Mars stays in each sign for about six weeks; but right now, Mars is in Libra for eight months! Holy Ares! (The last time this occurred was 1982.) This unusual journey of Mars in one sign occurs because Mars goes forward, then backward, then forward again relative to planet Earth. When it goes backward, it loses its forward momentum, like a sail that is luffing. (“A-luffing we will go.”) Mars is now going backward until mid May. We feel this! Mars is about sex and war. Therefore, retrograde Mars will make us re-evaluate how we go after what we want. This hesitation is not bad. In sex, it can be teasing and seductive; and in battle, it encourages reassessment. I won’t make a joke about having time to pack a hot lunch because there is nothing funny about war.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Please read the All Signs above because this is good news for you. Your ruler Mars moved opposite your sign in December to stay until August. This opposition creates a feisty relationship with partners and close friends. Groan. (The last time something like this occurred was 1982.) During this month, the next month and the first two weeks of May, Mars will be retrograde, which means its energy will pull back — and the annoyances you have felt with others, and the arguments you experienced will subside and soften. This is good news. And a relief! After all, you can’t fight on too many sides. Welcome this chance to enjoy artistic friends and make improvements at home.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Since December, you have had a driving energy at work, or with any task you set for yourself. This is because you identify with what you’re doing and take pride in it. Naturally, this can make you a slave driver — delegating jobs and tasks to everyone. Nevertheless, you want credit for your accomplishments. Now until mid-May, you will notice you can relax more. (Nice.) You’re not trying to prove something or compete with others as much. The energy around you is lighter. In fact, a similar change will apply to your health. If you suffered from infections, burns, fevers or accidents, from now until mid May, will be a wonderful time of healing for you.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
As Alice observed, things “are getting curiouser and curiouser!” In December, January and February, you were fired up with creative energy and a drive for fun, vacations, sports, parties and chances to explore romance. Some of you were more active with your kids. However, in the last few weeks, it’s as if you feel confused about what to do. You are enjoying yourself, but your purpose is somewhat clouded. It’s as if your social schedule opened up and gave you more time. Enjoy this relaxed pace. Take time for yourself. Just do what you want to do and quit showing off. Put yourself first.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
News about retrograde Mars (see All Signs above) is a relief for Cancers. Mars has created chaos, increased activity, strained family relationships, domestic arguments plus possible renovations or residential moves in your home life. Enuff awreddy! Now things are starting to subside; and this gentler, easier pace will continue until mid-May. (Whew!) You need a breather. Welcome this peace of mind. Use it to become more aware of how you feel physically and emotionally. What’s your happiness status? Take a rain check. Use this “recess” to become more self-aware so you can better handle the action when it returns in late May. Oh yeah, it’s coming back!
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’ve been a fireball communicating with others since late last year. You have been aggressive and assertive. You tell others like it is, naturally couched with Leo flamboyance. But in March, you began to soften. Did you notice? Until mid-May, you will feel loose ends when it comes to writing, teaching, acting, talking to others or selling and promoting something. It’s as if you’ve lost your juice. Or you might wonder if you’ve “had enough of this.” Don’t worry. What appears as discouragement or apathy is just nature’s way of giving you a breather. By late in May, you will be gung ho once again and back on track. Until then, welcome this chance to hang loose.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your focus on money, cash flow, earnings and your financial scene has been strong since December. No question. Plus you have put out energy to figure out ways to boost your earnings, as well as explore methods to attract new sources of income. Some of you had a few surprises when it came to getting money from other sources or through partners. (Hopefully, pleasant ones.) And while you have been boosting your earnings, you have also been spending a lot! Now all of this subsides. For the next few months, you will be treading water, still giving all these issues strong consideration but not really giving them your energy. Something has made you pull back and enjoy friendships and relationships with co-workers. And why not?
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The last time Mars did a complete retrograde in your sign was 32 years ago. That’s why this is a new feeling for you. During December, January and February when Mars was moving forward, no doubt you took your increased energy for granted. You felt good. You were focused, energetic and getting a lot done! The weirder feeling will be what’s happening this month, next month and the first two weeks of May. It’s weird because suddenly it’s as if you are adrift. Ambitious ideas you considered recently now seem less appealing. They’re either too much money, too much bother or “what was I thinking?” Actually, your drive will return in late May. Keep the faith, baby.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Like Aries and Cancer, you too, will welcome this retrograde Mars because you will feel that life is simpler and you are safer and more secure. Your worries about undefined, hidden matters will diminish. (We all have them.) Now you will more have time to focus on travel and exploring new places and other sandboxes. Your energy is still high because you’re working hard and you have an ambitious To Do list. Enjoy entertaining at home as well as sprucing up your digs. Family relations are warm and supportive now, which is exactly what you need. Your headspace will be more relaxed for the next few months. Yay!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a wonderful, playful time for you! Romance, love affairs, vacations, parties, the arts, sports and pleasant times with children — all fun stuff — continue to be a priority for you. However, retrograde Mars will now take the heat off your relationship with friends or members of a group. Since December, you’ve been coming on pretty strong! Now you are relaxed. You don’t feel like you are competing with anyone or that you have to prove anything. You can just enjoy being who you are without fear or apology. This is sheer freedom! Exactly what the doctor ordered. (And here you were worried that your cutting-edge was getting dull. Phfft!)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You will recall I have said repeatedly in the last few months how ambitious you have been. In fact, it is safe to say that all Capricorns have been more ambitious than perhaps ever before in their life. But the last few weeks have ushered in a more sane, peaceful reality. Of course, you are ambitious because you always will be and you will always be a perfectionist as well. It’s who you are. But now the pressure is off. Release at last! You don’t feel you have to show the world what you can do; instead, you can focus on partnerships and issues about home and family. Ah yes, once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your creative intellectual drive has been strong since December. Many of you have pursued ambitions about going back to school, writing a book, exploring opportunities in publishing and the media and grabbing every opportunity to travel or make travel plans. But recently, your ambition in these areas has waned. Some of your big, bright ideas have less appeal. It doesn’t mean you won’t do them at some point in the future. But right now, they are becoming less and less your focus. And that’s just fine. Enjoy schmoozing with others this month. Never lose sight of the fact that you can improve your job. Take a short trip if you can. Blow town.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
For the last 3-4 months, you were involved in disputes about inheritances, shared property, insurance matters and anything you own jointly with others, or things that you own that are under the jurisdiction of others. You have had to deal with people whose values were not the same as yours. And you couldn’t turn a blind eye! You had to face them and compromise. (Bitter for many of you.) Fortunately, this opposition has softened and almost disappeared in some cases. It’s not that you don’t care anymore because you do. But your ability to look at things with greater acceptance and maturity has let you off the hook. This time you ain’t the Queen of Denial.