As I mentioned in my New Moon post, Mars stations retrograde on the 1st March 2014 where it will remain until the 20th May. Normally Mars will pass through a sign within a couple of months but the retrograde action will mean that Mars stays in Libra for around 8 months, ramming the message home!
Mars first entered the shadow zone of this retrograde period on the 26th December 2013 and will not be out of the shadow zone until the 21st July. You may have already been feeling the slow down – perhaps even more so whilst Mercury was retrograde during February. With almost seven months of Mars’s journey through Libra either retrograde or in shadow, it suggests that there’s a lot of work to do!
Mars is about action. He is your passion, you go-get-’em enthusiasm and willingness to assert yourself when you need to stand your ground. He is also the planet that ignites when someone presses your buttons and the part of you that will fight to the death to protect someone you love.
Mars is forthright, heady and active. He doesn’t like to hang around. He doesn’t plan. He doesn’t count to ten before erupting in anger. Mars acts, immediately. Mars is your own inner warrior who protects everything you stand for – and Mars sometimes gets directly in the way of what you want. Sometimes we go on the offensive or defensive, driven by old psychological fears. As co-ruler of Scorpio, Mars connects to base instincts – flight or fight, do or die. By the same token, this instinctive drive also manifests as passion. Both the kind that gets you out of bed in the morning to the job that you love, to the kind that gets you in bed with the one you love – or lust after!
Mars is in detriment in Libra as he is opposite to the sign he rules. Libra is all about being polite in company and taking pains to ensure everyone is treated fairly. Libra is cerebral. It’s all about the other. Mars is awkward and out of place here because Mars is all about the self. In Libra, Mars will bring up many questions about how we deal with one to one relationships and relating in general. Mars in Libra can be passive aggressive or he can turn on the charm offensive. Suddenly it’s not about what you want any more – it’s about what others want and how to marry those wants together in a way that is acceptable to both parties. As Mars reverses, previous agreements, compromises and promises all come under review.
When Mars turns retrograde, old anger can re-surface but it is wise to sit with it for a while and explore the real reasons behind it. Start an argument now and you are liable to find that you’re on the losing side. Likewise as I mentioned in my video, it’s best to avoid instigating a lawsuit during this time as you may be handing the other party the winning ruling.
Slow progress may drive you to distraction. It may be the time to cut your loses and put your energies elsewhere. But retrograde Mars can also give you pause to consider how and why you are using your energies. If it isn’t working, maybe your heart’s not really in it – or perhaps you just need to re-ignite your passion. Perhaps it’s about getting the work/life balance right. Maybe you need to spend more quality time with your partner. Perhaps you’ve been avoiding them for a reason. Mars retrograde will get under your skin to root out the real reasons for why you do what you do. It isn’t always pretty, but it is necessary. Anger, frustration, defiance, lack of motivation, fear – these are all Mars retrograde red flags asking you to stop, look and listen.
Mars stations retrograde on the Sabian symbol :-
A Man Becoming Aware Of Spiritual Forces Surrounding And Assisting Him
It makes me think of those times when you push and push and yet still it doesn’t work. It feels like something is standing in your way. Sometimes when you stop pushing, you find that the universe is guiding you to something better. Mars is also strongly connected to the ego. During this retrograde, perhaps the ego will have to play second fiddle to the greater orchestrated pattern.
During the retrograde period, Mars will raise merry hell by clicking the Cardinal Grand Cross into place. During this time he will square up to Jupiter and Pluto and oppose Uranus. At that time, we will come up against bigger forces at work which challenge to get clear about our own position as well as testing weak links – either in relationships, or within ourselves, quite possibly both.
Check the house/s where Mars is backtracking in your chart. These are the areas of life where it is important to cross-examine your motivation and goals. Retrograde Mars will make you are aware of what you are running away from, as well as what you are pushing towards. Maybe you haven’t been putting in enough effort, maybe it’s been too much. Perhaps you need to be more daring, more courageous – perhaps you need to back off. Monitor what comes up during this time.
Mars will station direct on the Sabian symbol :-
Having Passed Through Narrow Rapids, A Canoe Reaches Calm Waters
The symbol says it all! This retrograde period may be a little hair-raising at times or it may be an exciting ride. It’s likely to be a combination of both. There may be times when you feel like you are up **** creek without a paddle but sometimes it’s in those moments that we find our true courage. After the wild ride, we arrive fresh-faced and invigorated, despite the wild beating of the heart and limbs shaking from exertion. Perhaps the rapids are the spiritual forces mentioned in the retrograde Sabian. Unbelievably, after writing the previous sentence, I got up to move something on my shelf and just burned my fingers on a metal angel candle holder! Yes Mars, very funny!
