Mars Retrograde 2016 ~ Dragon Slaying

Mars Retrograde 2016 ~ Dragon Slaying

Mars Retrograde

Mars will be retrograde from April 18 until June 29 2016. The red planet turns retrograde about every 2 years. I tend to view retrogrades as working in a right brained/cyclical/intuitive way rather than the direct linear mode we tend to operate in just to get through our daily lives. The planets energy is turning itself upside down in a sense, so we get the opportunity to view things from another angle. Mars is traditionally a malefic, but it does not follow that in retrograde it becomes even more malefic. Nor does Mars become it’s opposite, a benefic! It just becomes well… weird.

With Mars retrograde, instead of the usual flame-grilled Mars direct affair, it becomes more of a slow, rich bake. Much depends on in which sign Mars finds itself during the retrograde period. Generally the Martian impulse will be slowed down, deepened and feel more Plutonic. Mars retrograde could also be similar in effect to the energy of Pallas Athena, where every move is planned carefully and strategically. I have read that Mars retrograde is akin to it travelling in the 12th house, which would make it more of a spiritual-warrior. So if one is going to wage war at all, it will probably be a psychic one.

Mars Retrograde Meaning

Since Mars is about sex as well as war, Mars retrograde prompts us to re-evaluate our sexual relationships. A new sexual attraction may burn out quickly, while a fling with an old flame could turn into something unexpectedly long term. Our ambitions and goals are bound to come under scrutiny also. It is said that those who start a war during Mars retrograde are likely to loose. In personal terms, “starting a war” could mean summoning someone to court or initiating a new business campaign against a rival. In competitive cases like those, it is usually advised to wait till Mars is direct again. However if someone should wage war on you, then it would be foolish not to defend yourself.

Mars Retrograde April 18 to June 29

Mars Retrograde 2016Mars starts it’s apparent grind to a halt on April 16, but officially turns retrograde on April 18 at 4.14am PDT, 7.15am EDT, 12.14pm BST and 9.14pm AEST.) The effect of Mars retrograde depends very much on what it encounters on its journey and how well it adapts to the cosmic territory. It will start off at 8º Sagittarius, a fire sign no less, and then travel back to 23º Scorpio, a sign it rules. Now I anticipate a much more intense Mars retrograde than the passive-aggressive affair we had back in March/May 2014. That time it occurred in it’s detriment sign Libra, but hit lucky Spica. The sneaky crow star Algorab also figured too and as a whole the energy was quite secretive and suppressed.

This Mars retrograde has a far more festering, volcanic energy bubbling below the surface. I don’t think then, that it will be possible to carry out any secret Mars Rx missions for very long. This is because Mars will station within a degree from fierce red giant star Antares, which is found in the heart of Scorpio. Robson says Antares “causes malevolence, destructiveness, liberality, broad-mindedness, evil presages and danger of fatality and makes its natives rash, ravenous, headstrong and destructive to themselves by their own obstinacy.” [1a] So right from the start of the retrograde, we will get a taste of what is to come. First lets look at how Mars is flavoured by the two decans it will travel through.

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  1. Amazing,as my partner Moira and i have been having great fun with the study of Fixed Stars & Asteroids relative to our very strident Grand Crosses.Mine is cardinal in cardinal signs on the angles.Sun in Cap4 54 4th(IC Cap1 24)-Moon Ari 1 50-Mars Lib 0 18/ASC 1 04/Juno 1 50-Uranus 2 54-N Mercury Cap 23 14.These Mars/Mercury transits are bringing great energy to the plans we are making to shrink the 3,000miles that separate us,not to mention the continuing healing of the residue of the crosses.Mother’s name Lily(Sat 4 Cap),a troubled but healed relationship.Father issues(Sedna) of desertion before birth/chronic abuse by 2 step-fathers were dealt with long ago for me along with many childhood trauma’s(Ceres 22 42)(Zero 21 16)Moira & I have been deeply engaged with Lilith issues and though my N Mean Lilith at 28 13 Aries/osc 27 37 Aries 8th does not aspect the cross,i am of the understanding if they are close, much more intense.Peacock is also conjunct M Lilith now and i like that.In reference to Alkes,i live with a small river literally under my back deck.

    I enjoy your posts tremendously. Michael

  2. Hi, Marina. I had not realized that we were already in the shadow period of this mars retro. I have three planets all conjunct each other right on my second house cusp. Mars at 14 d, Uranus at 14 d and Pluto at 16 d.

    Good opportunity to learn how these energies work more deeply in my chart and in my personality.

    Thanks for the awesome post and the great information.