THAT YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MARS TURNS RETROGRADE
by Lynn Koiner
DEFINITION OF MARS RETROGRADE
JULY 29 through SEPTEMBER 27 2003, the planet Mars will be in retrograde
motion. This period is
inappropriate for activities requiring the normal flow of Mars initiative.
Using the constructive aspects of this transit, it is an excellent
time to reinforce some aspect of our lives.
This will be shown by the House position of the transit.
the 1st House, it is a time to work on one's self-image with courses
or activities that bestow confidence and courage.
the 2nd House, it is a time to make corrections or repairs in your
financial situation. It should
be a time of paying off debts and not a time for spending.
the 3rd House, it is a good time to end those subscriptions for
magazines that you do not read. It
is a good time for catching up on reading and studies - like those astrology
books that you bought two years ago but never read.
This house rules transportation so it might be a good time to have
those squeaky brakes fixed on your car...or, at least, have an annual
the 4th House, it is a good time to make repairs around the house and
to reinforce its safety by replacing your smoke detector batteries.
Activities may go on in your personal environment of which you are
not readily aware.
the 5th House, it is a good time to be a spectator - take the kids to
an amusement park (vent their pent up energy), give yourself some relaxation
time at the movies or with some home videos, watch someone else get killed
on the football field.
the 6th House, reinforce your diet.
Add nutrients that benefit the kidney-adrenal (adrenal supplement or
Chinese energy herbs) and the iron content of the blood.
the 7th House, work on repressed anger and resentment issues in your
relationships. Do not get into
a fight _ talk it out!
the 8th House, reinforce 8th House issues.
If your house is insured for its 1970 value, bring it up-to-date.
Pay off those credit cards. Curb
any tendencies toward obsessive-compulsive behavior or action.
It will only get you into trouble1.
I had surgery during the 1988 Mars retrograde in which my foot was
RE-ATTACHED. The doctor felt it
was the best surgery of his career!
the 9th House, it is a good time to study comparative philosophies.
This would include history _ studying the past to understand the
the 10th House, this is a good time to find out why activities in
your business are not working and then reinforce the structures.
If and where you are losing business, assess the problem.
I traveled to Eastern Europe to visit astrologers.
the 11th House, it might be a better time to do things alone and not
drain yourself through the energy of groups.
Psychologically, it is a good time to assess if your current goals
are really contributing to your happiness index!
the 12th House, solitude is beneficial.
Meditation puts you in touch with your inner self.
HOW TO HANDLE MARS RETROGRADE
commenced while Mars is retrograde will be frustrated and plagued with
disruptions until they finally fizzle out.
At this time, people become irritated when activities do not run
smoothly. The anger may disrupt
indirectly and inappropriately - like getting a traffic ticket when you feel
annoyed with your job.
this cycle, never buy anything mechanical unless it is heavily
insured! Office machinery and
computers easily break down. A
friend who owned a word processing service found this period to be a
disaster. During one retrograde
cycle, the printer, the back-up printer and the rented printer all failed to
work. When they finally got one
that worked, the mailing labels printed - but there was no ink!
I often notice that the world needs a brake job when Mars is
retrograde. In 1995, I
discovered a water leak in my new car.
Fortunately, this was covered by the warranty.
Anything mechanical that is hanging on by a thread will likely break
down during this cycle. Get
those unstable devices repaired in advance - don’t wait until you have a
breakdown disaster! My mother
even ordered a small treadmill for exercise.
We realized as soon as she got it out of the box that she would never
be able to use it. Since we
could not get it back in the box, we just trashed it.
who have Aries or Scorpio strong in their horoscopes are dramatically
affected by this shift in direction of their ruler.
For Arians, they find themselves being less aggressive, less pushy
and less impatient to have THEIR WAY in a situation.
For Scorpios, they find that they are less concerned about being in
control, controlling an immediate situation and, of course, running matters
THEIR WAY. Both Mars-ruled
types find themselves more inclined to sit back and review matters in a more
detached or impersonal way. They
feel more patient to wait on circumstances to unfold before they take
action. These individuals,
however, may not recognize the anger they feel inside.
They may express an unusual passiveness while under fire because they
need too much processing time before they can retaliate.
Only when Mars turns direct can they move the Mars energy forward.
those who are NOT ruled by Mars, it may feel quite differently. They may feel more impatient to force matters to a conclusion,
to get a project going or to take immediate action. This would be an unwise course of action!
