Mars Retrograde Begins on
Sept. 9, 2020 at 6:22 PM Eastern
Unlike Mercury Retrograde, which happens three times a year, and Venus and Jupiter Retrograde, which both occur once a year, Mars Retrograde only happens every two years. This means we’re not quite as accustomed to, or as comfortable with, the energy of Mars (forward motion and determined action) stopping, and then heading backwards. It might take some adjusting.
Mars Symbolizes ACTION and Forward Motion
Mars symbolizes initiating action. He is very much about connecting to your own will and your own desires, and then taking action to get those desires met. When Mars goes Retrograde, that need to get the party started and the ability to push for what you want loses steam. Mars Retrograde is less about taking action and more about figuring out what you really do want, and how you go about getting it. How DO you take action to get what you want? Do you take action on your will positively? With self-mastery? Or could you elevate your consciousness and ultimately your actions in this arena?
How to Navigate Mars Retrograde
For the next several weeks, until Mars goes Direct on November 13, if you use the Mars Retrograde period optimally, you’ll have the opportunity to answer those questions. With this planet retracing his steps, we’re also meant to retrace ours. We’re meant to recover the ground we’ve been actively covering since since the last full week of July.
Give some thought to how you’ve been taking action on your desires since that time. And think about what you got excited about in mid-August… with Mars Retrograde you now have the opportunity to align your actions more consciously. If your pet project begins to flag, this is a clue that you’ve got some tweaking to do. The idea is to get a little introspective about how you do what you do, why you do these things, and your motivation behind them.
Energy is Pulled Back from Forward Motion, Often Leading to Frustration or Anger
While Mars is Retrograde we may find that our “push” becomes ineffective, or our interest wanes, or due to circumstances we didn’t foresee, we can’t move forward any longer the way we’d like to.
Try not to despair… with conscious navigation of this time, when the Retrograde is over in November (or more likely when we get beyond the shadow of the Retrograde in early January 2021) we’ll have uncovered what we need to change about how connect with our desires, how we take action, and will have learned what we need to do to align the two appropriately.
Frustration is often the hallmark of Mars Retrograde periods, but knowing that we’re meant to be retracing our steps and re-imagining our desires can be SO helpful in ameliorating that frustration. For many, pushing forward unchecked and without introspection ends not only in frustration, but in anger – and taken to extremes, rage.
This Isn’t Just Any Mars Retrograde – Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter Are Involved. Extremes Are Probable.
This particular Mars Retrograde definitely has the potential to go to extremes. Between now and early January, Mars is in an explosive conversation with the planet Pluto. And Pluto is everything extreme and intense… Mars is also throwing out a dare to Saturn and Jupiter during much of the Retrograde period, further complicating the energy and adding to the potential for frustration.
So please proceed with caution. Understand the need to engage introspectively – to recognize your motivations and re-align with your desires. And practice empathy for those around you who haven’t been educated on how best to use this time. They’re probably going to need it.
Listen to My Conversation with Chiara Luce about the Astrology of the Fall Season and Mars Retrograde
(YOU CAN ALSO LISTEN ON SPOTIFY!)
We talked about both the personal implications of Mars Retrograde, with respect to the pandemic, as well as what it may mean socially and politically.
Hope you’ll click below and listen for a deeper understanding of the times in which we live.
This is what we cover in the podcast.
The Astrology segment begins at 15:07.
15:07] Astrology interview begins.
[18:28] What happens when Jupiter goes direct.
[20:09] All about Mars Retrograde.
[23:22] How to see how Mars Retrograde will affect you.
[24:49] Listen up if you’ve got personal planets in cardinal signs.
[25:48] What to do during Mars Retrograde.
[30:41] How Mars interacts with the COVID clump/conjunction planets.
[34:39] More things to do in order to have a successful Mars Rx.
[36:10] What the transits of the fall mean for the pandemic.
[37:08] Jupiter+Pluto conjunction – Nov 12th a spike in fatalities? Soooo SOCIALLY DISTANCED HALLOWEEN PEOPLE.
[48:00] Oxygen mask on first. Practice personal development during this time.