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Everyday Astrology
October 29, 2020
Mars Rx

It's not news. Mars is Retrograde until November 13. It's been in its own shadow since July 25, and will not emerge until January 2. Maybe that bodes well (a little bit) for 2021 being a better year than 2020. It would almost have to be, but we've learned these are times with no guarantees.

Mars retrogrades about every 2 years -- well, every 26 months actually. It stays retrograde for about 2 -- 2 1/2 months ... between 60 and 80 days. It will cover somewhere between 10 and 20 degrees in his backward trek. Only Venus retrogrades are less common.

Just as Mercury retrogrades require you to rethink the way you communicate, get around physically & understand life, Mars retrograde asks you to redo work, reconsider action & reform how you assert yourself. Mars is the principle of physical energy. He is the capacity to do work, make things happen, get things done and change life to better suit you because of what you've accomplished.

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Everyday Astrology
October 7, 2020
Mars Retrograde

Well, Mars is transiting Aries, the sign he rules, & like any Lord of the Manor on his home ground, Mars is real comfortable here. There is no place like home -- even for the Zodiac's valiant Warrior. He only gets to spend six weeks here every two years normally, but these are not normal times, & Mars is in no mood to behave normally either. There's trouble brewing & no rest for anyone anywhere.

Never one to back down from a righteous engagement, Mars turned retrograde a month at -- in at 28° Aries, when he practically had one foot out the door again, & has backed up enough now to not only have the adversary in sight, but in his sights as well. There are three of them -- Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto, in authoritative, power-hungry Capricorn -- which doesn't sound like a fair fight -- & it may not be. We'll see.

These four have some issues to iron out between them & some world-class negotiating to do. Hopefully it stays at the table-talk level & things get talked out & worked through to a better resolution, but don't count on an absence of fireworks before we're done. Mars Rx may be less aggressive outwardly than usual, but he's no push-over. Nor is he a coward, & right now he has an agenda he's primed to push -- full on.

His first meeting, with Saturn -- also in his own home sign of Capricorn ... so we have some real ego issues going on with these two rulers, will deal with frustration over limits & restrictions. Then, with Pluto, Mars will take up concerns about power struggles & excessive cruelty. Then, meeting Jupiter, Mars may go over the edge in what he's willing to do to win.

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Red is a Mars / Aries color
and both are definitely fire element

Everyday Astrology
September 12, 2020
Mars Retrograde

When planets prepare to retrograde, the way Mars is doing now, they go through what are known as "shadow phases" -- one before the planet turns retrograde, & one after. The first shadow phase begins when the planet passes the degree of the sign to which it will retreat while retrograde. The second shadow phase ends when the planet, now direct, passes the degree of the sign at which it began its retrograde cycle.

During the first shadow phase, you may start to feel uneasy, uncertain & mildly troubled about the things the (about to retrograde) planet rules. For Mercury this is communication -- & may prompt questions. How are you coming across? Are you 100% behind your stated intentions? Are your beliefs & information completely reliable & accurate? Does your perspective need some examination -- & maybe adjustment?

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Everyday Astrology
September 11, 2020
Mars Retrograde

Mars has turned retrograde in Aries, just in time for the 9/11 anniversary this year. How appropriate. You may recognize the term Mercury retrograde -- & have some idea what it means. Messy communications & misunderstandings, botched travel plans, missed appointments, trouble with machinery & electronics, information changes or goes missing. All in all, it's real inconvenient. People cringe when it shows up.

All planets have a retrograde cycle, but they're less frequent & in some ways less in your face than Mercury. Of the elements in the normal horoscope, only the Sun and Moon never retrograde -- which explains some of their special status in Astrology, but also, they're not planets. The Sun is a star -- the center of our Solar System, & the Moon is a satellite of earth.

But all the other cosmic citizens Astrologers work with are planets, & as I mentioned, each has a retrograde phase. This time it's Mars' turn, and obediently he turned retrograde in Aries at 28°. It may be the last compliant gesture you see from him for a while. He will be retrograde until November 13 & back up to 15° -- virtually the last half of the sign.

Mars has been traveling in his own shadow since July 25. By this, I mean, he's been in the "retrograde zone." That day, he passed the degree to which he will return now that he's retrograde, so he's essentially covering ground he will pass through again. Three times, actually. Once direct, again while retrograde and then direct again.

And the shadow also extends on the other side, once he goes direct -- until he passes the degree at which he began his retrograde cycle -- this time moving forward. Learn more about

And the shadow also extends on the other side, once he goes direct -- until he passes the degree at which he began his retrograde cycle -- this time moving forward. Learn more about Shadow Mode. This series continues tomorrow.

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* My Notes About Mars ---> Mars, the fifth element in your horoscope ---> * After Venus, Mars is the next closest planet to Earth. It is located between Earth and Jupiter. It is the fourth planet from the Sun. * Mars takes about 2 years to circle through the Zodiac. It stays in each sign about 6 weeks, but it retrogrades once every two years.

* Mars: Ruler of Aries -- Symbol of Your Active, Assertive, Energetic Self ---> Red is a Mars / Aries color! ---> Mars shows passion, initiative and self-assertion. ---> Mars, fiery red, the favorite prop of science fiction legend, named for the intense, passionate mythological god of war, is the astrological metaphor which symbolizes an individual's capacity to take action, show independence and self-assertion, pursue goals and ambitions ....

* The Mars / Aries Person -- Aries Signatures in a Horoscope ---> Red is a Mars / Aries color. ---> Combinations of Mars / Aries energy --Mars / Aries energy can be seen in a number of different patterns or placements in a person's Natal Chart. All the following combinations give the Mars / Aries energy of spunky independence and self-assertive ambition to anyone who owns them ....

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From EDA: Mars ---> Red is a Mars color!! ---> Everyday Astrology February 6, 2020 Mars ---> In Roman mythology, Mars was the God of War, ranked second only to Jupiter, the King of the Gods. To follow the symbolism, once you have enough individual power to assert yourself and affect your surroundings, and enough abundance to feed and support yourself, and the assurance that you deserve to be here, you can turn your attention to other matters.

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