Look to the House-position of your natal Mars to see where you might
become impatient and act pre-maturely.
Remember, initiating or impulsively taking action will not work to
GOOD DAYS ACTION PLANNING GUIDE, Mary Shea describes an ideal way to
handle Mars retrograde. She
states that, "there is a tendency to be more reserved (when Mars is
retrograde). Your hesitation
causes you to review your behavior in the past and look for new way of
responding in the future." She
feels that this is the way we learn to perfect our responses.
"You go back over situations (either in your mind or in reality),
doing things again and again while making corrections in the way you handle
events. While Mars is
retrograde, you will be reviewing the way you handle anger, self-defense,
self-motivation and sexual relationships, outward anger or conflicts may not
rightfully feels that using passive-aggressive techniques, manipulation,
arbitration or subtle power plays may be more appropriate at this time.
"If you are normally non-assertive, you have be forced to defend
yourself. Whatever your tactics,
you must give thought to what you are doing.
If your tactics do not work or they are inappropriate to the
situation, your anger will continue to build while Mars is retrograde.
You can expect the anger to manifest full-blown by the time Mars
turns direct. If you have seriously wronged or angered another with...acts
of aggression, you can expect the backlash as Mars turns direct."
When writing on Mars in 1995, my first observation was its effect upon men in general. There masculinity seemed more easily threatened, manifesting mood displays and they often needed reassurance. I personally felt "organizationally impaired." As hard as I tried to organize my work, the more disorganized I became. I was over-whelmed by all of the data that has been submitted for the political articles and I seemed to be doing a lot of wheel spinning. This is unusual and it began when Mars turned retrograde. This seemed worse while Mars was in Virgo - for the male ego and my dis-organization. I felt some improvement when Mars retrograded back into Leo, at least for my disorganization. As the 1997 Retrograde got underway (Libra/Virgo), I noticed that non-aggressive types seemed to be intolerant of lazy people who waste their time. They were not willing to take action and eliminate the non-essential personnel. It seemed to be the reverse of the 1995 influence.
Jay, in CROSSROADS IN DELINEATION, states that, when Mars retrogrades
through a House, something there needs a renewed effort, a renewal of
activity, to be revitalized or, at least, strengthened through reinforcement.
It is a time to direct your efforts toward reinforcing matters or a
relationship in order to keep it vital or active. It is a time to lend
strength to something or someone that you believe in. Delphine
Jay, in CROSSROADS IN DELINEATION, states that, when Mars retrogrades
ENERGIES OF MARS IN PISCES
discouraged or when anything goes against you - and this can easily happen
when Mars is in Pisces - your energy level can be wiped out, leading to
feeling sorry for one’s self and despondency.
As a result, the energies of this Mars are unstable, volatile and
undependable. This is not a good time to start new projects since the
Piscean energies can fizzle out when the going its tough. In 1990, I tried to organize the publication of a research
project in Eastern Europe. A
lot of mental energy went into this. The
only responsible writer was a Capricorn.
The woman in charge of publications died.
Nothing came of the project! Another
time all technical support fizzled out and dried up completely.
I felt wiped out by the stress and just chose not to deal with the
problem at all.
examining my journals, I found that I was frequently dealing with dishonest
types who were not forthright with their intentions.
When attempting to buy a new car, I was appalled at the total lack of
directness on the part of salesmen!
At other times, I found myself dealing with scattered, spacey and
irresponsible types with whom I was often too acquiescent in the situation
to handle them effectively. It
is easy to allow people to get away with inappropriate behavior due to
Piscean tolerance. I found myself walking through the malls feeling sorry
for myself, dealing with needy people who took up my time complaining,
people whining for something they wanted and I felt over-whelmed.
In areas requiring organization, I found that my timing was off –
mis-connections with people was common.
I also misplaced credit cards, lost keys and lost causes.
With the delusional side of Piscean, in one cycle I envisioned that
my self-image would improve if I bought a waterbed - the worst mistake of my
life. After 10 days of pure
misery and back pain, I drained the water out and hauled it back to the
a positive note, this cycle is a good time to escape and get away
from it all – Mars transiting Pisces likes to tune out when the going gets
tough or the individual gets bored. I
did find examples where I actually did escape through travel, especially
near water. Often, my intuition
was very strong. This high
psychic energy caused my physical energy to be equally high.
I had a lot of imagination but not always the practical
follow-through. The need to get
away is pronounced and you need to find outlets for creative escape - a day
trip to the beach or just getting away to have some alone time.
