We are in Aries season and with the new moon in Aries on April 7th, 2016 we are kicking off another new cycle. The ruler of Aries is the planet Mars. Where you find the planet Mars and Aries in your natal astrology chart shows your instinctual desires, your sexual nature, your drive and passion.
Aries and Mars represent the archetype of where we move boldly forward in the crusade of our desires and dreams, but Mars the ruling planet of Aries is already in the shadow period (time before official retrograde cycle). Mars will be retrograde from April 18th- June 30th, 2016. We will continue to notice the effects of this retrograde period well into the summer months when Mars goes direct with a resurgence of power.
When a planet goes retrograde, we are given opportunities to review and rethink that area of our life. As we march forward into the coming months, this Mars retrograde period (April 18th-June 30th) could bring opportunities for reconsidering, reviewing and renegotiating our desires and goals.
Mars is going to start its retrograde cycle at 8 degrees of Sagittarius and retro back to 23 degrees of Scorpio, this will give us opportunities to rethink and review our desires (Mars), in areas of our beliefs (Sagittarius), psychology (Scorpio), and the direction we are headed. There will possibly be opportunities to renegotiate deals, situations we have set up for ourselves and overcome roadblocks on the way to the finish line! As we are boldly moving forward with our visions and dreams of the future, simplifying and careful consideration in our motives and interactions with others is best.
It can commonly be a time we reinvent our personal or professional life in some way, and change the direction we are headed to realign with our ultimate, more meaningful mission. This can be a useful time to examine carefully what we need to change and recreate for our true desires to become a reality.
Because the placement of Mars is associated with our desires, ego drives can be at play here. It is especially important to align our ego and desires with our higher self and true mission while avoiding any unnecessary dramas or battles of the ego that could be an energy drain.
Mars is also associated with anger. If you notice yourself becoming excessively angry at the current challenges of the world or your life, let the anger be a motivation for positive changes and opportunities for learning and real transformation! Shining your light in the darkness versus being consumed by the darkness is key now!
Often we are conditioned by media and society to follow the path of pleasure thinking this is what brings happiness or the ultimate goal. Chasing this external path of more money, possessions, power and status can actually be a trap if not backed up with an inner wellbeing of love, happiness and peace. Often we have it backwards, thinking once we attain the external thing- then we will be happy, when it is actually the exact opposite! This is a good clue, and where to look within our lives while possibly reconsidering our real motivation behind the desire.
Mars will be conjunct (traveling or transiting along side of) the planet Saturn during this period. This is often a time where a lot of hard work and serious dedication is needed. We could also come face to face with other people’s ego drives in this process as well. In the collective consciousness this could show up as continued and heightened religious wars and or violence coming to head.
As we work hard, and move forward overcoming any obstacles, take plenty of time for rest, quite time, meditation and visualizing peace for our planet. Taking extra time for positive activities that fill your being with inner-peace and then constructing the path of your journey from this space.
Sharing our true happiness with others helps to amplify it in the lives of the people we come in contact with and our own inner wellspring of love and peace.
Here are some important questions to ask during Mars retrograde. Write out your answers to give yourself more objective awareness.
- What do you love about your life now?
- What part of your current vocation do you love?
- Are you providing or sharing a service that is of true value and helping people?
- Why are you doing what you do? What is your motive?
- Where can you let go of fear and move boldly forward expressing your truth?
- Where have you possibly lost sight of inner peace- while chasing the illusion of an external thing that you think will bring you happiness once you attain it?
- How can anger or frustration be motivation for positive change and continued forgiveness?
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