Keywords
Action
Ambitious
Passionate
Decisive
Energetic
Leadership
Aggressive
Combative
Impulsive
Symbol
Shield and
Spear
Dignified
Aries
Color
Reds & Orange
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Exalted
Capricorn
Detriment
Taurus
Fall
Cancer
2020
Retrograde
9/9 - 9/21


9/21 - 11/13
Mars is the planet of action, energy, leadership, aggression, masculinity and
adventure.  Mars moves through the signs relatively quickly and has a
retrograde about every other year.   As 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 Libra on 9/9 until 9/21 and then
moves retrograde in Virgo 9/21 through 11/13
.

The first phase of Mars in retrograde in Libra speaks to the equality needed in
relationships as well as the balance of masculine and feminine within
ourselves.  It is time to want to be active, social, romantic and assertive in
negotiations.  It is a time to reflect on the subtle nuances of assertive versus
aggressive, passive versus aggressive and diplomatic versus persuasive.  For
most people this will be a time that highlights the importance of negotiation
and compromise rather than selfishness and egotism.  There is a placement
where a sense of unfairness or wanting to tip the scales in one's favor arises.

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.

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, passive-aggressive behavior and fights about what is
right and fir versus the higher good, as well as spirituality versus dogma.  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.