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.
Aquarius/Leo Ascendant – First/Seventh House Axis
Capricorn/Cancer Ascendant – Second/Eighth House Axis
Sagittarius/Gemini Ascendant – Third/Ninth House Axis
Scorpio/Taurus Ascendant – Fourth/Tenth House Axis
Libra/Aries Ascendant – Fifth/Eleventh House Axis
Virgo/Pisces Ascendant – Sixth/Twelfth House Axis