Mars is currently in Libra located at 20 Lib 36' 52"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mars is currently Sextile Venus

Mars is Quincunx Uranus

   Starts on Friday, 29 September, 2023
   Peaks on Sunday, 01 October, 2023, orb 0° 59' 58"
   Ends on Monday, 02 October, 2023

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
mars2024-12-06 23:34:00 UTC2025-02-24 02:00:00 UTCLeo

RetrogradeMars is another one that is understood pretty well by way of a scientific fact. Though we often talk about you know, colonies on Mars and such, these have not ended well, usually. Humanity’s been trying to get up close and personal with the red planet since about 1960 or so and often, these things fail before they even get started. In fact, in 1999, the most infamous $193 million failure was due to some confusion when well, some were using the superior metric system and others were not. Since the turn of the century, however, only 1 of 12 missions has failed but historically: there’s been about a 50/50 change something’s going to go totally sideways. Kinda what you get for naming the moons Deimos and Phobos, really- panic and fear don’t usually make for great insights.

In astrology, Mars is all things manly. Sort of. Stereotypically manly, really. Aggression, anger, war, those are all things that Mars covers. Mars rules Aries in modern astrology, and in traditional astrology, it rules Scorpio. It isn’t just those overtly aggressive things, though- and that’s why pointing out it also ruled Scorpio at one point is good. Aggression takes many forms. That said, Mars is not bad. Also representing action, desire, energy and survival- well, those things are pretty important.

When it needs someone to step up and get things done- well, that’s Mars. Confidence, personal power, sexual energy and desire- those are also Mars types of things. Starting to get why that whole comparison at the start about mission failure and moons called panic and fear might be pretty apt? Wars started that way tend to be pretty much crap, too.

Mars also rules a more instinctive sort of drive- which can often create a bit of a competitive side and can be a pretty great thing when it comes to needing to take steps towards something.

The Retrograde

Don’t reach for the horny goat weed just yet, Mars Retrograde is not going to cosmically kill your libido. It is also, unfortunately, not going to just stall out acts of aggression and war.

This cycle happens about every 25 months and will last for 80 long days- and though you might feel like kicking some serious butt: you might want to slow your roll. Quite a few of the things associated with Mars retrograde are said to make it seem as though desire is just overcoming you- or like you’re just good and mad, not going to take it anymore.

As with other retrograde cycles- it might not be an incorrect feeling but, right feeling, wrong time. Or just wrong feeling, wrong time but in either case: you might want to consider all the facts and keep considering them for a while. Things that happen may have you really smarting from the butt kicking- but, it might be a good idea to just calm down and think for a while so you don’t make a big mistake.

This is actually one of those retrogrades though, that when it is over: if you have taken those steps and you’re ready to move, you should. So if you really need a reason to act on the things you’ve been thinking about- use the retrograde to think some more, then tell everyone “Look, man, Mars station direct today, I don’t know what to tell ya.” when it’s over.

Planetary Positions

28.09.2023 at 03:48:26 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun04 Lib 46' 27"
The Moon17 Pis 12' 21"
Mercury18 Vir 36' 40"
Venus21 Leo 33' 28"
Mars20 Lib 36' 52"
Jupiter14 Tau 39' 45" R
Saturn01 Pis 37' 54" R
Uranus22 Tau 42' 31" R
Neptune26 Pis 01' 58" R
Pluto27 Cap 55' 52" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:1
Proton Density:0.21
Proton Speed:390.9 k/sec
KP Status:1.67
TypeSep 28Sep 29Sep 30
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 3435 (N10W65, Dso/Beta) exhibited decay as it became more magnetically simple, losing its delta configuration in its northern intermediate spots. Region 3445 (S13W37, Dai/Beta) and 3447 (S22W19, Dao/Beta) also underwent minor decay, mostly in their intermediate to trailing spots. Region 3449 (N15E33, Cao/Beta-Gamma) continued to show signs of evolution as it grew in overall length and began to form larger spots in its intermediate region. Region 3450 (S18E66, Cro/Beta) was numbered this period as it rotated into view and produced a C4.6 flare at 27/0806 UTC, which was the largest of the period. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters reflected glancing CME and possible HSS influences. Total field ranged from 2-7 nT, and the Bz component was -4 to 6 nT with no significant, sustained southward deflections. Wind speeds gradually fell from ~500 to ~420 km/s. Then, at approximately 27/1643 UTC, solar wind speeds began to increase back to near 500 km/s. Phi was variable between solar sectors.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached a peak flux of 3,760 pfu at 27/1620 UTC. The greater than 10 MeV was at background levels.