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JANET AMID is a 9th generation Astrologer .  A columnist who writes for Sylvania Advantage, and can be heard every Tuesday with Lynn and Cliff 93.5 WRQN between 7:45 AM and 8:30 AM on 93.5 WRQN 419-240-1935 – taking your Astrological calls LIVE!

Mars in Retrograde ~

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. ~  Pablo Neruda

~by  | May 25, 2018 | Zodiac

Dear Readers,

During this time, we will be experiencing a Mars retrograde later in the month, continuing until August 28, 2018.  By understanding how this activity works, provides us with insight as well as awareness. When Mars is in retrograde vitality diminishes, initiating projects for completion are distracted, not the best time for new love interests, or to initiate a new situation. Also, definitely not the best time for starting or ending a business, or perhaps making major changes within your environment. Most of the time when Mars is in retrograde, a purging effect occurs, it can create unearth that which wants to remain hidden. Because of its occurrence in the friendly sign of Aquarius, friendships may be threatened at this time, so it is important to be aware of boundaries.

Those born under Aries are affected because Mars being your ruling planet, you may be more prone to triggers, whether through work or play.

Also, those born under Scorpio, in tandem with Pluto, Mars being your co-ruler may create minor frustrations.

Because of its occurrence in the sign of Aquarius, those born under Leo and Aquarius may feel a sense of unease, or rather minor intensity.

Again, your birth time will determine where this influence will occur.


The Gemini New Moon on June 15 creates a platform for fresh ideas, inspired activity, and reconnecting with old acquaintances as well as connecting with new ones.  A New Moon in Gemini entices us to socialize, network and have some serious fun. Ideas, vision, and passion are the keywords. This is a time to become a powerful creator through thoughts, words, and behavior.

A New Moon also brings us the gift of refining our perceptions. With Neptune the planet of illusions being a key player, we are reminded to see people and situations as they are and cut through the mirage of illusions. There is definite delusion in the air, so keen into what is actually true. Remember actions speak louder than words, so go by actions and not by talk. Also, it is time to plant our seeds in support of communication, information, writing, travel, and learning. Gemini is the sign of curiosity as well as duality. A New Moon will set the tone for the next two weeks and this one will have a strong theme of movement/activity to it. Those born under Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, and Virgo are aspected heavily.

FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN JUNE 28 – The FULL MOON on June 28 opposite the Sun in Cancer creates an intense feeling of being a bit overwhelmed as the tug and pull of the Sun and Moon create an intense vortex shifting between energy and emotion. With Capricorn, we may be specifically looking at issues around work, responsibility, success, and achievement, taking power in the world, and authority – being the authors of our own lives. The Cancer-Capricorn polarity highlights the balance between our inner and outer lives, asking:  Do you feel emotionally secure enough to take the risk of pursuing your goals? Are you putting so much energy toward taking care of others that you’re neglecting yourself as well as your own goals? Have you neglected your personal life? ? Do you feel nurtured and fulfilled by your work? These are thoughts and emotions that may arise. Much again relates to how it is aspecting your own chart. The mood of transiting Moon in Capricorn, emotional force can be applied to whatever is in process.


Mars the planet of action will turn retrograde on June 26 through August 28 in the independent, freedom-seeking sign of Aquarius. For many of this transit can be a heavy one in that is pulsates our energy, we find ourselves feeling on overload as this intense vortex may have us going in a thousand different directions. Since Mars is transiting in the humanity, Uranus – ruled sign of Aquarius, our need for justice and equality seems fitting.  The good news is we may begin to see an advance in health technology as the retrograde brings situations out into the open. Closed cases will suddenly find their truth, relationships both new and existing will reveal themselves. Most of the conflicts and challenges that appear during Mars retrograde will be temporary— that’s why we need to keep focused on the big picture and the philosophy of what we are doing. Mars retrograde is tremendously powerful, although the energy is not well-suited for forward motion. It is very well suited, however, for reinforcing or strengthening some aspects of our lives. Those born under the sign of Aries and Scorpio may feel the intensity as Mars is their ruling sign. Others born under Leo and Aquarius may feel energetically the effects, more than likely on a physical as well as emotional level. Towards the end of August, it transits into the sign of Capricorn, moving backwards from Aquarius.


(March 21 – April 19)

(March 21- April 20)- Your personal life shows promise, as well as intensity this month as your 5th house of love matters, is highlighted. For the adventurous Aries, you can’t ask for a better transit as your luck may prevail. In addition, work-related matters may signify a need for a drastic change when challenges ahead open the door to a potential opportunity.  Also, towards the end of the month as Mars, the planet of action turns retrograde, you may seek your friends in a different light, as your view becomes more unpredictable. Better to observe, rather than speak out of turn.


