MARS in CANCER (May 15 – July 1): Homeward Bound-Unbound

10 May

Dear Astro Friends,

May 15’s the day:
Not only will VENUS enter TAURUS (
see VENUS article).
Also MARS will enter CANCER the same day.
A 2-year cycle (MARS was the last time in CANCER June / July 2017).

While VENUS is at home in TAURUS, MARS isn’t per se so comfortable in CANCER.
Why is CANCER traditionally the least favoured sign for the Warrior Archetype?

And how can we best navigate with that energy?

MARS is natural in straight-forward ARIES (where it was early this year, with NO Planets retro – remember? or did it go by like a whoosh, a la MARS in ARIES?), and it’s exalted (extra strong) in CAP where the energy can express in consistent, persevering, accomplishment & goal oriented ways.

CANCER doesn’t move linear and up (like the CAP ‘mountain goat’) but rhythmic and cyclical, goes sideways, needs to backtrack, and sometimes naturally goes 2 steps forward, 1 step back (into the safe ‘shell’ to integrate the experiences emotionally), is always close to the water, sensitive and empathetic.
Plus: one’s motivation and energy depend on moods and feelings.

It’s the sign of Mother-Child after all, ruled by the MOON.

MARS in CANCER can bring up lots of emotions with and in men, fathers, men in the family, men who feel like family…


So let’s be gentle with ourselves and others, and notice when we’d tend to take our feelings or unmet needs out on others. MARS in CAN has the potential for emotional conflict, and conflicts at home and with family – which may come up to clear the air as an expression of perhaps a fearfully restrained and repressed unhealthy situation a la MARS opp. SATURN / PLUTO / SN in CAP. But it can also go around and around…
A redeeming grace comes from going into relationship with the Inner Elder and Spirit Elders (SATURN / PLUTO in CAP). How would they show up, and what would they do here?


The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – Reminding us of the Next Seven Generations…



Let’s channel the MARS in CANCER energy into

…sharing our authentic feelings with each other (MARS in CANCER square CHIRON in the MARS sign ARIES), rather than holding them in a la SATURN / PLUTO in CAP.

…being passionate about our Home Planet – Mother Earth who keeps on nurturing and sustaining us.

…being protective and standing up for our feelings and needs, our Family, the Human Family, and the Family of all Living Beings.

It’s also a beautiful energy for Honouring the Dads (not only on Father’s Day)!

Practically speaking: MARS in CANCER gives us also a boost to do physical activities like renovations and clearing in the home that benefit from a lot of energy and motivation.


So yes, homeward bound is MARS in CANCER.
Yet also unbound – since it’s also the energy of cutting the umbilical chord to what has kept us connected and fed us emotionally in some ways – while it’s not a reality anymore
(says SATURN / PLUTO in CAP).
And NEPTUNE may add: The cosmic umbilical chord is always feeding us.
MARS’s major transits (coming up mid-June) are its trine with NEPTUNE in PI, and its opposition to SATURN / PLUTO in CAP.

We live in times of deep change, and what used to feel family-ar and gave us a sense of belonging might not be anymore – which can cause grief, or liberation, or the whole spectrum of emotions…
Time to let go…. which can be hard, yet a gift in itself, says NEPTUNE in PISCES, in Water Trine with MARS, and very prominent in June, as it’s in slow-station, to go retro on June 21, plus: we see the 2nd  square from JUPITER in SAG and the second sextile from SATURN in CAP to NEPTUNE in PI (with all 3 Planets in their natural sign) on June 16 – 18 – a very concentrated phase while MARS is in CANCER.
Wisdom and clearing comes from letting go…


So here’s the

Calendar of MARS contacts with other Planetary Archetypes while in CANCER:

Major markers are May 22 / 23, June 4 – 6, and June 13 – 19.

Good to know: MERCURY will be also in CANCER June 4 – 26.

Voyager Tarot card VII – Chariot. Find your vehicle, be the relaxed charioteer, and move with the Home on your back…

MAY 15
MARS enters CANCER for its watery journey until July 1.
Homeward Bound-Unbound.


MAY 22 / 23
MARS sextiles URANUS in TAU, and squares CHIRON in ARIES (ruled by MARS)
EmBody Freedom, and find the Medicine of being authentic and true to what you feel.


JUNE 4 – 6
MERCURY enters CANCER (until June 26).
The MOON in CANCER activates MARS, and ‘simulates’ the contacts of MARS 2 weeks later:
A Water trine to NEPTUNE in PI, opposes SATURN retro / the Lunar South Node / PLUTO retro in CAP.
Tuning into and sharing our deep feelings and needs.
Where does letting go come in, and how can the Inner & Spirit Elders support and sustain us?


JUNE 13 / 14
MARS goes into Water trine with stationary NEPTUNE in PI, opposes SATURN retro and the SN in CAP, and goes into quincunx with JUPITER retro in SAG.
Wisdom and clearing comes from forgiving and letting go of the Old (incl old judgments, resentment, and karmic patterns that keep us separate).


JUNE 18 / 19
MERCURY in CAN meets MARS, and MARS opposes PLUTO retro in CAP.
Rather than engaging in personalized power dynamics or taking out your emotional frustration on others, see the deeper underlying, perhaps historically ‘inherited’ core themes on the bottom of it all, and meet those bravely. It might appear acute but you’ll have more time to process.
Purging and clearing actions on all levels very supported.
All about freedom and letting go…


Mid-to-end-of-June will be a very concentrated NEPTUNian phase:

  • June 16: JUPITER retro in SAG squares stat. NEPTUNE in PI (# 2 of 3 this year).
  • June 18: SATURN retro in CAP sextiles stat. NEPTUNE in PI (# 2 of 3 this year).
  • June 21: NEPTUNE goes retro 

…with MARS involved in this, perhaps as the stirrer-upper, perhaps as the activist of love and true connection… beyond foggy scenarios.


Where in your chart is CANCER?

That’s where you long to belong, and where your feelings get evoked, and family themes come up.

MARS freshly in CANCER in your… House stirs up and energizes these areas of your Life.
Channel the Energy instead of into emotional / family conflict into passionate action – relating to…

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
You in Your Local Environment

4th House:
You and Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.


Blessings to us all, for channeling the MARS in CANCER energy into expressing your feelings authentically, and finding your True Home!


© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger



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