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Aries March 21-April 19
Mars Retrograde in your Solar house of personality is likely to increase the need for you to exercise even more discipline to avoid reactive or aggressive behavior, even if you think you’ve been wronged. Just for now, put aside all defensive postures and stay open to the possibility that you’re still in process, refining your reactivity, so that you don’t trigger unnecessary confrontations.
Taurus April 20-May 20.
Mars Retrograde occurs in your Solar House of psychology, so despite the winds of change swirling through the collective, you’re planted firmly in your internal universe. Don’t be surprised if you feel drawn to more meditation and quiet contemplation. It’s not that you’re ambivalent toward what’s happening—you’re not. You’re taking the time to carefully consider your response to the madness.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It’s unlikely that you’ll spend Mars Retrograde indecisive about what you want to do and how you want to implement those plans. Nevertheless, it will require patience to gather those who agree with your diagram for action. Invite others to participate—they will be equally eager to come up with altruistic solutions that benefit the community rather than just a few individuals.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Mars Retrograde happens in your Solar House of recognition, and while it might be frustrating to feel the retrograde pushback, it can also be beneficial to look at what’s already in motion with an eye toward how to refine it. This isn’t about modifying your ambitions or shelving your plans; this phase is about looking closely at how you might better achieve your goals.
Leo July 23-August 22
Mars Retrograde invites you to take a serious look at just how much you need to convince people that your ideas are spot on. Take a deep breath and consider that if your ideas are sound, your enthusiastic expression of those ideas will draw people to you organically. You don’t need to have a soapbox, unless you want that experience; simply be yourself and you’ll lead by example.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Mars Retrograde occurs in your Solar House of transformation, which means it’s likely to manifest as more shifts than you can imagine. Be clear about what you need and equally lucid about what you need to let go of, especially when it comes to belief systems holding you back. Although the changes could be overwhelming, if you give each situation time to unfold, you’ll find your flow.
Libra September 23-October 22
Mars is retrograde in your Solar House of relationship, which means you’re taking another close look at how you relate to significant others, regardless of your relationship status. It’s never easy confronting what isn’t working in relationships, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor if it leads to healthier habits. A word of caution: avoid using your honesty as a weapon; be frank, but kind.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Mars Retrograde in your Solar House of service inspires a review of your altruistic inclinations—put simply: who you help and why. This doesn’t have to be an angst-ridden process; it could be as simple as organizing your donations, making changes if necessary, and increasing your awareness of where your time and energy is best spent helping others.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Mars is retrograde in your Solar House of self-expression, and while up till now its presence may have inspired self-confidence, its review reveals where that confidence might be a bit over the top. Take this phase as an opportunity to find a more even and inclusive attitude so that those you love—family and friends—have an equal opportunity to shine.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Mars Retrograde occurs in your Solar House of home so it won’t be surprising if you’re feeling a bit protective of your personal space, and because home in this instance is both internal and external, you could also find yourself more than a little moody. Do your best to find an even keel, but don’t beat yourself up because your sensitivity is showing—you are, after all, human.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Mars is retrograde in your Solar House of communication, and while that energy is certain to manifest as strong, forceful opinions, it could lean toward a little too much intensity. I’m not saying that intensity is a bad thing—it isn’t—but intensity must be used wisely, especially during volatile times. Before you speak, step back and assess what’s appropriate for the individual circumstance.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Mars Retrograde occurs in your Solar House of personal finance as well as the Solar House of self-esteem. As Mars reviews its recent choices, you might find yourself returning certain items bought impulsively. You could also find yourself concentrating on what steps you might take to improve your self-reliance. You are your greatest resource and knowing that will increase your confidence.