Mars Retrograde in Libra - War at the Cocktail Party

Mars Retrograde in Libra -
War at the Cocktail Club
March 1st to May 19th

Mars is the planet of action, passion, impassivity, taking charge, physical action/exercise, adventure and yes, war.  Libra is ruled by Venus, who wants everything to be peaceful, harmonious and fair. You see the dilemma ?  We have our planet of war in the sign of peace. On top of that Mars is in retrograde motion - slowing things down and making them more introverted.  Libra isn't known for it's decisive qualities, it prefers to mediate  and draw attention to all sides, especially the underdogs. Mars wants to decide quickly and forcefully.  So we are headed for a time where no one is going to be very decisive, or arrive at any true conclusions. It will be a time of more passivity, LOTS of talking about it, and a very strong forces on trying to make things more fair.

When our planet of action isn't well dignified we can also expect to see actions of "social war". This energy of not wanting direct conflict, and perhaps dragging out decisions and discussions can be very frustrating to us.  If you think you can benefit from things stalling, then Mars retrograde may by you some time to think. If you are raring to go - as the Wood Horse Year will want - we may be frustrated and have to go about things differently.

At best - we can use this time for further reflection and socialize our way to our goals. At worst we can expect some passive aggressive energy, and a wishy washy attitude toward commitments.

"Life isn't always fair, as Mars in Scorpio would say,
but Mars in Libra will seldom accept this notion.
These natives can easily get caught up in defending themselves
and others.  Although their overall goal is to live peacefully,
they stir others up with their desire to balance everything.
Still, they always play innocent when they are challenged,
and can generally charm the birds out of the trees to win your favor.
Passive-aggressiveness is practically the hallmark of this position.
They don't want to look like they are ever being mean or unfair,
but aggression has to go somewhere! Too often, this results in
sneaky behavior and subterfuge. On the other hand, some
Mars in Libra people turn the Mars energy into action,
and they fight for Libran justice and fairness in the world"

Depending on your own sign and tendencies, you may really enjoy this phase or it may be time to lay low. If you are a fire sign you may be happier bypassing the crowd consensus when you can - or just go off on your own.  If you are a water sign you may want to retreat and listen vs share, intuiting when the tides will shift instead. Trying to get others to accept points of  view, decide or stop procrastinating may be hard. Earth signs - you set boundaries and want things planned usually - this may be a frustrating time. Air signs may love all the extra dialoguing and creative thought that could come out of it. 
Just because it is retrograde and favors inaction outwardly, "... doesn’t mean no progress. As with all retrogrades, this one is about reevaluation and internalization. There will be a lot of stopping and pondering recent initiatives (in the context of the natal house that Mars is moving through). Actions that impact others (Libra) will be under the microscope, as will issues around expressing and asserting sexual desires. Libra is the mirror, and Mars in Libra has been about projecting outwards. Objective action. Once Mars goes Rx, it will become subjective; people will be looking at the results (so far) of their actions."

At least there will likely be more cocktail parties ;)