Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Mars Retrograde

by Lynn Koiner, PMAFA

This article was written many years ago but it is very relevant. The examples are older but I have tried to add some updates.


All of the planets, except for the Sun and Moon, which are not actual planets, have a period of retrogradation when they “appear” to move backward in the sky. Mercury turns retrograde when it is about 14 degrees ahead of the Sun and it is retrograde for 3 weeks 3 times each year. The other planets turn retrograde when they are on the opposite side of the zodiac from the Sun. Often, a planet forming a trine to the Sun will also be retrograde. Mars is retrograde for slightly less than 2 2 months every 2 years. When a planet is retrograde, it does not work in its normal manner. One frequently needs to make changes or to work on an inner, psychological level before the planet can express itself outwardly.

From APRIL 17 through JUNE 29 2016, the planet Mars will be in retrograde motion. This period is inappropriate for activities requiring the normal flow of Mars initiative. Using the constructive aspects of this transit, it is an excellent time to reinforce some aspect of our lives. This will be shown by the House position of the transit.

  • In the 1st House, it is a time to work on one’s self-image with courses or activities that bestow confidence and courage.
  • In the 2nd House, it is a time to make corrections or repairs in your financial situation. It should be a time of paying off debts and not a time for spending.
  • In the 3rd House, it is a good time to end those subscriptions for magazines that you do not read. It is a good time for catching up on reading and studies— like those astrology books that you bought two years ago but never read. This house rules transportation so it might be a good time to have those squeaky brakes fixed on your car… or, at least, have an annual tune-up.
  • In the 4th House, it is a good time to make repairs around the house and to reinforce its safety by replacing your smoke detector batteries. Activities may go on in your personal environment of which you are not readily aware.
  • In the 5th House, it is a good time to be a spectator— take the kids to an amusement park (vent their pent up energy), give yourself some relaxation time at the movies or with some home videos, watch someone else get killed on the football field.
  • In the 6th House, reinforce your diet. Add nutrients that benefit the kidney-adrenal (adrenal supplement or Chinese energy herbs) and the iron content of the blood.
  • In the 7th House, work on repressed anger and resentment issues in your relationships. Do not get into a fight— talk it out!
  • In the 8th House, reinforce 8th House issues. If your house is insured for its 1970 value, bring it up-to-date. Pay off those credit cards. Curb any tendencies toward obsessive-compulsive behavior or action. It will only get you into trouble1. I had surgery during the 1988 Mars retrograde in which my foot was RE-ATTACHED. The doctor felt it was the best surgery of his career!
  • In the 9th House, it is a good time to study comparative philosophies. This would include history— studying the past to understand the present.
  • In the 10th House, this is a good time to find out why activities in your business are not working and then reinforce the structures. If and where you are losing business, assess the problem. I traveled to Eastern Europe to visit astrologers.
  • In the 11th House, it might be a better time to do things alone and not drain yourself through the energy of groups. Psychologically, it is a good time to assess if your current goals are really contributing to your happiness index!
  • In the 12th House, solitude is beneficial. Meditation puts you in touch with your inner self.


When Mars is retrograde, it depletes the vitality so that it is never a time to initiate. Whoever initiates loses— a new project, a great love, an argument, a lawsuit, or an international war. With a new project, it will fizzle out and never really go anywhere. With a hot romance, it too fizzles and it rarely gets to the altar. With an argument, the hostility will come back to haunt you later. In legal matters, stoke your opponent into initiating the lawsuit first. It will be etched in granite that they will lose. In an international war, whoever fires first will automatically lose or ultimately withdraw.

Matters commenced while Mars is retrograde will be frustrated and plagued with disruptions until they finally fizzle out. At this time, people become irritated when activities do not run smoothly. The anger may disrupt indirectly and inappropriately— like getting a traffic ticket when you feel annoyed with your job.

During this cycle, never buy anything mechanical unless it is heavily insured! Office machinery and computers easily break down. A friend who owned a word processing service found this period to be a disaster. During one retrograde cycle, the printer, the back-up printer and the rented printer all failed to work. When they finally got one that worked, the mailing labels printed— but there was no ink! I often notice that the world needs a brake job when Mars is retrograde. In 1995, I discovered a water leak in my new car. Fortunately, this was covered by the warranty. Anything mechanical that is hanging on by a thread will likely break down during this cycle. Get those unstable devices repaired in advance— don’t wait until you have a breakdown disaster! My mother even ordered a small treadmill for exercise. We realized as soon as she got it out of the box that she would never be able to use it. Since we could not get it back in the box, we just trashed it.

Those who have Aries or Scorpio strong in their horoscopes are dramatically affected by this shift in direction of their ruler. For Arians, they find themselves being less aggressive, less pushy and less impatient to have THEIR WAY in a situation. For Scorpios, they find that they are less concerned about being in control, controlling an immediate situation and, of course, running matters THEIR WAY. Both Mars-ruled types find themselves more inclined to sit back and review matters in a more detached or impersonal way. They feel more patient to wait on circumstances to unfold before they take action. These individuals, however, may not recognize the anger they feel inside. They may express an unusual passiveness while under fire because they need too much processing time before they can retaliate. Only when Mars turns direct can they move the Mars energy forward.

For those who are NOT ruled by Mars, it may feel quite differently. They may feel more impatient to force matters to a conclusion, to get a project going or to take immediate action. This would be an unwise course of action! Look to the House-position of your natal Mars to see where you might become impatient and act pre-maturely. Remember, initiating or impulsively taking action will not work to your favor.

In GOOD DAYS ACTION PLANNING GUIDE, Mary Shea describes an ideal way to handle Mars retrograde. She states that, “there is a tendency to be more reserved (when Mars is retrograde). Your hesitation causes you to review your behavior in the past and look for new way of responding in the future.” She feels that this is the way we learn to perfect our responses. “You go back over situations (either in your mind or in reality), doing things again and again while making corrections in the way you handle events. While Mars is retrograde, you will be reviewing the way you handle anger, self-defense, self-motivation and sexual relationships, outward anger or conflicts may not be appropriate.”

She rightfully feels that using passive-aggressive techniques, manipulation, arbitration or subtle power plays may be more appropriate at this time. “If you are normally non-assertive, you have be forced to defend yourself. Whatever your tactics, you must give thought to what you are doing. If your tactics do not work or they are inappropriate to the situation, your anger will continue to build while Mars is retrograde. You can expect the anger to manifest full-blown by the time Mars turns direct. If you have seriously wronged or angered another with…acts of aggression, you can expect the backlash as Mars turns direct.”

When writing on Mars in 1995, my first observation was its effect upon men in general. There masculinity seemed more easily threatened, manifesting mood displays and they often needed reassurance. I personally felt “organizationally impaired.” As hard as I tried to organize my work, the more disorganized I became. I was overwhelmed by all of the data that has been submitted for the political articles and I seemed to be doing a lot of wheel spinning. This is unusual and it began when Mars turned retrograde. This seemed worse while Mars was in Virgo— for the male ego and my disorganization. I felt some improvement when Mars retrograded back into Leo, at least for my disorganization. As the 1997 Retrograde got underway (Libra/Virgo), I noticed that non-aggressive types seemed to be intolerant of lazy people who waste their time. They were not willing to take action and eliminate the non-essential personnel. It seemed to be the reverse of the 1995 influence.

Delphine Jay, in CROSSROADS IN DELINEATION, states that, when Mars retrogrades through a House, something there needs a renewed effort, a renewal of activity, to be revitalized or, at least, strengthened through reinforcement. It is a time to direct your efforts toward reinforcing matters or a relationship in order to keep it vital or active. It is a time to lend strength to something or someone that you believe in.

