Mars in Aquarius turns retrograde today at 09° until the 27th of August where it will turn direct at 28 Capricorn. The energy of this planet turns inward now and appears to slow down, giving us an opportunity to review how we express Mars energy. Mars joins Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto in retrograde motion and I’ve seen some alarmist articles circulating on the internet about this, but retrogrades are a natural cycle of life, and external events tend to slow down during these periods, with time appearing to move more slowly. The planets are not the cause of events, they’re simply a reflection of us and the choices that we’ve made under free will.
Mars is the warrior planet and when in direct motion, encourages us to forge on with our plans and keep moving, fighting and battling ahead. During the retrograde motion, which happens approximately once every two years, the energy forces us to slow down and to reassess and internalise life issues and to think long and hard before initiating projects.
People around us will appear to be more passive than normal as the assertive and aggressive nature of Mars is difficult to express now. This is especially true for those of us with personal planets and angles in Scorpio and Aries as during this period, we’ll learn better ways to work with the energies of Mars. And for those of us who have a prominent Mars in our birth charts (such as conjunct the ascendant or another angle). We must remember not to take things at face value with other people as repressed anger may resurface later as an explosion. It’s better to talk about any Mars related issues during this period rather than ignore them and keep our emotions bottled up. Communication and analysis are the keys here rather than quick and swift action.
Hesitating and waiting for more information isn’t a bad thing as Mars retrograde is thought to be an unfortunate time to initiate anything that Mars rules, such as War (can be divorce or any kind of argument or disagreement). Starting any kind of action against another person now is said to result in the initiator losing the project and it backfiring badly and quickly. Globally, this will be true as well as on a personal level and secret missions and military operations started now are likely to fail or have hidden agendas.
Karma created during this retrograde will manifest in the next two years.
As with all retrogrades, karmically, this is a time when our choices will come to fruition and we will experience a boomerang effect if our actions don’t stem from the best intentions and aren’t in line with our individual missions of this lifetime (the story of the North Node of the moon in our birth charts). Mars will remain in conjunction with the transiting South Node for most of the retrograde, the South Node shows us the issues that we need to leave behind in order to grow spiritually and emotionally. 2018 is the year of the retrograde, and collectively, humankind is working with this energy to heal our shadow side in order to progress and create a new world.
Retrogrades help us to see how our actions affect others and are excellent times to use psychology to analyse ourselves and our relationships. We may be tempted to be sneaky or use deception to get what we want, but this is a bad idea, and hinders our spiritual growth.
Old lovers and past life loves may try to return to us during this time, but these relationships are Martian in nature and may be based on sex and physical attraction rather than anything long lasting and substantial. We may also have a history of violence and conflict with these people, either in this lifetime or former lives. It’s best to avoid unwholesome situations, and avoid any people who will cause harm to ourselves and existing relationships. Mars retrograde is an ideal time to banish certain archetypes that have manifested over and over again in our lives, such as the abusive lover or the narcissistic friend. The universe won’t stop these people from coming into your life until you take responsibility and cut all ties with them completely. We may look back on old relationships and friendships with rose tinted glasses, but in reality these people were harmful towards us and left our lives for a good reason and we should not allow them back again. When in doubt, we should return to traditional values and try to llive our lives in a similar way to that of our Grandparents.
Clandestine affairs and covert communications will badly backfire if initiated during this time.
We may find ourselves in difficult situations that have been strong themes in this lifetime and our past lives. We’re getting a chance to deal with the issues in a different way so we can end the cycle. We need to think carefully as any knee jerk reactions will get us into trouble later and rather than blaming other people, we need to be strong enough to look inwards and identify the role that we’ve played in creating these situations.
Our sex lives may be affected by Mars retrograde and we may suffer from sexual frustration and enter a period where our sexual energies are repressed in some way. It’s important to know that this is temporary, and that the energy we normally use during sex is being channelled into another part of our lives for the time being. The retrograde period gives us an opportunity to review our sex lives, and to consider that a more conservative and old fashioned approach to sex is healthier for us and our relationships than promiscuity, pornography and loose boundaries between men and women.
For some of you, your Mars retrograde story will involve recovering from an illness or operation, so a period of rest and recuperation is coming up. Health issues and accidents are more likely during this cycle, so avoid risks and take care.
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