Mars is currently in Aries located at 17 Ari 47' 43"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mars is Quincunx Venus

   Starts on Saturday, 05 December, 2020
   Peaks on Sunday, 06 December, 2020, orb 0° 59' 59"
   Ends on Monday, 07 December, 2020

Mars is Trine The Sun

   Starts on Monday, 07 December, 2020

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Mars Retrograde

Mars Retrograde

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RetrogradeMars is another one that is understood pretty well by way of a scientific fact. Though we often talk about you know, colonies on Mars and such, these have not ended well, usually. Humanity’s been trying to get up close and personal with the red planet since about 1960 or so and often, these things fail before they even get started. In fact, in 1999, the most infamous $193 million failure was due to some confusion when well, some were using the superior metric system and others were not. Since the turn of the century, however, only 1 of 12 missions has failed but historically: there’s been about a 50/50 change something’s going to go totally sideways. Kinda what you get for naming the moons Deimos and Phobos, really- panic and fear don’t usually make for great insights.

In astrology, Mars is all things manly. Sort of. Stereotypically manly, really. Aggression, anger, war, those are all things that Mars covers. Mars rules Aries in modern astrology, and in traditional astrology, it rules Scorpio. It isn’t just those overtly aggressive things, though- and that’s why pointing out it also ruled Scorpio at one point is good. Aggression takes many forms. That said, Mars is not bad. Also representing action, desire, energy and survival- well, those things are pretty important.

When it needs someone to step up and get things done- well, that’s Mars. Confidence, personal power, sexual energy and desire- those are also Mars types of things. Starting to get why that whole comparison at the start about mission failure and moons called panic and fear might be pretty apt? Wars started that way tend to be pretty much crap, too.

Mars also rules a more instinctive sort of drive- which can often create a bit of a competitive side and can be a pretty great thing when it comes to needing to take steps towards something.

The Retrograde

Don’t reach for the horny goat weed just yet, Mars Retrograde is not going to cosmically kill your libido. It is also, unfortunately, not going to just stall out acts of aggression and war.

This cycle happens about every 25 months and will last for 80 long days- and though you might feel like kicking some serious butt: you might want to slow your roll. Quite a few of the things associated with Mars retrograde are said to make it seem as though desire is just overcoming you- or like you’re just good and mad, not going to take it anymore.

As with other retrograde cycles- it might not be an incorrect feeling but, right feeling, wrong time. Or just wrong feeling, wrong time but in either case: you might want to consider all the facts and keep considering them for a while. Things that happen may have you really smarting from the butt kicking- but, it might be a good idea to just calm down and think for a while so you don’t make a big mistake.

This is actually one of those retrogrades though, that when it is over: if you have taken those steps and you’re ready to move, you should. So if you really need a reason to act on the things you’ve been thinking about- use the retrograde to think some more, then tell everyone “Look, man, Mars station direct today, I don’t know what to tell ya.” when it’s over.

Last modified onMonday, 02 November 2020 05:02
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Planetary Positions

04.12.2020 at 08:24:22 UTC

chart wheel
P1AspectP2Orb
VenusTrineNeptune2° 18' 0"
JupiterConjunctSaturn1° 54' 15"
JupiterConjunctPluto3° 27' 18"

PlanetLongitude
Sun12 Sag 38' 33"
Moon27 Can 36' 58"
Mercury03 Sag 56' 16"
Venus15 Sco 52' 14"
Mars17 Ari 47' 43"
Jupiter26 Cap 48' 39"
Saturn28 Cap 42' 54"
Uranus07 Tau 24' 31" R
Neptune18 Pis 10' 15"
Pluto23 Cap 21' 21"

Solar Status

BZ Status:2
Proton Density:0.05
Proton Speed:357.0 k/sec
KP Status:0
TypeDec 4Dec 5Dec 6
Active10%10%10%
Minor1%1%1%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT222
03-06UT111
06-09UT111
09-12UT111
12-15UT111
15-18UT111
18-21UT222
21-00UT222
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Regions 2786 (S17W57, Hkx/alpha) and 2790 (S22E36, Hsx/alpha) both produced isolated C-class flares early in the UTC day. They both continue to lose spots and simplify.
Solar Wind
The solar wind environment was characteristic of very low densities. Accordingly sampling of the solar wind speed at L1 has been less reliable. The solar wind is estimated to be between 300 and 400 km/s, which is typical of a quiet IMF. Total magnetic field strength and Bz were also typical of quiet IMF. Phi was firmly negative.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux briefly reached high levels today (1130 pfu at 02/1430 UTC) before returning to moderate levels. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was slightly enhanced from the southeast limb event on 29 Nov but remained below the 10 pfu threshold.