Mars Retrograde in Libra 2014
Mars Retrograde in Libra 2014: March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014
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"Mercury Retrograde" has certainly become a buzzword - or buzz phrase - these days. The Mars Retrograde cycle is lesser known, and it occurs less frequently than Mercury Retrograde, but it is certainly no less significant nevertheless.
What is Mars Retrograde? Occasionally, Mars appears to be moving backwards in the sky. "Appears" is the key word here, because, technically speaking, no planet actually moves backwards in their orbits around the Sun. In fact, they don't even slow down. Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets. Mars is Retrograde approximately 58-81 days every 2+ years.
If Mars is retrograde in the natal chart, this is what the
Karmic Insight report has to say about
this position: "Asserting yourself vigorously and directly is complicated by the
fact that you had a prior lifetime or lifetimes in which aggression was either
misused (by you, or against you) and/or all personal initiative and self-will
was insistently discouraged (perhaps due to a belief system that advocated
Mars is Retrograde in Libra from March 1, 2014, to May 19th, 2014.
26 Dec 2013 00:44 am 09° Libra 02' Mars Enters Rx Zone
Details: 01 Mar 2014 11:25 am EST at 27° Libra 32'Rx to 19 May 2014 09:28 pm EDT at 09° Libra 02'
Times are Eastern
Mars is in its shadow December 26th, 2013; and then until July 21st, 2014.
When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly asserting our desires, we tend towards introspection. While Mars in direct motion is direct, straightforward, assertive, and aggressive, with Mars in retrograde motion, Mars energy is essentially turned inward--it's internalized, intensified, personalized, and perhaps pressurized. We can be hesitant about taking action, second-guessing our instincts or our natural impulses rather than acting upon them. The way we react to situations under normal conditions doesn't necessarily work for us now, or we don't exactly trust it.
When anger is internalized, there can be some rather negative byproducts, such as tension, resentment, depression, apathy, and even some paranoia. On the other hand, it can also be personalized and made more intimate. Our goal during a Mars retrograde period should not be, however, to simply sit on our impulses or to squelch our enthusiasm. Rather, it should be to better understand our impulses, our survival instincts, our anger, our sexuality, our inner courage, and the ways we go about getting what we want from life. The cosmos are asking us to look before we leap rather than throw ourselves into action, just for the time being.
In many ways, I think of Mars retrograde periods as similar to Mars transits through the twelfth house. It's a time when hesitating is more likely than throwing ourselves into new endeavors. We might require more rest than usual. Some of us are more accident-prone or illness-prone, almost as if the cosmos are forcing us to slow down if we haven't listened to our natural impulses to take a break. It's time for regrouping, and this is important on both physical and emotional levels.
Rather than direct and healthy expressions or outlets for frustrations, we might resort to sneaky, indirect, or obtuse methods of going after what we want. If we push ahead impulsively, we run into problems, obstacles, and frustrations.
Libra energy is conciliatory and this quality can be expressed in both positive and negative ways. With Mars retrograde in Libra, we might feel resentful of all that we do for others, or of being taken advantage of.
There is a strong emphasis on what is and isn't fair with Libra. Obsessing over who's wrong and who's right may be a problem. It's humility that we should be striving towards, as humility is the only way towards honesty with ourselves and with others.
There can be pronounced passive-aggressive behavior during this cycle, as it can be challenging to feel as if direct assertions can get us what we want. We can instigate problems or arguments in our search to find a balance. We might stew in anger. This is a time for really getting in touch with what we've been accepting on the surface of things, but that has been building inside as emotional slush.
Libra rules one-to-one relationships and negotiations. During Mars' retrograde cycle in Libra, we may need to re-assess our approach to these matters. Circumstances are likely to be such that we feel forced to do so. We might feel some frustration or anxiety about our partnerships. There can be hesitation, caution, and fear of taking risks about beginning or going forward with relationships or with formal negotiations and striking deals. Conflicts about give and take in an existing partnership can be stimulated.
While it's an excellent time for identifying problem areas in our relationships, watch for obsessing over these issues, which is a strong tendency with Mars retro.
