If you're into astrology at all, then you likely know about the Mars retrograde cycle going on this summer. Basically, adults all over the world are bracing for its effects. But how will Mars retrograde affect your toddler? Well, your immediate future just might hold a bunch of tantrums.
Every two years or so, the orbit of Mars appears to move backward in the sky, and this is known as the retrograde cycle. The planet isn't actually backpedalling, however. The illusion of retrograde motion is caused by the paths Earth and Mars take in their orbit around the sun, as explained by NASA. Basically, the retrograde motion appears when Earth overtakes Mars in its orbit around the sun, like a race car speeding along an inside track.
Although astronomers understand the reason for this apparent backward motion now, people living hundreds of years ago understandably assumed the planet had suddenly reversed its motion in the sky. It possibly freaked them out a little, and all sorts of energetic effects were associated with the planets during their retrograde motion. Today, people who dig astrology still attribute certain behaviors and tendencies to planets in retrograde. So if your toddler has a particularly rough meltdown during the summer of 2018, then you can blame it on Mars in the retrograde cycle. Hey, it's nice to have a scapegoat sometimes.