When a planet goes into retrograde -- or comes out again, it doesn't just stop on a dime and start racing at its usual speed in the opposite direction. It seems (from the vantage point of Earth) to slow down gradually as it approaches the point of reversal -- the way you slow down in the car before coming to a stop -- or making a turn ... and certainly before making a U-Turn.
When a planet moves into or out of retrograde, having reached the point where it will "reverse directions," it pauses for several days -- or weeks at that spot. (Not really, but retrograde motion is all about what a planet appears to do as we observe it in the sky.) Astrologers say a planet "takes a station" at that point when it's about to reverse directions, either going or coming.
(Think of a skateboarder rolling back and forth on the curved concrete structures where they like to ride and practice. At the very top of a curl, the skater will seem to hang there motionless for a second or more before gravity takes over and he starts rocketing back the other way. Retrograde motion is like that -- in the sky, on paper and in real life.)
If that degree where the planet stops forms a close major angle with a planet in your Natal Chart -- especially if that aspect is a conjunction -- the issues ruled by the transiting planet, the Natal planet, the house(s) they each occupy and the house(s) they each rule face the very strong possibility that exceptionally notable events will soon follow.
A planet that takes a station close to or in close aspect with a Natal planet seems to form a "sensitive spot" in your chart that will soon do something to get your attention. Whether the event is good or bad (you know what I mean), depends, of course, on just what happens and how you feel about what arrives. Other planets as they pass over that sensitive spot may provide the trigger or catalyst for the events to arrive in consciousness. (The transiting Moon is especially notorious for this.)
All transits have meaning, of course, but ones that involve transiting planets, retrograde motion and established planet points in your Natal Chart are especially portentous.
The event, when it arrives, may be easily interpreted -- or it may take some time and distance for you to really appreciate what happened here. But the event will very much describe the ultimate result of what occurs. And it's that "ultimate result" that really counts when it comes to your personal and spiritual development -- and where those results lead you next.
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