Mars Retrograde

Astrological forecasts and the god of war 

From time to time, Mars appears to move backwards across the sky. Astronomers know this to be an optical illusion. Astrologers however see it as symbolic, linked to war, action and self-assertion. The astrologer’s take on Mars is the thread linking these cartoons together. 

Democracy, international relations and our defence force were in the spotlight. Tragedies here and overseas reminded us that 2021 marked two grim anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which triggered Australia’s longest war, and the 30th anniversary of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody.  

The View from the Lincoln Memorial

Greg 'Smithy' Smith, Perth Sunday Times,

Twenty Years

Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

You're My Au-Pair

Mark Knight, Herald Sun,


Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph,

The Drums of War

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Port of Darwin

John Spooner, The Australian,

Trade with China

Andrew Weldon, The Big Issue,

Boys and Their Dumb Toys

James Hillier, Self Published,

Sparkling Submersibles

Jon Kudelka, The Saturday Paper,

Grown-Ups Club

Johannes Leak, The Australian,

The Heart of the Matter

Fiona Katauskas, Eureka Street,

Change the Date

Megan Herbert, Self Published,

Deaths in Custody: When Will It Stop?

Danny Eastwood, The Koori Mail,

At the Going down of the Sun

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,