How To Use Mars Retrograde in the Summer of 2018

Mars will station to travel retrograde on June 26th  – and return to direct motion on August 28th. There are always times astrologically when it is more beneficial to take action, and other times when it is more prudent to hold back and revise your plans. Most understand a Mercury retrograde. The differences here are the repercussions of impulsive actions during a Mars retrograde can trip us up causing us to really louse up our future. The summer Ingress chart also has a number of confrontational opposition aspects that can make it more difficult to hold back when you feel strongly about or are frustrated over something. See the Ingress chart above with Venus opposing Mars (relationship stresses) on the Nodal axis (fated contacts and opportunities), Mercury opposing Pluto (Mental obsessiveness and power plays) as well as the extremely limiting Sun Saturn opposition right across the Ascendant/ Descendant Axis.

What can happen if you take rash actions or exert on Mars Rx:

Cause a war to break out

Create arguments and rifts

Injure yourself, or your head

Hurt feelings and alienating others

Exhaust your body

What To Do on Mars Rx:

Reformulate plans and strategies

Go back to an action that was shelved

Rest more and Rehabilitate

Approach conflict with a cool head

Cultivate patience

Listen to others’ opinions (and politics) objectively

With these basic cautions out of the way, you will also need to know in which house or houses of your chart Mars will be going retrograde. The 4th house – you may redecorate and/or resolve deep seated family issues. With the 2nd house, your focus may be on finances, values or possessions. Take it slowly as Mars retrograde won’t really allow you to push through abruptly.

Mars will station to travel retrograde on June 26th at 9 Aquarius 13 – and return to direct motion on August 28th at 28 Capricorn 36. These degrees become extremely important if the Mars stations are conjunct a planet or angle of your chart.

You can really precipitate a desired outcome by plotting out objectively (Aquarius) how you want to handle issues that have long been a permanent hardship (Capricorn) and come out with an entirely new outlook and path if handled well.

If you’d like a concise overview of your personal trajectory through your chart during this period, contact me by June 30th and we can schedule a short phone call for 1/3 the cost of a full reading. We will go over how the Mars Rx will personally affect you within your natal, progressed and directed charts and some strategies for making the best progress during this period as well as how to avoid the pitfalls.

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