22 Things to Do During Mars Retrograde in Aquarius & Capricorn

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Mars begins its once every ~24 month retrograde on June 26th, 2018. See the end of this post for more information on timing!

22 Things to Do to During Mars Retrograde in Aquarius & Capricorn

This list also includes things you can do to prepare for the retrograde! 

  1. Mindfully direct the qualities of accomplishment and outward action and activity.

  2. Identify people and places in your life that are hotbeds of Mars energy — impulsiveness, conflict, acting without thinking. Perhaps link them to this piece, or otherwise find ways to strategically manage or avoid these places and situations if that makes sense for you.

  3. Map out your Mars places. Notice the times, places, events, and people that are most typically associated with a feeling of anger arising in you. The Mars retrograde cycle is an opportunity to re-write the way we perceive and respond to these situations.

  4. Make a commitment to sublimating impulsiveness via intentional breathing, or a regular meditation practice.

  5. Cull long-standing activities or instinctual responses that could really stand to be purged. The Mars retrograde cycle is a great time to get to the psychological origin of such activities and responses, and to surgically remove them with thoughtfulness, and over time, not all at once. It’s rare that a profound emotional change happens all once. It is more often a process of continual re-dedication to a new way of being.

  6. Book a Mars Retrograde reading to discuss this cycle in your chart.

  7. Note what house Mars is transiting in your chart. This is the location of Mars retrograde activity. A project from the past, a return from the past, or increased focused energy is located in the area of life described by the house. This is the place to be intentional, and the place to avoid succumbing to conflict, anger, indulging a desire for immediate gratification, and other impulsive actions.

  8. In your birth chart, note the houses that contain Scorpio and Aries on the cusp. The same considerations above apply to these Mars-ruled areas as well.

  9. Note what house Uranus is transiting in your chart, now that it is in Taurus. Mars and Uranus maintain close conversation and somewhat strained collaboration throughout Mars’ retrograde. The house where Uranus is transiting will also be a site that influences Mars’ retrograde.

  10. Drive carefully.

  11. Be an oasis of calm and patience. Let other people be aggressive, fast, rushing, and impulsive. Their willfulness is not about you. We are all getting where we’re going.

  12. Get physical. Mars energy always benefits from sustained physical activity that builds up a sweat. This retrograde is a great time to commit to a physical regime. Be careful not to overdo it.

  13. Give things time to cook.

  14. Inject radical new experiences into your life. Both Aquarius and Taurus are fixed signs. They are steady, but also prone to fixation; hanging around the same psychological or physical haunts. Maintaining existing activities long past their expiration date. Allowing for new experiences will release a pressure valve that may otherwise blow. A sense of release and relief in other areas of life may provide perspective and more rope for patience in the areas of life activated by the Mars retrograde.

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  15. Give it a season. Mars retrograde lasts from June 26-August 27. Before making big changes, especially if they are impulsive and have not been long planned, give it a season if at all possible. Let the cards fall where they may. We’re all getting where we’re going 😉

  16. Take note (literally) of your strong desires at this time. Revisit them in September to see what wound up happening. Resist the urge to make everything happen immediately. Resist the urge to burst if an irritation is not immediately resolved, or if a desire is not immediately indulged.

  17. Keep a Mars log. Take meticulous notes of events that happen during the Mars retrograde.

  18. Think about systematic action to could take, but have not yet taken, in the area of Mars retrograde. Begin to contemplate initiating those actions during the retrograde period itself.

  19. Note if Mars is your time lord via annual profections (post on this to come)

  20. Note if you have a day chart or night chart. This is called sect. Mars prefers being in night charts. Take an experimental attitude and observe what happens during this Mars retrograde.

  21. Note if you have any planets or points at in the first 10 degrees of the fixed signs, or the last 2 degrees of the cardinal signs. They are stimulated by Mars and are an important part of your retrograde story.

  22. Commit to dealing with any challenges in a productive way. Find the internal or external support or personal philosophy that nourishes your inner strength and connect with it daily.

Mars will be retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn from June 26th, 2018 – August 27th 2018. Mars stations retrograde at 9 degrees Aquarius, conjunct the South Node of the Moon. It remains in Aquarius until August 13. Mars is then in Capricorn until September 12, 2018. It stations direct on August 27th, 2018. Mars re-enters Aquarius on September 12th, and remains in Aquarius until November 16, 2018.

Your Aquarius house is getting a lot of action this year 😉

It’s a hot one. Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes in the comments or via e-mail.

Take good care out there!



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California based astrologer in practice since 2014. Blending traditional astrology with Yogic/Vedic philosophy, and wisdom teachings, art, poetry, literature and spirituality.

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