That’s right, you heard it here folks! (I’m being sarcastic, because it has been retrograde since January 24 and it’s going to be retrograde until April 14.) During that time, it will stay in Virgo the entire time, so look to which house Virgo resides in your chart to see where the retrograde is affecting you. It’s in my 5th house and I’m getting a lot of writing done, which makes sense, because the 5th house is the house of creative works.
It will transverse from 23 Virgo back to 3 Virgo where it turns direct on April 14th. It will pass its retrograde degree on June 19th, finally clearing the retrograde degrees at 23 Virgo, so it can move forward into new degrees. This means it only moves 20 degrees in four months. That’s slow, folks.
Right now, it’s on 19 Virgo which is on the fixed star, Denebola. Denebola doesn’t have the best reputation. It’s said to be like this: “It gives swift judgment, despair, regrets, public disgrace, misfortune from the elements of nature, and happiness turned to anger, and makes its natives noble, daring, self-controlled, generous and busy with other people’s affairs. [Robson*, p.160-161.]” It’s a degree that is infamous for natural disasters. “The ‘Tail of the Lion’ has a Uranian nature and it is supposed that, in mundane horoscopes, major catastrophes are triggered off by it.” It’s not all bad though, because it can cause great developments in the affairs of people. It seems that people can be too nosy for their own good right now. Fun stuff.
With Mars: “Bitter, vindictive, cruel, unpopular, loss of position and public disgrace. [Robson*, p.161.]” Hmm, we may see someone high up fall from grace. We’re certainly seeing a lot of the bad side of Mars retrograde in Syria right now and that really fits Denebola. It’s not a natural disaster, but there’s certainly a lot of bitterness and bloodshed over there right now.
When Mars retrogrades, we can feel stymied and unable to act according to the ways of Mars, that is, we can lose our drive. It can seem harder to do “Mars Things” like take action or we can go overboard in Mars matters and act too hastily. Rash is a good word to describe acting in a way unbecoming to Mars. If we realize we have Mars retrograde going on right now, we can be aware of it and temper our Mars energies appropriately.
Mars rules: Surgery, Surgeons, military men and actions (Syria), strife, athletics, mechanics, mechanical things, men, sex, giving birth, pregnancy, the head (of the body), headaches, scars, fevers and certain illnesses, blood, acne, ambition, personal drive, and metals. So it’s possible you’ll see issues with some of the things listed here.
With Mars retrograde, people can be a bit out of sorts, ya know, not themselves. People can be more irritable or argumentative. Mars retrograde can also cause depression because depression is anger turned inward. What better way to describe Mars retrograde?
Please keep in mind that the world experiences Mars retrograde every few years so it’s not something to get all worried about. Just look to your chart and see which house mars is hanging out in and think about what that means for you. If it hits a planet it will affect that planet(s) in the way they play out in your chart and according to their natures.
Mars turns direct on April 14th on 3 degrees Virgo, so check for planets you have at 0-8 Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, and Sagittarius because those planets will be affected.
How are you experiencing Mars retrograde? Have you noticed anything since it turned retrograde on January 24?