We can experience lowered vitality, health issues, especially those associated with areas ruled by Libra (kidneys, adrenal glands, the lower back; we might also need to watch our sugar intake), and accidents a possibility throughout the Mars retrograde period. We may be less direct when it comes to satisfying our sexual needs.
Avoid pushing matters or throwing yourself into something entirely new. There is absolutely no reason to suspend your projects during a Mars retrograde period. Reworking and redefining current projects may be especially satisfying.
Motives may be hard to discern for others' actions. As we consider and re-consider our actions and initiatives, we can be more indecisive than usual. Sexual feelings may be stronger and more intense, but outward expression of sexuality may be less spontaneous than usual.
Any planet that is retrograde is an especially strong and dominant energy in our lives during the retrograde period. Because it is closest to the earth during the cycle, the energy of the planet, while dominant, is more challenging to harness in a controlled, conscious manner. This can lead to irrational behaviors and reactions, particularly since Mars rules action and initiative. Wherever you find Mars transiting your chart during the retrograde period, you could be especially preoccupied with the affairs associated with that house and/or planet. Some of us experience a lessening of interest, initiative, and enthusiasm in these areas of life during the retrograde cycle, particularly as Mars begins to slow down. There is always a bit of a preamble and hangover for retrograde cycles. While Mars is "moving backwards" (from March 1st to May 19th, 2014), there could be some backtracking in these areas, perhaps even some losses. It's a period of review. Working on long-term projects can have better results than embarking on entirely new projects. In fact, this can be a very good time for making important edits to existing projects. Enthusiasm builds slowly but surely as Mars moves direct again (after May 19th).
People don't say what they do, or do what they say!
Mars Retrograde through the Signs - March 1st to May 19th, 2014
Some people are more sensitive to Mars retrograde cycles than others. Mars-ruled Aries and Scorpio natives are likely to be particularly sensitive to the effects of Mars Retrograde in general. This applies to anyone who has a number of planets in either sign. Also, check to see where Aries and Scorpio are found in your natal chart. If Aries is on the third house cusp, for example, (which is often the case for Aquarius Ascendant natives) communication issues may be especially prominent themes now. If either of these signs is on the fifth house, then we can expect some stalling in the areas ruled by the fifth house--romance, creativity, and children, for example.
Because Mars is in the sign of its detriment (opposite the sign that it rules (Aries)), an axis in our charts is impacted, setting up an interesting opportunity to explore our desire natures within both personal and impersonal contexts. For example, for Aries Ascendants, Mars rules the first house and is transiting retrograde in the opposite house, the seventh house. So for people with Aries Ascendants, this retrograde stimulates issues about me/you, independence and companionability, assertion and diplomacy, and the same axis is impacted for Libra Ascendants. For Taurus and Scorpio Ascendants, there is a lot of focus on mental health/physical health and service issues, the need for order vs. the need for a vision and a sense of the infinite. For Gemini and Sagittarius Ascendants, the social life and how they share themselves, self-expression on personal vs. impersonal levels, is impacted. For Cancer and Capricorn Ascendants, it's about their private lives vs. public lives, duty and attachments, their origins vs. their goals. For Leo and Aquarius Ascendants, it's about logic vs. intuition, the quest for knowledge vs. the quest for meaning, daily routines vs. life experiences. For Virgo and Pisces Ascendants, the struggle is about personal and shared resources, what's yours and what's mine, security and transformation, and collecting versus sharing.
Aries and Aries Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles affect you on a highly personal level
because Mars is your sign's ruler. If you have an Aries Ascendant,
Mars is your chart ruler, and Mars retrograde can also affect you on
the physical plane as well as your personal presentation or image to
others. You don't assert yourself or state what it is that you want
as directly as you normally do, and you could be withdrawn and
introspective, pulling back from life a little as you figure out
what it is that you truly want from it. Pushing yourself during this Mars retrograde cycle will only
lead to frustrations and slowdowns. It's time to review how you have
been handling yourself in terms of self-assertion and expression of
anger in general, and for considering making changes to your
approach to getting what you want out of life.
