Mars Retrograde Redux: How Are You Doing?

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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?

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Dear Friend and Reader:

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 cs@planetwaves.net.

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.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter

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One thought on “Mars Retrograde Redux: How Are You Doing?

  1. Amy Elliott

    This show is very well worth a listen. I remember hearing the interview the first time. There are some concepts that will be quite unfamiliar, especially in the US.

    I hope you are all doing well in the wake of the Mars station. I have just emerged from what may, quite possibly, have been the most extraordinary day of my life.

    Love
    Amy

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