MARS RETROGRADE IN ARIES September 9 to November 13

Just in case you haven’t heard yet, Mars is stationing retrograde later today at 28 degrees of Aries.

This retrograde is significant if you are born with important placement in the middle to late degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries-Libra-Cancer-Capricorn) but in a mundane sense everyone has to contend with Mars retrograde in the next few months.

Whatever themes Mars retrograde finds you wrestling with all the pieces are already in place so you don’t have to look outside of your current circumstances to figure out how Mars retrograde is going to show up for you. You may however have to contend with circumstances that are outside your control.

One way to move forward now is to get acquainted with your natal Mars. What is your relation to power, your own but also the power that others have over you? How do you express your anger, your heat, your desires for independence, your passions, your physicality, your strength, your libido? Do you have the proper channels, do you have the right tools for the job? How does self-assertion and free-will look for you? Do you feel like you have the power to act in your life?

Mars is at home in Aries meaning it can express its nature fully. However, Mars has been squaring Saturn in Capricorn and will continue to square Saturn while retrograde. Saturn in Capricorn is acting as the gatekeeper throwing major obstacles in our paths, and our ability to move freely in the world. But Saturn is also limiting premature actions. Mars stationing retrograde means it’s time to strategize, adjust our stance, rethink our trajectories/goals, manage our powers, our drives, our stamina, and our desires intently. This Mars retrograde is completely coloured by Saturn in Capricorn. We may have no choice to play by the rules but patience will be in short supplies.

Look to the house where Aries and Capricorn sit in your chart to gage where the galvanizing powers of Mars are being limited by the time tested shackles of Saturn.

This is by no mean a time of passivity. Observe what is occurring around you. Pay attention to your inner and outer life. How much agency do you have? Stay alert. Sharpen your tools. Direct your attention on the constructive opportunities and ideas that can move you towards your long term goals.

Expired structures are slowly crumbling back into sand.

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