When a planet turns retrograde, it enters the retrograde zone and starts slowing down to the point where it lends the impression that it’s stationary. The movement of the planet follows an illusory backward direction, which has led to the coinage of the term ‘retrograde’. A planet turns retrograde when it comes closest to earth. The shortened distance and the relative difference in their speeds around the sun result in the illusion that the planet has slowed down to the point where it starts moving in the reverse.
Jupiter retrograde has been assigned a great significance in astrology. It is believed that retrograde planets influence the thinking of a native, makes one ponder over the conscious existence with the surroundings. Since Jupiter is considered to be the giver of all things in the material world, in its retrograde phase it reveals the inner self and illuminates the source of energy that drives the native towards karmic actions and makes him or her one with the cosmos. Jupiter retrograde gets a native to explore the spiritual side and harness the power of the sub-conscious.
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