likely to make their
position unstable than those whose Mercury is direct. Retrograde Mercury would show
some blocks to the Muladhara chakra.
Jupiter is the guru or the teacher. Jupiter retrograde usually never knows when to stop
giving advice. They can be very knowledgeable yet they do not know how to use this
knowledge in the right way. They can also mistrust their own wisdom. On a positive level
they can give look at issues with a very different viewpoint. They will also give advice that

is unconventional and different. As Jupiter is the karaka of children, it can show children
who are different. The classics say that if Jupiter is retrograde, it will definitely give
children despite what else is promised otherwise in the chart. This aspect does not always
pan out but we can research it further. Jupiter as a karaka of husbands in a female chart
will give a husband who is different. On an extreme negative level, they can bring twisted
thinking into the relationship. Jupiter rules the Aakash element. Aakash deals with the
knowledge, wisdom, our ability to purify, to repel the negative forces. Jupiter being
retrograde weakens the ability to use this tattva. Vishuddhi chakra will become blocked
and this make us feel unprotected and make some wrong choices. Vishuddhi also purifies
the poisons; here the poisons of the mind do not always get the right filter. So we do not
know how to stop them from polluting our life.
Venus is the karaka for marriage. It being retrograde does make us choose unusual
alliances. We may have an unconventional view of them or when in marriage or
relationship do not know how to express our love well. Venus also deals with femininity and
women with Venus retrograde do not always understand how to be truly feminine. They
can become overtly masculine or forget to dress feminine and be feminine. We see this often
in male homosexual charts as they want something different from their relationships and
their concept of the women in their life is different. Venus rules Apas, the water element.
The human body is composed of over 85% water. Water deals with emotions, taste,
happiness and peace. Retrograde Venus can create problems with all these. The
Swadhisthana chakra is also blocked.
Saturn retrograde usually do not know when to stop working. Or they may not like work at
all. As Saturn is the karaka of misery, it is important that one must not give into a negative
attitude to life and embrace depression as a habit. Saturn is usually depicted as the poor
man. The poor are usually hungry for food, for material goods, for good things in life.
Saturn retrogression can make individuals hungry with desire, wanting more and more
even when the hunger has been appeased and they may be materially very well off. They
need to watch for greed. Saturn rules Vayu ement. Vayu is air and Vayu needs to be used
constructively otherwise it can become unnecessarily destructive. Retrogrades do not know
how to use their energy so if they do not take care, Saturn can become destructive force for
them. Anahata chakra teaches dispassion and detachment. When this chakra is blocked by
retrogression then they can find it difficult to detach.
Rahu Ketu are forever retrograde and you can read about them in the Rahu Ketu article
on the website or my book Lunar Nodes- Crisis and Redemption. click for rahu ketu article
Retrogrades and Stationary Motions
Even if you do not have natal planets in retrograde, you can experience them during their
retrograde transit. They can temporarily block the elements and create problems in the

