Newsflash: Mars is no longer in retrograde—and that presents a rare opportunity


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If the past few weeks have felt life-changing (or at the very least, disruptive), there’s a good reason: Several planets have been in retrograde at once, which means almost everything in your life has been up for a reorg. Last week, Mercury retrograde ended (hooray for your digital life!), and this week it’s Mars’ turn, says rockstar astrologer Jennifer Racioppi. Here’s what that means—and how to make the most of these major cosmic forces, no matter what your sun sign is. 

Monday, August 27

Today Mars, the planet of action, stations direct. Yes! Having been retrograde since June 26, this once-every-two-year retrograde cycle challenged us to redefine how we relate to our passion. Think back over the last two months, what has changed for you?

Mars’ station provides powerful impetus to get into your body. Enjoy it.

If the universe conspired to teach you a lesson, what was it? More importantly, think about where you want to go from here. In the upcoming weeks, life will return to its optimal speed. Consider the lessons learned and how you wish to proceed. Then get your workout on. Mars’ station provides powerful impetus to get into your body. Enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 28

Mercury, the ruler of communication, makes an awkward angle known as a square to Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system. Watch out for drama. Jupiter tends to make things more significant than they might become on their own—so stay mindful of your words. Instead, remember the power of affirmations. Repeat kind and empowering messages to yourself. Today’s not the day to tell it like it is. Stay poised. If you feel like lashing out at someone, take out your journal. Writing provides massive release.

Wednesday, August 29

With the moon in go-getter Aries today, don’t hold back your sweat. Choose your favorite exercise, blast your music, and enjoy it to the max. Work out with intensity and focus. With Mars, Aries’ ruler, now direct, today brings some extra oomph. Notice how you feel. Notice what comes up for you. Then, slay!

Thursday, August 30

Rinse and repeat yesterday’s mojo. Power vibes dominate the day, so get after what you love. Allow exercise to expedite your bliss. Let the endorphins fuel your passion. Feel the fire. Then take it home to the bedroom. With Mars direct, romantic relationships have way more oomph. Makeup sex anyone?

With Mars direct, romantic relationships have way more oomph. Makeup sex anyone?

Mars retrograde has not been easy on relationships. Embrace the moon moving into Taurus at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. The nighttime gets sexy. Have fun.

Friday, August 31

With the three-day weekend upon us and the waning gibbous moon moving through sensual Taurus, take advantage of a lazy Friday afternoon. Seriously, though. Fresh flowers, delicious cocktails, and a long walk anyone? With the seasons quick to change, now’s the time to take advantage of the luscious weather and chill holiday weekend vibes. Stay present. To that point, meditation proves fruitful, as always.

Saturday, September 1

Yoga on the beach, swimming, tennis, or any other outdoor activity bodes well today. Embrace the sun in Virgo vibes and enjoy a green juice. Make time for play. With the moon in Taurus, all day long sink your heels into some sand, or grass, and connect with the biorhythms of the earth. With Q4 fast approaching, work, ambition, and responsibility will soon resume full throttle. For now, chillax. The cosmos offer heavy grounding support today. Embrace it.

Sunday, September 2

The moon enters into Gemini at 4:01 a.m., preparing for its waning square with the sun. The sun in Virgo asks us to pay attention to the details and release what we no longer need. The moon in Gemini also readies us for change. These two planets together may amplify anxious energy. If you find yourself ruminating, bust out your journal and jot down some notes. The Gemini Virgo combination provides the perfect atmosphere to make lists. Spend time getting all of your to-do’s on paper. You will feel so much better. Then relax. It’s a three-day weekend after all! Holler.

Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success. 

Want to catch up on her latest advice? Here’s what she had to say about last week.

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