Mars is the warrior planet. It represents the urge to push into fresh territory by initiating action. It also describes the methods that we use to get things done. Mars' position in a birth chart shows the means by which we reach out to touch others and to impact our world. But while Mars' location in an individual's birth chart is key, we're also collectively influenced by its current status.
You know that feeling of taking one step forward ... but two steps back? You put all your energy and intention into starting, advancing and finishing up things in your life, but no matter what you do you're just not making any progress. Ahh yes, welcome to the world of retrograde!