subconscious if we are not aware of them. The two most difficult retrogrades are Mercury
and Saturn. Mercury as it happens so often and Saturn as it can transit over one point of
the chart again and again; and create lots of problems. It is important to know
retrogression of planets in a given year. The retrograde motion of your dasha ruler can
change the direction of events. Retrogrades indicate a concentration of energy in the part of
the zodiac where they are active. If you have planets in that area then they will have major
impact. Retrogrades make life appear to be stuck in limbo, neither moving forward or
backward. Saturn and Jupiter retrograde once a year and Mars and Venus one every two
years. Mercury retrogrades at least three times a year.
Retrograde Planets in Transit
While analysing the transit effect of the retrograde planets remember the following:
1. Always be aware of Mercury retrograde. They are stress points in the year. Mercury
retrograde creates communication problems and makes life uncomfortable. Stress,
arguments, delayed journeys all can make life troublesome during the Mercury
retrograde. So do problems with computers, Internet, and other technologies. Double check
all appointments, travel programme and journeys- remember not to stop your life.
Decisions made during Mercury retrograde can be changed after it goes direct. Stress levels
can climb sky high. Arguments can result from crossed wires. Mercury retrogrades at least
3 times a year so its awareness has a huge say in the quality of your life. Gemini and Virgo
need to be doubly conscious, it will make their life a lot easier. 2006 retrogrades for
Mercury are from 4 to 27 July 2006 and 28 October to 18th November 2006.
2. When planets retrograde over the gandanta points. Saturn will transit the gandanta
point between Cancer and Capricorn from 22 October 2006 to 17 November 2006, and then
it will station near the gandanta point at 107 Leo on 7 December 2006. It will again
retrograde back on the Gandanta degrees from 25 December 2006 to 22 January 2007 and
the last time for 9 July to 22 July 2007. This shows Saturn in a very unstable situation.
From October 2006 to January 2007 it will bring instability in the world. We need to watch
this time for an unstable property market, political upheaval and major changes in the
world order. If natal planets are placed in those degrees, there can be added pressures on
them.
3. The stationary points of Saturn- before and after retrogression. Does it effect any of your
planets? If a natal planet is on the same degree as Saturn stations, then you can expect that
to be a major issue to contend with. This becomes even more important during difficult
Saturn transits like Sade Sati, which is itself a troublesome transit. Saturn stationing over
the exact degree of the Moon will bring untold mental stress. The house rulership and
placement of the Moon will show where the problem is about. Also Saturn can transit over
the same point three times, which concentrates the energy of its difficult influence.

4. The stationary points of Jupiter. This can positively enhance good qualities. It can make
people think in wrong ways. Or encourage the possibility of getting wrong advice.
Traditionally in India, marriage, auspicious events and new ventures are not planned when
Jupiter is retrograde.
5. The stationary points of Mars. This can lead to war or aggressive tendencies. Mars
retrograde can increase stubbornness and can herald a time for war. The Kosovo War
March 1999 began with the station and retrogression of Mars and ended when Mars went
forward.
6. The impact on dasha, antar and prayantara dasha rulers. Past issues can become
dominant. There can be a change in the direction of life.
7. When your Lagna ruler retrogrades, it will have a major impact on your inner self.
Venus retrograde indicates a focus on past relationships. Venus brings problems with
relationships. It is not a good time to marry.
8. If there are other difficult aspects accompany the stations. In November 2004, Saturn
retrograded at the time it was in an exact 4 10 aspect with Mars and a major train
accident took place in UK. In October 2005, Mars retrogrades (1st October) around the
time of a solar eclipse (3rd October); there was the Pakistan earthquake. Two aspects
creating a powerful synergy.
Frigidity and Astrology

Fridgidity takes place when:


-Saturn is lord of Lagna aspected by Mars or Kethu.
-Lagna is combined with Rahu and Saturn.
-8L is hemmed in between Rahu and Saturn and is devoid of beneficial aspect of Jupiter.
-Rahu and Saturn combine with the Moon.
-Ketu and Saturn or Mars and Saturn afflict the Moon.
-Mercury is 8L and the 8th house is tenanted by Saturn-Rahu or Saturn-Kethu.
Effects of Saturns retrogression in various houses

Ascendant: Retrograde Saturn in the 1st house shows that the individual did not develop
flexibility in the previous life and set his own ways on the basis of his own ways on the basis
of his personal opinion. It may be borne in mind that even the Sign in which retrograde
Saturn is posited has to have a telling effect on the native. The native will have problems
with ego and thereby the individual would not have developed a good character and
personality. The native will have tendency to be sober, serious and contemplative. He has to
be cautious and develop flexibility to adjust in different situations.
2nd House: Saturn in retrogression posited in the 2nd house reflects that the native in the
past life was highly materialistic, emphasizing solely on possession on self-centred attitude
having no regard for the material aspect of others. Despite denials, limitations and

