Mars Retrograde in your Natal Chart

Mars RetrogradeMars 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 particularly, there may be trouble dealing with male authority figures as patience tends to wear thin for many during this period. Our drive, initiation, 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.

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Micheal Lercher


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 activites.

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.


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  1. I have mars taurus retrograde natal

    is that the reason I am so tired all the time

    plus am sooo slow.

    I feel fast (moon aries) but to do work (mars taurus (slow) . I am having a hard time seeing an upside to this especially at work 🙁


  2. I know Mercury retro is a hot topic right now but I’m interested in the effects of a retro Mars in the natal chart, as mine is.

    I’ve noticed that despite my Mars being in bolshie Scorp, I turn a lot of my anger inwards. It’s unexpressed and finds a way out in other areas – not all directed at the source of my irritation.

    (Edited to add the note: I know that Scor anger seethes and boils under the surface generally but I expect that any self-respecting Scorp would eventually find an external outlet for their feelings, targeted at the source of their ire – ie. revenge).

    Is this a typical retro manifestation?

    Today, while looking at my progressions to see when Mars turns direct in my life, I was shocked to see that this doesn’t happen until I turn 75. Woohoo, some learning curve.

    Worse (I think) Mars has just started progressing back through my 12th house…

    Does anyone have any personal experiences to share or relate on how retro mars might manifest and some strategies for dealing with it in a healthy way? (I searched the archive but couldn’t find anything on Mars + retrograde).

    Thanks muchly.

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Bil Tierney’s book Dynamics of Aspect Analysis has some meaty info on natal and progressed retrogrades. Maybe you will also hear from some folks here who have dealt with it.

  3. Lorry Turnbow says:

    I’m a natal mars rx. Always have to take time to re-evaluate and decide. I was never allowed anger like other people. In the familial unit, people can blow off steam all the time and I have to deal with it and let it go. But if I get angry they will talk about it for days like I committed some mortal sin. But yet they bully me. So I took to leaving situations before they could get to me. Preventative maintenance. ? But then a couple of them would call and accuse me of being angry. They did not understand that I left so I did not have to be angry. What I’m left with is that anger does not feel good. I actually get feeling sick about it if I get angry, so I avoid it. It’s more about taking a stand for my well being and setting limits. Turning people back when they are on the attack and just plain letting it go. I was taking on stuff that really did not belong to me.

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