by Robert Wilkinson
If you’re wondering why some things have bogged down, reversed course, seem “bound and gagged,” or aren’t moving forward as you thought, welcome to the heart of Mars retrograde.
I have seen Mars retrograde to be a true momentum killer. Also, that some things must be un-done, re-done, re-worked, or put on hold while other things are done before we get certain things back on track. It is as though plan A must be set aside while other things are tended to for a while.
These might be other plans, or related to A, or something from the past that must be developed before A can again move forward. At some point the pace shifts, and we again pick up A. That point is after the Sun opposition Mars.
Here are the astrological mechanics to this phenomenon. All retrogrades have a planet slowing down before it hits its “stationary retrograde” point, after which it continues to slow until it makes a conjunction or opposition to the Sun. After that, the planet begins to speed up again until it hits its “stationary direct” point, and from there speeds forward.
When Mercury and Venus go retrograde, they slow until the “inferior” conjunction, after which they speed up in motion. With Mars, the retrograde period features an opposition. So all Mars retrograde periods have an opposition with the Sun.
That opposition is going on right now! After this is exact March 3, 12:10 pm PST, 3:10 pm EST, 8:10 pm Greenwich, Mars will again begin to pick up speed, the opposition will be in the rear view mirror, and the tension between the Sun (Life) and Mars (Action) will again be lessened until the next Mars retrograde period March-May 2014.
So Life and Action have been in an oppositional relationship for a few weeks, which could be seen as a time when actions fail or are frustrated in some way, when no matter what we do it seems like things get bogged down. Many have told me about feeling like they are unable to get things accomplished or finalized, or that it’s a time when they are doing what they have to do but there are delays in getting the results they want.
In my own life, I’m getting a lot done, but it’s all stuff that should have been done long before now, and I must do before I can get on with doing some other major projects. Some of what I’m doing is directly related to these future projects, and will be integral parts of those projects. Other things I’m doing are not related per se, but must be done so that they aren’t left hanging indefinitely.
It’s slowed my ability to correspond, as well as get back to clients to schedule appointments. I’ve had to wait for things to be delivered which of course were delayed. It’s featured returns of people, all of whom are having a hard time moving things forward in their own lives.
In another manifestation, this Mars RX period recently brought a two passive and active-aggressive trolls to the site. I’ve also noted the level of hostility across many comment streams in the political world is sky high right now. It seems that people are on a hair-trigger, and tugs of war abound. Lots of misunderstandings, and if something can be taken the wrong way, it is.
It doesn’t matter what’s being discussed, as even non-political stories are attracting a lot of very hostile and polarized people right now. Whether the Sun-Mars opposition is agitating the atmosphere, or these people are already that way and making an appearance, the level of tension and frustration is very high right now.
The good news is that this period is almost over. The bad news is that the opposition is still in front of us for the next few days. When we add Venus opposed Saturn through early March 4, it would seem these two oppositions are bringing the usual polarization. However, remember that oppositions also are good for realizations, and represent a time when we can bring new things to the surface.
The Sun opposition Mars falls at 14 Pisces-Virgo. Compounding the tension is that Mars is in a close semisquare with Saturn during this period, along with the Sun sesquisquare Saturn. This shows a lot of friction for those with planets in mid-Mutable degrees, as well as late Cardinal degrees. Learn to listen to the inner voice, attune, find your place in the larger scheme of things.
This most affects those with birthdays around the first week of March, first week of June, first week of September, and first week of December. Also those with birthdays around April 15-19, July 18-22, October 19-23, and January 16-20 are affected in terms of inner crises of decision at the end of an old cycle.
Larger groups under pressure are those born Summer 1944-Summer 1946, 9/49-11/49, 2/50-8/50, 1/57-6/57, 10/57-12/57, 7/58-9/58, 7/63-9/66, 4/67-7/67, 4/72-9/72, 12/72-5/73, 4/74-4/75, 11/75-12/77, 10/78-3/79, 7/79-9/79, 11/83-1/85, 5/85-12/85, 11/86-2/87, 5/87-11/87, 5/94-7/94, and 2/95-6/95. Obviously there will be other dates affected, but these are the groups with the outer planets within range of the opposition and frictional configuration created by Saturn’s semisquare and sesquisquare.
Over the next few days try to decrease tension, aggravation, the urge to push or pull when neither will get you what you want, and sidestep aggressive people and situations. When in doubt be moderate in your actions and reactions, and see clearly what protection or camouflage you need, along with your true merit, focused with discrimination and attention to detail in a deeper appreciation for your cultural heritage and the genetic wisdom you inherited from your family line.
In any case, things will again speed up, with fewer tensions, delays, and frustrations after this weekend. Do what you have to do in order to pick up the pace next week, and until then, take it easy!
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson