Mars retrograde is coming! Mars will retrograde September 9th - November 13th 2020, entirely in fire sign Aries. Mars is the planet of energy and drive. How does this impact your work and relationships?
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What is a retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth; it isn't actually moving backward, and just looks that way. The normal motion for the planets is forward, and when they're moving backward through the Zodiac, their natural energy can get thrown off.
Mars is the planet of energy and drive, so during Mars retrograde, we can struggle with using energy properly, with taking initiative and pursuing anything new, and with understanding what is motivating us to act or not to. This is tenfold in Aries, which is the sign Mars naturally rules.
Mars Retrograde in Aries & Your Work
There may be extra frustrations when it comes to your work life while Mars is retrograde in Aries. You may be more impatient in dealing with your co-workers, your bosses, and anyone you have to work with or for or who works for you. Exercising better patience is important, and bite your tongue when you want to lash out.
It may be tempting to jump in or out of projects, but this may not be the wisest idea unless you can finish them quickly, otherwise you may end up with a lot of half-finished projects that never cross the finish line.
If you love the work you do, you may do better during this retrograde, but if you don't, or worse, if you really hate it, then you may find you hate it sooooo much more. The frustration and impatience and annoyances can amplify by a million, and you may be tempted to just call it quits. But think that through carefully, because doing it during the retrograde might have you considering when it's over and crawling back!
Retrogrades are good for do overs, so this may be a good period for doing work over again, or going back to work in some way again. You will likely want to keep yourself busy during this retrograde, and work can be a way of helping you do that.
Mars Retrograde in Aries & Your Relationships
Retrogrades like to bring things back, so this may be a time when you see the return of exes or people you had crushes on back in the day. But, you may also see the return of people you don't like and old enemies - anyone can come back into your life!
In existing relationships, you may be impatient and frustrated with your loved ones more often, and this can lead to more fights. It's tempting to retreat into your corners and just lash out at one another, and it might even feel good to some degree to blow up on someone. But once that passes, you end up in a worse position than when you started, so try to look underneath the anger and frustration to see what's really causing you to feel this way. The retrograde may just be casting a spotlight on that, unearthing the issues you don't want to normally deal with, but should now. That can help you strengthen your relationships and partnerships.
It's extremely important with this retrograde that we all work to be better at understanding and listening more instead of trying to assert our ways on others. Don't talk over one another or at one another. be active listeners and engage openly. Be okay with compromise when it's offered to you. Don't only entertain all-or-nothing, winner-take-all outcomes. It doesn't have to be that, and certainly shouldn't be with those you love!
Suggested Reading: The Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrograde page for interpretations of Mars retrograde in the houses and aspects
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