Transits: Mars Retrograde
Transits In Astrology: Retrogrades
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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 a significant time 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 Retrograde periods:
Previous: November 15th 2007 to
January 30th 2008
Mars Stations Retrograde and Direct - Transits to the Houses
What house(s) in your natal chart is Mars transiting when it is Stationing? Note the degree at which Mars turns Retrograde and find where that degree is found, by house, in your natal chart, then read the interpretation for Mars Stationary Retrograde below. Then note the degree at which Mars then turns Direct and find that point in your natal chart (it's likely to be in the same house or an adjacent one), and read the interpretation for Mars Stationary Direct below. These interpretations (source: Day Watch software) indicate the areas of life affected by Mars' stations.
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 1st House
Mars Stationary Direct in 1st House A sometimes-frustrating period of forced inaction or delays that may have had you chafing at the bit is turning the corner and you will be able to get some forward motion again. Where you had to make do with other people's initiatives or no progress at all, you can again take the reins yourself and make it happen your way without intermediaries. Once things are back into your hands you will be better able to push for change and advancement in development of your financial resources in the coming months. Make your presence known and you will get results.
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 2nd House If you can avoid taking too much financial action during this period, do so. Chances are it will be hard to anyway and likely not worth the fight. Ease off on the money pedal but don't slam on the brakes, either. Opportunities for really good, long-lasting moves are few, and energy used sparingly now will serve well to have conserved later. There's nothing wrong with following through on long-term, well-laid plans, but impulsive spending will likely be resources thrown into the wind, especially if it is based on personal, ego-satisfaction motives.
Mars Stationary Direct in 2nd House A push-pull period of some frustration in developing your assets is turning around and your ability to draw on your real income should increase. This may come partly as a result of concentrating your efforts in one area and letting other time- and energy-wasting projects go. Increasing your ability to follow through will put you one up on the situation while others are too distracted with multiple efforts to successfully compete. This will allow you to open up new avenues of communication and develop valuable contacts in the near future that will allow your single purpose to snowball.
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 3rd House Getting people around you -- or yourself -- to behave in the usual organized manner may be a bit difficult during this period. Stops and starts abound, half-baked ideas remain unresolved, and follow-through on commitments is dicey. Negotiations are favored in that you find out what can't be done and can hammer into shape that which can. But patience can be short, so it's being even-tempered that will best see you through. It's better to accomplish things in small, repetitive efforts than to try for the big push and see it careen off-course. Staying power is tested, but most likely to succeed.
Mars Stationary Direct in 3rd House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 4th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 4th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 5th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 5th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 6th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 6th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 7th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 7th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 8th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 8th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 9th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 9th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 10th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 10th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 11th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 11th House
Mars Stationary Retrograde in 12th House
Mars Stationary Direct in 12th House
Mars Retrograde Transiting in Conjunction to Natal Planets
During any given Mars Retrograde period, Mars may transit conjunct a natal planet or point (or more than one sensitive point in your chart). The interpretations below (source: Day Watch Report) show what happens when Mars transits conjunct a natal planet or point while in Retrograde motion, and then returns to "revisit" the conjunction after turning Direct.
Mars Conjunct Sun (Retrograde) Just when you thought you had all your energies packaged and pointed in one direction, you might find that things may scatter and get away from you for a while as Mars pauses for a retreat on you natal Sun. At first, this may seem like an inconvenience and can have a flustering effect on the best-laid plans, but in the long run it will cause you to realign your personality powers and drop what drains your vim and vigor in favor of what promotes it. You can't please everybody, so you've got to please yourself, and the coming months will flesh out what really works for you.
Mars Conjunct Sun (Direct After Retrograde) Mars turning direct on your Sun can redirect a lot of energy that has lately been diluted or drained off by dead-ends and non-starters. The time for deciding the chosen path and the commitment to go with it is enhanced by regained enthusiasm and focus. If there is any downside, it could be that you burn too hot and risk overshooting the mark until you've got a handle on the new situation. Avoid involving your ego when what you want is a job well done, and be prepared for impacts that can be absorbed as long as you are not too close to the subject.
Mars Conjunct Moon (Retrograde) As Mars turns around on your natal Moon, issues that arouse anger and annoyance may come to the fore, and there is no time like the moment to ferret them out and dispense with them. But that works on two levels. First, there are things which truly waste energy and siphon off your ability to get on with life, and these you should identify and kiss goodbye. Second, there may be situations that rouse your ire because you aren't facing up to them and they remind you of your own reluctance to clear things up. These you must embrace and work through until they lose their stigma and become part of the regular flow.
