Mars entered Cancer last Wednesday, June 24th, and will be there until the evening of August 8th (EDT).
In the U.S. chart for when Mars enters Cancer, Mars is placed in the 11th house of hopes, dreams, aspirations, friends, discoveries, and groups/collectives.
Ruled by the Libran Moon conjunct the North Node in the 2nd house, Mars must direct his energy to find balance between moving forward in his own self will and his larger circles.
Sometimes what is best for “me” is not best for “we.”
“We” can be a frustrating concept for Mars, for the group mentality and feel can shift very quickly. This can cause us to lose our bearing, and our independent certainty of direction.
But if we listen to how our actions are received, we can find the true value of what our actions truly mean.
Cancer is about where we come from: our roots, our histories, our families, and literally our mothers.
Part of the journey toward adulthood is the necessary separation from the family in order to evolve the family history with one’s own life experience.
At some point of maturity, it becomes a necessary to learn how to bridge the knowledge inherited and learned through life experience with the world at large.
To do this, we each must listen to others and respond. Yes, there needs to be respect and fair boundaries to maintaining one’s sense of truth.
However, if we are not flexible in our egos, we can miss vital opportunities to positively influence others and engage in our sense of purpose.
Sure, Mars in Cancer can be emotional and unfocused. That’s one way to interpret the energies.
Or you can see it that you have to be considerate to others in your actions.
A personal example:
The feeling of being misunderstood and misinterpreted runs strongly in my personal karma.
Some of my most painful memories have been with writing: teachers would not understand what concepts I was trying to say. They were too complex to follow completely. The language I chose was not functional or appropriate.
When workshopping my choreography, I would get frustrated when I received feedback that I moved too fast to see what happening.
These situations made me feel under-valued and unappreciated.
It would an impetus to cut others out and decisively become an even greater stronghead for what I felt was necessary to express.
And funny enough, I felt like what I had to express was necessary to help the collective, and that it was my life’s purpose to find the way to give it light…
I would hear that I should “choose my battles,” but I felt stronger than that. I could take on the battles because my conviction was worth the bruises and struggles along the way.
Through life’s unfolding, I began meditating and re-developing my relationship to a Higher Power.
Suddenly, I saw that I would have ZERO impact to all that conviction of my life’s purpose if I did not respond to others and take strength from my personal history.
I offer my epiphany for your consideration.
I could have saved a lot of time by simply taking into consideration what the groups that wanted to help and nurture me had to say. This precisely is what Mars in Cancer in the 11th house is about.
Mars in the 11th house of this cycle’s Ingress to Cancer, we are considering our big dreams – the type of vision we have as a “knowing” from a higher sense of being.
We just did finished deep soul-searching in Mercury. We learned another way to express ourselves.
In this Ingress chart, Saturn is in Cancer’s native house, the 4th house, in the sign of Scorpio. As I shared a couple week’s ago, this is a time to uproot the figurative seeds that did not lead to what you thought it would and revise the plan.
We have a lot of cosmic support to taking action and lay foundations in what supports us in our sense of self-worth.
This week’s considerations
Pick and choose your groups wisely.
Who is your “family” for this journey ahead? With whom will you associate yourself?
The chart says, let your values of who you are at your highest potential be the criteria for deciding who is part of this vision.
While Mars is softer than usual, he still can cut people out of his life.
Have some courage and cut people out of your life that are dragging you down.
Choose people, associations, and environments that help you grow and mature into your better self.
Don’t be mistaken that everything should feel peachy all the time. We all know that families go through their ups and downs, and we can’t expect anything different from this “family” we’re building to support our dreams.
But we can choose who we let in by how well they commit to getting through the tougher times.
Although, you might be brought to uncomfortable places, it always should help facilitate a calmer home base and mutual understanding.