You may have heard about Mercury Retrograde, as it’s becoming an extremely popular phenomenon in mainstream culture. A planet that is retrograde appears to be moving backwards in the sky, but technically no planet moves backwards in orbit around the sun. It’s an illusion that results from the fact that the Earth orbits the sun at a different speed than other planets. Mercury is retrograde every few months, but Mars is only retrograde every two years.
The popular belief about retrograde planets -- especially Mercury -- is that things go wrong during the retrograde cycle. When Mercury is retrograde, people are cautioned not to buy cars or electronics and to expect technological difficulty. But the positive side of a retrograde cycle is the opportunity to slow down and reflect on the area of life where the retrograde planet is transiting your chart.
During the 2016 Mars retrograde from April 17 through June 29, we have the opportunity to pay attention to our energy and drive. What motivates you? What are you passionate about? What projects are you working on, and do those projects align with what you truly want? This 10-week period is a good time to check in with your desires and motivations, and form a strategy to get what you want. So often we convince ourselves that we want the things other people tell us we should have, and ignore our true desires. If you have been thinking about launching a new initiative, this is the time to form a detailed strategy and lay the groundwork. It may also be a time where our energy drives are lower, making it better for planning than action. Pluto is going retrograde as well, adding depth and intensity to this cycle. Results may not come until late August, so be patient with obstacles. Stay determined. This is a cycle to test your will.
To understand in detail how this Mars retrograde will affect you, look at the part of your chart between 8 degrees Sagittarius and 23 degrees Scorpio. This is the area of life where you are reassessing and relaunching your true desires. If you don’t have a copy of your chart, contact me here and I'll send you one for free.
April 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM EST: Mars retrograde (Rx) at 08.54 Sagittarius
June 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST: Mars stations direct at 23.03 Scorpio
August 22, 2016 at 10:01 AM EST: Mars returns to 08.54 Sagittarius and leaves Rx zone