Hi it’s Luna!
Has the momentum in your life started to slow down lately? If it hasn’t yet, get ready! Mars retrograde is upon us for the first time in two years, and it will be pressing the pause button on any progress you’ve been making while you undergo some necessary, cosmic maintenance.
Mars doesn’t retrograde very often, and does so even less frequently in its ruling sign of Aries. This rare combo can make existing tensions in your life run even higher, but you will also be met with an incredible opportunity to refine your instincts and empower yourself.
If you missed my “Mars enters Aries” love horoscope from June, you can read it here. It will get you up to speed on what’s been happening over the last two months, and how it’s affecting you personally.
I want you to feel inspired and confident to make the most of this transit, so let’s take a deeper look at the Mars Retrograde in Aries together and find out what you can expect to experience during this special astrological window.
Slow Down To Get Ahead
The divine timing of planetary cycles never ceases to amaze me.
I like to think of astrological transits as a manifestation of divine intelligence, providing us with structure, periodically showing us our blind spots, and guiding our way forward in our journey to become more of our true selves.
One of the most powerful ways the planets assist our personal evolution is through retrogrades. Although retrogrades are often considered to be less “fun”, they help us correct our course by preventing us from getting stuck in a rut or going too far off in the wrong direction.
Retrogrades offer an opportunity for us to complete unfinished business and reevaluate our path forward. After successfully completing a retrograde, we are able to navigate our lives with a more accurate compass.
The key from now until November 13th when Mars goes direct, is to not resist slowing down. If you align with the inward moving energy of this transit, you will emerge in mid November with greater clarity of purpose, which will allow you to more easily realize your desires.
Mars retrogrades are uncommon, happening only once every two years. This period represents a time when you will refine how you use your energy, reevaluate how you express self-assertion and desire, while tending to any wounds your inner warrior has sustained over the last two years.
Freeing Your Energy
If you have a tendency to be overly assertive or aggressive, this Mars retrograde may hit you with some hard lessons. You will be met with circumstances that prevent you from misusing your will, or forcefully imposing your power and strength onto others. Be careful, and learn to yield when coming up against opposition, otherwise you could find yourself in a violent situation.
On the flip side, if you have a habit of being fearful and letting people mistreat you, this retrograde will help you get in touch with your inner warrior. Allow your suppressed anger to come out in safe ways. You can hit a pillow, primal scream in your car, dance to intense music, or break apart something that was already going into the garbage. Once you get your emotion out of the way, you’re ready to begin taking care of business by closing the door on hurtful people in your life, and being a more vocal advocate for your own self interest.
Keep in mind that those around you may not appreciate you standing up for yourself, because it means they can no longer control you. If you dare, be bold and hold fast to your inner truth. When you do, you will free your precious energy to pursue more meaningful and fruitful goals in the future.
Mars Retrograde in Aries is all about managing your instincts. If you are typically too impulsive, you’ll be more likely to get into accidents or feel the painful consequences of your hasty actions. If you are disconnected from your instincts, now is a potent time when you can begin to rediscover them and benefit from their powerful guidance.
Whichever end of the spectrum you fall on, you can be sure that events in your life will probably be moving more slowly than you would like.
Moving Through Molasses
Mars represents our drive and desire. It’s what motivates us to do anything or go anywhere. While Mars is retrograding, it might feel like you’re moving through molasses and having trouble getting things accomplished. Projects may be put on hold for a variety of reasons, and the same goes for romance. This is not a good time to start a new project, or pursue a new goal, because it will likely not be permanent. However, due to the nature of retrogrades, this period could be an ideal time to reconnect with an old flame or work project, and finally complete something you wanted to do in the past.
Try to be patient as you fine tune your instincts. Pay attention to the valuable feedback from your environment, as it will reflect to you how effectively (or inappropriately) you use your willpower and express your desires.
By the time Mars Retrograde in Aries is over, you will have reconnected with meaningful goals and areas of focus toward which you can channel your energy without inhibition… and as a result, experience much more pleasure and fulfillment.
I look forward to seeing what unfolds over these next couple of months with you, as we awaken, care for, and discipline our inner warriors.
With Fiery Enthusiasm,
P.S. Do you feel connected to your instincts? Is there something or someone who has been draining your energy or preventing you from pursuing what you really want in life? Let me know in the comments below.
P.P.S. Do you have a burning question about romance, your life path, family, or financial matters? Let’s set up a one to one reading and find out what your stars have to say about it. Click here to schedule a private reading with me.
Luna Dragonwell has been fascinated with the stars since she was a child. Growing up, she learned to track planetary motion and how it affects each sign. Now as a contributor to TarotReadingDaily.com, she is here to share her zodiac sign horoscopes with you. Leave a comment for Luna below!