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Everything You Need To Know About Mars In Retrograde

Astrology

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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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

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