Mars Retrograde- What it Is
Though people tend to freak out over Mercury retrograde cycles- well, fact is there are quite a few other planets and otherwise that also “go retrograde”. Like Mercury, it’s an optical illusion where the planet looks like it’s going backwards in the sky.
Mars, as it happens, does this around every 2 years or so for roughly 58 to 81 days. On June 26th, 2018, Mars will station retrograde first in Aquarius- though you may have already been feeling the impact from about the 12th on.
What’s that even mean?
First, meet Mars.
In Roman lore, Mars was the God of War. Actually, he was also considered a guardian of agriculture. Though a lot of people conflate him with Ares, they do have some rather significant differences.
In astrology, though: Mars is Aries’ ruler. This is the planet of not only survival, but action, of raw energy, anger, aggression and sexual desire.
As Mars stations retrograde, we might have to take a long hard look at things. This is generally the way of it whenever a planet moves into these cycles- and Mars is no different. It’s a time to re-assess what we’re doing: but with Mars, you’re going to want to look at how we go about getting what we want- but, also, taking a look at what we want itself and possibly, why we want it.
Let’s take a look at this particular Mars retrograde…
I won’t be stripping any time, soon. Far, far too clumsy for it. However, let me see if I can sum this up in song-
Except, it’s probably gonna go a little more like this. Perspective really is everything, isn’t it?
I think you get the idea.
Now, I haven’t been writing much about astrology because frankly, shitheads in the New Age community burned me the fuck out. The thing is, right now, in addition to Mars going retrograde what we have here is: Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, Neptune, and Mars all in retrograde.
Oh don’t you worry, your oh-so-stereotypical Mercury Retrograde happens next month. Anyway- so, your basic set up is probably more along these lines:
Except, where he’s saying “It’s a lot like life”- no, no. It is just like it.
Hey, don’t look at me. Kurt and I already have an outlet for that.
All of the Mars shit shakes out in Aquarius to begin with. I’ve circled it in the chart above, but the symbol for Mars is pretty easy to remember because it looks like a boner. It’s the male symbol.
Let’s look at the various bits here. I am going to start with Saturn, because, well…I already went there a bit, didn’t I? Our first snarl here is that with Saturn in retrograde until …shit. I think first week of September- having the Sun opposite is a bastard. The Sun is where we find our self expression and Saturn is like “You shut your filthy whore mouth.” This makes it harder for us to express those desires we have. Listen, you little worm, you don’t get to make requests.
In all seriousness, you may find that you’re feeling a bit more alone than usual. You may feel as though you have been rejected- or you may in fact, face rejection. People might seem distant and you, yourself may need some space, too.
The best way to deal with this is to just keep on keeping on, frankly. Any goals or otherwise you’ve got that you can do on your own is best.
I can see there that Mars is square Jupiter- which kinda amps up frustrations about not getting what you want. Not just in the bedroom, but in general. You may find that you want to slap the dogshit out of somebody and you may find that they react that same way to you. Bunch of grumpy frustrated people: understanding that kinda helps but at the same time, it’s generally like, “Christ, everybody ate Dick Flakes for breakfast.”
It’s really not a good time for this. I’m a big fan of choosing your battles and now’s probably the time you want to adopt that one, too.
Mars, as it happens, is opposite Venus. Now, if you have your shit together in your love life- this can be quite a fun tangle, all in all: you might just find that the tension and otherwise makes for a nice physical outlet.
Personally, I recommend that over giving in to the temptation to lash out in your frustration. Even in the best relationships, that can sometimes happen, particularly when things are tense and things seem to be crawling along.
If your relationship is kinda on the rocks- you may find that repressed or blocked desires make for some bullshit. You might also find that temptations abound and oh, that is a bad idea. Not even the bad idea that turns out to be fun- just a bad idea.
Whatever else you do: take care not to give into people who are a bit more aggressive in pursuit of their own desires- and be careful not to fall into the trap of being that way with others. There is a strong tendency under this influence to wind up win a shitty situation. Beer goggles really have nothing on this: instead, consider examining those repressed or blocked desires, determining what you can find a healthy outlet with, and what you might just keep to the spank bank. Sometimes, fantasy is better off remaining so.
This is, however, a fantastic time to get physically active in other ways. Get those stress hormones out somehow and you’ll feel a bit better.
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