BRIEF - Retrogrades in the Natal Horoscope
When a planet is retrograde, it does not work in its normal manner. It frequently needs to make changes or work on an inner, psychological level before it can express itself outwardly.
When Mercury is retrograde, the thought processes are introspective, deliberate and internalized. Before any personal matter can be discussed, it must be processed internally. This means that, if you want to discuss a personal matter with a Mercury Retrograde friend, you must tell them what you want to discuss and set up an appointment to discuss it. If you want an immediate answer, you will not get an honest or well though out answer. They need time to brood and ponder. They can easily discuss non-personal subjects, their own interests and expertise, without introspection. On personal subjects, they may not know immediately how they feel about something – they need that brood and ponder time. Perception is quite good because they are sensitive to how they feel about things; the perceptions are highly individualized.
There is an innate sense of being unlovable that seems to have been experienced all throughout the life. Sometimes there was no real event but a general feeling of not being loved as a child. This could actually be some real karmic pattern – truly brought over from a past life. In feeling unlovable, not attractive, not being worthy, they learn to value what is often overlooked by others. This can be humanitarian.
With Mars R, reactions, aggressive urges and hostilities are internalized in some way. On the surface, they can appear calm but, inside, they can be a raging volcano. In other cases, anger is expressed inappropriately. And, it can be passive-aggressive in its indirectness. These people do not know how to express their anger.
When Jupiter is Retrograde, if you strive for material accomplishment and this is your main goal, you will find that these material things come up short; the more material/external your accomplishments, the more you will come to feel dissatisfied with your life. There may be a great questing and seeking but, until the look inside, they will never find what they feel they are looking for.
When Retrograde, you were never really taught an accurate sense of what the rules are and how much to you have to do in order to be responsible. House position shows where you have trouble saying NO!
This is not a bad position to have. It is more rebellious but the person may not always see themselves as rebellious. Like Mars, it is where you bottle up, bottle up, bottle up and then rebel! Retrograde makes Uranus more potent when it explodes forth! Because it builds up, it has a higher energy level when it expresses itself.
When Neptune is Direct, its House position is where you seek to fulfill your dreams, where you can manifest things, and where you seek to escape reality and, when it is Direct, it is much easier to get a handle on what that dream or vision really is. Direct rules more traditional forms of creativity. Neptune R tends to be more vague, more unclear and the individual may not know exactly what they are looking for in expressing their personal creativity. If Neptune turns direct by progression, it signifies that time when they suddenly realize what they want to do creatively – it can be something that they have been doing all along and did not realize it!
Pluto is more intense when Retrograde and this intensity is highly psychological which can make them more suspicious of others because they pick up more… at the psychological level.
Pluto D is more interested in external power. Pluto R is definitely more psychological— investigation, healing, transformational