Retrograde Planets in 10 Parts

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Vedic Astrology is undoubtedly the oldest and most comprehensive faith of astrology among all such faiths practiced across the globe, and whereas some of these faiths have the depth and volume of a stream, some of a river, Vedic Astrology is the Ocean which can provide resources to all these faiths and which can validate or invalidate any one of these faiths.

I have studied and researched many such faiths like Numerology, Vaastu etc. but none of them holds their ground without the support of Vedic Astrology and it is the faith which is the backbone or motherboard of all such faiths. This is what inspired me to make a carrier choice with the Ocean itself and now after years and years of this voyage; I can happily say that I made the right choice, many years back.

The fact that Vedic Astrology is the oldest among such faiths, also exposes it and makes it vulnerable to many types of corruptions and adulterations from time to time which may have come in the form of selfish additions in some of the purest Vedic Astrology scriptures or which may have resulted from misinterpretations of many important concepts of Vedic Astrology, from time to time. It is only due to such adulterations, corruptions and misinterpretations, that Vedic Astrology does not look as complete and accurate to many people interested in it, as it actually is, in this day and age.

With the Grace of Lord Shiva, I have spent years in researching various concepts of Vedic Astrology and in finding where and how much, such concepts may have been misinterpreted and what could be the possible correct interpretation of these divine concepts. And whereas in their misinterpreted forms, most such concepts of Vedic Astrology do not hold ground in real practice of astrology, almost all of them hold solid ground in their modified forms.

I have found out this fact after years of intensive research on these topics and after cross checking them with thousands of horoscopes so that they should hold ground when it comes to real life and real horoscopes instead of just reflecting on paper, and after all this effort, I can say that now they do hold ground in their modified forms.

Hence this book should be understood as an effort to create such awareness among the lovers of Vedic Astrology that this faith itself is still as complete as it was when it was born, but various misinterpretations from time to time, may have caused confusions related to many important concepts of this faith. Through this series of books, I have tried to create awareness about various aspects related to the concept of retrograde planets in Vedic Astrology.

This book starts with an article on retrograde planets, which discusses some of the prevailing beliefs related to retrograde planets and which also deals with some interesting facts related to retrograde planets. It should be noted that out of nine planets called Navagraha in Vedic Astrology, Sun and Moon always move in forward direction and they never go retrograde, which means that they always move from Aries to Pisces and they never move back towards the sign through which they have recently passed. On the other hand, Rahu and Ketu always move backward or so to say, they are always retrograde and they always move from Pisces to Aries. However one thing is common between these two sets of planets where the first set is that of Sun and Moon whereas the second set is that of Rahu and Ketu, and that is the fact that they never move back towards the sign they have recently passed through.

Considering an example, if Sun is transiting through Scorpio towards Sagittarius in its forward motion, it means that Sun has recently passed through the previous sign Libra and it is now passing through Scorpio. As the Sun always moves in forward direction, it will only move from Scorpio to Sagittarius and it will never move back towards Libra. Similarly if Rahu is transiting through the sign of Scorpio, it means that Rahu has recently passed through Sagittarius and now it is moving from Scorpio to Libra since it moves backward from Pisces to Aries. Here again like the Sun, though Rahu is moving backward instead of moving forward, it will never go forward and start moving towards Sagittarius through which, it has recently passed.

Hence four out of nine planets among navagraha have defined patterns of movement where Sun and Moon always move forward whereas Rahu and Ketu always move backward. However the remaining five planets namely Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn exhibit dual patterns of movement, which means that they can move in forward as well as in backward direction and this is what makes them more interesting compared to Sun, Moon, Rahu and Ketu which only exhibit movement in one direction. These five planets generally move in forward direction but after a fixed period of time and for a fixed period of time, they go retrograde which means they start moving in backward direction. Once that period of time comes to an end, they start moving in forward direction again.

This dual pattern of movement exhibited by these five planets has fascinated many astrologers and researchers from time to time and they have tried to find the true meaning as well as true relevance of this concept of retrogradation of these five generally forward moving planets. As everything in this universe happens for a reason, there must be some reason why Sun and Moon move in forward direction only, Rahu and Ketu move in backward direction only and Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn move in forward as well as in backward direction. This dual movement of these five planets among navagraha is what has made some astrologers and researchers devote many years of their lives in order to find the true meaning of this concept of retrograde motion of these five planets which generally move in forward direction.

Therefore we will deal with these five planets through this series of books and we will see what positive or negative effects they can cause placed in different houses of a horoscope, when they go retrograde. Hence the word retrograde planets in the context of this series of books should only be understood as one of these five planets, which means that Rahu and Ketu which always remain retrograde are not covered in this series of books and hence they should not be counted when the word retrograde planets is used.

This is due to the fact that Rahu and Ketu, just like Sun and Moon, exhibit only one type of behavior and hence their study is not important in this series of books, whereas Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Saturn can exhibit dual behaviors, which means they can move in forward as well as in backward direction. Hence these five planets only will be considered as retrograde planets for the context of this series of books.

This series of books will be completed in 10 parts with 2 parts dedicated to each one of the five planets that become retrograde.

Himanshu Shangari