* MARS in SAG goes Retro on Apr 17 (until June 29) back into and out of SCO: RE-covering the Magical Masculine in the Deep Alchemy!

13 Apr

It’s rare (every 2 years). It’s coming:
MARS will go RETROgrade from 9° SAG, on Apr 17 (all the way back to 23° SCO, until June 29).
Sooo, MARS stops and goes from Earth perspective backwards, just before passing SATURN (which will only happen way after the retro phase, on Aug 24).
And: MARS will cross over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SAG into SCO, in ‘reverse gear’, on May 27, and in forward gear again over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Aug 2.
Quite the arc, quite the journey.


Vitruvian Man, by Leonardo da Vinci


MARS goes retro every two years, in sequence of the signs of the Zodiac.
The last MARS retro phase happened (in LIBRA) from March – May 2014, and the previous one from end of Jan – Apr 2012 in VIRGO.
Remember your experiences during those phases?

  • Do ‘men from the past’, and ‘unresolved battles from the past’ appear during MARS RETRO?
  • And what’s with MARS’s ‘unfinished business’, back in SCO?
  • In what ways is the masculine, assertive Warrior Archetype going ‘inwards-backwards’? 
  • What does that mean for US, and how can we hone this energy best?

It’s a magical zone there from SCO to SAG, where hidden and covered treasures and truths are coming to the light. However, with MARS going from SAG back into SCO (during its retro phase, on May 27) we have to change the story we are telling ourselves, and what we believe into existence (SAG where SATURN also sits), and ‘dip in’ again into SCO for deeper processing, before our passion re-emerges into the light as MARS finally enters SAG ‘for good’, on Aug 2.
MARS retro takes us to deeper processes to meet what’s usually covered and unseen, what we cover up or hide (for worse or better – the shameful and the inner magical power). 
An Odyssey? A dark-sea journey? A magical mystery tour? 
How can our inner connection with MARS take us all the way through, so that the Truth shall set us FREE, and we are strengthened and energized from within to pursue what we deeply love (rather than – lower Martian vibrations – going after ego based desires).

What does the MARS ARCHETYPE represent – for YOU?

  • Basic instincts and primal drives that bring us to a ‘fight or flight’ mode, survival instinct, our approach to conflict and competition, how we go after things, pursue people, and get what we want. In our intentional MARS Retro workshop circle on Apr 14, we will explore that assertive and possibly aggressive side in us. MARS is also considered the ego planet. MARS rules teeth and ‘claws’ and sex organs that take care of individual and species survival (of the fittest).
  • The area MARS occupies in our chart shows what we are geared to pursue with passion, where we want to be first and ‘alpha’, or otherwise tend to fight (because we might feel attacked), but also where our ego can come out very strongly.
  •  The sign MARS is in shows us our personal style of assertion, with AR, SCO, and CAP being naturally ‘Martian’, while CAN, TAU, and LI have to come up with their own unique ways of asserting, without falling into certain traps.
  • Through alignments with other planetary Archetypes, MARS stimulates other ‘inner players’ (e.g. if it’s the MOON: feelings and needs, if it’s SATURN: our discipline, authority, work attitude, etc.).

What about SEX?
Sexual desires and pursuits are MARS’s domain as well, complementary to VENUS’s erotic, charming, attractive and seductive gifts… MARS is the animal force, pure libido, while VENUS magnetically attracts.

The EGO?
Yes, MARS is the Archetype that also represents the personal ego. Important to develop a healthy ego in adolescence, yet running life on ego isn’t the point.
MARS retro dismantles the inauthentic ego (which might feel ‘impotent’), and helps with regaining authentic inner agency.

Drives and ENERGY level?
Yes, MARS represents a healthy life force, that inner motor and zest for life and the motivation and ‘kick’ / ‘itch’ to go after something (incl. hitting on somebody)… yet possibly turns into (auto)aggression and violence when a healthy outlet has been frustrated.

So, what do women and men want (in life and from each other)?

And what’s the ‘higher’ (or rather ‘deeper’) ‘octave’ and transpersonal level of MARS?
Well, PLUTO!
While MARS represents personal willpower and energy, PLUTO represents Higher Power and Evolution.
And hey, PLUTO at 17°29 CAP will go retro only one day after MARS, on Apr 18 (yearly in Apr.), until Sept 26.
In CAP we are called to ‘dig’ into Inner Resources, meet the Inner Elder, discover Inner Timelessness.


MARS RETRO in SAG – SCO & PLUTO RETRO in CAP reminds me also of “The Way of the Superior Man” by David Deida.
His book from 1997 was ground-breaking in the men’s movement of recent. In a presentation (excerpt here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dih8qLbEM8) he intriguingly addresses 3 levels of masculinity:

  1. Grow for your own sake – I’d call it “Personal MARS”.
  2. Share and cooperate – “Interpersonal MARS”.
  3. Realize that everything is only change. Come to terms with death of everything which doesn’t stop the Superior Man from giving – he IS the giving. Feel your deepest purpose. – “Transpersonal MARS.”


MARS Retro 2016

Here is the chart for the MARS Station / Retrograde. Check out the T-Square to MARS (a square has per se also a MARS undertone) – calling for release of tension / pressure through MARS at its turning point in SAG… What does the arrow point us to? What’s the meaning of the turning point and onset of the inner journey?

For more divinational insight, let’s bring the SABIAN SYMBOL for the Turning Point degree into the picture – so cool (or shall I say hot?):


Volcanic Rock with reddish-colored_Lichen

Volcanic Rocks with Reddish Lichen (Image from Wiki)

Keynote: The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.

Forces are at work in the deepest layers of the psyche which in their own way respond to the outer stimulation produced by a strong involvement in group ambitions and emotions, and even more by the powerful tensions and releases of love. An alchemical process goes on, usually unnoticed by the conscious ego, until it becomes obvious that a kind of mutation has taken place and a new level of awareness and of responses to life has been reached.

At this stage, we deal with both the basic rhythm of growth of the human being and the reaction to more individualized experiences which aroused the emotions. The very substance of the person’s nature undergoes modifications, on the basis if which  a new step may be taken, The symbol draws our attention to the inner changes. We have to become aware of them. What is implied is a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.”


Another amazingly synchronous and very apropos symbol, for MARS retro – all the way to late SCO! Couldn’t hide it from you! 🙂
So how do we encounter and integrate the Inner MAGICAL and naturally empowered MASCULINE, and allow for deep alchemical changes to personal desires, as Men or Women, during the MARS RETRO phase this Spring, and beyond???


In our intentional alignment Workshop Circle 

* Recovering the Magical Masculine * MARS Retro in SAG – SCO – SAG in Spring 2016

on THU Apr 14, 7:14 – 10 pm

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/127637537633630/
… we shall be straight-forward, as we tune in and align with the highest, or shall I say (SCO) deepest potential of this bi-yearly RETRO phase of MARS.

Men and Women welcome!
Super crucial if you have planets, AC, Sun, Moon round the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG.


© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger


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