Where does cinematic Leo live in your birth chart?
I hope you don’t mind some d-r-a-m-a! The second half of the month will be especially active due to astrological shifts, one of which includes Mars, the audacious, bright, and passionate planet. I strongly advise you to research how Mars in Leo will affect your zodiac sign, because your heart is about to catch fire. If you thought the last Mars transit was exciting, wait until May because it’s going out with a bang!
As much as I’d like to jump right in and discuss Mars’ celestial persona when it transits this fixed fire sign, we can’t ignore the triggering effects of its initial ingress this year. For example, when Mars enters the courageous sign of Leo on May 20, he will activate a grand cross between Pluto retrograde and Jupiter in Taurus, as well as the North and South Nodes of Destiny and Karma. This tense aspect occurs when each planet is in opposition to another and squares the other two, resulting in a stubborn synergy among four planets. This rare alignment is not only a cross-pollination of various energies, but also the beginning of a new journey.
Check your birth chart to see which astrological houses belong to Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. More importantly, if you notice stagnation and frustration in these areas of your life, resist the urge to force an outcome. Instead, think about the energy and/or challenges you’re facing. We sometimes need to sit with something for a while before we can make sense of it. Hint: Taurus represents your comfort and security; Leo represents your passion and pride; Scorpio represents the evolution of your soul; and Aquarius represents your sense of belonging in the world, but I digress.
Can we skip ahead to the good stuff?
Hot-headed Roman God of War Mars represents assertiveness, aggression, carnality, and passion. Mars, believe it or not, is what fuels and motivates us to act. Mars provides the spark in terms of creativity, sexuality, and survival, but the sign it transits determines the muse behind our inspiration. Mars is a fiery and passionate planet that isn’t afraid to go to war for what it wants. The red planet regains its strength and willpower upon entering the heart-centered sign of Leo, especially after nearly two months in Cancer’s hypersensitive waters, a sign where Mars is said to be at its “fall.”
When Mars enters the stage via the vivacious Leo, the curtain drops to “Light My Fire” by The Doors. Consider this: Mars and Leo are both represented by the fire element, which represents creation, extroversion, fertility, and passion. Because Leo is also ruled by the sun, it’s safe to say that this fiery combination can’t be contained. Mars is a bold and confident leader with a childlike heart in Leo. Mars in Leo’s showmanship is unparalleled. A performer at heart, but slightly arrogant when it comes to its talents. On the negative side, the red planet is more likely to lose its cool and/or succumb to its deep pride after entering Leo on May 20 (at 11:31 a.m. ET).
As is always the case, the celestial traits that a planet embodies—based on the zodiac sign it is currently transiting—will essentially reflect onto our collective reality. With this in mind, Mars in Leo will provide you with an opportunity to develop courage and follow your heart’s desires. Mars in Leo encourages us to be unapologetically true to ourselves, regardless of whether others are comfortable with you hogging the spotlight. Make the most of this transit in support of your main character’s energy!
Without further ado, here’s how Mars in Leo could affect you based on your sun and/or rising sign:
How Mars in Leo Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign
The fire in your heart is brighter than the sun, ravishing and blushing with passion. I hope you don’t mind being the focus of attention this holiday season. Because Mars is your planetary ruler, it’s a given that this fiery transit will have a significant impact on your life. What’s the best part? You’re back in your element now that the journey through Cancer has *finally* concluded. If you’ve been knee-deep in your emotions or dealing with awkward family matters, you’re *finally* free to go your own way. This is an excellent time to prioritize your happiness, pursue your passions, and reconnect with your inner child. And, while love may feel like a battleground, you’ve never been more eager to seize what’s rightfully yours and reclaim your throne.
You’re on your way to the castle. You’ve always loved your creature comforts, but this season you’re ready for an upgrade. There’s nothing wrong with scheduling some well-deserved alone time, especially after dealing with the emotional volatility of Mars in Cancer in your immediate surroundings. As of May 20, you’re taking matters into your own hands and doing whatever it takes to establish personal boundaries. Avoid ego trips and power plays at all costs, as they may lead to family dramatiques. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to take the initiative and clear the air, as you are being supported and encouraged to take care of your living space and personal affairs. Wearing your heart on your sleeve has never felt so good.
“Testing, testing… is this thing turned on?” Take the microphone! You’re a brilliant wordsmith at heart, but Mars in Leo is here to help you rediscover your voice. You have the mental stamina and intellectual sass you never knew you needed during this fiery transit, comical and expressive with your immediate exchanges. It also happens to be your birthday season, so you have the sun (Leo’s celestial ruler) in your name. Do you have a fiery personality? You’re virtually unbeatable when it comes to poetry, monologues, and/or creative brainstorming, so go show ’em who’s boss. Granted, you’re prone to being petty and snarky when provoked, so keep the kitty claws to a minimum unless they deserve it.
You did it—you survived the emotional highs and lows brought on by Mars in your sign. Not to say you have difficulty expressing yourself, but this transit was exhausting even for you. You’re replenished, re-energized, and as confident as ever after letting all of your resentment wash away with the tide. Cha-ching! You have the skill and grit to cash in on your sunny prize if you’ve been exploring financial opportunities or simply brainstorming ways to capitalize on your creative talents. Be wary of extravagant spending and high-end splurging, as you are more daring than usual, especially when it comes to using your credit card. You’ll also go to any length to protect your most prized possessions.
