by Robert Wilkinson
There seems to be a lot of concern and even apprehension about the coming Mars retrograde, as well as the seemingly unending series of retrogrades that began last November and will continue through this coming July. So let’s take a brief look at what’s happening, and what these periods are good for.
Though all planets go retrograde at some point each year, this year just seems to be an unending sequence of “tag team” retrogrades! Mercury RX last November, Venus RX mid-December 2013 through late January 2014, Mercury RX most of February, Mars and Saturn both RX in March (at least Jupiter goes direct!!), Mars stays RX through mid-May, Saturn through mid-July, finished up by Mercury RX in June and Uranus going RX in July. Of course I’ll compose some articles on all these as they get closer.
Retrogrades give us an opportunity to take a new look at some things from a different space/time perspective. Think that it's a dance, and that various players speed up or slow down depending on the tune that's being played.
This year, instead of the planets going RX being clustered in some months with nothing going RX in others, we have a long-wave sequence. By studying what goes retrograde and when, we can see what’s being reviewed, or what needs a new look and “turned around” based in which planetary energy we’re dealing with.
This year is extraordinary due to Venus and Mars both being retrograde during the first 5 months of the year. Jupiter and Saturn are just doing their usual thing, moving the month when they go retrograde and direct a little bit forward in time each year. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto all go retrograde and direct about the same time each year, so they are more or less fixed reference points where we can anticipate these larger “tidal shifts” in the transpersonal realms.
Here's my preliminary take on the coming Mars RX. Since it’s in Libra, it represents a recalibration phase at the end of a cycle that began in the Summer of 2012, the last time Mars was in Libra. Since it’s going retrograde, we get to slow down the process of closing out that cycle, and can get new perspective on how what's happened since then affects the narrative of your life.
Due to where it’s at in Libra, ALL of us will see what dues we've paid! This Mars retrograde helps us complete some reconstruction and/or repair work we began to do back in 2011-2012, and help remind us that we are as surrounded by life as a a fish by water. Alternatively, it could show us how our redirected energies related to how we do what we do have roots in the past, or we could be liberated from an old burden or responsibility that we took on in 2011-2012.
Then in May we get to move forward with the closures related to this Mars cycle. This Mars period will show us how we transfigured since 2010, and we can now move forward with a balanced view, a larger balanced perspective, and a more rhythmic way of approaching tasks. That will mark a point where we embrace a new Libra expression until the next time it moves through this sign November-December 2015.
Of some importance in the future is the coming Mars-Saturn conjunction in late August at 18 Scorpio, a transfiguration degree. This will close the old Mars-Saturn cycle that occurred at 25 Libra in mid-August 2012.
So this coming Mars RX period will help us adjust our efforts (or aggravation factor!) related to all that’s happened or didn’t happen since August 2012. No doubt that each time Mars transits 25 Libra, we’ll see through something and understand deeper wisdom around how “every ‘death’ is an omen of rebirth.” And we’ll most definitely have paid our dues in major ways by mid-July and embraced a new long term way of acting in the Libra area of our chart.
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