Everything You Need To Know About Mars In Retrograde


It’s a rare time of restoration and reflection

What? You thought Mercury was the only planet the ever retrograded? Think again, dear ones, because today, June 26, our fiery Mars will be retrograde in Aquarius after a broody shadow period in Capricorn. We all have some idea about what happens when Mercury is retrograde, or at least we’ve encountered enough articles about the perceived motion. That’s because Mercury appears retrograde about three times a year; that’s enough miscommunication to start feeling like it’s always retrograde, and enough reason to have websites like this one. Mars, on the other hand, appears retrograde every two years and two months. This year’s Mars retrograde will last between June 26 and August 27 with a shadow period that already began on May 12 and will last until October 8. That’s a long time to noodle between Capricorn and Aquarius in the land of dreams deferred and unrealized passions.

I don’t mean to sound maudlin, and I don’t mean to give you the wrong idea. When Mars, planet of action, passion, meaning-making, and intention, is retrograde, it is not without purpose. As Mars Rx comes over us, we know not to lie down idle. Any rest we take in this stalled moment is reflective rest, any refusal is a recalibration. Much like Mercury Rx, Mars Rx is a great time to finish projects one has already started, redo failed first attempts, renovate, and make repairs. For best results, apply these words to your material and your emotional world. More acutely, Mars is a planet ruled by the god of war and holds dominion over Aries and sometimes Scorpio. As such, Mars is headstrong, passionate, driven, and dedicated; Mars people are willing to fight to death for what they believe is right, and this is both their magic and their poison.

When Mars is Rx Capricorn, a shadow that has dogged many of us in the past few weeks, we are driven to evaluate our work ethic and our reputation. It’s valuable to imagine the idea of a work ethic as something that goes beyond “how hard” and toward “who for?” Willing or unwilling, most people who are reading this right now are people who have spent their entire lives negotiating between the work they are willing to do and the work they are spiritually capable of doing for a set price. Many of us have chosen career paths based on our “most profitable skills,” while others felt like they never had a choice at all. There are those of us whose most profitable skills are poor compared to the healing powers we have within us. There are those of us who will never have the means to class climb or live a life that is, by definition, sustainable and safe, who know that the numbers are against us. These concerns flare up and pale, drowned out by the siren of a world in turmoil. Because I am American, because I write with an American grief (which is often naïve, which is often cruel in its optimism), I am thinking about the transition of Mars Rx in Capricorn to Mars Rx in Aquarius as deeply reflected in our current news cycle which repeats the words “children in cages” relentlessly as we look on helplessly, as we try to witness this age of torture as remembered by some future generation.

A reputation is a powerful thing, it opens doors and it closes them. What kind of reputation does a country that cages children, that loves to cage people of color, maintain? What kind of reputation do we sport as its citizens and how do those reputations become who we are? When Mars is Rx in Aquarius, our dreams are powerful places of invention. Our dreams, spinning in our solitary bodies as we drift toward a full moon in Capricorn, are rivers guided by a unified wind, and it is wind of change. Let it move you, dear reader, let it show you what repair means when it is a word put to work between whole communities. Let this Aquarian Mars Retrograde teach you to recognize the depth of the passion you’ve collected within you for a world that protects what is sacred—which is our compassion, which is our humanity.

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

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Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.


After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

Lena Waithe's Guest Host Monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live