While Mercury retrograde seems to get all of the attention all the time, it's certainly not the only planet that goes retrograde throughout the year — they all do, actually, and they all affect us in some way or another. When a planet goes retrograde, what's happening is that it's spinning so fast that it appears to be spinning backwards. Many people believe that the change in the gravitational pull affects us here on Earth, in different ways depending on the planet. Your sign also affects the way you'll feel when a certain planet is retrograde. Mars retrograde began on June 26, and won't go direct again until August 27, so you'll definitely want to know how this is going to change your everyday life, especially since some zodiac signs will be affected by Mars retrograde more than others.
Mars is a very intense planet and rules desire, action, anger, and passion. According to Cafe Astrology, Mars retrograde forces us to "re-assess our current projects, our approach to getting what we want, and our desire nature. Rather than directly assert our desires, we tend towards introspection." When Mars is retrograde, it turns its normal energy inward, intensifying and internalizing it. This causes us to react to situations differently than we normally would, and it can also make us question our instincts.
Astrologically speaking, Mars is the ruler of Aries and the co-ruler of Scorpio. This retrograde is happening in the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn. According to astrologer Lisa Stardust in an interview with Bustle, because of this, these signs will be affected the most. But they aren't the only ones. Stardust says, "Mars retrograde starts off in airy Aquarius, moving backwards to earthy Capricorn — therefore, many signs will feel the impact of this planetary moonwalk."