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Planets in retrograde in the natal or birth chart tend to make us more contemplative. Some of us may have several retrograde planets at the time of our birth. When there are five or more retrograde planets these individuals tend to be introverted, subdued and keep much to themselves. The energies of these planets have difficulty working their way to the surface and can be stifled. It takes great effort to bring the energies presented by the retrograde planets to the surface and make the necessary adjustments to the challenges.

Personally, this Astrologer believes that these stifled energies are harnessed energy waiting for the opportune moment to be released.

Those people that do not have retrograde planets in their birth charts are in the minority. It is said that roughly seven percent of population do not have retrograde planets in their natal charts. It is believed that the energies of all of the planets (not in retrograde) are released and given free reign and allowed to flow freely. In turn these individuals lack patience and they often do not use a cautious approach to much of anything. The waiting game is not part of their psychological makeup and they much prefer to move things along...quickly!

There is usually great energy behind these individuals and they work tirelessly towards their goals and objectives in life. They have strong willpower and are persistent in their efforts to succeed. They move forward similar to the energies of Aries often advancing with little forethought, if any, and they rarely disbelieve in their own abilities. As a result, many individuals without retrograde planets are quite successful. Some however do fall from time to time, but that will not stop them from getting back up and moving ahead again. Their determination is steadfast and they rely on no one for approval or even assistance. They believe in their own abilities and do not own their failures. “Let’s just start again and see what happens” could be their motto, or “If it does not work this time perhaps with a few minor adjustments, it will work the next time”.

These individuals are self-reliant, determined and rely only on themselves. These character traits can make them great entrepreneurs. They are willing to take the steps necessary and often without much reserve. Most of these individuals would prefer to work alone. This however can make them somewhat aloof and even distant as they unconsciously withdraw into themselves. They may even feel misinterpreted and misjudged by others, because of this loner type mentality. But this is only in extreme cases and it is wise to take into consideration the whole natal chart. There are many things in the chart that can counterbalance some of these characteristics. Moving forward with determination and going it alone, however, is quite common.

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