Mars Retrograde in Gemini 2022-2023
From September 4th 2022 until March 16th 2023 we will see delays, cancellations and closures involving domestic airlines, public transport, car commuting and local shipping, like ferries or short cruises.
Gemini rules the Third House of your natal chart, and so – short journeys, communication, neighbours and siblings. All these aspects of your life will run backwards and also hit a standstill, more than once, September 4th through March 16th. Have Plan B and C and be aware of that.
In this feature I’ll look at your Sun Sign and solar chart for a public prediction. I’ll also look at your natal chart.
Don’t Forget the Shadow
Mars Retrograde begins and ends with a shadow. In Gemini, the red planet describes communication and travel issues. Mars is about action. Attack and defence. When retrograde, it’s backwards and stuck.
Hacking is an expression of Mars in Gemini (attack through computers and telephones). Check your safeguards, September 4th 2022 until around March 16th and March 17th 2023. Hackers are around all the time, but this would be unusual: widespread global impact.
Mars normally races through Gemini in weeks. From September 4th 2022 until around March 16th and 17th 2023 he will be retrograde, including the shadow period. (Mars appears to move backwards, get stuck and retrace his steps for a lot longer than many people think.) If your birth chart shows Gemini factors, you will be affected in a more direct and personal way.
Remembering 2007 and 2008
We have some good evidence for Mars Retrograde in Gemini from September 2007 (Mars 15-29 Gemini) and his strange repetition in January and February 2008 (Mars 15-29 Gemini).
The Writers’ Strike held up Hollywood back then; Gemini rules television, film and radio scripts. A famous Gemini, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was accused by Mohammed Al Fayed of having murdered Diana, the Princess of Wales. The attack on the Duke went back and forth as Mars also went back and forth. It was proven unfounded. It’s extremely likely that the late Duke’s good name will again be in the spotlight on this new Mars Retrograde in Gemini.
History Repeats on Mars Retrograde in Gemini
The 2008 submarine cable disruption that damaged the internet in January, February 2008 in the Middle East, India, Singapore, Jakarta affected connections across the entire world. Cables could go again, from September 2022 to March 2023.
London Heathrow Terminal 5 went into preparation for a 28th March opening with British Airways back in 2008: chaos resulted on the big day with 500 flights cancelled. Watch British Airways again. Common-sense suggests there will be petrol/gas shortages or price hikes. Gemini rules commuting so that may result in stop-start and go-slow driving, globally.
Anonymous is always busy, but this Mars Retrograde in Gemini suggests chaos for them – and around them – unusually disruptive and dramatic. On a previous Mars Retrograde in Gemini cycle in January 2008, Tom Cruise, Scientology and Anonymous met head-on.
Neighbours and Neighbouring Nations
A previous Mars Retrograde in Gemini cycle in November, December 1943 saw Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin decide to invade France. Britain’s neighbour. Post-Brexit, Britain and France are at odds anyway, but on this long Mars Retrograde in Gemini, we would expect dramatic impact and a long, drawn-out conflict. This coincides with the arrival of a new British Prime Minister as PM Boris Johnson steps down.
The Australian show Neighbours recently ran its final episode. You are now going to see a dispute between actors and production company, or television stations, and so on. Neighbours starred Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. There may be a controversial book, for example. This is classic astrology.
American neighbours (red and blue states which disagree on abortion) are already in a tense situation, but Mars Retrograde in Gemini may produce battles. It is possible that the next ‘front’ will be gay marriage. This comes ahead of the Mid Term elections.
In your own life, don’t provoke the neighbours and if you are provoked, sidestep the potential for a recurring feud or dispute. Mars racing backwards, then running on the spot, is unhelpful. When in doubt leave him out.
Classic Mars Advice
Mars needs direction. A strategy. Some classic Mars advice? Fight the good fight. Unite – to fight the good fight. Join your neighbours in battling the Climate Emergency. Pollution. Natural disasters. Poverty.
Don’t start a slanging match over the back fence, because it will go on for months.
Mars is like a Roman soldier. Give him a plan. Make it September-March, not ‘now, now, now.’
Plan B and C for Commuters
Have Plan B and C if you intend to travel in this time-frame. If you are a regular commuter, also have Plan B and C. You may need a second taxi company or driver, for example.
There will be strike action around the world which disrupts normal globalisation. It will involve men who make the wheels go round with the airlines, the car industry, public transport, shipping.
