Mars retrograde just so happens to be one of the rarest retrograde of all. It takes place once every 25 months, only occurring 9 percent of the time. That means this retrograde is serious business. Mars is the planet of passion, ambition, sexuality, and aggression, which means this retrograde could leave you feeling listless and uninspired. This could in turn lead to feelings of frustration and hot-headedness. It’s time to put your sex life and professional life on high alert.
Mars turns retrograde on September 9th, 2020, at 28° Aries and will not go direct until November 13th, 2020. When Mars is in its retrograde cycle, we are forced to re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly assert our desires, we tend towards introspection. The way we react to situations under normal conditions doesn’t necessarily work for us now, or we don’t exactly trust our instincts during the retrograde phase of Mars.
When anger is internalized, there can be some rather challenging byproducts, such as tension, resentment, depression, apathy, and even some paranoia. On the other hand, it can also be personalized and made more intimate. Our goal during a Mars retrograde period should not be, however, to simply sit on our impulses or to squelch our enthusiasm. Rather, it should be to better understand our impulses, our survival instincts, our anger, our sexuality, our inner courage, and the ways we go about getting what we want from life.
Pushing through the mud will be so worth it, as it will prove that you really want whatever you’re working so hard for. Getting the job done now will have powerful lasting consequences. The next Mars Retrograde after this 2020 one is from October 30th, 2022, to Jan 12, 2023, in the sign of Gemini.