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24-02-2007, 02:44
I was looking over my birth chart this morning, and something struck me as being a little odd. Three of my planets are in retrograde, and so is my true node. Is this common? I never knew true nodes could be in retrograde. How does this affect someone? I included my chart from astro.com to make it easier to see what I'm talking about. My chart just feels so wierd to me, lol.

born on 26 April 1978 local time 6:30 am
in Minot, ND (US) U.T. 12:30
101w18, 48n14 sid. time 20:01:25

Planetary positionsplanet sign degree motion
Sun Taurus 554'48 in house 12 direct
Moon Sagittarius 2055'31 in house 8 direct
Mercury Aries 1455'07 in house 12 direct
Venus Taurus 2900'51 in house 1 direct
Mars Leo 604'02 in house 4 direct
Jupiter Cancer 216'25 in house 2 direct
Saturn Leo 2339'10 in house 5 stationary (D)
Uranus Scorpio 1445'23 in house 6 retrograde
Neptune Sagittarius 1758'08 in house 7 retrograde
Pluto Libra 1445'00 in house 6 retrograde
True Node Libra 533'58 in house 6 retrograde

House positions (Placidus)
Ascendant Taurus 2534'42
2nd House Gemini 2012'48
3rd House Cancer 904'39
Imum Coeli Cancer 2814'56
5th House Leo 2236'27
6th House Libra 034'14
Descendant Scorpio 2534'42
8th House Sagittarius 2012'48
9th House Capricorn 904'39
Medium Coeli Capricorn 2814'56
11th House Aquarius 2236'27
12th House Aries 034'14

Major aspects
Sun Square Mars 009
Sun Sextile Jupiter 338
Moon Trine Mercury 600
Moon Trine Saturn 244
Moon Conjunction Neptune 257
Moon Sextile Pluto 611
Mercury Quincunx Uranus 010
Mercury Trine Neptune 303
Mercury Opposition Pluto 010
Venus Square Saturn 522
Venus Conjunction Ascendant 326
Saturn Trine Neptune 541
Saturn Square Ascendant 156
Neptune Sextile Pluto 313

24-02-2007, 03:28
Retrogrades, for the planets, are apparent directions of motion. This caused by our relative proximity to the Sun and our speed in orbit compared to their far distance from the Sun and the apparently small amount of yearly movement that they have. Whenever the outer planets are in a zone that is 120 degrees from the Sun, measuring along the zodiac in both directions, the planet may be in retorograde motion. For some, the zone is tighter, for others it is looser depending upon their distance from the Sun.

The Moon's true (north) node or nodal axis is another thing. There are some 30 basic components that affect the movement and interrelationship between the Earth and the Moon. The various combinations of these many factors will lead, at times, to the mathematically determinable fact that the nodal point is moving forward or retrograding. As a general statement, the nodal axis retrogrades during its entire cycle of some 18+ years. There are only short alternating cycles of several days each when the true node moves "forward", yet the overall result is "two steps forward, three steps back." The node, overall, retrogrades. Many astrologers just use the mean node. I've never seen a delineation change because the true nodes position was slightly different from the mean node's position. Dave

24-02-2007, 10:01
Thank you very much for the information dadsnook, I'm going to have to buckle down and do a lot of reading about this.