Work activities supported when Mars is retrograde are those associated with trouble-shooting, re-evaluating previously commenced projects and shoring up the weak areas, making hard-nosed cuts with the ineffective B eliminating parts of the projects with little cost-benefit, personnel cut-backs and possibly re-hiring individuals who may know how to make the project succeed. Never start anything new! Work with what has been previously commenced and make necessary improvements. Mars Retrograde is similar to Mercury Retrograde in many respects but Mars is associated with action, projects and the energy required to make something succeed. Mars is back-door politics rather than direct confrontations.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES with MARS RETROGRADE: Renovations on my home began while Mars was retrograde in early 1993. This work proceeded so slowly and it was so stressful. The work stopped after only the kitchen and bathroom were completed. It was not until September of 1994 that the work was finally finished!

In 1997, there was a lot of craziness going on trying to organize my spring trip to Europe. A friend and I wanted to travel to Ireland but I was invited to lecture in Prague in May. It was all so expensive and, when Mars turned direct, I finally made the decision to cancel the Ireland trip. I cannot tell you how stressful this decision-making was for me. I paid $40 on my Upton’s bill and they recorded 40 cents. It took 3 months to straighten it out with both my bank and the store. My mother found a young cat, insisted that I keep it (along with its medical expenses) and, within a year, it died of an auto-immune disease.

At tax time, I had a software crisis. It was horrible!! Then, my copier broke, I had it fixed and I broke it again! It was worse than Mercury retrograde. On February 14, there was a transiting Mars-Saturn opposition in Libra-Aries. I agreed to give mini-readings for a St. Valentine’s Day dance— 2 hours for $200. However, when I got there, the owner wanted me to give mini-readings for over 50 people. With Mars retrograde, people were rude, obnoxious and demanding, even when I lost my voice and could not continue. I was furious at how badly I was treated!

The best Mars Retrograde story concerned a friend who met Mr. Wonderful… who could not get it up (ED). I learned from this story that, if a man is a Perfect Gentleman for too long, there is a big problem. Men often mask these physical disabilities by taking the moral high road in relationships. There was a lot of passive-aggressive behavior in that relationship. It was painful but she cut him loose!

Another friend found a long-running work crisis abated during the Mars retrograde period. With Mars in Virgo, it was suddenly decided that a long-term backlog of work (a backlog that had gone on for 10 years) had to be brought up-to-date. It was arbitrarily decided that there would be mandatory overtime, including weekends, and no vacations until this was done…and this decision occurred one month before Christmas! She found herself fighting against this arbitrary crisis and the arbitrary rules in order to get her after-Christmas vacation and March vacation to London. By the time that Mars retrograded back into Virgo, the work was caught up, the backlog grew again, she took off for London and the crisis disappeared.

In 2001, with Mars in Sagittarius, it was intercepted in my 4th House. There was much going on in my personal life of which I was totally unaware. It exploded to the surface after Mars turned directed and opposed my natal Uranus. I also put energy into a movement that totally fizzled out when Mars turned direct. I got new eyeglasses— the worst that I have ever had and it started out with the prescription being reversed. On the positive side, I talked myself out of 3 traffic tickets.

2009 UPDATE: After living through many Retrograde Cycles, I have learned not to put my life on hold. Mars Retrograde is generally not as disruptive as Mercury retrograde. During the 2007-08 Mars Retrograde period, it was transiting the sign of Gemini. For the Sign Influences, see Mars Signs on this website. The sign that Mars transits is always very important, especially for medical influences.

From November 2007 through early 2008, Mars was in Gemini while Retrograde. Despite the Retrograde motion, it was a highly stimulating period and I did re-connect with many old friends in Europe. I did experience many health issues ruled by Gemini— Allergies, Bronchitis and Swollen Glands, all connected with inflammation and the lymphatic system (ruled by Mutable signs). Even my Gemini aunt contracted pneumonia, a condition which later took her life (she was 93 years old). I had a mammogram scare but the condition was observed as a tiny cyst with small ducts.

In December 2007, during a very bad wind storm, a huge branch of our Tulip Poplar tree fell on the top of my father’s beloved red truck. To be honest, my dad really wanted a new truck and I think he mentally attracted this accident. He gave it to his mechanic, Mike Beahm, who completely repaired it and now used it on his farm in upstate Maryland. I was very lucky because, on that day, I parked my car in a different location and the branches of the tree completely missed my car.

And, speaking of automobile crises, years ago a client needed to purchase a truck while Mars was retrograde. It was something that just had to be done for his plumbing business. I told him to buy when the aspects were favorable (I have him a date) but to insure it heavily for one year. After the year, he could drop the expensive insurance, if nothing happened. Before the year was over, his truck caught on fire but it cost him nothing since the truck had maximum insurance.

Another friend asked astrologer, Gil Navarro, to pick a good day for her to purchase a car so that she would not be affected by Mars Retrograde. Her old car died and she just had to purchase a new one. The time that he recommended insured that, if anything happened to her car, it would not cost her anything. While her car was in the garage for minor repairs, the garage was vandalized and her car was damaged. Because it was in the garage, the mechanic’s insurance company paid for all of the repairs. She had this car for many years afterwards.

2010 UPDATE:

  • I had terrible problems with a tooth that was not treated corrected by 2 new dentists. Eventually, I found a great dentist, Bill DeLong in Ellicott City MD
  • Friend dealt with a highly irrational client. This behavior was unusual for this person but she just went “crazy” about a reading.
  • 2 friends had successful surgeries but they were NOT elective surgeries. I feel that non-elective surgeries are successful with Mars R but I would never elect to have surgery at this time. If you HAVE to have surgery at this time, DO IT!
  • A friend, fearing astrological predictions by financial astrologers, sold stocks — and then had to pay over $20,000 in taxes! This was a decision that she regretted.
  • A very Neptunian young person lost connection with reality and had a breakdown.
  • The Twilight series movie, NEW MOON, came out, glamorizing depression and dysfunctional relationships.
  • A friend tried to hours to get a router to work. When Mars turned Direct, he discovered that it was just a bad router!
  • I lectured at the Cambridge NCGR conference. Because I chose a perfect time to start the trip, all went well
  • A friend and I were looking forward to a workshop in Virginia Beach, which we signed up for while Mars was R — then the big snow hit the east coast and all was canceled.

HISTORICALLY, MARS RETROGRADE: Probably more than you ever wanted to know!

The election of 1988: Michael Dukakis, a Scorpio, was unable to defend himself against the verbal assaults of Vice President Bush as soon as Mars turned retrograde. It was not until Mars turned direct on October 28— 4 days before the election— that he began to assert himself. His meek approach was confusing to both his staff of advisors and campaign commentators— but not to astrologers who knew that Mars was transiting retrograde.

Mars Retrograde Administration: The 1993 presidency commenced under a Mars retrograde influence. Many local astrologers predicted that this would not be a constructive administration. Mars retrograde in the 2nd House of the U.S. Gemini rising chart focused upon financial and economic issues. With Mars retrograde, nothing was accomplished! Clinton commanded changes in the attitude of homosexuals in the military. Such direct action was not appropriate for Mars retrograde and the matter met success only through the indirect approach of the Sam Nunn compromise. Yet, nothing really changed with the military. It was actually worse. And, don’t forget the sex scandals and cover-ups!

NOTE: I use 3 charts for the United States. The Gemini rising chart influences Americans as a people, national issues and relations with Canada and Mexico. The Sagittarius rising chart is always active with crises and actions involving other countries. The Articles of Confederation chart affects the government itself and it is always active with government scandals (spy scandals show up in this chart).

When Mars is Retrograde, Whoever Fires First Loses: It is common to see battles igniting during the retrograde period but whoever fires the first shot loses. Little Argentina never really had a chance against Great Britain but, when they fired the first shot in the Falklands, they were condemned to lose in a big way. The Russians fired the first shot in Afghanistan and, after spending billions, they were ultimately forced to withdraw. The Israeli wars have always occurred when Mars was retrograde so, in that country, there is always a fear of war and dire predictions of such by that country’s astrologers when Mars turns retrograde.

Physical Energy Impaired: The 1980 Winter Olympics occurred when Mars was retrograde in Virgo. Mishaps plagued this event, especially for the United States. If using the Gemini rising chart, Mars was retrograde in the 5th House ruling sporting activities and competitive games!


