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    MARS Retrograde on July 29, 2003

    What Does It Mean?

    By Dr. Eileen Nauman DHM(UK)

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    With permission. Copyright 2003-2014 Eileen Nauman, All Rights Reserved.

    Mars has an orbit of 22 months around the Sun. Every once in a while, it goes "retrograde" or backwards (seemingly) in motion as it passes Earth, which has a shorter orbit. This usually happens once every 22 months. It is going retrograde on July 29, 2003 through September 27, 2003.

    Grace Verte, professional astrologer says: "Some astrologers say its been over 70,000 years since Mars was this close to the Earth. So what's 10,000 years more or less in the grand scheme of things?! Many people are already aware of tiring more easily, and coupled with summer heat and for some, humidity, pollen, and local pollution, it can cause concern unless you go with the flow, and rest a lot and often."

    Mars goes retrograde at 10 degrees Pisces on July 29th, backslides to 0 degrees Pisces on and Mars turns DIRECT at that degree on September 27, 2003.


    Those born between February 26 and March 1 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 degrees of Pisces) with March 1st (10 Pisces) being the most important date and most strongly affected by it turning retrograde. This will be a time of remarkable changes, most of them new territory for you and can be a highly exciting time if taken positively.


    By opposite sign, Virgo, people with birthdays between August 31 and September 6th. Those most directly affected have their birthday on September 3 (10 Virgo) and are going to be directly influenced strongly by this retrograde. You can expect a "10" on a scale of 1 (slight) to 10 (heavy activity). People born on these days are the bulls eye on this as Mars turns retrograde at 10 degrees Pisces--their whole life is going to change remarkably--either personally or professionally or perhaps, both.

    Those secondarily affected will be the opposite polarity signs which will be Virgo folks.


    It means "backwards movement". The Earth has an orbit around the Sun. So does Mars (and Mars's orbit, because it is farther to the Sun, is longer in circumference than Earth's).

    At certain times in that 22 month orbit Mars, because it has a longer orbit than Earth, will "pass" Earth. As it's moving 'away' from Earth, to an observer standing on Mars, it looks like Earth is moving 'backward' as this is happening. Mars is surging ahead and Earth is left behind. This is 'retrograde motion'.

    Another way to explore this is: most of you have probably ridden in a motor boat. When the engines are in 'forward' position, you zoom around. When you want to 'back up' the boat, you put the throttle in "reverse" position. Have you ever watched the surge and turbulence of water beneath the engine, at the rear of the boat when it's put into reverse to back up? That's 'retrograde' motion. All turbulence, frothing, bubbling and boiling as water, which is flowing nice and smooth one way, suddenly has this engine and motor come and stir it all up as it reverses motion! And you really don't get anywhere very fast in the boat in reverse motion, do you? The same holds true of the planetary energy when it's in backward or retrograde motion, too!

    Take Mars and Earth in the same analogy: Mars is the speedboat. Earth is the water in which it floats. As Mars 'passes' Earth due to its longer orbit around the Sun, this "turbulence" energetically is created between the two planets for what seems like a LONG time. And we know Earth is not in 'reverse' motion--the concept I'm trying to visually give you is that as Mars passes Earth as it moves around on it's longer circumference orbit, creates invisible 'waves' of energy. And this 'energy' is translated into 'retrograde motion' by astrologers.

    Another way to state this visually is: You're on a lake and in a boat. You zoom past another boat that is anchored and the gal is fishing in one spot. You watch the waves your boat has created by forward motion impact that other boat. That other boat will bob and move around as the current of the lake water, set into motion by your speeding boat, strikes it. The waves pass, and the boat that is anchored, becomes still once more.

    Even though we can't see the energy and turbulence as a planet in orbit affects a slower moving planet in its orbit, the 'turbulence' is still the same. Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there and isn't happening--because it is.

