Every two years, the planet Mars goes into retrograde. The 2020 Mars Retrograde goes from September 9th - November 13th (which is a Friday - yikes!). But what does that mean for you, and what should you do to prepare yourself? Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Mars Retrograde.
What Is Mars Retrograde?
Every planet goes into retrograde (most of you are familiar with Mercury Retrograde) - apparent backward motion - at some point, and each retrograde has a different meaning and effect based on what the planet rules. Mars is the planet that governs action, passion, and anger. It’s a very masculine-dominant energy, so Mars retrograde can affect the masculine more-so than feminine. But that doesn’t mean the ladies are completely unaffected! Everyone has some masculine energy within, and this is the part of ourselves that will be most affected by Mars Retrograde.
What should I do During Mars Retrograde?
Now that you know a little more about what Mars Retrograde is, it’s time to buckle up and prepare for a wild ride. Mars Retrograde governs different aspects of relationships, professional careers, and other aspects of our lives but the most important thing you can do to prepare and navigate this period is to keep up with your daily spiritual and energetic practices. Do whatever works for you – meditation, breath work, crystal healing, yoga, etc. If you normally tend to slack off or skip a day, now is the time to be extra diligent and make sure you are making time every day (maybe multiple times per day) for your practices.
Part of the reason this is so important is because Mars Retrograde can spark conflict, aggression, or other disagreements since it has such a fiery energy. After all, Mars was the god of War, so it’s important to use every tool in our toolbox to stay calm and collected throughout this time period. To help you remember, we like using healing crystals as a touchpoint so when you’re feeling fired up, you can hold your stone and bring yourself back to a calmer state.
The Best Crystals for Mars Retrograde 2020
Any and all crystals can support you during this time period, but there are three must-have stones that everyone should carry with them and work with during Mars Retrograde 2020.
Aragonite is the ultimate stone to balance out that aggressive and confrontational energy of the period. When you are feeling angry, upset, mad, or annoyed, reach for your Aragonite and allow it to help you release toxic energy.
Because Mars Retrograde can heighten your masculine energy, the softness of your Rose Quartz crystal can help you get back into balance and find the middle ground between your masculine and feminine sides. This is also a great stone to work with whenever there are relationship difficulties, which are more likely to occur during Mars Retrograde.
Amethyst is a stone that everyone should have, regardless of Mars Retrograde. But especially during this time, the soothing, peaceful and calming energy of this stone is exactly what you need to move through the world as your highest self – no matter what else is going on around you.
How to Use Your Mars Retrograde Crystals
The most powerful and also easiest way to work with your stones during Mars Retrograde is to carry them with you in your purse, pocket or bra. That way, the crystal is always close-by and can help you stay in alignment throughout the day.
If you are at home and don’t want to keep them in your bra or pocket, you can wear the stone in the form of jewelry or hold onto it as a touchstone whenever you feel yourself slipping into a lower vibration.