Mars Retrograde

Mars Retrograde 2020

Mars Retrograde Transit

Mars retrograde in transit is a regular cycle occurring every 25 months, lasting 80 days, and spanning 13 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 are developing is so important that extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything is 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 destructive 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

  • June 26 to August 27, 2018 – 9° Aquarius to 28° Capricorn
  • September 9 to November 13, 2020 – 28° to 15° Aries
  • October 30, 2022, to January 12, 2023 – 25° to 8° Gemini

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 to internalize these normal, healthy expressions 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 crises 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 that 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.

10 thoughts on “Mars Retrograde

  1. “Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto rx, 0.7% of the time”

    There is a poster here with this remarkable set. See Yod thread, conversation starts June 15, 2019.

  2. This retrograde happens nearly exactly between my natal Saturn 14° 20′ Aries and Mars 0° 20′ Taurus…

  3. Hi Jamie, Mars was stationary direct at exactly 15′ of Libra on May 26 1967. This is directly opposite the current transit at 15′ of Aries. It does look and seem like this is a complementary transit sharing the opposite axis. Does this mean Mars has a retrograde pattern that forms on the chart (similar to the Venus 5 pointed star) over time. Its fascinating and I’m curious.

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  5. I am highly worried about this since Mars retrograde always affects me deeply. I am a Scorpio rising with Aries Moon which retrograde Mars has been conjuncting. I just had a huge fight with relatives, strong headaches and even had to undergo a brain computed tomography. My moon conjuncts Vertex fixed star so I always had neurosis, psychosis, etc. now exarcerbated.

  6. Mars Rx on Andromeda.

    Feels like the daily news feed has gone full on Science Fiction: Zuckerberg impersonating Farenheit451, Federal Reserve Wizards of Oz, various President-Military Generals proto Heinlin story lines.

    These things are timed for Mars stationary Rx, with a naughty neighbour our galaxy has to deal with.

    So we stew on our reactions and put them to a vote. External vote we all know about, at the Helio Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, but also secret votes, the kind that recognizes financial realities.

  7. … and I just learned that my natal Saturn (my main planet as a Capricorn) is nearly conjunct fixed star Alpheratz 14° 35 ♈ (typo in the article : 14 ♑ 35) and I neither have real independence or freedom, nor love, riches, or honor, at least less than average as of now and here, and I’m I’m already in my 50’s… so I jump on this occasionh to officially address a complaint to whoever is in charge ! 😉

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