    When ANY planet goes retrograde (and they all do sooner or later), the 'heavier' they are, the more impact they produce in our daily life. Those with larger, longer orbits about the sun produce deeper impact. Those with shorter orbits, such as Mercury and Venus, cause less havoc. However, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, create more havoc or changes. The outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto create changes on a more global or generational level. The three that have a lot of personal, deep impact are: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These are highly personalized and lives can change drastically when they go in retrograde or "direct" motion.


    Direct motion is a phenomena when Earth, in it's orbits, passes up the slower moving planet and seems to move ahead of it once again. So, any planet can go retrograde or direct as we stand on Earth. They all do. How and what they impact in our lives is the only other consideration that we are really interested in.


    Depending upon what zodiac sign the planet is in when it goes retrograde and direct, is of major interest. Those people born in that sun sign and it's opposite sun sign, are more likely to receive the impact and implications of this planet as it goes retrograde (and later, direct).

    The planets, Mars through and including Pluto, will have a longer period of retrograde than Mercury or Venus simply because their orbits are much larger than these two smaller planets found inside Earth's orbit. The other planets are outside Earth's orbit, and therefore, have a longer time to go around the sun to make one complete turn. For instance, Mars, when it goes retrograde, it is usually for, roughly, two and a half months at a time. That's a LONG time! The outer planets can be retrograde for much longer, again, depending upon their individual orbit.


    Anyone with any planet or a cusp with a 10 degree on them is looking for some dynamic changes. From a numerological standpoint, 1 + 0 = 1. This is the number "1" which she feels is Sun-ruled, according to Karen David, a world renown numerologist. And so, this assertive, forward charging energy that presents its energy to us for choices we must make in our life, will have far reaching implications and possibly, even life-changing during this Mars turning retrograde.

    From a medical astrology standpoint, Pisces rules the lymph system and the feet. Both signs and people affected may be looking at their health more closely in the month of July; and it wouldn't hurt you to go to your doctor or health practitioner if you feel you need help. If you get symptoms during July--do NOT shrug it off--get to your doctor and have it checked out.

    On the other side of the coin, those who have 10 Virgo somewhere in their chart or a planet with this, then you need to be aware of your pancreas, the liver, the small intestines and the enzyme (breaking down) processes of your body, particularly in July of 2003.

    So, what's behind all these potential health problems? Anger and rage. Pure and simple. My advice: quit choking it, swallowing it and spit it out. Get your anger out into the open or its gonna backfire on you big time in the month of July--particularly from July 19th onward to July 29th when Mars goes retrograde. This "shadow" period two weeks before the actual retrograde is a quick buildup, so be on top of it early and handle it appropriately (one hopes in a healthy, positive fashion) so that come the 29th, you aren't caught off guard with a big explosion in your life.

    That doesn't mean you "blast" the person you're angry with. First, look inside yourself. WHY are you angry? Has this person or situation pushed a raw wound in you? Then look at your wound. Because, after all, Mars is giving all of us a chance to look at our anger and hopefully, deal with it and discharge it appropriately. The person pouring salt in it is really your teacher trying to get you to look at something (long overdue) that has been begging for attention, but you've either suppressed/repressed or flat out, ignored it. Talk to a friend, a therapist, a family member....whomever you it out. Be pro-active with your anger, which means: don't be a bull in a china shop destroying everything stupidly in your path. Take the anger and build something USEFUL to you, out of it.

    If you feel someone was just plain mean, vindictive and did something to hurt you on purpose, do me a favor. Drop it and them. Your energy is not being well spent by you harboring get-even, vengeful thought forms toward them constantly. That just keeps you tied to them, energetically speaking. And the only person you're hurting (actually, shooting yourself in the foot daily) is YOU. This is not constructive anger. This is destructive.

    You say you're depressed? Well, if you are, then who or what pissed you off and made you angry, and you decided to turn all this rage in on yourself instead of getting it out and giving it back to the person who triggered you in the first place? Sounds really silly, doesn't it? We swallow our rage toward someone who has either made a decision we didn't like, didn't agree with, or who meanly set out to hurt us and what do we do? We knee-jerk back and take that anger and keep striking ourselves with it over and over until finally, we fall into depression and helplessness.

