Mars goes retrograde from June 26-August 27, 2018 in the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn.
Mars is the planet of action and motivation, so when it shifts into retrograde we feel the effects strongly. Things appear to slow down and we may lose momentum or our motivation to move forward. Even though this may seem like a hinderance, it really is a gift.
During Mars Retrograde, the Universe is really giving us an opportunity to pause and review the actions of our past before moving ahead.
Mars Retrograde asks us to assess whether our actions are truly serving us and if they are helping or hindering us in creating the life of our dreams.
So often we take action from a place of habit rather than truth. So often we fall into autopilot, and never really stop to question what we are doing and where we are heading.
Under Mars Retrograde we are all going to be called to pay attention to the direction of our lives, and to assess the consequences of our actions.
All actions have consequences, and those consequences are either supporting a life that we want, or supporting a life that we don’t want.
Our actions are either raising us up to be the best, or they are pulling us down and causing us to repeat the same cycles again and again.
Under the energy of Mars Retrograde, we are all being given the time we need to check in with ourselves and to realign with our highest truth and highest selves.
When we are aligned with our highest self, we always know the right actions to take, and we are able to trust and listen to the wisdom of our heart with much more ease.
Aligning with our highest self takes discipline and practice. It is often tools like meditation or journaling that help us to get there. But sometimes, even the simplest action of placing your hand over your heart, taking a few deep breaths, and asking yourself how you are feeling can be enough to tune in and get into a state of alignment.
Being in alignment is about being aware of your body, your mind, your heart, and your soul. It is about finding your stillness from within, so you can see things clearly, and feel things clearly.
It is only through aligning in this way on a daily basis that you will be able to find the right and best actions for you, and create the highest destiny of your life.
As the planet of action and energy, Mars Retrograde may cause us to feel sluggish, and if we have been overworking or pushing ourselves too hard, we may quickly find ourselves feeling burnt out.
As Mars moves retrograde through the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn, we are also going to be given the opportunity to rest, relax, and recharge our batteries.
Rushing ahead, or trying to start new projects is often not a good idea, as the energy and motivation we need to get things done is not as supportive as it could be. We are also more likely to make careless accidents, or lose our temper.
Mars rules over fiery emotions like anger, conflict, and frustration. If any of these emotions have been bubbling beneath the surface, this retrograde period may cause them to be released, and we may find that we need to clear and deal with them once and for all.
Overall, Mars retrograde is a time of rest and reflection. It is a time to look to the actions of our past and to assess how they have been serving us.
By reviewing the past and analyzing whether or not our actions are serving us, we can empower ourselves and make positive changes for the future.
Once Mars turns direct on August 27, it will be the perfect time to leap forward and to take all of the new information you have learned to create the life you desire.