Mars Retrograde Redux: How Are You Doing?

Posted by Amanda Painter

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While Eric is on his Mars-station-direct retreat, I invite you to listen again to the Planet Waves FM program from April 12 [play episode here], which aired less than a week before Mars stationed retrograde in Sagittarius. Mars will finally station direct in Scorpio tomorrow, June 29, at 7:38 pm EDT (23:38 UTC). Astrology rarely asks itself if it got things ‘right’. So, how did we do?

Mars rover Curiosity takes a low-angle self-portrait on Aug. 5, 2015. What would your Mars station direct self-portrait look like? Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

In the first segment of the program, Eric discusses what look like the central questions of this particular Mars retrograde. Mars can be summed up by the statement, “I want.”

Retrograde, that statement becomes, “What do I want?” which in turn leads to “Why do I want it?”

The current Mars retrograde began with the more theoretical philosophy of what is right and wrong regarding desire (in Sagittarius), and then plunged into the biological impulses, curiosity and taboo of desire (in Mars-ruled Scorpio). How do you feel? Is it desire or fear? What is motivating your desires?

So please give this program a listen and let us know: did Eric get it right? Send in your Mars retrograde score to

This re-broadcast of Planet Waves FM also features some early thoughts about the Uranus-Eris conjunction of June 9 (which occurred in another Mars-ruled sign, Aries). In the second segment, there’s an interview with Dr. James Engell, a professor at Harvard University. He wrote a scathing critique of educational priorities under capitalism, and how the profit motive as a focus is detrimental to how education works.

If you’d like to chart your recent course with additional Planet Waves coverage from this season, you can scroll through an index here of Mars-retrograde related writing, Planet Waves FM and Planet Waves TV episodes. For quick access, here is last week’s Planet Waves FM, from June 21, in which Eric covers this week’s Mars station.

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Everything You Need to Know about Mars Direct

Posted by Eric Francis

In today’s edition of Planet Waves TV, Eric Francis looks at the whole story of Mars retrograde, back to Jan. 3, 2016 when the process started.

Then he reviews all the major themes of this event: where sex meets religion, how to figure out what you want, and most of all, the power of curiosity.

If you’re looking to order the 2016 spring reading that covers Mars retrograde for each sign, here is a link.

Democracy Now! — Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Posted by Planet Waves


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump touts Britain’s vote to leave the EU and calls for a rejection of so-called free trade deals. Also on this program: the US Senate moves to OK the “Colonial Control Board” to commandeer Puerto Rico’s economy; an interview with the attorney who just won an historic SCOTUS abortion rights case; and more.

To Mars Retrograde, With Love

Posted by Planet Waves

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Amanda Moreno writes a personal letter to Mars retrograde, asking what it has meant to her over these last few months that have felt like lifetimes, during which it has brought gifts and potential, challenges and doubt, shock and struggle, her frightened inner child and her strong inner mama bear.

Emulation and Precipitation

Posted by Len Wallick


Only minutes before Mars resumes direct motion in Scorpio tomorrow, Mercury will enter the sign Cancer. Len Wallick explains that with its ingress to Cancer, Mercury will combine with the Sun and Venus to begin re-populating a section of the zodiac long fallow — very possibly with precipitous results.

Democracy Now! — Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Posted by Planet Waves


In the most significant victory for abortion rights in a generation, the Supreme Court has struck down provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law in Texas. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined Justice Stephen Breyer and all three women justices on the Supreme Court, condemning the restrictions as an undue burden on access to abortion.

Thoughts and Feelings

Posted by Fe Bongolan


Stepping off her soapbox and back into her armchair, Fe Bongolan writes on the exhilaration and pain of watching the world turn this month — from Orlando to Occupy Congress, and Brexit — and asks how much more can we evolve from the challenge of today’s turmoil. How else can we try?

Monday Morning Horoscope for June 27, 2016

Posted by Eric Francis


You must be what you want to become. The world usually gets this one backwards: You become something, and then you get to be it. That might work for holding public office (president, police officer, judge); but for what you’re doing, you do what you do and that makes you what you are. Therefore, stop putting off your most cherished goals for sometime in the future.