    Check out WHEN your depression began and look at the incident or person or people who set it in motion for you. What can you do to shift this load? Best to get help with this one...homeopathy works wonders, so does talking it out with a friend, spouse, family member or whomever you trust. The deal here is--don't keep sitting on this badly infected rage and keep hurting yourself with it. Unburden yourself between now and May 11th in a HEALTHY and pro-active fashion.


    Mars is not happy in Pisces, a water sign. Mars is a fire planet. Fire and water do not mix; and they create "steam" symbolically in our lives. This can be an uncomfortable combination from a medical astrology perspective. Fire and water or Mars in Pisces is about how anger has created poisons and toxins in all of us. So, if you are lucky enough to have Mars in Pisces aspecting something natally and in Pisces in your chart, you had best be asking yourself the following questions and answering them honestly:

    1. Am I being poisoned? Am I poisoning myself? How?

    2. What is toxic in my life? A person? Place? Thing? Event? Group? Am I toxic in my thinking? What I feel? How I see Life?

    3. How can I detoxify myself? Look at health foods, massage, exercise, drinking lots of water and flushing yourself out, changing your diet (less meat, thank you), and taking up yoga.

    4. How would I like to meditate more often and touch base with my spirit during this time?

    5. Don't go near the could drown in an unexpected undertow (just as the people in Lake Michigan did the other day...). And if you own a basement, well, floods are gonna be a possibility, too. Or, a water tank will leak and you'll have a water flood of another kind. Or your basement is gonna spring a nice leak during this time.

    6. Speaking of water, tears are a good idea to release at this time. Better out than in, as we homeopaths say. Discharge, especially tears, is very healthy, so let it fly and don't keep it choked up inside you.

    7. Prayers are helpful. Pisces symbolizes our faith, our inner blind-faith-knowing. If you will defer to this, you'll walk through the crap that's going to slung around you, and not even get hit. However, if you don't pay attention to your intuition and inner voice or listen to your teachers on the Other Side, then rest assured, shit is gonna happen and you will get hit by it. So be prepared.

    8. Don't sign ANYTHING the week before Mars goes retrograde. I'm telling you--you will be duped. You will be cheated, lied to, deceived and the shell game will be played and you'll loose that, too. Don't gamble on anything. Wait until after it goes retrograde and then look closely at the fine print before you sign any agreement.

    9. If it sounds too good to be true during this period--it is. Don't do it. Don't sign. Don't say yes. Just walk away and say "no"--and mean it. Fraud is big with Mars in Pisces.

    10. Right now, you can't think yourself out of a paper bag, so honor this confusing moment where you feel like you've been strung up and hung out to dry and just SIT ON IT. Don't do A THING. Just be QUIET. Don't MOVE. Don't make major decisions. Just be quiet and listen to your inner voice. It will tell you what to do to get out of this maze that you're presently lost in....

    11. Life's a regular toxic jungle out there for you folks right advice is: go within. That is your Safe Place. Your place where no one will lie, deceive, cheat or mislead you presently. If you're unsure, do NOT make a decision right now. Just be patient and wait it out until 2 weeks after Mars goes retrograde.

    12. Feel like your life's a regular pool of MUDDY water and you need to see in order to get out of it, but can't? Yep, it sure is. Well, be patient, stand quietly and let the storm and mud around you settle out and believe me, the water will clear up and you'll know what to do.

    13. Timing is everything, friends. And right now, you've got bad timing due to being overly aggressive, impulsive or impatient. Your watch doesn't even keep time right--right now. If you don't believe me, check it out. That's a big red flag to you. Your timing is lousy right now, so sit tight and don't move. Its amazing how the universe will eventually reveal all you need to know in order to make a wise decision. You just have to trust yourself enough to follow that path. So, do it. The other choice will suck and you will be one very unhappy camper.

