[ALL SIGNS Mars, known to the ancients as the god of war, goes retrograde on April 17 and remains so until June 29. 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. The defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as the god of war moves backward and it doesn’t matter how big or right the initiator may be. When Mars is retrograde we are well advised against filing suit, hunting for game or opting for elective surgery (a different type of sword.) See below for the effects on your sun and ascending signs.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Give particular attention to the lead paragraph because Mars is your avatar in the zodiac. You likely will experience delays in activities concerning the law, education, and travel. This is not time to file suit or make legal threats! If traveling, you may be going back to someplace where you have previously been.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Activities concerning taxes, insurance payoffs, government funding, and loans will likely be delayed, and maybe even denied. This is a good time to talk with your partner about issues concerning joint resources. It is not a good time to attack, but to discuss and look for jointly favorable solutions. Seeking a loan is not a good idea now. The cost is too high.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Mars, the god of war, is in your partnership territory. Therefore it is particularly important not to attack another, verbally or physically. If you have enemies, let them make the first move and you will be assured of ultimate victory over the issue. Old issues in your primary relationships may be surfacing. If so, consider it an opportunity to handle it with greater maturity this time.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The warrior energy is now in your 6th house of work and health. Since early March 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, but that is temporary. Don’t let this plateau discourage you from what works long-term.

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Mars is retrograding in the house concerning romance, children, gambling, and playful activities. While retrograding 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.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) 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 that require repair. It is best to avoid buying new mechanical items while Mars is retrograding. Therefore it is generally better to repair or rent items until Mars is direct.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Mars is retrograding in the horoscope sector that relates to vehicles, tools, and communication. Mars in this territory may represent the need to make repairs on various objects. It is possible that you are irritated with siblings, roommates, or neighbors. It is OK to respond to them, but do not initiate battle.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Mars is in the sector related to income and outgo. 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-early July. Meanwhile there may be more outgo than income, so use careful judgment about expenditures.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Mars retrograde in your sign leaves a big “Stop!” message that continues through June. Now is the time to chill. Recognize that the real you is so much bigger and stronger than the ego, which simply has a loud voice. This is a time to back off, rethink everything, and reevaluate as the dust settles in July. Search for the truth, not just the answers that satisfy your ego.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You may have an experience in which you feel a figurative sniper at your back. Defend yourself if you absolutely must, but life will be easier if you ignore it. Your sniper will not recognize or admit it even if you point it out, and the confrontation may become embarrassing.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You may be recognizing the need to back off or back out of some of your friendships and community associations during this period. At minimum you will be reassessing why you are involved and whether you wish to continue in the future. If your motive for pursuing these activities is merely habit, maybe you need a break. Friends and associates from the past may resurface.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Issues of career and future direction are highlighted during this Mars retrograde. You may have thought you were headed in one direction, and now suddenly you are shifting into neutral or reverse. If so, this period offers a message to think this one over for a while. You probably need a better foundation or a stronger sense of drive. !

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