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Planetary Retrograde


The Planetary Retrograde tool highlights the range on a chart where a selected planet is in retrograde motion (it appears to be moving backwards from a geocentric perspective). It is also possible to display the retrograde shadow (the path already travelled prior to turning retrograde).


To apply the Planetary Retrograde tool to your chart, select it from your toolbox and click on the chart. Adjust the properties as required.

Actions & Properties


Add to Toolbar: Click this action to add the selected custom Planetary Retrograde to your custom toolbar.

Apply Settings to All: When multiple Planetary Retrograde tools have been applied to a chart, page or workbook, this action can be used to apply the settings of the one selected to other instances of the tool. This is a great time saver if an adjustment is made to the tool – such as hiding or adding levels- as this allows all the other Planetary Retrograde tools in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.

Copy Data to Clipboard: Will copy the tool’s values to the clipboard which can then be inserted into a spreadsheet, for example, allowing for further analysis.

Copy Tool: Allows you to copy the selected Planetary Retrograde, which can then be pasted onto a different chart window.

Move to Back: If the symbols of the tool are displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the symbols view to the background.

Move to Front: 
If the symbols of the tool are displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the symbols to the forefront.

Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the Planetary Retrograde, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.

Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the Planetary Retrograde Properties (colour, for example) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you apply a new Planetary Retrograde to a chart, the tool will display using the new settings.

Set Time Alert: 
Sets a time alert for the selected symbol. For more information on Time Alerts, click here.

Delete the Planetary Retrograde tool from the chart.


Tool Name: Allows you to adjust the name of the tool, as it’s displayed in the Structure Panel.

Planet: Selects the planet that will be used for the Planetary Retrograde.

Show Retrograde Shadow: Shows the path already travelled before going retrograde.

GMT Offset: Use this option to adjust the Planetary Retrograde time zone setting for a specific market. Select the required GMT setting and the Planetary Retrograde will automatically update.

Coordinate Type: Select between Ecliptic (Longitude & Latitude) or Equatorial (Right Ascension & Declination).

Orb Properties: Expands to display the properties of the Orb, the following items can be adjusted:
  • Show Orbs: Enables you to show or hide the orbs.
  • Orb: This setting allows you to adjust the acceptable variance for the Planetary Retrograde.
  • Orb Transparency: Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the Orb. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency.
  • Full-Size Height: When selected the Orb will extend the full length of the chart, but not across indicators that are displayed in a separate view such as volume.
  • Orb Over All Views: When selected the Orb will extend the full length of the chart and will also extend to tools that are displayed in separate views, e.g. volume.

Show Symbols: When selected the Planetary Retrograde symbols will be displayed on the chart.

Symbols: By default is set to All but can be set to display symbols for either Retrograde or Direct movement only.

Position: Use this option to adjust the position of the Planetary Retrograde symbols. The following positions can be selected: High, Low, Top, Bottom or Floating.

Symbol Size: Allows you to adjust the size of the Planetary Retrograde symbols. Moving the slider bar to the right increases the Symbol size.

Symbol Colour: Allows you to adjust the colour of the Planetary Retrograde symbols colour.

Stack Symbols: When multiple Planetary Retrograde symbols are added to a chart, this property allows you to stack them instead of having them appear in front of each other.

Tool Transparency: Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the tool. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency of the tool.

Visible: Un-tick this checkbox to hide the tool from the chart.

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