be trebled. Such additions, or bharanas as they are called, are to be done only in the case ofthose planets which are either exalted or retrograde. Howeve, our experience points out that theresult of a retrograde planet are contrary to expectations, they are erratic, inconsistent andunpredictable. It may be so due to it native velocity. Predictive astrology seemingly assumesdirect motion of planets and the results are based on this tacit assumption. But results becomeunexpected when this assumption is not true.
Q. Does it matter which sign the planet is retrograde in?A.
Yes, it ought to. There is a principle that states: a planet that is moving towards its sign ofexaltation, (uchchabhilashi) acquires beneficence and the planet that has crossed its sign ofexaltation and is now moving towards its sign of debilitation (neechabhilashi) sheds some of itspower to do good. With this principle in mind, imagine a Jupiter retrograde in Leo and a Marsretrograde in Leo. As is obvious, though both the planets are posited in the sign of a friend, butwhile Jupiter is moving towards its sign of exaltation, Cancer, Mars is moving towards its sign ofdebilitation. Another principle that must be borne in mind is that the retrograde planet issupposed to exert its influence from its preceding house also. Now take another example, thatof Mercury and Venus, both getting retrograde in Virgo. While the exalted Mercury would beexerting its influence from Leo, a friendly rashi, Venus which was already debilitated, will now bedeemed to be in Leo, its inimical rashi. Therefore, which rashi the planet is retrograde in, is animportant consideration.
Q. What happens if a planet becomes retrograde when it is exalted or debilitated?A.
There is an opinion held by some astrologers that a retrograde planet, if debilitated, acts likean exalted planet; and an exalted planet getting retrograde behaves like a debilitated planet.The genesis of this opinion probably lies in the fact that a retrograde planet does not behave asit is expected to. Therefore, results from the other extreme are attributed to it. However, thisopinion is not universally accepted.
Q. Does it matter which house the planet is retrograde in?A.
Yes. Imagine a planet in the 9th house. This is one of the best placement. Now, if it isretrograde, it would be considered to be in the 8th house. This is one of the worst placementsfor a planet. Thus, a planet which was the bhagya-vidhata, now becomes the mrityu-data; theplanet that was to determine the 'extent of luck' now has to determine the 'mode of death' Takeanother example, that of a retrograde benefic in the 5
house. It will exert influence from the 4thhouse also, thus covering a Kendra and a trikona both. It will also influence the houses that thisplanet aspects from both these positions. Thus, the influence of such a planet, particularly, if it siJupiter, can change the total complexion of the chart. Yet another feature, this time of aretrograde malefic, takes effect when it is involved in causing a Paap-kartari yoga. Suppose,there is a malefic in the 12th house and a retrograde malefic in the 2nd house. Together theywould breathe down the neck of the 1st house and asphyxiate it!
Q. Does a retrograde planet have any influence on the health issues of the native?A.
The results of a retrograde planet are definitely felt on the health and generally these resultsare adverse. One of Parashar's dicta is that benefics in the kendras promote sound health. Butexperience suggests that a retrograde benefic is not capable of doing so. In fact it wouldcertainly cause some health problem appropriate to its significations during its dasha. Ourscrutiny of retrograde planet's influence on the health of the native clearly confirms that even if a