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A Season of Retrogrades

By March 1, 2014September 20th, 2021Astrology for Non-Astrologers

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


Jamie has been practicing astrology in the Bay Area since 1992 and teaching since 1997. She is currently certified at NCGR Level 3. She specializes in feminine archetypes and a positive, empowering approach. Jamie enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to improve the quality of their lives and expand each person’s choices.

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