Mars, the planet of action and energy, will be in fiery Leo from May 9 to July 1, 2008. The long transit of Mars in Cancer brought energy and attention to domestic issues, from the housing crisis to out of control food prices. These issues are too severe to be alleviated anytime soon as they are influenced by multiple planetary energies, but Mars in Leo handles them in a different style.
With Mars in Leo, action and energy focus on personal recognition as people tend to express themselves more dramatically. Since Leo rules the Sun, the center of our solar system, Mars in Leo energy vies to be the center of attention. There’s an overall greater feeling of self-confidence. People are more active in sports and leisure activities, family fun, and romance. Mars rules muscles and inflammation; Leo the heart. There will probably new information reported on inflammation’s role in heart disease. Mars in Leo raises temperatures.
I view Mars in Leo as the archetype of the day or very short term trader. Positions are taken for pure speculation with the objective to get in and out of the trade as quickly as possible. (This is because all forms of speculation are ruled by Leo.) Market pundits will probably tout “this is full bull ahead”, at least at the beginning of the cycle since Jupiter (optimism and expansion) is stationary* on May 9.
The last time Mars was in Leo was June 3 to July 22, 2006. (Mars takes about two years to return to the same sign it was in.) The stockmarket was concerned about inflation then, and several countries raised interest rates during that time. Mars, particularly in a fire sign, tends to elevate interest rates. Housing was also a concern. On July 19, 2006, Bernanke said: “The downturn in the housing market appears to be orderly.”
Mars will oppose the February 6, 2008 solar eclipse on June 10, which will return attention to issues prominent at that time, especially as Mercury will be retrograde.** Home builder Toll Brothers (TOL) stated then they “see no end to the housing market disarray.”
Mars opposes Neptune for June quadruple Options expiration. When Mars meets with Neptune, inflation and investment bubbles come into focus. This planetary alignment last occurred on July 5, 2006. Oil hit a record, and the market was down on geopolitical concerns about N. Korea and Iran. Since Leo is ruled by the Sun, it will be interesting to see how solar energy stocks react during this time.
Mars in Leo influences leaders to act more aggressively. Look for Bush and Cheney to ratchet up the drama towards “axis of evil” nations. As Mars transits Bush’s first house of the horoscope relating to the self, the President will seek to grab the spotlight from the candidates competing to succeed him. Iran and North Korea are particularly in focus around the Gemini New Moon cycle phases of June 10, 17, and 26. Other countries activated during Mars in Leo: China, Iraq, Israel, India, Pakistan, and Syria.
Mars will oppose the USA’s Moon in Aquarius at the time of the Last Quarter Moon on June 26. The public is likely to be upset with actions taken by corporate and government leaders. Aquarius’s ruler Uranus will be stationary then, an energy that sharply increases the public’s desire for a radical change of course in financial matters and foreign affairs.
Look for more details on Mars in Leo and other planetary influences in upcoming Weekly Forecasts and New Moon Cycle reports.
*Jupiter will be retrograde from May 9 – September 8, 2008. Planets do not really move backwards, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point. Jupiter retrograde is a time to refocus professional goals.
**Mercury will be retrograde from May 26 – June 19, 2008. Put the Re prefix in front of everything you do during this period: reconfirm, review, revisit, revise, etc. to alleviate communication snafus.