Gemini also rules the media, telephones, fax machines, computers (obviously) and the worldwide web (even more obviously). Expect slowdowns, shortages and stoppages here too.
The cause may be the Twitter battle against Elon Musk, or China (the world’s factory) experiencing supply chain problems because of the pandemic.
New Computers and Telephones
If you are going to buy new gear, read the terms and conditions on defects, delivery time and refunds very cautiously. The same goes for any new car, bicycle, scooter, electric bike and so on. Gemini rules all these matters.
Spare parts and supply chain issues would be a typical outcome of Mars Retrograde in Gemini.
China Crisis and Spare Parts
China’s property crisis may result in further economic collapse; remember she is the world’s factory for telephones and computers.
If you have Sagittarius factors in your natal chart, between 8 and 25 degrees, Mars will be in opposition to this, repeatedly, as he goes backwards and forwards from 8 to 25 Gemini.
As Sagittarius rules foreigners in your world, and also foreign travel, the recurring block from Mars between September 4th and around March 16th and 17th, suggests regular obstacles with airlines and at airports; perhaps with visas or passports.
If you have Gemini factors in your natal chart between 8 and 25 degrees, the Mars conjunction will repeat at this time. Gemini rules your siblings and cousins. Your short trips and commuting. Your internet, media, educational and publishing involvement. Image: Edz Norton, Unsplash.
What To Do on Mars in Gemini Retrograde
If you don’t want that “Here we go again” feeling, like a jumbled game of Scrabble – then pull back on the Gemini action. The less you ‘do’ Mars in Gemini, the less you have to repeat.
So if you can choose any time at all to take action and impulse-buy an electric bike, do it once Mars is out of the way, from March 16th and 17th 2023, when he has finished the loop.
If you want some kind of summit meeting with your sister or brother, and you know there is a question of attack or defence (Mars rules both) then postpone it until around March 16th and 17th, 2023.
Have back-up for your computers and important files. Always have a fall-back position for anything Gemini, like a television interview or a magazine subscription. If you just think of all Gemini matters as ‘active and rapid, but going backwards’ you’ll get a feeling for this cycle. And I’ll just repeat – fight the good fight. You also need to pick your battles.
Using Mars Retrograde Productively
Dress rehearsals. Preparation, with a view to productive mistakes. The acceptance that this chapter in your life will be a first draft, second draft, third draft, final draft – after March 2023. Realising that “Charge!’ as a cry on the battle field is rather silly when half the army is going the wrong way. Mars Retrograde, rather like Mercury Retrograde, is about redoing things.
Thus it is terribly good for endless practise and attempt, with a marvellous result once it’s all over, but until then – don’t lose time or money over this. Don’t lose relationships with people, if you can possibly avoid it.
All Action and No Thought
Mars can be all action and no thought. He is very quick to see ‘the enemy’ and that is extremely unhelpful when he is stuck in the astrological equivalent of quicksand and wading backwards in it. You get the picture.
By zodiac sign and house, Mars in Gemini shows you where the tolerance drops and the impatience or impulse increases. It’s a fine line between the reflexes that save the day (firemen) and the first shot fired in anger that begins the battle, that starts the war (Franz Ferdinand).
How Mars Moves From September 4th to March 17th
If you have astrology chart factors in Gemini at 8 to 25 degrees, it can be helpful to see how Mars moves in your chart.
On Sunday 4th September, Mars goes to 8 degrees of Gemini. He then moves like this:
Mars 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Gemini.
On Sunday 30th October he turns retrograde and begins retracing his steps.
Mars 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 Gemini
Then on Thursday January 12th 2023 he turns direct and retraces his steps again.
Mars 8, 9, 10,11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.
The final sign-off is Friday 17th March 2023 at 25 Gemini. By this stage of your life, Mars will have passed over the same spot in your Third House of domestic flights, ferries, commuting, short cruises, trains, trams, taxis and buses three times.
So this is a story that is back to front – even if you think you’re writing it normally. We say ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ for the start and end dates of the cycle, because of world time zone differences.
How NASA Views Mars Retrograde
NASA tracks Mars Retrograde too. “Did it have some weird, mystical meaning?” they ask. Well, it did then and still does!
Mars Transits the Third House
Mars is transiting Gemini and the Third House of your natal chart for an unusually long time, so there is the potential for a long and drawn-out battle if a single shot is fired in haste.
Cast not the first stone, and all that. Mars was the icon revered by Roman soldiers. He is the old Italian war god and it takes a fair bit of navigation and strategy to avoid that, when he is charging backwards and forwards through your Third House. Lower the emotional temperature and reduce the speed.
