The Drawn Out Drama of Mars in Leo: October 16, 2009 – June 8, 2010

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General Influences:
Mars is the energy that motivates us to get moving and take action to achieve the life we desire. Mars in Leo can provide a shot of self confidence and the courage to act on creative ideas. Actively engaging in physical and leisure activities you find enjoyable supports the immune system and gets creative juices flowing. Leo rules the heart, as well as matters of the heart. Attention and energy tend to be drawn to romance, children, speculation, entertainment and recreational activities during this cycle.

Mars was last in Leo May 9 to July 1, 2008. During Mars in Leo there’s a tendency to be melodramatic as a quick way to attract attention. With Saturn in Libra (October 29, 2009 to April 7, 2010) challenging Pluto in Capricorn during most of the transit, we can find more support for ourselves by being genuinely interested in others. Social interactions can foster creative collaborations that lead to recognition.

Mars Retrograde: December 20, 2009 – March 10, 2010
About every two years and two months, Mars appears to move backwards from Earth’s vantage point. Mars was last retrograde November 15, 2007 to January 30, 2008, but has not been retrograde in Leo since January 2 to March 24, 1995.*

Since Mars is all about action and moving forward, the Mars retrograde period can be frustrating as Mars energy likes to be on the fast track. Efforts tend to stall out and progress slower than normal when Mars is retrograde. Understanding this can help prevent anger and impatience erupting into an accident. Relationships can be challenging yet rewarding when Venus and the Sun oppose Mars January 27-29. Breakthroughs can occur if both sides are willing to swallow their pride.

Take action on major endeavors before December 20 or put them on hold until after March 10. It is especially important not to start something new at the same time that Mercury will be retrograde (December 26, 2009 to January 15, 2010). This time period is best for doing things that combine Mercury and Mars energies. Cleaning out and reorganizing your home and office or taking up a hobby/recreational activity you used to enjoy or never fully developed, are a couple of examples of working with the retrograde energies. If you’ve wanted to practice meditation or other relaxation techniques but find it difficult to mentally and physically be still to go within, this would be a good time to start.

Economic/Financial:
Leo rules all forms of speculation. Mars in Leo together with Saturn in Libra challenging Pluto in Capricorn, will see the government becoming more aggressive enacting and enforcing regulatory actions to reign in all types of speculation on Wall St. On the first day of Mars in Leo, the FBI charged billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam and five other executives at blue chip firms with insider trading. The case was the first time the FBI used wiretaps to pursue insider trading. Mars in Leo puts the spotlight on all chief executives, particularly those on Wall St. as well as the leaders of casinos and other gambling companies.

During the previous five cycles of Mars in Leo, the stock market’s performance has been lackluster to negative. Unless the stock market has continued its upward momentum unabated prior to Mars retrograde, the stock market could improve after early December and top out around the time Mars turns retrograde, particularly as optimistic Jupiter and hopeful Neptune will conjoin for the final time on December 21. The influences of Mercury retrograde and Saturn challenging Pluto (exact January 31) could erase any gains made prior to retrograde, and at a minimum the market could be choppy and go nowhere. Planetary stations tend to reverse current trading patterns, at least temporarily. Mars retrograde in Leo could slow down trading activity.

In the USA, attention and action will focus on all types of debt-related issues and efforts to help consumers cope with their debt burden. Interest rates and taxes will rise.

Geopolitical:
Mars in Leo puts the spotlight on actions taken by world leaders, especially concerning military endeavors. As a solar Leo, President Obama will be particularly impacted during Mars in Leo. President Obama will likely increase military actions in Afghanistan as he will be more confident to take risks. However, it takes greater courage to know when it’s time to retreat which is a good thing to do when Mars is retrograde.

Besides Afghanistan, countries that will likely be featured during Mars in Leo are: China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria.

For those who like to plan ahead, Mars will be retrograde in Virgo from January 24 to August 14, 2012.

*Mars began the 1995 retrograde in Virgo, moving back into Leo. The last time Mars was fully retrograde in Leo as it will be during this cycle was from October 12, 1962 to March 16, 1963.

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