Mars Retrograde for Each Sign
Alright, group huddle. As I write, MARS, our red planet of intemperate heat, has turned retrograde. MARS's primary urge is to conquer and impose his will. He is also the planet of warfare, aggression, and violence, of weapons and explosions. MARS teaches us to be the predator to not be the prey. Regardless of your sex or gender, MARS is your yang self, the part of you that goes after what you want and is willing to fight against what you don't want. MARS has a lot of important jobs: he keeps us on our guard and helps us to claim our space, defend and protect ourselves in a world that wants to invade us.
MARS teaches us the courage and to take the initiative. Subtleties are lost on MARS, and he tends to see things as black or white, friend or foe, His polarity planet is VENUS, and that's where she comes in, to teach balance and connection. The MARS part of us wants to sever and push away, is perennially afraid of losing himself in another. MARS will fight for what he believes in and sees life through the eyes of a soldier on the battlefield. It's hard for MARS to put his weapons down.
MARS is now in ARIES, one of his two domiciles. This means he is comfortable and wielding maximum power. In traditional astrology, MARS is considered to be one of the malefic planets and can easily stir up trouble. In evolutionary astrology, we know that no one is permanently stuck at any stage, and we all came here to Earth, to learn and grow. As I don't need to remind anyone, we are in quite a roaring river of change on planet Earth, and we don't know where we're headed. It's a time to let go of the shore, keep your head above water, and keep an eye on each other. We all need each other, and we all have a part to play in the Great Change through which we are living. Between now and Winter Solstice, JUPITER and SATURN will finish up their passage of CAPRICORN for this round, and MARS will play his part in activating them (and more) by square while retrograde. Buckle up and stay in your center. This is going to be a wild ride.
When MARS turns retrograde, something that happens roughly every two years, he gets more intense, as he gets closer to Earth at this time. The peak of the closeness coincides with the peak of the retrograde, which happens when the SUN and MARS oppose each other, and square PLUTO on October 13.
In any year, MARS retrograde is an important transit, but this isn't just any year, right?
To compound the "go for broke" vibe of this retrograde, MARS will be traveling in a stellium with asteroids LILITH, ERIS, and CHIRON, also in ARIES. There will be no stones left unturned in these next two months. As I have said in recent posts, please take care of yourselves in terms of preparation of water, food, supplements, pet food, and meds; have extra of everything and be calmly prepared for anything.
Please take this into account when planning anything over the next two months. Everything for the entire year so far has managed to somehow be SO EXTRA, that I am advising you to take this time very seriously, and to read below for the specific dates of MARS rx square SATURN, PLUTO, and JUPITER.
SUPER IMPORTANT DATES
September 5: MARS station retrograde at 28 degrees
(use this date as the practical start of rx)
September 9: MARS turns retrograde at 28 degrees
September 27: MARS rx makes second square to SATURN rx at 25 degrees
September 29: SATURN stations direct at 25 degrees of CAP, square MARS. AMPLIFICATION
October 7: MARS rx square to PLUTO, while opposite SUN in LIBRA.
October 9: MARS rx forms a GRAND CROSS with SUN in LIBRA, MOON in CANCER, JUPITER PLUTO SATURN in CAP.
October 14: MERCURY turns retrograde in SCORPIO
October 17: MARS rx makes 2nd square to JUPITER in CAP
October 13: MARS opposite SUN: peak of retrograde, MARS closest to the Earth
November 3: MARS rx reaches station degree of 15 ARIES
November 3: US Presidential election
November 9: Stationing MARS rx opposite VENUS in LIBRA (relationship red flag warning)
November 14: MARS stations direct!
These MARS retrograde transit forecasts are excerpted and modified from
Steven Forrest's wonderful Book of Fire.