Good Things Come Later
Good things come later from this otherwise abrasive Mars Retrograde transit. In Gemini, he foreshadows the ingress of Jupiter in Gemini (very good news) in 2024. That brings expansion, growth, optimism and solutions for: domestic flight, public transport, the media, the internet, commuting, neighbour relations – and all Gemini-ruled matters.
This in turn foreshadows the long stay of Uranus (freedom) in Gemini a year or two later. What we gain from in terms of new independence with travel in particular, owes a great deal to the Mars in Gemini saga of September 2022 to March 2023.
Gemini People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
The focus of attention now is you – your name, face, body, ‘packaging’; everything from your hair, to your clothes, to your business card. It’s about how the world sees you, and how you present yourself. Mars in the First House also influences your feelings about your reputation.
That means your image, persona and public face. You’ll be fired up about these issues now; even temporarily ‘seized’ by what needs to happen. Perhaps this is about your title or good name, Gemini. Your brand.
Mars is about attack or defence. You may feel like ‘attacking’ goals which relate to your look, style, role, name or public profile now. Separate yourself from the fired-up feelings and look at the overall plan. Given that this is a circular story for some seven months, how are you going to play it?
Image and Reputation for Gemini People
If anyone or anything poses a threat to how you are seen, you’ll probably feel the heat. Feeling hot under the collar is normal on a Mars transit. Counting to ten is unlikely to help, as Mars typically stays in the First House for weeks, but this time around, he is here for months.
This cycle is about how you look to the world, and how you are seen. Mars rules impulse, heat, friction and action. Common sense says, slow down and cool down, to avoid acting out Mars stories.
Mars stories are on rewind for far too long and you have better things to do. Perhaps this is a question about your surname, if you are getting married. It may be about your Facebook profile (Facebook being the source of many problems). I don’t need to tell you that the First House is about cosmetic surgery; hair transplants; weight loss; cosmetic dentistry.
Just be aware that whatever is launched on this cycle gets stuck or goes backwards. If you’re going to launch a website or YouTube channel bearing your name, then read the fine print on terms and conditions. It’s the same story, Gemini, if you have your portrait painted. A biography could be the cause of friction now; same story. Remember, the 2008 Mars Retrograde in Gemini saw a famous Gemini, the Duke of Edinburgh, in a backwards-forwards debate over his reputation, regarding Diana, Princess of Wales.
Taurus People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
Mars will now show you threats or possibilities, in relation to money, security, lifestyle and all the things that make us fell rich or poor. It can wind you up about a mortgage, or put a rocket under an investment plan. Take your time. Cool off and slow down, otherwise you may be picking up the pieces for months, Taurus.
The less you act out Mars, the less repetitive and stuck your life will be. If you need to know more about Mars and you are a Premium Member, consult your library.
Possessions are a Gemini matter in the Taurus chart. That means your wallet or purse, as well as your car, favourite jacket, antique piggy bank and so on. Houses and apartments also matter in this cycle. Business agreements, too – and of course, shares. Insurance, pension plans and superannuation.
Expect this to go forwards, get stuck, go backwards, get stuck and then repeat. It is terribly important to read the fine print and get it in writing.
Selling Out and Standing Firm
This cycle is also about your value system. What you will and won’t sell out for. If it’s true that everyone has their price (or their idea of what is priceless), you’ll be moved to act on it now. Remember to breathe, though – and if necessary, to count to 100 and call a financial advisor before acting. I mention this because of the backward traction of Mars Retrograde.
Libran singer, actress and businesswoman Dame Olivia Newton-John had this cycle when she sued Universal for more than $1million she claimed was owed to her from the Grease soundtrack. Mercury was also in her Second House. So, that’s how this cycle has affected people before you.
This is not the moment to push or rush. Nor is it the right time to yell, ‘Charge!’ without considering that you may be saying it again. And again. You need a strategy with Mars in Gemini.
You can’t pretend he is not there (because he is) but he does like a game plan. Give him a game-plan that gets you through to March 2023 with a sign-off soon afterwards, when Mars is out of the loop. Most of all, remember the less you add to a Mars story, the less you have to rewrite later.
Aries People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
This cycle rules brothers and sisters, short trips (and the way you get around), and the written and spoken word. Cousins and neighbours also count in this cycle. If a brother or sister is acting out of character now, Mars is probably responsible. Are they all fired up? Banging tables? Look at your brother and sister’s issue on its own merits.
