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Mars in Leo ~ Oct. 16, 2009 to June 7, 2010

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Leo Rouge. Credit and Copyright to Zau R.Mars enters Leo for an extended stay beginning on October 16 through June 7, 2010. Wow! How fortunate for those with Leo-Suns and Ascendants/Risings!!

Mars is the planet of action, energy, and movement. He represents our physical drives, aggression, passions, anger, self-assertion, confidence, and the motivation behind our efforts. He has been cruising through Cancer since August, where his energy is often internalized, passions exerted through emotional impulses, and is driven to action to serve another/others' needs. Mars' transit in Leo is a welcome change, I'm sure. In Leo, he is confident, strong-willed, eager to move and get results, and is driven by the self's own volition. At best, Mars in Leo is determined, ambitious, and a leader. At worst, Leo-Mars is egotistical, intolerant, and melodramatic.

While Mars is in Leo, we are urged to take action on our motivations and passions. What are we passionate about? What do we wish we are doing or achieving or participating in? With Jupiter newly direct and following Pluto's forward movement in September, what may have been "closed" to us may now be open or what we may have been waiting on may now begin to look more feasible. Soon, Chiron and Neptune will change directions and begin moving forward again as well.

Mars retrogrades from December 20, 2009 to March 10, 2010 beginning at 19 degrees of Leo all the way back to zero degrees. The retrograde's shadow cycle begins as early as October 18. What we begin to work on presently until the end of the year may not find its completion until after mid-May next year. So, practice patience and don't be discouraged if results are slow to come.

For me, as a late decan Virgo-rising, much of this transit occurs in my natal 11th house (friendships/associations) until late May 2010 when Leo-Mars enters my natal 12th house (subconscious); and as a Cancer-Sun, Mars cruises through my 2nd house (income/material worth). Perhaps, this period is when I solidify what is now supplemental income into something more stable, providing a more consistent stream of financial earnings. With the 11th house in play, this may be a more socially busy time for me which might help with networking and getting my name, services, and credibility out there.

How will this Mars transit influence your chart? Look to the natal house/s ruled by Leo. Match the signs with the house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Leo zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those 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 Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of Mars transiting those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 5th house
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 4th house
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 3rd house
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 2nd house
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 1st house
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 12th house
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 11th houses
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 10th house
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 9th house
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 8th house
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 7th house
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 6th house
Alternatively, you may cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Schedule a session or ask a question. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start a discussion.

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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"Leo Rouge" courtesy of Zaur.

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