Mars Conjunct Moon (Direct After Retrograde) Mars turning direct on your Moon can be an emotional challenge and an opportunity to learn restraint and re-channel anger. Recent frustrations can too easily be turned to conflict just as resolution is in sight, so keep a steady hand on the helm and let those about you lose their heads without joining in. If successful, what begins as forbearance leads to relief and a feeling that you have been tested and have passed with flying colors. Use physical exercise to release stress and trim away energy-wasters that slow you down and tire you out. Focus, patience, and endurance are the watchwords
Mars Conjunct Mercury (Retrograde) Brilliant flashes of insight and problem solving may suddenly require a second look as Mars backs off your Mercury. Easy solutions will take a bit more work until they can be hammered into workable pathways to success. Mental effort can tire just as easily as physical, however, so don't beat your head against obstacles that don't respond on first approach, but be willing to try, try again with smaller steps until it all comes together. Instant results are less important (and less likely) than final triumph over the long haul. Headway in the smaller leads to the greater good.
Mars Conjunct Mercury (Direct After Retrograde) Mars launching forward on your Mercury should set mental sparks flying and energize solutions to previously puzzling problems. However, the urge to smash idols and cut the Gordian knot should be tempered with second thoughts, as there's no turning back once you burn a bridge behind you. Remember that things are only just coming together and it still may take some work to get the kinks out before you go for full throttle. Burning the midnight oil should come more easily now, even to the point of difficulty in turning your mind off when you need to take a rest.
Mars Conjunct Venus (Retrograde) Actions you felt sure were going to get you exactly what you want may turn out to be less fruitful than you might have thought, as Mars beats a retreat from your Venus. The narrow gap between opportunity and desire can suddenly seem like a chasm, but that may be because you were trying to cross the canyon at the wrong place. There's more than one way to skin a cat, and now's the time to investigate some of the alternatives. When the direct approach falters, try sneaking up from the rear or pulling an end run. Don't push, but allow yourself to be pulled into your objective.
Mars Conjunct Venus (Direct After Retrograde) As Mars re-launches right over your natal Venus, don't be too shocked if the chance to get and do what you've been wanting suddenly drops at your feet. This is where desire and opportunity meet, so it could be just where you can take the ball and run with it. The trick is to field the prospect with aplomb so it seems like you were expecting it all along. Delays caused by recovering your bearings could greatly diminish what's being handed to you, so keep an open stance and be ready for the best to happen. Seize the day, capture the flag, and don't fumble the ball....
Mars Conjunct Mars (Retrograde) Expected opportunities for advancement and the initiation of new projects may meet with some delay for a while as Mars hesitates at its usual twice-yearly reinforcement of your natal Mars. That doesn't mean you've missed the boat, only that its sailing time is delayed for repairs to make the journey safer. Use the wait to make sure you've really tied up all your ends on previous commitments and have a solid ground under you to push off from shore when the time comes. Once the focus of energy gets itself together, you won't have time to look backwards, so clear the decks now.
Mars Conjunct Mars (Direct After Retrograde) This second Mars return is the beginning of a two-year cycle of energy and promotion that, for a while, looked like it would never show up. Long-awaited wells of energy open up and a change in status in work or the major projects your are involved with mark a new step in your evolving journey along the path to achievement and success. This is not necessarily a life-altering development, but it is certainly another significant and welcome advance that reenergizes and rejuvenates. The essence, since this is the end of Mars retrograde, is tying up loose and useless ends and getting with the new program.
Mars Conjunct Jupiter (Retrograde) Big plans that might have seemed right around the corner may require a bit more work before launching them, as Mars delays its anticipated lift to your Jupiter for a bit. This may at first spark some annoyance and frustration, but it's actually the gift of opportunity, as you'll find there were some kinks in your design that might have developed into fatal flaws if you had gone ahead without a second look. Now is the time to root out major power drains that could leave you tapped out once you really ramp up to speed. Weed out the reduplications and energy sinks so you get the bang for your buck that you intend.
Mars Conjunct Jupiter (Direct After Retrograde) Mars using your Jupiter as a launch pad provides a lot of increasingly focused energy and impetus to your larger and more ambitious schemes. The trick is channeling it so it doesn't get away from you like a bucking bronco. Size up your situation and commit yourself to as much as you think you can handle but no more. It is better to pull back just a little from the edge than to topple over the brink because you misjudged. Because you are coming out of a slow retro period, it's better to rev up gradually until you're fully in control of what's under your hood.
Mars Conjunct Saturn (Retrograde) Blockages and roadblocks that were tagged for the scrapheap may hang on a bit longer, as Mars retreats from your Saturn and the energy needed to make the push requires recharging. Part of the reason may be that you need to take a closer look at the difference between kicking out the jams and kicking out your foundations. When a new broom sweeps clean, it shouldn't sweep away the furniture as well, so spend some time making sure your supports remain when you finally dispense with the rest. Get rid of what holds you back, not what holds you together, and know the difference.
Mars Conjunct Saturn (Direct After Retrograde) Mars returning to its trajectory over your Saturn is just the thing to break through old and stagnant barriers and get the ball rolling again. It also has the energy to kick out needed supports from under you, so look before you strike and be selective in what your new broom sweeps clean. A combination of force and staying power is ideal about now, so strive for a strong but steady hand. A watchmaker's precision powered by hydraulics is the goal, where you grind slow but exceeding small, an inexorable force clothed in subtlety and vision. Sure, you can do that.
