Mars OOB until 12th June when the planet will be at 17° Cancer….when Mars is OOB we can expect the energy to be fiercer which can mean being extra courageous defending our tribe or violently angry with whoever wrongs us or ours.
On May 16th Mars, the warrior, the womanizer, the risk taker, the argumentative one, the impatient, enters the sign of Cancer, the sign of emotions, the most romantic of the whole zodiac, the sensitive one. How the heck can Mars feel at home here? In fact, Cancer is the sign of fall for the planet Mars, where he least feels welcome.
Oh, certainly, there may be some good things we can say about Mars’ stay in Cancer. He becomes imaginative and creative pursuing interests independently and ambitiously, but not directly. After all Mars is the ruler of the Cardinal sign Aries and Cancer is also a Cardinal sign but both go about taking the initiative in a very different manner. Mars could also become a caring lover in the sign of nurturing and super-protective of his tribe.
Unfortunately, however, we can say a lot more negative things about Mars in Cancer. He adds fuel to Cancer’s natural high sensitivity and moodiness becoming easily insulted and very emotional in his reactions.
Another twist could be the passive-aggressive behaviour since Mars in Cancer is unable to express anger directly preferring to go into a bad mood, sulk or worse, accuse others by playing on their feelings of guilt and thus giving them a bad conscious.
You could personally experience any of the above or you could meet these traits coming from someone else.
On a slightly different take about Mars; the late and great astrologer Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson postulated that the house where Mars is to be found in the natal theme is the place where we can, if necessary, adopt a “I can do without this, if I have to” attitude since Mars is the one “who cuts out”. Have you found that applicable to your Mars placement? Are you able, if not willing, to renounce to a part of the affairs of the house where your Mars is to be found at birth?
During its stay in Cancer, Mars will make the following aspects:
23rd May: sextile Uranus (4°13’) – patience may have a short string today
12th June: conjunct North Node (17°53’) – expect energy to be high and challenges easier to face
14th June: trine Neptune (18°42’) and opposite retrograde Saturn (18°59’) – energy may be scattered or you may feel tired but the Saturn R-Neptune sextile will provide a steadying influence so that some advancement could still be made
20th June: opposite retrograde Pluto (22°27’) – tempers could flare and the atmosphere could get explosive quickly…keep on your toes and don’t provoke.
Goldstein-Jacobson I.M. (1961) “Here and There in Astrology”, Notebook for Mars, pp.25-34, Pasadena Lithographers, Pasadena, Cal. USA