This Year’s Mars Retrograde

Mars is now direct, not retrograde
Previous Mars Retrograde period:
April 17, 2016 to June 29, 2016

From 8 degrees Sagittarius
to 23 degrees Scorpio.
The next Mars Retrograde period begins in June 2018

“A hero, properly, is one who gives his life to something greater than himself.”
-Joseph Campbell

Understanding the Mars cycle can help you
go after what you want in life.

Mars is the keeper of your energy, drive,
vitality, self-assertion and potency.

Mars is the Hero in you.
To learn how to maximize its usefulness,

Contact Jamie for a reading.

What is Mars Retrograde?

“Mars retrograde” means Mars is in the part of its cycle where it is traveling backwards from our point of view here on Earth.  When Mars goes retrograde, we are cast upon a symbolic Hero’s Journey.  Each time this happens I write a post or post-series about it.

A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes.  It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past.  It can be a retrieval, a turning inward, a letting-go.  A Hero’s Journey is a life-passage in which we retrieve our own heroism.  True heroism involves courage, strength, assertiveness, but also gentleness and appropriate restraint—and during this journey we are tested, in a number of ways, for those things.  While Mars is retrograde, we’ll face many opportunities to be a hero in a deeper, truer sense than we ever have before.

How Long Does It Last?
The previous Mars retrograde period was from April 17, 2016 to June 29, 2016.  That’s a long time—over 10 weeks.  Plenty of time to have a few interesting adventures to test our mettle.  During this retrograde period I wrote blogposts illuminating the possible meanings.  Mars was retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio, and here’s what I said about it:
Star Wars, the Hero’s Loss of Innocence and the Encounter with Evil

The Beginning and End of the Cycle
The retrograde period of Mars is just one part of his larger cycle, which lasts about two years.  The previous Mars cycle began on June 14, 2015 (when Mars conjuncted the Sun while direct) and ends on June 26, 2017 (when Mars again conjuncts the Sun while direct), closing the old cycle and initiating a new one.  The retrograde period falls in the middle of the cycle.  The following diagram shows the timing of Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio; the new cycle that begins in June of 2018 will look much like this one.

2016-4-17 The Mars Cycle April 2016

Does This Mean You?
If you were born in the following date-spans (of any year), you will definitely feel this transit:
November 15 to 30
February 12 to 27
May 13 to 29
August 15 to 31

If this is you, then take the following precautions:

  • Drive carefully. Don’t speed.
  • Don’t over-exercise to make up for lost workouts.
  • Stay away from combative people, angry people or drunk people.
  • Avoid being one of the above.

A Myth for Mars
During Mars retrograde I’ll use the modern myth of Star Wars to illustrate Mars’ journey backwards from Sagittarius into Scorpio. Drawing on the tale of Luke Skywalker and his relationship with his father, I’ll ask questions such as, “How do you encounter evil without having it shape you into something darker, whether by embracing it or rejecting it?”

Read about it here: Star Wars, the Hero’s Loss of Innocence and the Encounter with Evil

When has this happened before?
Mars went retrograde from March 1, 2014 through May 19, 2014. During that time Mars was retrograde in Libra, and here’s what I said about it:
Mars Retrograde in Libra: The Deadly Diplomat
Mars in Libra Traits, According To One Astrological Blogger

In the cycle previous to that one, Mars went retrograde from December 29, 2009 through March 10, 2010.  During that time I blogged about stories of famous heroes and how they might lend meaning to the Mars retrograde period.  Here is that post-thread:
Mars Retrograde—The Hero’s Journey

Read here about Mars Retrograde through the Houses