The Warrior in the Sign of Grace–Wha?
Mars is spending about 12 weeks retrograde this year (from March 1 to May 19, 2014) and is traveling through Libra. This is an uncomfortable sign position for Mars. Mars is the Hero, the Warrior, the Pioneer, the Athlete, while Libra is concerned with beauty, grace, fairness, tact and diplomacy. Thus Mars in Libra is the expert negotiator, the verbal sparring partner who pushes every point, the ultimate litigator. It’s hard for Mars to do his usual job in Libra—he’s supposed to fight, to guard the perimeter, to be aggressive, and all these things are exactly what Libra hates most. Mars in Libra will do everything to avoid a fight, and will try other tactics first, such as persuasion, charm, even seduction, before resorting to fighting. Even then, fighting takes a verbal form and Mars wishes to come out smelling like a rose. When it comes down to physical fighting, Mars would rather retreat until the battle can be joined on a more intellectual field.
Iron Peeps of the Past
Not that I’m saying Mars in Libra is a slouch in the battle department—far from it. Some famous Mars-in-Libra individuals of the past include Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady,” well known for her stubborn, uncompromising negotiating style and Winston Churchill, whose use of the phrase “Iron Curtain” (in his “Sinews of Peace” speech) led to this phrase’s common use throughout the Cold War and up to today. It’s no coincidence that both these phrases contain iron and refer to martial strength.
But there’s something Mars in Libra hates more than fighting, and that’s injustice. In defense of the weak, the disenfranchised, the unfairly accused, this Mars rears up and brings all the fierceness he’s got.
Returning to Old Battles
When Mars is retrograde, we’re invited to go back and fight old battles, with the hope that a new resolution will come. Those who habitually avoid asserting themselves can relearn to fight, and restore balance to their lives. Habitual aggressors may meet with more resistance than usual—and those who evade rather than defend may find themselves uncharacteristically fighting back. Some of us may be pushed against the wall, forced to fight when we don’t want to, but seeing that if we don’t draw a line, someone who really needs help may go undefended.
Mars wants to know:
Where’s your battleground?
Can you resolve an old battle once and for all?
Can you learn to fight effectively, but in a more gracious way?
Can you engage in fair fighting?
Mars is asking all these questions while he goes retrograde from March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014. What are your answers?
If you read my blog, then you know Pluto and Uranus are busy “toppling the Great Edifice” right now. Read more about Mars Retrograde and its interaction with the intense T-square involving Jupiter, Pluto and Uranus, that’s in the sky now (spring of 2014): Who Invited Jupiter To The Party? And Who Said Mars Could Crash It?
Is Mars bugging you?
If you want to find out how this tricky transit affects you,
contact Jamie about a reading.
Whew—I don’t know about you, but for me, this year’s season of multiple-retrogrades-in-a-row is absolutely relentless! Venus retrograde followed by Mercury retrograde—and look out people, because Mars retrograde is just about to begin and that’s the longest one of all. It’s thrown me off balance so hard that I haven’t been able to even take a break from the flack long enough to write about it much. That’s the challenge with being an astrological writer—I can predict the transits by the book, but I don’t really know what they’re like until I experience them, and then they may hit me so hard that I lose perspective for the duration. Which is a shame because writing about them can get me back on top of it all. And isn’t that the nature of life here on Earth anyway?
So I’m picking myself up and writing about this while we’re all still “in the trenches” and there’s still time to understand it as it’s happening.
Let me lay it all out on the table before you:
Venus Retrograde ran from December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014 (I began this as-yet-unfinished post-thread about it then.)
We all drew a breath when that ended, then . . .
Mercury Retrograde ran from February 6 to February 28, 2014 (i.e. yesterday)
No time for a breath now because . . .
Mars Retrograde begins TODAY at 8:24 am Pacific time (in just a few hours) and runs till May 19. Yup, that’s about 3 months, which is totally normal for Mars Retrograde.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you’ve probably noticed that I don’t view astrology fatalistically. The future is not carved in stone. Instead I take a positive approach and look for ways to make use of any given event (or piece of character) and turn it into a win. So that’s what I’ll be doing with Mars Retrograde. But before that, I’m just pausing for a moment to really feel the weight of several retrograde periods in a row and girding my loins for the possible battles ahead.
While Mars is retrograde, it will be traveling through Libra, sign of beauty, harmony, design, symmetry, diplomacy, negotiations, relationship, fairness, balance and the law. It also happens to be the sign Mars least likes to be in (which we call Mars’ sign of detriment). Librans may be feeling more combative than usual during this time.
Strap yourselves in, folks. It could be a bumpy ride. Get your armor on and sharpen your sword. Get yourself to the negotiating table because it’s time for some serious diplomacy—with a bite behind it.
I’d love to hear your experience with this extraordinary season of retrogrades. Tell me about it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pandoraastrology