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Mars Retrograde Meaning In The Natal Chart


So, you were born with Mars Retrograde; congratulations, that's a pretty rare one to have in your Natal Chart!!


Having a Natal Mars Retrograde isn't common; a small percentage of the population, about 5%, has it in their chart since this planet only goes inverse every two years. Mars is how we assert ourselves and take action, so when it moves backward, it can trigger this celestial body to be more extreme and internalize. Hence, when Mars is Retrograde in your Birth Chart, it might cause you to be more inward when it comes to going after what you want or acting on challenging things.


Most people want to take charge of their lives, so this is where the frustration lies in Mars going backward. A personal planet that is Retrograde in the Horoscope is beyond stressful, but it's actually something that will help you in the long run. In other words, because you constantly have to work your Natal Mars RX, you eventually master it, and this gives you the strength you need to go after what you want ultimately.


Natal Mars Retrograde Experiences



Retrogrades have a unique way of playing out in our charts, but it isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. Everyone experiences their Natal Retrogrades differently, so you could have 3 of these themes while someone else has 6. It all depends on how Mars is situated in your chart.


One of the reasons Retrogrades in the Natal chart or Transit are so intense is because they are on the other side of the Sun. For this reason, we experience the entire energetic field of whatever planet is going inverse. When they are behind the Sun, they are mitigated by solar energy, so the power this celestial body is emanating is toned down. Therefore, with nothing to filter the strength of the planet, we experience it at full velocity.


There are some things to consider when looking at your Retrograde because not all are created equal. Depending on what Sign Mars is in plus Aspects it's making, the conditions could be a breeze or complex.


Here are some things to consider:

  • Is your Mars in a Conjunction with the Sun? In other words, it could gain strength by being in something called a Cazimi, which is when these two planets are in exact conjunction by degree. Alternatively, if your natal Mars is within 17 degrees, it could feel burnt out by a situation called "under the Beams."

  • Do you have any Conjunctions to other planets because this could amplify your condition?

  • What kind of aspects is forming to Mars; is there a lot of Trines and Sextiles or

  • Square plus Oppositions?

  • With regards to placement, which house is the planet in? The houses are crucial because it could be in one it enjoys or another place it would rather not hang out in.

  • The same goes for Sign, element, and mode; what are the modalities of your Mars? For example, is it Mars in Cancer ( Cardinal Water) or Mars in Aquarius (Fixed Air?)


Natal Mars Retrograde Themes



Here are some of the themes a person could encounter with a Natal Retrograde Mars:

  • There could be challenges with a person's identity where they don't know how to connect with their individuality.

  • A person could struggle with being action-oriented.

  • Trouble tapping into the risk-taking and adventurous parts of their soul.

  • Straining to express themselves at times.

  • Having an issue accessing their more passionate nature.

  • There is an issue with motivation and getting pumped to go after what they desire.

  • These individuals could feel lethargic more often than most people.

  • Some of these natives feel incredibly awkward when they have to assert themselves.

  • Fear can hinder the native from learning how to become courageous.

  • Often they have issues with going after what they want because they stall out when it comes to taking action. In other words, they could be repressing their desires.

  • Their sex drive could go through extreme peaks and valleys.

  • Instead of being direct, there could be resentful passive-aggressive ways of dealing with others.

  • Some of these individuals could have a problem controlling or using their temper properly.

  • There is a tendency to hide one's anger then explode out of the blue, which throws others off because they thought everything was fine.

  • Some could be ultra triggery and sensitive to judgment or those who try to give you feedback.

  • At times some of these individuals can feel so much anxiety that it puts them in a state of hyper-vigilance.

  • Unfortunately, some have dealt with physical and unwanted sexual situations.

  • Trauma causes them to learn how to set boundaries.

  • Eventually, something kicks in, and these people become warriors and masters of their own domain.

  • Once these natives tap into their Martian energy, they become an inspiration to others

  • Individuals with Mars RX do become strong due to their fighting nature to persevere.

  • Having this Natal Inverse Cycle in the Birth Chart forces you to become determined. They are more motivated than others to chase their passion.

  • The person becomes a fighter in a good way and seems to gain victory once they master their Mars.

  • The intense Mars energy causes these people to emphasize Martian things, wrestling, sports, firefighter, surgeon, ER doctor, debtors, fighting for others' rights, and business strategist.


We all want to move in an unstoppable way which is hard to do when the planet that is supposed to accelerate us is stagnant. And yes, waiting is a part of life; however, when you feel it is not in your control, it is beyond stressful. Luckily, your Natal Retrograde will eventually cause you to dominate the Mars things in your personal life.


One of the strengths of being born with Retrogrades is the ability to forge through, especially when Mars is Retrograde in Transit. This could be a time where you feel like you are spewing out excellence because this is the vibration you were born with in your chart.


Will My Natal Mars RX Ever Go Direct?


Even though you are born with this Retrograde, it doesn't mean it won't go direct at some point in your life. This happens because our Natal planets go through their own growth period, which causes them to transition out of Retrogrades. We can look at this using a technique called Progressions.

In Progressions, it goes by a day equals a year. So, say you were born 11 days before Mars goes direct; this would mean that your Natal RX went out of Retrograde when you were eleven years old. If Mars went out of Retrograde 31 days after your birthday, then that means at thirty-one, your Natal Inverse Cycle ended.

Once Mars goes Direct by Progression, you could notice that things in this area of life open up for you. So if you felt blocked or stagnant in that area, you could see that over the next few years, things are slowly falling into place.

What Does Mars Retrograde Mean In Past Lives?


Retrogrades in your Natal chart could feel stifling, but they serve to help your growth on a spiritual, psychological, emotional level and help you evolve as a soul. Think about what lessons your soul needs to learn for progressive purposes, what you might not have understood in a past life, or even what you need to master in this current one.


Regarding Mars RX, you could have had issues asserting yourself in a previous life or were denied your true identity. There could have been issues with people in your life telling you how to act and look, which caused you to carry this trauma over to the present.

Another issue that could have occurred is that you could have been the type to dominate others. You could have been overly controlling and even aggressive in nature. In this life, you are learning how to let others lead and balancing out your temper.

Additionally, you could have experienced issues when it comes down to your sexuality. This could have been repression or being overly objectified.


Courage Is Found in Your Natal RX



Remember being born with Mars Retrograde isn't a bad thing by any means; with this Inverse cycle in your chart, you will be able to tap into your agility better than most people. So, take advantage of your strengths and use your Natal Mars RX to get in touch with your inner warrior.


Here are some celebrity examples with Mercury Retrograde.

Diane Sawyer, Andy Biersack, Bernie Sanders, Randy Orton, Solange Knowles, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Camren Bicondova, Evan Ross, Mahalia Jackson, Seth McFarland, John F. Kennedy Jr.


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