Mars, the planet of energy, action and desire, is in the freedom-loving sign of Aquarius from May 16 to August 12 and again from September 10th – November 15th, spending longer than it usually does in a sign due to appearing retrograde from June 27th – August 28th (and re-entering Capricorn for a month). Our experiences during the summer and autumn of 2018 will be strongly influenced by this energy, so it can help a lot to have a grasp of what Mars in Aquarius is about – for this transit has the potential to bring revolutionary change to our individual and collective lives.
Cafeastrology says: “Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods, and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.”
Roya Backlund on elitedaily.com tells us:
“Mars in Aquarius will inspire you to be proud of what makes you unique. While it’s normal to feel like hiding certain aspects of yourself in order to fit in, Mars in Aquarius wants you to bare the truth of your individuality for all the world to see. There’s nobody in this world like you. You were given strengths, talents, flaws, and weaknesses that nobody else has. Your qualities exist for a reason, and if you don’t use them, our world will be lacking a necessary ingredient.
“During this time, you must listen closely to your inner-voice and do exactly what it says. Do not let the expectations of others tarnish the purity of yourself. Do not allow someone else’s idea of who you are dictate the steps you take. Instead, forge your own path.
“During Mars in Aquarius, you will be swept by an urgent desire to remain free. Any inhibiting restrictions, narrow-minded belief systems, or constraining routines will make you feel like you’re trapped. Instead, you will want to break free from your cage and run wild. This will feel incredibly liberating, like there’s nothing in the world that can hold you back.”
“While fierce Mars moves through the brilliant sign of Aquarius, we’re eager to fight for our freedom, our individuality, and our community! Aquarius is a sign that marches to its own beat, and we simply won’t allow our ideas and ambitions to be silenced or shoved aside during this transit.
“Mars in Aquarius is a time to revolutionize our way of doing things. It blesses us with magnificent visions to improve not only our daily lives, but society as a whole. Our minds are clear and we are free to think and act in whatever way is needed. We can see a better future, and the steps we must take in order to reach it.
“Mars’ transit through Aquarius is a time to stand up for our rights and fight for change. Aquarius is a detached sign that doesn’t typically get too fired up, but Mars’ warrior-like presence here adds the fuel that is normally lacking and encourages us to champion our ideas and ideals. We are fighting for our freedoms, but we aren’t using our fists — with Mars in Aquarius, our minds are our greatest weapons.
“Strength lies in fresh ideas and original plans during this transit. Traditional ways of thinking will only lead to more of the same — Mars in Aquarius is a time to identify what we want the future to look like, and to take active steps toward it. It’s not just about thinking outside the box, it’s about completely forgetting about the box. The only way to make things radically different is to act in radical ways.
“Injustices and societal problems are impossible to ignore while Mars is in Aquarius. Aquarius is the humanitarian of the zodiac, and is especially concerned with what’s happening to the underdog. While Mars is firing up this sign, we can clearly see what needs to change and how. We can see not just the problems, but the solutions. There’s a powerful opportunity for reformation and revolution during this transit that we don’t always have available to us.”
THE RETROGRADE PERIOD (June 27-Aug 28th):
“… indicates a profound and very powerful time of resetting our practical needs for humanity’s overall benefit as it asks us to simply surrender to letting go of what no longer works with courage by our side.
This specific retrograde passage opens us to embrace a true redefinition of what allows us all to take action within our lives, asking for us to find humility, consideration, and patience as we pause in lieu of the larger picture. Coupled with the sensitive path we are personally and collectively on throughout 2018 to connect to what we are meant to be nurturing the most to be a greater part of the entire whole, Summer 2018 energetically resets the future goals of the world. This critical cycle of reflection aligns us in grave responsibility to become like a well-oiled machine that is able to properly express self-reliance and acute awareness within our lives.” FROM sharitastar.com
Mary Shea puts it simply like this:
“While Mars is retrograde, you will be reviewing the way you handle anger, self-defense, self-motivation and sexual relationships… outward anger or conflicts may not be appropriate .”
Kelly Surtees on kellysastrology.com:
“This period is like a cosmic pause, where delays have a purpose; to give you extra time to clarify your motivation and dreams for the future. When Mars returns to Aquarius from mid-September to mid-November, you’ll be refreshed and ready to power forward.”
Kimberley Peta Dewhirst on starsignstyle.com
“Mars appearing retrograde is a time when our energy and actions are busy and distracted. Just as communications, electricals and networks go haywire during Mercury Retrograde our reserves of ardent drive can be knocked off course during this time. It might be a chaotic period of in-action, and our plans may back-fire or be thwarted by obstacles. Other people might seem to have a quick temper, be overactive, rash and take action on impulse. Drives may wane, including our sex-drive!
“Will power, assertiveness, forthrightness and the ability to power and drive through life will be on slow-gear, even reverse! It’s important to review how we expend our energies and the projects we’re progressing. This is a great time to reassess the action-plan, re-work where our energies are directed, RECHARGING and RESTING.”
She also offers this sound advice for the retrograde:
“Don’t initiate new projects now (if possible), plans could need re-assertion.
“Don’t Panic – Mars appears retrograde every two years, nothing to go Gaga over.”