Mars in Cancer: Nurturing, Protective, and Emotional

May 15 – July 1, 2019

Mars in Cancer

Assertive Mars has an uphill battle ahead of him when he moves into the sensitive sign of Cancer. This warrior planet prefers to charge ahead, acting on instincts rather than weighing the consequences of its actions. Cancer is a Water sign concerned with emotional security and protection -- not exactly a natural fit for aggressive Martian energy. So when impulsive Mars moves into the sign of Cancer, she douses his fiery flame, forcing him to slow down and move more carefully.

Mars is the warrior planet. He's assertive and action-oriented, helping rev us up so we can get from point A to point B. It may seem like we're all doomed to stand still when Mars begins its tour through the sign of Cancer. But don't be fooled, because this transit still packs quite the punch. Mars in Cancer still has fight in it -- it simply chooses to fight with deep sensitivity for what it's most emotionally connected to.

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When Mars is in Cancer

Mars' trek through Cancer gives us the opportunity to blend the fiery planet's initiative with Cancerian concerns for preservation. We'll want to spend this time carefully building things that honor and acknowledge our connection to the past and to family values. Our urge to move forward during this time doesn't cut us off from familiar patterns, but includes them, to make for a more gentle and comfortable step into the future.

It's true that Mars is toned down when it moves through sensitive Cancer, but that doesn't mean we won't get anything done. If we learn how to work with the Mars-in-Cancer energy, a great deal can be accomplished. Digging into domestic tasks is one of the best ways to use this transit. Mars in Cancer is a great opportunity to get out your hammer and nails so you can start -- or finish -- a home improvement project.

You may also feel a greater need to fight for the rights of a family member or a domestic situation during this time. Even though Mars in Cancer prefers using its energy to nurture, it will ultimately do whatever it takes to defend what and whom it cares about. As a result, you may notice that an intensely protective instinct takes over your actions when Mars and Cancer sync up.

The problem with Mars' transit though cautious Cancer is that rather than taking a direct approach to going after what we want, we take a more passive one. If we don't feel emotionally connected to something, it's unlikely we'll take action. Unfortunately, the action we do take is usually ruled by the heart, and may be more reactive and oversensitive than purposeful.

If you were born with Mars in Cancer

Cancer is the homebody of the zodiac, which means you take matters of heart and home very seriously. Your Mars in Cancer gives you a fiercely protective and loyal nature, making you the type of person who will jump up to defend a friend or family member you feel is being treated unfairly. You also view your home as your sanctuary, and enjoy spending time making it a place that is cozy and inviting.

When you want something, you commit to it wholeheartedly. People would be wise not to mistake your passive exterior for weakness. Your Mars in Cancer gives you an extremely tenacious nature that helps you pursue the things you're passionate about. Anyone who tries to get in your way should watch out -- they might end up on the receiving end of those Crab claws!

Change is not something that comes very easily to you. You like stability and comfort, so you don't take kindly to things that come along and disrupt your balance. Because you have Cancer balancing out the aggression normally associated with Mars, you don't express yourself with overt anger. Instead, you hold your feelings inside, which can cause you to become moody or defensive at times.

Having your Mars in Cancer means you are very sensual. You want a secure and loving connection with your partner -- and this includes in the bedroom. But opening up to someone in this way doesn't happen immediately for you. You're very cautious in matters of the heart, observing the other person before truly giving yourself to them. When it comes to romance, you want the whole nine yards, giving as much as you expect to receive.

Mars in Cancer Traits:

  • Creative
  • Defensive
  • Passionate
  • Intuitive
  • Sensitive
  • Intense
  • Seductive
  • Loyal
  • Persistent

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