The word retrograde applies, in astrology, to the apparent backward motion thru the zodiac of a planet. An old encyclopedia of astrology describes this retrograde motion as “the effect of a slow-moving train as viewed from another train traveling parallel to it but at a more rapid rate, wherein the slower train appears to be moving backwards. However, in the case of celestial bodies it is not a matter of their actual speed of travel but of the rate at which they change their angular relationship.”
(Encyclopedia of Astrology, Nicholas deVore, Philosophical Library, 1947)
When Jupiter goes retrograde, it is a good time to review our vision, ideals, and belief systems.
When Mars goes retrograde, any direct action becomes difficult.
When Mercury goes retrograde, it is a good time to mediate, contemplate, write and catch up on sleep. Mercury rules communication so be extra aware of what you say, what you hear, and when you speak to friends and colleagues. Computers, televisions, and cars also tend to stop working properly during this time.
When Neptune goes retrograde, it is a time to review your spiritual life.
When Pluto goes retrograde, it is a good time to reflect on how we are doing with change and transformation.
When Saturn goes retrograde, it is time to maintain the status quo in career and not break new ground in your life if possible.
When Uranus goes retrograde, our inner freedom is the focus. Ask yourself: Am I in the flow of my calling in life?
When Venus goes retrograde, it is time to reflect on your values, and to review your relationships. Old friends / lovers may reenter your life. Avoid beginning a new love relationship.