It is a time to dream your dream, to have a vision, but remember that
“God can dream a dream for you far greater than you can dream for yourself”
(Oprah Winfrey). Do not limit
regard to health issues, the sign that Mars transits often causes
imbalances in the body’s biochemistry, especially when we are dealing with
the stresses connected to the sign. Health
problems arise at this time through unrecognized and unresolved anger and
this, in turn, creates the biochemical imbalances in the body.
The sign of Pisces rules the homeopathic cell salt Ferrum Phosphate
or Iron, an element that supplies oxygen to the body.
The oxygen that we breathe conjoins with iron molecules. The amount of oxygen that is utilized by the body depends
upon the amount of iron in our blood. Feeling
tired, looking pale and being anemic can be symptoms of a deficiency in
Ferrum Phosophate. Taking iron
supplements is not the same as using the subtle energies of the Pisces cell
world events or our particular life situation makes us feel that our armor
has been penetrated, our bodies can react with a deficiency in Ferrum
Phosphate. Symptoms are often
associated with fevers, inflammation, congestion, headaches, insomnia, sore
throat, colds and feverish chills, flare-up of rheumatism, bruises, fatigue
and, of course, actual anemia. These
are health issues rather require oxygen to carry away wastes and toxins from
any afflicted area of the body. One
symptom of anemia is a type of heart palpitation in which, after mild
exercise, you can hear your heart bounding in your ears.
If pain, insomnia or if you have planets in Leo, this cell salt can
be combined with Magnesium Phosphate.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
1997, there was a lot of craziness going on trying to organize my spring
trip to Europe. A friend and I wanted to travel to Ireland but I was invited
to lecture in Prague in May. It
was all so expensive and, when Mars turned direct, I finally made the
decision to cancel the Ireland trip. I
cannot tell you how stressful this decision-making was for me.
I paid $40 on my Upton’s bill and they recorded 40 cents.
It took 3 months to straighten it out with both my bank and the store.
My mother found a young cat, insisted that I keep it (along with its
medical expenses) and, within a year, it died of an auto-immune disease.
tax time, I had a software crises. It
was horrible!! Then, my copier
broke, I had it fixed and I broke it again!
It was worse than Mercury retrograde.
On February 14, there was a transiting Mars-Saturn opposition in
Libra-Aries. I agreed to give
mini-readings for a St. Valentine’s Day dance -- 2 hours for $200.
However, when I got there, the owner wanted me to give mini-readings
for over 50 people. With Mars
retrograde, people were rude, obnoxious and demanding, even when I lost my
voice and could not continue. I
was furious at how badly I was treated!
best Mars Retrograde story concerned a friend who met Mr. Wonderful...who
couldn’t get it up. I learned
from this story that, if a man is a Perfect Gentleman for too long, there is
a big problem. Men often mask
these physical disabilities by taking the moral high road in relationships. There was a lot of passive-aggressive behavior in that
relationship. It was painful
but she cut him loose!
friend found a long-running work crisis abate during the Mars retrograde
period. With Mars in Virgo, it was suddenly decided that a long-term
backlog of work (a backlog that had gone on for 10 years) had to be brought
up-to-date. It was arbitrarily
decided that there would be mandatory overtime, including weekends, and no
vacations until this was done...and this decision occurred one month before
Christmas! She found herself
fighting against this arbitrary crisis and the arbitrary rules in order to
get her after-Christmas vacation and March vacation to London.
By the time that Mars retrograded back into Virgo, the work was
caught up, the backlog grew again, she took off for London and the crisis
2001, with Mars in Sagittarius, it was intercepted in my 4th
House. There was much going on
in my personal life of which I was totally unaware.
It exploded to the surface after Mars turned directed and opposed my
natal Uranus. I also put energy
into a “movement” that totally fizzled out when Mars turned direct.
I got new eyeglasses - the worst that I have ever had and it started
out with the prescription being reversed.
On the positive side, I talked myself out of 3 traffic tickets.
HISTORICALLY, MARS RETROGRADE
Retrograde Administration: The 1993 presidency commenced under a Mars
retrograde influence. Many
local astrologers predicted that this would not be a constructive
administration. Mars retrograde
in the 2nd House of the U.S. Gemini rising chart focused upon financial and
economic issues. With Mars
retrograde, nothing was accomplished! Clinton
commanded changes in the attitude of homosexuals in the military.
