Because this one happens most often, it’s also the most well known. Mercury rules all kinds of communication and coordination. It’s known for being able to take in, distribute, and share ideas that are both conscious and unconscious, especially on a day to day level! When we thinking of talking, writing, sharing, traveling, analyzing, making decisions, understanding and expressing- all of these things fall into Mercurial domain. So when this energy flows in the opposite direction we really notice the effects: deals that were supposed to go through, don’t. Words are misinterpreted or misunderstood. Plans we thought were set get changed. Things we thought were relatively in our past reappear for us to reconsider and finish up. It’s a lot!
Venus retrogrades you’ll see shifts in the areas that Venus rules: love, beauty, art, and money. I often joke with my clients whenever we begin to talk about Venus that we’re talking about the areas of great happiness in life because in our often capitalistic society we understand the way love and money can bring happiness to our life. Think of these things we appreciate as humans and the way we want to experience luxurious experiences in our life by enjoying the aesthetics around ourselves. During Venus retrograde you may feel swayed by high emotions but it’s important to remember to act with care and caution. It’s not a wise time to make permanent or lasting decisions or changes during a Venus Retrograde- if it can wait until afterward and you still want to move forward, then you know you’re good.
Mars is the planet of action, passion, and intensity. It’s often associate with war, aggression, and masculine forms of energy output. Mars in forward motion wants to forge ahead, move impulsively, and have its desires met. When Mars goes retrograde it’s a time when the usual forward momentum really starts to feel sluggish and frustrating. I think this is true of all personal planet retrograde periods, but especially for Mars it can show up as anger, impatience, and giving up too quickly on things.