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Moon Musings: All About Mars Retrograde (June 26, 2018 - August 27, 2018)

Moon Musings: All About Mars Retrograde (June 26, 2018 - August 27, 2018)

MARS RETROGRADE 2018: June 26, 2018 – August 27th, 2018

A powerful new trend in our lives begins as Mars, the planet of power, energy, sex, and momentum, turns retrograde (backwards) in the zodiac sign, Aquarius (9 degrees), on June 26th, 2018. It will finally return to direct motion on August 27th, 2018 in Capricorn (28 degrees). Because it will slide backwards into both of these signs, if you have Aquarius/Capricorn as your Sun sign or Ascendant, you will feel the “slow down” more intensely than all other signs. This is also true for Aries and Scorpio, as Mars is one of your rulers. Mars retrograde takes place once every 25 months for 80 days and is the second rarest of the retrogrades, after Venus. During Mars retrograde, fated events from destiny or the past often take place, particularly in relation to the areas that Mars rules.

 

MARS: THE VITALITY AND ENERGY OF LIFE

In astrology, Mars is the “warrior planet” – the planet of outward activity, animal passion, and force: including our sex drive, passion, aggression, or anger. Mars rules action of all sorts – the fuel to start a project, the enthusiasm to pursue a career, the fire to be physically competitive, or the desire to chase a lover. In all of its positive attributes, Mars provides us with the strength and courage to grow and live fulfilling lives, but in its shadow aspects, it unleashes war, conflict, abuse, and violence. When Mars is direct and moving normally in the sky, we often see OUTWARD expressions of Mars’ power. Yet, when it is retrograde, its’ focus turns INWARD, and causes tension, frustration, and roadblocks. During these periods, we often feel sluggish, lack enthusiasm, and become lethargic. We may feel like we’re walking through sludge or quicksand. It is of utmost importance not to start anything new during a Mars Retrograde: anything that starts during this time will lose the energy/fuel/passion to continue later on. For instance, if you launch a business publicly during this time, you’ll look back months later and realize you’re burnt out and should’ve gone about it differently. Do not open your doors to your new business during this time. Another example I’ve seen is a best friend began dating “the love of her life” prior to the Mars Retrograde, but became official with him during the retrograde. Within six months, their sex life had faded and both were frustrated about their intimacy – so they ended up just breaking up. Don’t fall prey to these pitfalls. As a rule of thumb, it is good to go back to past things to fine-tune them during retrogrades. Reassess. Re-examine. Review. Re-start. You may be able to re-ignite a project, passion, or love affair from the past (particularly if there was a sexual component) during this time – but again, don’t become “official” until after Mars has returned to direct motion at the end of August/beginning of September.

ENERGY FORECAST: SEXUAL FRUSTRATION BOILS OVER

During this particular Mars Retrograde period in 2018, there will be some significant aspects with Venus and Jupiter that enhance the internalized energy of Mars’s backwards movement. For a brief period of time, Venus will oppose Mars, causing our desire for intimacy and sexual contact to be increased. On a positive note, those with consensual sexual partners will enjoy this bought of passion, but in negative aspects, it could increase the aggression of very dominant personalities who may victimize more submissive types emotionally or physically. Be cautious, because you may be drawn to someone who you think is exactly your type initially – but it may turn out that they have some darker secrets beneath the mask. Mars will also square Jupiter for a period of time, causing fights or conflicts to come about, and amplify the already boiling sexual frustration. Choose your fights carefully. The best ways to focus this exaggerated energy are to not overexert yourself, relax, and spend time meditating or practicing yoga. Make sure not to lift things that may be too heavy or to push yourself too far in exercise. You may end up falling or hurting yourself rather than actually moving forward. The Universe is telling you to slow down, to relax, to look around at the world around you and assess how you’ve gotten to be here. Tie up any loose ends and ready yourself for the next step on your journey after Mars returns to normal flight.

Kyle Thomas is a writer, producer, and lyricist living in Los Angeles. Astrology has always inspired him and he is a great believer in using the Universe to manifest the life you've always dreamt of. Follow Kyle Thomas on Instagram (@MrKyleThomas), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kylethomasulatowski), or Twitter (@Mr_KyleThomas). More info: www.kylethomascreative.com

 

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Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Gemini (June 13th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Gemini (June 13th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Gemini energy is fast, communicative, and highly intellectual. The mind, words, and all realms of communication are ruled by Gemini. During Gemini season or when Gemini energy is activated by a planet or the Moon, we find ourselves caught up in ideas, people, and activity. This is the sign ruled by Mercury, which is the planet of business, communication, negotiation, and advertising.  To find out how this New Moon will affect your zodiac sign, read more. 