Such direct action was not appropriate for Mars retrograde and the
matter met success only through the indirect approach of the Sam Nunn
compromise. Yet, nothing really
changed with the military. It
was actually worse. And,
don’t forget the sex scandals and cover-ups!
I use 3 charts for the United States. The
Gemini rising chart influences Americans as a people, national issues
and relations with Canada and Mexico. The
Sagittarius rising chart is always active with crises and actions
involving other countries. The Articles of Confederation chart
affects the government itself and it is always active with government
scandals (spy scandals show up in this chart).
Mars is Retrograde, “Whoever Fires First Loses:”
It is common to see battles igniting during the retrograde period but
whoever fires the first shot loses. Little
Argentina never really had a chance against Great Britain but, when they
fired the first shot in the Falklands, they were condemned to lose in a big
way. The Russians fired the first shot in Afghanistan and, after
spending billions, they were ultimately forced to withdraw.
The Israeli wars have always occurred when Mars was retrograde so, in
that country, there is always a fear of war and dire predictions of such by
that country’s astrologers when Mars turns retrograde.
Energy Impaired: The 1980
Winter Olympics occurred when Mars was retrograde in Virgo.
Mishaps plagued this event, especially for the United States. If using the Gemini rising chart, Mars was retrograde in the
5th House ruling sporting activities and competitive games!
EVENTS DURING THE 1997
the period from February through April 1997 when Mars was retrograde, there
were many recorded dismissals, failed votes, blocked plans, revisions,
acquittals, dropped changes, failed amendments and expulsions.
A list of some of the major events of that Mars Retrograde period
are: 1) The Ecuador Congress ousts its president and an
interim leader is named. 2)
Ken Star announces on February 17, that he will resign as independent
counsel in order to take an academic post at Pepperdine University. On February 21, he changes his mind! 3) In Britain, the House of Commons defeated a motion
to censure the government for its handling of the “mad cow” disease
crisis, giving a “vote of confidence” to Agriculture Minister, Douglas
Hogg. 4) Furor over the
Democratic Party fund-raising intensified with disclosures of the Clinton
memo, endorsing plans to reward big contributors with White House visits. 5) On February 19, an Internet pornography scam was
uncovered. 6) On
February 23, scientists clone an adult sheep, sparking a cloning controversy.
In 1938, Hans Spemann of Germany first theorized this possibility.
Incredibly, in 1938 and 1997, Mars was in Virgo-Libra, Jupiter was in
Aquarius and Saturn was in Aries! 7)
On March 14, while very likely drinking with golf pro Greg Norman (who is a
known heavy drinker), President Clinton fell and seriously injured his knee.
When this occurred, the transiting Mars Retrograde in Virgo was
opposing the transiting Mercury. This
lined up exactly on his progressed 5th-11th House axis and the transiting
Uranus in Aquarius was exactly in opposition to his natal Mercury at 7 Leo
and the progressed Saturn at 7 Leo! Saturn
was opposing the progressed Neptune; Jupiter was opposing the progressed
Pluto. 8) On February
26, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approved development of a
large Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem despite Palestinian warnings
that such construction in the traditionally Arab sector of the city would
seriously affect the peace process. The Mars retrograde period was colored by terrorism and
boycotts. Later, Netanyahu was
caught in a scandal surrounding the appointment of an attorney general but,
by April 20, there was insufficient evidence and the matter was dropped.
9) Near the second station, on April 16, a financial crisis
began in the Czech Republic. Czech Premier, Vaclav Klaus, announced a new budget of
austerity measures aimed at restoring the country’s economic health.
Several cases of security fraud were uncovered, the country’s
economy went into crisis and Klaus was forced to resign.
10) On March 26,
39 members of Heaven’s Gate committed ritual suicide.
EVENTS DURING THE 1999
the Scorpio phase, 1) The Dow surpassed the 10,000 mark (March 29), 2)
The Paraguayan President resigned after violent street protests, 3)
Libya delivered the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing suspects for trial, 4)
A New Jersey man was arrested for the Melissa computer virus, 5) A
Nazi War Criminal was arrived in England, 6) Susan McDougal was
acquitted, 7) The coalition government in India failed, 8)
Both India and Pakistan test a nuclear capable missile, 9) Harris
and Klebold kill 13 students in Colorado high school, 10) A
deadly tornado struck 5 US states, 11) The Chernobyl computer virus
the Libra phase, 1) In Belgrade, the US “accidentally” bombed the
Chinese Embassy – this was no accident,
2) The US jobless rate dipped lower in May, 3) Barak
unseats Netanyahu, beginning his ineffective term, 4) British spies
were listed on an internet site, 5) A 15-year old opens fire in a
Georgia high school, 6) American Airlines accused of violating
anti-trust laws with price fixing, 7) After a 3 month recess, the
Microsoft anti-trust case was resumed, 8) India launched an air
strike at Islamic militants in Kashmir, 9) Pakistan shot down 2
Indian jet fighters.
