In Vedic Astrology there is a concept known as Retrograde Planets. They are called Vakri Grahas (Back Moving). In reality planets don't move in retrograde direction. Due to rotation of Earth and other planets around Sun it appears sometimes that other planets are moving in reverse direction. There are five planets and two shadow planets involved in retrograde movement. They are Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Rahu and Ketu are the shadow planets which are always in retrograde movement. But other five planets sometimes appear in retograde movement when observed from earth.
The retrograde movement called Vakri Graha is quite an important issue when judging strength and weakness of horoscope. Benefic planets like Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in Retrograde Movement give Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga if there are other conditions which are met. There the person turns from beggar to a king. But there are times when Retrograde movement turns a disaster for native especially his marital life. If there is a retrograde planet in 7th house or if the planet which rules the 7th house is retrograde then there are high chances of divorce. Rahu and Ketu are naturally retrograde and when they occupy the 7th house there are enough chances of divorce. Malefic planets like Saturn, Rahu, Mars and Ketu in retograde movement would most likely cause divorce. Only redemption here could be if there is a positive aspect on the 7th house or strength in the Navamsha.
Other combinations in horoscope could also suggests divorce. It is not always the fault of retrograde planets alone. Also retrograde planets in 7th house doesn't mean catastrophe. There could be Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga as explained in above paragraph. Divorce isn't the end of the world. Neither is a bad 7th house that bad. As long as 12th house and 2nd house are good there would be happiness derived from second marriage.
The Original Article on this topic was written by Dr. Pankaj Nagar and Dr. Rohan Nagar in Monday Edition of Newspaper Divya Bhaskar in 2012.
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