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Venus is inside Mars’ orbit, so she is dignified in the signs next to Mars’ signs, namely, Taurus and Libra.
Mercury, which is nearest to the Sun, rules the signs between those of Venus and the Sun, namely Gemini and Virgo. See ‘Exaltation.’
When planets move with the order of the signs (from Aries to Taurus etc.}, they are said to be direct, but when they appear to move contrary to the order of the signs (from Aries to Pisces), they are said to be retrograde. In the ephemeris a capital ‘R’ at the top of the monthly page is placed with the degrees and minutes of the planet’s longitude on the day when it begins to retrograde, and at the top of its column while this motion continues. When the planet resumes its direct motion, this is indicated by a capital ‘D,’ bat there are no ‘D’s’ at the top of the columns in the ephemeris to indicate that the planets are ‘direct’ for that is their natural line of progression. The ‘R’s’ are only used to mark that which is an anomaly.
The Sun and Moon are always direct in their motion, they are never stationary or retrograde. See chapter on Retrogradation page 72.
When a child is born it is immersed in an atmosphere charged with the stellar vibrations peculiar to