It’s a mixed week this week as the planet of action, drive and determination, Mars, appears to slow right down and starts to move backwards in one of its rare retrograde cycles.
Whereas Mercury goes retrograde about four times a year, Mars only does so around once every two years.
So what does Mars retrograde “mean”. We need to look at it symbolically. Mars is usually the planet that rages ahead. It’s the engine of the zodiac. So how is a car with its engine running backwards? Yeah. Not all that functional!
When Mars is going backwards, you’re likely to get very frustrated very quickly if you try too hard to forge a new path. Far better to be content to run on the spot for a while, so to speak. In other words, don’t push too hard in this cycle and you won’t end up feeling like you’ve wasted a lot of energy.
The secret, as ever with astrology, is to learn honour the cycles. Just as we need to allow ourselves downtime in the Moon’s waning cycle (which we are in right now), so we need to take our foot off the accelerator pedal as Mars reverses.
One upside of this cycle is diminished levels of anger – hopefully. See what your life is like when you’re slower to respond in upset or to take offence, or to attack someone who has displeased you!
Also this week, the Sun opposes Saturn which sounds like the Universe trying to teach us a lesson. If you find yourself being lectured to by someone, see if they have a point and perhaps you have something to learn. And if you find yourself lecturing someone, do it with a higher purpose rather than just wanting to crush someone’s spirit!
Overall it’s a week to say less and learn more. If you find yourself getting drawn into a bit drama with someone, go easy because it will be very tempting to speak now and regret your words later. The person who wins this week is the person who goes slow and steady, even when being provoked!
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