Mars retrograde – Astrological significance
Due to the long period of Mars retrograde, this summer is more favorable for introspection, reflection and readjustments than for launching new projects. Mars, the planet of action went retrograde on the 26th of June and it will go direct only on the 27th of August.
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to move backwards viewed from the Earth. Certainly there is no physical change of direction, but it has an Astrological significance. Apart of the two luminaries (Sun and Moon) every planet goes retrograde. They have their own cycles; Mars moves backwards every two years. His last retrograde occurred in 2016 while transiting Scorpio and Sagittarius.
While retrograde periods are part of the natural planetary cycles, from human perspective they can be quite a challenge. They are associated with slowdowns, delays, breakdowns and all sorts of impasses. Mars is associated with energy, passion, drive, determination, self-assertivity, aggression, stamina, achievement, ambition, competition, sexuality. It rules wars, weapons, accidents, conflagrations, surgery.
Mars retrograde – how to live with it?
Consequently during Mars retrograde we are likely to experience lower (or changing) energy levels. There may be difficulties with asserting your will ( represented by outer obstacles, resistance or explicit hostility of the environment), launching projects and progressing with them. Due to the blocked or distorted flow of Martian energy these periods are accident and illness- prone. Other issues of mismanaged anger may also rise. They can be related to passive aggression, power struggles, violence, impulsiveness. Thus finding healthy outlets for these impulses is essential. Hatha Yoga, different styles of Tai-Chi, Martial Arts can be an option as well as physical exercise generally. Walking in the nature, meditation, different types of mental toughness exercises, creative activity can be helpful, too.
It is also very important, not to push forward when you encounter a hindrance or you experience a slowdown. This is an invitation to make some fine attunements, make a pause to pay attention to the subtle signals of your instincts, to think twice about the possible implications of your projects and actions. Trying to move forward by force can only be a source of further frustration during retrogrades. The more you push, the more you’ll be pushed back, and if you force the progress you may completely block it. So take a break, detach your mind, focus your attention on other areas of life and do your best to figure out what this situation wants to teach you. (Your dreams may have important messages about it, so take your time to write them. An Astro – Tarot reading can also be insightful, so don’t hesitate to contact me.)
The way retrograde Mars will manifest depends on the characteristics of your birth chart and your level of awareness. However there are some general features. During 2018 Mars travels through Aquarius, the sign associated with our ideals, longer-term goals, the causes we value, friendships, groups, innovations, revolutions, freedom, individuality, nonconformity, the unconventional, technology, internet, etc. Thus the issues we are to deal with during the coming few months will relate in one way or other to these analogies.
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