A rare astrological event in Sept 2020

A very short post today.

A rare astrological event is coming up for two days, from tomorrow ie 10:45am on 13th Sep to 2pm on 15th Sep. The 6 graha, ie the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in the signs which they own themselves. Rahu and Ketu are respectively in Gemini and Sagittarius. So except Venus, all graha are in their Swa-kshetra, own houses and capable of giving good results.

But Mars though in Aries is retrograde, the ability to take advantage of the energy created is not really there. His energy is turned inwards rather than outwards. So most of us will be rather lethargic when in fact decisive action is required. But some of us will be able to take advantage of what is coming up. Especially if your Birth Mars is retrograde or exalted or placed well you can benefit more. 

If you have noticed these past few days, Mars was moving extremely slowly, practically stationary, then stationary and he started his retrograde movement on 9th Sept. So from 9th to 13th morning, the three outer planets were moving weirdly together.

  • Mars moving very very slowly retrograde.
  • Jupiter stationary, on the verge of going forward (he goes forward on 13th Sep morning.)
  • Saturn slowing down in his retrograde motion (he goes forward on 29th Sept)

The energy generated was so dense, no other word to describe it. Time, its very movement, had changed its speed.

I wonder if you note this, our sense of time is dependent on the movements of the planets. Sometimes time seems to stand still, go very fast or else crawl along or rarely seem to rewind too. This personal sense of time is dependent on the transits of the planets. People who are highly influenced by Saturn (either in birth chart or in transit) will have this maximum ‘sense’ of Time.

Scorpio and its Strange Karma

So Jupiter becomes forward tomorrow morning. And we have this unique opportunity coming up for 2.25days immediately after that. So make use of the time coming up.

Technically it is Pitru-paksh going on, the souls of the departed ancestors are back on this dimension, Martya-lok for 16days. During the Pitru-paksh period, no pujas are performed. ie you cannot get a Brahmin/ Pujari to come over for doing Nav-graha puja or Shanti-homa or anything of this sort. Pitru-paksh, is from the Purnima/full moon to the No-moon./Amavasya of the of Bhadrapad month. Only tarpan-vidhi are possible and are performed for the departed ancestors. This is their time. The energy generated is suitable only for the departed ancestors not for the deities or living people. (For me personally this is a very tedious time as all my dead ancestors, from my Mom to the others are back demanding my time as I sleep at night. Can’t wait for this window to shut on the No-Moon/Sarva-pitri Amavasya.)

So you can do any of these following as a personal practice in your own house, sitting in front of your household deities/puja ghar. eg Recite the Gayatri mantra 108 times, do your Dhyan using your personal Dhyan mantra (Soham or Hamsa or OM), recite the mantra, shloka, stotra of the planets, deities you like etc. If you cannot do anything at all, then mentally recite the Soham or Hamsa or Om with your breath whenever you can. Use the energy of the coming time to strengthen your own self in any way you can. If you strengthen yourself on the spiritual front you gain the energy to drive your material outer world too. The source of all energy within is reflected in the without.

Then on 23rd Sep, Ketu finally enters Scorpio leaving Jupiter alone in Sagittarius. Jupiter will be here till 20th Nov after which he goes into Capricorn and gets debilitated again. And Saturn will be turn forward from 29th Sept. This is the real window of opportunity about 1.5 mths where Jupiter and Saturn both are capable of giving powerful results. One thing to remember is that Mars will be retrograde till 14th Nov, so most of us will feel the lethargy and not act with confidence to grasp what will be offered. The energy release will be so high that whatever you have lost in this rather traumatic Ketu in Sagittarius transit, will be converted to auspicious benefits. So try to remain aware and act this period. You can trigger positive changes for yourself which will give significant gains after Dec 2020.

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(I have written posts on all these astrological events I have mentioned above, do use the index page to locate them if you wish to read)

Transit results of Mars

Mars is the most important force in your life, he is Life and Death both. In his positive mood he is the energy of passion, heat, action, adventure, impulse, competition, pioneering spirit, warrior-spirit, sexual passion, etc. If Mars is afflicted or expressing his negative side then this will warp into rage, jealousy, fights, arguments, physical violence, war, abuse, etc. He is a cruel force, kroor-graha, a natural malefic. In your birth chart and also in transit, he brings about changes linked with force and action.

