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Retrograde Planetary Cycles: 2002

As a rule, retrograde planets presage a period of seemingly inevitable or fated events, which relate to their sphere of influence. They present us with a series of events over which we seem to have little or no control, relating especially to the sign in which the retrogradation occurs.

For example, Saturn retrograde in Gemini presents quite different sets of circumstances from those generated when it retrogrades into Taurus.

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A retrograde period is best seen as a cycle, which begins when the planet begins to slow to a halt before travelling backwards through the zodiac and ends when the planet returns to the point where it first paused. However, during the cycle, the planet's energy is most powerful (and more likely to generate critical events of universal importance) when the planet makes a station, appearing motionless in the sky. These stationary periods occur at the beginning of the cycle (when the planet first halts as it prepares to move backwards) and midway through the cycle when the retrograde planet slows to a stop before moving forward again.

Current Retrograde Movements

Mercury turns retro three times a year. Click here for more.

Venus from October 9, 2002 until November 20, 2002

Mars turns retro only once every two years. Click here for more.

Jupiter from December 3, 2002 until April 4, 2003

Saturn from October 9, 2002 until February 22, 2003

Uranus from June 3, 2002 until November 2, 2002

Neptune from May 13, 2002 until October 20, 2002

Pluto from March 20, 2002 until August 26, 2002

Retrograde Planetary Cycles
  • Mercury
    24 days
    Stationary approx. 3 days

  • Venus
    42 days
    Stationary approx. 11 days

  • Mars
    80 days
    Stationary approx. 20 days

  • Jupiter
    120 days
    Stationary approx. 10 days

  • Saturn
    140 days
    Stationary approx. 10 days

  • Uranus
    150 days
    Stationary approx. 16 days

  • Neptune
    160 days
    Stationary approx. 16 days

  • Pluto
    160 days
    Stationary approx. 16 days

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