Around the first 10 days of February 1997, Mars was station in Libra. The station period, when a planet appears to stand still and change direction, is a very potent time when the planet’s energies are intensified. At the Station,

  1. A civil jury found OJ Simpson liable, in the amount of $8.5 million for wrongful death in the 1994 slaying (February 4).
  2. The Army’s top enlisted man was accused of sexual harassment. Sgt. Major Gene McKinney, on February 3, was forced to resign from the committee to investigate sexual harassment in the military.
  3. On February 3, the U.S., Britain and France agreed to freeze distribution of $68 million in gold bars that had been looted by Nazi Germany in World War II.

During the period from February through April 1997 when Mars was retrograde, there were many recorded dismissals, failed votes, blocked plans, revisions, acquittals, dropped changes, failed amendments and expulsions. A list of some of the major events of that Mars Retrograde period are:

  1. The Ecuador Congress ousts its president and an interim leader is named.
  2. Ken Star announces on February 17, that he will resign as independent counsel in order to take an academic post at Pepperdine University. On February 21, he changes his mind!
  3. In Britain, the House of Commons defeated a motion to censure the government for its handling of the Amad cow@ disease crisis, giving a Avote of confidence@ to Agriculture Minister, Douglas Hogg.
  4. Furor over the Democratic Party fund-raising intensified with disclosures of the Clinton memo, endorsing plans to reward big contributors with White House visits.
  5. On February 19, an Internet pornography scam was uncovered.
  6. On February 23, scientists clone an adult sheep, sparking a cloning controversy. In 1938, Hans Spemann of Germany first theorized this possibility. Incredibly, in 1938 and 1997, Mars was in Virgo-Libra, Jupiter was in Aquarius and Saturn was in Aries!
  7. On March 14, while very likely drinking with golf pro Greg Norman (who is a known heavy drinker), President Clinton fell and seriously injured his knee. When this occurred, the transiting Mars Retrograde in Virgo was opposing the transiting Mercury. This lined up exactly on his progressed 5th-11th House axis and the transiting Uranus in Aquarius was exactly in opposition to his natal Mercury at 7 Leo and the progressed Saturn at 7 Leo! Saturn was opposing the progressed Neptune; Jupiter was opposing the progressed Pluto.
  8. On February 26, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approved development of a large Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem despite Palestinian warnings that such construction in the traditionally Arab sector of the city would seriously affect the peace process. The Mars retrograde period was colored by terrorism and boycotts. Later, Netanyahu was caught in a scandal surrounding the appointment of an attorney general but, by April 20, there was insufficient evidence and the matter was dropped.
  9. Near the second station, on April 16, a financial crisis began in the Czech Republic. Czech Premier, Vaclav Klaus, announced a new budget of austerity measures aimed at restoring the country’s economic health. Several cases of security fraud were uncovered, the country’s economy went into crisis and Klaus was forced to resign.
  10. On March 26, 39 members of Heaven’s Gate committed ritual suicide.


During the station period, when Mars was sitting at 12º,

  1. The Serbian army began preparing for a major offensive and, while the Ethnic Albanians signed a peace accord to end the year-old conflict, the Serbian delegation rejected this agreement because it would allow 28,000 NATO troops to police Kosovo. On the evening of March 24, NATO launched its air attack.
  2. The entire EU Commission resigned amid corruption allegations
  3. The Medicare Reform Panel hit a deadlock and disbanded
  4. On March 18, when Mars changed direction and the Moon changed latitude, a train crash in Illinois killed 11 people
  5. On the last day at 12º and when Mercury changed latitudes, a deadly fire broke out in a vehicular tunnel that connects France with Italy, killing 40 people, and a train derailment in Kenya killed 32 people.

During the Scorpio phase

  1. The Dow surpassed the 10,000 mark (March 29)
  2. The Paraguayan President resigned after violent street protests
  3. Libya delivered the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing suspects for trial
  4. A New Jersey man was arrested for the Melissa computer virus
  5. A Nazi War Criminal was arrived in England
  6. Susan McDougal was acquitted
  7. The coalition government in India failed
  8. Both India and Pakistan test a nuclear capable missile
  9. Harris and Klebold kill 13 students in Colorado high school
  10. A deadly tornado struck 5 US states
  11. The Chernobyl computer virus unleashed.

During the Libra phase

  1. In Belgrade, the US “accidentally” bombed the Chinese Embassy— this was no accident
  2. The US jobless rate dipped lower in May
  3. Barak unseats Netanyahu, beginning his ineffective term
  4. British spies were listed on an internet site
  5. A 15-year old opens fire in a Georgia high school
  6. American Airlines accused of violating anti-trust laws with price fixing
  7. After a 3 month recess, the Microsoft anti-trust case was resumed
  8. India launched an air strike at Islamic militants in Kashmir
  9. Pakistan shot down 2 Indian jet fighters.


At this writing, as Mars turns retrograde, the late breaking news is:

  1. The FBI discovers 3000 pages of documents not given to McVeigh’s defense team, postponing his execution until June 11. Incompetent and controversial FBI director, Louis Freeh, finally resigns
  2. A wall collapses in western China killing 12 people
  3. US spy satellites detect evidence that China is preparing for an underground nuclear weapon test
  4. Israel fires missiles at car of Palestinian intelligence officer
  5. Most significant, Senator James Jeffords quit the GOP, shifting the power in the Senate to the Democrats.


In 2003, Mars retrograde: At Station, there was an unsuccessful coup in the Philippines. There were many terrorist bombings, including the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. There were several oustings, referendums and resignations of political leaders during this cycle.

2010 & MARS IN LEO HISTORICALLY: In December 1915/January 1916, Einstein developed a new theory of relativity, an extension of his Special Theory of Relativity developed in 1905, which altered the view of gravity proposed by Sir Isaac Newton. It would not be until after World War II that scientists would be able to test this theory.

In the war in Europe (WWI), England and France were retreating after great losses and the Serbians were driven to the Adriatic by the German, Austrian and Bulgarian armies. It was not until the Sun-Mars conjunction in 1917 that the Americans voted to enter the war in Europe. During the 1994-95 alignment, Russia attacked secessionist Republic of Chechnya and, in May 1996, when Mars moved behind the Sun, the Chechnya Peace Treaty was signed. There is an obvious pattern of aggressive action with Mars Retrograde will be corrected when Mars moves behind the Sun. The Republicans also took control of the Congress and they did nothing, never keeping their Promise to America.

In 2010, Mars Retrograde in Leo can be very frustrating for our Leo president, especially beginning at the end of January 2010. Mars Retrograde brings discoveries and breakthroughs in technology. This will be helped by the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in 2010.


From OCTOBER 16-17 through JUNE 6 2010, Mars will transit the sign of Leo. Since the Mars sign shows how people respond when they are angry and how they react to the anger in others, Mars in Leo causes people to become angered and highly uncooperative due to pride and respect (the lack of) issues. It is important to keep this in mind when interacting with others and cooperation is required. Of course, we ourselves will be equally sensitive to pride and (dis)respect issues but, if we want to accomplish our objectives, we need to treat others with the same respect that we demand for ourselves.

Leo appreciates the dramatic! This is a great time to do something sensational and, with the fiery drive of Mars in this sign, it favors initiating new activities just for yourself. The need for attention can make people take risks, initiate action and go for the “big time.” This can be a very exciting time. In my research on depression, I found that people with Mars in Leo natally never get depressed— or rather they were too proud to every admit such a condition. So, this is not a cycle when you are prone to feeling despondent. It is a remarkably happy, upbeat cycle.

In past Mars in Leo cycles, I purchased tacky earrings and boot jewelry. I got my first tattoo and, 2 years later, my 2nd tattoo. I began renovations in my home and purchasing new furniture. Being good to yourself is essential with this Mars cycle. In my journals, I found my energies more extroverted. My need for love and appreciation was strong. I seemed to get despondent when I was ignored or felt a lack of affection in my life.

