Mars has already left its footprint on the year. Named after the Roman god of war and mayhem, it means you don't have to look very far to see his handiwork. One would think that the planet's retrograde (Mars turned retrograde on April 17) would have cooled the fiery anger, but retrogrades tend to make this planet worse. That's because the backwards motion switches Mars’s energy from fight to flight. This creates an atmosphere of fear, panic and hysteria. We see it in our politics, we see it in our media and we see it in our society. But Mars also stands for good things as well, like chivalry, honor and heroism — qualities we aspire to embrace. Over the next five weeks, Mars will be winding up its prolonged stay in Scorpio. We've done the ordeals part. Now it's time to witness the transformations that will arise from them.
Mars comes out of retrograde on June 29. This is good news because Mars retrograde can make you withdrawn, timid and fearful of rejection. It can also make you the target for enmity. Yet the past few weeks haven't been taken up with hiding out somewhere, waiting for the controversy to blow over. If anything, you've resisted the impulse to flee and decided to stay and face the music. Whether that means staring down your critics or absorbing what they have to say remains to be seen. What's abundantly clear is that you're ready to change the habits of a lifetime and live fear free.
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