MARS RETROGRADE

Mercury has finally gone direct and just when you think things are going to be better after one of the most difficult Mercury Retrograde periods.

From my own experience and that of many of my clients, this past Mercury Retrograde period has been one of the most difficult in some time. I’ll bet you think that you can finally breathe now that Mercury has changed direction and is moving forward again.  Well, don’t get too comfortable. .. 

We’ve been in the throes of a retrograde season starting with Jupiter in November, 2013(finally turning direct March 5th), Venus all through January 2014, then just as Venus went direct, Mercury turned Retrograde and now as Mercury resumes forward motion, Mars begins its retrograde period in the sign of Libra. Saturn also starts its long retrograde period beginning March 2nd. 

Saturn is a slower moving planet and its retrograde periods last about 5 ½ to 6 months out of every year so we don’t feel its effects  as dramatically as we do the faster moving planets. Mars is a different story though and only goes retrograde about every 2 years when it stays in a sign for about 2-3 months. 

Mars is the planet of energy of all types, physical energy, action, assertiveness, competition and  aggression .  Its energy is what motivates us to get up and get going, to initiate action and move forward. Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio and on a mundane level rules earthquakes, fires, war, violence, disruptions and conflicts  of all sorts. 

What can we expect from this Mars Retrograde period. Mars is the ultimate Yang energy and like any energy pattern, it can be used for good or ill – it really depends on us.   During the retrograde in the sign of Libra, personal relationships and partnerships  be they business, love,  professional or familial will be up for scrutiny.  Remember Retro means to go back, re-examine and perhaps redo.  Mars is uncomfortable in the sign of Libra.  Libra seeks balance and peace but is often indecisive and Mars wants action!!  But, don’t let Libra’s apparent sweetness and apparent hesitancy fool you. Libra is a cardinal sign, a leader and initiator, often referred to as the iron fist in the velvet glove.  When Libra really wants something there is no stopping it, it’s just that the bruise won’t be visible. It is also said that Mars retrograde periods are inauspicious times to initiate conflicts, e.g. lawsuits as the initiator is sure to be the loser. It will be interesting to watch the current conflict in the Ukraine and Russian aggression.

Depending on where Mars fall in your personal chart, this is the area of life that will be most affected. No matter where it falls, your physicial energy is likely to feel down, so be sure to  get plenty of rest and take care of yourself.  If you would like to know more about how Mars Retrograde will affect you, contact me for a personal horoscope reading 

"We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more."
Carl Jung

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