HEALTH ISSUES: When angered or provoked, Mars in Leo will manifest as a disturbance in the biochemical cell salt of Magnesium Phosphate. This cell salt acts upon the motor nerves and these respond to any pain felt in the sensory nerves. Magnesium Phosphate is found inside the cells of muscles, nerves, bones, the brain and spine. Deficiency affects muscle fibers and nerve endings. This is known as the anti-pain cell salt. It helps us to let go and relax.

Magnesium Phosphate calms agitated nerves for pain relief of headache, writer’s cramp, sciatica, neuralgia. Spasmodic is a key symptom and Magnesium Phosphate calms spasmodic coughs, menstrual cramps and leg cramps. This Cell Salt improves the body’s ability to absorb Magnesium. If lacking in Magnesium Phosphate, nerves are on edge with the inability to relax emotional (showing as anxiety, nervous disorders, depression) and physically (showing as muscle problems, fibromyalgia even worse with a light touch, nerve sensitivity-even the skin may feel overly sensitive).

When I experienced stress, my back ached. Leo rules the back and, in shouldering burdensome responsibilities, the back will suffer. Sometimes this type of back ache is due to adrenal stress. When I take two capsules of Adrenal caps, the pain is gone within 30 minutes. Sometimes it can be due to electrolyte imbalance and a good potassium-magnesium supplement can be very helpful.

The only difficult transit will be Mars opposition Neptune during the LAST WEEK OF MAY 2010. One can easily “march into the lion’s den” for others but one can become very discouraged, having one’s energies sabotaged by negativity. Because this is an opposition, you may find that others do not support you now. You may be enthusiastic but, when you look behind you, they will be gone!

A TECHNICAL VIEW OF MARS RETROGRADE…from a message to Astrological Conference on Techniques (ACT) mailing list dated January 9 2000

When Mars is transiting retrograde, it will be closer to the Earth than at any other time. Planetary distances, according to Juan Revilla (astrologer from Costa Rica and author of the freeware calculation program, Riyal), from the Sun (perihelion/aphelion) or the Earth (perigee/apogee) are a rarely-considered dimension in astrology. A…although we gave some attention to the perihelion of Pluto in 1989 because the differences are very large with respect to Pluto’s distance when farthest (aphelion) from the Sun. In the case of very eccentric orbits, such as Pluto and the Centaurs, the differences between aphelion and perihelion are more significant, more dramatic, more telling…The main difference with Mars is caused, not by its eccentricity, but whether it is in front of the Sun or behind the Sun. This is the same with the inner planets B Venus at superior (direct) conjunction is behind the Sun and farthest from the Earth (about 1.7 AU) whereas, at inferior (retrograde) conjunction it is nearly 7 times closer to the Earth (0.25 AU).@

Juan quoted an excellent example from WWII by Jane Axtell. When Mars was behind the Sun during the summer of 1941, Hitler was pushing his way through Europe without much resistance. When Mars was on the Earth’s side, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the action was fast and furious.@

Juan continues in his explanation: Checking Mars= geocentric distances from 1900 to 2005, one finds the maximum distance about 2.7 astronomical units with a minimum about 0.37AU, during the time of opposition, 7.3 times as much…or less. The average distance at opposition with the Sun, when closest to earth, is 0.52, and the cycle of closest approaches (nearing the minimum of 0.37AU) is 15 or 17 years, as follows: 1909, 1924, 1939, 1956, 1971, 1986, 2001 and 2003.


While Mars has a 15 to 17 cycle in which it is both close to the Sun and close to the Earth (perihelion and perigee), the apparition (appearance in the sky) is not always the same. There are rare occurrences when the Earth and Mars are within 35 million miles of each other. The last time that this occurred was September 1988, earlier in August 1924, and it will happen again in August 2003!

This event occurs when the Earth lined up between Mars and the Sun, reaching its closeness to the Sun and to the Earth at the same time with Mars appearing at its maximum brightness! For those with a scientific and historical interest, the most remote of the Mars perihelion occurred in 1969 and in 1937. In 2001, Mars will reach its opposition to the Sun on June 13, make its closest approach to the Earth on June 21, and reach its perihelion or closest approach to the Sun on October 12. For excellent graphics and descriptions, the Sky Over Berlin website is a good resource:

The June 2001 perigee was the second closest in this current decade (0.45 AU), the maximum closeness occurred in August 2003 (0.372 AU— in Pisces) and the next closest will be in July 2018 (0.385 AU— in Aquarius-Capricorn).

Historically, these specific dates do not figure prominently in world events— but the year itself is highly significant. In 1909, when Mars was Retrograde in Pisces-Aries, the pioneering spirit of Aries brought the discovery of the North Pole but, with Mars Retrograde, there was a great controversy: Who reached it first, Cook or Perry? In summer, a French aviator was the first to fly across the English Channel. With the idealistic zeal of Pisces, the ladies were protesting as suffragettes and prohibitionists. Steel strikes in Pittsburgh become violent and trigger deaths. A new introspective thought in America was fueled as Freud went on tour explaining “psychoanalysis.”

In 1924, Lenin died and Stalin took control of the USSR, King Tut’s coffin opened after 3300 years, the Teapot Dome Scandal, Greece became a republic, Hitler spends this Mars Retrograde in prison for the Beer Hall Putsch, the Leopold and Loeb Athrill murder@ trial…but none occurred in August. The year 1988 was significant for terrorist activities. I find, however, the sign of Leo and alignments with fixed stars to be more significant.

When a planet aligns with or occults a fixed star, it has a very special influence in world events. With regard to Mars’ retrograde cycles, there is a 79-year cycle of the retrograde/direct loops of Mars in the vicinity of the fixed star, Regulus. This occurred in December 1915, January 1916 (Direct, May 1916) and in December 1994-January 1995 (Direct, May 1995). These Leo cycles are far more dramatic than any of the other Mars apparitions. The Leo Fixed Stars can be found at

  1. Micheline Says:

    You answered my question. Since it is going through my 2nd house is time to repair my finances and trying to pay off those overdue taxes is absolutely necessary. Thanks I need to re-read this. It is excellent information. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us this. I am learning so much.

  2. Deb Says:

    In my… 12th house. And, yep, already started nightly meditations (plus communicating with good spirits), focusing on my breathing and writing, growing a pair and appreciating the cold, unpredictable winter season, and just calming the heck down. Things will get done a lot easier and smoother when I’m calm, I get it.

    Also tapping into interests I’d developed (and abandoned) during the Saturn-Virgo transit…

    ‘Solitude’ works for me. I need time to myself. Last year was very busy and nuts. I finally have the hang of my schedule and can relax without feeling guilty.

    Thanks, Lynn! Have a great Mars Rx cycle :).

  3. D Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Any thoughts on what Mars retro might portend regarding the re-emergence of an old flame? No past relationship per se with the individual – just physical chemistry that was unable to be acted upon (both of us were in relationships at the time, yet were quite hot for one another). Obviously, it didn’t get anywhere but the sexual tension was definitely there. This is not a case of Venusian “love”, but Martian “desire” – very primal and physical in nature. Bad idea or is this something that should be revisited?

  4. Lynn Koiner Says:

    “D” (1-2012): An astrologer cannot predict a specific person returning into your life just because Mars is R. This is more of a function of Venus R — but Venus will not tell you WHO returns. All I can say to everyone is NEVER initiate a sexual relationship when Mars is retrograde. It will only fizzle. I think you need to move on as this is not a functional situation.

  5. Isabelle Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    What are your thoughts about buying a new house during this retrograde period?



  6. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ISABELLE (1-2012): I have never purchased a house when Mars was R so I cannot say. Let us know what happens. Do examine items such as the refrigerator, oven etc.

  7. Phoebe Says:

    I did not realize mars was retrograde and did indeed enter into a physical relationship with a friend. I have venus and mars in aries, and he has a scorpio sun. I did not feel that my natural “aggressiveness” in love was restrained at all – in fact I think I was more aggressive than ever, to my own detriment. We’ve had several arguments over complete misunderstandings, and the relationship has already fizzled, sadly. The retrograde period is not even over yet! Can mars going direct ever help get relationships restarted?

