Mars, the Action Planet, normally spends four to six weeks traveling through each sign in the Zodiac. But when Mars goes retrograde — and that’s only about nine percent of the time — it spends more than six months in one sign! Talk about focus!
Mars is Unhappy when Retrograde
Let’s consider what happens when the most assertive, forward-moving planet in the solar system slows down, stops, and seems to start moving backward in its orbit. This doesn’t seem to make Mars happy. To top it off, Mars is as close as possible to the Earth at this time, so when retrograde, it shines very brightly, all night long. This adds up to a very strong influence.
Frustration and Annoyance
Of all the planets, Mars Retrograde indicates the need to ‘do it again.’ Actions and work that you’ve already done come back for revision, and current projects run into snags. You’ve got a long to-do list but can’t seem to get anything accomplished. Your to-do list may seem like some sort of exasperating sticky-note that you can’t get rid of. It’s frustrating and annoying. Sometimes projects you’ve been working hard on will even come to an unexpected end.
Mars Retrograde can indicate anger and temper issues, and these feelings may be turned inward instead of being openly expressed. This can lead to all sorts of unfortunate effects, including temporary depression. Initiative can be thwarted during this time.
Issue for the Cardinal Signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn
Not everyone will be affected equally. The sign in which Mars makes its retrograde matters a lot, both on a general level and also in determining who will be more personally affected by its retrograde motion.
Mars in Aries
Under the influence of Mars in Aries, you may find yourself to be fearless. You could rush in where no one else will go, as much from the need to be first as from a particular devotion to a cause. You could be very impatient and in a hurry. You’ll like going at high rates of speed and will probably love the thrill of risky adventures.
Crashing Into Something
During this time, adrenaline will be your drug of choice. It’s not rocket science to figure out that sooner or later, you could crash into something, whether that’s figurative, literal, or both. For your own sake, wear protective gear — especially a helmet — when appropriate.
Competitive and Athletic
During this period, your head will be particularly vulnerable. Exercise will be a must. It will provide an outlet for physical and mental energy, and will keep your body in good shape. You may find yourself unusually competitive and athletic so games and sports such as baseball, golf, tennis and even boxing will be appealing.
Quick to Anger
Under this influence, your temper may cause problems. You or others could be quick to anger and may lash out before thinking. You won’t stay angry, but you could have regret later for things you could do in the heat of the moment. Getting a grip on your temper may be an important task for you at this time.
Mars Retrograde square Venus
Desire-driven physical urges can be very strong today, almost irresistible. We tend to do what we want and not think about the consequences until later. We can be overbearing and impatient and come on way too strong. Subverted sexual energy creeps in and can cause inappropriate actions or behavior, and someone could easily get offended. Let’s not get ourselves into trouble from lack of discipline. Any arguments we have could reveal where our ego energy is interfering with our ability to relate. If things don’t go our way, pouting is not the correct response. Retail therapy isn’t the way to go, either; we’ll most likely indulge in something unnecessary and expensive, which won’t help us feel any better in the end. If libido is getting the best of us, a passionate rendezvous will help, but don’t ruin a perfectly good friendship with an inappropriate sexual encounter.
Mars Retrograde square Saturn
This can be a highly frustrating two-week period when we feel too easily repressed, blocked and inhibited. Our energy and drive are diminished and we just don’t feel our usual pep or vitality. What’s worse, when we try to do something, it’s like we’re obstructed at every turn. Circumstances, events and other people seem to seem to unite or even conspire against us. It’s beyond annoying! Anger wells up inside, yet we’re unable to do anything effective about it. Feelings of rage and impotence quickly turn into bitter cynicism. As if this weren’t bad enough, we can even experience problems in our sex lives, even if that’s an area that usually flows smoothly. Any sort of authority figure annoys us now, too, even when they’re right — no, especially when they’re right. This whole scene can get very tiring very fast, and we may feel like giving up and going home in defeat. Well, sometimes that’s smarter than clinging blindly in dogged stubbornness.
Mars Retrograde square Pluto
This can be quite a doozy of a transit. Lots of unconscious power and rage issues are brought to the surface, like a big boil waiting to burst. And just like that tender flesh, we are hypersensitive. Hurt feelings quickly give way to rage. We have to develop a better way to deal with these emotions or they’ll become dangerous as we lash out at others or try to control them through use of force. The fact is, we can’t conceal our hidden aggression forever. If we don’t give it voice, it will pop out most unpleasantly. Unconscious ego drives can produce terrible behavior, including manipulation, covert actions or outright power grabs. We use a sledgehammer when a screwdriver would do. We’re willing to fight to the death over — what? Strange sexual urges can manifest now, too, because anger and passion are easily confused. And authority issues? Don’t even go there. Don’t mess with the powers-that-be right now. Just do what they say and remember, it will all be over soon.