Cancer Mars

Mars in Cancer


My dad tells this joke about three old drovers* who are sitting around in a pub. They’re remembering days gone by and achievements of the past.

Drover 1 says, ‘I remember the time I took a mob of cattle from Darwin down to Birdsville. Bloody long way that was.’

Drover 2 nods his respect and says, ‘Yair, I remember I took a mob clean across the Nullabor and down into Adelaide.’

Drover 3 sinks his beer, wipes his mouth and says, ‘yair, I’ll pay those runs. But did I ever tell you about the time I took 500 head of cattle all the way from Perth, across the Nullabor, and down into Hobart?’

Drover 1 raises his eyebrows. ‘But Hobart’s in Tasmania,’ he said, ‘and Tasmania’s an island. How’d you get em across the water?’

‘I took em around the other way, didn’t I?’

Ok, if you’re not an Aussie, or an Aussie 78 year old man, you’re probably not going to get the joke, but it makes my dad laugh every time he tells it – it’s hard not to laugh with him.

But what has that got to do with astrology? Easy, Mars will move into Cancer – and the sign of his fall – later today. Stay with me – I’ll explain.

It sounds a little like a Greek tragedy really. Indeed any of you with a strong Mars, or Mars as their chart ruler may find the next few weeks a bit of a wash-out, energy wise.

In Capricorn (the opposite sign to Cancer), Mars is exalted – exaggerated, if you like. When a planet is in the sign of its’ exaltation it is like he is a favoured guest. The ruling planet owns the home (in the case of Capricorn, this is Saturn), but the planet in exaltation will be given the favoured guest treatment – the fluffiest towels, the plumpest pillows, the 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets, and the visitor biscuits.

When that planet travels into the opposing sign, however, very much the opposite occurs. Not only is the planet uncomfortable in this position, but he feels worse that he actually is – sort of like having man flu – and behaves and performs differently to how he usually would.

So it is now with Mars. In terms of essential nature, Mars is the hottest and driest and most masculine of all the planets. Cancer, on the other hand, is wet, cold and, being ruled by the Moon, possibly the most feminine of signs. It stands to reason that Mars isn’t going to feel comfortable there. His feet are wet, he’s feeling soft and squidgy around the edges and is suffering just a tad from a bit of bloating or water retention.

Then there’s the movement thing. Mars needs forward momentum – and he’s not interested in the past except in terms of glimpsing it in the rear view mirror as he goes tearing into the future. Cancer likes to come at things sideways – from another direction…like a crab. And Mars really can’t be faffed with that sort of palaver.

So, if we put it all together, as far as Mars is concerned, he’s somewhere where doesn’t particularly like to visit. The house is cold and he is stuck inside with the worst relatives he could possibly imagine.  Sure, the food is good, but everyone seems to be sitting around chatting about what the kids are up to and re-hashing the stuff from the past that no longer has any relevance but that has taken on the shine that only hindsight can bring. Like you do when you’re somewhere you don’t really want to be, things seem worse than they really are. Exaggeratedly so.

Ok, if you’re Mars, that probably doesn’t sound great, but the thing is, for the next 6 weeks or so, he just needs to learn to work differently – to see things from the Cancer point of view.


The thing we tend to forget or overlook about Cancer – one of the things – is that as a cardinal sign, despite what you might think, it is still about initiating action to protect or preserve something. Yes, Cancer is an action or initiating sign. This means that whatever it is that Cancer represents in your chart is what Mars will be taking action on for the next 6 weeks or so. This part of life will be getting a surge of energy. It’s just that the way in which he acts is different.

You can make the most of this by resisting the urge to barge ahead – that won’t get you anywhere. Nurture what needs to be nurtured and, just like drover number 3, look for another way around – a way that won’t leave you exposed. You’ll get much further.

Another thing about Mars in Cancer – frustration can lead to comfort eating, so consider also what you’re really hungry for…and what you’re scared of exposing.

Want to know more about Mars in Cancer? Perhaps there’s a Cancer man in your life? Check out this post for more.

Doing it for yourself…

We all have Cancer somewhere in our chart, and it’s this part of life that’s about to get an energy hit from Mars.

Pull your chart out and look for the symbol of Cancer.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below. Of course, if you know exactly where Mars is in your chart, go straight to that house.

Mars in Cancer will transit my 5th house. In the past it’s been a time of increased creativity – well, I guess that’s one of the things that the 5th house is about! The 5th house is a security house, and fear of exposing emotional vulnerabilities through self-expression is a biggie here too. As I get ready to present at August’s Romance Writer’s Conference the confidence I had when I first pitched my idea, is giving way to fears that no one will come to my session – or will be disappointed if they do. The subject of my workshop? How you can use astrology to create more believable and layered characters.

Over to you…

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mars will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mars will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mars will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mars will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mars will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mars will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mars will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mars will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mars will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mars will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mars will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini Mars will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mars will be in Cancer until 20 July 2017.

* A drover is a stockman who moves livestock on the hoof over large distances.