Loving Mars in Cancer – 10 Swords

Mars in Cancer is another one of those placements that just doesn’t get any respect. It makes me feel compelled to speak up for the other side. While I’m not an astrologer, I pay attention. My dear husband has Mars in Cancer, so I have had long-term opportunity to become acquainted. I asked Tarot for help in illuminating the often misunderstood Mars in Cancer.

Up shows the Ten of Swords. This version from the Legacy of the Divine is particularly stunning rendition. I think of Tens in Tarot as that void between the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one, holding both the completeness of what’s been and the birth energy of what will be in tandem. Swords are, of course, the Air element, so we’re centered largely in thinking. Astrologically, this card is associated with the Sun in Gemini. The 10 of Swords shows up for me both for betrayals or overreacting. Think overkill.

Because Cancer is so sensitive, even slight attacks are felt very deeply by Mars in Cancer. You may not have idea you were responsible for those swords. Maybe you consider the reaction out of proportion, but you’re not the one with the swords in your back, huh? Be aware that being part of a Mars in Cancer person’s “family”–the inner circle–is a hallowed position of trust. If you want to stay there, never ever take a stab at his soft spots. You’re doing much more damage then you realize.

You’ll often see Mars in Cancer characterized as passive aggressive, and like any generalization, there is some truth. That’s certainly one way for the energy to express. I think it most likely to come out that way when the individual is not sufficiently mature, or if Mars in Cancer folks do not feel heard. Mars prefers to be more direct. But if the direct way is blocked, Cancer will express indirectly. One way or another, that frustration is coming out. Acknowledge conflict and listen kindly, even when (especially when) your viewpoint differs, and you will have much less trouble with passive aggressiveness.

One of the things about the placement you don’t hear enough about is the loyalty factor. Mars in Cancer will defend their home and their family, birth or chosen, vigorously. The quickest way to rile a Mars in Cancer person is NOT direct attack, but through an attack on a loved one. They pull out all the stops. Furthermore, they will genuinely and deeply care about their beloved’s safety and security, doing their best to quietly, gently look after you.

The Mars in Cancer man may check to make sure your tires are well inflated, fill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir, or remind you about ice on the road. The Mars in Cancer woman will not only feed you well, but also make sure that meal is nutritionally balanced and healthy. In other words, they will act (Mars) to secure your well-being (Cancer), physical and emotional. Mars in Cancer often expresses love in a very tangible, practical way. As a bonus, Mars in Cancer will generally respect your feelings, having an innate understanding of the role emotion (Cancer) plays in your actions (Mars).

The Ten of Swords reminds us that the pain Mars in Cancer feels is real and intense, even when it may be (at least partially) self-generated. To successfully relate to a Mars in Cancer native, don’t wield one of those swords. If a Mars in Cancer native is wounded, allow them time to retreat, heal, and gain perspective. Be sensitive to their needs and clearly express the value you place on all those sticky feelings they’ve got. A Mars in Cancer person who is secure they are heard and loved as-is will be less likely to overreact to small slights or become passive aggressive. Treasure the loyalty and devotion to you. Not many would go to the lengths they will in order to protect you and make sure you’re secure. They don’t commit with their mouth—they commit with their heart and express it by action. That’s worth the trouble to manage, don’t you think?

What’s your experience of Mars in Cancer?

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Planetary Energy of Rings on Your Thumb: Activating Mars

Another in the “Rings on Your Fingers” series by astrologer Kathy Rose. Thumbs = Mars!

I’ve always liked wearing thumb rings (when I have done so), but never thought about why. They do, however, feel kind of powerful somehow.

Anybody wear thumb rings?

04/14/12: Get Moving!! | Emperor

20120406_130618.jpgOk.  My floor freezer just died—so I was fishing mushy meatballs out of ice water. That’s every bit as much fun as it sounds. And I’m never happy to see a watery mess—then tend to show up around me before emotional blowouts.

“At least it’s contained,” I think. “So maybe the emotions will be contained.” I’m not kidding here. I really do think like this.

I pulled a card from my Witches pack on the Yule/Winter solstice after cleaning out the freezers. Great. More melting ice.

Sit down to write today’s column and what do I see but reminder the God of War is back on the job? I’ve been bitching about Mars retrograde—in my native Virgo, it’s had me feeling like I’m frozen stiff.  Right on cue, Mars is showing up to melt the glaciers.

We have the Emperor (Aries) in all his testosterone-laden glory. Stag-horned God, he is. He’s also not much of a talker, in case you haven’t noticed. He’s more about action.

Mars in Virgo is direct now, and the Emperor is her to remind us to get moving. Especially, tend to health concerns, matters of service, work, and doing what you said you would. Because integrity is always a good plan. Fight for right!

Are you feeling moved to take action?

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10/19/11: Evading the Thunderbolts | Rev Tower

osho-zen-tarot-cardsWhat is it you avoid looking at? What do you lie to yourself about? What do you turn away from, not wanting to see the cracks? Maybe it’s a drug problem, or a marriage going downhill or a health issue or a friend spinning out or whatever.Whatever it is you are invested in not seeing? Take a peek.

Today’s Tarot is Thunderbolt reversed, better known as The Tower and ruled by Mars. It’s violent upheaval. This is one of those cards people hate to see, but what are you going to do? The Tower is irrevocable—what’s is coming down is coming down and the only option you have here is either going down with or staying the Hell out of the way.

Needless to say, I suggest option two.

I have to admit, I haven’t always taken my own advice. The biggest drama in my life, I would have unquestionably seen it coming, had I been willing. But maybe we don’t want to acknowledge impending doom. Or don’t know how to fix it. Or maybe we’d have to make some hard changes, grow in uncomfortable ways. So we scrunch our eyes shut, put our hands over our ears, and try to block it out.

It’s when we have vested interest in not seeing the Tower comes to bite you in the ass. Foundations not built on truth eventually crumble. If you’re in the middle of it, you’re gonna get clobbered.

On the flip side, this perspective hands us the bright side of the the tower: minimize impact by being scrupulously honest, first and foremost with yourself. Being in that tower when it goes down is a function of denial or avoidance. It’s a righteous and predictable tragedy. Stay on the right side of it.

Don’t ignore the writing on the wall, and don’t sweet talk yourself into believing what you want instead of listening to your inner voice and reasoning mind, man. Get out before the place goes down.

Any Towers in your neighborhood?

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08/15/11: Thundering Truths | Reversed Tower

tower-reversed-tarotEpiphanies—sometimes, they suck! But it doesn’t make them any less vital.

“There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don’t help them by doing the job yourself.” -Laurell K. Hamilton

maj16sToday’s Tarot forecast is the Tower reversed or Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty, associated with Mars. The Mystic Dreamer version is not quite as chilling as the traditional RWS version—no people plummeting out the windows!–but the disruption is evident nonetheless, as you’d expect for a Mars-ruled card.

What’s built on illusion, sooner or later, it’s coming down. This is what the Tower illustrates—building upon false premises, creating an unstable foundation. The more doggedly you cling, refusing to acknowledge discrepancies, denying and self-deluding, the harder the fall.  Inverted, the worst fallout is most likely done, although I’d expect bits and pieces of understanding to pop up amidst the rubble for some time.

The inverted Tower is indication the war is not in full swing—it could be coming or going, but whatever structure wasn’t solid or real has been or is in process of being decimated. It’s over, not coming back in the form it once appeared. If you’re willing to let go of the illusion, you won’t be one of those folks tumbling from burning mess.

Do you see a Tower falling around you?

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