Mars is currently in Gemini located at 22 Gem 05' 12"

Planetary Aspects

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Mars is currently Square Neptune

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign

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

07.10.2022 at 08:45:27 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun14 Lib 04' 14"
Moon11 Pis 48' 08"
Mercury26 Vir 16' 32"
Venus10 Lib 01' 57"
Mars22 Gem 05' 12"
Jupiter02 Ari 18' 05" R
Saturn18 Aqu 47' 51" R
Uranus18 Tau 10' 16" R
Neptune23 Pis 28' 44" R
Pluto26 Cap 07' 00" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:2
Proton Density:5.35
Proton Speed:453.4 k/sec
KP Status:4
TypeOct 7Oct 8Oct 9
Active35%30%35%
Minor30%15%20%
Moderate5%1%5%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT332
03-06UT433
06-09UT224
09-12UT223
12-15UT313
15-18UT322
18-21UT432
21-00UT333
Solar Activity
Solar activity was low with a C-class X-ray flux background and a few minor C-class flares or enhancements. Region 3112 (N22E09, Fkc/beta-gamma-delta) underwent small changes with some minor magnetic shear increase in the trailer section spots. The region was relatively quiet, with only small C-class enhancements and optical subflares. The region expanded further east-west and is now about 26 degrees in heliographic extent and magnetic maps still hint at two or three separate regions in close proximity. Even though this cluster of spots continued to be tracked as one region, the lack of intra-magnetic connectivity remained apparent. Region 3110 (N21, L=163) is now well beyond the limb and Region 3113 (N16, L=152) rotated to and slightly beyond the limb and no notable activity was detected from that area of the limb. Region 3116 (N30E14, Dai/beta) grew in coverage, but remained magnetically simple and was inactive. Region 3115 (S18W37, Dso/beta) underwent some decay and the remaining regions showed little change. No Earth-directed CMEs were evident in available coronagraph imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were indicative of continuing positive polarity CH HSS influences, with possible nearby or weak transient effects. The total IMF strength ranged mainly from 5-7 nT and the Bz component underwent numerous deviations, with some periods of prolonged southward direction. Solar wind speed averaged mostly from 475-525 km/s, with some outlying speeds. The phi angle was predominantly positive, with a few deflections into a negative sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels with a maximum of 2,400 pfu, while the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background values.