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Mars entered Libra December 7, 2013, and will remain in this sign until July 26, 2014. It retrograded March 2, 2014 and goes stationary direct May 20. Since it turned retrograde we have had to retrace some of our steps and re-start or reconsider many of our options as this has caused a great deal of frustration in relationships of all types, not just romantic ones. Many relationships have changed, slowed down, ended or become confused since the planet of action retrograded, and the good news is that soon Mars will change course.

The peak of this Mars cycle will be the week of April 20, when Mars becomes part of the grand cross, and frustration will be at an all time high. So, the morale of this story is to keep calm, stay rational, and this like all cycles, will pass. You will especially be affected if you have cardinal planets (Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Cancer in the 11-14 degree range).

Mars in Libra is considered at its detriment in Libra which means its action can be considered negative, non-existent, misused or weakened, or needy and lacking. This can represent passive aggressive energy for some, and ideas may not go beyond the thought process, if you attempt to start new projects during this period. All in all the keyword here is frustration.

Libra is a people pleaser and Mars in this placement is concerned with balance, harmony, justice and avoiding unpleasantness, and some may be more focused than ever on finding or maintaining a relationship. Libra is represented by the scales of justice, and this placement concerned with justice and fairness.

Mars rules men, sex, action and conflict and wars to name a few.
Libra is the natural ruler of the 7th house of courts, those we know to be enemies Libra rules marriage and committed relationships and in a general sense this is will be the focus of this Mars cycle.

If you are born with Mars in Libra you are naturally in tune with the moods, feelings and ideas of those around you, determined to maintain harmony at all costs. Beauty, justice, relationships, love, romance and peace are forefront in your mind.

Some of those born with Mars in Libra include Abraham Lincoln, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Edgar Allen Poe, Bill Gates, John Lennon, Roman Polanski, Dalai Lama XIV, Elvis Presley, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Robert Plant, Michael Douglas, and Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.

As Mars reaches its final degree during the retrograde May 8, (9 degrees Libra) this is often an important time in the cycle when energy can reverse, decisions change, situations become stalled, or in this case relationships that are troubled may change course, entirely. The most important period is the stationary direct period however will be May 20-June 1, when Mars changes direction. As Mars is stationing, retrograde or direct, combative energy can occur.

After the stationary retrograde period, Mars will remain in the shadow period of the retrograde until July 21, when we will see and understand the changes this Mars cycle has made in our life. Situations, people and things that remain will have been made stronger, and relationships and situations that ended will have generally been for the best even if it was-is difficult. All things happen for a reason!

Mars moves into the next sign, Scorpio July 26, 2014.

Check the list below to see where Mars is retrograding in your chart. If you know your ascendant use that, otherwise go by Sun sign.
Aries-7th house-courts and law, marriage and committed partnerships.
Taurus-6th house-work and health
Gemini-5th house- children, love and relationships
Cancer-4th house- home, family and basic foundation
Leo-3rd house-trips, communication, neighbors, co-workers, an immediate family members
Virgo-2ond house-money, income
Libra-1st house-self and relationships with others
Scorpio-12th house-the subconscious mind, situations-things secret and hidden, hospitals, places of seclusion
Sagitarrius-11th house-organizations, friends and groups, hopes and wishes
Capricorn-10th house-priorities and career
Aquarius-9th house-education, medical situations, travel, outlook
Pisces-8th house-taxes, credit, joint finances with others, sex

Below are the remaining important dates in this Mars cycle when we will see the most stress or action depending on what it is aspecting in your personal chart.

April 23-25, 2014-this is part of a grand cross involving Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter all at 13 degrees in the Cardinal signs of Aries, Capricorn, Cancer and Mars in Libra. We will see major events play out in the world, and if this is hitting a Cardinal planet in your chart from 10-16 degrees, you will see major events and changes play out in your life, depending on what is being aspected. This period could mark a major turning point in your life.

Mars opposes Venus May 11, 2014 at 11 degrees Aries. Attractions to the opposite sex, jealousies, desire for romantic fulfillment, events concerning money and partnerships.

June 8, 2014, Mars squares Pluto 11 degrees Aries-Capricorn. Can be used for constructive activity if energy is directed properly. Otherwise, angry, frustrated action, violence in the world.

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