This Year’s Mars Retrograde

Mars is now direct, not retrograde
Previous Mars Retrograde period: March 1st, 2014 to May 19th, 2014
From 27 to 9 degrees Libra
(Next Mars Retrograde period begins in April 2016)

“A hero, properly, is one who gives his life to something greater than himself.”
-Joseph Campbell

Understanding the Mars cycle can help you
go after what you want in life.

Mars is the keeper of your energy, drive,
vitality, self-assertion and potency.

Mars is the Hero in you.
To learn how to maximize its usefulness,

Contact Jamie for a reading.

What is Mars Retrograde?

“Mars retrograde” means Mars is in the part of its cycle where it is traveling backwards from our point of view here on Earth.  When Mars goes retrograde, we are cast upon a symbolic Hero’s Journey.  Each time this happens I write a post or post-series about it.

A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes.  It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past.  It can be a retrieval, a turning inward, a letting-go.  A Hero’s Journey is a life-passage in which we retrieve our own heroism.  True heroism involves courage, strength, assertiveness, but also gentleness and appropriate restraint—and during this journey we are tested, in a number of ways, for those things.  While Mars is retrograde, we’ll face many opportunities to be a hero in a deeper, truer sense than we ever have before.

How Long Does It Last?

In 2014, Mars is retrograde from March 1, 2014 through May 19, 2014.  That’s a long time—almost 12 weeks.  Plenty of time to have a few interesting adventures to test our mettle.  During this 12-week period I wrote blogposts illuminating the possible meanings of 2014’ Mars retrograde period.  Mars was retrograde in Libra, and here’s what I said about it:

Mars Retrograde in Libra: The Deadly Diplomat
Mars in Libra Traits, According To One Astrological Blogger

The Beginning and End of the Cycle
The retrograde period of Mars is just one part of his larger cycle, which lasts about two years.  The recent Mars cycle began on April 17, 2013 (when Mars conjuncted the Sun while direct) and ends on June 14, 2015 (when Mars again conjuncts the Sun while direct), closing the old cycle and initiating a new one.  The following diagram shows the timing of Mars Retrograde in Libra; the new cycle that begins in April of 2016 will look much like this one.

The Mars Cycle diagram

When has this happened before?
The last time Mars went retrograde was from December 29, 2009 through March 10, 2010.  During that time I blogged about stories of famous heroes and how they might lend meaning to the Mars retrograde period.  Here is that post-thread:
Mars Retrograde—The Hero’s Journey