Mars is currently in the pre-shadow phase as it begins to slow down in advance of its retrograde trajectory later this month.
Mars retrograde dates: October 30, 2022, to January 12, 2023.
Mars enters pre-retrograde shadow on September 3, 2022, at 8°8′ degrees of Gemini.
Mars goes retrograde on Oct 30, 2022, at 6:25 a.m. Pacific Time at 25°37′ degrees of Gemini.
Mars turns direct on Jan 12, 2023, at 12:56 p.m. Pacific Time at 8°8′ degrees of Gemini.
The post-retrograde period lasts until March 15, 2023, at 25°37′ degrees of Gemini.
Mars is the planet that rules our drive and how we go after what we want and desire, for that reason, Mars retrograde is a time the war planet stops acting out and uses manipulative tactics to control situations. Being that this Mars retrograde is in Gemini, it’s easy to assess that we will be dealing with communication meltdowns. Hidden anger that’s been building up within will come to the surface and result in a harsh tongue-lashing. The results can lead to major issues and arguments that won’t be easy to repair. Therefore, during this transit, it’s best to think before asserting yourself and keep a journal of what you wish you could say—then evaluate your findings to decide on the right way to let your feelings be known.
Key Mars Retrograde Aspects in 2022
- November 19: Mars retrograde will form a square to Neptune in Pisces, which will make it hard for us to move forward. This cosmic clash escalates fears and phobias that have been dormant within us. The result can make us feel stuck and unsure. The flip side is that we’ll be drawn to mysterious people and situations that make us use our investigative skills. However, anxiety will have an extreme effect on our emotional nature and create more issues down the road.
- November 28: Mars retrograde will form a trine with Saturn in Aquarius, adding stabilizing energy while giving us structure. Foundations will seem stronger, even if it’s temporary. Commitments are possible now, even though there may be major changes in the terms once Mars turns direct. Watch out for power struggles with those who are in authoritative roles and want to control us.
Mars Retrograde in Gemini Effects
This retrograde will be most intense for the mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces (especially Gemini). This should be a time of change—but the retrograde will expose phobias that will make these signs slow down and not take action.
This retrograde will be most beneficial for the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. It’ll give them a chance to reevaluate their financial plans and goals.
This retrograde will be the easiest for the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. It’s their chance to heal and work through personal issues.