Mars retrograde 2016: Bumps in the road to enlightenment

Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius

Mars in Sagittarius will go retrograde for the first time in 2 years, at 8 degrees on April 17, 2016 at 7:15am est and go direct again on June 29th. Mars slowing down in the fiery sign of Sagittarius might prove to be a buzzkill. Mainly because the passionate nature of this fire Mars gets directed inwards and comes to a halt. Many of us will be wondering “what happened to my inspiration?” It was here yesterday, but now it’s gone. ” I’m not attracted to him/her anymore, this project is no longer interesting me, what gives?” The stagnant heat of an unfulfilled fire Mars can cause headaches. And the slow boil nature of Mars Rx has a frustrating time under a fire Mars, because fire Mars wants instant action and quick results.

Mars retrograde in Scorpio

Mars will return to Scorpio Rx on May 28th where the introverted,  inward looking Rx is more comfortable in the waters of Scorpio. The important element here is to not hold in anger to the point where you’re sick.

I think meditation is even more important during these Mars retrograde times because of the energy that has to be  re-channeled into something positive and beneficial.


Saturn will conjunct Mars until May, and Neptune will square Mars until mid May. Saturn is a malefic and Neptune is diffusive. So both of these aspects could be considered negative for Mars expressive itself comfortably.  Mars square Neptune is inspired by and focused on chasing dreams that probably are not very realistic. Mars conjunct Saturn is like the picture featured for this article. A traffic jam while you’re sitting in a Maserati Gran Turismo.

Manifestation of Mars

The typical retrograde cautions are at play here as you would expect. Since Mars deals with actions, physical actions, this is where we must be most cautious. Mars being frustrated by the turn inward brings about actions that go against societal norms as a result. This is not to let anyone off the hook for their actions, it’s just that many people in this world are under great pressure and shoulder a huge burden. There is no telling how they will react to the cosmic energy shifts taking place.

A word of advice, is to not antagonize, chastise others without good reason. Maintain your inner peace through meditation, exercise, and athletics. Build your inner strength.

A few themes for the sign of Sagittarius are foreign travel, publishing, and religion. From April 18th until May 28th while Mars is in Sagittarius, it might be a good rule of thumb to hold off on foreign travel if it’s to somewhere new, especially if your intuition is telling you so. If you’re publishing anything, make sure all I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.

Another topic that Mars is related to is attraction and the type of individual you’re attracted to. You may find yourself suddenly not as attracted to your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. If this is a serious relationship there is no reason to be alarmed. Just sit tight and know that this is a waning period and by early Summer you’ll be back to how you were prior. Hell, even if it’s not a serious relationship.

As with all retrogrades, batten down the hatches and you will come out better than you went into it.





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