Through this book, 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 and 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 book 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 book 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 book and hence they should not be counted when the word retrograde planets is used in this book.
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 for this book, 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 book.
This book will be completed in two parts where the first part will deal with retrograde Jupiter and retrograde Venus.
With this, I now take your permission to lead you to the book.
Lord Shiva Bless You