Comfort In, Dump Out • Mars in Cancer • March 25 – May 19, 2023

What does Mars in Cancer mean?

“Mars in Cancer” on an astrology calendar means that from our perspective here on Earth, Mars is moving through the part of the sky we call Cancer– the same part that the Sun enters into on the Solstice. It reflects a general atmosphere that is sensitive, emotional, and sometimes prickly. In a birth chart, Mars in Cancer means that from our perspective here on earth, Mars was moving through Cancer on your date of birth, making this emotional sensitivity a feature of the “blueprint” that makes you who you are.

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Transit Mars in Cancer: March 25 – May 19, 2023

You might feel the vibe shift into a more emotional place as Mars exits chatty, logical Gemini and enters sensitive, intuitive Cancer on March 25. 

Mars highlights, activates, and stirs the pot, bringing heat and activity to one of the most sensitive, emotional, and sentimental signs. Sign of the home and hearth, motherhood, childhood, nourishment. As this moves through over the next few weeks, you may find yourself nesting, drawing into your shell, or living in your feelings a bit more than your usual. 

The emotional currents of Cancer tend not to be a comfortable place for Mars, especially on the dates I have marked with 🔴🔴, a.k.a. obstacles and challenges. The red planet, now moving through this delicate, sensitive part of our sky, would be more comfortable in the boxing ring, debate stage, or other fields in which “besting” or one-upping another is more appropriate. Mars tends to be quite defensive in Cancer, perceiving insults or threats all around. Those who are inclined to will take things personally, and some will even lash out at others in response to these perceived insults or threats.

In the public and political realms, we’re likely to see women’s issues take center stage. Whether it’s groups of moms channeling their anger into getting sensible gun regulations passed, or the Violence Against Women Act coming up in the news or in Congress. Sadly, this may also signal acts of random violence, ever more frequent lately, perpetrated against women, children, and families.

“I’m not my best self right now. Give me a minute.”

Soft skills like empathy, persuasion, and gentle boundaries– are more crucial in the home and workplace now. Mars in Cancer raises the emotional temperature, making it more challenging to express your needs in a positive way. If irritation or anger should arise, it’s not totally about what’s happening today. Even if it is, the reactions to it have roots deep in the past. The best thing to do when a situation starts to spin out of control may be to slow down and give yourself time to cool off and process. Give your loved ones a bit of leeway to be in their process. Take the space you need to get back to your best self.

When others are hurting, remember the “Ring Theory”: Comfort In; Dump Out.

Key Mars in Cancer dates

  • Mars enters Cancer – March 25, 2023
  • 🔴🔴 Mars inconjunct Pluto
    • Health stress, job stress
  • 🟢🟢 Mars trine Saturn – March 26-30
    • Establish and grow a strong foundation of safety, security, and good faith
    • Implement boundaries, rules
  • 🟢🟢 Mars sextile North Node – April 1-4
    • Connect with others for mutual benefit
    • Get grounded (these are great days for planting)
  • 🔴🔴 Mars square Chiron – April 21-26
    • Take it easy on your body, especially your gut
    • Use cooling, soothing remedies
    • Cultivate patience with problems and sticky situations (better days are just around the corner)
  • 🟢🟢 Mars sextile Uranus – April 27-29
    • Freedom, liberation
    • Opportunity to do something different
  • 🟢🟢 Mars trine Neptune – May 11-14
    • Inspired action and activity
  • 🔴🔴 Mars opposite Pluto – May 17-20
    • A time to dig deep and let go
  • Mars enters Leo – May 20
  • Download & print all of the green and red days in a calendar format: Green means go – free calendar

Mark your calendar! Be careful on Mars stress days, marked with 🔴🔴. Tempers flare, and accidents are more likely. Good ideas, clear courses of action, and successful execution of your plans will tend to happen on days when you see the 🟢🟢.

Mars in Cancer at work

There’s a tendency to “beat around the bush” with Mars in Cancer, which tends to take an indirect path rather than getting straight to the point, straight to the task at hand. Safety first on Mars stress days (marked with 🔴🔴). As impatience and irritability rule the day, moods are more volatile, and accidents are more likely. A few minutes of empathy go a long way when emotions are stirred up, unsafe, or insecure.

Mars in Cancer in close relationships

Moods are touchy and defensive. In Cancer, Mars activates the realm of the home and hearth, stirring up emotions, which in turn generates action. The actions may run the gamut from remodeling your home, to clearing the air in the family, issues of emotional safety. Worst case scenario is threats to physical safety like domestic abuse. The best windows to seek and establish safety this month are the 🟢🟢 days I marked above. 

Mars in Cancer and your health

Positive outlets for your energy are dance, music, good food– especially vegetables and leafy greens (ruled by water signs like Cancer). Inflammation impacts the chest, breasts, stomach, and gut. When Mars is under stress (🔴🔴 days), be careful. Accidents and injuries from overexertion are more likely, so don’t push beyond your limits. This is a weak point in the Mars cycle for you if you were born with Mars in Capricorn.

p.s. Download the green and red days for the entire quarter here for free! Green Means Go calendar – pdf

p.p.s. check out my super-quick Zodiac home design ideas on the Redfin real estate blog.

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