Understanding the Mars cycle can help you go after what you want in life. Mars is the keeper of your energy, drive, 
vitality, self-assertion and potency. Mars is the Hero in you. To learn how to maximize its usefulness,
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Mars Retrogrades

Mars is now direct, not retrograde.

Current Mars Retrograde period: March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014
From 27 to 9 degrees Libra

A hero, properly, is one who gives his life to something greater than himself.


Joseph Campbell

What is Mars Retrograde?


“Mars retrograde” means Mars is in the part of its cycle where it is traveling backwards from our point of view here on Earth.  When Mars goes retrograde, we are cast upon a symbolic Hero’s Journey. Each time this happens I write a post or post-series about it. A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes. It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past. It can be a retrieval, a turning inward, a letting-go. A Hero’s Journey is a life-passage in which we retrieve our own heroism. True heroism involves courage, strength, assertiveness, but also gentleness and appropriate restraint—and during this journey we are tested, in a number of ways, for those things. While Mars is retrograde, we’ll face many opportunities to be a hero in a deeper, truer sense than we ever have before.

How Long Will It Last?

Mars will be retrograde from March 1, 2014 through May 19, 2014. That’s a long time—almost 12 weeks. Plenty of time to have a few interesting adventures that will test our mettle. During this 12-week period I’ll play storyteller to illuminate the possible meanings of this year’s Mars retrograde period. Mars will be retrograde in Libra, and I’ll have much to say about it when we get there.

The Beginning and End of the Cycle

The retrograde period of Mars is just one part of his larger cycle, which lasts about two years. The current Mars cycle began on April 17, 2013 (when Mars conjuncted the Sun while direct) and ends on June 14, 2015 (when Mars again conjuncts the Sun while direct), sparking a new cycle.

When has this happened before?

The last time Mars went retrograde was from December 29, 2009 through March 10, 2010. During that time I blogged about stories of famous heroes and how they might lend meaning to the Mars retrograde period. Here is that post-thread: Mars Retrograde—The Hero’s Journey

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