  8. Lynn Koiner Says:

    PHOEBE (4-2012): I have observed that problems in the beginning of a relationship will only worsen with time. Best to let him go — but I know this is hard initially. Going direct does not rekindle a relationship that fizzled when R…sorry.

  9. mmeetoilenoir Says:

    I disagree with the theory that anyone starting something during Mars Rx will automatically lose. Because I got sick and fell behind two months on my rent, my landlord was able to start up eviction proceedings in secret and win quite readily. Even though I work 55 hours a week between two jobs and could have readily paid him back, he was able to finally move ahead with long-held wishes to break the lease and win his case. The judge dismissed every valid defense that I had with a wave of his hand, and bought all the landlord’s lies like they were the Bible truth.

    During the retrograde, I filed a HUD complaint for discrimination against him. It’s actually moving along pretty well, but I’m thinking that’s because it’s dealing with past, nasty treatment and a reckoning for his actions, rather than new complaints.

    I’m now waiting for an apartment to come through. I met the possible roommate during the tail end of the Rx, but haven’t been able to meet the landlords, or sign a lease. That’s probably for the best, lol! A possible meeting on the day of the Sun/Saturn opposition also fell through, but I’m thinking that our meeting might take place tonight. I won’t be signing a lease till Saturday, so I think I’ll be ok. After all, I’m not formally starting tenancy till after the lease signing, and Mars Rx is done.

  10. SunilNathalal Says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am really impressed by your in – depth analysis of Various Planets and their positions in Retrogate and other factors. I am using Parasharas light 6.1 to calculate my own astrological predictions. It is fully aligning with what you have mentioned above. Can you please suggest to me what is the Best Book and reading material I should read apart from benefiting reading your articles. Please guide me as my Guru and beloved teacher. Thank you God Bless. Regards SunilNathalal

  11. Sofia Says:

    Hi Lynn I was thinking about the last mars rx in January 2012 in Virgo. Virgo rules hygiene and I think its possible to pin point the time frame when that lab made those deadly steroids from which a lot of people died. There was also a mutual reception between mars and mercury when Mercury went rx. Between March 12 and May 8, a lot of things went wrong, especially when mercury crossed Uranus -- Uranus rules unexcepted consequences.

  12. Pisces Rising Says:

    I have Mars in Pisces retrograde within 4 degrees of my rising. I am in a Mars ruled year and Mars rules my 2nd and 9th houses. My Mars is in trine aspect to my Venus and Saturn in a grand water trine and in opposition to 3 planets in Virgo BUT not within 8 degrees. What do you think this means for me this year (until BD in August)

  13. Neisha Says:

    Hello Lynn,
    Thank you so much for this information. :)

    Can you help me understand the effects of having a retrograde Mars opposite my Sun (in the 7th house)?

  14. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEISHA (9-2013): It is impossible to give an interpretation for a specific aspect without considering you entire chart.

    But, it just means a lot of passive-aggressive issues arise in relationships but this all stems from your childhood experiences, especially wherein you learned not to express anger directly.

  15. Neisha Says:

    Hello Lynn,

    Thank you for taking the time to reply. The passive-aggressive statement fits extremely well. It is something that actually makes me miserable, as I envy others who are able to show direct anger. No matter what, it’s like I just won’t get angry at the time of being provoked (only in hindsight).

    Basically, I may not do anything if someone dumps coffee on my paperwork, because at the time, I will genuinely feel no immediate need to take action. I only feel detached/observant. Then I will inevitably become angry (days or weeks later). The anger is severe. When I see the person again I interact with them in an EXTREMELY passive aggressive manner. In some cases it leaves from being passive and I will become enraged by the slightest thing the person does, despite having been passive
    when they did something that would have actually warranted anger.

    From various sources, this is an effect of mars retrograde. However, my issue seems unusually bad. My level of passivity is just unreasonable. This passivity creates an internal anger that is EXTREME. I try to get angry at the time of provocation, but it never happens. I look down upon my passivity, as if I am someone who is aggressive and merely stuck in the shell of a passive person (as I feel a sincerely passive person would hardly see it this way in the first place). My friend is passive but has an almost pacifist outlook and would recoil at the idea of being angry and aggressive even if someone did something wrong to him. He has none of the desires of direct anger that I have.

    I’ve linked my chart details for your review only if you choose (as I know that your insight is a privilege you provide us, not some free right.) I just want to know what is in my chart that causes these problems. Is it because my Mars in opposite the sun in addition to being Retrograde? Dominant Venus in the first (non confrontational)? Lack of Aries? Water Rising sign?

    Your help would be sincerely appreciated.

  16. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NEISHA (10-2013): Mars is the issue, not Venus. NOTE: When anyone has a planet in the 1st House, they usually want the relationship on their terms. This is not a bad thing. I have the Sun in the 1st so my relationships are on my terms. With an opposition, you need to negotiate or compromise so that the passive-aggressive issues do not manifest as a way for the other person to get his way. I also have a relationship with a man with a planet in the 1st and he likes the relationship to go his way -- that he can play golf on weekends. This works for me because I need my space. So, this is not unresolvable.

  17. Diana Says:

    Lynn, please help me with my fears. I will have to give birth to a baby at the end of April 2014. It was an unexpected pregnancy. Unfortunately, Mars will be retrograde in Libra, and there is no way to rush or to postpone the birth of the child. :) My baby will definitely have Mars R. What will this mean to the baby for his whole life?
    I intend to make a Cesarean surgery – does this mean that it is an Elective surgery, although I decide this long time ago, when the Mars was not retrograde? I am afraid for me and my baby. I choose to make a Cesarean section because I wanted to pick a best possible date for the baby to be born – 18.04.2013 at 10.30 a.m., Bucharest, Romania (is this a good choice?). Thanks in advance. I am very worried.

  18. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DIANA (10-2013): Many people have Mars R and they do not complain.
    The Moon in Sagittarius is good.
    Mars R in Libra with the aspects that it makes is good for an International lawyer, mediating and negotiating agreements.

  19. Diana Says:

    Thanks a lot, Lynn! I will make all efforts that my baby would be happy!
    I will keep you informed how the Cesarean section has gone in Mars R. :) Hope we both will be ok.

  20. Samantha Says:

    Congrats Diann!

    Yes. I too will be having my first child, a girl, in the beginning of April (due date is April 1st). With the Mars retrograde I am worried about the labor and fear for complications. I do not have any plans yet for a c-section…I’m not sure they offer that as an option unless it’s needed. Could you give any further info about labor/delivery and mars retrograde?

    I too am also interested in what this means for children to have in their charts.

  21. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SAM (12-2013): I answered this privately and now I see that I cannot paste the answer here. I am in Europe so I will have to do this when I return from Europe in a week.

  22. Caroline Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    We are planning on getting married (date not decided yet) in the first half of 2014, I’ve now seen that Venus, Mars and Mercury all retrograde at some point during this time and as I understand this is not a good time to get married. How bad is it according to your experience and believes? Is there any dates that are better then others? (Preferable on a weekend…) GMT +1

    Many thanks,

  23. Lynn Koiner Says:

    CAROLINE (1-2014): I have written this many times, especially under Mercury and Venus R. It has been my observation that the wedding chart only describes the wedding event. If Mercury is R, there can be delays, who has the ring?, the minister is late…so one has to be flexible.

    It does not describe the outcome of the marriage so just forget about this. It is the synastry between the two people that counts…not the wedding chart.

    To calculate good days for a Saturday, through the summer and for another Time Zone is just too consuming.
    To be honest, when I have picked a great day, the woman invariably complains that something is not right…and they choose something else. Out of frustration, I never do this work.

    Frankly, I have been looking for a good weekend for my annual picnic and I cannot find anything.

  24. barb Says:

    I saw a wedding chart that did predict the outcome of the marriage. They got married on a really crappy day, and as I progressed the Moon and Sun it looked like they would either end the marriage in 4 months, or come into some very big trouble. Sure enough, 4 months later, they annulled the marriage.

