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. ** Sun square Uranus. Sorry, I’m very new to this and mix sun and Saturn up.

    • Not sure about that interpretation but your main concerns about love life comes from Venus square Pluto.

  2. Hi Jamie, Impressive bog/horoscope info! I’m so happy to have found it! Would you give me some input on the possible influence and possible outcome of mars retrograde actions/behaviors/mindset of my friend/boyfriend specifically about our relationship? His birth info is May 11, 1970 9:14 pm Orange Texas…he asked to put the relationship on hold April 9th “After a declaration of love he said, “I’d like be friends while I get some healing input on my past relationships etc in therapy….” he’s been gradually fading away and is now mia as far as contact and communication….mars has been retro over his ascendant in the 12th house and his natal neptune which opposes his sun, saturn mercury. My info is 7-22-61 6:41 am. Riverton, Wyo. Mars was squaring my uranus and will again square my natal pluto but now Uranus is trine my natal Uranus and I’m hoping that will revitalize my 7th house of relationships…hopefully with the former boyfriend wanting to reengage in dating relationship. Any insight you can offer is greatly appreciated!

    • I don’t look at relationship charts but I will take a look at yours. The best chance of his return would be the week or so around September 10 with your Jupiter sextile Sun transit.

      I would be investigating Jupiter retrograde over your Mars:

      21 Oct 2015
      05 Apr 2016 Rx
      12 Jun 2016

      Especially as this coincided with Saturn square Mars transit and you have both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde in your chart.

  3. 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.

    • Check the Grupovenis site, they have good info for someones chart. But learning astrology yourself is the best. Cheers bro

  4. Hi! This Mars got me bit worried. It will be squaring my Pluto in 9th and 26th is the day when I’m going to my summer holiday with relatives in foreign country. At the same time Mars conjuct my Asc. :/ Is that mean possible dangerous situations or unpleasent situations on the holliday? I now scared to travel. Does retrograde walk of Mars makes this aspect bit easier?

  5. What abt signing a job offer before Mars Retrograde and/or signing a job contract befoe Mars Rx but starting the new job when Mars is retrograde? What would be considered? How does that work?

      • Does that mean you also use the sidereal or Indian zodiac for working out the relationship of planets to Fixed Stars? I have a retrograde Mars at 29.59 Taurus in a Western chart which would be conjunct Alcyone if it is at 0.0 Gemini. Perhaps not if I used an Eastern chart – could you please explain what chart system you use?

  6. I was born with my mars retrograde (11th house in Gemini) and have been trying to secure a new job for 6 months now. Any chance this mars retrograde could be fortunate for a natal retrograde?

  7. Well. This Mars station retrograde squares my Taurus Moon/Chiron (about 30 to 45 minutes of a degree), apexes T-square considering my Uranus around 12 Scorpio, and yet the Sun/Saturn opposition are making a 2 degree orb to Saturn trine and Sun sextile my Virgo Saturn (3 Vir 29′, itself conjunct my 0 Vir 15’38” sun). Job’s ending this week, and I have no idea if someone’s moving in with my friend and I or not. Many unknowns. Job search is also not yielding a single interview as of yet.

    Whether wise or not, I think I’m going to have to take a major leap of faith at this point. Because I know the outcome if I just focus fire on just trying to find another job again: I’ll be back into the same grind and likely fall behind again.

    Would you say with the Sun/Saturn making positive aspects to my own Saturn (despite the strong square from Mars retrograde to my Moon/Chiron/Uranus?

    Guess I should also add transit Pluto retrograde is closing in on opposing my Vertex (18 Can 30′-ish) for the fourth and final time once it stations direct later. Pluto/Saturn/Mars all in my 2nd house. And solar arc Saturn/Progressed Moon (of which I just in the last several months had a Progressed New Moon) are both with my natal Mars (12 Lib 13′, conjunct Pluto around 14 Lib and Venus 16 Lib)

  8. 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!!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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