Mars has entered Gemini, and it's a telling transit you can't overlook

'Wherever Mars goes it brings activity, vitality," says astrologer Narayana Montúfar

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Now is the time for Mars in Gemini, 2022's neglected astrology transit that is actually pretty significant.  

In between moon phases and astrology seasons, we appear to have lost sight of Mars' moves, but this August event is going to foreshadow what's ahead for the planet's retrograde this fall. Plus, what's usually a several-week-long occurrence is actually taking place for the next six months, so you'll want to kick back and get comfortable. 

"It's going to stay in a certain part of our charts for an extremely long time so we're going to have to work with this energy and master it," astrologer Narayana Montúfar says of Mars in Gemini. 

(Now might be time to whip out your astrological birth chart to uncover where Gemini falls in your houses.)

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Meet the expert: Narayana Montúfar

Narayana Montúfar is an astrologer and an expert in the astrological studies of the Moon and the author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. She was one of’s Authority Magazine 2020’s Strong Female Leaders and one of Vogue’s 13 Astrologers to Follow in 2021.

Mars in Gemini 2022

  • Begins: August 20, 2022

The rare but impactful Mars retrograde is scheduled for the end of October, and it only takes place roughly every two years, so it's not something we're terribly used to. However, it is something all zodiac signs will feel.

"It's my least favorite thing in astrology," Montúfar confesses. "Because Mars is our drive and ambition, our productivity slows down and [we] cannot assert ourselves correctly."

To up the ante, she insists, "Mars retrograde makes Mercury retrograde look like a baby."

Words and communication will be particularly affected during this time, and it's likely we'll have a harsher energy when talking, writing, etc. Additionally, we'll feel a bit cloudy because of Pisces and Neptune's conjunction, which might make it more difficult for us to get tasks done. 

If you were stressed about the Mercury retrograde effects and feed into the planet's pop culture craze, perhaps it's worth noting that Mars is actually the celestial troublemaker—not Mercury. Who woulda thunk it?!

Venus and other stars and planets in the solar system; signifying venus retrograde 2021

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Why is Mars in Gemini significant?

OK, so Mars goes retrograde one day before Halloween—why does Mars in Gemini in August matter? Are we jumping the gun a bit? 

For one, now is actually a good time to start those meaningful creative endeavors—books, podcasts, other methods of communicating—as what you'll tackle now will be near complete over the next six months, upon the ending of Mars retrograde.

"Wherever Mars goes it brings activity, vitality," Montúfar says. "Mars in Gemini can be really helpful before the retrograde, so really power through any of those projects." 

Yes, that poetry collection or the new podcast you were dreaming about might slow down a bit when the planet does actually go retrograde, but at the end of the transit, you'll feel as though you're undertaking was well worth it, especially thanks to embracing Mars in Gemini now. Keep the momentum going, friends. 

What's more is Mars in Gemini is a time to learn, dip your toes in new water and experience something you wouldn't necessarily gravitate towards otherwise. Before things slow down in October, take advantage of that eagerness and interest. 

"It's important to focus Martian energy on something productive on something that’s a little hard to do because that's what Mars does," Montúfar adds. "At the end of the day you can really master it."

Dare we say, now is even the time to be more adventurous than usual and think completely think outside of the box. This energy is the perfect opportunity to embrace those curiosities, even if they seem as though they're outside the realm of possibility. With this transit, nothing's out of the question. 

"Gemini is very versatile, the Jack of all trades, so if you ever wanted to try something totally different, or if you wanted to learn something that’s totally out of the spectrum, Mars in Gemini can be great for that."

mars in space

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Oh, and if you're looking for love, Mars in Gemini offers an opportunity for dating galore, so you'll be able to pick and choose a partner before settling on the one who's right for you. Take advantage of the end-of-summer weather, plan a few outdoor dates and see which match best suits your needs and lights your heart aflame. 

Happy Mars in Gemini, friends! Don't waste an ounce of that creativity or curiosity. 

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