When planets in the heavens have apparent backward motion, they are termed retrograde. We can of course have retrograde planets in our birth charts too.
When a planet is retrograde, it manifests its energy and its divine teaching in a way that Vedic astrology terms ‘Vakri’ meaning crooked.
This means that we will each experience the meaning of that planet in an odd, difficult or even horrendous way. And in this way, we will learn more about the special teaching that each planet gives in its own area of our lives.
Retrograde planets actually affect our body energies: the rise of kundalini through our chakras. And they certainly affect our consciousness.
This is why I link my astrology readings as well as my courses in western and Vedic astrology with approaches to raise our level of consciousness
For details of Retrograde planets in 2015, see: http://www.mastervedicastrology.com/astrology-2015.html
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