EVENTS DURING THE 2001
MAXIMUM CLOSENESS TO EARTH
While Mars has a 15 to 17 cycle in which it is both close to the Sun and close to the Earth (perihelion and perigee), the apparition (appearance in the sky) is not always the same. There are rare occurrences when the Earth and Mars are within 35 million miles of each other. The last time that this occurred was September 1988, earlier in August 1924, and it will happen again in August 2003!
event occurs when the Earth lined up between Mars and the Sun, reaching its
closeness to the Sun and to the Earth at the same time with Mars appearing
at its maximum brightness! For those with a scientific and historical
interest, the most remote of the Mars perihelion occurred in 1969 and in
1937. In 2001, Mars will reach its opposition to the Sun on June 13,
make its closest approach to the Earth on June 21, and reach its perihelion
or closest approach to the Sun on October 12. For excellent graphics
and descriptions, the Sky Over Berlin website is a good resource:www.surveyor.in-Berlin.de/himmel/indexe.html
The June 2001 perigee was the second closest in this current decade (0.45
AU), the best being August 2003 (0.372 AU - in Pisces) and the next closest
will be in July 2018 (0.385 AU - in Aquarius-Capricorn).
these specific dates do not figure prominently in world events - but the
year itself is highly significant. In
1909, when Mars was Retrograde in Pisces-Aries, the pioneering spirit of
Aries brought the discovery of the North Pole but, with Mars Retrograde,
there was a great controversy: Who reached it first, Cook or Perry? In summer, a French aviator was the first to fly across the
English Channel. With the
idealistic zeal of Pisces, the ladies were protesting as suffragettes and
prohibitionists. Steel strikes
in Pittsburgh become violent and trigger deaths.
A new introspective thought in America was fueled as Freud went on
tour explaining “psychoanalysis.”
1924, Lenin died and Stalin took control of the USSR, King Tut’s coffin
opened after 3300 years, the Teapot Dome Scandal, Greece became a republic,
Hitler spends this Mars Retrograde in prison for the Beer Hall Putsch, the
Leopold and Loeb “thrill murder” trial...but none occurred in August.
The year 1988 was significant for terrorist activities.
I find, however, the sign of Leo and alignments with fixed stars to
be more significant.
When a planet aligns with or occults a fixed star, it has a very special influence in world events. With regard to Mars’ retrograde cycles, there is a 79-year cycle of the retrograde/direct loops of Mars in the vicinity of the fixed star, Regulus. This occurred in December 1915, January 1916 (Direct, May 1916) and in December 1994-January 1995 (Direct, May 1995). These Leo cycles are far more dramatic than any of the other Mars apparitions.
Some Mars Retrograde in Leo events: In December 1915/January 1916, Einstein developed a new theory of relativity, an extension of his Special Theory of Relativity developed in 1905, which altered the view of gravity proposed by Sir Isaac Newton. It would not be until after World War II that scientists would be able to test this theory. In the war in Europe (WWI), England and France were retreating after great losses and the Serbians were driven to the Adriatic by the German, Austrian and Bulgarian armies. It was not until the Sun-Mars conjunction in 1917 that the Americans voted to enter the war in Europe. During the 1994-95 alignment, Russia attacked secessionist Republic of Chechnya and, in May 1996, when Mars moved behind the Sun, the Chechnya Peace Treaty was signed. There is an obvious pattern of aggressive action with Mars Retrograde will be corrected when Mars moves behind the Sun. The Republicans also took control of the Congress and they did nothing, never keeping their Promise to America.
1 In 1988, when Mars was retrograde in my 8th House, I obsessed over getting another cat. I did not need another cat. I have plenty but I could not leave well enough alone. So, I got a kitten, fell down a hill bringing it in one night, broke my foot off and spent $7000 getting it re-attached! This cat had a lot of passive-aggressive issues. I think that she did not like her name. Within 2 years, I changed her name to something that she preferred and, by 1993, she became an affectionate, intelligent companion.
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