  25. Koren Says:

    Hello Lynn, I have the same question as Samamtha. How will having Mars in Retrograde effect labor and delivery for me and my baby? I’m plannning a natural birth and I am concerned that my energy will be low. Thank you.

  26. K Says:

    Hey Lynn… My Mars is R in 12th Libra and 11th Virgo. My 11th house lord is in the 7th house. My sun is also in the 7th house. I have my exams due May end. Getting to focus myself has been very difficult. Since a long time, I have been having a cold war with a very close friend. She is visiting my city now. She has totally distanced herself from me, although I want to reconcile. Overall, my friends are not treating me well. My boyfriend too is completely indifferent towards me. He doesn’t respect me. I feel totally used by him. I feel very restless these days. As if I’m losing my control over all the situations around me as well as my friends. Although practicing meditation does give me some peace of mind,I feel totally lost. Should I sit back and tolerate bad behavior and disrespect or should I stand up for myself or should I totally avoid meeting them remaining silent during this period? With so much emotional turmoil my studies have been hampered. Thanks much!

  27. Lynn Koiner Says:

    K – This sketchy information about your chart does not tell me anything about what is going on in your chart and it really is much more intense and internal than what could be caused my Mars R.
    You need to look at the outer planet transits to your chart, even the 150 degree aspects which cause problems that cannot be resolved easily.

    Sorry I cannot help in this matter. It seems that you need a major shift in relationships. Maybe they are unaware of how they are treating you but you need to take a risk and say STOP.
    Worrying about people in your life can keep you from focusing upon your exams. Hard as it may be you cannot allow this.

  28. Roberta Says:

    Hello Lynn, I scheduled a hemorrhoid surgery for April 22, 2014. It is a surgery that can be scheduled since I don’t have inflammation nor bleeding. Does that mean I should chose another date? I’m worried that Mars R could make things difficult during the surgery/recovery. Thanks you!

  29. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ROBERTA (4-2014): This is a better date…

    April 24-25: The Moon is in the sign of Pisces where it is always strong. From 3pm on the 24th until 4pm EDT on the 25th, the Moon not only makes favorable aspects but it forms a Grand Water Trine with Jupiter-Saturn-Venus. This is an excellent time for relationships and financial decisions. Being in Water signs, you will FEEL very strongly about what you initiate. It is important to be guided by intuition – what you heart tells you to do. All Venus aspects favor social events.

  30. Cris Says:

    Lots of people around me are having teeth problems. Maybe I’m noticing this because of my own – a casual dentist appointment turned into a terrible situation before I could even realize it was happening. Still unsure if it was bad luck, bad timing, bad decisions or lack of skills on my dentist’s behalf – the one thing I can think of is “who initiates, loses”.
    I went to the doctor and basically “attacked” that tooth. It turned into a war that I seem to be losing at the moment. (the dr said my tooth was fine, it didn’t need treatment; but finding that out caused some damage, etc etc)

    Several friends got terrible news from their dentists too, and fighting losing battles – more pain, more complications that I even knew possible. Two of them found about bone density problems.

    Is this what rx Mars does? Or is it just bringing problems to the surface? Did I make a mistake when I made the first appointment? it wasn’t meant to be surgery, it just became surgery later….

    generally, is Mars rx a bad time for teeth or dentist work?

  31. Alokesh Bagchi Says:

    Very True and well written.
    I Pray.

  32. Gemini Dee Says:

    Dear Lynn
    My husband and son are both Aries. My husband’s dob is 11.04.1965 (hour unknown but I suspect a cancer horizon), apart from Mars’ retrograde in Libra each retrograde has ended with him being injured (10.3.2010 Mars was stationary? He literally nearly died in a crash) now in April both Mercury and Mars will be in retrograde and I am truly scared. My son was born on 22.03.2007, at 3:15pm (Leo horizon) please could you advise what, if anything could I/ we do apart from vanish for a 3 month’s period to ensure no harm will come to neither? Are there particularly dangerous days?
    Many thanks

  33. Lynn Koiner Says:

    Dee, I am leaving in a few hours for Florida and then Europe.

    There is little that I can tell from a birth date. I would need to make a detailed evaluation of all of these charts.

    Mars is R every 2 years so it is doubtful that he has an accident every 2 years.

    However, Mars R is indicative a repressed anger so, when it turn R, an accident can be a project of internal stress. Mars R in Scorpio (Sun sign) and other Mutables, especially Gemini, can be more difficult.

  34. kris Says:

    hi Lynn,
    wondering about the upcoming mars RX in 2016. Is it a bad time to start a new job or move to a new city?

    Lots of changes happening in the home environment, and we are contemplating job/relocating but it will likely happen around earliest by feb/march.

    my partner dob is 9/15/1980 and looks like mars is transiting thru mostly 3rd and some 4th house (sag). while my dob is 2/18/1976 and mars will transit mostly 6th and some 7th house. I also have mars iin the first house (gemini), so I suspect I maybe more sensitive to mars RX than most people.
    Thank you in advance,

  35. Maya Says:

    Hi Lynn and Everyone!

    In the August – September 2003 Mars Rx all of the following happened:


    My mom was trying to break off some branches that were rubbing the roof of her house. There was a hurricane warning. My mom fell off the roof, 2 stories, onto a huge rock. Her spine was crushed in some areas and broken in many other areas. The emergency room said she was paralyzed.

    2 helicopter engines broke down when they were trying to air lift her off of the island where we live to get her to a hospital with spinal surgeons. My mom had a nearly 19 hour surgery almost 48 hours after the accident. Cadaver spine was inserted, 2 metal rods and 40 bolts.

    My mom isn’t paralyzed like the doctors said that she would be. My mom learned to walk again. She doesn’t have use of bodily functions, but we can all agree that being able to walk without bodily fluid control is better than being paralyzed. She can drive, walk, go to the grocery store (using an electric grocery cart), feed her self and live in a house on her own. Last year she painted her back deck. She’s not supposed to drive at night. If she looks straight up she faints due to the spinal injury.


    My brother bought his first car. It broke down 1 or 2 days later on the day of, or the day before my mom had her accident. He left the car on the side of the road.

    My mom was in the hospital, 4 hours away from our home, for 7 or 8 months. A tow truck towed my brother’s car. The cost of the fines were more than the value of the car a few weeks after the accident.

    My best friend, that killed himself (described below), talked to the tow truck company and they agreed to give the car back to my brother at no cost. The cost of the repairs was more than the value of the car and more than what my brother paid for the car. My brother was 16 or 17 years old. He worked for 2 years to save the money to buy the car. He drove it just that 1 or 2 days before my mom’s accident. It would be another year or 2 before he got a car again.


    My best friend of 20 years, since I was a kid, shot himself in the mouth during an argument with his wife. My aunt, on a different continent who had no idea what happened, called me a few days later to tell me that my friend ‘visited’ her and told her to call me and tell me that, “it was an accident and it wasn’t my fault.” My aunt had no idea what accident my best friend (she said his name) was talking about. My aunt said that my friend INSISTED, and told her that he wouldn’t leave her alone, until she promised to call me. I had been sobbing since I got the news. I was comforted by my aunt’s call.

    Very recently another friend of ours, who had been living with my best friend and his wife, told me that it was an accident. My best friend was arguing with his wife. My friend’s wife was having an affair with my friend’s boss. His wife was going to leave my friend and go to California with my best friend’s boss. His wife was also going to leave her 2 children, from a previous relationship, with my best friend. His wife was a stripper. During the argument his wife went into the office in their home. My friend followed with a gun in his mouth. His wife turned and slammed the door with both arms. The door slammed my friend in the mouth, broke his teeth, and he shot himself in the mouth.

    BABY BORN with Mars Rx

    For the pregnant moms out there:

    My nephew was born on September 17, 2003 in the afternoon during the Mars Rx. My mom was in a trauma center, after 19 hours of surgery, in Miami FL. I was at a trade show in Chicago that my boss told me I had to go to or I would be fired.