To analyse the changes caused by planets in transit, we have two options,

  1. We can count the position of the transiting Mars from the ascendant sign to get the effects on the actual physical environment and the body. Eg if your ascendant is Libra, then the current Mars in Aries will be counted 7th for you.
  2. But more important is the position of the transiting Mars from the birth Moon. The Moon is your astral self, your perceptions, your mind. Ultimately the mind is more important than the body. The Moon is also indicative of cyclic changes. So for changes caused by transiting planets, always check the position of this current planet from your birth Moon. Eg if your birth Moon is Pisces,  the current Mars in Aries is transiting your 2nd house.

Mars is malefic by nature so will give pleasing results only when he transits your 3rd 6th or 11th houses, ie the upchaya houses. In all the other houses in transit, he gives unpleasant confrontations and creates situations. Here is a brief on how Mars behaves in transit in your life. Remember that his results are caused by an excessive burst of energy, so if you can proactively engage with this energy and divert it intelligently you can actually benefit in some way. If not then he will bring fire into your life. Any action caused by Mars’s energy will affects your health, emotions and quality of life because he is the natural owner of the 1st and 8th signs of the zodiac. ie he is subtly in-charge of your physical body’s structure, physical environment, Nadi and Pran Chakra network and controls all catastrophic changes including death.

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And most important, do not feel discouraged reading the negative stuff. Mars is action, he will bring changes, the God of War, so all this fire is expected from him. But if your birth chart is powerful enough then each of these adversarial situations can be turned around and used as a stepping stone to higher and better things. So do check out the power of your ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, birth Moon before you analyse anything else.

Mars in transit in the 1st house causes damage in all ways. There is excessive ‘heat’ in you and your environment which will manifest itself in several ways. There might be physical danger, eg diseases, rashes, ulcers, boils, eye-strain, accidents, wounds, imprisonment, poison, fire etc. negative emotions like anger, enmity, jealousy etc can happen with others, esp spouse and business partners. Overwork in office/home. Psychological and emotional damage is possible as a result of these physical events with a concurrent loss in finances and infamy. And I have observed that hauntings, troubles from spirits is very much possible during this Mars transit. Adequate precautions should be taken in all ways during this transit.

Mars in transit in the 2nd house will primarily affect your relationship with your close family. Your comforts, luxuries and resources will shrink. You might get robbed or some close family member will betray your trust. Do not make new friends or trust others excessively. Try to get adequate rest and eat a balanced diet during this period. Keep your personal accounts in shape and budget. You might get accused for things you did not do and this will give you mental stress. Your speech too will be harsh and you might pick up arguments and quarrels with others. Diseases of the face, throat and eyes are possible during this period and you might feel dull.

When Mars passes through the 3rd house, he is beneficial as he gives courage, options and the boldness to choose correctly. You can take calculated risks during this period and you will gain. Overall this transit will keep you happy in body and mind both as you enjoy life. You can start learning new skills and whatever you learn during this period will give yo gains. Eg, stock market tips will give you windfalls. Your extended family, brothers, sisters etc will be a source of happiness to you in some way or the other. (Right now Mars in transiting Aries and retrograde in Pisces and again Aries. People with their birth Moon in Aquarius or Capricorn can benefit, just that the benefits will be visible after Dec 2020)

When Mars transits through the 4th house he again causes trouble. There is overheating in your residence, vehicles, nutrition, comforts etc. So during his stay here, he will give health issues again, arguments in the house, theft, disagreeable guests in the house, issues with the mother, mother may fall ill, there is no peace in your residence, issues with landed property,  accidents to the vehicles, you might eat unhealthy food and fall ill. Unnecessary travelling and getting tired. Mind is restless, nightmares when you rest. Eg if you do agriculture, plant crops which need heat/millets not water/sugarcane. Or do Homa/Yadnya in your house etc. (Mars is debilitated in Cancer, the natural 4th house of the zodiac so Mars transiting the 4th house carries some of this flavour too.)

