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The Mars Retrograde Journey 2020

Mars goes retrograde on Wednesday September 9th 2020 till November 14th 2020. Get ready for the roller coaster ride!

Mars is the Planet of Action, Forging ahead, it sparks New Ideas and pushes one into Motion. It is the ruling planet of Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac which is symbolized by the Ram that is ready to Rush Forward, Fight, be the first to Strike. Aries has a Me-First attitude and doesn’t always feel the necessity to explain its actions. Mars is also the co-ruler of Scorpio, the sign that speaks of Power, Death, Rebirth and the cycle of Transformation.

Another name for Mars is Ares the God of War.

July 25th 2020 we started the Shadow Retrograde period with Mars in Aries which comes into conclusion January 2nd 2021. In other words, we will not know the final outcome of what Mars will stir up this fall until January 2021. What we can do though is to look at the symbolism of what Mars is conversing with during this time. It is a good time to reflect back to July 25th as it will help decipher that whatever was going on then, will be coming up again over this retrograde, and you will revisit the story most likely with a different ending.

On September 9th 2020, Mars Stations Retrograde at 28° Aries, which is also in opposition to Juno in Libra, highlighting the urges of pushing ahead for One’s Own Interests in direct opposition on How to Relate Fairly with Others.

When a planet stations retrograde or becomes direct, there is an enormous amount of energy placed on that point/degree in the Zodiac which also then relates differently to each of us depending on where this placement is in our natal charts. The biggest issues with this fall’s Mars Retrograde are the aspects and stimulation it will create with the Big Capricorn Stellium of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto.

Capricorn as a sign speaks of Structures, Foundations, Goals and Hard Work. The “Capri” is the Mountain Goat who forever keeps climbing mountains to get to the highest peak and the “corn” is the Cornucopia of Abundance and Prestige that comes from the Structured Hard Work. In a basic Zodiacal layout Capricorn rules the 10th house and is connected to Career in the 12-house Mandala.

The Capricorn Stellium Fall 2020 (Stellium is 3+ planets in the same sign or house)

We have three planets in Capricorn currently: Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto:

  • Saturn is the ruler of Karma, Time, Authorities and Restriction

  • Jupiter Expands and brings Luck, but as it is in detriment in Capricorn, its gifts are not as abundant right now

  • Pluto Magnifies, Destructs, Creates Death for Re-birth to prevail

This year we already had a big conjunction on January 12th with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn which was the beginning of the breakdown of the old outdated structures. Now, structures and foundations are getting a hit from the hot and heavy Mars in Aries, who is standing up for the Individual, Probing and Challenging the Capricornian Authority Figures in our lives.

Do you know where your Aries house is in your natal chart? How about your Capricorn house? Depending on where these placements fall, there is a different story at play for all of us. Of course, other things, like planets, asteroids, angles and aspects within those houses have a significant role in how your own planets work for you now, and in general. Let’s look at some house placements for Aries and Capricorn, for example:

~ If Aries falls into your 11th house and Capricorn your 8th, you can expect upheaval coming from your Community, Friends and Organizations you deal with. These transits will affect your Marriage, Joint Finances, Taxes, or activate Hidden Stories to start coming into light, as the 8th house rules these dynamics.

~ If Aries resides in your 7th house and Capricorn in the 4th, you can assume that your Partner / Significant Other will be bringing attention to Big Changes happening at Home.

~ Aries in your third house and Capricorn in your 12th may bring fiery Communication, situations with Siblings and Neighbors to possibly flare up. Perhaps some Short Distance Travel may wake up your Subconscious Self, your own Undoing, your need to Escape and eventually Transform what is no longer useful, but which you might’ve also not been aware of.

Change is inevitable, change can be difficult, unless you are a Scorpio of course (LOL)! But really, this is a time to question the structures that have now been laid upon us, what we have also created since January 2020, and what our Governments and Authority Figures are demanding of us. Mars is in each of us, we are the Fighters revved up and ready to set out to find the answers we seek. It might not be pretty, it might not be easy, but it is all coming, starting now, so get ready!

If you would like an Astro consultation; I have a new “What’s up NOW” offering where we go through the most important pieces of your natal chart and then look at the forecast for the year ahead. Visit for details, to see all available services and to request a consultation.

May the Force be with You!

Lia Sabbatini

Alexandria Consulting Services

Founder, Astrologer & Business Consultant

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