Forget the passion; are they right or wrong? Cousins too? Sometimes it’s you who’ll feel charged up about your sibling or close relative. You’re the one who has an axe to grind, or some mighty campaign to launch.
When it comes to brothers and sisters, cousins and you, the truth is… when this cycle is over, you’ll look back and be grateful you didn’t get caught up in a battle. As always with Mars, reduce the heat, introduce some detachment, and ask people who are sensible, intelligent and objective.
The less you buy into warfare with or for a brother, sister, cousin – the less there is to be stuck with.
Short trips, and the way you get around town (or further afield) are also significant issues now. Cars, planes, trains, buses, motorbikes, bicycles, taxis – they’ll all come up. Just because you’re all fired up about something doesn’t mean you have to do it – or even take yourself or others too seriously.
Again, the less you buy into the rapid action plan or the quick-fire attack on the issue, the better. This feels like it’s heat of the moment and is over quickly. No. It will come back and back, Aries.
The Internet and You
Communication, the written and spoken word, and the messages you need to get out there, are also influenced by Mars now. Be careful what you say and write. Your energy may create a big ripple effect. Firing off emails or flaming people in online groups can reverberate around the entire web.
The usual Mars rules apply to yourself, and to other people, now; watch what unfolds and manage it properly especially if something must go on the record – and stay there.
Mars rules you. You are well-known for being an action woman or action man. Right now, backwards action is the norm with siblings, cousins, travel, commuting, media, internet.
Take more precautions than you normally would. Don’t risk traffic fines. Be aware of the risk of airline collapse or strike action. Out of all this, Aries, comes a far superior way of travelling and commuting in a year or two.
Pisces People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
Your family relationships, flatmate relationships, house, apartment or temporary accommodation will be shaped by what happens next – with long-term results!
Take your time as you navigate. Have Plan B and C if this is about your home, home town, homeland. Have Plan B and C with relatives, flatmates/roommates, live-in partners. Mars is going backwards and forwards. The action is protracted.
Whatever else is going on astrologically, your mother, father, brother, sister and other close relatives (dead or alive) will be a more urgent issue now. So will your relationship with a partner, if you live with him or her, and any flatmates in your life, there is potential for a long and rambling feud. People who have a direct influence on your home life, like neighbours, builders or co-tenants will also go to the top of your list now. Don’t buy into Mars in the first place. What should be a quick spat can become a protracted and frequently repetitive saga.
Mars cranks up the heat and tension. You can see how this could create long-term problems with family members, partners or flatmates (or those other people connected to your home life).
The brilliant Mambo artist and Mental As Anything guitarist Reg Mombassa once produced a painting with the legend CAST NOT THE FIRST STONE written on it – that’s excellent advice now. Stones go back and forth like ping-pong balls when Mars is retrograde.
Brothers, Sisters, Cousins
If you have Gemini natal chart factors, Pisces, then this is about your brother, sister and/or cousin. Don’t start anything – or be provoked. Don’t act out Mars if you don’t want the ‘re’prefix in front of everything. Rehashing old arguments, for example. Renovating the renovations.
Speaking of which – you may also be looking at renovating, home repairs, decorating and possibly a permanent new home now. Whatever the priority is (a new shower curtain and matching towels, or a $3million property investment), Mars Retrograde will rule. Get it in writing, read the fine print and have Plan B and C.
You don’t want a Fawlty Towers Irish builder situation. In fact, Fawlty Towers is a good analogy for Mars Retrograde in Gemini.
This is a very good time to spend September-March on drawing, redrawing and redrawing architectural plans. Not so good for the impulsive hire of a new architect without thorough prep. It’s a good time to understand that if you are battling greedy property developers who are hell-bent on destroying animal habitat – you need to be clever and understand that this will actually go backwards and stall – and use it.
The Tarot can help you there, Pisces. Mars Retrograde in the Fourth House is about your town, country, sense of belonging to a place – as well as your ancestry, heritage, culture. That can light a flame now too. Be strategic. Neighbours are a likely issue, especially if you or the neighbour has Gemini chart factors.
Don’t be silly enough to start something you can’t finish in a few weeks. This is not about ‘There!’ and it’s over. It’s about a saga and you have better things to do.