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Mars transiting through the 5th house affects the children and your joy from them. They might fall ill or get into trouble. If you are expecting a child, do take care as this can sometimes cause miscarriage. If you are a teacher by profession, your students will be more troublesome. This transit typically causes rapid energy loss, ie you feel drained suddenly. So have a balanced diet, eat on time, else you might fall ill. Avoid speculation during this period. Luck is not in your side. The mind is restless and cannot focus. Do not get into illegal or immoral acts under the influence of others. Do not get into get-rich-quick schemes. Keep a tight control over your desires. Also do not trust new people you meet during this period as they might be inimical to you.

Mars through the 6th house can be a remarkably good time. Enemies, debts, illnesses etc will self-destruct. This is a good time to consolidate yourself, so work hard to finish off pending works, get out of loans and finish any pending service requirements. Even if things pop up, you will have sufficient energy to burn out things inimical to you. Long pending issues, legal cases, arguments, quarrels etc will resolve. Income will increase, health will improve and there will be stability. You can get things done as others will obey you. Overall auspicious things will happen to you and your family.

Mars passing through the 7th house is a time to be very careful. This is also a marak-sthan so if the life-span has ended, this transit can cause physical death. But even otherwise it causes quarrels with the wife, children and home life is affected, their health may cause you concern. Your own health also will not be good. Falling out with business partners causes loss of money. So expect general mental stress, worry coupled with increased unnecessary work. This can be a very testing time as the 7th is the Bhavat Bhavam of the 1st house and any imbalance here drastically drains your own personal energy. Avoid quick fixes of alcohol and drugs as these can turn into an addiction.

Mars in the 8th hits the physical health. Food poisoning, small surgeries, pain, bleeding etc almost always occurs. Small fires eg in the kitchen or accidents or minor cuts are going to happen. Again your energy will be low and you will be susceptible to your enemies and esp your in-laws will cause you stress. Overall many difficulties and losses as you face obstruction in life. You might get accused for things you did not do, expenses in court cases, might have to pay fines or go to jail. In this transit, its best to remain careful and not get involved in unnecessary complications and arguments with others.

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Mars passing through the 9th house is also a trying time as the auspicious benefits from your previous lives fail to support you. Your life philosophy will be challenged, eg if you believe in something very deeply you might be called to defend it or you lose faith in it. Eg suppose you have been doing Devi puja and your teacher/Guru now tells you to start Shri Vishnu pujas. No doubt it will help you in some way but this causes deep stress. People whom you depend on, your seniors, your teachers, your life-support systems will cause you stress in some way or the other. In this the relatives of the husband/wife will interfere, also husband/wife will be cross with you. Again unwanted travel and disturbance in daily routine and health is indicated.

Mars passing through the l0th house produces a mix of effects. He will cause conflicts as usual but if you can use his burst of power you can achieve some positivity at least. This is because Mars is exalted in Capricorn the natural 10th sign of the zodiac so he can contribute in some way to help your 10th house keywords. The problems come from the usual keywords of the 10th house, profession, social status, birth father, boss, government etc. So you might find yourself either swamped in work, the your boss gets angry,  you lose your job, salary suffers, father’s health may be affected, your society may demand work from you, the government may put some rules which affect you adversely, enemies in life may overpower you. All this physical action will naturally have its effect on your personal life, family, home, health and happiness. But if you look on this period as a challenge your hard work will get recognised at the end.

Mars transiting the 11th house gives pleasing results. Use this time well, make the most of it. You will get opportunities to showcase your abilities and exercise your authority. Others will respect you. The older siblings and children may also succeed in life. This is a good period and can be used to secure lasting gains from several sources. You can invest or speculate or start new projects in this period as you have the luck to win over in difficult circumstances. Health improves and there is happiness. You might go on pleasure tours and enjoy your travel. Marriage or birth of child or any such auspicious event is possible.

Mars transiting through the 12th house causes stress as the energy of ‘loss’ is activated by Mars’s fire. You might be humiliated, the boss will scold you, family members will dominate over you etc. There are issues with wife/husband and intimacy will be lost. You might lose money, so do not speculate, also unnecessary expenditures. Unnecessary long travels and disturbed life style. Health will be affected, esp eye-strain. Rest is lost, dreams are unpleasant, there may be hauntings and astral body suffers. You might get an injury on your foot. (Whichever body part is signified by the house/sign will get some injury during Mars’s transit.).

