Mars, the empowering planet of action, and effective leadership, is retrograde in the theatrical sign of Leo, from December 20, 2009 to March 10, 2010. When Mars is retrograde, it is best to postpone any major new undertakings in the world. Rather, it is a time to pause and reflect, inwardly, on what you have already put in motion. It’s a time to sit down in your Hollywood director’s chair and critique your past performances. Review whether the roles that you have been playing in your daily life are a suitable and worthy barometer of who and what you really are.
Also, it’s a time to evaluate how you have been playing those roles. Are you delivering inspired performances, day to day, or are you only going through the motions, with very little spirit and enthusiasm for what you are doing? Use this Mars retrograde cycle to reflect on how you can improve your interaction with the world, so you can be more successful in getting what you want from it, when Mars finally goes direct in the spring. Maybe, for instance, you need assertiveness-training. Or, maybe you should join Toastmasters, so you can become a more confident speaker and presenter. This retrograde period is an excellent time for engaging in those kinds of things.
If you pretty much like what you see on the silver screen, when you’re watching your old flicks, then you’re likely on the right track with your life. You should probably just use this Mars retrograde time to quietly sit back and recharge your batteries for a while. You may want to also think about perhaps adding a beefier role or two for yourself, when Mars goes direct, just to keep yourself challenged. Additionally, in this competitive day and age, it is always wise to keep yourself up-to-date and knowledgable on the latest technology, education, etc., as you potentially make yourself more valuable and indispensable, particularly in the workplace.
Now, if you’re looking back at your old repeats, and you’re very disappointed in what you see, or maybe even a tad horrified, then you may need to scrap playing those parts, altogether in the future, and instead go about casting yourself in new roles that capture more of your true inner essence. Why continue in roles that are all wrong for you that are not a true reflection of yourself? In the long run, where does that really get you? This applies, too, if maybe you have only been playing bit parts in the past, and have been afraid to even get up on the stage, for fear of ridicule or fear of failure. Use this backward Mars cycle to research endeavors and activities that are a compatible fit for your unique skills, abilities, and experience, and that are going to inspire and motivate you to get up in the morning and live each day with unbridled enthusiasm and passion, in true Mars’ fashion. At the end of the day, that is what life is all about. This is not a dress rehearsal.