Mars is currently in Cancer located at 12 Can 12' 01"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mars is currently Sextile Uranus

   Ends on Sunday, 16 May, 2021

Mars is Quincunx Saturn

   Starts on Thursday, 13 May, 2021
   Peaks on Saturday, 15 May, 2021, orb 0° 59' 59"
   Ends on Monday, 17 May, 2021

Upcoming Retrogrades

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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

13.05.2021 at 13:01:17 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun22 Tau 59' 19"
Moon11 Gem 56' 59"
Mercury14 Gem 23' 19"
Venus05 Gem 28' 50"
Mars12 Can 12' 01"
Jupiter29 Aqu 57' 19"
Saturn13 Aqu 26' 17"
Uranus11 Tau 24' 37"
Neptune22 Pis 42' 11"
Pluto26 Cap 44' 58" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:2
Proton Density:5.92
Proton Speed:412.4 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeMay 13May 14May 15
Active25%20%25%
Minor40%10%1%
Moderate5%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT532
03-06UT532
06-09UT431
09-12UT421
12-15UT321
15-18UT321
18-21UT321
21-00UT322
Solar Activity
Solar activity was very low. Region 2822 (N18W03, Dao/beta-delta) continued its slow decay and it produced only a few B-class enhancements. Region 2823 (S22E06, Hrx/alpha) also underwent decay and was inactive. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind conditions were indicative of weakening CME influences and minor CH HSS effects. Total IMF strength varied with the transient progression and peaked at 22nT at 12/1213 UTC. The Bz component underwent a prolonged and pronounced southward deviation that began around 12/1030 UTC and spanned to 12/1430 UTC, maximum southward deflection during this period was -20nT around 12/1211 UTC. Solar wind speed began the period near 475 km/s and escalated to a peak speed of 539 km/s at 12/2300 UTC (likely due to isolated negative polarity CH HSS influences) before it decreased and ended the period at ~425 km/s. The phi angle was predominantly negative.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background values.