Mars Retrograde Dates for ~ 1941-2050
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Next Mars Retrograde
January 23, 2012 - 23 degrees Virgo ~ until April 13, 2012 - 3 degrees Virgo
Mars has an apparent retrograde period every 24 to 26 months, lasting 60 to 80 days. Its full cycle through the horoscope takes one year, ten months, twenty-two days. Mars will make a different aspect once, to every planet, but during its retrograde period, it will make that same aspect three times.
During the applying aspect, is the time to prepare for your performance, by research, practice, networking, and producing your work. During the slowing-down retrograde phase (until its change to a complete stationary, and moving direct motion) you've done your performance and you are waiting for your curtain call. Have your prepared another song? Do you have the acceptance speech written? Should you stress your point again? The audience is either applauding or booing. It is the time to dig-out any additional gems.
Mars rules actions, accidents, aggression, quarrels, energy, combat, males, and desires, leading to impulse to action. When Mars is retrograde these efforts can be frustrated and delayed - as the urge intensifies. In tarot, Mars is the Exciting Intelligence, which brings an Awakening. It's force, first brings destruction (depending on perspective), awakening to our false sense of self. During a retrograde, Mars asks you to get ego out of the way.
Depending on the aspects that it makes in your Natal Chart during its retrograde motion, Mars can cause a lessening of the Libido or sex energy in both men and women, or, repressed anger as the effect of frustration in not fulfilling our desires. But if Mars retrograde is handled correctly, by being prepared, by pacing yourself, and more importantly by having the proper perspective - great patience and perseverance can result.
Just like with a Mercury Retrograde, for those persons born with their Mars retrograde at the time of their birth, the effects can be completely reversed, giving energy, stamina, and constructive action to these retrograde periods.