Usually a Mars retrograde is no big deal. They occur approximately every two years, last too darn long and frustrate Aries folk no end. The last time Mars was retrograde was the first half of 2012 when Mars was in Virgo. Uranus was in Aries, Jupiter in Taurus, Neptune in early Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn. Other than those times when Mars opposed Neptune, it was a fairly smooth Mars retrograde due to the trines to Jupiter and Pluto. Not the case this time around.
For one thing, Mars is considered to be in its detriment in Libra. Planets are usually in detriment when they fall in the sign opposing the one they rule and Mars rules fiery Aries. Libra’s need to consider all the options before making a move drives Mars around the bend. Detached, mental air gives Mars little traction either.
I grew up with a father and brother with Mars in Libra, not easy for someone with Mars in Scorpio, co-ruled by Mars. If there is a way to make things complicated, those two will find it. Thankfully my mother had her Mars in practical Virgo and was adept at coming along behind them and sorting out their messes. She and I always worked well together.
The challenge for Mars in Libra this time comes from facing off with three outer planets in cardinal signs: Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Cardinal signs are the movers and shakers of the zodiac and adding Mars to the mix adds up to change of one kind or another. The problem is the change will most likely result from confrontation with little compromise and very few will be happy as a result . . . especially on a national level. Individuals may be able to resolve their issues as long as they choose to behave with a degree of maturity. Patience, tolerance and kindness will be needed more than ever.
Mars in Libra starts off making a onetime inconjunct to Neptune in Pisces at 2° on 13 December and it will be a totally passive aggressive event. I may not get out of bed that day. 😀
It is the series of aspects over the holiday season starting with the opposition to Uranus in Aries at 8° on Christmas Day, followed by the square to Pluto conjunct Mercury in Capricorn at 11° on 30-31 December and a square to the Capricorn Sun at 12° when Mars will start pushing everyone’s buttons. Navigating holiday events will require tact and oodles of patience because tempers will be very short and family gatherings fraught with peril. I suggest avoiding New Year’s Eve parties altogether if possible. The final square of importance is the square to Jupiter in Cancer at 15° on 8 January, rounding out the set.
Once the dust settles after the Holidays, please take a few moments to review what happened and with whom. This first passage of Mars over the cardinal T-Square takes place over a couple of weeks whilst in April 2014 Mars will complete a cardinal Grand Cross on April 22-23. I remain reluctant to dwell on these aspects and speculate on possible outcomes because (as I keep telling myself) no sense in worrying about “what if’s” for the next several months. The feeding frenzy in the astro-blogosphere will be bad enough as it is . . . *big sigh*