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Mars in Cancer ~ Aug. 25 to Oct. 16, 2009

The Planet Mars by InertiaK at http://inertiak.deviantart.comJust as Venus is leaving Cancer, Mars brings his confidence and boldness to the sweet and caring sign of Cancer. Mars' visit in the first water sign of the zodiac is visibly different from his stay in carefree and social butterfly, Gemini.

Mars governs our aggression, self-assertion, physical activities, and passions. In Gemini, he is an eager, fast-moving multi-tasker. In Cancer, Mars is conscientious, motivated to satisfy the needs of others, and protect those who are dear to us. Mars' anger is slow to burn in Cancer, but once expressed, his anger can be as destructive as a tsunami.

Mars in Cancer reminds us that actions to the benefit another or others are honorable and should not be seen as a weakness. It is far more difficult and requires more inner strength to become vulnerable enough to let others/another know that we care...that we care enough to put their needs about ours. Mars in Cancer is also more subtle in his ways. There's no need to bulldoze our ideas or desires if the desired results can be done more quietly and amiably.

At best, Mars in Cancer is protective, sympathetic, and understanding. At worst, passive, overemotional, and clingy. Mars enters Cancer on August 25 at 1:15 p.m. Eastern and will stay through October 16.

On the day Mars enters Cancer, Mercury will also change signs a few hours later to transit Libra. But before both planets switch signs they square each other beginning at 29 degrees of their current signs through to zero degree of their new signs, thus forming a T-Square with Pluto, who is in Capricorn at zero degree. A T-Square is a very challenging relationship between planets and is comprised of two squares and one opposition. The combination of these three planets aligning in the sky results in tension and the need for immediate action/decision. There is impatience and aggression in the air. Find a way to channel this energy toward something constructive and beneficial -- impatience to decided action; aggression to self-assertion.

While Mars is in Cancer, he will make alignments with the following celestial bodies (all dates reflect Eastern time zone; give +/-2 days for life span of influence):
  • August 25/26 ~ Mars oppose Pluto. The alignment Mars began with Pluto the previous will be perfect today. There is continued tension in the air. Ensure that actions are motivated, purposeful, and well-planned. Actions/decisions made in haste may be regretted later.
  • September 3 ~ Mercury square Mars. What we say doesn't reflect what we do. What we think is difficult to express. Miscommunication. Frustration. Anger. Aggression. Conflict. Allow for the possibility of misunderstanding and the need to ask question/explanation with diplomacy and perhaps, the energy of this square can become more bearable.
  • September 23 ~ Mars quincunx Jupiter. Let the good times roll. Watch out for excessiveness. Be mindful of not overdoing or overextending yourself.
  • September 30/October 1 ~ Mercury sextile Mars. Opportunistic time to request for what you desire, act upon what you've been planning on, or get yourself heard!
  • October 4 ~ Mercury sextile Mars; Mars quincunx Neptune and trine Uranus. Think. Plan. Act. But leave some room for surprises.
  • October 12 ~ Mars sextile Saturn. Actions and hard work pay off. Long-term benefits to well-intentioned and well-planned actions/decisions.
  • October 13 ~ Venus sextile Mars. Good day for love, money, and sex. Shoppers, watch out for overspending and impulse buying. Foodies, watch out for gluttony. Even with Venus in shy Virgo and Mars in reserved Cancer, we can still get into a bit of *good* trouble :)
How will Mars' transit in Cancer influence in your life? Look to the Cancer-ruled house/s in your birth chart. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Cancer zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Mars transiting those solar and/or natal houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and/or Rising Sign below then click here for an explanation.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 10th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 11th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 9th House
Unsure of what house/s Mars in Cancer is visiting? Cast your own birth chart -- birth date, time, and place required. Or request a quote for a paid personalized reading. (both links open a new window)

What significance do planets, signs, and houses have in astrology? Planets have the function, the job to do. The style/manner they will use get that job done is defined by the zodiac sign they occupy. Where in our life the job gets done is determined by the house the planet occupies/transits. So, when Mars (aggression) is in Aries (bold), he is more assertive than when he is in Cancer (sensitive). When traveling through the 10th house (professional life), he may bring his confidence and motivation in matters relating to our career. While in the 11th house (friendships), we may be more inclined to having our social calendar packed with activities. Having the foresight for what may be coming up or receiving confirmation on what may be happening now are ways astrology can be beneficial ... as above, so below.

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