Your Mars Transit and Mars Retrograde Survival Guide for the Rest of 2022 and 2023*

Eclectic Occultista
10 min readAug 18, 2022

Hey, star-gazers! Have you heard about the major Mars transit that we’re going to be feeling into the New Year? If not, stick with this post to learn everything you need to know to prepare for this year’s Mars Retrograde and 2023’s Mars Direct station!

Mars’ Path through the Sky

Mars is going to spend a lot of time in Gemini between this year and next, from August 20 to March 24, 2023. It will finally enter Cancer on March 25, 2023, where it will be in the place of fall (that’s a position of debility for Mars, where it struggles), so expect challenges next year arising from the choices we make over the red planet’s sojourn through Gemini now.

To maximize this discussion, let’s cover some basic astrological theory about planetary cycles.

Black background with text: A synodic period or cycle is “the time required for a body within the solar system, such as a planet, the Moon, or an artificial Earth satellite, to return to the same or approximately the same position relative to the Sun as seen by an observer on the Earth.” — Encyclopedia Britannica Online

A synodic cycle is just a fancy term for a planet’s transit from one conjunction with the Sun to the next. However, we can evaluate any planetary cycle, for example, Mars-Venus cycles for relationships or Saturn-Uranus cycles for large-scale structural changes.

When we talk about Mars’ “synodic cycle,” however, we mean the relationship that it forms with the Sun — the proxy in our charts for our ego selves, our life path and destiny, and where we feel directed in this…



Eclectic Occultista

Hellenistic astrologer & Tarot lover. Writing monthly astrology forecasts and occasional Tarot thoughts.