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This is a generic post but you will find that the results in life will follow this same pattern in some way or the other. However you have to apply it to your individual horoscope.

So first check the power of your birth Mars, is he retrograde, combust, exalted, debilitated, Manglik? which houses does he control in your chart, where is he located, which other planet is influencing him and what is his strength to give what results. Thus you can get a more complete idea of what he is going to do. The current times will see Mars going retrograde in Aries-Pisces so is an interesting time to observe his effects. The following methods are used for transit analysis. So advanced students of astrology should try to analyse their Ashtakvarga chart or Ashtapadmadala chakra or Janma navtara chart to get a more complete understanding of Mars in action. (I have written on all these topics do use the search bar or the index page to locate them.)

For remedies there are several you can try, the easiest being lighting a sesame oil lamp on Tuesdays reciting the Mars beej mantra, ‘Om kraang kreeng krowng sah mangalaya namah’ OM. However as always, the best remedy you can do is to be aware of the energies of the planets and how they work. Thus try to adapt your behaviour so as to best integrate them into your life.

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Mars retrograde 2020

 

Mars is called Kuja, as he is the son of the Earth/Pruthvi. Once Bhagwan Shiv was dancing the Tandav of destruction and a drop of his sweat fell on the Earth which was transformed into a warrior, Mars. His other name is Mangal, the auspicious. 

In the current year 2020, he is going to be retrograde for 66 days. Mars goes retrograde every 2yrs 2mths. In this, his slowed down,  stationary, retrograde, stationary, forward slow and regular forward again motion takes about 5-6months to complete. (There are 8 types of planetary movements which I have listed out in this post here.)

  • Mars has slowed down from 25th Jul in Pisces.
  • Entered Aries on 16 Aug.
  • Retrograde in Aries on 9th Sept
  • Enter Pisces on 4th Oct.
  • Forward in Pisces on 14th Nov
  • Enter Aries on 24th Dec.
  • Start moving at his regular speed from 2nd Jan 2021 in Aries.

In this about 5-6 month period he is going to be moving very slowly, first retrograde and then forward grinding into Pisces 21-30 deg and Aries 0-3deg. A retrograde planet releases tremendous amounts of energy into the sign/ nakshatra/ degree that he occupies. A planet becomes stronger when he goes retrograde. The energies are turned inwards ie not expressed outwards as they generally are. Mars is the energy of life and death. He is vitality, the will to live, confidence, boldness, aggression and competition. When Mars is retrograde, these qualities are not expressed in a healthy manner outwards but tend to move inwards and cause psychological and physical issues if imbalanced.

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Here are the predictions in a nutshell.

Mars, indicates the ‘passion’ in your life. He is all about how you express yourself. Eg he will tell you how you respond to anger in others, how angry you get and how you at when you get angry. Be careful when Saturn aspects this retrograde Mars, you might express your emotions in an inappropriate manner causing problems for yourself later. There might be events where you face physical/ verbal strife, treachery, back-biting, etc. The ability to discriminate and take decisions will be affected, so expect confusions, few wrong decisions or losses. And health will be affected in some way or the other.

The general effect of this Mars retrograde will be more seen on people who have their birth Moon or ascendant sign in Aries, Scorpio (owns these), Cancer, Leo (yogkarak for these). Also Pisces will be affected when Mars actually moves into it. Those with their birth moon in Mruga, Chitra and Dhanishtha nakshatras should also take due care. If you are going through a major or sub-period of Mars as per the Vimshottari dasha you will feel the effects of this retrograde more intensely.

On a general note, expect the economic collapse to continue. Goods connected to fire and energy, like petroleum, LPG etc can increase in price. Industrial accidents, fires, explosions are possible. Communal violence or riot like situations will be seen. Several nations will see border related tensions. The global health issue will not see much relief as inappropriate medicines etc will be administered. Weather will be uncertain as monsoons will extend and the winter too will be colder than usual. This will affect agriculture and large tracts of lands will see hunger/ famine. Especially those nations which saw the June 21st solar eclipse should be careful as Nature will not be kind to them. 

