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9/9 - 9/21

9/21 - 11/13

Mars moves retrograde we can be more impulsive, agitated, direct and blunt.  Retrograde Mars
can also be a period of accident proneness and disputes.  Retrograde Mars reminds us to think
before we act or review our course of action before moving forward again.  

Mars is retrograde in 2020 beginning in Aries on 9/9 until 9/21 and then moves retrograde in
Pisces 9/21 through 11/13.
Phase 1: Retrograde in Aries
The first phase of Mars in retrograde in Aries heightens everyone's reactions, impatience,
selfishness, anger and possible desire to get into or pick fights.  Although this can be a period
to get things done as the energy is high and strong, we have to be careful to not burn ourselves
out or leave too much collateral damage.  This placement increases civil unrest and already
present societal tensions as everyone want to look out for themselves...or start a revolution.  
This will also be a period to review the role of masculine stereotypes and their place in our
changing world.  There may be significant, yet premature medical advancements during this
Most Affected:  Aries, Gemini, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn Aquarius.
Least Affected:  Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Ophiuchus, Pisces.

Phase 2: Retrograde in Pisces
Mars retrograde in Pisces brings out the spiritual warrior in everyone...for good or not so much.  
The benefit of this placement is standing up for one's beliefs as well as the underdog.  The
challenge is fanaticism and spiritual righteousness that is blind to other points of view due to
the emotional energy surrounding beliefs and the desire to be part of a group.  Peaceful
warriors can rise up as much as extremists.  Mars retrograde in Pisces asks us to reflect on how
we protect, what we protect and where we actively escape reality into other activities that quell
unsettled emotions.   This can be a "fighting fish" placement that chews at its own kind.
Most Affected:  Pisces, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, Scorpio.
Least Affected:  Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius.

NOTE:  Mars Retrograde is overlapping and opposite in sign to Mercury retrograde
(10/13-11/3) so this will be a challenging time filled with arguments, debate, sudden or
aggressive behavior, emotional outbursts, fights about what is right and fair versus the higher
good, and spirituality versus dogma.  While Mars is retrograde in Aries it will certainly affect
world leaders and politicians.  As I am writing in the United States, this will mean a heated if
not contentious debate season if it happens.  This will be particularly stressful beginning on
10/22 when Mercury moves into Virgo.
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