Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
Effective date: April 17th – June 29th (Shadow period from June 29th through August 23rd)
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” -Buddha
Talk about being on edge… We are being told two contradictory things from this planet. On one hand, we have the Saggo aspect urging us to move forward and start a new phase of our lives. It is the turning of the seasons in many ways for us right now. And then, on the other hand, Mars going into retrograde is telling us to HALT. It’s feels like we are pressing the gas and pressing the brakes at the same time. It doesn’t feel very pleasant, does it?
When Mars starts moving backwards in the sky (retrograde), we lose our vitality. We are in the shadow period for Mars retrograde as I write this. A looming silence is on the horizon, and it threatens to thwart all of our plans. It is a pretty well known thing that anything initiated during Mars in retrograde will likely fizzle out. Financial plans, new projects, romances, etc. Mars rules sex and industry, so expect setbacks in both of these areas. With Venus in sexfest Aries, this will bring very conflicting feelings.
Arguments are easy to come by during Mars retrograde. Everyone is constantly a hair away from losing their shit, and the smallest things seem to annoy us. Sounds aggravating, doesn’t it? This aspect is not only rough for your personal life, but it can create major rage fests in the political sphere as well. With our current political climate, that doesn’t sound very good.
We are going to want to change – be dying for it in fact. But Mars is going to tell us NO. Taurus season is coming, and we are going to need to slow the hot Aries energy. The 4 of Swords tells us that people will withdraw and obsess (which will get even worse once the sun moves into uber obsessive Taurus). We have a very hard full moon coming our way, and with Mars in this aspect, we are going to need to get as much healing done as possible. This is a time to rest – both mentally and physically. Be very delicate around those you love because the smallest annoyances can lead to giant flare ups. Be kind to each other. We are a long way from home and we are all we’ve got in this strange land.
Cards: The Wheel and 4 of Swords