How to Manage Mars Retrograde

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Mars is about to go retrograde on April 17, 2016 and we are all going to feel this affecting our lives in some way.

Mars is the planet of action and energy. He is the planet that helps us to stay motivated and get things done.

When Mars is at its best, we can conquer things, we can triumph over things and we can be guided and supported on our journey forward.

When Mars is retrograding it is like he is taking a much needed rest and his energy slows down and becomes very difficult to access.

Mars goes retrograde about once every two years and this year he is going retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius and Scorpio.

The transition from Scorpio into Sagittarius represents an awakening that helps give birth to a potential.

Scorpio energy allows us to to transform and dig deep within our soul to uncover buried emotions and things that we need to let go of. Sagittarius energy helps us to bring our new creations into the world and to expand ourselves and those around us with what we have discovered through our transformative cycle.

As he retrogrades, Mars is going to move out of Sagittarius back into Scorpio, which means that there may be a few more things that we need to clear out before we can be allowed to move forward.

While in Scorpio, Mars is going to help us to revisit the transformative cycle that we have just been through and is going to encourage us to find a new sense of peace and balance with all that we have achieved.

In many ways, Mars is going to give us the opportunity to delve within and to see what other road blocks we need to clear so we can move forward up the mountain of our destiny.

It is almost like Mars is helping us slip back into our little cocoon to reassess and revaluate if there is anything else we need to collect or if there is something else we need to leave behind in order to continue our flight as butterflies.

While Mars is retrograde we may be encouraged to look back over things to see if we missed anything important.

Mars retrograde will also help to give us some much needed rest. He will be helping all of us to be at peace with where we are at and will remind us that moving forward is perhaps not the best solution right now.

During this cycle, the Universe will require us to sit with things as they are and to bring a sense of peace and stillness into our lives through accepting things as they are.

In order to best use this energy, use this time to delve back into your soul and discover what it is that you truly desire.

Is the direction you are heading in your life serving your highest purpose?

If not, Mars will give you the opportunity to take a deeper look and assess where some changes may need to be made.

You may also find it beneficial to use this time to assess some of your goals and actions that you have taken so far.

Are you happy with the shape of your life? If not, you have time now to change things.

During Mars retrograde it is also best to avoid signing new business or legal contracts as things will feel slow and sluggish and you may find it difficult to get things off the ground.

Emotions may also be heated during Mars Retrograde so be mindful over what you say and be careful about saying something you will regret.

And definitely, don’t do things in a hurry during Mars Retrograde as accidents can happen. Take your time with things and be careful and methodical in how you approach things.

Mars retrograde is the Universe’s way of saying “slow down!” and is a time of assessing what you truly want in your life before you move forward.

This is an amazing gift by the Universe and one that is to be surely appreciated after all the transformative astrologic aspects we have been dealing with recently.

Mars officially moves out of retrograde on June 29, 2016 however he won’t be back to his usual speed until August 22, 2016.

Want to read more? Check out: Intuitive Astrology: The Retrograde Effect

About the author


Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.