Mars retrograde in 2020
At twenty-two minutes past midnight the long anticipated Mars retrograde began at 28° Aries. From Earth’s point of view, Mars is now going backwards around our sun.
Since the end of June, Mars has been in Aries and it would have soon entered Taurus if not for this retrograde phase every two years. Hence, Mars is staying six months in Aries overall, till the end of year. That’s something that hasn’t happened in 32 years. Quite unique!
It’s worthwhile to note that the last Mars retrograde was finished in the beginning of September 2018 at the end of Capricorn. Consequently, it has some bearing to the current retrograde phase. Themes that troubled us back then while Mars was in Capricorn, Mars is likely to unearth them again. Clashes with authorities of all kinds (Capricorn), our fears and responsibilities are just some of Capricorn’s characteristics and Mars is going to scrutinise them once more. This can be seen in our daily lives already: repression, limitations, and lockdowns. Deception as well. And that’s only the beginning of Mars’s frustration.
Mars is a powerful yang, male energy that has to assertively project outwards in the form of action (and reaction). Mars is a mighty warrior who knows what he wants. Nothing stops him, even if he stumbles upon all obstacles and uses (sometimes misuses) all disposable muscles to reach his goals. In his home sign of Aries these qualities are even more pronounced. Mars is our will, our “mojo” to fulfil our goals, especially when a lot of inner zest and strive is required.
For this reason, it is not a surprise that Mars hits a big wall when he must undergo the necessary retrograde phase. All the strength is concentrated inward and not outward, Mars’s preferred option. Mars who loves being proactive, alive in his actions, is now being faced with ardent introversion. That is making him trapped, cornered with weakness and with a loss of inner strength. Mars also rules over men. As a result, our male counterparts may feel more run down, worn out. Like a silent life jacket has taken over him! Here comes our understanding to give men more time and space. Let them crawl into their dens and ponder over, even if takes them two months when Mars is finally out and back direct! This is especially true for men born in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. To some degree, Virgos and Scorpios as well.
How can we positively harvest and utilise Mars’s retrogradation?
To double check our short and long term goals, plans and visions. What can be improved? What have we missed out? Which are the changes that can be implemented in our daily activities? Where were we halted, where do we need to slow down? Retrograde Mars is not our punishment, but a unique opportunity to see our life from a different perspective. Everything that didn’t go according to our plans up till now (or didn’t materialise) has its own blessing in itself. We are now ready to see a bigger picture. At the end, when Mars is direct again, as a result of our inner work, we will be more equipped to manifest what we desire or need in our lives.
Mars retrograde is also giving us a chance to stop where we are too quick and fast racing through our lives, especially in those areas where we are jumping over the obstacles without a second thought of possible consequences. Retrograde is teaching us God’s patience and grace; in Aries in particular.
Collectively, Mars retrograde will show the great finale of this confusing year. What was the meaning of 2020? Everyone can answer this question in its own right, quietly or not. That’s the greatest value of retrograde Mars. What is right, wrong and our unstoppable right for our freedom.
Soon Mars will aspect Saturn and Pluto as well. Pluto is the higher octave of Mars and around that time watch out for any overreactions of all sorts. Events that happened in August are likely to resurface once more. We are braced for an active and intensive autumn.
Despite all outer activity in the world, Mars is realigning us with our authentic power. Don’t let the external factors get to you (we are going to be faced with many). Focus more on your responses amid the chaos. The Universe is telling us we can train our muscles (Aries) in a more productive and positive way. Not all battles have to be bloody and fought with violence. Let us find our personal vents that can enable us to release our anger, frustration and sense of powerlessness.
Ground yourself while we have many retrograde planets. It all goes back to basics. And at the end of the day, that is what we truly need.
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