FEATURE — After spending nearly eight months in the sign of Gemini, Mars has finally entered Cancer, injecting energy into a new area of life.
After an extra-long stay in Gemini, which began Aug. 20, 2022, Mars entered Cancer at 5:45 a.m. Saturday and will remain until May 20. Mars is yang energy and represents our driving force toward self-actualization. Mars energy can be understood as the adrenaline that surges upon completing a challenge. It directs our will toward competition and direct action.
Mars in Cancer, the water sign of home and family life, is motivated by a need for security. Collectively, this transit is about trusting instincts as a method for propulsion. Forward momentum will be more reflective and prioritizes comfort over spontaneous risk. It’s a time to tap into the sensitivity of internal and external environments.
In its detriment, Mars is uncomfortable in Cancer and can trigger emotional upsets and exacerbate frustration. Anticipate mood swings and try to avoid a direct approach. There’s a tendency to be defensive rather than overtly aggressive.
On Sunday, Mercury, the planet of perception, conjuncts Chiron, the “Wounded Healer,” which will stimulate intuitive understanding. This is a good day to gain new insight into the self or others in order to foster growth and healing.
On Tuesday, Mercury will then conjunct Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, which spurs sudden inspiration and opens a window for us to see the “bigger picture” through an optimistic lens. Expressing ideas is favored under this short-term transit, and it’s a good time to submit applications and consider long-range plans.
On Thursday, Uranus, the planet of revolution and authenticity, conjuncts the goddess of love, Venus, which could inspire some to redefine their relationship in order to feel like a truer version of themselves or to feel freer in some way. This also could unearth unexpected proclamations of love or loving ourselves in a way that highlights eccentricities. We are drawn to the unique and unusual during this time.
So what does all this mean for your sign? Find out below.
March 21-April 19
With your modern-day ruling planet, Mars, in Cancer now, you might find yourself feeling a little more withdrawn, defensive and sensitive than usual, dear Aries. This is a good time to direct your energy to matters related to home. Perhaps you’ve been needing to make home repairs or replace an appliance. Cooking may feel especially therapeutic during this time. This energy also could stir up arguments at home, so be careful that you’re not being overly territorial or combative. You may also see some opposition from people in your career or a father figure.
Early in the week, you may experience sudden inspiration or insight into a part of yourself that’s been put on the back burner. You’re wanting to think about who you are and how you show up in the world. Toward the end of the week, the Uranus-Venus conjunction could draw you to purchase something unusual or you may desire to uniquely express by switching up your regular attire.
April 20-May 20
With Mars now in a part of the sky that deals with short-distance travel, learning and communication, you may find yourself feeling rather restless, dear Taurus. It may feel that your mind is cranked to a high speed and won’t shut off. This could stir up tense conversations with siblings, cousins or neighbors. A tendency to over-identify with your ideas or beliefs could cause you to feel more prone to stirring the pot around those who see things differently. It would be wise to funnel this energy into learning a new skill or intellectual pursuit.
Early in the week, a hidden or suppressed matter may rise to the forefront of your mind. Rather than trying to escape the discomfort, you may discover something new that inspires you to confront the issue and work to heal it. A dream could carry an important message. On Thursday, your ruling planet Venus aligns with Uranus in your sign, which will have you pouring extra love on yourself and appreciating your unique beauty.
May 21–June 20
With Mars now out of your sign, and into a part of the sky that deals with personal finances and self-esteem, dear Gemini. This transit spells impulse buying, and you may feel more attached to possessions during this time or try to assert your self-worth through monetary means. You are wanting to enjoy the finer things in life. It may be best to take a look now, buy later approach with any major expenditures. This energy is best directed toward thinking of new ways to make money and establishing a sense of worth.
At the beginning of the week, with your ruling planet Mercury connecting with both Chiron and Jupiter in your 11th house of friendships and future, you may realize something that’s been holding you back or making you feel a bit disconnected and be inspired to change. On Thursday, your imagination is likely to be running wild. It’s a great day to creatively express yourself.
June 21–July 22
With Mars now in your sign, dear Cancer, you’ll be feeling more energetic, assertive and ready to take action. As Cancer is prone to mood swings, look out for sudden bursts of anger or talking over others. Funneling excess energy through long walks, sports or any physical exercise that gets the heart pumping will help dissipate agitation or restlessness. This is a good time to step out of your shell and go after something.
At the beginning of the week, your mind will be on matters related to career and public reputation. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with a wound to your public persona. A strike of inspiration could change your perception and allow you to approach the world in a new way. Thursday will have you enjoying time with your friends, and you may feel appreciated by the groups with whom you associate.
July 23–August 22
With Mars now in a part of the sky for you that deals with the subconscious, imagination and dreams, you may feel your creativity take flight during this time, dear Leo. Your dreams are likely to be active or this transit could trigger insomnia. You may have an impulse to escape reality more than usual, and you should take heed not to go too far. Hidden matters may rise to the surface and require attention.
At the beginning of the week, you may be feeling a desire to escape the humdrum of ordinary life, and it may be time to finalize plans for a vacation. A conversation or spontaneous adventure could feel particularly medicinal now and inspire you to make a change that will reignite a sense of freedom back in your life. Later in the week, you may feel appreciated at work for the unique talents you offer, and some may gain an unexpected shift in status.
Aug. 23–Sept. 22
Mars has finally left your career sector and has moved into a part of the sky that is all about future dreams and friendships, dear Virgo. These past few months have likely brought frustrations in your place of work, as well as breakthroughs. Now is the time to redirect your energy into your future vision. Stepping out as a leader or visionary and networking with others is highly beneficial at this time. You are wanting to pour energy into a bigger cause.