disappointment, retrograde Saturn in the 2nd will enable the native to manage and set side
sizeable earning by way of accumulation. The exertion undergone by the native would be
remarkable.
3rd House: There was undoubtedly an avoidance of responsibility concerning brothers and
sisters. The natives mental attitude would have been wanting, since he would not have
made effort for self-development and communicating with others. The current life, in all
possibility, will be marked by consistent need on the part of these family members
concerning the 3rd house. The native will accept the responsibility, whether he is able to
execute or not.
4th House: The failure would have been related to mother, education, residence etc. The
native would have neglected or abused human feelings. Regardless of the effort required,
the individual should establish proper home facilities and create a constructive atmosphere
at home and surroundings.
5th House: in this position, Saturn in retrogression will speak of ill-will with children and
lack of purva-punya bhagya. The natives natural creative ability would have been
impaired by negligence or other factors. He would have been self-centred. There is a
possibility for denial of children, with a rare chance of limited progeny and that too such a
child can be differently abled. Such a native should cultivate the habit to be very good to
young folks.
6th House: Presence of retrograde Saturn in the 6th will make the native to shirk
responsibility and moreover he would have earned the displeasure of the public, due to his
negligence. He would remain aloof, like a lonely goat. Selfless service to mankind, without
expecting pat on the back for the job will done, would bring him a positive gain. Patience
and understanding will be added advantage, along with wise use of good health.
7th House: Partnership in matrimony or in business would have gone hay wire by lack of
faith in each other. Carnal and material desire left in doldrums can force a person to carry
forward the retrogression of Saturn in the 7th in the following birth. To reverse these ill
effects in the current life will definitely be an uphill task, but that is the only alternative
available for the native to negotiate through.
8th House: A neglected pursuit of metaphysical teaching, higher truth learning, astrology
and so forth, and also having gained these, misused the knowledge would have resulted in
Saturn occupying the 8th house in retrogression affecting the nature of life.
The native will have to make a true search for the truth, adhere metaphysical principles in
daily walk of life, and be a friend in need. He should lend a helping hand in job sectors. All
these will mitigate the current status of the planet Saturn.
9th House: The philosophy of life had been left in the lurch, while masquerading in the
previous life with scant respect for dharma, leave alone karma. His dogmatic approach
towards religion and philosophy could have taken the wrath and resulted in religious
persecution mounting to violence and cruelty.
Abuse of any knowledge is detrimental in the current life as well as the life to follow as per
the oft quote Janmanthara krutham Papam Therefore the native will have to be on
guard and seek true knowledge for imparting to others with utmost faith in the well being
of the fellowmen.
10th House : Saturn in retrogression in the 10th house reveals the natives approach to the
job content and execution, which would be far from satisfaction, as per the standards of the

day. A cold shoulder approach for job, employer and environment could de-stabilize the set
up. Such a hand in an establishment is like a termite in a timber yard.
The native will have to be extra cautious while executing any job. He has to take others into
confidence; trouble many emanate from the trusted quarters in any walk of life,
particularly in profession or job.
11th House : The house of gain is again an area, where conflict is easy to spring forth, even
from most unexpected quarters. Negation of lawful gains will bring in wrath. Such natives
may have to work overtime with no emoluments to compensate the shortfall. He may face
humiliation at the hands of superiors.
12th House: Saturn in the 12th is not bad, especially for a person who live beyond 60. The
final departure can be very comfortable and the retrogression adds to this quality. As the
native would not have taken care of Karma aspect of life of others around, there is
possibility of that being affected in the natives case.
These are characters that opt out of the way to help on humanitarian grounds, even when
others hesitate to go near the site. They even help scavenge dead carcass for the general
welfare.
Extra Marital Affairs And Astrology

