Action planet Mars usually says go go go, but right now it's saying slow slow slow. That's because Mars is going retrograde in methodical Virgo from January 23 to April 13, during which time our lives will become more about thinking than doing.
Mars goes retrograde every two years or so for an average of two and a half months, and while it always signals a time to slow down and pay more attention to what we're doing with our lives, this urge for introspection will be even stronger with Mars Retrograde in the detail-oriented sign of Virgo.
Mars is called the "warrior planet" because its energy is typically aggressive and forward moving, but while Mars appears to spin backward in retrograde motion we'll find ourselves hanging back, not pushing new initiatives and second-guessing our moves. This slowdown will affect us all, but especially the two horoscope signs that are ruled by Mars: Aries and Scorpio.
Astrologer Maria DeSimone admits Mars retrograde cycles might not be the best time to start new endeavors, but she says they can still be extremely valuable cycles because you go back over situations in your mind (and in reality) to make corrections on the way you handle things -- especially the way you handle Mars-related things like anger, self-defense, self-motivation and sexual relationships.
Things to watch out for during this Mars Retrograde period are internalizing too much anger, and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. With Mars Retrograde making you less assertive than usual, it's possible you could hold in too much frustration and let it build up into so much tension that you become overly anxious and stressed out.
It's also possible with Mars Retrograde in Virgo that you'll spend too much time going over and over details you think are important, but which really are not. Don't drive yourself nutty for no reason!
The warrior planet will begin moving forward again on April 13, but Mars will stay in analytical Virgo until July 3. Until then, it's time to become a peaceful warrior and let the little things go... slow.
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