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Mars Retrograde: An Explanation For Recent Chaos

Is it just me or does everything feel a little more intense lately? These last few weeks have made normal things seem like they could possibly be the end of the world. Can’t find a parking spot? Sounds like the perfect reason to roll your windows down and yell at the top of your lungs. Read a distasteful Instagram story? Well, that’s a solid reason to participate in an hours-long political argument. Get a few creepy stares from a middle-aged man? That could be an invitation to walk right up to him and yell that he is a disgrace to humanity.


Yes, I have witnessed all of these things (and more) within the last few days, and I will admit, some of it was well deserved– but why is all of this rage spilling over now? It could be that we have all just had it with 2020 and all of the chaos it has dumped on us. OR it could be that Mars is in retrograde.


Ah, yes. The planet of war and anger, appearing to move in reverse, making us all moody as hell, to say the least. While this is definitely a fitting explanation as to why life has been a little crazier, it shouldn’t override our right to choose how we react. Knowing that we are set up to behave aggressively may be exactly what we need to stop it. 


Here are a few of the ways I have learned to keep this retrograde in check:

  • Prioritize self-care! You are way less likely to lash out if you are taking care of your mind and body. Meditate, take a bubble bath, go for a walk, write and repeat affirmations. Whatever you need to restore your inner peace, do it.

  • Move around! Stagnant energy is a direct pathway to anger. Movement, whether that means going for a rage run or something as simple as a quick stretch, purges all the bad vibes out. 

  • Write down your feelings! Instead of holding them in until they spill over, journaling about them can help you keep your cool when they come back up later.


It is so important to preserve your inner peace during these times, and although the world is currently going haywire, you are still allowed to feel good. Of course, if you need to get mad, do it! If you need to pop off on a creepy middle-aged man, by all means, do it. But most importantly, know that even with all of the outside circumstances, you are entitled to a peaceful and happy inner space to turn back to once the day is done.

Jessie is a Music Tech major at the University of Tampa. She’s loves all things music, spirituality, plants, cooking, and astrology. Her favorite houseplant is golden pothos, her favorite crystal is labradorite, and she really wants to go to space someday. (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ♥
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