Mars in Cancer Wants You to Go Deep Into Your Past (Just Don’t Text Your Ex)

Jake Register
·8 min read

Mars is the planet of action, aggression, energy, and libido, and on April 23, it moves through exhausting busy Gemini into cool, chillaxed Cancer, where it stays until June 11. Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are benefiting most from the red planet’s journey through the sign of the crab, while cardinal signs Aries, Libra, and Capricorn might feel like they’re butting heads with Mars!

You were moving about a million miles a minute with Mars in Gemini, so Mars dipping into one of the most shy, passive signs (during slow-paced, easygoing Taurus season too) might feel like you’re hitting a wall. The vibe is just way, way calm—it might even feel a lil boring at first, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that we’re all in need of a break.

Cancer is a cardinal sign, so it’s one of the zodiac’s initiators, but Cancer is one of the signs that’s most focused on the past. During the next seven weeks, embrace this nostalgic, emotional energy. Put yourself out there and reconnect with the past. Whether you want to finally find closure, reignite an old relationship, or just end any unhealthy emotional attachments you have, you can really take advantage of Mars in Cancer!

So far in 2021, Mars has spent time in Aries, encouraging you to assert yourself; Taurus, asking you to work toward long-term goals; and Gemini, pushing you to take in new info. Now that Mars is here in Cancer, you’re being asked to marinate in all the emotions and experiences you’ve had over the past few months, get in touch with your feelings and your past, figure sh*t out, and then integrate what you learn into your identity—you’re making changes now that will change who you are deep, deep down.

My advice for Mars in Cancer: Wait, contemplate, feel your feelings, and when you feel confident enough to act, chase the dreams you want to bring to life. Enjoy!

Read your Sun/Rising horoscopes below:

Aries

Since Mars is your ruling planet, you’re feeling this transit more than the other signs. You’re really, really taking on Cancer’s moody tendencies, maybe even without realizing it. Basically, your innermost self and the way you express yourself just aren’t in sync right now! Think about who you are deep down and how you can genuinely say what you mean—only then can all the bad attitudes and emotional outbursts you’ve been suffering through come to an end.

Taurus

For the next few weeks, you’re finding it much easier to connect with others. You’re an earth sign, so you’re practical and logical, but you’re opening up more and more about your feels thanks to Mars’ help! On one hand, this is amazing for making deep, meaningful connections. But on the other hand, you might be expressing anger, jealousy, or other less pleasant emotions. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings, because others are way more receptive now—just make sure you’re being receptive too.

Gemini

While Mars was in your sign, you tried out all sorts of new projects, jobs, and relationships and basically just had a blast! But now you’re hitting “pause” for a bit, taking in all the excitement and newness in your life, figuring out who/what is meaningful, and then working hard on integrating it into your life. P.S. This is also a great transit for kicking ass on the job and earning extra coinage. Just make sure you’re not spending it faster than you’re earning it!

Cancer

With Mars in your sign, you’re feeling more eager to come out of your shell than usual. You spend a ton of time nurturing and protecting your loved ones—you’re the “mom friend” of your squad—but now’s the time to be a little more self-centered. Focus on your goals, wants, and needs, and pursue them on your own. You’re learning the value of self-sufficiency now.

Leo

Your phone is buzzing—oh, look, it’s a text from your ex. Or your ex-friend. Or your former coworker. Connections from your past are coming back around now en masse, and you might feel a liiittle bit overwhelmed by all the ~feels~. Any of the nasty emotions that these past connections make you feel are symptoms of a deeper issue—you’re still very attached to them. You’re loyal to a fault, but now’s the time to truly, genuinely leave the past in the past. You’re at the end of a major two-year cycle. Once Mars goes into your sign in June, a new cycle will begin, so you gotta deal with the past now.

Virgo

You’re a total mama bear, Virgo. When it comes to your friends and loved ones, you will protect them fiercely. You and Cancer are very similar in that way, and this transit is helping you embrace your mama bear vibes. Here’s the thing though—this is also a time when your squad appears to be playing a game of musical chairs. You’re cycling people in and out in order to figure out who really matters to you and who really wants to uplift you like you do them—you might need to cut a few people off, unfortunately, but by the end of this transit, your crew will be in amazing shape.

Libra

This is a critical transit for you, Libra. Important projects, jobs, and relationships that you started in the past year and a half are reaching a culminating point. If you’ve been working toward things that really reflect your innermost values and desires, this is an amazing time for a promotion, bonus, or DTR’ing! But if you’ve been working a job you hate or you feel stuck in a rut in your ’ship, you’re feeling some strong imbalances. You’re the sign of the scales, and you need to feel a sense of equilibrium in your life, so now is the time to get rid of anything that’s not working and focus on honoring your goals.

Scorpio

Mars in Cancer’s vibes are encouraging you to leave your comfort zone and open up to the world around you, even if it’s something/someone who’s not what you usually go for. This transit wants you to turn your life into an adventure! You’re finding that you’re opening up naturally, embracing newness, and becoming more well-rounded. You won’t be a totally different person by the end of this transit, but you’ll certainly expand and build upon your current beliefs. Look at you—you’re so evolved!

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Sagittarius

Mars in Cancer is stirring up alllll kinds of feelings! Think about your wants versus your needs in your professional, social, and love life. If your relationship’s already going strong, you’re able to connect on an extremely deep level, but if you’re caught up in shitty situationships, emotional blowouts will happen. If someone isn’t satisfying your wants/needs, speak up! Just make sure you listen to the other person too, and you’ll be able to figure out a way to satisfy each other.

Capricorn

Fiery Mars is really turning up the heat in your relationships, Capricorn! You’re more ready for action than ever, and you’re feeling extremely motivated by your connections with others. This can be great for starting new relationships (platonic or romantic!) that are strong, secure, and have major lasting value. Try not to take control of your relationships, though, because this is a time for cooperation, collaboration, and working with others.

Aquarius

Ready to KonMari everything, Aquarius? Mars in Cancer is really urging you to reorganize your life. Your whole life. Clean up! Work out! Eat some vegetables! Get a planner! There are a few components of your day-to-day routine that aren’t doing much to help you out—being late to work three times a week, getting takeout every night, staying up till 2 a.m. watching TikTok—and now’s the time for you to cut them out! It’s a tedious, busy time, but you’ll be amazed by how much your well-being will improve by the end of the transit.

Pisces

You’re arguably getting the best of Mars in Cancer’s influence, Pisces! You’re able to take your vague, dreamy, emotional mindset and actually work with it for once. What brings you joy? Who do you feel passionate about? Channel your feelings into these things/people. You’re expressing more love and care for them, and they’ll start showering you with more affection too. P.S. Your sex life is gonna be stellar. Enjoy!

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