Mars Retrograde

Mars Retrograde 2016

Mars retrograde 2016 starts on April 17 at 9° Sagittarius and stations direct on June 29 at 23° Scorpio. I will talk about each phase of Mars retrograde 2016 including the shadow periods, when Mars enters and leaves the retrograde zone. Before that, however, you will find a description of Mars retrograde in the natal chart followed by the general meaning of Mars retrograde in transit.

Overall, Mars retrograde 2016 indicates danger when taking risks, with Scorpio decan 3 and Sagittarius decan 1 needing to show the most caution. Your monthly horoscope offers more detail if your decan is affected.

While the actual Mars retrograde phase is going to be very difficult for some, the whole Mars retrograde cycle shows great potential for success and healing, mainly during the shadow periods. This is before and after the Mars retrograde phase, when Mars enters and leaves the retrograde zone as shown below.

Shadow Period — February 17 to April 16
Mars Retrograde — April 17 to June 29
Shadow Period — June 30 to August 22

The healing potential of the shadow periods will apply to many areas of life, from physical illness to destructive behaviors and unhealthy relationships. The main message of Mars retrograde 2016 is to keep busy doing hard work and avoid arguments or conflict. Think twice before being assertive or acting impulsively.

Mars Retrograde Meaning

Mars retrograde in the natal chart suggests you find it difficult to express your sexuality, competitiveness or strength. Perhaps you struggle with being direct, courageous, or showing initiative. You tend in internalize these normal, healthy expression of Mars energy so that you hesitate, take action at the wrong time, or have some psychological hangups regarding sexuality or gender.

Basically, this fear of taking strong action and standing up for yourself stems from some past life crisis related to injury and pain. You may have fallen victim to a violent death, war crime or rape. Maybe you were victimized and abused because of your sexuality. It could even be the case that you lost your temper and severely hurt or killed someone.

There are endless possible scenarios of how Mars energy can turn destructive once your adrenalin kicks in and you act on primal instincts, in survival mode. Whatever the case, whether victim or perpetrator, you come into this life with a deep understanding of the pain that results from Mars in a state of rage.

It is understandable, therefore, that you are somewhat cautious about taking risks or leaving yourself in a vulnerable position. While young especially, painful past live experiences may be repeated, though not to the same extreme.

Mars retrograde in your natal chart subjects you to many fated events which are aimed at bringing you out of your shell and teaching you how to express Mars energy safely.

Aspects to your Mars and any fixed star conjunctions will give more detail on how to handle Mars retrograde in your natal chart.

Mars retrograde in transit is a regular cycle occurring every 25 months, lasting 80 days, and spanning 15 degrees of the zodiac. It is the second rarest of the retrogrades after Venus, occurring only 9% of the time.

Transiting Mars retrograde is a time for thinking before acting. Fated events and repeating themes will reinforce which of your strong desires require more background work before being acted upon.

In the two months since Mars entered the retrograde zone, you will have dealt with some particular issues involving sexuality, standing up for yourself, or starting an important action. During this shadow period you will get a good idea of the strong desires that you will be chasing in following months.

Mars retrograde means that whatever area of sexuality or decisive action you have been developing, is so important that extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything in order before you continue. Fated events may occur that could be painful but are needed so you back off and don’t make a major mistake.

It is also possible that you have been struggling with naughty Mars behaviors like anger, rage, violence or sexual abuse. If so, the Mars 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.

By the time Mars stations direct, you should have come to terms with the relevant issues and be prepared for the next phase. In the third and final phase, from Mars direct until Mars leaves the retrograde zone. Now the contemplative stage is over and you are ready to come out of your shell and confidently assert yourself and act on your desires.

Mars Retrograde 2016

The interpretation below applies to everyone in general and to world events. Remember, each of the three phases covers the same area of your chart, from 23° Scorpio to 9° Sagittarius. The same planets and aspects will be triggered as Mars moved forward, backwards and then forward again. This gives retrograde cycles the repeating theme which helps you perfect certain areas of your life.

Mars Enters Retrograde Zone 17 February 2016 at 23°03′ Scorpio

In the chart for Mars entering the retrograde zone you will find Mars sextile Jupiter/North Node, and Mars trine Chiron/South Node. This is a very positive start to the whole Mars retrograde cycle in general and the first shadow period in particular.

