This month, we have yet another planet going retrograde – Mars goes retrograde in Aries on the 9th Sept, after having first stationed for two days. Mars then stays retrograde till 16th November. Coming up to this retrograde period Mars conjuncts the Moon on 5th and 6th Sept and Uranus conjuncts the Moon on 6th and 7th Sept while the Sun also trines Uranus on the 9th Sept. Mars also trioctliles the Sun on 2nd Sept until the 7th Sept.

Mars, as we know, represents passion, drive and action in our natal charts. In other words, how we DO things. And we have now had six months of governments worldwide telling us how to restrict ourselves, how to NOT do things. More and more evidence is now coming out that the numbers dying specifically from Covid19 are far far smaller than we have been told, restrictions are changing daily, and many people are finally becoming as mad as hell.

We have had almost three months of rioting in Portland, Oregon, the town I was living in when George Floyd was murdered. We have seen the Black Lives Matter movement unfold and continue to be more and more active. This weekend there have been many anti Covid restriction marches throughout Europe. In Ireland, we are being urged to “staycation” and yet many people are reporting colossal overcharging, particularly in the accommodation sector. I have yet to have a good salad after three months back in Ireland. Apart from the ones I make at home. People are mad as hell about being overcharged, rightly so.

So what can we expect during the upcoming Mars retrograde period? A deepening of peoples internal anger at all they have sacrificed these last six months, and yet still no end in sight. Mars in Aries, its natal sign, simply want to GET….STUFF….DONE. But we are still being told we can’t. Human beings are phenomenally adaptable, yet our governments forget how much we need face to face human contact. Even in the trenches of war, soldiers were told to never let a comrade die alone. Yet that is what we have been doing these last few months. How many old people died possibly of heartbreak, rather than Covid19? We’ll never know. As Uranus isalso highly activating the Moon and Sun this week, we can also expect to see lightning and unexpected changes is certain aspects of our society. It is anybodys’ guess as to how that will manifest.

People’s anger is now very real and governments would do well to acknowledge this. Yes, many of us can continue to work via ZOOM. Yes it is more practical and efficient. But life is not always about being practical and efficient. Sometimes it is about the chat in the break room with a colleague, the silent empathy expressed by a friend through deep eye contact, no words needed. And yet many therapists report a deepening of their client sessions. How Uranian, as Uranus rules technology. For myself, my ZOOM IST sessions which I am having to help me deal with the colossal tidal wave of emotions after my mothers death, have been phenomenal. And deeply healing.

So this week in particular, in the build up to Mars retrograde, is a time of looking at where your anger is. How to deal with it. As Julia Cameron said wisely – “Anger is meant to be acted ON, not acted OUT” So go find different ways to act on your anger. Go take steps to keep moving forward in this glorious journey called life.

What do you need to stand up FOR? Who do you need to let go of in your life while doing this? For without action – Mars, there is no manifestation. And it does not have to be grand theatrical steps. Baby steps count too, and add up more than you can imagine.

For me, I have been taking action on family matters. I have also decided to finally outsource the stuff I am really not good at and which drags me down – filing emails, updating passwords, updating my new website. And that leave more time for the stuff I love, such as seeing clients and writing. Oh, and looking at artists retreats in Italy. Where my Mars line is far more active!

I have posted several videos on what is involved in an astrology session on my Facebook page, so to watch them, do click HERE

I am also offering Full Moon 15 minute ZOOM recordings plus a copy of where in your chart the forthcoming Full Moon in Pisces is being triggered for release for $50. To book a recording which will be sent to you by tomorrow evening, email me on [email protected]

And I am available for consultations via ZOOM, so book HERE. Many people are still relocating right now, and a natal followed by a transit session can give you clarity as to what in your life is coming up for you to look at and deal with. A move elsewhere, even for a few weeks, might be just what you need! Or you can still plan a more permanent move for next year! It is easier than you think to utterly change your life. Living near my Mars lines in both Italy and the USA was deeply empowering for me. I simply GOT MORE STUFF DONE!

Happy Mars September everyone. And mind your energy.

Photo – A cottage in Umbria, Italy. Copyright Martha Clarke