When Mars, the planet driven by passion, fire, and determination, shifts into retrograde movement, it can create an incredibly difficult time for most. The next Mars Retrograde starts on July 26th – Are you prepared for what this means in your own life?

Believed by man to be the energy with the most intense energy, Mars drives our ambition by reminding us of our true passion in life. This both encourages us to stand strong in the face of adversity but can also trigger overwhelming emotions including aggression and anger. Associating the planet with the Roman God of War, Mars, we attribute the energy of this powerful planet with courage, fearlessness, and aggression. It’s an influence that can ultimately drive you to great heights or be completely destructive in your life depending on how you act upon it.

While Mars Retrograde isn’t nearly as common as the chaos created by Mercury Retrograde, it is an astrological phenomenon that we should pay careful attention to. Why? This unsettling energy is going to bring feelings of impatience and frustration which, when left unmanaged, can cause you to make rash decisions in life. By recognizing its influence in your life, you can take a step back and reconsider any choices you have made which may be questionable or harmful in the bigger picture. You can further focus your efforts by understanding which area of your life this energy will target.

How will the shift of Mars into retrograde influence your life, according to your zodiac sign?

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You’re already an impatient individual, so this is going to hit you harder than most. Avoid making impulsive decisions or acting solely on your emotions, especially when it comes to your relationships. While this is a time that you are going to shine, with your own energy highly in sync with that of the planet Mars. This will draw people to you like a moth to a flame. However, your highly volatile behavior is only going to bring drama and conflict and let’s be honest, more people in your life will mean more opportunity for drama!

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

You are a workhorse by nature, determined to roll your sleeves up and do whatever it takes to achieve your goals and dreams in life. While this is certainly admirable, it can cause a big problem during Mars Retrograde. Why? Driven by your passion for success, this energy is going to call on you to give more than you are capable of giving leading to physical, mental and emotional burnout. Ensure that you are scheduling time into that hectic schedule for self-care because you are going to need it!

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

Often seen as the disorganized and easily distracted one, Mars Retrograde is going to light a fire within that will bring a level of focus and determination you have never before seen. Going into this period of time, engage in some serious introspection highlighting the areas in your life that require your attention most to achieve true personal growth. This can be a game changer for you as long as you ensure that you harness this desire to achieve in a positive way.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Already highly sensitive and emotionally charged, you are going to feel overwhelmed by your frustration and anger during Mars Retrograde. If you allow yourself to look past these feelings you will discover that it actually brings much more than that. You are going to be provided with a renewed love for life and all that it has to offer, an outlook that can help you to reframe your goals and desires. Allow yourself to embrace this excitement and energy, as it may be the difference between struggling with where you want to go in this world and developing a true picture for your future.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The harsh truth is that you’re already known for being a little over the top, forgetting occasionally about those around you in your desire for success in this life. Mars Retrograde is only going to fuel this further, so you need to be careful to keep this in check if you are going to maintain healthy relationships. Your most important relationships are going to feel strained, but don’t give up hope. By refocusing on developing healthy communication, and showing them just how you feel, it can strengthen them in the long run.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

When the determined energy of Mars Retrograde combines with your perfectionist nature it is going to leave you feeling drained, exhausted and discouraged. After all, the endless pursuit for perfection is more than anyone is prepared to take on. Rather than continuing to push forward until you hit full-blown burnout, take a step back during this time. Refocus your efforts on self-care and promoting greater health including eating healthy, staying physically active and getting plenty of sleep.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

You spend so much of your time and energy focused on others in your efforts to create peace and harmony in the world that your own desires are often pushed aside, shelved for a later time that never seems to come. Mars Retrograde is going to force you to acknowledge these desires, placing them front and center in your mind regardless of what you do. Don’t fight this. Give in and allow yourself to enjoy this life – buy the new shoes, go on an elaborate date, take a dream vacation. By enjoying this time, you will reignite your inner strength to keep battling for peace in the days that follow.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Passion is nothing new in your world, in fact, it drives everything that you do. What does this mean? Not only are you going to be on a mental and emotional high, experiencing everything 100x more intense than everyone else around you, you are also going to find yourself noticing this passion in others as it is sparked. This is especially true for your family. Their newfound desire is going to lead to you butting heads but try to remember that they are new to managing this intense drive in their lives. Be patient with them and redirect your frustrations.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The adventurous and excitable nature of a Sagittarius isn’t often on the same wavelength as others around you – okay, let’s be honest, you’re rarely on the same wavelength. You refuse to be tied down or to fall into a boring routine, but this desire for excitement can leave others feeling unloved and forgotten about. During Mars Retrograde, take some time to refocus on those that you care about most. Make an effort to show extra love and attention, it will go a long way to strengthening these relationships and healing past hurts.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your frustration is going to be highly focused on your current financial state. With your eyes on your goals and your mind set on doing whatever it takes to get there, you will dream of great financial success. This, unfortunately, may derail even the most focused of individuals as you realize how far you are today from where you want to be. Try not to become discouraged, this is merely the heightened frustration from Mars Retrograde throwing off your way of thinking. You know that the best things come with hard work, so channel this desire into your current efforts to move forward on your path to success.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Mars Retrograde is going to be the more confusing for you than any other zodiac sign. Why is this? It’s not going to manifest in the relationships you build or the goals you are working towards. Instead, this frustration and confusion are all going to be focused on you individually. You will find yourself questioning every aspect of who you are, including your purpose in this life. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as you don’t allow yourself to become discouraged or beat down. This level of introspection has the potential to lead to intense self-growth and development.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

This is a period of time where you aren’t going to be able to run away to your happy dream world, forced to acknowledge the reality of the world around you. For someone that struggles with feelings of hopelessness and frustration in this world on the best of days, the very reason why you spend so much of your time with your head in the clouds, you are going to struggle with some serious anger and frustration now. Resist the urge to lash out at those that you see are bringing toxic energy into your life, you don’t want to stoop to their level. Instead, embrace the power of just walking away. Greater things are on the horizon.

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