Mars is currently in Leo located at 10 Leo 49' 56"

Planetary Aspects

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Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
mars2024-12-06 23:34:00 UTC2025-02-24 02:00:00 UTCLeo

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.

Planetary Positions

08.06.2023 at 09:11:32 UTC

chart wheel
The Sun17 Gem 20' 51"
The Moon14 Aqu 55' 04"
Mercury25 Tau 19' 02"
Venus02 Leo 38' 18"
Mars10 Leo 49' 56"
Jupiter04 Tau 57' 18"
Saturn07 Pis 08' 19"
Uranus20 Tau 36' 05"
Neptune27 Pis 33' 01"
Pluto00 Aqu 02' 58" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:-4
Proton Density:1.48
Proton Speed:339.8 k/sec
KP Status:1.33
TypeJun 8Jun 9Jun 10
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels. The largest flare of the period was an M4.7 flare from Region 3327 (S16E28, Eki/beta-gamma-delta) at 07/1146 UTC. This region was the most active of the 10 numbered regions with sunspots on the visible disk and was also the source of occasional C-class flares, to include a C7.1 flare at 07/0645 UTC and a C8.7 flare at 07/1829 UTC. The C7.1 flare produced a CME off the southeast limb that was modeled and determined not to have an Earth-directed component.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were near background levels. Total field strength was at 5 nT and the Bz component was unremarkable. A weak enhancement in the solar wind field occurred at 07/2225 UTC when the IMF strength quickly increased to 8 nT and eventually peaked at 9-10 nT. Solar wind speed also showed a mild increase from near 325 km/s to about 380 km/s before decreasing again. Prior to this weak enhancement, wind speeds were steady near 325 km/s. The phi angle was predominately positive through the period. While too early to ascertain, it is possible this solar wind enhancement was related to the anticipated nearby CME arrival from 04 Jun.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was at normal to moderate levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background levels.