Seeing addictive behaviors in the horoscope
I wonder if having many retrograde planets can be a contributing factor with addictions, due to the difficulty in moving forward.
This would make the planets' energies bear down more intensely without a clear path to move forward through the intensity. Thus we may be obsessively or compulsively driven inwards, backwards or in circles with preoccupations that engage the planets energies in a repetitive or destructive way, like through gambling, video games, fantasy, history docs, astrology, or to escape the intensity through alcohol, weed, etc. because it is too difficult to make decisions or go out into the world in a sober, wakeful state where we overthink, ruminate, and feel the weight of all the responsibilities, choices, and consequences that pin us down at from every direction at the same time?
not at all. REtro is a good thing. the planet is closer to earth and so can perform better all other factors equal. These planets are used with more confidence and so actually help overcome addictions as addictions grow out of lack of confidence.
I have a friend who is highly addicted to marijuana. Easily explained by his sa/mo/ke conjuction (moon also shamed) in his 2nd and Rahu in his 8th I guess? He uses marijuana to get away from his fear and anxiety in his 8th I guess? And the shaming in his 2nd.