At the beginning of the week, you may have to confront a difficulty surrounding shared resources or intimacy with a partner. But now you have the words to say what you mean in an effective manner to come to a resolution. Some may decide to start therapy now or some other healing modality. Later on in the week, you’re looking deeper into the “truth” of what you think, and an unexpected shift in perception could reignite an optimistic outlook.
Sept. 23–Oct. 22
Mars is now in a part of the sky that deals with your career and public persona, dear Libra. This is a busy time when ambition ignites and the spotlight shines on you. Some could see themselves getting a raise, promotion or some other recognition. Frustrations on the career front also are likely, so be mindful of agitation or being overly competitive and make sure to get some downtime to avoid burning out. Some Libras may decide to start a business now.
At the beginning of the week, desiring to heal an issue in a close one-on-one partnership will be at the forefront of your mind. You’re thinking about the future and how it looks for you and a loved one. Be careful that you’re not seeing through rose-colored glasses, especially on Tuesday. Toward the end of the week, a revelation in terms of intimacy or shared resources clears a pathway forward.
Oct. 23–Nov. 21
With Mars, your ancient ruling planet, in a part of the sky that deals with your personal outlook, higher wisdom and beliefs, you’re likely to feel an impulse to dive deep into what you believe, dear Scorpio. This is a beneficial time for those in school, as your energy will be focused on gaining knowledge. Be careful of falling into arguments over personal beliefs. This placement also stokes an adventurous spirit, and taking a trip will serve to re-energize you on a deep level.
At the beginning of the week, your mind is on matters related to work and health, and perhaps how these two areas of life are affecting each other. You may be inspired to spontaneously quit a habit or implement new habits, such as meditation or anything that deals with the mind-body connection. Toward the end of the week, you find yourself showing up in a new way to loved ones, especially a partner. You’re feeling admired and appreciated for what you uniquely offer.
Nov. 22–Dec. 21
With Mars now out of your relationship sector, your energy is not being redirected toward matters related to shared resources and intimacy, dear Sagittarius. This is a rather spicy place for Mars and may push you toward exploring the taboo and desiring a deeper intimacy with a close partner. You’re wanting to dive deep below the surface to uncover something new. Be careful of tensions over shared resources, as there could be a tendency to argue over shared possessions or money.
At the beginning of the week, you may see how fear has been holding you back from creative endeavors, whether it’s fear in the production or fear in showing others. You’re finding a way forward now and inspiration is on high! Toward the end of the week, you may decide to try something new when it comes to work or health and be pleasantly surprised with the results.
Dec. 22–Jan. 19
With Mars finally out of your work and health sector, your energy is being redirected toward matters related to close one-on-one partnerships, dear Capricorn. You may find a reignited spark with a loved one now, and you’re feeling more passionate about energizing a relationship. If you’re feeling a lack of reciprocation, you’ll find it difficult to sweep matters under the rug. But on the flip side, you’re more likely to reach a compromise and resolution.
At the beginning of the week, something from the past may be brought to the forefront of your mind and you may find yourself reflecting on how this shaped you as a person. Or for others, a problem in the home could steal your attention. Either way, you’re inspired to mend the issue and, as a result, feel a renewed sense of security. Toward the end of the week, it would be a good idea to mix up how you creatively express yourself and consider how you can further put your unique signature on what you do.
Jan. 20–Feb. 18
After transiting through your house of pleasure and fun, Mars is now redirecting your energy to matters of health, work and service. While you may feel the pace pick up at work, this is a time when you find it a little more difficult to keep up with the workload or get along with co-workers. It’s best to funnel excess energy into projects and the work itself rather than get sidetracked by workplace drama. Your health also is getting hit, and you may find yourself swinging from feeling in top form to feeling utterly drained. Take care of yourself by getting plenty of rest and nurturing yourself with proper diet and exercise.
At the beginning of the week, a sudden revelation may offer the words to heal a miscommunication that has been causing you distress. Resolving this issue lightens up your spirit more than you expected and provides a fresh sense of optimism. This energy also could manifest in the form of a poem or other creative writing. Toward the end of the week, you may decide to shift around some things in your home or purchase a new item that excites you and re-establishes a sense of home.
Feb. 19 – March 20
After transiting through your fourth house of home and family life since August, Mars is now in a part of the sky that for you deals with creative self-expression, children and pleasure, dear Pisces. If you’ve been feeling bogged down, you’re now being reignited with a drive for fun! You have more energy now to pour into creativity, whether that’s painting, dancing, singing or anything that brings you joy. You’ll also be making fun out of things that are otherwise banal, such as trips to the grocery store or loading the dishwasher. Just be sure to find some time to rest.
At the beginning of the week, you may find yourself ruminating on ways you’ve been depriving yourself that are afflicting your sense of self-worth. It might be time to buy something that otherwise might feel purely indulgent — you deserve it. Toward the end of the week, a conversation with someone could spark inspiration to learn something new that will allow you to express yourself in an unexpected way.
For a more specific outlook, read the forecasts for both your sun and rising signs. If you do not know your rising sign, use this online calculator.
It’s important to remember that astrology forecasts are not meant to be fatalistic. Rather they offer a window into current energetic influences, so we may work with them and help foster a more wise and loving spirit.
Ed. note: This information is composed by St. George News editorial staff for entertainment purposes only.
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