This summer it all kicks off when Mars starts back-tracking at 9 degrees Aquarius on June 26th, 2018, and turns direct at 28 Capricorn on August 27th, 2018. Mars represents our energy and willpower. When it goes retrograde, business as usual is anything but. We are thwarted, plain and simple, in whatever area of our chart Mars is transiting.
Energy that is normally directed outward boomerangs back on us as we are forced to re-evaluate our tactics.
When Mars doesn’t get his way, he becomes depressed, bottling things up. Depression is anger turned inward. When the retrograde phase is over, he launches his arrows of desire out into the world then wham! Look out! The lid and his nice guy cover is blown right off.
Dealing with Mars retrograde’s energetic effects can be challenging. Here are some ways to understand how it might affect you.
Look to Recent History for Clues
Remember the 8 month transit and retrograde of Mars back in 2014 in air sign Libra? Back then, Mars entered its shadow period from December 26th, 2013, and wouldn’t be out of that shadow zone until July 21st, 2014. Air feeds fire. However, when Mars retrogrades, he can’t do anything with that enflamed passion. Libra especially likes to “play nice,” so Mars couldn’t shoot off his mouth as he usually does. We may have found that the scales of justice were definitely not balanced in our favor during that transit and we just had to basically shut up and take it while we were seething inside at having to wear a mask.
During that time, Mars was retrograde in my ninth house of higher education/universities (I was still teaching full-time then), and some major 7 of Swords sneaky political bullshit literally made me sick: I had a terrible flu (fever ruled by Mars) and nearly had to be hospitalized due to all the anger I was not openly expressing. Then, when I flat-out refused to continue working in a mice and mold-infested office, I was banished to a location off-campus (this is classic passive/aggressive Libra tactics). Guess what happened two and a half weeks after Mars went direct that July? I was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore. I quit.
How Mars Retrograde 2018 will affect your Natal Mars
See the little tail on Mars? I like to call it “the arrow of desire.” What do you want? How do you go about getting it?
That all depends on where Mars is located in your natal birth chart (get your birth chart here). When Mars goes retrograde, how you normally go about getting what you want in a positive manner can now manifest in a less than favorable way. For example:
Natal Mars in Aries is a go-getter, initiator. When Retrograde, Aries can’t seem to get anything going or simply may be burned out. Aries will never admit to flagging energy levels, not even to themselves. A retrograde Mars may literally force them to slow down. Watch out for inflammation, high blood pressure, fevers, tick bites, and accidents (no fireworks this 4th of July).
Natal Mars in Taurus plows straight ahead and does not stop. Retrograde Mars may force a deviation in Mars in Taurus’s plan, perhaps for divine protection, but since Taurus is so freaking stubborn, they may not listen—to their later detriment. More money thrown at a problem will not necessarily solve it.
Natal Mars in Gemini loves to flit from one project to another (and one person to another). Mars Rx may force them to slow down, focus, and consciously choose how they are directing their attention. And let me tell you: they will not like it. Someone or something will hold them accountable. Gemini will squirm.
Natal Mars in Cancer nurtures others sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Mars Rx will bring about a situation that will force them to nurture themselves and/or accept that nurturing for others and not see it as a sign of weakness. Epsom salt baths would be helpful to cleanse toxins from the system. A good cry will do the same thing.
Natal Mars in Leo is drama personified and goes after everything with glamorous gusto. Mars Rx will frustrate them no end because no one will be paying any attention to them. Because they may feel invisible, they will create even more drama in order to get noticed. No one will be impressed.
Natal Mars in Virgo measures twice and cuts once: they abhor waste and want expediency and efficiency. Mars retrograde will frustrate them with annoying mistakes—some of which they will have to admit were theirs. Their ability to pick apart and analyze a person or situation may also suffer and they may come to conclusions that are erroneous and based on incomplete information.
Natal Mars in Libra seeks balance in all things and thus avoids direct confrontations, preferring to be indirect with requests and/or complaints. Even on a good day, Natal Mars in Libra often has a hard time choosing which road to haul ass on. Mars Retrograde may render them even more indecisive as they second, third, and fourth guess themselves into inertia.
