Mars Retrograde in Gemini 2022 — Seven Months in the Same Sign

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In a previous post, I’ve discussed about the conjunction between Mars, Uranus and the North Node. This conjunction, which is triggering the energy of the last eclipses, is still going on. And yet, Mars is catching our attention again. The God of War is indeed going to start soon a process that is going to involve the sky for the second half of the year.

On August 20, Mars is going to enter Gemini and it is going to stay there for a good seven months due to its retrograde motion. Mars turns retrograde roughly every other year. Last time we’ve been talking about it, it was in Aries during the second half of 2020.

Mars in Gemini 2022 - Pen and Sword

In this article we are going to break down the main steps of this long transit, and we are going to talk about its aspects with the slower planets. In particular, we are going to focus on this fall, when Mars is going to make a long trine with Saturn and a square with Neptune.

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Mars in Aries 2022 and a Special Week in June

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May 2022 has been a very eventful month. Eclipse season one is still ongoing, and it will end only with the next new moon in Gemini on May 30th. Mercury is still retrograde, and it’s going to turn direct only on June 3rd. And we still need to check on Mars, since his ingress in Aries is definitely going to be a game changer. Especially because he is going to stay in his sign until early July.

Illustration from a medieval Spanish language astrology textbook
attributed to Alfonso X the Wise

We’re definitely going to monitor Mars’ transits during the following months, since we’ve been talking about him as the activator of the recent eclipses. However, in this article I’d like also to focus on a more pleasant configuration that is going to last for a whole week in June.

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The Celestial Lovers of 2022 — The Long Conjunction of Venus and Mars

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Male and female, hot and cold, war and love. Among the planets, no couple represents complementary forces better than Venus and Mars. Not only because together they describe the Archetype at the very foundation of will and desire. But especially because we all experience in life the struggle that inevitably derives from their union.

Frans Wouters (Rubens School) — venus and mars

I don’t usually talk about Venus and Mars, and for a very simple reason. Their aspects are usually very quick, and it doesn’t make much sense to talk about their influence. But this is not always the case.

Sometimes Venus, which is usually quicker than mars, slows down. To the point that Mars is capable of accompany her in the sky for an unusually long period of time. In this article we are going to talk about their long conjunction through Capricorn and Aquarius.

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Sun enters Libra 2021 — Reading the Heavenly Writing on Michaelmas

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On Sunday, September 19th I was invited by my friend Giorgio Tarditi Spagnoli to join him in his annual path of anthroposophical meetings called “Vivente Antroposofia” (Living Anthroposophy) to talk about the Archangel Michael (who’s now ascended to the spheres of the Archai, the Spirits of Time). The event was hosted on Opera Omnia Online, a project by Antonio Passarelli.

While Giorgio introduced us to the rich symbolical meanings of the sword and the scale, walking us through the Mysteries of Mithras and the Myth of Perseus, I focused more on the Astrosophical perspective.

In this article I’m going to briefly describing my contribute to the session we led together, which in my opinion turned out to be a beautiful tribute to the forces of this high spiritual being.

St. Michael and the Dragon
Raffaello, 1506

Michaelmas 2021, Choosing the right moment

What we want to do in this article is take a look to the chart of the festival of Michael, which falls on September 29th (today!). So in order to have a chart to work on, we had to choose the very moment in which Michael’s day begins. As you may know, astrology is an Art of Time, and the moment an event begins (whatever it is) describes its whole potential.

So we decided to take the very beginning of the day, but understood from an esoteric perspective. Traditionally, this moment corresponds to the sunset of the previous day. That is September 28th at 18:57, Rome (Italy).

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Mars Retrograde 2020 — Retreat and Backfire

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Two armies line up on a hill. The warriors look at each other from the opposing sides. Silence reigns supreme, and only the rattle of metal resounds in the valley. Suddenly a roar, screams release the tension. The warrior frenzy flares up and the order is given. It’s war.

The battle begins, the clash is a massacre. The energy runs out, the pain and the wounds squeeze the warriors as in a vise. Who is winning? Who is losing? Nothing is understood anymore. They desperately need a truce from all this.

And you? What about you? How are you?

A warrior ready for battle
PICTURE BY Maria Pop FROM Pexels

So here we are. One of the most import transits of 2020 has begun. What will it bring us? What are the main significations of Mars retrograde in Aries? Since the shadow period has started more than a month ago I think most of you already know the answer.