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If you have a Retrograde Mars at birth, you are generally unable to express your aggression, rage, dominating nature, competitive nature, sexual desires, passion, deepest emotions/ wishes etc in a healthy way, always. Instead you brood, are shy, introverted, these emotions twist and turn inwards suffocating you. You have little or no initiative in the aspects of your life controlled by Mars. So try to take active measures to work with the energy of this planet for your benefit. (Fine tune these results depending on the keywords of the sign and house occupied by Mars)

So in the current Mars retrograde, expect an internalisation of this sort to happen for everyone. The vitality that Mars represents moves inwards, making this more a time for internal work. But not everyone can introspect so there will be confusion. Retrograde Mars will unravel some things going on in your life and make you revise, redo, review his lessons in these few zodiac degrees in the coming times very thoroughly. These degrees are also the Gandant, the weak link in the zodiac, a junction between the watery-fiery signs. This particular degrees zone is also the end-beginning of the entire zodiac so this Mars retrograde is more intense and will affect everyone on some level or the other.

During this period, Saturn is retrograde (post here) in Capricorn so will aspect Mars when in Pisces (Saturn’s 3rd aspect), this is not a good aspect and it will aggravate Mars. Also Jupiter is retrograde (post here) and then forward in Sagittarius, so he will aspect Mars when he is in Aries (Jupiter’s 5th aspect). This will tone down Mars’s harshness for this brief time at least. So remember to factor in these effects on Mars when you analyse. The three outer planets are all retrograde together for some time.

In fact this year 2020, (or even the Vedic Shri Sharvari naam samvatsara) has seen all the 5 planets going retrograde and the humungous eclipses saw the true nodes, Rahu and Ketu going forward. A weird year. (Generally in a year, Mercury will be in retrogression three times. Each time this will be for 19 to 24 days. Venus goes retrograde every 1.5yrs for a few days. Mars goes retrograde every 2yrs 2mths. Jupiter retrogrades every year for around 120 days. Saturn retrogrades every year for around 140 days. When you see any planet placed 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th from the Sun in your chart, they will be in the retrograde mode. The true nodes go in the forward motion around eclipses.)

 

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Mars is about expressing yourself, more on the physical levels. Your hidden potential is brought out by the heat of Mars. And when something new sprouts, there is always some resistance. But Mars loves challenges and helps break your limits and reach into new stuff, so though there may be some trouble it is ultimately for your own growth. So try to work with Mars’s transits in this spirit.

In general, Mars in transit gives unpleasant results when he transits over your birth Moon sign and the signs 2nd 4th 5th 7th 8th 9th 10th and 12th counted from the birth Moon sign. The results vary from arguments with others, losses, confusions, accidents to health related issues depending on the keywords of that sign/ house. He is a natural malefic, a kroor-graha, ie a cruel force in life. If you are under an adverse transit of Mars, be prepared for issues cropping up and use his energy to intelligently overcome them. Mars is strife, so like it or not you will be required to be defend these parts of your life. 

He gives favourable results when he transits the 3rd 6th and 11th signs from the birth Moon sign. A malefic, he is best in the three upchaya houses as then he destroys enemies, gives the necessary courage to face upto the problems of life and the necessary vitality which to seize opportunities for gains. If Mars is in a favourable transit for your birth Moon sign then make use of this unprecedented opportunity of the upcoming retrograde.

To analyse how this retrograde Mars transit will be for you, find out if Mars is a benefic or malefic for your ascendant sign (post here). A benefic Mars generally will add physical strength, confidence, vitality etc to the aspects of life he controls in your chart. A benefic Mars going retrograde can give you some long term benefit in this period, but results will be visible after Dec 2020. In fact if any of you are into spiritual practice, then this period will benefit as Mars controls the nadi and the movement of pran within them. A malefic Mars will give violent behaviour, sudden changes, etc in the houses he is placed in, and also create lack of confidence in the things that he signifies in your chart. In this case you should be careful during his upcoming retrograde. Also avoid adventure sports, risky activities including swimming in unfamiliar water bodies.

