While Mars is retrograde for nearly three months it will demand attention, directing awareness towards the Martian sphere of life. Since Mars will be spending all of its retrograde movement travelling through the sign of Virgo, it will behoove us all to pay more attention to the subtle details of life. The simple daily patterns that you usually take for granted, such as dental care, dog walking and bill-paying—to name a few—may take on a greater significance during this time.
You’ll be asked to “re” the area of your chart that Mars in Virgo touches. Re-assessing, re-negotiating, re-vising, re-aligning, you name it, you can “re” it. Virgo will demand attention to the details, to organization and a more service-oriented approach to life. Cultivating simplicity in how you approach issues that arise will help you navigate this Mars movement with greater ease. You’ll know you’re out of balance if you find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety, sick or stuck in patterns of nagging and criticism of yourself or everyone else. In cases such as these, pull that emergency lever called “breathing” and resolve to breathe yourself back to something approaching sanity. Virgo thrives in the smaller moments of life, so maximize your appreciation of these and you’ll enjoy this planetary weather more than most.
Mars Retrograde by Sign
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You’ll do well to focus on re-doing your health and wellness routines, simplifying, improving and just doing an all-around “virgofication” of this basic, but oh-so-important area of life.
Oh lucky you! With Mars going retro in your house of fun, romance and creativity, it’s time to re-assess your playtime. What could be better than getting a three month laser beam directed at your house of pleasure? Clear out the clutter of old modes of fun and get clear on what really turns you on.
It’s home on the range for you Gemini, as Mars turns backwards in your 4th house of home and family. Time to clean your house, literally and otherwise. If books, papers and electronic devices are making it hard for you to take in any new information, then now’s your chance to make a clean sweep.
If you find yourself a bit more crabby and critical than usual, just blame it on Mars retrograding through your house of communication. Of course you can learn from this transit and work on streamlining all your connections with others. Community service is also a great way to direct some of that service-oriented Virgo energy during this time.
Ooh! Fun, fun, fun for you Leo, as you’ll get to fine-tune your finances during this Mars retrograde. Time to set a budget, do your taxes and get all matters related to money in tip-top shape. You’ll also get benefit from honestly assessing your skills and talents, getting clear on what you’ve got to offer the world.
Mars is focusing on you with a special emphasis as it spends an extra long time in your sign this year. You’ll have ample opportunities to render yourself nearly perfect as you re-vision, re-make and re-new your approach to life. Remember not to over-do things, otherwise you could get tangled up in your own web.
Rest and retreat are often done best in a spa environment—and if you can swing it, this would be your ideal way to spend this retrograde period. Failing that, try to “spa-ify” your life, integrating as many opportunities to relax and rejuvenate into your daily routines as you can.
Hmm… groups and community are going to demand your energy now, are you ready? Though you like to keep things on the down-low, safely hidden from plain sight, you may need to do a bit of excavating now in order to clean and refresh the area of your life that concerns your friendships.
You’ll be asked to pay attention to the nitty-gritty of your career and public reputation. If you’ve been painting broad brushstrokes as you tend to do—focusing on the big picture but neglecting all the pesky details—now’s the time to pay the piper. File those expense reports, get your bookkeeping done and perform some public services … your reputation will benefit in the long run.
Time to get clear on what you really believe in. You’ll feel some pressure to put your sacred cows under the microscope now and examine whether you really practice what you preach. A trip to foreign climes could help you focus this process, especially if there’s a volunteer/service aspect involved.
If you’ve ever felt called to sit on the couch (a la Freud), now’s the time. A little therapeutic processing will do you good, helping you understand just what kind of Aquarian “crazies” you’ve got. Obsessions, phobias and other strange and unusual behaviors may take on a new light under this transit.
Time to take a good long look in the mirror of your “other” as Mars passes through your 7th house of partnership. Relationships of all kinds are under the most Virgo of scrutinies now, and it won’t do you any good to put your head in the sand. You’ll have the potential to re-vamp and re-new relationships that aren’t passing muster, so look forward to a bright and shiny new love life once this transit has passed.