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 usually turns retro three times a year, but there are four retrograde periods this year. Click here for more.
Venus does not turn retrograde in 2003
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
from October 25 until March 7, 2004
Uranus from June 7, 2003 until November 7, 2003
Neptune from May 15, 2003 until October 23, 2003
Pluto from March 23, 2003 until August 29, 2003