Mars Retrograde 2014

Mars Retrograde 2014

Mars retrograde 2014 lasts for 80 days, from the 1st of March to the 19th of May 2014. It spans nearly 20 degrees of the zodiac sign Libra, or the constellation Virgo. Mars in retrograde motion tends to internalize anger and frustration. We know this is not a good thing because at some stage, this hot aggressive Mars energy builds up to a level where something must give.

This Mars retrograde cycle begins and ends with challenging aspects to Venus. So at the personal level, we may expect conflict in love relationships. More ominous is what might happen in the middle of this cycle, when Mars retrograde links up with Uranus square Pluto to form a scary looking grand cross pattern.

Mars Retrograde 2014 Astrology

Mars Retrograde 2014 Astrology

I am more concerned about the impact of this very challenging Mars retrograde cycle on world events. Of course, the personal and the global are connected, but as individuals, we at least have more influence over our own love relationships, than over the machinations of warring tribes.

We already see in the news every day now, the rising tensions cause by the approaching square of Uranus and Pluto in late April. It is difficult to image just how more intense things could become when an angry Mars retrograde further inflames the conflicts arising now.

At the start, we struggle for peace and harmony with Mars stationing retrograde square Venus. Fortunately, the is the potential for compromise through dialogue, with Mercury trine Mars. This is still a heated moment, no guarantee of resolution, but there may be some form of ceasefire or settlement.

There are very similar conditions at the end of this cycle. Mars station direct opposite Venus, again pointing to conflict. Mercury is again trine Mars, this time from Gemini instead of Aquarius. The violent looking aspects in the middle, suggest to me that any attempt to find peace at the beginning will fail. By the end of it all, everyone will be so worn out and traumatized, that peace will have a greater change of succeeding.

I hinted at the trouble to come in my post on Jupiter square Uranus. I will go into more detail when I update the Uranus square Pluto post. There are a few more of the squares and oppositions around April 21 that I want to research.

Mars Retrograde 2014 Dates


Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 14
Mar 23
Mar 25
Mar 29
Apr 08
Apr 16
Apr 22
Apr 23
Apr 23
Apr 23
May 06
May 11
May 12
May 15
May 19


27 ♎ 31
27 ♎ 31
26 ♎ 27
24 ♎ 26
24 ♎ 02
22 ♎ 37
18 ♎ 56
16 ♎ 03
13 ♎ 48
13 ♎ 39
13 ♎ 39
13 ♎ 33
10 ♎ 08
09 ♎ 30
09 ♎ 22
09 ♎ 09
09 ♎ 01


Mars Retrograde
Venus square Mars
Mercury trine Mars
Mars on Arcturus
Mars on Spica
Venus trine Mars
Sun opposite Mars
Mercury opposite Mars
Mars square Jupiter
Mars opposite Uranus
Mars on Algorab
Mars square Pluto
Mars on Vindemiatrix
Venus opposite Mars
Mercury trine Mars
Mars on Diadem
Mars Direct

It is the grand cross at the same time as Uranus square Pluto that has astrologers worried. To quote Susan Miller, “April’s so scary that I’m giving classes on it…we’ve not had this since the American Revolution.” [Susan Miller, astrologer to the stars: ‘April’s so scary I’m giving classes on it’]

The chart shown above is for Uranus square Pluto on the 21st of April 2014. Mars entering this aspect of dramatic and revolution upheaval adds anger and violence. This is an explosive mix. Of all the stars in the sky you would not want Mars to be on, perhaps with the exception of Algol, is the fixed star Algorab. But that is what we have coming.

I researched this star in the Crow years ago when chatting to people on the astrology forums. Young astrologers from conflict zones in Europe called this star ‘Kill or be Killed’. It shows up many time in charts of terrorist attacks, assassination and other military assaults. This star was rising with Mercury when the first plane hit the Twin Towers. Plenty of reasons to be concerned about Mars retrograde 2014.

22 thoughts on “Mars Retrograde 2014

  1. At present this Mars and n node is conjunct natal Neptune in Libra for me and that has been good – some nice creative project started (n. venus trines n. mars in 5th). Also these transits are square to natal Uranus in the 11th with Aquarius on 6th – a major healing breakthrough for old injury from newly found compassionate healer. I feel reborn. As for April – what is a 10 deg Aries gal supposed to do? February was already such a shocker with Uranus exact degree that I am hoping all the concurrent sextiles and trines to natal north node Sag in 4th and Chiron in Aquarius 6th will lift me out of the fire. I say look for the good stuff too !!!!! Having said that – I too believe this could be more global activity and having to see the view of the Other but too enraged. Libra for all its Venus can be a kid gloved fist to who knows – Thank you for all the good info!

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