Mars Retrograde in your Natal Chart
Mars retrograde natives are born with the innate belief of healthy competition but when it comes down to the real test or challenge, they are likely to subconsciously engage in self-sabotage tendencies as the energies turn inwards, directed at themselves. There is an inner awareness of frustration that the end results don’t come as easily to them as for others, especially at the last hurdle.
But keep that steely determination running and at the last minute when others burn or drop out, you will find that you have the will to succeed. It is a tall order but good things don’t come easy or, early in this case. At the pinnacle moment, your personal drive can take you all the way to the top from behind. Slow and steady wins the race after all, much like the tortoise which eventually catches up with the hare.
Mars Retrograde in transit
Mars goes retrograde for approximately 10 weeks every 2 years. Temper outbursts, problems with initiation, anti-social behavior, general lethargy, loss of libido and sex drive are all possible consequences of this retrograde in transit.
In particular, there may be trouble dealing with male authority figures as patience tends to wear thin for many during this period. Our drive, initiation, and aggressiveness all get thwarted to a certain extent. Besides a fear of rejection, there may be problems knowing when to put a halt to matters as well.
In a Forecasted Chart
Well, if you’re building a house or remodeling, it’s going to slow down during Mars retrograde periods. Your general health and energy levels may be down a bit, especially your hips. You’re going to be less likely to start any new activities.
In a Natal Chart
If you were born with Mars in retrograde, you will probably hate tedious or repetitive work. You feel the need to do something for a reason. You’ll probably also be attracted to people who are very dependent in some way.
Who’s Affected More
Arians and Scorpios are going to feel the effects of Mars retrograde more than other signs because they are both ruled by Mars. Arians will be harder hit than Scorpios because Mars is their sole ruler and they carry all the traits of Mars.
Mars turns retrograde about every 2 years and 2 months. The retrograde period is appx. 80 days and Mars remains stationary for about 20 days.