by Robert Wilkinson
Today is a different look at Mars retrograde in Leo. There are other ways to learn what this energy is about than only through Astrological speculations.
I did some research and found quite a few famous people (and some not so famous) who had Mars retrograde in Leo. Not necessarily at 20 Leo, but merely retrograde in that sign. I figured that could give us some insights about how Mars RX in Leo works, since there must be elements of their lives that could show us how they used their natal Mars RX to achieve their destiny.
This is a relatively short list, but I'm sure you'll find the group fascinating to have this thing in common. There's Roy Chapman Andrews, the explorer and naturalist; Algernon Blackwood, author of supernatural stories; Neville Chamberlain, statesman whose name is synonymous with Nazi appeasement; the famous and beloved author and metaphysician Manly P. Hall; Mack Sennett, pioneering film producer and director; Emmett Kelly, world famous legendary clown; Sherman Adams (Ike's assistant); and President Grover Cleveland, with Mars going stationary direct just after he was born.
More recent celebrities and historical figures with Mars retrograde in Leo from early 1916 include Betty Furness, Victor Mature, Jackie Gleason, Harold Wilson, and Irving Wallace. The late 1930-early 1931 Mars RX in Leo features Jack Lord, Odetta, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, Clair Bloom, Ernie Banks, and Gene Hackman.
For a related but different angle of investigation, I'm sure that by researching the news for what happened during those periods we can also get more insights into the quality of the energies. I would only advise here that you correlate what you find when Mars was RX with events at the same degrees when it was direct before the retrograde period, as well as what happened when Mars transited those degrees after the retrograde period.
We'll end today's list of Mars in Leo people in a slightly different direction: In an interesting note, both legendary statesman Benjamin Disraeli and the great blues pioneer Ethel Waters had Mars at exactly 20 Leo (though direct). Perhaps we can understand more about this particular degree where Mars went stationary retrograde in December 2009 by studying how these two displayed their Mars functions, though of course history does not record the inner being's process in what came up and why it was externalized those ways.
And the beat goes on and on and on (though at a very slow pace).....
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