For All Signs: Mars, known to the ancients as the god of war, turned retrograde on March 1 and remains until May 19. Historically, those who draw a sword or attempt to expand power during these periods eventually find it turned against themselves. In our personal lives we are well advised to avoid extending our boundaries or initiating "war" on any front. It is said that the defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as Mars retrogrades. It doesn't matter how big or "right" the primary aggressor may be. Perhaps the reason for this is that the real battle is always the one we carry on within ourselves, even if it appears to be in the external world. When Mars is retrograde, the war is always internal. Blaming others is not allowable.
Aries: Mars is in your partnership territory. Therefore it is important not to attack another, verbally or physically. If you have enemies, let them make the first move and you will be assured victory. Old issues in your primary relationships may be surfacing. If so, consider it an opportunity to handle it with greater maturity this time.
Taurus: The warrior energy is now in your 6th house of work and health. Since early December you have been moving as quickly as you can to cover all the bases and still maintain your health routines. While Mars is retrograde it is common to plateau on physical goals, such as weight loss. Don't let this plateau discourage you.
Gemini: Mars is retrograding in the house concerning romance, children and playful activities. While it is retrograde you may be strongly inclined to "go back" to a former condition in one or more of these areas. Newer romantic relationships may be put on hold for a few weeks. Somehow it just doesn't feel like the right time to pursue a new love.
Cancer: Mars is retrograding in your territory of home and property. Because Mars rules machinery and tools of all kinds, there may be breakdowns of household gadgetry or vehicles. It is best to avoid buying new mechanical items while Mars is retrograding.
Leo: Mars is retrograding in the horoscope sector that relates to vehicles, siblings, neighbors and tools. Mars in this territory may represent the need to make repairs. Don't ignore strange car noises. It is possible that you are irritated with siblings, roommates, or neighbors, but now is not the time to initiate.
Virgo: Mars is in the sector related to income. You may feel absolutely compelled to purchase something expensive and impractical. It is more favorable to wait out the transit and see how you feel about it in late June. Use careful judgment about expenditures.
Libra: Your physical energy may go into a dip for a while. You may be surprised to find that you have changed your mind about circumstances and people in your life. Do not worry. Your desire to back away is a signal that you are burned out. Be honest about your need for a rest rather than leaving others hanging.
Scorpio: You probably will not have the drive to which you are accustomed. It will do little good to beat yourself up over this issue. Consider that Mars is asking you to slow down for a couple of months. Your body needs a rest. This is a time for reflection.
Sagittarius: You may be recognizing the need to back off or back out of some of your friendships and community associations. You will be reassessing why you are involved. If your motive for pursuing these activities is merely habit, then maybe you need a break.
Capricorn: Issues of career and future direction are highlighted. You may find you are shifting into neutral or reverse. If so, this period lets you think things over. You probably need a better foundation.
Aquarius: You likely will experience delays in activities concerning the law, education, publishing and travel. If traveling, you may be going back to someplace where you have previously been. Plans may also be delayed. You may have to redo paperwork.
Pisces: Activities concerning taxes, insurance payoffs, government funding, and loans will likely be delayed or denied. This is a good time to talk with your partner about issues concerning joint resources.
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