RETROGRADE PLANETS AND WILLFUL NATURE
The term introvert can be used for a retrograde planet and extrovert for a direct planet. This will help us understand how a retrograde planet operates as an individual within a society more clearly. A direct Planet interacts with other planets, demands recognition and delivers and expects and accepts challenges, accommodating, adjusting and compromising with all around it. The retrograde planet on the other hand sets its own boundaries alienating itself. It requires great deal of conscious effort to prevent the retrograde energy to function socially without being willful.
Retrograde planet works and develops on its own in principal and break through the social norms established by other members of the family – here namely the solar system. Thus, it can be very rightly said that a retrograde planet can have an out of box approach with highly individualistic nature.
The retrograde experience is very intense because when a planet is retrograde it is closer to earth implying It is closer to the individual and has a very strong effect on the individual. It could further denote the lack of perception in dealing with what the planet stands for the concerned person. It could be the karaka the planet represents, the houses the planet holds or an association with the house where it is posited. It is so because when an object is very close to us, we lose out on the total focus of that object and also it has a huge impact on us.
For example, a person with Saturn retrograde may show a lazy person or a person with an intense need to work that is maybe a workaholic point and ignore family and other friends to a large extent. A retrograde Mars can show a person highly obsessed or antagonistic towards siblings.
EXAMPLE- Alois Alzheimer
In 1901, Alzheimer observed a patient at the Frankfurt Asylum named Auguste Deter. The 51-year-old patient had strange behavioral symptoms, including a loss of short-term memory; she became his obsession over the coming years. Auguste Deter was a victim of the politics of the time in the psychiatric community; the Frankfurt asylum was too expensive for her husband. Herr Deter made several requests to have his wife moved to a less expensive facility, but Alzheimer intervened in these requests. Ms. Deter remained at the Frankfurt asylum, where Alzheimer had made a deal to receive her records and brain upon her death.
Jupiter is the Lord of 7th House and 10th House of career and situated in the 5th House of power. It is also one of the healers and represents the doctor. Here this retrograde Jupiter showed the willfulness on the part of the doctor to hold on to the patient for his own means against her wishes.
EXAMPLE – Tiger Woods
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
On December 2, following Us Weekly’s prior day reporting of a purported mistress and subsequent release of a voicemail message allegedly left by Woods for the woman, Woods released a further statement; there, he admitted “transgressions” and apologized to “all of those who have supported over the years”, while reiterating his and his family’s right to privacy. Over the next few days, more than a dozen women claimed in various media outlets to have had affairs with Woods. On December 11, he released a third statement admitting to infidelity and apologizing again, as well as announcing that he would be taking “an indefinite break from professional golf.”
In the days and months following Woods’ admission of multiple infidelities, several companies re-evaluated their relationships with him. Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors completely ended their sponsorship deals, while Gillette suspended advertising featuring Woods. TAG Heuer dropped Woods from advertising in December 2009 and officially ended their deal when his contract expired in August 2011. Golf Digest suspended Woods’ monthly column beginning with the February 2010 issue. In contrast, Nike continued to support Woods, as did Electronic Arts, which was working with Woods on the game Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. A December 2009 study estimated the shareholder loss caused by Woods’ affairs to be between $5 billion and $12 billion.
Woods and his wife Elin divorced on August 23, 2010.
Mars is the ruler of 8th House of sex and scandal and 3rd House of courage and contacts. It is placed in the 9th House discipline and righteous behaviour. Saturn is the ruler of 6th House of extra marital affairs and 5th House of power and sits in the 11th House of contacts and family and spouse. Here, Mars with its obsessive sexuality showed the inability to control and disciple urges to the point of self destruction. Saturn as the ruler of the 6th House of extra marital affairs and court cases goes ahead with its willfulness in spite of being aware of the legal implications.