Mars took large strides through the last degree of Leo, squaring Ceres and opposing Jupiter from 29 degrees of the sign of the lion. In the anaretic degree of a Fire sign, Mars was intent on stoking up controversy on the collective and personal levels.

Fire signs get the most of Mars in Leo, so Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius should get ready to make the most of it. Air signs also benefit, although Aquarius has about equal odds of finding a fiery partner or an ardent opponent. Water signs have a tougher time of it. Cancer can focus on finances – but crabs may just be happy to have the warrior out of their house. Scorpio might feel pressure in career,

Give Mars a task, and he’s happy. The god of war likes to have something to do, and he’s content to play offense or defense… generally. In the Moon’s home sign of Cancer, the vibe is a little too protective and security-oriented for Mars’ taste, yet not as overtly reactive as his second home, Scorpio. In Scorpio, Mars can shoot arrows from the castle turrets or operate the catapults. In Cancer,

Cosmic Warrior Mars strides into Gemini on March 3rd, staying until the third week in April. In Mercury’s home sign, Mars gets a lot accomplished through verbalizing rather that physical action, but the somewhat flexible – not to say duplicitous – nature of Gemini isn’t necessarily what you want for your armed combatants.
While there’s some tension in the skies towards the end of Mars visit with the twins, generally harmonious aspects prevail. That’s not to say things will be quiet, but we have the opportunity to work out issues that are already on the table.

After an extended stay in his home sign of Aries, Mars moves into Taurus on 6 January, staying until 3 March. In the sign of the bull, Mars shows his more sexual side, and he also helps us to put our plans into action in concrete ways. It’s a good time for building, but also for pruning (literally and figuratively).