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Mars in Aries 2020 – Rebuilding the World Together

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Mars in Aries 2020. A vibrant sword pointing up to the sky. A rising energy flowing into the arms. A runner at the start ready to sprint. A hand letting go the arrow stretched in the bow. Pure energy ready to burst, the lit fuse.

This is one of the most important transits of 2020. Usually Mars stays in a sign for roughly a couple of months. But this year the God of War is going to stay in his diurnal domicile for 6 months, till 2021 Epiphany.

Mars in Aries 2020: people camping together in the desert at sunset
Picture of Tomáš Malík By Pexels

As you can imagine Mars in his sign is particularly strong. Aries marks the beginning of spring, the time of the year when life forces of Nature are strongest. Just think about how quickly the vegetation cover changes with the arrival of the new season. Flowers and buds literally explode.

A warrior can definitely use all this life-force. In fact Mars is Aries corresponds to the archetype of the tireless warrior who fights to the end. Since we are going through a very hard time, having available all these fiery energies is a blessing. We all need a fresh start.

Mars in Aries 2020: warrior helm

Fighting with Courage through a Difficult Recovery

Mars in Aries is the right energy to tackle obstacles or enemies. To the point that if Mars doesn’t find any, he’s gonna make some anyway. This because the Warrior is in his element only in a battlefield, and for this reason he always tends to create one. We are far away from the reasonable compromises of Libra. Mars is a warmonger.

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Annular Solar Eclipse in Pisces 2017

Reading Time : 3 minutesAn Annular, Solar Eclipse is like an ovule. The Sun disc appear bigger than the Moon, creating a ring of light in the sky at the peak of the event. We can think of it as a sort of “egg of change”—fecundated by the solar force.

As we have discussed before, a Solar Eclipse is about new beginnings. If the North Lunar Node is involved, they are constructive, amplifying and positive. Whereas if the eclipse occurs on South Lunar Node—as in this case—they are destructive and negative. But don’t freak out.

Solar annular eclipse of January 15, 2010 in Jinan, Republic of China (source: Wikimedia)

Positive or negative are relative concepts. Destruction can be functional just as construction can be dysfunctionalTwitter . It all depends on what you need right now. If you are turning your world upside down this eclipse might be right for you. But if you’re looking for a peaceful stability it could definitely get in the way!

Mars and Mercury activating the Eclipse

Mars will give dynamism to the event (as if it was needed!). In particular, the Cardinal T-Square—Jupiter in Libra, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn—will be triggered by the transit of the God of War. Being in Aries, Mars will give the major configuration a great boost. The conjunction with Uranus (freedom, revolution, sudden changes) is an explosive mix that will not take long to manifest.

The Cardinal T-Square is about tension between legal justice (Jupiter in Libra), social justice (Uranus in Aries) and financial power (Pluto in Capricorn). Before long, we can expect the political landscape to suffer a serious shock, especially for the areas most affected by the eclipse (see below).

In addition the Sun and the Moon are going to be in conjunction with Neptune, lord of the collective unconscious feelings. This means all this will touch deeply the public opinion.

As always, the effects of the eclipse will reveal themselves in the following months. Since it’s going to take place at 8° 12′ Pisces, we need to monitor that spot for upcoming transits. In particular Mercury is going to hit 9° Pisces on March 3, which is also when Jupiter and Uranus are going to perfect their opposition.

We can conclude that the eclipse effects will show up very soon. If you want to see how the eclipse is going to affect you please check 9° Pisces on your Natal Chart to see if any planet or angle are triggered. If so, the houses affected are mainly the ones represented by the planet.

Most affected areas

The eclipse is going to take place on February 26 at 14:58 (UTC Time) at 9° Pisces. It is going to be visible in South/West Africa, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. However we must not think that those places are also the ones most affected astrologically.

The power of any astrological event depends on the houses. The closer to the angles (Ascendant AS, Midheaven MC, Descendant DS and Imum Coeli IC), the more powerful it is. Through Astrocartography we can discover exactly where the eclipse is going to thrive.

Below is a list of places most affected:

  • AS: USA, North/West Coast (east of San Francisco/Portland/Seattle), Canada (east of Vancouver)
  • MC: Brazil (east of Rio de Janeiro, west of Fortaleza)
  • DS: Russia (east of St. Petersbourg, west of Moscow), Finland (western border), Iraq (west of Baghdad)
  • IC: Japan (South/West Tokio, Mt. Fuji), Australia (Adelaide)