The first rule of thumb is to check on the eleventh house and its lord for such matters. This
is in relation to ones spouses tendency to flirt. While eleventh house stands for friends,
gains in business, elder co-borns, income, gains, realization of hopes, ankles this is the
house to know for spouses lovers. Since eleventh house is the fifth from the seventh house.
However, eleventh house would be indicative of spouses love affairs depending on the
weakness of the seventh house as well. There should be a relation between ones weak
seventh house and the eleventh house. If ones seventh house is weak or the lord is ill placed
and if the eleventh house contains an expansive planet like Guru or sukhra then we can be
certain that during the period of elevent house the spouse will fall into relation outside of
marriage. Because Guru / Sukra wants to have it all.
If you wonder about your spouses chastity, check eleventh house, its lord both in rashi and
navamsha. If you are undergoing the eleventh house lord dasa and if the current transit
brings rahu ( foreigner) and if one goes through rahu ketu return. For the case of an
example, a Makara lagna having mars debilitated in karka the seventh house could bring
marital troubles due to the same but not necessarily the end of marriage.
For vrischika lagna, L-8/L-11 Budha is an especially strong indictor of extramarital affairs.
Lord of randhra bhava is usually responsible for termination of the first marriage whether
through death of the spouse or simply saturation/ death of the marriage i.e., divorce.
Simultaneously during a bhukti of of youthful, mentalized Budha, the Vrischikha native
may experience the breakdown of fossilized marriage & the possible development of
extramarital affair but of course this is only likely if Budhas condition warrants such
behavior.
Similarly Vrishaba lagna people should watch out for the periods of Guru dasa or bhukthi.

Strained Relationship And Astrology

All astrological principles have a say in the matter of a happy married life. Right from the
potentlionality in the horoscope and matching of Gunas the Mahurta for marriage must
also be considered and the parents must adhere to the Mahurata irrespective of your wait
for a VIP visitor or your music programmed for dance and music. It has been seen that all
get to astrologers for a very good Mahurta (auspicious moment) for marriage ceremony.
But, it has been seen that only few persons really observe the timing for Mahurta and some
how or other the planets move forward to an inauspicious moment. Thus the need to stick
to the time of Mahurta to ensure a happy and stable married life.
2) In selecting horoscope for marriage purposes, tree factors have to be carefully
considered and they are as follow:
I. Consider the houses/ planets concerning the longevity of the couple both dirde and
brige groom. Knowledge about the yogas for widowhood must be kept in mind.
II. Astro-analysis of 7th and 8th house and their lords from all aspects degree of planets,
Nakshtra, aspect etc.
III. Matching of the horoscope Gunas etc.
Though no astrologer is Brahma, yet if there are predominant factors pointing towards
the loss of longevity of wither of the boy or girl, the horoscope must be rejected unless the
position is improved by benefices including Jupiter and Venus and good number of gunas
after matching are available. Though after obtaining 18 gunas out of 36, the marriage is
recommended but better see if the number of gunas increased and with out any of
doshas as mentioned in the Panchaga. Likewise, when the 7th house is weak and 7th lord is
under afflictions and is thus considerably blemished, the horoscope to be matched should
have antidotes or countering influences.
3) The matching of the horoscopes must point towards general sympathies of the horoscope
to have happy and prosperous married life- of course a lot would depend on the karma
(behavior) of the partner concerned and both must have the sense of adjustment and must
not depend on the after getting about 26 gunas, the marriage did not becomes successful
on account of ego or personal attitude of the body or girl.
4) For adjustment, we have a couple and it was decided before marriage that the wife shall
not cook the food. And, this is going on even after 12 years of marriage i.e. either it have the
maid-servant or the couple would dine outside. In this connection, we have an old story
about the philosher Socrates who was mercilessly nagged by his wife and one example
indicate was that the husband had invited a friend for dinner but she spitefully emptied the
contents of vessel upto his head. On asking why he suffered such indignities and the
husband meekly replied. She teaches me patience and charity and show to me that if I can
bear with her. I can bear all else in the world. This may be an extreme example of
adjustment and in actual life we have so many cases of harassed husbands and still they
are going along with each other.
5) We have many instance of unbroken houses-husband not taking care of wife or wife not
caring for husband on some account or the other. Recently a lady consulter had come for
consultation to have peaceful living though married about 12-13 years ago and has two
children. The heavy affliction of the 7th house and Mars in 12th house become responsible
and the position was nailed down to the fact of separate living under the same roof and
without having any union for love/ affection rather even sleeping separately. Even in
olden times, Milton the highest poet and patriot had miserably lived with his wife.

