retrograde can also bring out desires, sexuality, passion, ambition and drive that have been suppressed, forgotten or undeveloped.
Circumstances and interactions with others may tease or trigger these impulses to the surface. Although this may or may not
be a comfortable experience, it is an opportunity to work with these areas in a new way that helps you develop, heal and integrate
buried feelings and desires. This can be done by releasing them from their inner prison and learning to experience and express
them in a healthy way.
However, there is always something a little dangerous and risky about Mars. If a fired-up
Mars is let out "without a leash," or without a way to maintain some degree of control over it, the results can
sometimes be damaging and destructive. If we release pent up feelings too suddenly or too abruptly, without a way to support
them within the whole of who we are, this can create more problems than it solves. This is what grounding is all about, and
it is essential when handling the electric fire of Mars. The forceful power of Mars needs to be balanced with awareness and
integrity in order to function in a healing and constructive way.
While the transiting Mars is retrograde, we
have access to all this Mars energy—in all its potential and danger—in ways that we may not ordinarily allow into
our lives. The results may be startling, disturbing, thrilling, frightening, inspiring, liberating and/or overwhelming, but
always challenging and bringing a potential for healing.
Mars retrograde often requires exploration of the deeper
issues underneath the surface of the situation before you can move forward. As a result, progress can sometimes stall or go
into hibernation during the retrograde period. Perhaps you've hit a roadblock or an impasse and you have to figure out the
best way around it or through it. Maybe you're having doubts about a goal you've been trying to accomplish and you need to
listen for a while to buried feelings, fears, drives and priorities that should be taken into account.
find yourself having a delayed reaction to something that happened a while ago—perhaps triggered during the two months
before the retrograde began (in the pre-retrograde Shadow), or even rooted in other Mars retrograde times in the past. It
pays to use the Mars retrograde period to "listen" to what those inner feelings, impulses, passions and motives
are trying to tell us before we act on them.
This special time in the Mars cycle gives us a chance to discover
and explore uncharted territory in ourselves and in our lives. We may not understand that territory or find our way to the
other side until after Mars turns direct. But Mars honours our courage, drive, movement and willingness to try new things.
Where will Mars lead you?
Here are the dates Mars will be going Retrograde.
January 23rd, 2012 to April 14th, 2012.
March 2nd, 2014 to May 20th, 2014.