Mars Conjunct Uranus (Retrograde) Mars pulling back from your Uranus may save you from hasty decisions, but it might not seem that way at first. The urge to jump into the fray can be so strong that you miss the obvious. Take the time to retool your ingenuity and develop the practical side of your inspirations before putting them to the test without a safety net. Test not only your accelerator, but your brakes, so you have full control before you charge ahead -- you'll be thankful you did. Develop greater precision and accuracy before you fire, or you'll waste ammo. One shot at your target will be all you need, if you take more careful aim.
Mars Conjunct Uranus (Direct After Retrograde) Mars turning about on your Uranus can bring unexpected discoveries and, unless you play it easy, a stop-and-go, bumpy ride. Expect the spigot to be off or on and not much in between for a while, a sputtering rhythm that can be fun if you go with it, but annoying if you try to buck it. Allow yourself to be catapulted to where you're going and you'll go further -- like a roller coaster, it's best to let it take you wherever it goes, even if you shriek a little. At the end of the ride you'll be back with your feet on the ground and requests to go another round.
Mars Conjunct Neptune (Retrograde) Mars backing away from your Neptune may give you some time to reorganize and solidify the way you deploy your external energies before you are asked to turn them inwards. Inner and outer worlds reflect each other, but sometimes the threads that attach them may need to be tightened, and now is the time. Figure out what dreams are attainable and what are only fantasies that will drain you of the follow-through that can make imagination into reality. A single push in the right direction is worth more than many stabs in the dark. Take some time to sort out one from the other before going further.
Mars Conjunct Neptune (Direct After Retrograde) Mars making its turn on your Neptune may go a long way to clear up what's been fantasy and what illusion lately, and as such may bring you a step closer to some of your dreams, while abandoning others. It also gives you a certain quality of slipperiness for a time, during which you can lead others down the garden path with impunity, if necessary. Avoid playing with others' hopes, however, unless you have a real desire and intent to help them achieve them. Use camouflage where needed, but remember where your real center is, and where it's only pretending to be.
Mars Conjunct Pluto (Retrograde) Mars making a pullback from your Pluto (and that of all your contemporaries) may be just the thing to resolve issues that might lead to pointless confrontations or struggles for position. The best way to pick fights is to pick to not get involved in them -- it saves energy and wasted physical and emotional strain. It is more important to know you are right than to prove it to someone else. You can't do the latter without the former, and this is a good time to reexamine the power of your internal faith and righteousness, leaving later circumstances to support you in your quest.
Mars Conjunct Pluto (Direct After Retrograde) Mars turning direct on your Pluto is something that's happening to everyone your age and it may tend to stir up some old classmate competitiveness and rivalries. Pushing and shoving for fun and exercise may be a familiar amusement, but don't let it get out of hand and turn into real physical or emotional conflict. Though you may be tempted to edge someone out of the way (or see that happening to you), ask yourself first if this is worth fighting for. Few things are, but lots are worth giving way for. So when given the choice, back off and don't get caught in a squeeze play of your own making.
Mars Conjunct Ascendant (Retrograde) Mars turning around on your Ascendant may set you a bit off-center and it's a good time to take a second look at your balance mechanisms, your internal compass that keeps you from tripping over your feet. Expect the rug underneath you to be at least a little bit tugged at, so be light on your feet and ready to redeploy your stance when the need arises. If the temptation to get physical suddenly arises, make sure it's in the interest of love and not conflict -- right now you'll do a lot better with the former than the latter. Keep your eyes on the path before you so you don't step in it.
Mars Conjunct Ascendant (Direct After Retrograde) Mars hesitating and then turning on your Ascendant tends to give a push that can be a ride or a fall, depending on how well-prepared you are. Expect a period of elevated energy, when you feel propelled on by an extra shove, but don't let that inadvertently shove you into oncoming traffic or rashly into a situation you should have stayed out of. It's easy to encounter, or be, a hothead, so remember that cooler heads are always the best to prevail, so let them. However, this is ideal for high-energy output, just look before you leap and don't get overtaken by the tide.
Mars Conjunct Midheaven (Retrograde) Best-laid promotions may need another shove, to get them into gear as Mars reverses field on your Midheaven. That perfect résumé may need a patch or two to catch up with the news and if you want people to talk good trash about you, make sure you give them a nudge to get into it. The first leap out of the gate is not the one that will get you there, so be ready for a couple of false starts and the drain that goes with them before you're finally on target. There are a few turns before you hit the straightaway, save your energy for the final bolt for the finish line.
Mars Conjunct Midheaven (Direct After Retrograde) Mars making its turn on your Midheaven can mean both good and/or troublesome word out on the street about you -- but either way, people will be talking. So, it's a good time to put your ear to the ground and see if the image you're painting of yourself is being bought or abused. In either case, the energy is also there to take steps to see that it all goes for progress, that trouble is headed off and yours is the culminating star. Don't forget that all publicity is good publicity, it's just up to you to make it turn out that way.
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