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.
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