Mars enters Leo at 14:33 on June 11, 2021. This is the same day as the Sun conjoins Mercury retrograde, so we have an interesting effect here. With clarity and illumination come an urge to skip ahead, take a risk, throw caution to the wind. We need to bear in mind though that Mercury will not be direct until June 22 so some restraint is helpful.
Generally speaking, Mars is in his element in Leo as this is a fire sign, perfectly suited to this red-hot planet. Leo is colourful, playful, theatrical, and naturally confident, all attributes that Mars admires. Mars goes after what it wants, pushes forward without thinking, strikes out, initiates. Leo is willing to take a risk, to stand in the glare of the spotlight and plays as hard as it works (maybe a little more!).
Leo relates to the global 5th house of the natural chart and here is where we are asked to get into the game of life. Naturally ruled by the Sun, Leo is about living from the heart, creative self-expression, being seen and heard and enjoying what life has to offer. In the birth chart, this is where we look to see our children, dating style and pastimes so Mars fires up all these topics and brings us an urge to get involved and get inspired. This is a spirited placement, perfect for chasing goals, taking the first step with a lover, showing-off our masterpiece (or starting one!) and for asserting our place in the world. However, we do need to watch the shadow side where excessive pride can make us bolshy, riding roughshod over other people’s ideas or pushing ourselves to the front in an effort to be seen. Feeling unseen can also trigger tantrums.
This year’s transit of Mars through Leo is complicated by the ongoing Saturn-Uranus square. The second of these squares takes place on June 14, 2021, just three days after Mars ingresses into Leo. The Saturn-Uranus square hangs in the air throughout June and then is re-animated by Mars in July as Mars first opposes Saturn on July 1 and then squares Uranus on July 4….read more on Patreon (link below)
Mars exits Leo at 21:32 (BST), July 29, 2021.