You’re fired up and ready to go. This is, of course, well-deserved, as you have just survived one of the most exhausting Mars transits in history. However, Mars’ ingress into your sign is energizing and rejuvenating in the best ways, similar to the adrenaline rush that comes with that first sip of coffee in the morning. Mars rules your fixed and fiery territory, and your willpower is no exception. Is it time to get physical? Your regal presence is more than enough to make a show-stopping impression, whether it’s a new health regimen or a night out dancing with your best friends. This season, you demand attention and have no qualms about admitting it. Your main-character energy is difficult to deny, but that is no reason to lose your humility.
The inner work begins now! You’ve never been one for extravagance or outlandish behavior, which is a good thing given Mars’ transit through your birth chart’s most private sector. However, if you have recently prioritized your community affairs and social contributions, you are now taking a step back to check in with yourself. Your life behind the scenes may be as bright as ever right now… Despite this, no one would ever know it. In terms of creativity, you’re more likely to choose the stagecraft crew over the protagonist. And, while you naturally take into account the greater good of humanity, your compassion and empathy for the underdog is strengthened. Take advantage of this time to reconnect with your higher self and find closure in the personal chapters that are coming to an end.
To the rest of the world, you’re a sparkling socialite, but if there was ever a time to wear that title proudly, it’s now. There’s nothing wrong with mingling, especially when you’re clinking glasses with your fellow elites. However, doing what you do best and maintaining your balance is advised, as you are more likely to take the easy way out for the sake of your reputation. Your specialty is hosting soirees and networking events, but this is also an excellent opportunity to put your Venusian charms and social skills to use. On the negative side, you should avoid toxic one-upmen and petty gossip, as they can quickly escalate and dramatically backfire. Instead, socialize with other artists and creatives. Your social media will be buzzing as well.
On your mark, get set, and shoot for the moon! During Mars’s ingress into Cancer, you were more likely to wander aimlessly and embark on emotionally driven quests, but your traditional ruler’s ingress into Leo is presenting you with a confident game plan. More importantly, while bringing the heat to your birth chart’s most visible point, the red planet supports your desire to remain true to your authentic expression. This is a Lana Del Rey quote, but your love-making will be your legacy during this passionate transit, and the world will be unable to ignore your sheer dedication and enthusiasm. On the negative side, you are more likely to entertain competitive rivals and nemeses at work. Don’t let your pride get the best of you; instead, concentrate on your objectives. You are encouraged and supported to make bold and courageous moves.
Sharing is caring, but you’re tired of toxic power dynamics. This is especially true after Mars’ recent transit through Cancer, which elicited a range of emotions and passed through the most intimate sector of your birth chart. Fortunately, now that you’ve confronted the shadowy aspects of your energetic exchanges, you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and love. If you’re not flying first class, you’re probably at the top of your class. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in some unapologetic soul searching, or to investigate opportunities in media and entrepreneurship. On the negative side, you are more likely to approach religious and philosophical themes from a dogmatic standpoint, and while you are proud to express your worldviews, it is important to leave room for the bigger picture and universal truths.
You’re taking matters into your own hands this season after tending to the emotional dynamics of your committed partnerships. After all, you have the courage and audacity to be disciplined in your pursuit of spiritual growth in addition to being persevered and pragmatic in your day-to-day life. And, while you’re more in touch with your carnality and strength than ever before, it’s critical that you don’t lose sight of your authentic expression, as your pride and insatiable desire for assertiveness can quickly turn toxic. Meanwhile, your ability to confront the dark side of these power dynamics may bring you closer to your soul purpose. Despite the death of the ego, the sun will always rise again tomorrow.
It doesn’t have to be at the altar, but if you’re proud to walk alongside this person… Rest assured that you will go to any length to make things as official as possible. The mere thought of taking personal and/or professional relationships to the next level inspires you in numerous ways, but there is a catch. Even if you have the confidence and courage to meet a significant other halfway, it is critical that you do not lose sight of your partner’s desires and overall end of the bargain. Otherwise, your commitment and strength may come across as aggressive… or worse, arrogant and selfish. On a more empowering, if not petty, note, there’s never been a better time to clap back and clear the air with someone who may have questioned your greatness. “Surprise! You probably thought you’d seen the last of me.”
Mars in Cancer encouraged your creative endeavors and gave you some leeway in your recreational activities, but it’s time to get back to work! Your days are action-packed, with Mars igniting your most productive sector… But, for what it’s worth, you’re as sure as ever about doing your homework and crossing things off your to-do list. Take out your sticky notes and jot down those reminders—you’re going to need them! Otherwise, put on your favorite athleisure and go for a run. Under this dynamic transit, you, your health, and your productivity levels are thriving, so don’t lose sight of your objectives. More importantly, make sure you’re respecting your boundaries and daily responsibilities rather than taking on more than you can chew. Mars in Leo can be quite proud, but when you do things from the heart, you don’t owe anyone an exclamation mark. Allow yourself grace as your authenticity reigns supreme.
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