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13 Apr 2016

Mars turns Retrograde

Not so long ago, Mars - the planet of action, war, will, and desire - entered Sagittarius - a fiery, idealistic, sky-reaching, quest-orientated sign.

Yet from the 17th April, until late June, Mars goes retrograde. This happens every 2 years and it's a pause in your actions and a reassessment of your approach to a situation.

If you have been embroiled in a fight of any kind, this is a time to regroup. You were headed down one course of action but now need to reassess and find a new course, or readjust the one you're on.

A 'fight' can mean an actual war with someone, but it can also refer to a big challenge you've been butting heads with for some time.

For many of us, we're slow to anger, or repress our anger, or simply try for a 'higher' emotion. However, sometimes in life it's anger that saves our skin. Anger has the ability to rile up a force of survival in a way most other emotions just can't manage.

It means that if we are at threat - physically, emotionally, psychologically - without anger we end up taking more hardship than we need to.

Mars retrograde does slow energy down, and this can be frustrating if you just want to keep pushing forward on a project. However, pushing will only cause more frustrations.

Mars in Sagittarius wants the highest ideal to prevail. Yet perhaps your chosen course of action hasn't really been helping. In this time of pause, you can reconsider and re-plan. It's like during a war when the troops retreat to re-strategize. Or during a sport's game when the teams huddle.

Perhaps you've been too hot-headed and not thinking logically, or not angry enough and taking too much of the burden. Or you've been pushing against a particular challenge as an uphill struggle. Another option is Mars Sagittarius becoming too idealistic and wanting to believe that the fight is unnecessary. Whatever the case, a fresh approach is required.

While Mars retrogrades in Sagittarius, it's time to re-consider whether our aim has been true. That is, make sure your fight has been honest and justified. Re-examine whether your ideologies, philosophies, beliefs, and the cause you champion, still ring true. It's a time when you might find or re-find a new awareness of cultural or political issues, or re-consider old beliefs that you've held.

By May 29th, Mars will be retrograding back into Scorpio, and that's when things get really interesting.

As Mars already passed it's way through Scorpio, a retrograde back in means that we'll find ourselves revisiting the issues from back then. Think back to some unsettling issues that you were dealing with between January 4th and March 5th.

Scorpio is; the hidden, enemies, secrets, deep passion, jealousy, possessiveness, vindictiveness, resourcefulness, intense drive, sexuality, power-struggles, faithfulness, manipulation, suspicion, complexity, fearlessness.

If you had to experience or work through any situation that involved one of those issues, whether in yourself or from an external source, be prepared for looking back into the face of that again.

However, in retrograde, it's more about re-minding yourself. That is, if you've become complacent, too idealist/optimistic, or arrogant, you're reminded of what the 'fight' was (and still is), what the conditions were, and how you are to remain vigilant and on top of your game.

During this pause, consider what your previous approach has been: whether you have been fighting hard, stepping away from the fight, or sticking your head in the sand.

* A sign of too much anger is irritability (heart palpitations, stomach ulcer).
* A sign of not enough, or misdirected, anger is resentment (headaches, cramps).
* A sign of denying anger is feelings of powerlessness or depression (fatigue).



Whatever you've been doing,
consider doing it differently.
To achieve different results!






For a fuller meaning, read for your Sun Sign and your Ascendant (Rising sign).


Aries:
You've been re-examining beliefs and your perspective on life. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about legal matters or the opportunities available to you.
Find a new way to deal with shared resources. Pay off debts, make sure insurances are up to date.

Taurus:
You've been re-examining shared resources. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about shared property or accounts, or deep commitments.
Find a new way to deal with intimate partnerships. Find the true discontent, or stand up for yourself in unfulfilling relationships.

Gemini:
You've been re-examining your intimate partnerships. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself within your closest relationships.
Find a new way to deal with your daily routine, work colleagues, health. Take back control of your fitness regime or diet, re-arrange your daily habits.

Cancer:
You've been re-examining mundane tasks that need doing, your work, your health. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about your daily routine
Find a new way to deal with your creative needs, self-expression, romantic affairs, or your children. Find the true source of inner frustration so that creativity is channelled, spend time having fun especially with children.

Leo:
You've been re-examining your creative expressions, and pleasure activities. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself with creative projects or children.
Find a new way to deal with issues with your home or with family. Make repairs on your house, face issues with relatives.

Virgo:
You've been re-examining issues with family or your home. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about relatives or house issues.
Find a new way to deal with communications and networks. Catch up on reading, learning, or lapsed correspondences.

Libra:
You've been re-examining communications, networks, and learning. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself with getting your message out.
Find a new way to deal with your possessions, finances, or values. Take back control of your financial situation.

Scorpio:
You've been re-examining your possessions, finances, or values. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about the things you own.
Find a new way to deal with your self-image. Re-discover or uncover courage and self-assertiveness. Find new ways of putting yourself out there!

Sagittarius:
You've been re-examining your self-image and the way you put yourself out there. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about your lack of assertiveness or presence.
Find a new way to deal with self-care and the past. Take back control of your addictions, obsessions, or any tendency to lose yourself.

Capricorn:
You've been re-examining self-care, the past or addictions. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about lack of time for your own needs.
Find a new way to deal with friendships and group memberships. Take back control of your place or contribution to the group or friendships, or decide to step away.

Aquarius:
You've been re-examining friendships and group memberships. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about the quality and gain from alliances with others.
Find a new way to deal with your place in the world. Take back control of your business, or ask for the raise or promotion you feel that you deserve.

Pisces:
You've been re-examining your career or your place in the world. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself over business decisions or lack of recognition.
Find a new way to approach your personal beliefs or life perspective. Take back control of legal matters, your education, or direction in life.