Occurring in your solar seventh house this time, enthusiasm for a partnership or coming from a partner could
appear to be waning. A partner could seem to be less direct or could be harder to reach. Partnering projects or initiatives, or negotiations, could stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself
well in a one-to-one manner. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness with partnerships. A lover
may be especially intense or obsessive, or you could experience this
in your own behavior. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now.
This cycle forces you to reorganize your energy with regards to
people and partnerships. You could be re-assessing the ways
in which you approach relationships, as well as what it is you want
from your relationships. You are doing very important "work" that
can benefit you greatly. You have the chance to reassess how you've
been dealing with partners or potential partners, and you may be
finding new and improved ways to get along. If you're stimulating
angry situations, you need to consider your role in the interaction.
If you're coming on too strong, you need to find ways to tone things
Taurus and Taurus Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your
intuition and spiritual matters, because Mars rules these areas of
your life. You may find that you are less able to rely on your
intuition. Perhaps you're picking up the wrong cues or reading too
much into situations. Whatever the case may be, for the time being,
you may not feel that your intuition is serving you well. Keep an
eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. It would be wise
to be especially clear when it comes to communicating about your
inner world now; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than
communicating about them prematurely. Private affairs and solitary
work might need to be put on the back burner, or you could show less
enthusiasm for them. Occurring in your solar sixth house this time,
enthusiasm for your work or health regimes, or for work projects and
daily routines, could wane perhaps due to setbacks or stalling. Work
itself could seem to be less straightforward or satisfying. New
initiatives with these matters may appear less exciting, or you
could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in
these areas of life. For some, there can be much preoccupation with
your health or work endeavors, and possibly frustration with daily
routines. Watch for pent-up anger and
passive-aggressiveness on the job. Refocus, backtracking, and review
become necessary and recommended now. This Mars retrograde
emphasizes practical and work matters. How you organize your time is
in question now.
Gemini and Gemini Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your
friendships, group associations, networking, business income, and
dreams/wishes because Mars rules these areas of your life in your
Challenges are possible now. Enthusiasm for
generating business income, for group or community activities,
and/or friendships may wane, perhaps due to some problems or
setbacks in these areas of life. You may be temporarily confused
about long term goals. Occurring in your solar fifth house this
time, enthusiasm for a romance or creative project could wane
perhaps due to setbacks or stalling. A relationship with a lover or
a child could become more complicated or possibly exhausting.
Desires can be hard to read for existing relationships - both yours
and those of a lover. There can be a change of heart or you could be
questioning what you've been pursuing in love, and a new approach
becomes necessary. There could be waning interest in a hobby or a
return to an old one. Some of you could be excessively preoccupied
with a love relationship. New initiatives with fifth house matters
may appear less exciting, or you could find that you are less
confident about expressing yourself in fifth house areas of
life--creativity self-expression, recreation, children, and romance.
Caution and perhaps anxiety or confusion begin to dominate. You
might feel less confident or you could lack motivation now. Watch for pent-up anger,
frustration, and passive-aggressiveness with a lover or with your
children, if applicable. Refocusing, backtracking, and review become
necessary and recommended now.
Cancer and Cancer Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your
career, professional life, ambition, public relations, and your
reputation because Mars rules these areas of your life in your solar
snags, challenges, or seeming setbacks might alert you to the need
for re-organizing your energy and enthusiasm for these matters, for
re-assessing goals, or for changing plans. Occurring in your solar fourth
house this time, household projects may slow down or stall. Repairs
may need to be done, or circumstances are such that living
conditions seem unstable or in need of review. Perhaps the
enthusiasm that you have been building for work around the house is
lessening. You may have an increased desire to rule the roost, or
feel that this position is no longer in your hands, and if this
transit stimulates conflict or disputes, it is likely to be
family-related--you may have arguments with them, about them, or on
their behalf. You may get worked up about old problems or regarding
emotional issues from the past that are resurfacing now. Refocusing,
backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. It's
time to review how you have been handling your assertiveness on the
home front and with family.
