Life on Mars – Referendums and Retrograde

Mars Is Entering Direct Motion

Tensions have been running high and there has been a lot of vitriol, toxicity and spite on social media lately. I’m hoping this may be expressed in a more constructive way as Mars enters direct motion, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part!

When retrograde Mars is at its closest to Earth and at 00:29 GMT on the 30th June 2016 it will begin its station to Direct Motion which means it will be moving further away from Earth in it’s orbit, adding some perspective to the collective anger and tension felt by those in Great Britain. For some, it has been the case that society hasn’t been able to see the wood for the trees.

What with Mars going retrograde this year on the same day as Pluto, there was always going to be a deep aggressive

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undercurrent – seething over taboo and unspeakable issues. It has to be said that in the UK a lot of people have been mud-slinging over the outcome of the EU Referendum, or ‘Brexit’ as it is referred to in the media.

Across the pond in the USA, there has been a lot of interest in the presidential candidacy of 2016 with Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton being the forerunners of the race. Many people feel that neither candidate is worthy of presidency, though some say Clinton is the lesser of two evils. I went on THA Talks this weekend to discuss these issues.

Pluto & Mars both went Retrograde on the same day and as both are rulers of Scorpio (Pluto the modern ruler and Mars, traditional) and with Mars re-entering Scorpio, there is a feeling of buried anger coarsing through this transit. There is the potential to heal deep wounds and ancestral pain which is being carried through a trine from Mars to Chiron – but this isn’t without its own pain steeped in collective fear and trepidation.

The Rule Of Three

When Mars stations direct it will be in the 8th House in Scorpio so this is a triple whammy of martian energy – though not as direct as Mars in Aries – it’s a more passive and receptive type of energy release. Calculated and controlled, when this energy does have full release, the flood-gates are opened and a deep eruption occurs. This is particularly so, for Mars in Scorpio.

Being in the 8th house, this will be felt in the shared wealth – on a grand scale it Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 19.37.01may provoke deep concerns involving the economic situation of the nation and its position in Europe, the fear of the unknown in the ‘divorce’ from the EU and societal knee-jerk reactions which relate to this type of psychological disturbance. It would seem the taboo for this current time in history is that of race, and national pride and patriotism. As taboo is a key word for Scorpio and the 8th house, the current political situation in both the UK and US are described by this symbolism very well. Those who voted out of the EU (52% of the British population) are being accused of racism, being called stupid, not worthy of voting and it has even been questioned whether anyone above the age of 55/60 should have a say over the political position of The UK’s relationship with Europe, based on the assumption that these individuals will be dead within 15 years.  It seems an awfully huge generalisation that just over half of the voting public simultaneously hold the same bigoted perspective on the political stance regarding ‘their’ homeland.

Divide & Conquer

The UK Referendum has split the UK down the middle, and within that chasm a deep seething vapour full of generalisation, assumption, hatred and fear has emerged. People feel unsafe, unhappy and misunderstood. Families are arguing, friends are falling out of favour and politics is being discussed in every area of life. The Moon in Taurus opposing Mars in Scorpio denotes a stubborn and difficult tug of war between both sides of the fence with tempers frayed and anxieties running high. This is a time of extreme emotions and actions, equally so. Issues of ownership, worth and the threat of loss are projected onto the land and it’s rituals.

When Venus meets Mars and Chiron by grand trine on July the 7th, there is an opportunity to express discretions in a diplomatic and Venusian way. This may be prompted by some sudden, unsettling and destructive issues forced to the surface by Mars in a very uncomfortable aspect to Uranus. There may be more eruptions, explosions and attacks. If Istanbul Airport is anything to go by, we should heed the warnings and stay vigilant during these testing times.

This transit is designed to divide, draw out and create dialogue about the very issues we are all trying to ignore.


About Stefanie James

Stefanie is an astrologer based in London. She travels around the UK and abroad, talking, teaching and writing about astrology. In addition to this, Stefanie co-hosts HIJAC, a transatlantic podcast with US based Seana Collins. Together they explore mysteries, alternative perspectives and current affairs through the lens of astrology. Book your consultation with Stefanie at