In my column, The Low-Down on the Far-Out, I occasionally refer to something called the Shadow, especially when talking about Mercury Retrograde. The Shadow refers to the area of the zodiac where a planet goes retrograde (appears to go backward). The planet "retraces its steps," so to speak, and appears to travel through that area 3 times: first direct, then retrograde (backwards), then direct again. (See diagram below.) This usually refers to the transit ing planets (in real time), not to your natal planets (in your natal chart). If a planet in the Shadow makes an aspect to your natal chart during this time, you will have three passes of that transit. This means there is more to the situations happening during that time than what you may see on the surface. Those situations will evolve during the time that planet is in the Shadow. See also: Direct, Retrograde, Stationary, Transit. See also the article series on Retrograde Planets, including one article specifically on the Shadow and Stations.