    My nephew is absolutely fantastic! At 2 years old he could hit a baseball like you wouldn’t imagine. Out of 10 pitches he’d hit 8. It was simply amazing to watch. I didn’t even think a 2 year old could hit a baseball with a bat at that age.

    He gets very good grades (A’s and B’s), is honorable, confident and kind. His teachers say he is smart and helps all of the kids who are having trouble learning. He has had trouble with reading. There have been a few broken pencils and tears.

    His teachers say that he takes a leadership role in the classroom in a way that all of the other children love. When everyone gets loud and out of control he’ll calm the whole classroom down in a few words and none of the kids in the classroom seem to even notice.

    He loves to dance. He’s good at sports. He is FUNNY and serious and a supportive little man who enjoys being a kid all at the same time. He’s his own unique little person who is confident in his thoughts and convictions. He fits in even thought he doesn’t try to dress or act like any of his friends.

    He’s grown his hair out a few times for Locks of Love (charity for cancer patients who have lost their hair).

    He has zero interest in ‘stuff.’ He never wants any ‘thing’ for a birthday or a holiday. He saves the money he gets for birthdays, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. When he wants something, which is ALWAYS technology, he buys it himself on his own time table unrelated to holidays. What he wants is usually expensive ($300 to $600). He’ll take his mom to dinner for her birthday with his saved money.

    A few years ago, when my nephew was 9 or 10, His mom gave him $20 to go to a baseball game with his friend and his friend’s parents. Outside of the stadium a person was playing a guitar. My nephew asked the may why he was doing that. The man said he lost his job and was hungry. My nephew put the $20 in the guy’s guitar case.

    He’s a wonderful human being, fun, funny, quirky, athletic, sometimes annoying and once in awhile he’ll pout about not having wifi or the battery on his mom’s iPad dying. He likes Little Pony cartoons and loves that guy that has an astronomical number of subscribers. The YouTube guy makes videos of himself talking as he’s playing video games. My nephew started making silly videos when he was 5 or 6 years old.

    He couldn’t care less what other people think about his long hair when he’s growing it out for Locks of Love. He has just started to care about the kind of sneakers he wears to school.


  36. Maya Says:

    One more thing!

    My Mars Rx born nephew wanted to volunteer at a soup kitchen for Christmas. He doesn’t want any ‘thing’ for Christmas.

    My sister wanted the whole family to volunteer at the soup kitchen on Christmas since that’s what my nephew wanted for Christmas 2015.

    My husband volunteers 35-40 hours a week, in addition to his full time job, so my husband really wants to have a few days of rest on Christmas week. My nephew and sister did their volunteering at the soup kitchen prior to Christmas so her son would get what he wanted for Christmas and my husband would get what he wanted for Christmas.

  37. Sophia Says:

    Great article, Lynn!
    There’s something I don’t get: wouldn’t a retrograde Mars transit be good for renovations at home (the same way a retrograde Mercury is good for editing)?
    I’ll actually have to do major renovations in a flat from May 2016. :) I don’t have a tigh schedule though, so it things take longer than expected, it won’t be a big problem…

  38. Lynn Koiner Says:

    SOPHIA (2-2016): Yes, Mars R is not as bad as Mercury R. You would think that R would be good for renovations. I HAD to renovate when a pipe broke so I could not wait and this is OK.

    With one renovation, it took much longer because there were bad pipes under the kitchen floor discovered when the floor was to be replaced. I had to wait until a plumber fixed it and then the renovations got finished. So, good to be patience and flexible.

  39. Shruti Says:

    I am getting revision eyebrow lift and rhinoplasty done from different doctors . Since it is second time . I really want to get it done right . Can you please help me find the best possible dates . May be in march or april for eyebrow lift and later sometime for revision rhinoplasty .

    Mars has already entered pre retrograde .

    Hope you reply soon .


  40. Lee Says:

    Thank you Lynn as always for all of your insight.

    Wanted to ask – I’m Mars retrograde natally in Scorpio, conjuct Moon. I’m very aware of how that has played out and I’ve taken a lot of steps to get out of those patterns (self-wounding of different kinds). I now feel like I can use the high side of that expression (courage to face really deep feelings/transform).

    Since Mars has gone retro I’ve had incredible flashes of brilliance come through about projects I’ve been contemplating but lacking the vision required to get moving. I know historically Mars Retrograde is not the best time to initiate – but are there exceptions to that rule if the native in question (me) if Mars retrograde natal?

    Thank you so much.

  41. Lynn Koiner Says:

    LEE (4-2016): Thank you for sharing your personal experience of Mars R since you were born with Mars R. I still feel that the Mars R works for you.

    This R is more about a Mars Return Cycle (read article on this website). When Mars returns to the natal sign, it is a good time to plan new ideas but not to initiate, esp. with Mars Return.

    Mars has been in your natal since sign January. It is when Mars hits Aquarius in November-December 2016 that many projects will get off the ground. No, you do not have to wait but I would still wait until Mars turns Direct.

    I use an example of an interview that I gave to the WASHINGTONIAN magazine years ago. This occurred at my Mars Return — and they interviewed one of my clients who has the same Mars so we both had a Mars Return. The article was not published until the first square for both of us!!!

  42. Rebecca Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    I have read all of your good articles on the retrograde planets.
    As I am looking forward to start an astrological training, to be able to practice astrology professionally.

    So many planets are now retrograde, I am not so sure for it to be the best moment.
    May I ask you for insight…

    According to you, what planets must be direct in order to make sure I will complete this training?
    What should I watch for?

    Thank you so much,

  43. Lynn Koiner Says:

    REBECCA (4-2016): You can study astrology any time but I would not commit to an expensive school with Mars and Mercury R. Jupiter through Pluto R are not important for this. Sometimes R give you insights that you might not have when D.

  44. Rebecca Says:

    Dear Lynn,

    It is very kind of you to have answered so promptly.
    I will wait for Mercury and Mars to be direct to start my study program.
    Let’s be patient…
    Thank you for being concerned and so generous of your teachings.

  45. Liana Patterson Says:

    Hi Lynn

    You are great! You have done my chart before. 10/4/53 at 9:23 AM Chicago. This Mars Retro is going through my first house and stopping on my ascendant. I have been having a lot of anxiety at work due to a new complex computer system. Do I need to careful about getting sick or having an accident? How can I stay calm?



  46. Lynn Koiner Says:

    LIANA (4-2016): Mars will not reach your ASC at all. Mars is R every 2 years so you have experienced this about 31 times in your life. It only applies to mechanical problems – cars, computers etc. Only Mars in Pisces could affect health. Stress can compromise immune system so take good adaptogens — I take raw Thymus and Adrenal plus and arsenal of other supplements. How to stay calm – stop thinking about Mars R!!! Rhodiola (Solaray is the best) and Seriphos (taking at night on an empty stomach or anytime on an empty stomach) lowers cortisol and increases Seratonin..

  47. Suzann Ricky Says:

    I recently received a bill from the IRS because of a mistake on my part filing a form that reconciled 1099K info. Got charged for double income incorrectly. Mars is retrograde in my 8th and the day I received the notice it was squaring my natal Pluto. Sigh. Is it best to send in the rectification now while Mars is retrograde or wait til in goes direct?

    Thank you!!


  48. Lynn Koiner Says:

    (SUZANN (6-2016): Yes, you can. Try using a good dates astrologically as an electional.

    JUNE 4-5: The Moon is in the sign of Gemini and this is a questionable date because of the Crises New Moon. There are very bad aspect in Gemini with the transiting Mutable Cross but there is a brief period from 10:09pm EDT on the 4th until 12:45pm EDT on the 5th. The Moon crosses Venus and the Sun, ending with a sextile to Uranus in Aries. This is favorable for relationships with innovative, creative people. For example, this would be a good time to meet with astrology friends.

