Mars in Cancer

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Mars in Cancer

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Emotional, Protective, Sensitive, Moody, Intuitive, Nurturing, Passive-Aggressive, Defensive, Cautious, Family-Oriented, Creative, Tenacious, Sympathetic

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The Basics

Mars symbolizes our desires, our energy levels, and how we take action. If your Mars is in Cancer, you have an emotional and sensitive approach to life. You are intuitive and nurturing, with a strong desire to protect and care for those you love. You are family-oriented and prioritize your loved ones above all else, often sacrificing your own needs for theirs.

You are creative and tenacious, with a deep well of emotional strength that you draw upon when needed. However, you can also be moody and passive-aggressive at times, especially when you feel threatened or vulnerable. Your Mars in Cancer placement makes you defensive and cautious, preferring to avoid conflicts whenever possible.

You may feel inadequate in situations that call for decisive, forceful action. But, when you think your loved ones, your family, or anyone you really care about is being threatened, you will fight and defend with all the tenacity in the world. You take threats to your loved ones very personally and you will battle until the end if needed, even if you loved one(s) may be in the wrong.

You are highly attuned to the emotional needs of others, and can be very sympathetic and compassionate. However, you can also be somewhat manipulative and indirect in your communication, using guilt and emotional manipulation to get what you want.

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*Look at your Cosmodyne scores to see whether your Mars is Harmonious or Discordant.

In our AI model, Mars is considered a Malefic - everyone starts out with a (discordant) negative score and harmony points are added from this base configuration if applicable.  It is perfectly normal to have a negative score.

(As we age, we learn to deal with all of our discordant placements, and hopefully, we evolve into more harmonious beings than our Natal charts suggest.)

Transits to your Mars, especially from the outer planets, can greatly affect its expression as well.

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A Harmonious Mars in Cancer

  • Emotional and intuitive, with a deep well of empathy and compassion
  • Protective and nurturing, with a strong desire to care for those you love
  • Creative and tenacious, with a natural ability to find solutions to problems
  • Cautious and defensive, able to avoid conflicts before they escalate
  • Family-oriented and loyal, willing to sacrifice for your loved ones
  • Sensitive and thoughtful, able to read the emotional needs of others

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A Discordant Mars in Cancer

  • Moody and passive-aggressive, prone to emotional outbursts when feeling vulnerable
  • Manipulative and indirect in communication, using guilt and emotional manipulation to get what you want
  • Overly cautious and defensive, unwilling to take risks or confront challenges
  • Prone to self-pity and wallowing in negative emotions

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If you have Mars in Cancer, you are a sensitive and nurturing partner who seeks emotional connection and security in your relationships. You value harmony and comfort, and often take on the role of caregiver in your partnerships.

Your approach to love and intimacy is cautious and protective, and you may be slow to reveal your true feelings and desires to your partner. However, once you feel secure and comfortable, you can be a devoted and attentive lover who is highly attuned to your partner's needs.

In conflict situations, you tend to withdraw and avoid confrontation, preferring to preserve the peace rather than engage in arguments or power struggles. It is important for you to learn how to express your emotions and needs assertively, while also being receptive to your partner's feelings and opinions.

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Career and Life Path

With Mars in Cancer, you are motivated by emotional fulfillment and a sense of purpose in your career. You may be drawn to professions that involve caring for others, such as healthcare, social work, counseling, or teaching.

Being sensitive to stress, you do not handle high-pressure, competitive situations very well. You can be very touchy, moody, irritable, and difficult to be around when there are many demands or tensions at work. Your energy level is not constant and is very dependent on your emotional state at the time, especially as regards your emotional harmony or discord at home.

You have a strong intuition and emotional intelligence, which can make you highly skilled in fields that require empathy, creativity, and collaboration. You may also excel in careers that involve hospitality, food service, real estate, or interior design, where you can use your nurturing nature to create comfortable and inviting environments.

In any case, you need to find a workplace where you feel secure, surrounded by coworkers who consider you like family. Working from home or just raising a family is a wonderful option.

Careers that may appeal to you: nurse, therapist, teacher, social worker, chef, interior designer, real estate agent, event planner, florist, home healthcare provider, daycare provider, musician, artist, writer, historian, genealogist.

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Ben Baker, CEO

About the Author

Ben has practiced Astrology for over 35 years and is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) Practitioner. Ben holds 11 patents for the core functions that all dating sites now use today.  See Ben's Bio for more info.