Mars Retrograde

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Mars Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mars Retrograde Meaning

Mars retrograde natal 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 about 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 adrenaline 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 life 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.

Transiting Mars Retrograde

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 need more background work before being acted upon.

Mars retrograde means that whatever area of sexuality or decisive action you have developed, 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 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.

By the time Mars stations direct, you should have come to terms with the relevant issues. This 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 Dates

  • 2016, April 17 to June 29, 23° Scorpio to 9° Sagittarius
  • 2018, June 26 to August 27, 28° Capricorn to 9° Aquarius
  • 2020, September 9 to November 13, 15° to 28° Aries

188 thoughts on “Mars Retrograde

  1. Hi! I am so grateful for your work. Can you please point me to any resources on transforming the energy of a Mars in Taurus, but Retrograde in my natal chart? I see you mention looking at the aspects and fixed stars, but what would this aspect mean? I also have a Scorpio moon, so am no stranger to my “dark shadow side” and have worked to transform this into incredible power for the good. Thank you!!

  2. This Mars Retrograde has not impacted me sexually if at all,
    but it sure filled me with fear of the powerful destroying our future

  3. The sign in which Mars is situated is also important… Mine is retrograde in Leo. I’ve had an over-active, inappropriate and dominant-type sexuality when I was underage, but as I got older I turned completely the opposite way because of my crazy personal past experiences. As a Leo Mars in retrograde, now I view the act of sex as animalistic and therefore degrading or inferior to other types of intimacy, bordering on almost total disgust and asexuality… But I am a Scorpio dominant, so I guess one day my whole idea of idea of sex and spirituality will be forced to an epic resolution.

  4. As much as I read your blog I only just scrolled down and discovered the reply function. Hello and THANKS for your work! What are some transits that help a natal mars retrograde personal externalize the Martian energy?

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