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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

27.10.2021 at 16:50:54 UTC

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PlanetLongitude
Sun04 Sco 29' 04"
Moon21 Can 45' 56"
Mercury16 Lib 30' 27"
Venus21 Sag 24' 28"
Mars28 Lib 03' 33"
Jupiter22 Aqu 28' 47"
Saturn07 Aqu 06' 35"
Uranus13 Tau 07' 30" R
Neptune20 Pis 43' 54" R
Pluto24 Cap 25' 21"

Solar Status

BZ Status:2
Proton Density:3.15
Proton Speed:358.8 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeOct 27Oct 28Oct 29
Active15%20%20%
Minor1%5%5%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT223
03-06UT232
06-09UT222
09-12UT121
12-15UT112
15-18UT122
18-21UT123
21-00UT232
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels. Region 2891 (N19E72, Cao/beta) produced an M1 flare (Minor) radio blackout at 26/1557 UTC, as well as several C-class flares. Region 2887 (S27E12, Dhi/beta-gamma) produced the vast majority of the remainder of the flares throughout the period, the strongest being a C8/Sf flare at 27/0608 UTC. The remaining four numbered regions on the visible disk were mostly inactive and unchanged. Several CMEs were observed in Lasco coronagraph imagery, but they were all directed in an easterly direction or away from the Earth. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters continued near background levels. Total field strength averaged near 5 nT and the Bz component had a maximum southward deflection briefly to -4 nT. Solar wind speeds began the period under 350 km/s before increasing slightly to average just under 400 km/s around the turn of the UT day. Phi was predominantly in a negative solar sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was at normal to moderate levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.