In classic mythology, Mars is the god of war.

So naturally, this planet is all about action. Mars determines our sense of intention and aggression, and presides over conflict. This planet rules over our most primal desires, our pure "animalistic" selves (yes, this includes sex). This is the part of ourselves that defends our territory and stakes a claim not just to what we deserve, but also to what we need to survive.

It's important, however, not to mischaracterize Mars as a simple war zone. The red planet also provides us with courage, strength, and motivation. It's the planet that helps you take action when you need to get things done. Let's face it: Sometimes you need to be bold and aggressive in pursuing your dreams—harnessing Mars energy is exactly that!

Mars can also bring out your competitive side, giving you the edge it takes to stay ahead in the game. Navigating Mars energy is about finding the balance between impulsivity and setting limits. Depending on where it falls, grappling with Mars may mean temper tantrums or it could present valuable opportunities to channel your anger into a powerful strength.

Pick a Sign to See Mars's Effects

Mars Retrograde Calendar Dates

2020

Sep 9 - Nov 14

2022

Oct 30 - Dec 31

2023

Jan 1 - Jan 12

2024

Dec 6 - Jan 1

2025

Jan 1 - Feb 24

2027

Jan 10 - Apr 4

2029

Feb 14 - May 5