On December 20th 2009, Mars reaches its retrograde station at 19 degrees Leo. This lasts until March 10th and will continue to be felt until Mars goes into direct motion on May 17th 2010. The fixed signs will probably feel this the most: Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius – but for those of you who are familiar with your own charts, look at any of the personal planets in fixed signs: the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars – if they fall around 19 degrees, they too will be affected by this upcoming Mars retrograde. Mars goes retrograde every two years and two months.
That’s the technical part. Now let’s take a look at how this might affect you on a personal level. During a Mars retrograde people’s thought patterns tend to become more introspective. Because Mars in Leo is generally fearless, independent, generous and honest in any dealings with other people, we can expect some dependence or even trickery and people in positions of responsibility or authority had better watch their backs during this period.
You may be required to draw on your strengths to assert yourself in some area where you have been reluctant or reserved in the past. You might need to find new ways to become empowered. During the retrograde you may be hyper-sensitive to disagreements, conflict and power issues. You may need to examine how you deal with aggression and power in your life. It is a great time to explore the issues that trigger a knee-jerk emotional reaction inside of you. It is about learning a healthy way to integrate and respond to aggression and fear.
If you do find yourself overwhelmed by powerful feelings of anger and aggression, it can be important to have a trusted person in whom you can confide. Don’t let your price or embarrassment stand in the way of reaching out for help and support if you are having a challenging time.
While Mars is retrograde it is a wonderful time to go within yourself and to plot out a course of action from where you are now to where you want to be, and then start to move towards it when Mars goes direct. During the retrograde, is it best to research, plan and go beneath the surface of whatever your situation is, before you actually take concrete steps in your new direction.
To summarise, here are the issues to examine:
How do you deal with aggression? Are you assertive enough? What are you afraid of? How can you move out of your comfort zone and feel empowered at the same time?