In our Birth Chart, Mars describes our basic energetic drive, our will and our sexual energy – both what turns us on sexually and also whether we feel sexual or not. All three are connected of course, as we are unlikely to feel sexual if our basic life force is low for whatever reason – illness, grief, stress, anxiety…
In the sky, Mars describes our life force as a collective – where and what are we likely to put our energy into right now! What and who matters to us. Aquarius is the sign of groups, including our tribe and our friends. When Mars is in this Airy sign, we are likely to seek out like-minded people who share similar intellectual pursuits and ideas. As I mentioned in a blog on this page when Mars went into Aquarius in May, Aquarius is not the most romantic or passionate sign for Mars to be in, as it is a somewhat detached and cerebral energy.
During its retrograde phase, we are invited to re-view, re-vise and re-consider actions we took since May 12th. As most of the retrograde is in Aquarius, issues to do with ideals and ideas that we share or not with our loved ones, are likely to come to the surface. Our friendships will also probably be re-considered – what do we have in common? Do we feel stimulated by each other? What might we need to do to refresh our connection?
From Aug 14th, Mars will retrograde all the way back into Capricorn. Although it goes stationary direct on August 27th, it remains in this earthy sign until September 11th. This period of time, offers us the opportunity to revise our relationship foundations and commitments. Are we in a relationship out of duty, or out of love? Do we put obstacles in the way of commitment? Are we in a relationship where commitment is likely, or not?
Note that from late July until early October, Mars will be within orb of a square to Uranus and a sextile to Chiron. This can add some uncertainty to our decisions. It may well be better waiting until late October to make major life changing relationship decisions.
The retrograde phase is not considered to be the ideal time to get married or move in with someone. If you are planning to do so, it’s probably best to double check all documentation carefully, similarly to when Mercury is retrograde. MG