Mars Retrograde and More

Posted on January 26, 2012
Posted by Jim Sher


OK, it’s here. Mars is now retrograde. It went retrograde on Jan. 23, 2012 at 4:54pm PST and occurred right after a New Moon. I’ll write about the significance of this later on. This retrograde period is unusually long as it lasts for 11 weeks, returning to direct motion in mid-April. As this cycle begins, Mars is moving slowly, so its full intention has not yet been revealed. What do I mean by ‘intention’? Every retrograde cycle has a purpose. They are not mere inconveniences or hassles. Often people think of them solely as just ‘something to get through.’ They may indeed cause delays or even reversals, but to only see these cycles in this way is too limited and even negative.

Instead, it is better to ask the following questions:

  1.  What is being revealed to me?
  2.  What do I need to discover?
  3.  What new things are coming into my life?

Armed with this approach, we are open to understanding the meaning of both whatever happens or whatever doesn’t happen. Reversals and shifts are meaningful and important. While doors may close, new doors will open. And, without the closing of an ‘old’ door (the ending of a cycle of action) we wouldn’t see an approaching opportunity or ‘new’ door that will excite us, allow our imaginations to soar, and take us down new paths toward unknown territory that our Soul actually needs for it revival and growth.

At this point in the cycle, however, the new has not yet emerged. It is too soon. So, it can feel like things are moving more slowly or, for some people not moving at all. We could feel a bit lost or even frustrated not knowing what to do. Worse yet, we could blame ourselves for what is or is not happening. This is needless because for the most part we are not in control of the situation. We can only do what we can. It is so helpful to know about the existence of cycles and to perceive our lives through that awareness.

During this 11 week period Mars is in Virgo, but it will affect all of the mutable signs as well (Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces). This is especially true if you have planets between 3° and 23° of those signs.

The General View of Mars Retrograde


The usual statements of astrologers about this period are that it is not a good time to start a completely new project. It is a bit more complicated than that however. Firstly, you may not want to do so, because it doesn’t ‘feel’ right. Or, you may find that circumstances don’t permit you to act, at least not yet. There are two things to look at that will be helpful:

  1. This is a time to finish old projects or complete any activities that remain open for some reason. This part of the cycle is about ‘clearing the decks.’
  2. Also, it is a time to be open to new ways of self-assertion or activity. It is important to note that as we get into February or March, we will be approached or approach others about some new and unexpected opportunties. In fact, there may be many opportunities showing up. The best thing to do if this happens is to explore whatever you feel good about so you can patiently determine if you want to move in that direction.

This is a very unusual Mars retrograde and may be much more favorable than most. There is a very powerful earth grand trine that will bring many of us some amazing possibilities. Thus, I cannot just glibly say, “Don’t start anything new.” In general, one should really take a good look at whatever emerges, but they should not be rejected out of hand. There’s even more than this.

But…..There’s Even More

Complicating things further, there are four coinciding transits of which we can be aware. They occur on February 6-7, 2012 and are as follows:

  1. There is a Full Moon which can bring some new things to a head or to some fulfillment.
  2. There is the Superior conjunction between the Sun and Mercury which is the fulfillment of the Mercury retrograde cycle two months ago.
  3. Saturn will turn retrograde at 29° of Libra.
  4. Neptune enters Pisces which will last until 2025.

Any one of these is important, but together they could bring about some unexpected opportunities. I will write more on this as we get closer to those dates. As you can see, the Mars retrograde may not act in a normal manner, so we will all get to watch it together over the next fewe months.

As always, we love your input so feel free to let us know your thoughts about this interesting period of time.

Astrology Mars Retrograde
Jim Sher

Jim brings over 35 years of experience as a therapist and transformational counselor to his practice of astrology, metaphysics, meditation and philosophy. He operates as a teacher and counselor and specializes in the use of discourse as a part of his teaching approach.

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7 responses to “Mars Retrograde and More”

  1.' Tory says:

    I am definitely being affected by this retrograde! Last week I was able to negotiate a big raise for myself- traditionally I’ve been a great negotiator for others or groups I’ve been a part of, but this was the first time I could do aggressively advocate for myself! I also had a big opportunity fall into my lap last Friday and I was able to respond immediately and take steps to set things in motion. This was also new behavior for me- I’ve done a lot of self-sabotage in the past.
    All of this came about as part of work I’ve been doing to heal some very old trauma- I am so grateful (and not surprised!) that the timing coincides so beautifully with what’s going on in the heavens.

  2.' Mirtha says:

    I feel so grateful to be your student for a while!!! and I hope to be one again soon… I love the positiveness and the search of highly spiritual state through astrology, total identification….As I told you while ago, I been looking for a job forever, finally on Jan, 23 I had my first telephone interview and even with my Spanglish what surprised this people was my passion for life 🙂 I did my final interview this Friday… total success, no matter what the choice is, the experience was fantastic cause I finally confront my fear to go out and expose my self….
    Thanks Mars!

  3.' Sandra W says:

    This is great and right on target for what I’m experiencing currently. Now, I’m really looking forward to what may be coming. Could be very interesting. Thanks for your insightful,well-written posts.

  4.' Linda says:

    Ahhh…that’s why this Virgo is making great strides and speaking out right now…with a 12th house Sun even! Thanks for your insight…always great to read.

  5.' Janet says:

    Thank you, very comprehensive, enlightening and helpful for the next few months especially – there is so much intensity everywhere at the moment, anything that ‘lightens’ the way ahead is much appreciated!

  6.' John T says:

    Hi Jim – thanks for this great post. This is really helping me with what I am going through right now.

    I appreciate that we will get more detailed info later in the cycle. Can you also give us some general comments about what might be going on in mid to late April and how we might make plans now for that time? I am not looking for details – just broad strokes.

  7.' L.J. says:

    Definitely one of the most readable, informative posts I’ve check out on the site. Thanks!

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