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Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Sagittarius (May 29th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Sagittarius (May 29th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

This Full Moon is a rather dramatic one because it is in the early degrees of Sagittarius, which is a fiery and energetic area of the sky. This sector is naturally known for it’s competitive energy, which can be escalated from sparring words into a full-blown, explosive conflict. This impulsive energy will be increased by a star-crossed alignment between the Full Moon and Mars, which is perched in Aquarius. This alignment will feed passion, heated sexuality, and feisty tones into each of us.  Read more to learn how this full moon will affect your specific zodiac sign.

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Birthday Astrology: How To Predict Your Coming Year (Pt 1)

Birthday Astrology: How To Predict Your Coming Year (Pt 1)

Want to get a glimpse into what lies ahead for your coming year? This is a complicated art that astrologers take decades to study, but with this quick and easy guide, you can look at the phase of the Moon to see what cycle your life will be taking in the coming year. The Solar Return is the time that the Sun completely passes the exact spot that it was at the moment you were born. Look at your birthday this year, and then note the stage of the Moon.  Read more to continue.

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Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Taurus (May 15th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Taurus (May 15th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

This New Moon in Taurus makes some beautiful and exciting interactions with the planets, amplifying its affect on all of our lives. Pluto, the planet of tremendous power, blesses the New Moon at this time, bringing deep experiences and positive transformations in your life. Pluto will be bringing great influence, power, and personal/professional success to this area of your life, too, so this New Moon is one of the most significant in all of 2018 because you will see this area of your life grow exponentially. 

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Worlds Are Changing: Uranus Enters Taurus (2018 - 2026)

Worlds Are Changing: Uranus Enters Taurus (2018 - 2026)

On May 15th, Uranus enters the sign of Taurus.  Uranus is the planet of transformation, radical change, crisis, and freedom. Whenever it interacts with another planet, shocks and surprises are bound to happen, for better or worse.  Uranus pushes humanity toward its greatest good and to find newfound ways to grow and solve the problems of the collective. When it resides within Taurus for a span of years, the things that Taurus rules will vastly be affected. The things we can expect to see mostly affected are global financial institutions, global currencies, and environmentalism.

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Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Scorpio (Apr 29th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Scorpio (Apr 29th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

The energy forecast for this Full Moon will bring forth many of the aspects of the water sign, Scorpio. A sign of passion, sexuality, death, rebirth, and deep feeling, Scorpio is ruled by both Mars and Pluto. With Mars being the planet of action and power, Scorpio energy tends to narrow our focus into precise areas that we tackle and dominate.  To find out what those areas are and how this Full Moon will affect your zodiac sign, read more.

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Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Aries (Apr 15th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The New Moon in Aries (Apr 15th, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

The New Moon in Aries energy is fiery, powerful, ambitious, and dominant. This is the sign ruled by Mars, which is the warrior and conquest planet – the one who strikes out on their own to forge ahead, no matter what. Mars energy is the drive that fills us to succeed, the passion to pursue a lover, the defiance to stand up for ourselves and others when we need to. Without Mars energy, life would not have passion or focus.  See how this Aries energy during this New Moon will affect your zodiac sign. 

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Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Libra (March 31st, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

Moon Musings: How The Full Moon in Libra (March 31st, 2018) Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign

The energy forecast for this Full Moon will bring forth many of the aspects of the air sign, Libra. A sign of negotiation, balance, partnership, and flexibility, Libra energy likes to look at everything not only from the self, but also from the opposite point of view. Whenever Libra energy is being activated by a Moon or planet, we are drawn to union with others and we see an influx of partnerships taking place – whether in love, marriage, or business.  Read more to find out how this Full Moon will affect your specific zodiac sign.

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A Quick Mercury Retrograde Guide for March 22 - April 15, 2018

A Quick Mercury Retrograde Guide for March 22 - April 15, 2018

This March and April 2018, Mercury Retrograde takes place entirely within Aries. Aries is a sign of the pioneer, new projects, new relationships, and new horizons. Aries rules competition, advancement, leadership, and masculinity. People with strong Aries energy in their charts often see success in business and life through sheer force of will. With that in mind, “advancement” will be difficult for people during this retrograde.  Read to find out more.

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