Mars Retrograde Dates & How It Motivates Your Zodiac Sign's Personality, Per Astrology

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Mars Retrograde Dates & Effects On Motivation With Horoscope For Each Zodiac Sign

In every person's natal chart there are 10 planets that determine zodiac sign personality and traits. Mercury is how you think. The Moon is how you feel. Your Sun is what you do each day, and Venus is how you love.

One planet that isn't discussed as much as all the others is Mars. Mars is also called the 'planet of war' but it reveals a lot more than what you fight over. It's the planet that signifies what drives you the most.

Mars can also reveal what brings you motivation to a task. When retrograde, Mars energy is turned inwardly, and it means you can be a real powerhouse or a person who struggles to get things done at certain times.

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Mars, like most of the other planets, goes retrograde, but not every year. All of 2019, Mars will not and did not go rx. But in 2020, in September 29th, 2020 the planet will once again station retrograde and the rx season will last until November 14th, 2020. Mars goes retrograde one time every two years

We have certainly all heard about the effects of retrograde on Earth explained via zodiac sign energy. If you’re like me, you may have an idea of what that means but could use a little more explanation when another planet goes into retrograde and its effects.

First, understand that retrograde, with the exception of Venus and Pluto, is an illusion. When a planet goes into retrograde, it appears to be moving backward in orbit. This, of course, is not what is actually happening, but it's a way that the energy works in your life and how to maximize its potential, too.

Because Earth moves on a different path and at a different speed than the other planets, it looks like the planets have changed direction, but in reality, we are just passing them in orbit.

In astrology, this can mean that the dominant traits of the planet go dormant. Therefore, whatever traits or energies the planet rules become subdued and can feel confusing or off-putting.

Most often, we hear about Mercury’s retrograde because it happens a few times a year and leads to some pretty disastrous errors in communication and technology. But it isn’t the only planet that experiences a retrograde. 

Mars is a planet of energy. It controls action, courage, and desire. It is responsible for the drive to accomplish the things that stand in your way. It rules sexual desires and activity.

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When it goes into retrograde, about every 26 months, these traits can feel… backward. During this period, you may feel confused, uncertain, or lost. You can also feel a dip in your sex drive. You may not feel as passionate and confident in your hook-ups.

The good news is: it doesn’t last forever. A Mars retrograde will last from about 55-80 days. The last one occurred around this time last year.

So we are projected to have at least another year before another one takes effect. Make all of your fearless decisions and have your steamiest hookups now!

But have you stopped to wonder what all of this truly means for you specifically? Here's what happens when Mars is retrograde in the following sign and affecting your horoscope.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Aries, you are ruled by Mars so you will likely feel the effects of a retrograde the strongest. You may not feel as supported or grounded in your natural personality, which can be alarming.

You are always used to being a driven person, but in retrograde, you will likely fall back on your commitments and be less productive in your day-to-day activity. These feelings may leave you with rocky patches in your friendships.

Remember to stay present and aware. Apologize where needed; seek justice where needed. Take it day by day and you'll be back to normal in no time.

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus, you look to Mars to maintain your goal-oriented disposition. So, when in retrograde you will find yourself a little slower to accomplish those tasks. You are generally known to have a calm temper unless provoked.

During a retrograde, this equilibrium can be thrown off balance. Focus on your closest relationships and actively work to keep them healthy. 

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GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, you are known for being rather scattered. You may have heard that you put too many eggs in different baskets. Essentially you spread yourself thin without coving the most important bases— your personal needs.

When Mars is in retrograde, take the lull in ambition and drive as a blessing. Stop trying to please everyone and get back to your roots. Do activities that only benefit your happiness for a change.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, you lean on Mars to remain emotionally connected and in touch with others. When in retrograde, you can feel a detachment to that tether, especially in the bedroom. My advice: stick it out.

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You will likely go through a string of less than satisfying hookups during the weeks of retrograde, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don't give up on any relationships that seem to be fizzling out. Once you are back to connecting with your emotional expression, you'll feel better!

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, you should take advantage of a Mars retrograde by eliminating any pent up assumptions or expectations of yourself. You are typically always acting with authority and attention.

Naturally, this can be exhausting to carry out. While Mars goes dormant, do yourself a courtesy and focus on you. Remember that people's perceptions of you are just that, perceptions. You know your true self and reconnecting with your center will have you coming out on top in the end.

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VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Virgo, you work best in your routine and carry out the same methods to problem-solving year-round. In the bedroom, you are just the same. You expect your partners to bring something satisfying to the table.

You are willing to experiment, but you may not always be as open as you desire. Use the Mars retrograde to push back against those urges. Demand freedom and optimism from everyone you cross paths with.

Practice saying yes to situations your ego would have kept you from enjoying. You might learn a thing or two from this retrograde period that you can use at other times.

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LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Libra, you often feel bound by your position as a mediator for your most important relationships. As Mars enters retrograde, you will find this burden increasing as everyone's alignments drift away from the center.

Acknowledge that your friends and family may need you more than usual during these times. But don't allow others to take away from the things you need. Gear up to support your relationships and maintain the peace, but never be afraid to make your own needs known.

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SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio, you will likely feel the sexual effects of a Mars retrograde the hardest. Your traditionally bold and adventurous bedroom nature will likely take a back seat. While this may not be as fun and exciting, it could benefit you.

Allow yourself to reconnect with your sexual foundations. Rest up from the more wilder choices you are inclined to make and rebuild your strength and stamina.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius, you are known for being a driven and powerful force amongst your friends and acquaintances. You love to get into moderate debates and share your opinion, no matter what the occasion.

But this may get you into some serious trouble during a Mars retrograde. Remember to fully think out everything you say before it leaves your head. People are likely to be more offended by your tough love. Practice gratitude and empathy.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorn, Mars helps to control your anger and impulsiveness, which keeps you calm, cool, and collected. Therefore, these aspects of your life may feel uncontrollable when Mars enters retrograde.

Be aware of this by remaining conservative in regards to any big decision-making opportunities. If possible, put it off until after the retrograde is complete. 

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AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius, you are relatively skilled in getting your way. You are a smooth talker and charming personality that thrives in communication. Others may not be so receptive to your advances during a Mars retrograde.

Remember to stay calm and keep your head on your shoulders. You will likely get easily frustrated and impatient with those around you. Acknowledge that response, but let it go. The retrograde, like your temper at this time, is only temporary.

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PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces, you find your energy to fluctuate regularly when Mars is in its dominant placement. So, the inconsistency will only expand during a Mars retrograde. Try to combat your lack of drive and passion.

Be aware of the number of times you pass up on opportunities that have the potential to yield amazing results for you and those around you. Don't make excuses for yourself and never be afraid to make a difference!

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Madison Kerth is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.

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