Then locate where the Pisces and Aries signs lie in your birth chart. Eg if Pisces is your 6th house, you might find your heath affected by ‘internal heat’, boils, hair-loss, digestion related issues etc can pop up, office work might get on an over-load as demands for service increase etc. But you will be able to cope. Eg if Aries is your 10th house your father may fall ill, there may be trouble in your office etc.

Mars is going retrograde in first in Ashvini and then in Revati nakshatra.

Ashvini is the start of the zodiac. So its keywords are spontaneity, beginnings, power, courage, vitality, alertness, leadership, sensitivity, help, truth, health and healing. It has a straightforward nature, light-hearted, adventurous and active. It is ruled by the twin physicians of the demi-gods, the Ashvini-kumar and is linked to the energies of Ketu. When retrograde Mars occupies Ashvini, he will distort the expression of all these qualities. eg he can make it rash and impulsive, it does not learn from past mistakes, stubbornness can increase, lashing out in anger is possible. So if you have to start any new project during this period take all precautions and recheck everything before you do so. Health may be an issue and wrong medication possible. Losses in business are possible and interpersonal relations will show strain. Ashvini is linked to transport, movement, medicine, trade etc so these areas may suffer generally. 

Revati is the last nakshatra of the zodiac and ruled by Pushan. It is also linked to Mercury. The keywords of this lunar mansion are completion, satisfaction, nourishing, light, assimilation, awareness, collective, messages, travel, wealth, luck, pleasure, optimism, beliefs, imagination, etc. So a retrograde Mars in such a sensitive Naksahtra can cause issues like lack of support, interference in business, loss of wealth, jealousy, misunderstandings, betrayals, exhaustion, hurts, getting caught in others problems, getting caught in illusions, inability to comprehend the bigger picture, passions triggered by rigid beliefs, etc. All these things will lead to physical action as it is Mars involved. Mars always indicates action and his emotional/ psychological effects are also in some way connected to ‘action’. Eg there might be communal riots as misplaced beliefs and intolerance leads to impulsive and rash ‘action’.

Manglik, a guide to analysing Mars in depth

And for your personal reading you can open your Janma Navtara chakra (this post) and locate Ashvini and Revati in it. Whatever these Nakshatra stand for in your chart, you will see extra energy in these aspects of life.

eg If your birth Moon Nakshatra is Uttarabhadrapada then this is your Janma nav tara chart,

Tara

Nakshatra count

Ruler

Janma

U.Bhadrapada

Pushya

Anuradha

Saturn

Sampat

Revati

Ashleysha

Jeyshtha

Mercury

Vipat

Ashvini

Magha

Mula

Ketu

Kshema

Bharani

P.phalguni

P.ashadha

Venus

Pratyari

Krutika

U.phalguni

U.ashadha

Sun

Sadhaka

Rohini

Hasta

Sharavan

Moon

Naidhana

Mruga

Chitra

Dhanishtha

Mars

Mitra

Aradra

Swati

Shatataraka

Rahu

Ati mitra

Punarvasu

Vishakha

P.bhadrapada

Jupiter

A general interpretation would be like this. Revati is a Sampat tara for you so while Mars transits Revati (Pisces sign) his results will be favourable overall for you. There might be some opportunities which if you can pick up will give gains after Dec 2020. Retrograde planets teach patience as gains are delayed. Ashvini is a Vipat Tara so Mars when transiting Ashvini can create challenging situations in your life. You may feel stressed out, tired, etc  as vitality is affected. Again you are required to be patient, keep your mind cool and try to cope with what will come. The exact situations which will cause stresses must be seen from what Mars stands for in your individual horoscope.

For remedies, check the index page or use the search bar, I have written about remedies in several posts. The easiest remedy would be lighting a sesame oil lamp on Tuesdays and reciting the Mangal Beej mantra ‘Om kraang kreeng karung sah Mangalaya namah’. Doing regular puja of your favourite deity or family deity will also help.

There are several ways of analysing transits. You can try using the Ashtapadmadala chakra (post here) or the Ashtakvarga chart (post here) if you wish. These two methods give quite accurate readings so advanced students can try this for practice. These retrograde periods are a good learning experience, observe yourself and those around you to see how the planet performs.

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