By Felissa Rose

Approximately every two years the planet Mars goes retrograde in motion. This next occurs on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 8:15 am at 8 degrees 53 minutes of Sagittarius. Mars turns direct at 23 degrees 3 minutes of Scorpio on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:40 pm EDT.

Mars rules energy, movement, the way we move and carry out our actions. While this planet is retrograde human activity slows down. When Mercury is retrograde thought precedes speech, with Mars we're more apt to think before taking action. On a positive note this lessens the tendency towards impatience and rash behavior.

The retrograde period begins April 17 with Mars transiting the sign of Sagittarius. In the body Sagittarius rules the hips, thighs, sciatic nerve and liver. Mars in Sagittarius at birth along with its opposite sign Gemini create a tendency towards sciatica. Since retrograde energy is internalized the likelihood of this increases. Improperly expressed Mars often shows itself as anger. I have found when anger is not expressed constructively it manifests in the part of the body where Mars is located at birth. For example, repressed Mars in Taurus which rules the neck and throat can lead to hoarseness, laryngitis or a sore throat.

Mars and Pluto Double Intensity

Mars begins the retrograde with Pluto also going retrograde the following day. This is a potent and intense combination. It's important to keep your cool now as people who tend towards anger and belligerence are more likely to act it out. This can manifest with more violent actions by unstable indivduals. Sagittarius rules foreign countries and religon when coupled with the rage and aggression of Pluto and Mars stationary, there's an increased likelihood of terrorist acts in distant locations. Intense weather and earth activity along with the likelihood of more deaths occurs on planetary stations, particularly Mars and Pluto.

Scorpio Revisited

Mars retrogrades back into Scorpio on May 27 at 9:52 am EDT where it remains for the rest of the retrograde period and beyond till August 2. Scorpio is the sign ruling what's hidden and going on under the surface. Old resentments and wounds can emerge and you can find yourself thinking about deeply buried experiences and issues. View it as an opportunity to face whatever has emerged and deal with it as who you are now not necessarily the person you were then. Scorpio effects the colon, lower back and sexual organs of the body, so there's more susceptibility in these areas during this period. Eat well, watch your acid intake as stressful Scorpio and its ruler Pluto increase the tendency towards inflammation which is intensified by acid. Alkalize and balance your body with fresh vegetables, uncooked fruits, especially lemon or lime, apple cider vinegar and all those other goodies that work.

Surgery and its tools...knives, scalpels,etc are ruled by Mars. If possible put off surgery especially if it's elective till after the Mars retrograde period. You have a better chance of it turning out the way you hoped when Mars is direct in motion. Mars rules energy and movement and with regards to exercise go with the tried and true. If you hope to stick with it begin a new regime or experiment when Mars is no longer retrograde. Mars along with Mercury governs things mechanical, the way they move and work. So put off purchasing a car, computer, phone, watch, things with moving parts until Mars is no longer retrograde if you expect it to work properly. There's a greater likelihood of objects being troublesome especially coupled with a Mercury retrograde from April 28 to May 22.

Tools and construction are also governed by Mars. If possible avoid the start of a new building or renovation project till the planet is no longer retrograde. Otherwise expect it to take longer than anticipated and not turn out the way you hoped.

When Mars is stationary a week or so before the retrograde begins or ends there's an urgent feeling to accomplish and get things done. While the planet is retrograde do your planning in Mars ruled areas and take action when Mars is direct.

As previously mentioned retrograde energy is internalized so connect to purposeful action. Watch how you take action and be aware of imbalances between and in your mind and body.

Occurring approximately every two years, Mars will next be retrograde from June 26 to August 27, 2018.

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