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Mars Retrograde 2020 begins September 9th at 28° Aries and completes its retrograde on November 13th at 15° Aries.

Have you ever experienced a period of your life where your greatest hopes, dreams and expectations were met with colossal frustration, regret and disappointment? Chances are, Mars may have been in retrograde. This blog will delve deep into what you can expect for Mars Retrograde 2020. 

Looking back, Mars was last in retrograde from June 27th, 2018 to August 28th, 2018. Before that, it was moving backwards from April 17th, 2016, to June 29th, 2016. Take a moment to look back on what was happening in your life during this time. For better or worse, it may have inspired a lot of change in your life, leading to some clarity in the end. 

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In the past, Mars Retrograde has been a tumultuous time for me. Looking back, it always preceded a significant change in my life. I got through the worst to emerge to a better, more decisive version of myself. 

From leaving jobs to reassessing my relationships, Mars Retrograde has always ended in a positive outcome. Despite stifling my naturally action-oriented nature (Stellium in Leo, including Mars in Leo), finding calm and gratitude for what I have helps me weather this storm successfully. 

Understanding Mars

Mars rules action, passion, stamina and how your relationship drive (as well as governing iron(!) – body and otherwise, as well as cars). Depending on where it lands in your birth chart, Mars will indicate how you spend your energy, how you act in specific situations, your drive, and determination.

A well aspected Mars can provide us with certainty and the assertiveness to act with courage. In synastry, couples who have complementary Mars energy, Moon/Mars, and Venus/Mars connection can indicate success. 

Mars Retrograde Transit 2020

Once every 25 months, Mars turns retrograde. The ‘warrior’ planet governs all things physical, and in retrograde, it back-pedals through the zodiac, throwing our energy and endeavours off. The transit takes 80 days to complete and will travel through 13 degrees of the zodiac. Mars Retrogrades only occur 9% of the time and is second in rarity only to Venus. 

This is a time to think before acting, to be smart about how you expend your energy.

We will come face-to-face with destined events and may note repeating themes throughout this time. Use this time to understand which of your desires needs more consideration and time before taking action on them. Prep work and research can serve you well during Mars Retrograde 2020. 

This is a time to think before acting, to be smart about how you expend your energy. We will come face-to-face with destined events and may note repeating themes throughout this time. Use this time to understand which of your desires needs more consideration and time before taking action on them. Prep work and research can serve you well during Mars Retrograde 2020. 

Mars Square Saturn

When Mars turns retrograde, it can pretty be frustrating. In retrograde, this planet seems to inhibit your self-expression and make it harder to fulfill your most passionate desires. This retrograde will seem even more frustrating to us since it squares Saturn, increasing rigidity and restrictions. 

When Mars retrograde 2020 squares Saturn, we may feel increasingly delayed and restricted for the next two months. Along with Saturn, we’re subject to the powers and stifling nature of five other planets in retrograde at the same time. And with so many planets in retrograde this week, the world around us will seem to slow down, and we may find roadblocks standing in our way. 

Mars square Saturn causes restrictions, delays and overall impatience in our lives.

We feel the fire, we want to move, but we cannot. As your desire grows stronger, you will feel inhibited and stifled and unable to express what you feel inside.

Passions and appetites will feel unsuccessful, and the harder you push on these goals, the more resistance you will face. 

Stepping back to go forward

Each Mars retrograde asks you to step back and take stock. The different areas of sexuality, passion or decisive action that you are working on need more time to form. We should not look at Mars Retrograde as a hindrance, but more as a chance to really be sure of the things that we want and spending our energy on. 

There may be some events that come your way in the next two months that can cause you discomfort or pain. This is an indication that you should step back so that you can go forward when Mars turns direct in November.  

Slowing down does not mean that you are stopping. It means you are diligent and thoughtful about how you make your next, essential moves. 

By the time November 13th rolls around and Mars stations direct, you will have worked through the toughest of the situations being thrown your way, and you can move forward freely. Acting on your desires will feel better, and you will be more decisive. Be ready for a more significant change following this event. 

A Double Whammy

Historically, Venus has ruled such “feminine” traits as emotion, beauty, and love. In contrast, Mars holds sway over “masculine” features such as action, passion, aggression, sex, and desire. When Mars, the warrior planet, turns retrograde, these areas of our life are subject to change and ups and downs. 

Your sexual appetite could seem scattered and may dwindle. At work, you may experience feelings of stagnation and experience roadblocks that hinder your growth. You may feel like your energy is in fits and starts, and projects you once had an appetite for lose steam just as you begin them. 

In essence, Mars Retrograde 2020 can be incredibly frustrating. And because this year’s retrograde occurs in fiery, Mars-ruled Aries, we can expect a wilder-than-usual ride. Those who have many Aries placements may feel significantly impacted by this retrograde.

Be aware that conflict will not be fruitful right now, so I urge you to focus on introspection and reflection. 

On an average day, Mars’ attention and aggression help us be assertive to make our dreams come true. But during retrograde, pointless bickering, petty grudges, decreased sex drives, and a disheartening lack of ambition can make a tough time more challenging.  

Building up a Defence 

In many other retrograde scenarios, I suggest staying as neutral as possible. Reflection is your friend, and with Mars Retrograde 2020, this is still the case, yet with the added square between Mars and Saturn, I suggest taking a more defensive stance.  

Instead of beginning new endeavours or projects, focus on what you already have. Sharpen your skills, and build up your defences.

Saturn always teaches us hard lessons, and when coupled with Mars, we will feel the tension in how we use our energy. Getting back to basics and working hard will be to our benefit during this cycle.  

When Mars is retrograde in Aries, there may be a strong will to push forward on things. Before you do, take a step back, take a deep breath and ask yourself: will this bring me peace? 

Interested in learning more about what this unique retrograde situation has in store for you? Check out our blog on retrogrades and dive deeper into Uranus’ retrograde.

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Taurus Rising, Leo Sun and Cancer Moon, Toronto-based Astrologer. Let's read the stars together!

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