Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mars, the warrior planet, goes retrograde

Mars joined Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto on the retrograde roster, and it'll have its sights set on our actions, decisions, and tempers.

Mars goes retrograde from June 26 - August 27, 2018 in the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn.

Mars represents the God of War and rules Aries. Like the ram, Mars is passionate, assertive, and impulsive. 

When it’s going direct, Mars is assertive, straight-forward, and goes after what it wants. However, when it’s in retrograde, our energy and actions are halted. We begin to second-guess our instincts. Action is replaced with inaction, and our assertiveness is diminished, leaving us to question if we really know what we’re doing after all.

As a result, we’ll be anxious about taking on new projects, relationships, and anything else that’s new because we won’t feel totally in control of our instincts and actions.

This can also be a time where many people can get more easily angered or irritated. This can be potentially the most negative manifestation of this period. People who have strong Mars energy or many of those who are dominant Aries or Scorpio may notice these effects the most.

There can be a build-up of inner tension which eventually can be expressed outwardly, sometimes in a passive-aggressive way. If this applies to you, it would be wise to find a healthy way to release anger and ease tension in a way that is not harmful to you or the people in your life.

Mars retrograde is a time for thinking before acting. Don't push ahead, don't force or forge forwards. We should avoid taking risks and playing into our impulses. Mars retrogrades are said to prompt an uptick in accidents, conflicts, and destructive decisions. In other words, make sure your brakes are in good shape, ignore any trolls in your mentions, and think twice before meeting up with your ex "just to talk."

Then — get ready for it — there’s the issue of sexual frustration we might have to deal with. Yikes.

Mars is the planet that governs ambition and sexuality. It is a very masculine energy-dominated planet that manifests as a strong drive within each of us. Depending upon the person, the drive may be of a sexual nature or it may take on a more professional tone, but regardless, it’s one that can almost border on aggressiveness as well.

Mars energy, on a good day, is healthy sexual energy. But when we’re dealing with Mars Retrograde, we’ve got a whole lot of sexual tension going on that we don’t know what to do with. A retrograde period can mean that your desire loses its fierce, blazing heat and becomes something quieter or more unsure.

Mars retrograde 2018 makes challenging aspects to Venus and Jupiter to create an excessive amount of sexual tension. A restricting Saturn influence turns sexual tension into sexual frustration. Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are also retrograde which further internalized this frustrating energy.

It is also possible that you have struggled with naughty Mars behaviors like anger, rage, violence or sexual abuse. If so, the retrograde phase will bring fated events that force you to admit you have some anger management issues. This too, could be a very painful experience for you.

It’s also a time when we will likely want to heal any sexual trauma that has occurred.

There can be a stronger desire than usual to go back to “fix” old problems and especially disagreements. We may be revisiting or rehashing old friendship matters or thinking about the past. We may be rethinking old relationships or jobs that ended because of disagreements. But 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.

Old problems and conditions may resume after Mars turns direct.

As well, until we really get into touch with our desires and goals, it’s better not to commit to something important, mainly because we could discover that the goalposts can change more than once going forward.

Mars retrograde can be a useful time to rest and recharge. This is an excellent for introspection, for reassessing your desires and your methods. You might second-guess your entire approach. You might start to have doubts about the goals you’ve been working toward, or your own instincts, or your single-minded drive. And because it’s happening in Aquarius, it can be a particularly good time to rethink and reassess the ways you strive for freedom, and your plans for changing the world.

If you're not in a reflective mood but still want to stay on Mars retrograde's good side, just do your best to be patient and kind. Rather than being aggressive, be quick to step down and show compassion. As much as this planet is linked to confrontation and, yes, aggression, leaning into that influence during its backspin may come back and bite you later.

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