In astrology, the planets represent important components. They form the basis for the interpretation of a horoscope.
Planets are celestial bodies that move around the sun. To receive astronomical planet status, certain international criteria must be met. Depending on current research results, the criteria are revised and adapted.
Astrologically these strict guidelines do not apply. Here the celestial bodies are judged after its characteristics. Depending on their position in the horoscope and on their connections to other celestial bodies they are interpreted.
Apart from the Sun and the Moon, all other planets can become retrograde. However, this is not a real change of direction in the course. It is rather a phenomenon which can be observed from the earth.
Mercury and Venus are within the Earth’s orbit. They move on this around the sun and are called therefore inner planets. If they are in front of the Sun from the Earth’s point of view, they are considered retrograde. As soon as they are behind the sun, they are considered as direct-rotating.
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are called the outer planets. They are considered retrograde in phases when the Earth appears to be moving faster than they are. This phenomenon takes place whenever they are directly opposite the Sun.
Prior to the onset of retrograde, they appear to slow down as seen from Earth and come to a standstill for a short period of time.
The planets become retrograde at different intervals and for different durations. Even if the respective basic theme of the planet remains the same, some of the existing meanings change during periods of retrograde. The corresponding explanations can be found at the respective planet descriptions.