    14. Your intuition? Well, it has seen better days. Everyone has intuition, but with Pisces in your chart, yours and every one else's is off. Particularly those with planets around 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Pisces-Virgo--yours is REALLY off! So, just chill out, cool your heels and be patient. Ask for "double checks" if you have a hunch or intuition. If you get the outer sign that checks what you felt, then go ahead. But if you don't, then do not follow it through. Things will clear up in a month or two and you'll know a lot more than you do right now (which isn't much of anything--you're not getting "straight scoop" from those who are providing information).

    So, now that we have a feel for this dynamic duo of Mars in Pisces, let's go back and look at what Mars going retrograde means to all of you who are affected by it!


    In order to ascertain what can happen when Mars goes retrograde, you must first understand what it rules:

    1. The release of energy.

    2. Our metabolism which burns off calories

    3. Our thrust into Life and the world, our eagerness, our energy to go out there and get things done

    4. Being a leader

    5. Making things "happen"

    6. Creating a new chapter in our life (a job change, a move, a birth, a death, a gift, the end of something, the beginning of something by our decision making process).

    7. Impulsiveness

    8. Our courage

    9. Driving force (toward a goal/idea/ideal/vision)

    10. Our self-will (our ability to will ourselves in the direction we see ourselves going

    11. Being adventurous

    12. Being assertive (take charge, take the bull by the horns, getting personally involved in some thing)

    13. Our desire

    14. Out going energy (this is RIGHT sided energy--it is energy, like an arrow shot from a bow, that we send out into our world to make things change or "happen.")

    15. Being rash

    16. Aggression

    17. Warlike nature/violent/combative/raging

    18. Being angry, the ability to express our anger (either positively or negatively)

    19. Inflammation/high, sudden fever/rashes/sudden infection/killer epidemic

    20. Highly sexual; strong libido

    21. Passionate (in an emotional sense) about your goals/ideas/dream and willing to throw yourself into it completely

    22. Struggles within yourself; struggles/fighting with others/war of words or war of actions/resistance--standing one's ground and fighting for it

    23. Executive ability--you can make decisions; no wavering; it's cut and dried

    24. Our animal instinctual processes; being in touch with them, our sense of survival and making good decisions that keep us alive or safe

    25. Injury around fire arms, fires, and machinery

    26. Being forceful; pushing, bending, folding and creating your reality through your own desire/will/energy being focused

    27. Our masculine energy (our RIGHT side of ourselves, regardless of our gender). Being in touch and integrating our masculine energy and using it when we need too (again, regardless of gender).


    Basically, it pulls the plug on ALL of it. The first thing people experience, especially if the transit of Mars is either conjunct or opposite one of their natal planets in their astrology chart, is a LOSS OF ENERGY. It's very real. You can see this as Mars being the helium-filled balloon and the retrograde as a pin puncturing the balloon. All the "air" or 'fire" goes out of the balloon and it deflates and falls listlessly to the earth. That is how you will feel. Let's look at what can happen to our Mars list:

    1. Physical energy is not as available. Or, your energy is depleted quickly. You cannot do as much as you did before. You need to rest or nap more often in between jobs/tasks.

    2. Energy needed to continue working toward your goal/dream/vision are put on "hold" or like an airplane in a circling pattern above an airport and can't land--at least not yet (until it goes direct at the end of September, 2003). Nothing works out for you. All the "steam" and stream of energy toward making things happen, dissolves mysteriously and quickly.

    3. No matter how hard you try to PUSH, nothing will happen. It seems like everything is in stasis or is very sluggish or does not respond quickly or as usual to your energy or input that you place into the project.

    4. This is the WORST time to start a new business, to start anything new, a new idea, trying to write a book, trying to pitch a new idea, because it simply will fritter away and deflate like a balloon with a leak in it. It just will go nowhere.

    5. Where life seemed to be moving in rapid forward motion and things were happening and clicking right along--they won't now. They will slow down. As if in slow motion. But that's not to say it's bad--when things slow down, you get to sip more deeply from the well instead of just taking a quick gulp of water and speeding off. Take the time Mars is giving you and go DEEPER into whatever it is that holds your attention or responsibility. There is a reason for it and behind it, even if you or I don't know what it is at the time.