Mars sextile Jupiter makes you feel strong and courageous. This is the ideal time to tackle any difficult task because there is an excellent chance of success. This aspects’ reputation for good luck is due to increased optimism, strong instincts, initiative and a willingness to take risks. It signifies success in war, especially when taking the offensive.

Mars sextile North Node means that your desires are well aligned with your souls’ true path. It suggests strong family bonds plus strong sexual attractions to partners or potential soul mates. Your instinctive actions from February 17 to April 16 are pointing you in the right direction.

Mars trine Chiron means the healing of wounds comes easy. You should gravitate to the right healing method for you, possibly more physical than psychological. You may be strongly attracted to a relationship which is healing for one or both partners. You may even be drawn to some type of healer, from your surgeon to your palm reader.

Chiron conjunct South Node suggests the wounds are very old, deeply buried in your soul, related to past life events, from your youth, or involve ancestry such as hereditary illnesses. It can also mean that the methods of healing to be used are very old, such as herbal medicine and the use of the hands.

There are two major fixed stars around 23° Scorpio. One is nasty and one is nice. The exact degree where Mars enters the retrograde zone and later stations direct, lays right between these two stars as shown below.

22°18′ Scorpio — Unukalhai
23°03′ Scorpio — Mars
24°01′ Scorpio — Agena

There will be a combined influence but nice Agena will dominate, especially during the direct station. This is because Mars will not travel back far enough to exactly align with naughty Unukalhai.

Unukalhai can bring accidents and violence. Importantly, given the Chiron healing theme, there can be chronic diseases which are difficult to diagnose, leading to weakness and operations. Unukalhai rules the top one fourth of the colon in the human body. It might be time for a bowel cancer test if you have a planet on this degree. With Mars in particular this star can cause violence, crime, lying and arguments.

Agena gives enthusiasm, friendship, refinement, morality, health and honor. Mars with Agena gives legal authority, honor as speaker or writer, plus great mental and physical powers.

This forward progression from a star of illness to a star of health reinforces the healing theme of the first chart. Mars makes positive aspects to lucky Jupiter, healing Chiron and the karmic Lunar Nodes.

Mars Retrograde 17 April 2016 at 08°54′ Sagittarius

Mars stationing retrograde on the fixed star Antares at 9°59′ Sagittarius is highly significant. The word Antares actually means the rival of Mars because it looks so similar to the red planet. With Antares, the nasty side of Mars predominates to give violence, destruction and war. It makes people rash, headstrong and belligerent.

On the global scene, starting a war during Mars retrograde is said to bring defeat. However, Antares is associated with success in war. Mars retrograde 2016 on Antares suggests danger from rash actions, so starting an offensive action now would likely lead to unforeseen events and a crushing defeat.

The same applies at the personal level from April 17 to June 29. Mars retrograde on Antares will give a tremendous supply of energy but also a tendency toward aggression and violence. Rash actions could lead to arguments, embarrassment, loss and potential accidents.

If you have a planet from 8° to 12° Sagittarius you must busy yourself with hard work, exercise or sport. Pain in the lower back will indicate rising anger and rage. It is difficult to stay calm with a pain in the back. This would be a good time to see a chiropractor or other hands on healer.

Mars Retrograde 2016

Mars Stationary Retrograde April 2016

Mars conjunct Saturn is not a tight aspect at seven degrees orb. However, it is very important for a number of reasons. Firstly, this Mars retrograde phase occurs totally with the current Saturn retrograde phase. In other words, Saturn is retrograde the whole time Mars is retrograde.

Secondly, Saturn stations direct at 9° Sagittarius, the same degree Mars stations retrograde, on the fixed star Antares. Thirdly, when Mars leaves the retrograde zone, Mars is conjunct Saturn by less than one degree. I expect the Saturn retrograde theme of disappointments involving love or finances will apply to Mars retrograde.

Mars conjunct Saturn can be quite variable in effect. It can ignite your darkest desires or give the stamina and patience complete the hardest of tasks. This energy has a tendency to make you angry, resentful or revengeful. If you channel it early on into hard physical work or a creative project, then you transmute this energy into positive and productive achievements.

Taking the low road due to ignorance or laziness can lead to frustration and difficult situations. Going with the flow and not taking the initiative will allow frustration to build to a dangerous level. This destructive energy could then manifest as risky actions due to impatience.

