Note: Planets are said to be “retrograde” when they appear to move backwards from our perspective on Earth. They are not actually moving backwards, or “the wrong way” as a friend of mine likes to say. And there is nothing “wrong” about retrogrades – it’s a normal planetary cycle. Retrograde periods help us to reassess and revisit areas of life that require more attention before we can move on with our lives, but for this reason they can be somewhat frustrating and demand attention.
Although Mars didn’t actually turn retrograde until January, its motion began to slow down in December 2011 marking the actual beginning of the retrograde period. From my observations and from a practical standpoint, retrogrades begin when the planetary movement slows down in anticipation of the retrograde turn, and end after the planet has turned direct and picks up steam again.
In my own world this has been a particularly problematic time, especially with both Mercury and Mars retrograde at the same time. While Mercury retrograde periods are rather frequent — usually we have four three-week periods in a year — Mars retro periods only occur every couple of years.
Managing these retrograde periods is rather like riding on a boat in choppy waters. If you allow your body to move with the waves you tend not to get seasick, but if you resist the movement of the water you can become very sick indeed. And even the most experienced of sailors can experience motion sickness if the rough waters continue for too long a period of time, and this is what many of us have experienced.
The stationary period of the Mars cycle begins April 13th and Mars turns direct on April 15th around […]