Venus & Mars Retrograde
Venus and Mars don’t retrograde as often as Mercury, but can have just as strong of an impact, if not more at times, depending on what they’re doing. Let’s go into Venus retrograde first.
Venus rules love and money, so this is what is usually impacted when she is retrograde. The most obvious impact is usually on relationships, and we tend to see a lot of people breaking up. Retrograde can bring things back, so we can see a lot of people getting back together too. Old flames come back into our lives, we think about the people from the past, and we may not see them as clearly as we should until the retrograde is over. Then we remember why they weren’t in our lives, and can go back to that. Financial impact tends to be secondary with Venus, but we usually do so people have more financial problems, and it’s usually from not being responsible or paying enough attention. We can be overly indulgent, lazy, and stubborn with Venus retrograde.
The last Venus retrograde occurred July 25th - September 6th 2015, starting in Virgo and quickly entering Leo for most of the retrograde. As the retrograde began, the Boy Scouts ended their ban on gay adult leaders (fitting since Venus rules equality), and Tom Brady’s suspension was upheld by Roger Goodell (also fitting since Venus rules justice, but in typical retrograde fashion, the suspension was reversed just before the retrograde ended in September - of course, it eventually went through and he’s serving the suspension to start the 2016 season). In August and September, we had the Syrian refugee crisis. And in August, the stock market had a major correction, opening one day in August over 1,000 points down (Venus rules money).
Mars rules our energy and drive, so when he’s retrograde, we tend to have too much or too little energy and drive. We can feel like we’re stalled, unable to get new projects and ventures off of the ground, and this can make us quite grumpy. Mars rules assertiveness, which can be aggressiveness when it’s negative, and is also one of the rulers of war, so we tend to see more violence with Mars retrograde. Mars also rules accidents, and that can also be more prominent with Mars retrograde, especially when we’re angry and not thinking straight. We need to be much more understanding and not lose out cool, otherwise we can erupt, and it becomes difficult to put the pieces back together again once the retrograde is over.
Mars retrograde doesn't happen as often as Mercury or even Venus retrograde. Mars madness comes every 2 years or so. It's nice we get a longer break, but it means that when he's here . . . yikes!
Mars was retrograde in 2014, from March 1st to May 19th 2014 in Libra. The 2014 retrograde occurred in Libra, a cardinal sign, and at the time we were dealing with a cardinal t-square with Jupiter in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn and both square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Uranus in Aries. The Mars retrograde in Libra opposed Uranus in Aries, completing a grand cross.
T-squares and grand cross are difficult energy to deal with, especially when a retrograde planet is involved. No surprise then that on the very first day of the 2014 retrograde, March 1st, Russia sent troops into Crimea, taking control - Mars is one of the rulers of war, and Libra rules peace.
On March 8th, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared (and Jupiter was stationing at the time, ruler of flight; these two made it all so hazy that we still don't know what happened and the stories and conspiracy theories went haywire).
In April, Boko Haram kidnapped almost 300 girls from a school in Nigeria (Libra is a very pro-woman sign, so Mars retrograde in that sign is not so good for females). Clipper's owner Donald Sterling was also banned from the NBA for life after that whole racist debacle (this was very fitting considering Libra rules equality). A ferry with hundreds on board sank off of the coast of South Korea with the captain elsewhere (remember that?). And these are just a few of the Mars retrograde 2014 moments.
We also had Mars retrograde in 2016, April 17th - June 29th, starting in Sagittarius and going backward into Scorpio on May 27th until the end of the retrograde. The start in Sagittarius also stimulated a t-square, this time in mutable signs (conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius, square Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo). We can remember a lot of what happened during this retrograde: To kick it off on April 17th, Brazil began to impeach its first female president, Dilma Rousseff. Four days later, on April 21st, Prince passed.
In May, while in Sagittarius, EgyptAir 804 crashed, believed to have been a bomb from the get-go, and this occurred with the full moon in May which conjuncted the Mars retrograde in Sagittarius. Sagittarius also rules flight. In late May, it was feared more than 1,0000 migrants trying to get to Europe died in the Mediterranean.
Then in June, with Mars in Scorpio, Muhammed Ali passed, and there was the Orlando nightclub shooting, which left 49 people dead and prompted politicians to start speaking up about gun violence. The retrograde ended with the Brexit vote, abruptly removing the United Kingdom from the European Union, and the stock markets around the world did NOT respond well (no surprise, Scorpio rules stocks).
Mars retrograde is always pretty eventful - the next one in 2018 will occur in Aquarius and trigger a fixed t-square with Mercury retrograde as well, and then swing into Capricorn and join Saturn and Pluto for some raucousness. So be prepared!