These may be trying times and the results of what you are doing may not be immediately obvious. If you find yourself in conflict with another, remember that they are a reflection of yourself. How you handle your anger, may be the deciding factor. “It’s not you, it’s me” may for once be true. Mars retrograde in Libra will teach us all something about the way of the peaceful warrior and help us learn what is truly worth fighting for.
Great article, Leah! Wow, the Sabian symbols are amazing!
Scary! How about those whose natal Mars is challenged at the same time?
Loved this written piece on Mars at the moment, very apt and great timing for me (as a Librian) to read…Brilliant and so easy to read and understand 🙂 Thank you
Thanks for your lovely comments Sandra – glad you found it helpful 🙂
how do i know what houses in my chart mars is backtracking in? i am 10.26PM 5/11/1980
Hi Bell – You can find this information on Astro.com. I made a video which explains how to do it https://www.leahwhitehorse.com/2013/06/17/video-how-to-locate-your-transits-and-asteroids-using-astro-com/
WOW. Right on the head. Restlessness with my current career path, let alone lifepath, the flight or fight stirrings, all going on the last two months. I was talking to a friend about everything going on and he led me here. Thanks for this.
Great article! So… Mars a Retrograde is probably not the best time to initiate a relationship, even a casual one I would guess?
Hi Cleo – not the best time no however casual may be different as by its nature it isn’t often long lasting or that committed.
Hey Leah, I have Mars retrograde in Gemini 12th house…sun/merc/ven in libra..lots of square capricorn!! I’m interested in how I can learn from this transit? any help is appreciated!
What a terrific writing style and understanding of the energies. I love it all.
I am a cancer sun/ aries rising/virgo moon who is buying and selling property right now. The deal stalled royally but is now moving. I am planning to pack the truck and move on 4/8/14. I don’t have to!!! I was trying to get a handle on the energy. Now, I know. Talk to Mars. Work with all the energies to allow them to help me. I was scared only of what I didn’t know. Thanks so much. I gained sooo much help today.
Hi Mimi – thank you for your kind comments 🙂 Good luck with your move too!
Great read! Although now I’m freaking out :/ I’ve planned a round-the-world trip which I’ve already had to delay several times due to problems, but I’m finally leaving on the 28th of May. I’m worried now that with all of the problems I’ve faced in planning this trip that embarking on it before Mars leaves retrograde would be a mistake??
I truly appreciate all that was written here. When you said initiate argument, does it count when I asked my BF about something that was bothering me? Because after that he initiated the break-up. Then, after a week of no communication I called him to say sorry and since then we reconciled but I am anxious as there is still tension between us though we had physical connection and I thought it will go all well after that but somehow he is still disconnected and shutting me off. Do you think there is still hope that everything will go back to normal as before the break-up happened? He has Sagittarius ascendant and I have Libra ascendant, my moon sign is Leo and his moon sign is Pisces, my sun sign is Aquarius and his sun sign is Libra under Vedic astrology. Please enlighten me. Thanks for the great article.
Hi Emen – Thanks for reading. Sorry to hear you have been experiencing relationship problems. Hopefully things will calm for you when Mars turns direct. If you would like to explore this further however, I do offer readings here https://www.leahwhitehorse.com/readings/
Thanks for these insights. I am pisces sun sign and pisces moon sign. My boyfriend of 2 years broke up with me three weeks ago completely out of the blue from a very solid, loving relationship. He is gemini sun sign and pisces moon sign. I had already thought that Mars retrograde may have something to do with what pushed him to make the decision. He said he did it after only two weeks of sudden doubts in mid april of not being sure if he could see me in his future, although he kept saying how amazing and perfect I was, how it was nothing I did and how much he loved me. That he thought if he was still in love he would know it for sure, but that he loves me so much. That he is so confused about his feelings or how he should feel. Even more confusing for me! I accepted his decision gracefully and with love and we ended with no bad feelings and a lot of love between us. I asked him not to contact me for the next while to allow me to process it all, unless he wanted to discuss the relationship. I admit I am hoping that now that Mars has turned direct he may realise that he wants us to be together again, but if not I am thankful that the universe brought me this wonderful relationship and I trust that it is all happening for a reason.
Great website 🙂
Hi RK – I’m sorry to hear about your relationship. I hope that the Mars station will help move things forwards again for you. Perhaps some time apart has allowed your ex some thinking time. I agree, I believe things do happen for a reason.
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