Aquarius People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
Aquarius, expect the emotional temperature to rise in relation to your own sons and daughters, or other people’s children. This cycle can also trigger more adrenaline over issues such as pregnancy, fertility, abortion, miscarriage and adoption. We include godchildren, nieces and nephews in this.
Also children, teenagers and Millennials you teach (say) or sell products to. A younger demographic or junior marketplace, basically. This retrograde is in your Fifth House of courtship, heirs and pretenders to your throne. I’ll get onto courtship in a moment!
Right now, you’ll be all fired up about an issue directly connected to the above list. You’ll find it hard to be logical or ‘rational’ about what you’re feeling, because you’re convinced you’ve just seen exactly what has to happen. So are they. Or, so is he/she.
Ask sensible outsiders if it would all make sense, without the heat you are feeling. You may be inflamed now, or seized by the moment, and feeling defensive or rather like attacking.
The world of children and teenagers in general may be an issue. Be clever. If you are fighting the good fight and trying to get fair custody of a daughter – or fighting the headmaster over having HEPA filters installed in every classroom – use astrology. This is going to go backwards, get stuck, reverse, change – along the way.
So keep it flexible, whatever the issue is, involving heirs or pretenders to your throne.
Love and Lust
When it comes to love and lust, do not let passion or anger make you do things you would not do, if you were not feeling so hyped up. As always with Mars cycles, see if you can wait until Mars has left the Fifth House before you take action in any direction. Courtship is a Fifth House matter.
The bedroom. Being courted. I’m not a huge fan of Mars in Gemini in your Fifth House, Aquarius, because of the potential for repeated drama.
If you are dating now or in a complex phase with a marriage or partnership, expect it to go around in circles. Less angst. Don’t assume your first date is ‘the one’ and it will be textbook chronological order romance. It’s more like Jane Austen on roller skates.
Time, space, tolerance and tact are the four magic ingredients which will get you through this period. Do what you can to invite them in – and try to practise them towards others. This applies not matter if you are dealing with a screaming toddler, an over-emotional boyfriend, or a mad parent at your child’s school.
Mars is Not The Only Player
This period is exceptional for first, second and third attempts at something – as part of a creative and productive process. Honour the mistakes on Mars Retrograde. If you have the luxury of choosing any time at all to have a baby; adopt a child; start IVF – you would avoid Mars Retrograde in Gemini in your solar Fifth House of parenthood. You’d start in March 2023 when it’s over. Why? Less drama. You have other things to do.
Aquarius, for all that this retrograde is not welcomed by professional astrologers, it also precedes the wonderful Jupiter in Gemini and the liberating Uranus in Gemini cycles later. So what is stuck until March 2023 is the grit in the oyster that makes the pearl later – with courtship; with your heirs and pretenders to the throne, whomever they may be.
This isn’t only about Mars. He’s not the only player in your horoscope. What happens to you (and around you) with a younger generation, or courtship, from September 2022 until March 2023 is the impetus for something terrific, later on. Trust the Gemini cycles. I really like @MuseumAstro and their account, which frequently reminds us of the centuries-old view of the planets.
There is Mars at the top, extreme left. He’s stuck. Standing still. About to reverse. That’s a good illustration of this cycle. Yet, look at the other planets and players. They all get involved in your chart, Aquarius.
Capricorn People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
This cycle will strongly influence the chain of command where you are, no matter if you’re working, preoccupied with housework, or have a voluntary role somewhere. Capricorn, if you are highly strategic and use astrology knowledge, you can really set up a superior future career for yourself; a future unpaid career or academic career.
Why? What is so challenging in September 2022 through March 2023 is later on, the catalyst for fantastic changes. I’m thinking of the spectacular Jupiter in Gemini cycle from 2024 and Uranus in Gemini, soon after. The growth and the freedom.
Having said that, you have better things to do than end up in a work or health scenario you can avoid. Work or routine issues will now light your fire. You’ll see gaps where you can get in, and doors that you could push open, or quick measures you could take, to stop other people posing a threat to you. Take your time!
This cycle can trigger complications unless you measure your steps. Why? Because you are walking backwards or other people are. Strike action could take September-March to conclude. Shenanigans at work, or in business, could take months to sort out.
Sackings and Reshuffles
Sackings and resignations, takeovers and corporate wars have come out of these cycles. If you have factors in Gemini and work in education, media, academia, the web, publishing, public transport, communications, commuting, domestic travel – double that message.
Your health and wellbeing (from the dentist, to the doctor, via diet books) are also in focus now. One particular issue is going to see you feeling anything from tense, to super-motivated, to over-heated.
