Tracking Mars’ 2016 Transit of Scorpio/Sagittarius and the Mars/Antares/Saturn Conjunction (February through September) a) 02/17/16 – Mars, in direct motion, enters its retrograde shadow at 24 Scorpio (stage top right); begins its first slow approach to Antares/Saturn. b) 03/05/16 – Mars enters Sagittarius, continues applying direct to Antares/Saturn. c) 03/26/16 – Mars closes distance in direct motion toward Antares; as Saturn (stage left) stations retrograde at 17 Sagittarius toward its second conjunction with Antares. d) 04/17/16 – Mars stops in his tracks, within one degree of exact conjunction, stationing retrograde at 9 Sagittarius. Antares is at 10 and Saturn retrograde at 16 Sagittarius. e) 05/22/16 – Full Moon at 16 Sagittarius, illuminating Mars retrograde at 2, Antares at 10, and Saturn retrograde at 14: a Sagittarius Stellium! f) 05/28/16 – Mars backs away from Antares/Saturn (stage right), entering Scorpio once again, but this time in retrograde motion. g) 06/29/16 – Mars, at its furthest retrograde point from Antares/Saturn; now stations to direct motion in 24 Scorpio, whence it will begin a second slow approach to conjunction (stage right). h) 08/02/16 – Mars enters Sagittarius for the second time, closing the distance between himself and Antares/Saturn. i) 08/09/16 – Mars is getting closer as the second exact conjunction (the retrograde conjunction) of Antares and Saturn occurs. j) 08/16/16 – Mars is almost there, as Saturn stations to direct motion and conjoins Antares for the third time. k) 08/24/16 – Mars/Antares/Saturn in exact conjunction at 10 Sagittarius. l) 08/30/16 – Mars at 15 Sagittarius separates stage left from Antares/Saturn. m) 09/17/16 – Mars at 25 Sagittarius putting some distance between himself and Antares/Saturn at 10 and 11, respectively. n) 09/27/16 – Mars exits stage left, entering Capricorn and leaving Antares at 10 and Saturn at 12 Sagittarius. Should be a hell of a summer on the world stage. Hat tip to the wonderful planetarium software Stellarium for the images.