    6. You will not have the "push", "shove" or "passion" you had before Mars went retrograde. The volume is turned down--way down. Your get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went....

    7. Your usual spontaneity is going to go on the back burner and simmer.

    8. Your "drive" is going to be cut back. Your "get-up-and-go" LEFT!

    9. You'll need more rest than usual.

    10. You'll need more sleep than usual.

    11. You will feel like the Hanged Man of the Tarot deck--hung by your feet, suspended in midair, dangling there and no way to get down or get out of it.

    12. Your life will go into a kind of cocoon-like stasis. This is a waiting and developing period--not a pushing, shoving, let's-build-a-nation kind of time

    13. You'll feel less inclined to fight, be combative or stand up to aggression. You may get a more live-and-let-live attitude during this time frame.

    14. Sexual drive may wane; don't worry--it will be back when Mars goes direct. Consider it a reproductive vacation.

    15. Your energy will be held and contained; not outgoing as before. I call this 'paper bag time.' You feel like you're in a huge, invisible paper bag and nothing is going on schedule or right for you now.

    16. Projects lag to a crawl. Things that were supposed to get done, don't. This isn't a good time to take on a new project, either. It will fail--miserably. Wait and be patient until Mars turns direct.

    17. Injury around fire arms, fire, and machinery are very likely around the retrograde and direct period.

    18. This is a time to switch off Life outside yourself to a large degree and go inward (like a bear goes into hibernation to connect with its powerful dream life) and work on your inner "stuff."

    19. Consider this period a time of outer, external calm so you can do homework on your inner self. It's an excellent time for therapy, for digging out deep, rooted patterns of harmful behavior that you've been carrying around like a good friend. Many aha's about one's self are made at this time.

    20. Your instinctual, animal self may not be operating as keenly as before--so think 2 or 3 times before you commit yourself to anything. REALLY size it up, be patient and wait it out if it doesn't quite feel right to you.

    21. Your masculine energy is going into hibernation. This is a good time to switch over to your feminine energy (the touchy, feely, blind-as-a-bat-yet-you-know-where-you're-going intuition, and use it. It will keep you out of trouble if you listen to it. If you're male; you probably will not, and you will hit a few brick walls as a result before you learn to pay more attention to that little feminine voice inside yourself. This is good news for all men who are overwhelmed with too much testosterone (which Mars rules) and it means its going on, hopefully, less abuse, less aggression, less wars while it is in retrograde motion. A little peace, we hope.

    22. The outer world, all the demands on you, will ease up to a degree during this period. That's good news--it gives you time to catch up on a lot of loose ends (like filing...) that have been sitting around and begging for attention for months--so use this "quiet period" to mop up some messes you've been letting go for sometime.....

    23. You are going to be more open and vulnerable to STRESS--so get out of the way of it, take care of yourself, get your downtime, nurture yourself and rest...if you don't, then....

    24. Your immune system will be lowered during this period. You cannot take the normal stresses and demands life places on you. It's a good time to think about extra Vitamin C (3,000 mg daily) and pantothenic acid (250 mg a day) to feed your adrenal glands directly so they can juggle the stresses that you're not coping with as well as you usually do. Once the Mars retrograde period is over, stop taking the above vitamins. Your adrenals will go back online at that time without help.

    25. Above all, this is a time of gestation; sort of like a pregnancy. There is much movement on the deep, inner structure of yourselves at a subconscious level. There is a reason why you are in "bag-time" and you're suspended and nothing seems to be working out like you thought or hoped it would. The internal energies that are now gestating within you need time to form and create the outer physical reality--which will come and introduce itself to you when Mars goes direct.

    26. Most of all, during a Mars retrograde, have patience with yourself and others. Patience is the key to this period. If you do that, you'll kick back, lay in the hammock, watch the clouds scud by in the blue sky and be utilizing this energy properly.


