Retros are good, they are stronger to do the things we want them to do. It increases the confidence with which a planet is used. A retro planet has high chestha bala, ,when chestha bala is low a planet fails a person. A retro planet succeeds much more often. Its very easy to tell, look at the planets in your chart with low chestha bala and the ones with high, the high ones will be retro. Then you can see how retro is helping those planets out.
PS chestha bala is part of shad bala. Anyone who takes that course will not be confused about retros.
Right I also remember you saying that if a planet is retrograde and exalted, it is especially super powerful and auspicious.
Its cool to check out my chart this way, because out of all my planets I have three that are not retrograde, and two of them in particular, Moon and Venus, I seem to have the most problems with.
But is retro always good? For example, Transiting Saturn is retrograde and squaring my natal moon/ketu to the exact degree right now. Believe it or not, it just so happens that mentally and emotionally I am going through a difficult time, lol.
In this case, could it make Saturn's potentially depressing influence on the mind even stronger because it is retro? Its retrograde motion is moving closer towards the exact square, so I can only assume that it gets stronger until it goes direct (sep 29) perhaps with a sense of relief to where it starts moving away from the moon and on to its next agenda?
I dont pay attention to them AT ALL. I totally ignore Rs. The only reason i look for retrogression is that is the best time to look at planets with my telescope cause they are closer to the earth and I can see more detail in them.
all of what a retro planet is doing is taking into account in mathematical astrology. in istha and kastha, cheshta bala, and shad bala. if we use those, we are using retro properly. To use retro as a stand alone thing is not correct.