Below are two posts from Dana about Mars Retrograde, posted over the last 7 days, combined for easier reading.
June 21, 2018
Happy Solstice everyone! It's the shortest day of the year for us in the Southern Hemisphere, and longest in the Northern
We also have Mars, the planet of "energy needing expression", preparing to go retrograde next week. Retrograde periods highlight and intensify the influence of a planet, making us more aware of how we're using a particular energy in our life. With Mars, it can bring up: anger, rage, explosive outbursts or aggression.
It's a time to look at why these emotions are coming up:
What is really being triggered?
What underlying issue is wanting your attention?
What is your habitual response when it comes to anger?
Do you shut down, suppress it or project it?
Do you need to change this response?
Do you need to learn to express yourself and your needs in a more assertive way?
Mars retro can also increase your desire to be physically active or vice versa enforce or encourage a period of rest.
It's also a great time to cook up creative ideas that you can implement a few months down the road.
If you are one of the many for whom anger or rage is bubbling up, or if you're empathetically absorbing it from the collective, strong physical workouts are an excellent, healthy way of moving that energy through you. Exercise is great for clearing any "excess" energy that doesn't belong to you. It clears your mind so that you can healthy address any authentic anger that does belong to you. Anger and rage are powerful emotions and messengers. We don't just want to "release" them, especially if they are coming up strongly or recur often. It's better to look at why the emotion is there. Ask the emotion: what are you wanting to tell me?
There is A LOT of projection going on at the moment- personally, socially and politically. We are angry about that over there, meanwhile the same thing is happening here (in our psyche/our home/our life/our country/our side). Projection happens because it's just too painful or overwhelming to see/accept what's happening "here".
There is nothing wrong with being angry. What isn't helpful however is being angry when it happens "there" but ignoring it when it happens "here". The tricky thing is we can often have a blind spot when it comes to what's happening "here" which is why listening to each other is SO important right now. Other people can see our blind spots, and we can see theirs. Our new human mantra needs to be listen up instead of lashing out.
How are you all feeling?
Freedom from Restriction (June 25, 2018)
Mars is going retrograde tomorrow. This is often interpreted as our energy and motivation taking a step back, but the exact opposite can happen.
Retro periods help us see things more clearly. They highlight where we might be sabotaging ourselves or doing things that aren't working anymore. Things happen in fast forward speedy time these days so you'll likely find yourself feeling compelled to put your new ideas into practice as soon as you realise what you could be doing differently. So, the next couple of months could actually be a more productive time than usual...not less.
There's a feeling of working smarter, not harder. Where can you be more efficient, using your time and energy more effectively?
Heads up: Mars is starting the retro journey the day before the Full Moon so the Mars energy could play out in a very emotional way for some of you.
Saturn will be conjunct (in the same place as) this Full Moon, both of which happen to be in Capricorn right now who is the ruler of Saturn. So that's a double whammy for father energy/issues, restrictions, limitations, anything requiring discipline, dealings with authority, or taking greater responsibility for something or someone. Mars in Aquarius wants total freedom and to be his or her own person. "Don't restrict me!"
This Full Moon perfectly kicks off the entire Mars Retro theme which is going to help you see where you are not moving forward as freely as you could be, and what you need to do to change that