    It's pretty easy, really. You expect that you're not going to have all that energy you had before and you cut back accordingly. You also expect that nothing is going to go right in your life--either professionally or personally. There's going to be deviations, set backs, changes--and if you remain flexible and in touch with your inner feminine intuition, you'll get through this period just fine.

    It is those who are rigid, controlling, stubborn or just plain stupid, who refuse to change their gait to the drummer's beat, which is beating a lot more slowly now, that get in real trouble with this retrograde.


    1. YOGA CLASS? Look at beginning Yoga or some other low stress and healthy exercise. I can't say enough about Yoga because it influences our breathing, stretches us, calms us and cleans out our chakras, which is very important during this time.

    2. READ A BOOK. Read a good book, like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This is a good time to see if you are in your "flow" and following your heart/passion, and this book will help you become aware of it. Or other great philosophical books, such as the Seat of the Soul, Emotional Intelligence or other self-help books that call to you or inspire you.

    3. TIME OUT! Take time out for yourself. Be alone. Be quiet. Go in. Do things that give you joy.

    4. MEDITATION is a definite must during this period because Mars is now acting like an "inny" and not the "outy" that he usually is. All your energy, your focus, is being swung from your outer, external, 3rd dimensional world, to your INTERNAL world. It is there that you meet your teachers and guides, the spirits who love you despite yourself. This is a time to go in and listen to your inner voice, your heart and your desires....and to become (finally) aware of them and then to act upon them once Mars goes direct.

    5. COUNSELING. Or you could title this: anger management course or "Who's Pushing My Buttons and Why?" This is a great time to seek counseling. Whether you go to a therapist, seek out a minister/priest, or some other professional, you should. Anger, when unexpressed, twists in us and hurts us. Anger inappropriately expressed always hurts others and that's not what you really want. I would also suggest contacting Rosemarie Brown, MSW, who is a "Coach" and has been trained to help put people in touch with their most important elements of themselves and get on with life in a positive fashion. You can reach her at: Coaching is a life-changing technique and I'm sure Rosemarie can help you to help yourself. You can visit her website as well at:

    6. SWIMMING AND WATER. Ah yes! Pisces people love the water and what better time to sign up for a course in swimming at your local spa than now? Do take advantage of the water during this period because water is always healing for you. If you don't have a nearby pool, then think of a nice bath with your favorite bath salts or oils and luxuriate in it--treat yourself kindly and well.

    7. CARE OF YOUR SOUL. Getting a soul recovery and extraction--no better time than now, believe me. We have all lost pieces of our spirit in this lifetime and many times, anger is a big red flag of loss. You can go to:

    8. ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELING. Getting your astrology natal chart read by a professional can definitely help shed light on your chaotic life if you are being influenced by this transit. Our professional astrologer, Carol B. Willis is available at: Shedding light into the dark areas of your life is always helpful and Carol is one of the best!

    9. MEDICAL ASTROLOGY TO SUPPORT GOOD HEALTH. If you have health concerns, should be looked into. We have several fine medical astrologers available: Gail Carswell at, Michael Foltz at They also have a website: And Rosemarie Brown at, is also a trained medical astrologer. Find out what you're dealing with and learn how to turn this into a positive, healing experience.

    10. Check up with your medical doctor. July is a great time for this! If you have nagging not delay on this--get thee to your doctor and have the appropriate tests run to look at them. If you don't; this could backfire on you and we don't want that, do we?

    11. FLOWER ESSENCES. These are gentle healers that can help a person to heal themselves. Just go to: and point/click on Natural Essences and you'll see gorgeous photos of your favorite flowers, as well as useful information that might help you in some positive way!

    11. LEARNING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. I can't emphasize enough that this Mars retrograde period is about going within and healing yourself on whatever level needs tending. Be kind to yourself! Do little things for yourself daily...things that make you happy or give you pleasure. Look for ways to take the stress off yourself.

    With all these "tools" at our disposal, you can make the retrograde of Mars a smooth transition from the outer world into your bright, creative and educational inner world!

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