Remember the Mars rules, though. If you sense too much heat in yourself or others, look at the potential outcome – and the issue. Without the emotion, how do you see this? It all goes backwards. Be aware. Don’t assume you can just jump in, do something rapidly and jump out. Mars Retrograde tends to repeat himself with long pauses in between. Not useful.
Being gripped by a health or work priority that you ‘have’ to push ahead with is a sure sign that Mars is in charge – and you need to play for time. You actually need a September-March plan that will cater for stop-start delivery. So, weight loss is a classic example.
The Sixth House of your solar chart rules weight loss; personal trainers; surgery; health insurance; doctors; dentists; diets. It obviously rules the pandemic and the virus.
Use astrology as your secret super power, Capricorn. If you want something to change with the way others are (not) handling the pandemic, call it a September-March strategy and allow for delays and flux. They will not do that. You’ll be across the battle plan.
Sensible, impartial friends or family members can also help you decide if you’re on the right track, or racing off towards the wrong destination with work or health. Mars always needs a plan, though. So come up with a plan for work, unpaid work, academia, health, wellbeing, lifestyle, daily routine – that allows for reversals, delays and cancellations. Smart move.
Sagittarius People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
It’s now all to easy to find yourself in the blue corner, while someone else is in the red one. Tibetan Buddhist websites will help you find techniques for managing your own over-heated attack and defence mechanisms – and coping calmly, when other people’s attack and defence mechanisms are aimed at you.
I mention this because if you have the Sun at 8 through 25 degrees of Sagittarius (check your natal chart) you will have Mars oppositions. I don’t think it will be a huge deal, but it’s a smart move to sidestep Mars Retrograde endless drama. Don’t start it and don’t buy into it.
The Seventh House of your solar chart, ruled by Gemini, is also about your marriage; professional partnership, common-law marriage, sexual partnership. It is about platonic duets – like two friends sharing a house. Think – pairs.
Are you happy with your partner, ex-partner, or the prospects with a future date? That person will also be at the top of your list now. You’ll be all hot and sweaty about certain ideas, notions or visions involving them. Or they’ll be unusually charged up. Yet, it all goes backwards. It gets stuck, goes backwards and may change a lot. Allow for that, September through March 2023.
Heat in the Air
There is heat in the air now. As with all Mars Retrograde cycles, don’t let the heat ignite. You have better things to do, Sagittarius, than run around, September-March, trying to hose it down while you realise the map is upside-down.
If you are getting married allow for Plan B and C. Same, if you are separating or divorcing. If you are moving in with someone, allow for static, long pauses, flux. Ditto if you are entering into a professional partnership, like Mr. Marks and Mr. Spencer.
A very wise use of this cycle is the long, strategic, game plan which allows for waiting games and cancellations – with or through the other person. It may be love or war but it will go backwards.
You do need a strategy, too. Some kind of over-arching scheme, that nicely takes in the potential for delaying tactics by him/her/them – or just delays. If you are sneaky you will treat this period as a dress rehearsal for a duet or duel then swiftly act once Mars is out of the loop, after March 16th.
Scorpio People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
This cycle rules joint financial issues, like a shared mortgage or property investment, a family inheritance, the tax department, or the car you share with your sister. It’s about money, houses, apartments, possessions, assets and resources that work one, two or more ways between everyone involved.
Credit cards, chequebooks, accountants, banks, insurance and tax are all typical concerns at this time.
If you find yourself on the attack or defence over what you own, earn or owe then you need to observe the usual Mars rules. Slow down, cool off and try to look at the issue dispassionately.
A clever, objective outsider can help. Mars Retrograde is more important; you could go backwards for months, Scorpio. Really think about the old idea of ‘Choose your battles.’
The reason I say this is that in your natal chart I can see Uranus in Taurus, the North Node in Taurus and the South Node in Scorpio, across your Second House-Eighth House axis. And your Sun is in the Eighth House anyway. So I’m not madly keen on the idea of you charging into some kind of financial or business battle, or property stoush.
Scorpio – even just a competition or contest is Mars territory. When he appears to go backwards and get stuck, September-March, so may the fray.
Rushing and Pushing
Do not rush or push at this time, as this cycle can start a domino effect in your life, which brings complications later. The game which is abandoned or delayed.
Income tax and lawsuits are associated with this transit. If you are going to use astrology for sneaky superpower purposes, remember whatever begins on or close to September 4th, will run until March 16th (backwards).