(April 20 – May 20)

(April 21- May 21)- Higher levels of emotional intensity add a greater impact on your present situation. It’s important to create a balance between you and those that may be asking too much of you. Also, this is an ideal time to really express yourself, while keeping a semi-low profile.  Also with transiting Mars at the Zenith part of your chart, work matters take on a new outlook.  As it moves retrograde towards the end of the month, you may feel overly consumed by what is expected of you.


(May 21 – June 20)

(May 22-June 21)- The most social, communicative sign of the zodiac, yet you may be feeling a bit hum-drum these days as planetary influences create a wet-blanket effect. However, in light of all of this transiting Mars in Aquarius may add a lift to your everyday routine, more so as it moves retrograde, bringing a sense of euphoria to your thought process. Intense but effective. Workable, indeed.


(June 21 – July 22)

(June 22-July 21) -Your personal self may be erratic these days, as Saturn continues in Capricorn creating a sense of awkwardness.  However, as your true nature has it, your desire to establish your financial goals is always well indicated. However, as Mars moves retrograde June 26, it would serve you well to balance yourself, taking more stock of what you need to do. as with anything letting everything follow its true course.


(July 23 – Aug. 22)

(July 24-Aug 23) – Increased social activity, specifically where partners are concerned, adds a generous lift to your everyday life. Transiting Mars in friendly Aquarius transiting your area of partners can be unpredictable, to say the least specifically after June 26, though at times your perspective may feel a bit unhinged. In addition, travel, and speculation are all the more favorable, though good common sense is the key. Create a plan of action, then proceed carefully when making personal plans.


(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

(Aug 24-Sept 23)- Don’t be surprised if current aspects lead you into a higher path than what you’ve chosen. This can be a conducive, strong period for work-related matters as your need for perfection in the work place finally allows others to see your worth.  Also, the influence of transiting Sun & transiting Jupiter very much in your favor lends balance, Though Mars in your area of health and fitness can be amazing if constructed well, however on the flip side may also create a lack discipline.  As always, the ball is in your court.


(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

(Sep 24 Oct 23)- Job recognition can play a major role in personal achievement. During this month you may feel a need to look beyond your own horizons.  As with most Libra’s the need for balance is essential, so during this cycle you may try to do a juggling act. Not only do you have a need to please, but your inner self always becomes the peacemaker.  Make yourself your own priority as this is a highly charged period for you as you slowly begin to regain yourself.


(Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

(Oct 24- Nov 22)-. Doing what you do best only seems to serve you in the best way possible. Your ability to focus in on others, while maintaining a clear sense of yourself is a feat in itself. During this period, as Mars is at odds with your Sun sign, you may find yourself grasping at straws as your scurry to get most things done. Realize, that no matter how hard it is, you always seem to manage. This month can be enlightening, as you forge ahead and finish all the tasks that have been left undone, specifically when dealing with home matters.


(Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

(Nov 23-Dec 21)-  Your life for the past 6 months has seen you somewhat isolated yet still managing to make changes that were necessary for your personal growth. Towards the end of this month, you may feel as though you are awakening from a long deep sleep, as many of the obstacles that were in your path, begin to slowly drift away. Sometimes oppositions and squares force change, as new faces begin to enter your life, and past and negative life patterns, suddenly dissipate. In addition, speaking your truth may be what you need to get things moving in the right direction, more so as Mars moves retrograde. Also, be aware of travel, careful and aware.


(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

(Dec 21-Jan 20)- : Your drive and ambition are strong focal points this month as your need to excel is highly indicated. During this period as, Saturn and transiting PLUTO conjoin in harmony to your own sign, this can be a highly motivated, yet busy period for you. In addition to all of this, relationships, business and personal related may be well worth their struggles. Realize that in all due time, your goals will finally come to fruition. In addition, Mars in retrograde in your money house can be unpredictable, as well as out of your nature.


(Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

(Jan 21-Feb 19 This is an interesting as well as intense month for you, as Jupiter at odds with your Sun, continues to challenge. Though challenges may only make you stronger in the end, and can also allow a better platform to set healthy goals. Also, your personal relationships, both work, and play can be a bit erratic, but it is up to you to set the pace. Mars retrograding in your own sign can be helpful as well as energizing, though highly unpredictable.


(Feb. 19 – March 20)

(Feb 20- March 20)- As Mars retrogrades that sacred part of your chart, your inner conscientiousness awakens. This is a period in which you delve deeply into your past, working through unresolved matters, and creating better memories. A good healing time, though the process can be a bit unnerving.  Stay centered. Work from the

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