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What's Your Mars Retrograde Story?

In addition to requesting your input and participation, this letter contains the Mars Direct horoscopes included with this year's Spring Reading, written by Amy Elliott.

Dear Friend and Reader:
To cap off the Mars retrograde journey as that planet makes its way through the second 'echo' phase through late Scorpio and into Sagittarius, Planet Waves would like to hear what you've learned.
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Strata at the base of Mount Sharp. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.
What did you experience, and what insights did you glean?
The timeframe to look at is April 17, when Mars stationed retrograde, through 29, when Mars stationed direct (plus a week or so on either side).
Also, did you notice a shift when (or after) Mars crossed from Sagittarius backwards into Scorpio on May 27?
This is your opportunity to contribute your experiential astrology to a Planet Waves publication. We will be selecting key quotations and publishing our findings for our readers, to see what they resonate with. So:
-- Please make sure your story is no longer than 250 words, about the length of one sign in Eric's monthly horoscopes. (Most word processing programs have a word count feature; if yours does not, you can find a free one online.)
-- Be sure to sign your email with the name you want us to publish with your response. (We'd love to have full names; in any case, just be sure you sign the email how you want to be identified publicly).  
-- Please send your 250-word response (with paragraph breaks!) to, with the subject header MY MARS RETROGRADE STORY.
Responding automatically means you agree to your words being published.
Our readers routinely offer us some of the most cogent, nuanced and vibrant examples of astrology as it happens; as real people -- you -- live it. Thank you for being part of this moment in time, thank you for being part of the Planet Waves story, and thank you for sharing so generously with all of us.

Yours & truly,

Amanda Painter
Planet Waves Astrology Editor

Mars Direct Horoscope for 2016 | by Amy Elliott

Aries (March 20-April 19) -- The astrology of this moment puts you front and center. You've experienced a long journey into the depths of your psyche, and what is beginning to emerge now has a good deal to do with creativity. That is to say: on resurfacing, you seem to have brought with you the power to forge something new from something old. This could be writing a story, or it could be a complete restructuring of your life. What actually results is up to you.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) -- What has changed in your relationships? Much of that depends on whether you are choosing to be open and honest -- with yourself and with others. You have the opportunity now to experience profound emotional healing, and also to reach a new understanding with people close to you. This requires both faith and courage, including faith in yourself and the courage to articulate your needs and desires. You can do that. You have the strength of gods.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) -- You may be feeling as if recently certain parts of your life became like an impenetrable puzzle box. Now, you are starting to realize that the key to the code has always been with you, in the deeper layers of your mind. Locating it will probably require patience, but after the last few weeks you can be sure you have the power to get there. Take each day as it comes, and make sure you get in a lot of you-time. If you feel really stuck, let friends inspire you.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Who do you want to be? You choose. Driving forward, however, partly means letting go of ambition for ambition's sake. What is most important right now is for you to recognize and embrace your truest values, and apply them in the community you love. What you do with your strength is the crucial thing. Words can help, but actions are better. You now have the gift of crystal-clear vision. Make use of it.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) -- You are about to rediscover your talent for self-expression as if you had never known it before. What will make this experience all the better is if you are able to confront and put behind you a particular ghost from your past. This is likely to involve insecurity, self-doubt or feelings of guilt. Be assured we all have some of these little demons on our shoulders. You now have a chance to eviscerate one of yours.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) -- You know it's high time for what troubles you the most to be on its merry way. Its purpose was served long ago. Now you have to break free and concentrate on living the life you know you want. Surround yourself, first and foremost, with the people who really care about you. Spend time with them. You'll soon catch a glimpse of what you can really accomplish if you set your mind to it. By the way, you can also be proud of what you've already achieved.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) -- By now you're aware of the benefits of not taking any bullshit, just as your various acquaintances know the benefits of not standing in your way. Just be careful not to gloss over the details, and keep in mind as much as you can what matters most to you. You could soon be in a position to broadcast your ideas to a wider audience than usual, so it would help to have your notes in order before you start taking the world by storm.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) -- These days the question of your identity may appear, to say the least, to be rather in flux. Here's a hint: the likely solution of that particular mystery is one where regret doesn't feature all that heavily. If you've been worrying, reach out to your higher self, or to the being of your choice, and get clear on that. Then gently release the tension and relax. Let your heart and mind breathe. Your questions will probably start to answer themselves.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) -- Recent events would appear to have given you the strength of iron. Now is the time to rediscover your essence and bolster the person you are becoming. Be clear with yourself and others; this will help you find out who are your truest and most loyal friends. They're the ones who will support and encourage you to be yourself. This could be a moment of healing unlike any you've experienced before.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) -- How similar is your environment to what it was a few years ago? I'm guessing the answer is "not very," to say the least. But you've likely kept up with all the tectonic shifting. Now you have the chance to build a life for yourself in which you can thrive and be nourished, body and soul. The choices are yours. Make the ones where you know you'll end up feeling unforced daily gratitude.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You might be in the mood for some unusually deep self-questioning, or for dealing with a psychological issue. If you do this, make sure you check in with people you can trust. It's important that any conclusions you reach be both honest and constructive, so that you can apply them in the wider world, and move closer to fulfilling your ambitions and ideals.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The rapidity with which you are growing as a person may have taken you a little by surprise. It's as if you've undergone a process of evolution almost like that in a chrysalis. With the possibilities open to you now, it might well seem like suddenly being able to fly. Just be sure to keep something or someone trustworthy in contact when you take off, and stay aware of the realities of your environment. I would say the sky's the limit, but beyond our atmosphere there's a whole universe.

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