Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius April 17-June 29: Rediscovering Purpose

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On April 17, at 5:15 am PST, Mars will station retrograde in Sagittarius, and begin its journey backwards through the first part of Sagittarius and the last 7° of Scorpio. For the next two months, the planet associated with our sense of passion, desire, sexual energy and initiating projects or ideas into action, will appear to backtrack through its orbit to where it was in mid-February – likely causing us to re-evaluate the path we have been on since then and to figure out how to re-direct our internal GPS so we may be more on track with our purpose.

Mars is associated with the things we want and crave most in life. The things we are willing to fight for and in some cases to die for; Mars is sexual, masculine and driven. It is the tension that pushes us to grow, to be courageous and to keep going when it feels like you are running on empty. With Mars stationing retrograde in Sagittarius, it is likely we will find ourselves questioning what it is that we truly want in life and where it is that we want to go.

What is it that you crave? What are you willing to fight for?

Sagittarius is a fiery sign that loves adventure, both the physical and intellectual kinds. It is associated with belief and religion and discovering the truths of life. Mars retrograde in Sagittarius may trigger a period of crisis where you find yourself scrutinizing your beliefs, thoughts and the way in which you do things. As Mars re-enters Scorpio, there may be a sense of internal imbalance, anxiety and uncertainty. There is a need to find meaning and purpose in the lives we have created for ourselves. We may find ourselves struggling with issues related to sexuality and/or allowing ourselves to openly desire that which we find ourselves being drawn to. It is easy for our personal truth to get buried over time, beneath layers of societal pressures, negative self-talk, financial burdens and fear. It may be less easy to uncover this truth, but the reward is the opportunity to be the real you.

About 7° away from Mars in Sagittarius is Saturn, suggesting that this period of review may have us changing the way in which we apply our knowledge and the way in which we relate to authority figures. What is it that you know? How do you use this knowledge?  And, is that really what you want to be doing with it? Additionally both Saturn and Mars form a trine to Venus in Aries, in the house associated with “I am”, re-emphasizing the importance of focusing on the self, on you, and what it is that makes you, you. Embrace your flaws, the things you do not do perfectly, and embrace your talents and skills that you’ve mastered. It really doesn’t matter what people think, especially when the source is pure, unbridled passion.

The moon and Jupiter in Virgo form a square to both Mars and Saturn suggesting that this need to find meaning and re-direct our lives toward purpose and passion may send us into a state of emotional extremes. There may be a need to change the way in which we regularly respond to emotionally stimulating events, or the way in which we express our emotions in general.  However, Neptune making an opposition to the moon and Jupiter encourages us to channel these mood swings creatively and reminds us to pay attention to our dreams and the messages our subconscious may be trying to deliver.

Meanwhile, Mercury in Taurus forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn, suggesting that changes taking place in regard to social status, reputation or career may be impacting and shifting finances. Mercury in Taurus, tends to bring about discussions revolving around security and money. This is an ideal time to re-organize your budget and to reconsider your relationship with money, especially since these issues related to security and finances will likely be re-visited when Mercury stations retrograde on April 28.

The next few months are likely to feel like quite a journey. Hold tight and try to make the most of it. Travelling and exploring new worlds and ways of being can  be incredibly enlightening and empowering during this time, but it can be just as enlightening and empowering to explore the inner world of you. Get in touch with yourself!  If you find yourself really struggling, try using some deep breathing techniques or meditation to help be present in your body. Affirmations can also help encourage the development of positive thoughts and help in guiding you to manifest the world you envision around you.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send us an email!

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