Mars Retrograde is a special occasion and can be full of surprises. The last time it happened was in 2018, when it crossed between Capricorn & Aquarius (Earth & Air) during March–Nov 2018. The last time it retrograded in Arieswas July 1988-Jan 1989. Mars Retro is rewiring your desire nature and inner sacred masculine ~ in the Area of Life (House). Whether male or female, we all have to hold good boundaries, negotiate on our own behalf and get our ideas out into the world. You can consciously co-create with this personal planet every two years when it gets a potent upgrade.
Mars represents who you are, what you want, what you deeply desire & what you are passionate about. It will spend almost 6-months (6-8 weeks is normal) moving over the last degrees of ARIES, activating your identity, purpose & independence and asking for a big renewal. Wherever this falls in your chart would be where the action is and where the energy blockages & frustrations begin to indicate that Mars is moving in a different direction than usual. It only does this every 2-years or so and it is a delicious opportunity to reset our buttons around who we are and what we really want, on an individual level. The more fluid & adaptable (around your desires) that you can be these days, the better you’ll be able to integrate the inevitable changes being stirred up for everyone.
When Mars Retrogrades, it is the time to do the Inner Self-Work – to redefine what you really want and how you express the power & passion of Mars – which is how you go about getting what you want in life. It spends June 2020 – Jan 2021 in ARIES so you may feel the Retrograde in that whatever direction you were heading in (over the last 2 years) may now be slowed or even reversed (temporarily at least). Things that were easy may seem challenging and things that used to be challenging may now become easier or simplified. Remember, all delays & detours are not necessarily “bad”. Pay attention to the aspects of your approach to acquiring what you desire, as well as the motivations behind your desires. Always make the self-inquiry, ask yourself what you want and why you want it. The Reboot, Revision, Recalibration of Marsand your desire nature is a regular 2-year “maintenance process”. Your heart’s desires change & evolve over time, so this is your opportunity to check in and tweak things accordingly.
You may initially feel a drop in your drive and focus or perhaps just a shift in direction. This could happen for the entire Retrograde period, however, most of us have to continue forward regardless of what the planets are up to ; -) The best use of this energy is to understand that the purpose is to jolt you from the comfort zone you’ve been resting in for two years (or more) and alert you to a cycle renewing. What disruption did you experience in 2018, during Mars’ last Retro in Capricorn/Aquarius? Well, this is another time where the energy is shifting in a powerful way. It could also be a wake-up call regarding what you are or are not passionate enough about. There is likely some area of your life that you have not given enough open, direct, powerful energy to and it is demanding your attention now. The last one was about your relationships and responsibilities to family & community, this time it is in Aries, so that means it’s all about YOU!
Don’t fight the Retrograde process and since Mars energy is all about forward movement, that can be the challenging part for some folks. Resist the temptation to explode or act for the sake of action. It would be a better use of your personal energies if you just quietly observe, then take decisive action (Mars) which serves your Highest good when the timing feels right for you. Remember, channel your rage (paralyzes) in to outrage (mobilizes) and the best revenge is often success! Often, Mars Retrograde brings whatever you’ve suppressed, ignored or avoided to the surface to be dealt with and it won’t be denied. Be prepared to dig deep within, cleansing and clearing the old Self, and thus the old routines & obligations, which ought to open up new possibilities & freedoms for you as well.
We get almost 7-months to review what we are truly passionate about & committed to, what’s really worth doing and how much we actually love ourselves. When Mars once again goes forward, be prepared to act boldly! Retrogrades are about adjustment – this is a second chance to get it “right”. Review, revise – go back over there’s something you missed. In the current turbulent times, it is vital that we stay focused on what truly matters and use our powerful Martian energy to create an authentic life based on love and not illusions, delusions or fear. For naturally fiery natures, you may want to consciously direct this passionate & potent energy into a cause or dear project. For those of you who are not naturally fiery, this energy lends strength & courage to step into your authentic Self, while lending the necessary energy to facilitate change for all of us.
Either way, all should be tuned-in for the upcoming Review (Sept 9 – Nov 13, 2020)when action in the world will slow ever-so slightly, nudging you to turn your personal Mars energy toward the internal concerns of who you are and what you want as an individual. It’s all very personal. As with all Retrogrades, the energy that is normally outwardly expressed becomes more inner directed. Mars is the planet of passion, action, sex, war & desire, among other things so here are some questions to consider.
Questions to Consider:
What do you desire at this time?
What do you passionately desire?
Or have you lost your passion?
What are really passionate about?
Have you been “passionate” about anything lately?
What have you been actively pursuing in the world?
What gets you fired-up & inspired?
What makes you angry?
Is your anger mobilizing (outrage) or paralyzing (rage) for you?
What are you willing to get started/initiate?
What are you willing to honor, defend, protect and courageously, stand up for?
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