Mars in Cancer
The cosmic soul finds it difficult to perceive the testimony of Mars when it is in this sign due to being in its fall. For this reason, the native sometimes appears to lack some of the martial traits typical of athletes, warriors, police and other such hard nosed individuals who enjoy risk. This does not mean that they aren't there. This position is somewhat reminiscent of the themes surrounding the movie "Psycho". In "Psycho", Norman Bates (Mars) is driven to insanity by his mother (Moon) because his actions are dictated by her emotional control over him. Pent up energy needs a way out, but the Moon contains it and keeps these actions from expressing themselves independently. As in the movie, there is the danger of domestic unrest or even violence. Frequently there is an unharmonious relationship with one of the parents. These natives often find it difficult to take an independent stand, and often seek the approval of others for their actions. They often ask advice on what they should so in various situations. On a physical level, they may experience problems with their stomach, with ulcers and the like due to too much stress.
In a diurnal chart, the heat of the day amplifies the malefic character of Mars. Impulses become more difficult to control and the drive for some sort of resolution of the dilemma between self reliance and approval seeking is stronger. This individual typically has trouble with parents.
In a nocturnal chart, the cool and wet of night inhibit the malefic tendiencies of Mars, making impulse control less of a problem. If Mars is also above the horizon, this individual may become develop leadership qualities and eventually gains control of ones own domestic situation.
© 2000 Curtis Manwaring