Mars retrograde depletes the individual’s vitality so it is never a time to initiate. Pity Peter Dutton did not know this when he decided to challenge the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, for the Prime Minister’s job! Whoever initiates loses— a new project, a great love, an argument, a lawsuit, or an international war. Typically,
- a new project, it will fizzle out and never really go anywhere.
- a hot romance, it too fizzles and it rarely gets to the altar.
- an argument, the hostility will come back to haunt you later.
- with legal matters, stoke your opponent into initiating the lawsuit first. It will be etched in granite that they will lose.
- in an international war, whoever fires first will automatically lose or ultimately withdraw.
People become irritated when activities do not run smoothly. The anger may disrupt indirectly and inappropriately— like getting a traffic ticket when you feel annoyed with your job.
During this cycle, never buy anything mechanical unless it is heavily insured! Office machinery and computers easily break down.
It will affect all people on the planet yet, in particular, those of you who have Sun in Aries or Scorpio (traditional ruler).
Arians may find themselves being less aggressive, pushy and impatient to have their way in a situation. Both Mars-ruled types find themselves more inclined to sit back and review matters in a more detached or impersonal way. They feel more patient to wait on circumstances to unfold before they act. These individuals may not recognize the anger they feel inside. They may express an unusual passiveness while under fire because they need too much processing time before they can retaliate. Only when Mars turns direct can they move the Mars energy forward.
Mars retrograde may also be associated with you feeling as if your swimming through treacle and getting nowhere. Use this time to think about what serves your purpose as it is a good time to let go of the irrelevant and incubate and nurture that ‘stuff’ that keeps you thriving. This period of time may also bring troubling issues to the surface which may have been forgotten or deliberately ignored because of the likely consequences.
How the Mars retrograde cycle affects you personally will depend on where Mars is in your horoscope and what house is ruled by Mars.