You still have until May 20 to use the energy of Mars, the planet of passion, retrograde in Libra, the sign of negotiation. This retrograde began on March 1, so we’ve had a few weeks to begin to see and feel how it works.
Personally, I have noticed a surge in my vitality. I’m not the most energetic of people — a very watery chart — and yet I’ve been bounding out of bed in the morning. I’ve paid attention to this after reading a good piece by astrobarry about Mars Rx. To compare, the last time Mars went retrograde was in Virgo between January and April 2012. I wonder if this extra energy applies to everyone though, or if the retrograde could be draining for some.
When Mars appears to be going backwards in the sky, the Earth is actually overtaking Mars. Both planets are on racetracks around our great star, but for every two Earth orbits, there is one Mars orbit, so at some point in those two years, there is this apparent retrograde for 72 days.
The other thing I’ve noticed is an increase in the temperature of my relationship and a certain amount of role reversal. This latter is really to be expected since Libra is the sign of partnership. Mars Rx here must shake-up how you do things together, and in fact, the key area for everyone is partnership and that includes how we deal with our enemies as well as our friends. How the Rx works for you does depend on where Libra is in your chart. But here are some ideas about how you could pass the time.
- Pick yourself up, dust yourself down, start all over again
- Learn ballroom dancing
- Say sorry to your enemies and forgive them. Take back those bitter words
- Play a lot of tennis, bridge — anything with partners
- Re-light that grand passion… Mars is, after all, the planet of libido
- Negotiate: give and take
- Refight WW2 (please don’t, but you may be tempted to
- Get divorced (again)
- Take up a soft martial art or fencing
- Have a shot-gun wedding
- Annexe Crimea*
*The Russian leader Vladimir Putin has the Sun, Neptune, Saturn, Mercury in a stellium in Libra in the 12th – the house of secret enemies – and 11th – the house of politics. Mars will revisit this during April and May and then turn forward and conjunct the stellium again over the summer.