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Once every 2 and 1/2 years the planet Mars will from our earthly perspective, appear to move counterclockwise across the sky. Actually the planets never change their direction; it is the alignment between the earth and a planet that creates this illusion.

Presently, the planet of desire, vitality, and aggression, Mars, is moving in retrograde. As a rule, retrograde planets foretell a period of seemingly inevitable or fated events, which relate to their sphere of influence. It presents us with a series of events over which we seem to have little or no control.

In general, Mars, rules physical energy and efforts. Its placement in your chart expresses the strength and direction of the physical force that drives your ego and your will to achieve. Mars fires your emotions and energizes your passions, but also powers your mental endeavors and communicative skills.

Mars describes male relationships and associations, risk-taking inclinations, and the physical challenges you are likely to encounter. When Mars is favored, it endows powerful energy and an indomitable will to succeed, but when poorly aspected it can indicate accidents, injuries, fits of anger, rage, warfare or other forms of violence.

Mars by nature in your birth chart loves to rush forward. Mars does not react well to being held back, or the concept of retracing steps. Mars retrograde can then give rise to irrational action; introspection; depression and self-assessment; sexual issues and relationship conflicts. Major reconsideration and reorientation of current projects is also often required. With Mars remaining in Virgo until summer, there can be a hypercritical, perfectionist mood, inclining those most affected toward obsession with minor points, minutiae and overblown trivialities. Worry and brooding over more or less trivial concerns will be prevalent. We might experience co-workers and supervisors as more critical. Communicating a sincere desire to learn how to be of greater assistance can decrease the likelihood of negative interactions. Mars in Virgo usually enjoys working with others over a wide range of activities. Our efforts to perfect objectives may at times meet the imperfections of reality. We must develop tolerance for difficult people and situations. Attention to detail and meticulous organization are important at this time.

People with Sun or Moon in Virgo, or Virgo rising, as well those with a planetary emphasis in any of the mutable signs- Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces, will be especially prone to introspection and passive aggressive tendencies. Personal goals will be evaluated for the energy they require. Whether one has energy for a project or person is an important indicator to the dynamic of mutual well being or mutual drain. The opportunity is to gain insight into unconscious behaviors and the hidden motivations that cause us to act without thinking.

During this Mars retrograde cycle we can bring order to chaos, create healthy routines, act on feelings of compassion, gain self confidence through moderation and experience, as well as take calculated risks despite fears. Aggressive action stimulated by an inability to see the forest for the trees (little picture vs. big picture) can have negative consequences and lead to regrettable loss.

Where this planet operates in your birth chart is one of your personal keys to the activities and experiences that can provide you with vitality and reignite passion. If you would like to use this energy productively based on a personal evaluation of your birth chart email Ingrid at to schedule an appointment or call 303 697-8309.