Every 26 months Mars turns retrograde for about ten weeks.
On April 17, 2016 Mars goes retrograde at 8°Sagittarius and declines to 0º Sagittarius on May 27, 2016.
From May 28, 2016 Mars will temporarily return in the intense waters of Scorpio and declines from 29º to 23º Scorpio.
The total journey of Mars through Scorpio will take about 18 weeks…
On June 29, 2016 Mars turns direct, but will return to Sagittarius on August 3, 2016 where it will remain until September 27, 2016.
On August 22 2016 Mars will be back at 8 ° Sagittarius where it became retrograde on April 17!
The red planet Mars is the planet of action and energy.
It is the inner urge that prompts us to pursue goals in life.
Mars represents action, sexuality, power, war, passion, determination, anger, courage, confidence and strength.
Mars is our inner warrior, the fight or flight response.
Mars is also about the military, law enforcement, militants, weapons, violence and fire.
Military campaigns are suspended or frustrated during this period.
When a war begins during this Mars retrograde period, it will be lost before it starts.
Legal proceedings or business competition also makes little sense.
If you can, don’t start a procedure and wait until Mars turns direct.
This is a period of patience to make the necessary changes.
This retrograde action of Mars will have a major impact on all signs of the zodiac, but especially for Aries and Scorpio.
A passionate relationship may occur, but will pass quickly during Mars retrograde, while an old flame could turn into an eternal flame and thus a permanent relationship.
Our ambitions and goals are also examined.
A shift of the energy!
Mars retrograde period is usually not the best time to start something new.
A good time to review and plan. A return to the drawing board!
A project will be delayed, re-invented, re-adjusted or to start anew.
Delays will lead to good results.
Mars may be a troublemaker if it is retrograde. New plans can backfire when you decide to continue or push through.
Mars retrograde is perfect for strategics and planning. Not for action.
A time to reinvent, to recharge the batteries and to strengthen our position.
When Mars turns direct we are more than ready to bring a project to fruition.
Once the retrograde period of Mars ends on June 28, 2016 the power is on, but it will take until August 22, 2016 until it’s full steam ahead. At the end of August 2016 we know where we're at.
Days where you need to consider are:
April 1,10, 12 (pre-shadow period) and retrograde: 15, 17 and April 24, 2016.
Retrograde: May 4, 5, 7, 14, 20 to 25 and 27, 2016.
On these days you’ll experience delay.
Mars retrograde has an important effect on all signs of the zodiac, especially for Aries and Scorpio.
But also for Scorpio born from 14 to 21st November. Sagittarius born November 22 to December 2
Taurus: born 13 to May 20, Gemini: born 21 to May 31, 2016.
Look in your natal chart for Planets, Ascendant or Mid-heaven on 22º to 29º Scorpio and Sagittarius. These are the areas of life that will be affected through Mars.
Taurus, Leo or Aquarius ( 0º to 10º Sagittarius), Gemini, Virgo or Pisces experience delays from mid-April to late June 2016.