“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” -Marcus Garvey
Effective Dates: July 21st- September 6th, 2017
Helios’ Astrological Angle on Mars in Leo– Rejoice! One and all! Mars has returned to Leo, everybody! Let the good times roll! Or at least that’s how it used to be… Still, you cant help but feel like Mars moving into Leo is a good thing- If for nothing other than a chance to dry out from all of those soggy Cancerian emotions!
The planet of War, Masculinity, Force and Agression gets a bad rap. I am constantly defending him from those in the astro community who would extol the virtues of Venus and Jupiter without considering their negative side. While the traditional “benefics” (the good planets) are good when they’re good, man are they ever bad when they feel like it. Venus’ capricious nature of those she claims to favor is legendary, and Jupiter’s favor usual leads to the lucky person becoming a hero- with all of the downsides that comes with (isolation, superman complex, seeing everyone you love die because of you, not to mention the archnemesis!). Besides, too much of a good thing is bad for anyone- Venus rules sweets (diabetes) and Jupiter enlarges everything he touches, but nothing quite so easily as your waistline.
Mars, on the other hand, has never had it easy. Mars fights for everything he has, and he will defend it, because it matters. Mars doesn’t rely on luck because he hasn’t ever had it. Mars works. Where Venus is a airy, super-sweet macaroon and Jupiter is a fruity cocktail; Mars is a steak, seasoned to perfection and cooked rare. Mars makes you strong, feeding you. Mars has grit, sinew and bone. Mars is vital.
Where others see this transit as an egotistical power trip, regurgitating what they have seen in astro books for years and without a new thought in their heads, I ask “How could it be?” Who among us still has an ego to trip on? This is not normal astro, and these are not by any means normal times. Sure, some of us are loud and obnoxious, but that’s probably a coping mechanism to deal with their percieved insignifance in the greater cosmos- Just them shouting into the void that they matter. Most of us are united in our sorrow, our souls silently weeping at the horror we see daily, going numb so that we can continue to function. We are paralyzed by our grief, and we wear our shrouds like armor, so that no one can see just how vulnerable we are. No more.
You have had your time to mourn- now you need to take a shower, get out of the house, and live your life again. I know how crazy that feels to hear- But Mars in Leo is here to help. What could be an egotistical power trip under other skies will give you the courage to take pride in yourself again. Let Mars fill you up, and seek joy again; Find a reason to smile, even if it seems crazy- Hell, ESPECIALLY if it feels crazy! Mars in Leo just wants to put on the gold gogo boy getup and dance on a box all night to amazing music, because it is GOOD to do so. Find your box to dance on- Mars will show you the way.
Aremis’ Tarot Take on Mars in Leo (King of Wands, Queen of Swords, The Emperor)- This stint in creativity is coming to an end, and with it the birth of new projects and a new spirit of adventure. You will realize there are so many worlds to explore, even in your own town. There are subcultures you have yet to immerse yourself into, people who have been away that are returning with tales of wonder on their tongues. The drama and delight of middle summer is here, and Mars in Leo will fire it up more than it’s usually balmy goodness.
With the Moon’s node steadily making way through Leo, eclipsing over North American soil, and 3 lunations in Leo season this year, we are getting a lion’s share of creative power up. If you want to start something grand, this is your time, Heretics. Artists, hear this now, begin your great work in this Leo forge and you will create something truly uniquely yours; something to truly be proud of. During this time you will be called to live from your solar plexus, and you will be gifted with a magnetism if you believe you are truly being called to your work. Whatever it is, you will steadily begin to realize this Mars in Leo season, where your energy and power need to go. You will attach yourself to a higher cause to the point that your ego will be unshakable when it comes to that calling; a “single-mindedness” so to speak.
You must defend what is yours with ardor, with spear and lance and a willingness to go screaming into battle for what you truly believe in. Because the sun shines, the world is here. Because the sun rises every day, the world is here. Remember this.
As for the carnal aspects of Mars, sex will become far more steadily available during a Mars in Leo transit. The reason being that most people will be fired up and wanting it – will be wanting to create things, and in turn, this means heightened sexuality and sexual response. It is a time where people are turned on easier and turning them off will become an arduous labor. Act with the heart, the higher Leo, instead of the loins, and your sexual exploits will be fulfilling instead of dramatic and a little bit “extra.”
Speaking of “extra,” prepare for people who are bombastic to become more so. People who sine in the public eye will be eating up this energy and obtaining thralls left and right. This is a perfect time to collect a following for your work, but it is a also a dangerous time – you may fall into worshiping someone or an ideology that just isn’t as remarkable as they come off. Be very weary of leaders as there will be an influx of people who claim to be prophets of some sort, and all that glitters isn’t gold. But this is also a time that demands those who are courageous take a stand and come out of the woodwork with their knowledge – so be discerning, and be Socratic, and search out the truth of the matter with your heart first and foremost.