Leo and Leo Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of faith, wisdom,
perspective, personal philosophy, higher education, travel, and
adventure in general because Mars rules your solar ninth house. You could find that you are less confident
about expressing yourself in adventurous ways. Your outlook on life
in terms of the "bigger picture" could be a little more cautious, and you
might find that you temporarily have less faith. Occurring in your solar
third house this time, mental projects, courses, or studies could be
less exciting or invigorating for the time being. Perhaps a project
you have been working on and enthused about encounters some snags
and you feel the urge to abandon it altogether. Some of you could be
quite preoccupied with problems in these areas. Challenges with
self-expression, pushing/selling your ideas, or with neighbors and siblings
may occur now. Social interactions can be a little strained now, as
you may feel the need to hold back or there is a lack of usual
spontaneity in your communications. There can be frustration with
daily routines. It's time to rethink, revise, and reorganize your
plans. Backtracking is a good idea. In fact, this is a strong time
for making important edits of work already in progress.
and Virgo Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of intimacy, sharing, and finances because Mars rules these areas of your solar chart. Intimate matters may become more intense and complicated. Joint financial projects or initiatives may stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in personal ways. Anger management might be in order now, and it's a strong period for reviewing how you have been asserting yourself with a partner.
There can be frustrations with how you've been managing power in a
partnership, and a drive to improve this situation. There may be a
struggle with addictions at this time, or the magnification of fears
and phobias that have been driving your behavior. The good news is
that you have a chance to better manage them.
Occurring in your
second house this time, money-making endeavors are in focus. Perhaps
a money-making idea you have been working on and were enthused about
encounters some snags and you feel the urge to abandon it
altogether. Caution and perhaps anxiety may be the overriding
emotions now. Money and security matters are extremely important to
you during this cycle, but they are not as straightforward as they
have been. It's time to rethink, revise, and reorganize your money
and your plans. This period involves coming to a greater
understanding of how the way you manage your resources impacts your
confidence and your life.
and Libra Ascendant: All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in
the areas of close partnering and negotiations because Mars rules
these areas of your solar chart. Enthusiasm for a partnership or
coming from a partner could be waning or not as clear. A partner
could seem to be less direct or hard to reach. Partnering projects
or initiatives, or negotiations, could stall, or you could find that
you are less confident about expressing yourself in a one-to-one
manner. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness in your
partnerships, and learn from experiences with these things.
Occurring in your solar first house now, this Mars retrograde cycle is very up close and personal! The ways that your survival instincts have served you to date may not seem to be as effective, or you might be feeling cautious and withdrawn overall now. You might find that you are second-guessing yourself, and this is a natural process as you reassess how you have been going about meeting life and reacting/acting. It's a good time for refining these things. Your personal initiatives and confidence are affected. Perhaps you are not as confident about your personal effectiveness and more cautious about sharing yourself with others. Personal initiatives might need to be put on the back burner, or you could show less enthusiasm for them. You could be a little tired and more accident-prone, so be sure to rest up.
You are also examining the way anger has helped or impaired
your life, and coming up with new ways to manage it. In the process,
you can experience some real frustrations. The end result, ideally,
is a much-improved you.
It's time to rethink, revise, and reorganize your plans. Backtracking is a good idea now. How you assert yourself and how you go about going after what you want out of life are up for review now.
Watch for unacknowledged or buried desires driving your
and Scorpio Ascendant: All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in
the areas of work, daily activities and routines, and/or health.
Events might conspire to slow you down in these areas, forcing you
to reassess how you've been managing this part of your life.
Frustrations with your daily routine can be part of the picture now.
Energy levels may seem low. Mars is
your co-ruler, so you may be dealing with issues of image, personal
presentation, and physical appearance or health as well. Occurring in your solar twelfth house this time, your spirituality,
private life, gut instincts, and intuition are affected. Perhaps you
are not as confident about your hunches. Private affairs and
solitary work might need to be put on the back burner, or you could
show less enthusiasm for them. Trusting your gut instincts may
become an issue. Vague fears and anxieties need to be dealt with.
