Transiting Mars in Cancer: Hot Water

Mars enters Cancer on July 13th (to August 27th), which will be like heating a pot of water until it boils.

Watery Cancer is the sign of Cardinal (forward moving) emotions, and fiery Mars is the planet of Cardinal action. And of course, Jupiter is already in Cancer, amplifying the whole works. Feelings will not be held back.

The first thing that Mars will do is ignite the Grand Water Trine, as it hooks into Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces (from July 13th to July 20th). If you haven't felt this trine, that may change once Mars enters the picture. This planet is an activator; it sets things in motion. Unlike Jupiter (who expands everything in a rush of optimism) Mars gets things going with an impatient shove. Mars in Cancer (if not handled carefully) can be like emotions pumped through a fire hose; they can knock someone over if turned on full force. But Saturn will focus Mars, while Neptune will refine its raw energy. You can use this energy to start something, without it flying off the rails. Or, you can express your needs with restraint and sensitivity.

From July 20th - July 23rd, Mars will be released from the moderating influence of the trine, and will unite with Jupiter. Restraint will fly out the window, and feelings will be big, bold and aggressive. There's potential for things to go two ways:

  1. An exuberant rush of happiness as you achieve something/express something that satisfies you at a core level.
  2. An overheated rush of neediness/resentment, as unhappy feelings (that have been simmering for some time) are finally released.

You can't control how others act during this transit, but you can take stock of what you're feeling. The house in your chart (that holds Cancer) is being stirred up. It's the area of your life where you need to honour your instincts. What's happening there now? How does it make you feel? If you're not happy with what's going on, be honest about it. Mars will bring your true feelings to the surface anyway, so isn't it better if you have a say in how they're released (rather than allowing someone else to push your buttons)? Conversely, if there's something you want, there's never been a better time to take action. 

As Mars advances through Cancer, it will square Uranus in Aries and oppose Pluto in Capricorn; I'll talk about those aspects in a later post.

If you have planets/angles from 0-5 degrees Cancer/Aries/Libra/Capricorn (Cardinal signs), you'll feel the upcoming heat most intensely. If you have planets/angles in any degree of  the Cardinal signs, Mars will stir things up for you between July 13th to August 27th.