Let’s Reconsider: Mars Retrogrades from June 9° Aquarius to August 28 ° Cap, 2018

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz


Let’s Reconsider: Mars Retrogrades from June 9° Aquarius to August 28 ° Cap, 2018

By Agent 17, Armand Diaz

Mars stations to retrograde on June 26/27, at 9 degrees of Aquarius, and will continue to go backward in the sky until August 27th, when he reaches 28 degrees of Capricorn. Right around the stations (turning points), we’re likely to see a spike in anger, assertiveness, and aggression.

That’s generally true of Mars’ stations, but it’s especially likely on his retrograde station in June, as the Sun is opposite Saturn at the same time. Frustration could build as Mars is limited in his movement – the urge to go forward intensifies but is hampered. If there’s any question that a few folks will blow their fuses at the end of June, consider that Mars stations just a degree away from the asteroid Pandora, and thinking isn’t the only thing likely to be out of the box.

Mars travels only 11 degrees during the ten weeks of his retrograde, an indication that he’s taking a slow and methodical approach to things. We’d be wise to follow suit and remember that progress is likely to be limited, but determination will pay off in the end. Accept that there will be some frustrations, and don’t get overly discouraged if projects and plans don’t get off the ground as quickly as you’d like.

It’s a good idea to pick a project or two and concentrate on one thing at a time: Mars retrograde is never a good time to multitask. Usually, it’s not considered a good time to begin a new job (as the requisite energy for it is likely to be lacking). It’s also not a very good time to take up a new sport, begin an exercise program (you’ve got your excuse!), or begin a new sexual relationship (again, energy may be lacking… but use your judgment). It’s fine to go back to any of the above, however. Mars’ retrogrades are also not a good time to begin a legal proceeding, like a lawsuit, or anything that requires assertiveness or puts you ‘on the attack’.

The aspects Mars makes contribute to a quite busy July and August period. We have three eclipses (two solar and one lunar), plus stations of Chiron, Jupiter, and Uranus, and Mercury retrogrades for three weeks. While Jupiter turns direct and begins swimming out of Scorpio, there’s a lot of retrograde activity in the skies over these two months. That suggests we’ll be revisiting issues that we haven’t cleared up in the past.

Mars contributes to this reflective period not only by retrograding, but also by passing over the Moon’s South Node (around July 23rd). Issues that were prominent around June 9 and 10 may be reheated. That was the time of the G7 meeting in Canada and U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un. Consider also what came up for you from your past at that time, and expect you may have to do a little negotiating on your own.

Throughout this retrograde period, there’s likely to be a push-pull between what you feel in your heart (the North Node in Leo) versus your sense of what you ‘should’ or ‘must’ do. Conflicts can emerge between what we want to do and societal values and mores (and laws!). Of course, Mars adds the potential for anger and emotional volatility to whatever happens, on the personal or collective levels.

Words could get hot around July 5th, as Mars opposes Mercury while Chiron stations to retrograde. The wounded healer is in Mars’ home sign of Aries, and we’re likely to be feeling at a loss in our ability to assert ourselves. A sense of personal impotence could have some people lashing out at others verbally, although it could also be a challenging day to drive, as it’s a potential recipe for road rage.

Things begin to get very hot indeed at the end of July and beginning of August. At the lunar eclipse on July 27th, Mars is tightly conjunct the Moon, suggesting a kind of powder keg. Full Moon lunacy with Mars in the picture is a volatile situation, with potentials for both implosion and explosion. Find a sensible way to work off excess tensions – but don’t overdo it with exercise or competitive activities. With Mercury having stationed to retrograde just a day earlier, we could be ready to blow up based on misinformation (or legitimate delays and technological snafus).

The volatility continues through the first week in August, as Mars squares Uranus while the Sky God prepares for his retrograde station on August 7. This is likely to be a challenging period, as retrograde Mars and stationing Uranus suggest that frustration could build quickly – these two planets like to move fast and forward. We can expect that much of the frustration will be internal, but there’s a potential to find a release by aiming it at someone else. Possibly, a Mars sextile to Chiron on August 3rd will help us to work out some of the issues, although we’ll have to really put in the effort to diffuse any heated situation.

Mars is prominent at the August 11th solar eclipse, as he is about to transition from Aquarius back into Capricorn a day later. Once again, we may find that we are caught between principle and preference, between the demands of society and the need to be ourselves.

Finally, on August 27th, Mars stations to turn direct at 28 degrees of Capricorn. The Cosmic Warrior is sure to be happy to move forward, yet he’ll have to cross through the same territory again before he really makes progress. It will be early October before Mars leaves the shadow of his retrograde – but we’ll cover that in the next article.


Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Agent 17 Armand Diaz

Writer, Consultant

Agent 17 – Armand Diaz, Ph.D. Armand’s approach to astrology is informed by his extensive work in the evolution of consciousness and a broad knowledge of ancient and modern spiritual traditions. He also reaches beyond astrology with both Tarot and the I Ching,. Although a sunny Leo, his Scorpio ascendant isn’t afraid to tackle the tough issues, as reflected in his most recent book, Separating Aspects: the Astrology of Breakups, Divorce, and Other Partings, the result of years of delving into difficult territory with clients.

Armand teaches astrology, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops within the United States and internationally. He is a contributing writer and editor to a number of astrology websites, and has been published in The Mountain Astrologer and other journals. His books include Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World, and Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, an anthology which he co-produced and co-edited.

Location: New York
Website: IntegralAstrology.net

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