One of my all time favorite magical people of all time is astrologer Gretchen Lawlor. If you were to ask me who I want to be when I grow up, her name would be several places in my description. If you told me you wanted to go for an astrological consultation and asked who I’d recommend – Yup. Gretchen.
In her latest Astro Bit email, she wrote the following about Mars Retrograde (January 24th-April 14th):
“Imbalances of power, especially between men and women, activate ancient furies. Hmm, the recent all-male birth control review scandal in Congress . . .”
We’re just that much more enraged because of this image and the story behind it. It propels us forward. Think of all the power in that! And I love the concept of ‘ancient furies’. I feel that. I’ve felt that a lot lately. Mars Retrograde, baby.
Here’s the rest of Gretchen Lawlor’s Mars Retrograde wisdom:
Mars, planet of action and assertion, is retrograde (in Virgo) from January 24th through April 14th. Only occurring once every 2 years, Mars retrograde causes ordinary activities and affairs to become filled with effort. A sudden cessation of interest or drive in a project or relationship invites review of goals and objectives. If you are feeling hypercritical (especially towards colleagues), obsessing over minutiae, brooding over trivia, retrograde Mars is working AGAINST you. To work WITH Mars retrograde, be more accepting of imperfection during this time. Don’t get lost in the details or spin your wheels in endless redoing. Reflection before reactivity offers insight.
Unresolved hostility flares up, an invitation to clear it up. Systems suffer from disorganization and chaos. Exercise and time in nature help to redirect Mars. Imbalances of power, especially between men and women, activate ancient furies. Hmm, the recent all-male birth control review scandal in Congress . . .
Be especially vigilant around March 15th for flare-ups. The shadow of this Mars retrograde will slowly dissipate by late Spring. People with strong Virgo or Pisces placements may be most aware of this Mars retrograde.