Mars moves into Cancer on August 3rd, setting off a tense Grand Cardinal Cross. Mars will oppose Pluto in Capricorn (power) while squaring Saturn in Libra (social restrictions) and Uranus in Aries (freedom). The pursuit (Mars) of needs (Cancer) will meet serious resistance. How people cope will depend on how they react to change because all four angles of the cross involve transformation of some kind. Consider how well your needs have served you in the past. Could they serve you better with some alterations?
Uranus in your sign has made you edgy and impatient. Sudden changes and/or the urge for freedom have clashed with transformations in your career sector and obligations/restrictions involving a relationship. You've been feeling squeezed and the pressure will go up one more notch this week. Mars (your ruler) pulls your attention towards home and family. Developments here (arguments, relocations or renovations) will be aggravating. Expect clashes between any or all of the following: your independence and the needs of others, past emotions and future ambitions, partnership obligations and family demands. This is a lot to handle but you have Uranus, the planet of liberation, on your side. While you may be tempted to run for the hills, know that any leftover baggage will weigh you down if you don't deal with it now. Focus on building a new future by being decisive about the past.
Responsibility has been the theme over the past few months. Saturn has laid down rules and restrictions involving health, work and daily activities. Looking after another or dealing with an increased workload has not blended smoothly with future goals (even if those goals are the reason everything is happening). Throw in an underlying urge to change "something" (you're just not sure what) and you have a recipe for stress. Can you handle a bit more? As Mars activates your communication sector, watch for emotional outbursts. Your responses will be instinctive and fear of change will be driving them. Take a minute before you speak or send that email. Consider how you can use this energy to achieve your goals rather than lashing out at others.
Uranus has been stirring the pot in your sector of friends and groups. Changes involving loyalty, ideals and where you fit in have impacted your self confidence. As you've been struggling towards a desired goal, deep seated fears about sharing, control and boundaries have also been triggered. As Mars moves into your sector of security, be prepared for these issues to intensify. Your needs and self-worth will be the focus as external changes and internal shifts force you to take stock. Your instinct will be to fight for what you need but know that the old definitions no longer apply. Your sense of self and approach to intimacy is being transformed so apply this energy to the new you that is emerging.
Obligations at home have been clashing with dramatic changes in your career. This push/pull dynamic combined with power struggles or transformations in your relationship sector has left you with little time for your own needs. This will change as Mars enters your sign. A new sense of determination will give you the desire to push back against everyone and everything. As you put yourself first, know that outside forces will challenge you. Use your energy to accelerate the changes in your life rather than fighting against them.
The future looks bright as everything untried and exciting has been pulling you forward. But even as you reach out, changes in your health, work or daily routines seem to be blocking you. The issue may involve a power struggle or changes that are not occurring fast enough but know that sticking to the plan will eventually see you through. Negative self-talk will trip you up consistently as will talking yourself out of new opportunities. As Mars moves into your sector of secrets, watch for hidden desires, unclear developments or lowered vitality to further complicate matters. You may not be sure what you want or if it's acceptable to let others in on the secret. Hold back for now and watch how things develop.
Your concept of who you are is being transformed but financial and emotional insecurities have been throwing up some speed bumps. Independence, sharing, boundaries and trust have all been issues. As Mars activates you sector of friends and groups, watch for conflicts to intensify matters as you fight to make yourself heard. What you want is paramount now, even if it feels like others object to everything you're moving towards. You are not on the verge of loosing it all, no matter how intense that particular fear is. The only way you can lose is if you refuse to move forward.
It's been a tough grind for a peace loving sign like you. Saturn in your sign has you re-defining your boundaries while Uranus in your partnership sector has been stirring up surprises. Everything about how you relate to others has been changing. As if this wasn't enough, Pluto's transformation of home, family and past issues has been churning up things you'd rather ignore. So what will Mars's move into your career sector contribute to all this? You'll want to move forward and realize your ambitions, even as they clash with current restrictions and the ideas of others. Rather than folding and saying you just don't have time to deal right now, consider how your career goals fit with the new regime that is emerging. Is there room for compromise?
Unexpected changes in your work or health routines have you questioning, analyzing and re-evaluating your choices. Whether you move left or right, it seems like a hidden restriction or fear pops up to block you. Initially, Mars's entrance into your sector of opportunities may feel like more aggravation. Rather than seeing these events as things you can't or will never have, look at them as possibilities for the future. Allow this energy to manifest as hope and then find a way to pursue it. Know that the changes in your life are giving you the tools to work through all the hidden restrictions that have been holding you back.
The need to rebel against who you were has met with resistance from others. As you've been struggling to blaze your own path, rules, conventions and fears about your own security have felt overwhelming. As Mars enters your sector of shared resources, you could find that more deep fears are activated. Someone may challenge your sense of control and boundaries. Recognize that old issues involving intimacy, jealousy and ownership need to be banished. The new you that is emerging will have no time for such things.
Pluto in your sign has been stirring up deep fears, anxieties and control issues. The purpose of this is to encourage you to let them go and move forward. These changes have been met with resistance from career restrictions and upheavals at home. These distractions are actually opportunities to overhaul your life and set a new course. As Mars enters you partnership sector, the needs of another may have you wondering if you have enough energy to accommodate even more distractions. Once again, this is an opportunity to do things differently. You may be tempted to respond in the same old way but consider how this has served you in the past.
Currently you're feeling blocked on all sides. Future opportunities seem out of reach while current circumstances have left you feeling scattered and unsure. Profound endings and transformations have been heavy and overwhelming. As Mars moves into your sector of day to day activities, the increased pace could feel unwelcome. Do you really have time for more work? The bonus here will be a surge of vitality and determination to power through. Channel this energy into caring for yourself as you will feel blocked and frustrated if you try to push back against outside obstacles.
Your financial and emotional goals have been changing dramatically. The old resources will no longer work and this is forcing you to re-evaluate what you are prepared to share with others. These very personal transformations have been causing some kick back amongst your friends and associates. If you're no longer the same person, will you continue to associate with the same people? Mars in your sector of celebrations and creativity pushes you to answer this question. By stepping up and being yourself in a no-holds-barred way you will feel resistance from all sides. Don't be afraid to push back.