It’s really like fencing or boxing. Football. The usual rules and stop watch will not apply. If you can make that work for you, that’s great. If you can’t do it, then think about going into your big financial push after March 2023.
This applies to basic economic push tactics too; if you want to save or make money, through property, business, income, stashing the cash (or selling up) – fine. That is a very Scorpio approach to life. Just allow for it all to be on rewind and for the DVD to freeze.
Libra People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
This cycle will strongly influence how you feel about a trip, a move, or a connection to someone from another country or culture. Religion matters more now too. We also link the Ninth House to publishing and the worldwide web. Foreign people and places or regional differences can trigger you or others. The pandemic has already caused mass delays and cancellations; there will be more so be aware of that. Image: Felipe Souza, Unsplash.
This cycle may also trigger issues connected to the world of academia and education. In all cases, expect more emotional heat and the typical ‘seized’ feeling that arrives in a Mars cycle.
If Oxford University put on a lacklustre course online and it wastes you a lot of money, you may find yourself becoming that Kenny Everett character, Angry of Mayfair. Though, walking backwards.
When travelling, teaching, studying, moving, exporting or dealing with people from other cultures, the usual Mars rules apply: just because you or someone else is getting all hot and bothered, does not mean the principle at stake is worth the pile of merde that will result if either of you lets the situation go further.
This is an excellent cycle for rescheduling, brainstorming, rehearsing. Not for charging full steam ahead. Mars Retrograde is action, backwards. Education, academia and publishing often provide the arena where Mars madness gets played out in Gemini in your solar Ninth House.
Your agenda (or other people’s burning mission) might be pointing in the right direction, in the right way, later on. Try March 2023. Treat September-March as mulling and musing time. If you go over and over, repeat, repeat and it is productive then there is no issue. The third, fourth, draft or version is the one, and that will appear after March next year.
Travel and relocation issues may prompt situations where you need to breathe deeply and slowly now. Aries actor Charlie Chaplin had this cycle on September 19, 1952, when he was barred from America by US Immigration. Mars in the Ninth House. It can happen.
If you can imagine revving a car then having it shoot backwards, that’s pretty much where this cycle is, Libra. Foreigners and foreign countries are the chief concern. Mars is very fast, but retrograde, he grates his wheels and accelerates back and forth for quite a long time.
Virgo People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
If you have a full-time or part-time job, a burning career issue will turn up now. You’ll be fired up – passionate! Alternatively, if may be your boss, client, colleague or professional rival who starts pushing forward. If you are a full-time parent or wife/husband, or you have a voluntary community role, this cycle will also affect that aspect of your life. It is about roles and goals. Your ambition, mission and position.
Mars retrograde is rethinking, rescheduling, rehearsing. It is unsuitable for a big push forward, as if time was linear. Time is not. It is circular on this cycle. If you want the best results professionally, with unpaid work or academia – treat September-March as a long beta testing period and don’t commit assuming everything just goes forward, smoothly. Mars Retrograde in Gemini tells you, it reverses and repeats. It can also come to nothing.
Career, Unpaid Work, Academia
If your career, unpaid work or academic career involves the media, publishing, internet, commuting, regional travel – then double that message. Treble that message if you also have factors in Gemini in your natal chart.
If you are retired, have full-time home duties or are unemployed, Mars will deliver the same scenario, but channelled through other areas of your life which relate to your role and your goals. It can feel like going up the corporate ladder, then back down, then back up again. Then the ladder is reassembled. Be sharply aware of this, Virgo, if you are signing up for anything. Or receiving signatures.
I think December 2022, January 2023 is more of an issue in terms of that, because we have a ton of natal chart transits in the same place – the Tenth House. Expect reshuffles, demotions, mergers, promotions and departures. If you have anything in Capricorn then it’s accented.
The best way to approach so-called ‘final arrangements’ is to remember that they are in flux and you are better off being loosey-goosey.
If you want to rush or push, particularly on a professional or business level, you must take other people’s feelings and situation into account. If you do not, then you’ll find this cycle has a funny way of boomeranging back to you. Mars was the Roman god of war.
If you have to be invasive, defensive or attacking on this transit, starting in September, then come up with a strategy (Mars likes a plan) which involves tremendous flexibility so if you have to stall, you are prepared to do that, and if you have to reverse your steps, you can do that too.
