Red. The colour of blood and fire. Of strength, war, and danger. Of passion, desire, and love. Our hearts beat faster, our breathing intensifies, our reactions sharpen. Hot, angry, and explosive, red Mars is about to turn back – and inward. What will it be for you?Mars will be retrograde from June 26th to August 27th, and it’s not until October 8th that it starts covering new ground. Oscillating between 9° Aquarius and 28° Capricorn, we’re being asked to revisit our actions and objectives of the past six weeks. Have intellectual superiority, detachment, and cold logic really served us well in our personal ambitions? What long-term structures have we failed to implement? Do we need to work harder towards our goals? What are we yet to let go of?The Mars retrograde period coincides with three powerful eclipses this year.
Ostensibly one of the most intense astrological seasons of 2018, this combustive mix will give us the push we need to effect change on a dramatic scale. Mars will be especially triggered during the 27th of July eclipse, when it closely conjoins the Moon and the South Node of loss and letting go, and continues to square Uranus in early Taurus. Emotions will fly, secrets will be revealed, and shocks and surprises will abound. Beware of drastic U-turns and cutting behaviours.To understand how this energy is likely to play out for you, look to where early Aquarius and late Capricorn fall in your natal horoscope. In a personal reading we would base this analysis on exact calculations specific to you, with planetary interactions uniquely tailored to your chart. However, here’s a generic taster by house based on approximate details.
Aquarius/Leo Ascendant – First/Seventh House Axis
This is up close and personal. It’s the battle of the ego versus relationships, of autonomy versus dependency. You now feel the need to fight for yourself, whether in terms of your looks, how you present yourself, the impact you make on others, or your general direction in life. Have you neglected your needs in favour of those of others recently? Have your priorities changed? Has a relationship or partnership come to a natural conclusion? What or who are you ready to fight for or let go of? How can your needs be met without clashing with that important person in your life? A major argument or negotiation may feel inevitable. The challenge is finding a harmonious approach while still taking optimal care of your needs and wants.
Capricorn/Cancer Ascendant – Second/Eighth House Axis
The focus is on your finances and sense of self-worth. Maybe you’ve been re-assessing how secure you feel financially. Excessive expenses may be concerning you. Somebody may be leaning on you for support, monetary or otherwise. Does sharing make you uncomfortable? Is the balance of give and take right for you? Or perhaps what you value and what you own are under question. You want absolute truth, you’ve been asking all the hard questions. Is this about power and control? Only you can answer that.
Sagittarius/Gemini Ascendant – Third/Ninth House Axis
Communication, studies, beliefs, and travel are hot topics right now. Perhaps you’ve had an argument with a neighbour or sibling, or you’re just fed up with all the calls and emails you’ve been getting recently. You’ve been pulled into too many directions at once, and everybody wants something of you. An important document could inflame you, or you could be asked to take a stand or go on a journey. If you have legal dealings under way, there could be a complication, or a breakthrough. You are burning for adventure, and to go away! Or you might be ready to finish a course of studies or a writing project. In any case, this is a good time to give it all you’ve got, and make your feelings known.
Scorpio/Taurus Ascendant – Fourth/Tenth House Axis
Are you fed up with the imbalance between your work and your home life, between your private and public persona? Is your family or work taking up excessive time and energy? A major argument might be on the cards at home, or perhaps it’s time to fix your house. You might have an important realization of what you truly need to feel safe and comfortable. There might be a breakthrough that gives you a strong sense of belonging, or that connects you with your family or ancestors. Career matters come to a head, with sudden changes of direction possible, culminations, or clashes with people in authority. You may be asked to take charge of an important role or situation.
Libra/Aries Ascendant – Fifth/Eleventh House Axis
Have you neglected love, fun, play, and friends recently? Is it time to revisit a personal project, hobby, or a fling? Perhaps a love affair or personal project has reached a new intensity. The need for love and self-expression is strong, and you will not give up easily. You want to play hard and have fun, yet, your children or friends might be especially demanding at this time, and you may be feeling unfulfilled. You might have a heated heart-to-heart with your friends and decide it’s time to move on, or join a new group that is more in synch with your intellectual, humanitarian or social aspirations. Thoughts of your future seem to be all-consuming right now.
Virgo/Pisces Ascendant – Sixth/Twelfth House Axis
Daily routine, health, work, and the mind-body connection are highlighted. You put a lot of effort into your diet and exercise routine. Work is especially stressful. You may have an overwhelming need to be alone, and focus on your inner life instead. The energy you now put into therapy, or to deal with suppressed emotions, pays dividends. Not a time for high energy and action, more for dreams, inspiration, diving into the subconscious, and recharging. Pets may also be giving you cause for concern.