• Erin

Mars Retrograde in Aries: The force is strong with this one

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Author's Note: I wrote this post in July well ahead of the events that transpired in Lebanon this past August 4th. Nevertheless, I felt it was important not to delay this entry and instead take a moment to acknowledge and honor the victims and anyone impacted by the horrendously tragic explosion in Beirut.

It's no coincidence that I chose August 6th for this post. This date has left an indelible mark on my life. I lived in Hiroshima, Japan for three years in the early 2010s. For Hiroshima, the country of Japan, and the entire world, August 6th, 1945 is a day that will live in infamy. Exactly 75 years later, the unleashing of the world's first atomic bomb on an entire populace still serves as the most emblematic act of modern warfare, and by extension, an act symbolic of Mars run amok.

Mars is in Aries this year. It transited Aries on June 29th. That’s not so unusual in and of itself, however it will retrograde in Aries beginning September 9th and will station direct on November 13th. It won’t leave the sign until January 6 of 2021.

Okay, but what does that mean?

Well, Mars is the ruler of Aries, and is at home in that sign. Mars in Aries is much more aggressive, dynamic or energetic, depending on your perspective, when it is in its natural home. In fact, you may just find yourself being more active, revved up and ready to go. New exercise routine? You got this! Feel the call of adventure? Nice! (Only, please do it in a socially distant and conscientious manner…please?)

Normally, Mars spends about six weeks or so in each sign before moving on to the next. However, just as Mars gets almost out of Aries and into the next sign, Taurus, he goes retrograde and starts moving backward. Essentially undoing all that progress.

I will go into the significance of retrograde vs. direct later, but the TL;DR version is, this is significant. Not only will Mars be retrograde in his own sign, but due to the progress lost while transiting the ecliptic, he will spend not six weeks, but six months(!!) in Aries.

Okay, but what does that mean for us?

A lot. Energy will be in surplus. Tempers will run higher. And that’s during a time when we are already in full-blown crisis mode. We are collectively being told to stay inside and harness all that energy. And Mars in Aries does not want to be harnessed, muzzled, constrained or otherwise held back from go, go, going.

Depending on where Mars is in your natal chart, you will find yourself with an excess of drive and ambition, or you may find yourself butting heads thanks to the influence of this particularly fiery Ram. Combined with the reflection, restructuring, reorganization, re-evaluation and all the other re-s that accompany retrogrades, you may just find yourself at the limits of your resolve.

So, take this time to take a beat. It will be harder than usual to reel back, I get it. But if you find yourself a bit hot under the collar, take a deep breath and try to figure out what has triggered your response. It may be warranted, or it may just be attributable to the volatile energy pervading the cosmos and our consciousness.

However, if you check your emotions and find the anger to be warranted, it may just be the perfect time to harness Mars’ abundance of energy and warrior spirit to take action and break away from the source of your frustration.

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In peace & love,


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