On August 20, 2022, Mars enters dual, fast-talking Gemini for a seven-month circuit, until March 25, 2023. The reason for this protracted period? The red planet goes retrograde from October 30 to January 12, 2023.
What does Mars in Gemini mean?
Mars associations & keywords: action, will/willpower, energy/vitality, self-assertion, defense and protection, masculinity/the masculine principle, speed, instinct/impulse, desire for freedom and unrestricted movement/action, anger, life force.
Gemini associations & keywords: logic, mental alertness, capacity and act of making connections between data points, synthesis, collecting information, research, endless, novelty, cleverness, language and communication, mapping.
Mars in Gemini: stimulating conversation, lively conversation or debate, forming connections that feel life-affirming, being activated/invigorated by information, speaking excitedly, defensiveness or aggression through words/argument, active or hyper-active mind, hummingbird/butterfly rapidly speeding from one thing to the next kind of energy, the will/urge to communicate or convey.
Slow down, reorient, readjust!
Mars is an archetype that relates to movement, action, the impulse to be free, instinct, how we respond/react to life in a moment-to-moment way. Mars slowing down and then stationing retrograde can be an intense sensation for us in our lives, in that you have an archetype Mars who is grinding at the bit to just GO & just do it – having to slow and re-stabilize or re-orient.
Not being able to move forward normally is potentially frustrating, but if we can have the perspective that we are re-adjusting, the game changes entirely. It is possible for the Martian principle to be refined during Mars retrogrades.
Mars retrograde could relate to the inner-work we do to become less reactive – slowing down in a moment of activation, noticing the somatic signals of our heart pounding or our ears getting hot, and learning how to be with those sensations in a different way than just lashing out in a way we’ll regret.
Mars retrograde could relate to the inner-work we do to make different choices instead of acting unconsciously from our patterns – finding a moment of clarity when we’re “doing it again” and creating a new pathway in the moment of activation.
You can pay attention and find out where you can allow to readjust in your life. When Mercury retrogrades, we need extra time or freedom of action for technical mistakes, or wrong turn in the road; for being late for appointment or date… if Mars is retro- we are talking about making changes the way we play, think, talk and speak- the way we take decisions in our life.
How to prepare for Mars retro in Gemini? How to pay attention and be connected to our impulses and instincts, how to control our action and speech in order to take the right decision and correct action? Instead of being angry, upset, hipper active or impulsive, we need to take it slow, think more than normal, count until 10 before we say something, we need to use our wisdom and patience before we take action.
CONFUSIONS, CHAOUS, DISORIENTATION
Mars in Gemini will be stationing retrograde in a square to Neptune in Pisces, also, Mars opposition the Sun in Sagittarius on December 7. The Sun and Mars will square Neptune in Pisces. This could relate to a dynamic in our lives where our grasp on “what is happening” is more diffuse/chaotic than normal, up-in-the-air feeling, for a few reasons: Neptune is the planet of confusion, disorientation, fantasy and illusion. Mars and Neptune, both will opposite the Sun in Sagittarius, squares these with Sun in Virgo and Sun in Pisces. All mutable signs: Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces will be affected. It can be really disturbing and confusing time with lot of fogy, unclear news and action, lot of fake news, it can make us feel disoriented. All the mutable signs create uncertainty, indecisiveness and lot of movement of changes, it will be hard to achieve stability at this time.
Mars in Gemini can have an agenda around the pursuit of logical understanding – wanting to either promote or assert a particular viewpoint or challenge our viewpoint. We may feel confused and don’t know how to organize the information we received; this is what makes us disoriented.
What creates the momentum where instability or chaos are upsetting, it can be a doorway for some for new and surprising adventures.
Imagine, we are in situation where we have no information and we have no one to ask, what we to do? We have to be creative, possibly, making changes in our perspective or we have to say “yes” to an opportunity, without knowing where we are going. May be, we have to place ourselves in a new and less familiar environment. We may have no one to believe or have no information. We need to slow down and use our judgment, wisdom, also, our intuition. Calling for signals, asking our angels for guidance. Trusting the universe that we will be in the right direction- this is what Neptune ask for- trust, vision, believe, inspiration, we need to go with the flow.
Best thing to do is to go inward and create more stability in the places where we have lost energy from being too diffused and unfocused.
Mars-Neptune is energized by vision and inspiration. Sometimes our perspective on a situation at hand lacks vision that would inspire our morale, gratitude and motivation. When we feel a heavy sense of dread or disenchantment, we may not be connected to higher vision, or our vision about the situation is unnecessary dull and is drawing the life out of us! We need to go back to vitalizing perspective! We need to connect with the source, to look for the divine love and energy of the universe for help.
The negative side of Neptune is to live in a fantasy which works to promote avoidance or escapism. Having a “pink glasses” for a day or two is ok, to relax and recharge our battery, make sure you come back to reality soon, before you get lost in your imaginative world.
Contacting vitalizing perspective means paying attention to sources of inspiration and cultivating those channels in our lives.
Mars Retrograde in Gemini
October 30, 2022 to January 12, 2023
When Mars flips into reverse every other year, it can turn us into unnecessary risk-takers. Deprioritizing personal safety is a bad idea. This is not the time to take uncalculated risks.
With Mars in mouthy Gemini, one nasty tweet or unclear comment can torch a bridge to the ground. Getting involved in gossip or trusting the wrong people could also wreak havoc. Distance yourself from shade throwers and nonstop complainers. Protecting your name— and your identity—is crucial during a Mars retrograde in Gemini.
And since this zodiac sign rules mobile gadgets, be careful of where you log on using your phone, laptop or tablet! Strong passwords are not enough to save you from hackers. Check your location settings and delete any questionable apps.
What to expect?
REPRESSED ANGER, COMMUNICATION MELTDOWNS WITH DISASTROUS EFFECT
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.
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.
What to do and how to act?
- Watch your temper
- Firebrand Mars retrograde can cause tempers to flare, so fights may erupt over the pettiest things. We all have bad days, try to be extra compassionate when Gemini-ruled peers (friends, coworkers, neighbors, siblings) are not acting like their highest selves. As a rule, don’t take their off-putting behavior personally! What can you do to de-escalate the battle rather than pouring gasoline on the fire.
- Pay attention to mental health
- Mental health challenges (ruled by Gemini) may flare up for people as a result of the pressures of day-to-day life. Talk therapy can be extremely helpful for processing the bottled-up thoughts that create anger, anxiety and insomnia.
- Any mindfulness and mentally soothing practices such as journaling and meditation can cool the fires of Mars retrograde in Gemini. Mars is independent, but Gemini are people focused. Don’t try to push through hard times alone! This backspin may force you to speak up and get the right support for your struggles.
- Buddy up for exercise
- Physically, you may experience a few energy slumps during the retrograde, and motivation to exercise can fall by the wayside. To stay fit, adopt Gemini’s favorite life hack: the buddy system. There’s never been a better time to invest in a personal trainer or enlist your workout-obsessed friend as your accountability buddy.
- Gemini rules neighborhood activities, so check out that hiking group or cycling club for motivation. Try a new eating schedule to see how it impacts your energy levels, whether you’re giving intermittent fasting or making a pledge to stop skipping breakfast.
Remember, Mars will turn direct on January 12 to stay here until March 25, then, you can have clear picture, you can act with more confidence and work to achieve your goals.