    JUNE 7: The Moon is in the sign of Cancer where it is strong. There is only a brief period from 3:30pm to 8:45pm EDT when the Moon sextiles Mercury and trines Mars R. A favorable aspect to a Retrograde planet is always questionable. Make sure that your action is well-thought-out and not impulsive. In Water signs, use your intuition in taking action. As the Moon applies to a Retrograde planet, there is a mutual coming together in some type of relationship.

    JUNE 14-15: The Moon is in the sign of Libra and it forms very nice aspects from 9pm EDT on the 14th to 3am on the 15th – not a convenient time for the east coast of the U.S. The Moon trines the Sun-Venus in Gemini for it is excellent for relationships, mental activity and even romance (trines are more romantic than sextiles).
    JUNE 15-16: The Moon is in the sign of Scorpio and, while its last aspect is a conjunction with Mars R, it only forms favorable aspects after it enters this sign (at 9:19am EDT). The Moon sextiles Jupiter-Pluto so it is a good time to re-evaluate financial matters, to come together with another on a project or financial agreement and to take action, possibly one that you can previously delayed.

    JUNE 23: The Moon is in the sign of Aquarius but this is another questionable time. The Moon will sextile Saturn, trine Mercury but, before it ends with a sextile to Uranus in Aries, it will square Mars R. This indicates a problem with poor cooperation, resistance and challenges to you actions before any successful action can be completed. There is a very brief period from 11am to 11:45am when the Moon only sextiles Uranus. This period favors working alone, cutting through red tape and finding lucky breaks that help you to succeed. It favors innovative action and communications.

    JUNE 28: The Moon is in the sign of Aries but, from 8am EDT on the 28th to 3:45 am on the 29th, the Moon forms several favorable aspects. This period is extremely favorable for creative, innovative mental activity – the Moon crosses Uranus and sextiles Mercury at 28 degrees. The ending degree favors finalizing mental activity.

  49. Nikk Says:

    Our transmission just blew and we can either buy a new one for 3,600 or buy a new car and roll over the remain 44000 in payments. With it being a large machine, and Mars placement. Should I wait?

  50. Denise Says:


    Get a second opinion! Buyer beware – Mars in Scorpio is opposing Mercury in Taurus at the moment and I would not necessarily trust the opinion being presented and take it at face value now; especially if there is a financial motive involved!

    I also would not recommend going into any more debt than is sensible.

    If it truly does need a transmission, you may also be able to rebuild the existing one instead of buying a new one.

    Also figure out why the transmission went in the first place – was it operator error? A manufacturing defect? Could it be something under warranty? Most manufactures have pretty good powertrain warranties now – you could be completely covered and not pay a dime.

  51. Nikki Says:

    Thank you,
    UPDATE! Due to it being a CTV transmission- older one piece transmission in the Jeep, it’s not piece repairable. The mechanic told us if it were him, he would buy a new car. It was a new 2010 Jeep Patriot, green. Researched online that its a relatively common issue with that year. Since then Jeep has changed to a

    With that being said we would be looking at having two payments but still only one by April 2017 ( my Jeeps last payment). the mechanic and dealership are not connected at all (different towns)

    We can manage till the end of the month with one car. What would you suggest.

  52. Lynn Koiner Says:

    NIKKI (6-2016): If it was me, I would pull 3 tarot cards for an answer. This always works for me.

  53. Diana Says:

    Hi Lynn,

    This apply to bicycles too? I really need to buy one, there is any good date for that?

    Thank you!

  54. Lynn Koiner Says:

    DIANA (6-2016): Today would have been a good day and the next is the 28th, after 8am EDT. Frankly, I have been doing a lot of shopping with Mars R and even without a great day and I have done very well.
    It is the Mars R anger issues that is my bugger!

  55. Robin Says:

    I have Mars in Scorpio natally (also, sun,mercury, Uranus) I’ve been feeling really stressed out lately, also I’ve been getting more headaches. Everything feels like I’m pushing against a slightly moving wall at the moment, forward, but very slowly and with lots of work.. Argh, lol!
    T. Mars Rx is conjunct my N. Mercury and N. Mars. I guess I only need to put up with this for 1 more week? Hopefully life will get a little easier. Fingers crossed Thank you for this article and for all the time and effort you put into it. :-)

  56. Lynn Koiner Says:

    ROBIN (6-2016): While I usually associated the Cardinal signs with headaches due to elevated Cortisol levels, any stress can do this. And, Cortisol headaches are the worse because aspirin and over-the-counter supplements do not help.

    I can recommend Phosphorylated Serine (formally sold as Seriphos but InterPlexus has totally changed their formula so it is useless). Mars may move away and the headaches leave by themselves before you would get this supplement. It produces Seratonin, lowering Cortisol. You can ask your doctor or a compounding pharmacy what would lower Cortisol levels.

    With Scorpio, Edgar Cayce said a very common cause of headaches was food intolerances and a clogged colon. Try an herbal laxative (GAIA has a gentle one) – a good cleaning cannot hurt.

    This Mars R has been horrible!

  57. MM Says:

    During this Mars Rx my Scorpio brother did something VERY passive aggressive, very pathological, and very much a violation and invalidation of me. (Mars going back and forth over his Sun and not quite back to his Mars in the 11th, 12th = Sc cusp, his Asc = Sag 17 degrees. He has Merc station retro @ 9 deg Sag; and a Fixed T sq = Scorp 11th/Taurus 5th/Leo 8th).

    We co-own the family homestead. I did nothing over it, since he was no longer around (he came for a weekend when I was not there, bringing friends) He violated my personal space and misplaced stuff that was not his to touch. I knew Mars was retrograde, didn’t want to start a war. Was furious and did not suppress; but took it elsewhere. Then about a week later, there was a tiny little straw that broke the camel’s back. I called him to ask where something was, something nice I had bought for the house – primarily because he and his wife like to use the item; and he gave me this completely BS answer. I was just too disgusted and lost patience – albeit briefly (Pretty good for me considering I have Mars in Aries).

    At that point he accused me of calling him to start a fight and launched into a very abusive tirade at me and about me. On and on and on he went. I mostly listened, and did not validate or engage in the nonsense. Although I did have a few pithy responses to things that were utterly off the charts.

    Who fired the first salvo in THAT?? OR was it my brother’s initial inconsiderate and insulting choices (major violation of my personal space and his subsequent objection to my minding) that was the ‘first shot’ if you will?

    Passive Agression w/ Mars retro is also a ‘first shot’, no??

    Thank you.

  58. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MM (6-2016): With this Mars R (a nasty one), it is not about who is right or who is wrong. Anger issues are coming out big time and whoever fires first is irrelevant.

    Passive-Aggressive is a tactic for setting someone up to react a certain way so they can respond the way they really want to — the injustice collector.

  59. Taurus - Taurus breakup Says:

    Hi Lynn,
    My partner and I broke up after 3 years on June 11th, 2016. It was very painful but amicable. I am curious (a) generally what does a relationship break up in this period signify for two Taurus natives? (Both sun in Taurus, Venus in gemini. His Mars in Aquarius and mine in Virgo). (b) why I am feeling a strong impulse to reach out to and ask him if he is willing to share what his process of making sense of what was and moving on may be?

    Context being that we were very compatible on several fronts but some weaknesses got out of hand. Despite our best intentions, very honest communication and practicing self-awareness, my tendency to take the lead/his to follow developed into unhealthy co-dependencies. I pushed too hard in unwarranted ways, and he didn’t place boundaries for himself. I know that this is not the time get back together. Only when each of us internalize lessons meant to be learnt and our paths converged after such processes. So who knows. Yet I feel the need to learn what’s been on his mind, and share what’s been on mine and wonder if this is the right time. Or if I should give it some time. All this with awareness that he may not want to, which I would respect and accept.

  60. Lynn Koiner Says:

    TAURUS (7-2016): He is a Taurus. He does not want to talk about what the issues are so that you can understand.

    By nature, Taureans do not listen to anything that you do not want to hear so you may not hear each other if you have a TALK.

    Mars R denotes passive-aggressive tactics. Suppressed anger surfaces — I know this all too well.

    Let him go. These “weaknesses” will only get worse if you married.


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