The Mars retrograde 2016 chart above shows Mars and Saturn are square Neptune. This suggests that many will take the low road and the destructive natures of Mars and Saturn will predominate.

Mars square Neptune brings low energy, suspicion, deceit, lies and scandal. The test or challenge of the square may come from within or through interactions with others. It is normal to feel weak and discouraged under this influence. Guilt is also possible and you may recall hurting someone in the past. It is important not to let such negative feelings lead to self defeat or even self harm.

Saturn square Neptune can bring some scary experiences with the darker side of life. Disappointment or setbacks now are more likely to extend or deepen periods of grief or depression that we all experience from hardship. Even without hardship being placed upon you, it is likely that psychological fears or paranoia may overwhelm you leading to uncertainty.

These influences together indicate caution is required during the Mars retrograde phase from April 17 to June 29. Caution is needed when taking affirmative action due to the potential risks. Caution is also needed when interacting with aggressive or dominant types in relationships, usually men. Such people already suffering from sadness in relationships or other areas of life, are more likely to become irritated and even fly into a rage.

Mars direct 29 June 2016 at 23°03′ Scorpio

This second shadow period and final stage of the Mars retrograde cycle is a little like the first. Mars trine Chiron brings back the healing theme. This will be more critical than before due to the destructive nature of the retrograde phase. Any illness that arose during the retrograde phase can now be healed with greater ease. Saturn square Neptune still indicates illness but also fear of becoming sick or fear of results.

Healing also becomes important now for any destructive behaviors or habits that became evident during the retrograde phase. Unfortunately, there will be victims of physical or sexual aggression and violence who find that healing comes their way. Affirmative action can be taken from June 30 to August 22 without the risks of before. I’m talking here about leaving an abusive partner. This is the right time to do so if you could not do so safely before.

Remember thast fixed star Agena gives enthusiasm, friendship, morality and health and honor. With Mars it gives great mental and physical powers. It favors using the law to your advantage.

Mars Direct 2016

Mars Stationary Direct June 2016

Mars leaves retrograde zone 22 August 2016 at 08°54′ Sagittarius

The chart for Mars leaving the retrograde zone gives some clues about the outcomes of this retrograde journey. Mars is back on the fixed star Antares and so is Saturn, having only turned direct a week earlier.

The chart is basically the same as the Mars retrograde chart only stronger and even more challenging. There are no positive aspects to Chiron or the lunar nodes. In fact, Mars square the lunar nodes suggests a difficult turning point is at hand.

There are some positives in this final chart with hope of love and positive transformations. To reach this stage, however, hard work and hard decisions are needed. This may apply if you are suffering an illness or are a victim of abuse in your relationship.

Fear of being abandoned or betrayed by a partner while ill may just be paranoia but it is a potential of Mars retrograde 2016. For others, fear of surviving on your own after leaving an abusive partner may have to be overcome.

Perhaps Mars retrograde brought out a nasty side of your personality which you must admit and deal with. There is also potential for the repercussions of hasty actions and risky behavior to cause disappointment and hardship. Whatever the case, you can count on inner power, strong faith and good fortune from Jupiter trine Pluto to help your through any tough times.

Mars Retrograde 2016 Summary

The whole Mars retrograde cycle from 17 February to 22 August 2016 shows great potential for success and healing. However, while the shadow periods do indicate healing and positive growth, the actual Mars retrograde phase from April 17 to June 29 is going to be very difficult for some.

Risk taking and aggression could lead to danger and major disappointments, depending on your birth chart. Scorpio decan 3 and Sagittarius decan 1 will need to be the most cautious when taking risks during Mars retrograde.

Those with contacts to the fixed star Antares at 9° Sagittarius should also beware of the potential dangers. Your monthly horoscope will have more information if your decan is directly affected by Mars retrograde 2016.

Mars Retrograde Dates

1 March to 19 May 2014
17 April to 29 June 2016
26 June to 27 August 2018
9° to 27° Libra
23° Scorpio to 9° Sagittarius
28° Capricorn to 9° Aquarius

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  1. Hello Jamie,

    The retrograde period for me was very bad as I lost a loved one due to anger and verbal spat.

    My DOB is 26-04-1984 and time is 10:12 am. Birth place : Nashik (India). Can you please help me with this ?

    Kindly let me know if things will be OK in future.

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