Natal Mars in Scorpio plots and schemes behind the scenes, keeping its motives on the down low. And mostly no one suspects what they’re up to. Mars Rx can force a situation in which Mars in Scorpio’s game plan is exposed. And Mars in Scorpio does not like to feel so vulnerable. This loss of control may have them reaching back into old addictive patterns of behavior.
Natal Mars in Sagittarius is expansive, free-range, wild, and roaming. They love the broad perspective, the bird’s eye view. They like to go places, do adventurous things. Mars Rx will clip their wings. They may not be able to travel as they would like. They may have literal impediments to movement (Sagittarius rules hips, quads, pelvis and the sciatic nerve)—breaking a bone, throwing their back out, etc.
Natal Mars in Capricorn is the master builder, the entrepreneur, the achiever. With this placement in your chart, you have stamina that sustains long climbs to the top, and you don’t mind working hard. The harder you work, the more energy you seem to have. Mars Rx will bring about a situation in which you must assess how all this work is actually serving you. Are you working as a means to an end or as a means to your end? Is whatever you’re doing truly how you want to spend your precious life force energy?
Natal Mars in Aquarius desires independence and freedom, but as a fixed sign, how they define those terms and how they go about getting them is subject to routine. They like to be free to choose, yet they usually choose the same thing (or the same thing in a slightly different package). Mars retrograde shakes up these routines and may actually force them into taking the road less traveled. They’ll complain because it wasn’t their idea.
Natal Mars in Pisces swims sideways into deep waters of imaginative longing. They float, they backstroke, they butterfly. Sweet, soft, easy. Their Mars is circuitous, quicksilver, mutable. And when it goes retrograde, they may find they have to start doing a front crawl just so the tide doesn’t pull them under. They will need to revise their methods.
Mars Transiting Retrograde in the 12 Houses
Now that you know how the energy might affect the placement of your Natal Mars, let’s put that together with where Mars will be transiting in the houses. You need to know your Ascendant (Rising Sign) to know which house Mars will transit. If you know your birth time, discover your rising sign with my natal chart report.
Since Mars is retrograding, initiating new activities is not advised, and especially not with so many planets retrograde this summer. Instead, re-evaluate and turn that energy inward in a positive way.
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 1st house: Re-evaluate your image
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 2nd house: Re-evaluate your finances
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 3rd house: Re-evaluate your daily routines
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 4th house: Re-evaluate home and family life
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 5th house: Re-evaluate creative projects, relationships with kids
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 6th house: Re-evaluate health
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 7th house: Re-evaluate significant relationships
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 8th house: Re-evaluate shared finances and psychological issues
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 9th house: Re-evaluate spirituality, plans for higher education
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 10th house: Re-evaluate your calling in life
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 11th house: Re-evaluate hopes, wishes, and friendships
Transit Mars Retrograde in the 12th house: Re-evaluate where you’ve been and who you are becoming
Put it All Together: Mars retrograde 2018 energetic effects
So, if you have Natal Mars in Sagittarius and your rising sign is Scorpio, Mars will be retrograding in your 3rd and 4th houses. You may have to cut back on some daily activities and/or restructure your schedule. You may spend more time at home than you usually do, perhaps due car troubles or your own physical health issues.
If you have Natal Mars in Pisces and your rising sign is Cancer, Mars will be retrograding in your 7th and 8th house. You will need to revise your methods of nurturing in your significant relationships. Who is doing the giving and who is doing the taking? Shared finances may be a part of this re-evaluation. Don’t feel guilty for wanting a more equitable arrangement.
If you have Natal Mars in Leo and your rising sign is Aquarius, Mars will retrograde in your first house and back for a time into your 12th. You may not be getting the attention you think you deserve and so may dramatically change your image and with Mars retrograde you’ll probably hate the results. It would be advisable to dig a little deeper into your subconscious as to why you feel so reliant on your image to gain attention. Use the Mars retrograde to dig deeper within to a level of authenticity you have not accessed before. Then, when Mars goes direct, you can revamp your image from a place of authenticity and not reactivity.
If you want to go even deeper into understanding how this Mars Retrograde period may affect you, schedule an astrology consult.
I would love to hear how this Mars Retrograde period impacts you! Please share in the comments.