Obsession with private matters or concerns about the past could be
part of the picture. Your desire nature can be rather complicated
now, and it can be difficult to find direct routes to satisfaction.
Old resentments, hurts, and angers can resurface. There can be
lowered vitality, likely due to emotional frustrations and
exasperation. It's time to rethink, revise, and reorganize
your plans. Backtracking is a good idea now. This is a time for
learning about how your mental health impacts your life.
and Sagittarius Ascendant: All Mars retrograde cycles affect you
in the areas of creativity, children, recreation, entertainment,
hobbies, and romance because Mars rules these areas of your solar
chart. This can play out in a variety of ways, such as problems with
a lover or child's enthusiasm, for example, or a creative project
encountering some setbacks, or possibly an event or circumstance
that prevents you from enjoying hobbies or leisurely activities for
the time being. This may be a period of review of a love affair. Occurring
in your solar eleventh house this time, enthusiasm for generating
business income, for working towards your higher goals and hopes,
for group or community activities, and/or friendships may wane,
perhaps due to some problems or setbacks in these areas of life.
Some of you could be dealing with frustrations and buried anger with
friends. Ambiguity in these areas of life may lead you to reassess your
friendships, group endeavors and associations, or higher goals.
There may be frustration with goals or dreams not manifesting soon
enough, when in fact this retrograde period is strong for making
important edits to your plans. Refocus,
backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now.
and Capricorn Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of home, family,
security, and domestic activities because Mars rules these areas in
your solar chart. This can play out in a variety of ways. For
example, household projects may slow down or stall. You might be
feeling more defensive during this period, or your might get worked
up about old angers or regarding emotional issues from the past that
are resurfacing now. It's a good time for examining how you have
been expressing anger or asserting yourself with your family.
Occurring in your solar tenth house this time,
enthusiasm for career and public or professional matters may wane,
perhaps due to some problems or setbacks in these areas of life.
Ambiguities might have you second-guessing or reassessing your
goals. You might feel less confident or you could simply feel more
cautious now. Some projects may stall. You may be feeling as if you
are only going through the motions when it comes to your
duties and responsibilities, temporarily lacking ambition, fire, or
motivation. Refocus, backtracking, and
review become necessary and recommended now. This Mars retrograde
emphasizes practical and work matters. How you organize your time is in question now.
Aquarius and Aquarius Ascendant: All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of communication, siblings, neighbors, acquaintances, and transportation. Communication or transportation might take a hit somehow, making it harder to get from point A to point B, for example, or involving missed meetings, delays and red tape, challenges with studies, or mechanical breakdowns. There can be frustration with self-expression or impatience with social niceties. Occurring in your solar ninth house this time, enthusiasm for higher education, travel, your personal philosophy, or adventure in general may wane, perhaps due to some problems or setbacks in these areas of life. Some projects may stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in adventurous ways. Your outlook on life in terms of the "bigger picture" could be more cautious, and you might find that you temporarily have less faith, or you are questioning the faith that has carried you to date. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. Your outlook and lust for life, for the time being, might not be as natural or spontaneous as it has been.
and Pisces Ascendant:
All Mars retrograde cycles affect you in the areas of personal finances, income, possessions, comfort, and values. These areas might be ambiguous now, or cause for concern and anxiety for the time being. Reassessing these matters becomes necessary.
This is a good time for taking a hard look at your budget. It's also
a time for understanding how the management of your personal
resources impacts your confidence in general. Occurring in your solar eighth house this
time, enthusiasm for intimate and sharing matters in general may
wane, perhaps due to some problems or setbacks in these areas of
life. Intimate matters may become more intense and complicated.
Joint financial projects or initiatives may stall, or you could find
that you are less confident about expressing yourself in personal
ways. A lover or yourself may especially intense or obsessive.
Ambiguity with finances, particularly debts and shared money or
resources, could dominate now. There can be magnification of fears
and phobias, unexplored desires, and addictions now. Refocus, backtracking, and review
become necessary and recommended. You could be exploring anger and
assertion over deeply buried matters, and learning to better manage
your life on an emotional level.
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