Mars goes Stationary-Retrograde on April 17 and will turn Direct again on July 1, between the blazing Fire of Sagittarius and the deep Water of Scorpio

Mars’ Facts: Mars entered Sagittarius on March 6. The Stationary-Retro period began on April 17, between the 8th and 9th degree of Sagittarius. Mars will then re-enter Scorpio on May 28; it will become Stationary-Direct on June 28, on the 23rd degree of Scorpio, and Direct on July First,  leaving Scorpio for good only on August 3 2016.


Please note the synchronicity with the Australian Government Double Dissolution Elections, decided on April 18, as Stationary Mars turned Retro, and planned for July 2, just one day after Mars will turn Direct again! This means, among other things, that the whole electoral campaign will happen during the Retro period of Mars, first through Sagittarius (to May 28) and then through Scorpio (to July 2).


Mars/Ares/The Red PlanetIf your Birth Chart is aligned to the present Mars’ transits, you may have to put some of your projects on the back burner and wait for a more suitable time to carry them out. This could sound as a warning to our present leadership that will have to revisit old issues and device different tactics of action throughout the upcoming campaign, especially during the Mercury Retro period in Taurus (three weeks between April 28 and May 23).
Please CLICK HERE to go to the end of this post to find out who will be more likely to feel the effect of this special Mars’ phase.

Mars becomes Retrograde once every two years or so, for a periods of about three months. The Retrogradation of Mars can limit our ability to act and to assert our desires, but can also help us to rethink the consequences of our actions, encouraging us to slow down And take it easy.

It could be difficult for many of us to freely express our passions and highly charged emotions or to go after what we want in an effective way. This could be particularly true for the birthdays given below  and also for those whose Mars was in a prominent or difficult position at birth. In particular individuals who had Mars transiting Sagittarius or Scorpio the day they were born and will experience thus the all important two yearly Mars’ Return during the retro period.

When Mars moves retrograde his energy, usually spontaneous and outgoing, is somewhat internalized, to serve psychic rather than physical purposes. There arise the need for re-thinking the way we go about asserting ourselves, our modalities of action, in our personal lives as well as communities of people and nations.

If our habitual behavior has often created strife and attracted opposition in the past perhaps now is the right time to look into these issues and the way we normally handle conflicts in our lives.  Because Mars, during Retrogradation, becomes somewhat frustrated in his desire for action, we got to find another way to deal with anger, and with all the unspent energy that boils beneath the surface.

The Astronomy of Mars Retrograde: every two years or so the earth in its orbit around the Sun catches up to Mars, passing between it and the Sun. This year this will happen on May 23. Astronomers will say that Mars is in opposition to the Sun around that time, at its brightest for observation. Then, for a while, Mars will nearly match Jupiter in brightness. Mars will then be rising in the east as the Sun sets in the west, not unlike a Full Moon.


People directly aligned to this special phase of Mars, between April 17 and May 28 this year.
  • Sagittarius whose birthday falls between November 22 and December 2/3, of any year.
  • Gemini whose birthday falls between May 21 and 31, of any year.
  • Virgo whose birthday falls between August 23 and September 2/3, of any year.
  • Pisces whose birthday falls between February 18/19 and March 1/2, of any year.
There will be a direct alignment, during the same period, also if your Moon, or any Planet and/or Angle in your Birth Chart is found between the 9th and first degree of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces.


People directly aligned to this special phase of Mars, between May 28 and July 1 this year.
  • Scorpio whose birthday falls between November 15 and 22, of any year.
  • Taurus whose birthday falls between May 14 and 21, of any year.
  • Leo whose birthday falls between August 16 and 23, of any year.
  • Aquarius whose birthday falls between February 11 and 19 , of any year.
There will be a direct alignment, during the same period, also if your Moon, or any Planet and/or Angle in your Birth Chart is found between the 23rd and 29th (last) degree of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius.

Venus’ long transit through Scorpio, September 2010 to January 2011

Venus entered Scorpio on September 9 and will become Stationary Retrograde on October 8 (13°13′ of Scorpio), re-entering Libra on November 8,  and turning Stationary Direct again only on November 19 on 27°39′ of Libra. Venus will then re-enter Scorpio, in Direct motion, on November 30 and continue transiting Scorpio until January 7 2011. The whole retro period will cover the Zodiac’s area between Libra 27° and Scorpio 13°.

The previous Venus retro period happened between March and May 2009 (end of Pisces to mid-Aries), the next will happen between April and July 2012 (in Gemini, 07° to 24°).

For a technical explanation of the phenomenon of Retrogradation, please visit the Tutorial page on this subject.

What to expect from this prolonged transit of Venus in Scorpio, the Sign opposite-complementary her own Taurus mansion?

What is making this retrogradation more interesting and more intense will be the ongoing conjunction to Mars, also in Scorpio since September 15, that was exact on October 4, with Venus very close to her Retro Station.

The fascinating dance Venus-Mars began in the evening skies of August and will continue, off and on, until May 2011. Looking West after sunset we can witness this event firsthand.  This meeting is providing an opportunity to integrate masculine and feminine energies, the call for receptivity to other people’s feelings with the need to be assertive and stand up for our rights. At the present time, early October, the birthday people more likely to feel the direct effect of this conjunction will be Scorpio, born November 5 to 7, Taurus, born May 3 to 5, Leo, born August 5 to 7, Aquarius, born February 2 to 4.  Or anyone with Moon, any of the Angles or personal planet between the 12 and 14 degrees of those same Signs.

The long visit of Venus in Scorpio will be providing many openings to explore the deeper side of our relationships, those feelings we may find difficult to acknowledge because we consider them non appropriate or because they are so powerful they might scare us. New relationships of a particularly intense kind may arise at this time, while in depth understanding and authentic intimacy could be achieved in established relationships too.

From October 8, slowly retracing her steps toward the Sun, Venus will disappear in the glow of the setting Sun on October 19. She will be absent only for a short while though, reappearing in the East before sunrise in her next incarnation as a Libra Morning Star (heliacal rising) in early November.

The backward motion of Venus represents a chance to revisit our ideals of love and relating, bringing back the past in our lives, symbolically or tangibly, feelings we haven’t had or people we haven’t seen for a long time.

Negatively this transit could awaken the less desirable aspects of Scorpio, especially while Mars is transiting the same Sign until October 28. The intensity that colours Scorpio’s loving emotions can also apply to negative ones, worsening our dislike of some people or accentuating the negative perception of our relationships’ issues, leaving us with a feeling of mistrust that could take a long time to heal.


Venus entered Scorpio on September 9 and, due to retrogradation, beginning on October 8, she will transit Scorpio until January 7 2011, excluding the period between November 8 and 30, when she will slowly retrace her Libra journey (from 27° to the end of Libra).

Mars enters Scorpio on September 15 and will transit this Water Sign until October 28.

Venus and Mars, who became conjunct on August 21, will be conjunct again on October 4 (12°52′ Scorpio), and again on May 23 2011 (9°01′ Taurus): an unusually long dance of the two cosmic lovers.

Please check my next posts for an in depth reading of these transits.

The Love of Souls by Jean Delville (1867-1953)