The planet Mars turns retrograde once every two years, and can be a difficult transit. Mars retrograde brings blocked action; no matter how hard we try, life feels eternally put on hold. This particular retrograde has been dense because Mars has spent a considerable amount of time in the sign of Scorpio. Scorpios have a tendency to sit with pain and discomfort before making any big change, and Mars here has forced us to do the same. It seems we have all been at war with ourselves in many ways, internalizing conflicts that remain unresolved.