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What is the Mars Retrograde and How Can We Handle It?

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about the Mars retrograde, with many astrologists and budding stargazers contemplating how it could impact their lives. If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon of planets in retrograde, fear not! In this post we’ll talk you through exactly what it means for you.

What is the Mars retrograde?

Once every two years, Mars is in retrograde for approximately two months. ‘Retrograde’ means that the planet appears to change direction and move from East to West rather than the opposite way around. Many years ago, this strange activity puzzled early sky watchers as they questioned whether the planet really stopped, turned around, and continued to move in the wrong direction. However, we now know that although Mars appears to be moving backwards, in reality it’s nothing but an illusion caused by the way that Earth and Mars orbit the sun.

Although the planets aren’t technically changing their orbits, it’s believed that this change in dynamic between Earth and Mars can have an impact on the way the planets operate and influence our own behaviour.

What is supposed to happen?

In astrology, Mars represents independence, energy and action. Of all the planets, Mars is most likely to give us the urge to start something new and initiate great changes in our lives. When it works positively, Mars can bless us with the ability to be assertive, courageous and successful.

However, when it’s in retrograde, certain energies operate in reverse and, what may have once been a positive initiation could become negative. New jobs may not live up to expectations and new relationships could involve unnecessary conflict.

As a result, when Mars is in retrograde, it’s advised that you think carefully before initiating certain actions.

How can we handle it?

The Mars retrograde signals a period of time where new decisions and large life changes won’t be as effective as they perhaps would have been during a different time of the year. As a result, it’s widely believed that the Mars retrograde isn’t the best time to start new things or embark on new challenges.

However, life must go on and you’re going to find yourself having to make plenty of decisions whether you’d like to or not. After all, if you get offered the job of your dreams during this time, you’re unlikely to turn it down to abide by the planets. And if a potential love interest invited you on a date and you replied: “Sorry, can we wait until Mars is no longer in retrograde?” you may be met with confusion, especially if this person is unfamiliar with astrology.

Sadly, there’s a risk that everything we do during the Mars retrograde won’t be as successful as it would have been in ordinary circumstances. But that’s not to say we should just sit down and wait ‘til it all blows over. We can often minimise the negative effects of the Mars retrograde without grinding our lives to a halt.

To make the Mars retrograde pass as smoothly as possible, it’s important to slow things down and focus on evaluating your wants and needs rather than implementing big life changes. This is the perfect time for meditation, relaxation, and the assessment of your goals.

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