Mars in Cancer

In Cancer, Mars is in his fall; but Cancer is so receptive a sign that influent is not antagonistic. In fact, it makes the martial energy subtle and profound, dissolving it, as it were, and thus makmg; it more activefjust as a solution of phenol is more corrosive than the greatest artists that have ever lived have tMs position of Mars; it seems as if the specialized energy which he represents were somehow made universal. There is not that same concentration upon a single line that is shown for example, by Mars in Aries; there have been found very few instances of politicians or conquerors or even great generals with this position Every one of our illustrations has worked for the general good, not the particular good of any person or even any country, unless we consider Alexander II as having done so. But even his action with regard to the serfs should be regarded as the limited expression of a wide humanitarian intention. And in this case Mars has the opposition of Jupiter, though it is directed wisely by Saturn’s trine, and made gentle by the sextile of Venus. There is, of course, one very unfortunate career to consider ; that of Marie Antoinette. Here Mars is very strong, rising trine to Uranus, with no affliction but a square of the Moon. The Moon ruling the female life, and in this case being Lady of the Ascendant, we must regard her rather than Mars as the key to the complex. We must say then that her Moon is afflicted by the presence in the Ascendant of Mars in his fall. All the good she gets from the complex is a towering practical ambition, which was indeed successful, so far as it went, Uranus trined by Mars being in her tenth house. But Saturn, lord of the seventh, being in his own house in the eighth, afflicting and afflicted by the square of the Moon, even the marriage which gratified her ambition resulted in her death. To return to artists, we have the most amazing galaxy ; Shakespeare, Petrarch, Michael Angelo, Byron, Balzac, Dante, and, in their wake, Coleridge. It is to be noted how, in each case, the universality of sympathy is evident. Each has an enormous field of expression. There is not the intensity of Baudelaire or the singleminded passion of Blake; it is, rather, breadth and objectivity of outlook, and completeness of comprehension of humanity that stand revealed. And to this heavenly court of artists we may add a philosopher, one of the greatest, in every way, that ever lived: Immanuel Kant; while, should they need an astronomer to observe more accurately their heaven, they may include in their ranks the shining name of Copernicus.

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