6) From the history, it would be apt to say the Thomas Cartyles married life was rough as
a tempestuous sea and thus far from being happy. Dickens, the author/ writer of Great
Britain had a painful marital failure. Mars in the 7th house become responsible for frequent
quarrels between husband and wife.
Astrology and sexual attraction

Here we focus on indications of sexual attraction using Astrology as our tool. In this article,
we are not discussing long-term compatibility between the sexesrather, indications of
initial sexual attraction and knee-jerk reactions between two people
When somebodys Mars falls in your 5th house, heart-pounding reactions and strong
romantic/sexual desires and crushes can be activated. You WANT each other, although the
attraction may not last long unless there are other stable aspects and positions in your
synastry.
When somebodys Mars falls in your 8th house, that person inspires deep sexual urges and
physical desires in you.
A conjunction of someones Mars to any angle (that is, the Ascendant, Descendant,
Midheaven-10th cusp, or IC 4th cusp) in your natal chart will pull out gut reactions and
intensity of desirealthough the feelings can go either way.
Mars-Sun conjunctions, squares, and oppositions usually inspire a need to make the
relationship physical and generate a sort of buzz of energy between the two people
involved. Trines generate some physical attraction, but of a more pleasant kind.
Venus-Mars conjunctions and squares can inspire quite a bit of fuss and sexual interest,
while Venus-Mars sextiles and trines offer a more pleasing, less in-your-face attraction.
Venus-Pluto conjunctions, squares, and oppositions are one of the most potent cross-aspects
for sexual and emotional attraction. Although both people are generally attracted to each
other, it is the Venus person who is the most enthralled and even obsessed with
PlutoVenus is consumed with the attraction. Ultimately, it is the Pluto person who has
the upper hand in terms of whether the relationship is going to endure.
Moon-Mars aspects can generate strong feelings that are often both physical and emotional
at once, with the Mars person involved taking most of the initiative in the relationship,
which can be very attractive to the Moon person (at least at the outset of the relationship).
Venus-Uranus conjunctions and squares can generate so much interest to the point of
enthrallment, and often result in sexual activity between people before they know each
other well. This can be a confusing and destabilizing contact in the long term, but these
aspects generally inspire initial attraction. When these relationships last, the Uranus person
is often seen as inconstant by the Venus person and there can be many ups and downs.
Mars-Pluto conjunctions and squares are often powerful indicators of initial attraction and
sexual intrigue. Trines dont necessarily draw people together, but once together, they are
some of the most powerfully sexual aspects between two charts.
Ascendant-Ascendant conjunctions, sextiles, and trines, while not as strong as the
indicators above, give a pleasing sense of physical harmony.
When someones 8th house planet or ruler of their 8th house forms a strong aspect with one
or more of your planets, you are likely to ignite passion in that person.
The asteroid Eros plays a role in sexual attraction as well. Most potent are Eros-Venus,
Eros-Ascendant, Eros-Psyche, and Eros-Mars links. Conjunctions, oppositions, and trines
are best.
Marital problems and remedies as per Lagan

Remedies for each Lagna (ascendant)?


Mesha and Kanya worship of Goddess Maha Lakshmi is best for reducing martial
tensions.
Rishabha and Simha chanting of Vishnu Sahasranaman will be helpful.
Mithuna praying to Goddess Parvathi will be ideal.
Kataka Aditya Hridyam will help the couple to keep cool.
Vrishika prayers to Dakshinamoorthy will bring in peace.
Dhanus and Makara prayers to Hanuman will ease the tensons.
Meena and Thula prayers to mars will be helpful.
In general fasting on Fridays will be helpful for marriages. Doing Ganpathy mantra will be
helpful to make attraction last in married life. Chanting of lord Muruga prayers will be
helpful for virility problems in men.