When you're following the transit (moving) planets through the Zodiac, one event you need to learn about is when the planet or body is stationing, and when it's direct. What does stationing and direct mean?
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In astrology, we experience retrogrades, which occur when a planet or body appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth. The normal motion for the planets and most of the other bodies is forward, so going backward can throw the energy off a little, or a lot. The only planets that don't retrograde are the Sun and Moon.
About Direct in Astrology:
When the planet appears to be moving backward, we call this turning retrograde. When the planet appears to no longer be moving backward and is going forward, we call this turning direct. Direct motion means the planet is going forward.
There are 12 Zodiac signs, and they go in a set order. When they're going forward, that order is:
and over again at Aries
When the planet or body is retrograde and moving backward, it goes in reverse like this:
and over again at Pisces
About Stationing in Astrology:
When a planet or body is turning retrograde or direct, it's slowing down, gearing up to change direction. It can't just flip a switch and suddenly change its movement through the Zodiac.
Instead, it slows before changing and moving backward (retrograde) or forward (direct). While it's slowing, it's hovering in about the same spot in the Zodiac.
For Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron, it's literally hovering in the exact same spot, the exact same degree and minute placement in a Zodiac sign. For faster planets like Mercury, Venus, and Mars, it's not at the exact same degree and minute, but usually in the same degree.
This period when it's hovering in about the same spot is called stationing.
While a planet or body is stationing, the energy is super strong. We really feel this. We feel the planet is gearing up to change, has slowed down considerably, and this can be a time when we're operating much slower in our lives. We can be uncertain of how to proceed with whatever the planet or body rules, because the energy is going to change, and we feel this instinctively and subconsciously.
Sometimes the turn retrograde or direct will make an aspect to a planet or other position in your natal chart. When that happens, you feel the stationing period extra strong. Whatever planet or body is being hit in your natal chart is getting a continuous, steady stream of intense energy from the planet or body turning retrograde or direct.
This can often indicate an important development of some sort connected to the natal planet or body being aspected, and how that plays out depends on the aspect being made.
If it's a sextile or trine, this can be hugely beneficial for you, and you can create major improvements and positive developments during the stationing period. If it's square or opposite, this can be a big challenge, and you may have a massive problem or block to work through during the stationing period.
If it's a conjunction, this sends massive energy from whichever transit planet or body is connecting with your natal planet or body during the stationing period. The energy of the planet or body makes the natal planet or body much more important in your life, and you can see major developments. How they play out depends on the transit planet or body involved and what their energy is, as well as if you have any other aspects being made to the natal planet or body at the same time.
Suggested Reading: Progressed Planets Turning Retrograde or Direct