Leo People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
You’ll be gripped by a group goal now that you’re physically excited and enthused about. The women’s football team. The band. The charity. The university reunion. The environmental campaign. The only issue is, it’s backwards and stuck. It is in flux, September 2022 to March 2023.
Make allowances for that and be loosey-goosey about arrangements. Apart from anything else, Leo, we are in a pandemic. And a Saturn in Aquarius cycle, in your natal Eleventh House of friends and groups (same thing).
Good Mars questions to ask yourself are: a) Do I have Plan B, C and D? and b) If life is one long domino effect, is my game with a friend or group flexible enough to take all the turns?
There may also be a group around you and outside you (a book group, website forum etc.) where one or more people are feeling the heat. They’re all revved up and ready for a fight, or they’ve got some hot take, about taking on some kind of battle. This is going to reverse.
Clubs, Teams and Groups
Keep an eye on the networks, teams, clubs, associations, classes and other types of people who are in your world (or on the fringes of your world), at this time. A sensible rule with Mars Retrograde is to avoid Martial things. Good Martial Arts with or around groups now depends on realising the less you put into it, the less running around there will be. Backwards.
When it comes to friendship, remember that Mars is really about the Three Musketeers. Are you with me or against me? All for one and one for all? The moment you spot that kind of atmosphere you may want to bring the stakes down, Leo, because you’ll be back and forth with it for months.
You can just tell this is the Democrats in the United States because they have two Leo former presidents; Obama and Clinton. In fact, Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton in the last Mars Retrograde in Gemini. Remember that two-person debate?
Do you have Aquarius factors in your natal chart? Okay, this is more important, Leo. Also until March 2023 you have this go-slow/caution advised/smart defence cycle which is affecting friendships and the group. So you really need to strategise like a professional with friends and groups.
Long-term, Leo, whatever your natal chart looks like – good things come from this. Jupiter goes into Gemini, then Uranus, from the mid 2020’s. Long-term you find fantastic, liberating, exhilarating outcomes with your social life, networks, communities and friendships.
Nothing comes from nothing in astrology, so some of this will be seeded by the circular, stuck, loop of Mars Retrograde in your solar Eleventh House in 2022-2023.
Cancer People and Mars Retrograde in Gemini
The burning issue in your life now will be solitary and sealed off. It may be religion, Tarot, mediumship, hypnosis, self-help, therapy, meditation, Buddhism or anything which involves you being cloistered or alone with your own soul.
This extremely heated matter will make you feel as if this must involve immediate action, even if it is unseen and unknown as far as outsiders are concerned. It may be God, the Universe, your dreams, your psychologist, your self-help books, , alcohol escapism, psychiatric drugs – but it’s your inner life. Your inner world.
Your secrets and your psyche. Your faith and your inner being, which is known to some Indian healers as the chakra system.
The September to March Heatwave
As with all Mars cycles, the fact that you feel galvanised about something is not necessarily a reason for charging ahead. Why pay too much attention to a September 2022-March 2023 heatwave? This soulful matter could easily trigger a spot of heat in someone else at this time. Your priest or therapist, perhaps.
Your private relationship with yourself, which usually emerges in dreams, meditation, tarot, prayer, astrology, mediumship, journals, therapy and other navel-gazing pursuits, is more important now. It seems you will meet your own raw energy through encounters with your own soul.
As a sensible rule of thumb, don’t ‘do’ Mars in the solar Twelfth House too much. Pull back from (say) the sessions with the Archbishop if it feels too ‘Mars’ for you. It’s the same with therapy about your childhood, if you are pursuing that.
Losing My Religion?
Your religion can put other people on the attack or defence now. God as a whole can also put you on similar ground. There is a great deal of the confessional about this cycle. Strategise don’t just wade in.
A strategy which allows for delays, reversals and circuits in time, from March 2022 to September 2023 is a very smart idea. If you treat life as a process in motion it is far more successful on Mars Retrograde. Wheels turn back and forth. Nobody can see them except you. It’s a journey not an outcome.
The less you buy into attack and defence, particularly where religion or counselling is concerned (or psychics) the better. Cancer, all this grit leads to a pearl in the oyster of your life, later on. In fact, Jupiter and then Uranus in Gemini in your solar Twelfth House from the mid 2020’s are going to deliver very nicely for you.
Change your life, even. None of it would have ever happened without the heat of Mars Retrograde.
Do you have Pisces natal chart factors? Double that message, Cancer. Halloween to Christmas is a crucial period for all that I’ve mentioned. And nobody will know except you, and perhaps your confidante.
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