There are currently 4 planets in retrograde

Solar activity is quiet. No changes to retrograde effects. Solar Speed above average. Retrograde effects moderately increased.

 Mars is not retrograde.

Mars 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.

15 September 2019 at 22:01 GMT

chart wheel

PlanetStationary (retrograde)OppositionStationary (direct)Notes
Mercury1 November, 201911 November, 201921 November, 2019In water-sign Scorpio
Mercury18 February, 202026 February, 20209 March, 2020Begins in water-sign Pisces, Concludes in air-sign Aquarius
Mercury17 June, 202030 June, 202012 July, 2020In water-sign Cancer
Mercury13 October, 202024 October, 20203 November, 2020Begins in water-sign Scorpio, Concludes in air-sign Libra
Venus13 May, 20203 June, 202025 June, 2020
Mars9 September, 202013 October, 202014 November, 2020
Jupiter10 April, 201910 June, 201911 August, 2019
Jupiter14 May, 202013 July, 202013 September, 2020
Saturn29 April, 20199 July, 201918 September, 2019
Saturn11 May, 202021 July, 202029 September, 2020
Uranus11 August, 201928 October, 201911 January, 2020
Uranus15 August, 202031 October, 202014 January, 2021
Neptune21 June, 201910 September, 201927 November, 2019
Neptune23 June, 202011 September, 202029 November, 2020
Pluto24 April, 20193 October, 2019
Pluto25 April, 20204 October, 2020

Planetary Positions

15 September 2019 at 22:01 GMT

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun22 Vir 45' 59"
Moon11 Ari 40' 51"
Mercury02 Lib 46' 52"
Venus01 Lib 40' 16"
Mars18 Vir 17' 01"
Jupiter16 Sag 22' 04"
Saturn13 Cap 54' 53" R
Uranus06 Tau 08' 12" R
Neptune17 Pis 09' 22" R
Pluto20 Cap 42' 25" R

The Moon

moonThe moon is currently 98% Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter2019 Sep 22 at 02:41
New Moon2019 Sep 28 at 18:26
First Quarter2019 Oct 05 at 16:47
Full Moon2019 Oct 13 at 21:08

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