This article was inspired by questions in a recent comment stream. Today we briefly examine how Mars on the Ascendant is affected by Mars transits, and its effect on Water sign planets while it's in Cancer.
I was asked, "Would Mars in Cancer Retro activate other planets in water signs, i.e Pisces and Scorpio in a person's natal chart?" They said they had Mars on the Ascendant, and asked if Mars' transit through the various signs would relay that response to the outside world.
My answer is yes, it definitely affects planets in Scorpio since it rules that sign. It also impacts any planet we have in Aries. A planet in Cancer is almost always in some angular relationship with planets in Pisces, so yes, it would affect them as well, but not as directly as Scorpio. However, the possible major angles from Cancer to Pisces are square, biseptile, tredecile, trine, sesquisquare, biquintile, and quincunx, several of which usually show in some fairly significant ways, Its effect on Scorpio is much stronger, since the Cancer to Scorpio aspects are the same, but with the added influence of the sign rulership.
So it would primarily impact Cancer by transit - direct action - Scorpio through rulership - and Pisces by aspect. As an aside, its effect would be very strong on Pisces and Sag planets if Jupiter were in Scorpio or Aries, since Mars would disposit Jupiter in those signs. In any case, it's currently working its lessons in whatever house we have early Cancer, and we're learning about Aries and Scorpio parts of our lives through these lessons. When Venus enters Scorpio, Mars will influence it as well, along with any planets in Libra or Taurus in our natal charts through Venus' rulership of those signs.
If you have Mars rising, then yes, transits of Mars impacts ALL areas of your life, and specifically how you see your self image relative to whatever other things are Mars activated. If you have Mars on the MC, then transits of Mars often work out in the public or professional arenas. Mars on the Dsc will work out through how we view our equalness or the lack thereof in our one to one relationships, and so forth. Similarly, if you have Jupiter on the Ascendant, then look to Jupiter transits to show you how you're working through your self image issues and lessons.
The "Mars on the Ascendant" effect is not confined only to those with Mars in their natal first house. "Mars rising" qualities are also experienced by those with Sun conjunct Mars when Mars is in later degrees of a sign than the Sun. For instance, I have a Sun at 12 Aries, Mars at 24 Aries, and Mercury at 30 Aries, which gives the effect of a Mars rising in the first house of my Solar chart. Given it's been in my face my whole life, I am somewhat familiar with how Mars works, and at times I most definitely seem to be a "Mars in the first house" type of personality.
On a related note, Mercury is always in the Solar 1st or 12th houses, just as Venus must be in either the Solar 1st, 2nd, 11th, or 12th. However, Mars could be anywhere in the Solar chart, and offers a second set of data concerning how Mars works out it influence in our lives.
You can also apply this to the other planets. I have Jupiter in my natal 8th, but in my Solar 12th. I've definitely experienced both types of energies in my life, just like my natal Neptune in the 3rd also occupies my Solar 7th. The value to this approach is that it offers a second set of important positions that can help us understand our light and purpose through illuminating our experiences from a second light source, thus helping us dispel shadows around our natal influences.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson