Today we will take a deeper look at the meaning of Mars in the sign of Leo by rebooting one of my Planets in Profile episodes.
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Hey, everyone, this is Adam Elenbaas from Nightlight Astrology, and today we're going to take a deeper look at the meaning of Mars in the sign of Leo. In order to do that, I will be rewinding and showing you one of the Planets in Profiles series episodes from a couple of years ago. I'm doing this as a way of kind of familiarizing everybody with this series and giving you some good evergreen content, especially since Mars has just entered Leo; it's a really good time to take a look at that episode again. I'm priming the pump for the upcoming reboot of the series as we're going to be taking a look at the moon through the signs after I finish my series on Parenting Tips for all 12 Signs of the Zodiac. So our agenda for today is to take a deeper look at this at the placement of Mars in the sign of Leo.
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This is Adam Elenbaas, and this is another episode of Planets in Profile. So I'm catching up right now after a summer away from doing this series, and Mars is currently in the sign of Virgo. Today, we're actually gonna go backward a little bit, and we're gonna look at Mars in the sign of Leo as we're going all the way around the wheel with both Mars and Venus in the series.
So today, we're going to give you a sense of how you can interpret Mars when it's in the sign of Leo and in your birth chart or somebody else's chart that you're looking at, or how to interpret Mars when it's transiting through Leo, which, of course, is going to happen somewhat regularly.
So, hopefully, this talk will address both of those things at once. Alright, so we're looking at Mars in Leo. Now, one of the things that I feel is very important to start with in all of these series is a note on how ancient astrologers actually looked at planets when they were in signs.
In modern astrology, we place a lot of emphasis on signs, right? We say, you know, Leo means this or Aquarius means that or Virgo means this, or Pisces means that, and actually, in ancient astrology, the signs were portions of the Zodiac that were designed to help us break up the seasonal developments of the Sun, and also to describe the different homes of the planets and how the planets are changed and shifted, depending on their environment.
So every planet, except for the Sun and the Moon, have two signs, a masculine and a feminine sign, and really, what the Zodiac is, is an expression of how the seven traditional planets change their personalities depending on where they're at. Each planet has two sides where it's really at home. So what we're doing when we read something like Mars and Leo is really we're trying to figure out how does Mars behave? What does Mars want? And how does it get what it wants? Or how does it struggle potentially with the symbolism of the Sun, which is the planetary host of Leo?
So the way we say this would be to say that Leo is the hot, dry Fire Temple of the Sun. That's really what the sign is, is it's talking about the environment or atmosphere in which a planet resides. So, what we want to ask the question of is, you know, how does Mars behave again? And then how does Mars get along with the Sun? Or how might the Sun qualify an interpretation of Mars?
In order to do this, there's always one thing you need to do, which is to check the status of the Sun in the chart when you're reading Mars in Leo; you can't do it alone; you actually need to know more about the Sun, where the Sun is, you know, that's how Mars is gonna go. So, if Mars is in Leo, then you know the Sun is in Virgo if the Sun is in Taurus or something like that. This will change the meaning of the Sun itself or of Mars itself because Mars is reliant upon the Sun. You always have to look at that you want aspectual connection, a trine, a sextile being ideal between Mars and the Sun. That way, you have a harmonious relationship with the host, which is very key.
Okay, so what does Mars usually want? What does Mars do? Well, Mars is the god of war. Mars wants action, violence, Mars wants to cut, Mars wants to sever. So, as Mars is in the sign of any planet, it's going to still want to do those things. So it's just a question of, well, how does the Sun act as a host for this houseguest? How does the Sun provide for Mars and his needs, wants, desires, etc? His faults and flaws? How does the Sun participate in those things?
So Mars, obviously, we said, wants to cut, conquer, wants to demonstrate courage, wants to fight or compete or exert. Right? So how does it do so in the sign of the Sun? Well, let's remember something about the seasonal qualities of Leo, right? We know a lot about the Sun, like the Sun might be represented to leaders or kings, or fame or visibility or light, and a lot of other things, too; it was related to the mind.
The ancient astrologers also saw that it was related to our higher intelligence. So we know those things about the Sun. But what can we say about the seasonal qualities of Leo in particular? Well, remember that Leo is the middle of summer, so it's happening on the yang half of the year, but the light is declining every day in the sign of Leo. So as the light is declining every day, in the sign of Leo, there is this duality of the source of light in life, the Sun, but then there is this decline every single day.
There's a decline of life, a decline of light, the eventual loss, the eventual death that's there that's actually built into Leo. The days are getting shorter every day of Leo. And yet, it's arguably the brightest, warmest time of year. Well, actually, this is at the heart of what solar-like Leo symbolism is all about.
Think about a king, for example, right? A King is a symbol around which a society is organized, and the king goes through a succession. So the king is actually a position that different people can hold. So divine appointment, the succession of kings or queens, that the sense of trying to pass something on, that will live on, and that will have a kind of eternality despite the fact that the different people will wear the crown, right, they'll pass it on, that's at the heart of what Leo season is all about.
That's why we have the association during this time, with Leo with kings, rulers, fame because anything that has the sense of needing to be celebrated as eternal, something around which, you know, everything else can be organized, right? Like, we can all look up at the stars, right? That's why like, our movie stars or our rock stars, these are people that we all collectively look up at, and they become an icon of something that organizes and shapes our vision and our focus. So many of us, and if we don't, we were told anyone can be famous too. It could be you, you know. So the Leo archetype has a lot to do with the mantle of power and position in the world as a symbol of something undying, right?
So that part of Leo is a seasonal part of Leo that we need to understand in order to understand how Mars is going to behave when he's hanging out in that sign. So let's talk about some things. First of all, because Mars likes to struggle, Mars, in any sign, can represent conflicts. Conflicts with what? Conflicts with solar things, or conflicts in relation to this seasonal solar archetype that we just talked about, the need to live on and endure despite the death of the light. That's fame and icons and legacies and, you know, greatness and awards and medals. We memorialize things, that's all. That's the Leo, right? So that's always going to be a part of the qualification of Mars when it's in the sign. Mars can struggle with those solar issues, or Mars can also find conflict with those issues or honor with those issues. Those are the typical things that Mars is going to bring in any sign, and then you just mix it with the planet's case, the Sun again.
So celebrities with Mars in Leo, Donald Trump got it right on the ascendant, right? Think about it. He's like, the critics, those who don't like him, I'm not gonna get political. I'm gonna try to be objective. Those who do not like him. They say, you know, he's a bully. He's a strong man. Right? He's a braggart, right? Mars and Leo right on the ascendant. Other people say like, he's strong; I like that, right? But it's the Mars archetype. And it has to do with the mantle of power and authority, Mars and Leo, the executive, you know, you're fired. Right? He's the king. He's got the regal thing, but he's also got that kind of executive feature. That's Mars and Leo.
Beyonce. You think about how Mars and Leo she is; she's strong and powerful. So it's like a war Queen kind of feeling with Beyonce; you get that Hillary Clinton also has Venus in Leo, and you know, one of her critics says she's a hawk. She's She pretends like she's, you know, all about peaceful things, but she's, she's more ambitious and wants to wield power more than she lets on. That's one of the great criticisms that you hear about her. Even from liberals, right?
So Mars and Leo. Now, how about James Dean? Childhood rebel, right? You have that symbol of that which is young and youthful and solar. Right, Apollonian and something classic and eternal about James Dean, the kind of eternal youth but the troubled youth, right Rebel Without a Cause? How about Michael Jordan? Right? The king of basketball, right? He is the undisputed greatest of all time, and he has this. He has a relationship to fame, but he's incredibly competitive Mars in Leo, so it's not like Venus in Leo, where it likes to bask in the light in the greatness. You know, this is a warrior king kind of principle.
Harrison Ford, right? Think of Indiana Jones. Star Wars. He's the hero who's famous. A bit of a tyrant, a bit of a cocksure. You know, he's like the guy who's like strong, dashing, famous, and he kind of knows this kind of this cocky Mars and Leo vibe. Frank Sinatra has a similar vibe, right? Famous but kind of cocksure and stronger. Right that that's, it's not like again, Venus in Leo, where you have more of the like, like, you know, Michael Jackson or Madonna. It's different.
Cher. Same thing, really strong Quentin Tarantino, same thing. He's got the celebrity vibe with a dark, powerful kind of bad boy king kind of vibe, almost like Elvis Presley as well. You could think about that. Elvis Presley with Jupiter in Scorpio Mars's sign is so kind of similar to King Emperor. Sometimes the Dark Lord.
Bruce Springsteen, right? Same thing. You've got the rocker, the jersey, boardwalk knife fighting, gum chewing, muscle car driving, you know, like pissed off, angsty teenager, right? Bruce Springsteen, Mars in Leo, same thing. Steven Tyler has the same vibe as Aerosmith.
John McCain, a war hero, a decorated war hero, a politician who ran for president and had the warrior king. Anne Frank is someone who persists and becomes famous through wartime. Again, that is the kind of courage that Anne Frank had. How about Thomas Jefferson, right? Very important for our country's liberation and freedom. He had conflicts with kings, conflicts with kings.
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is someone who is constantly challenging authority. So he's always like, look, I'm the I'm, I'm famous, but I'm kind of like a kind of has that kind of angsty angry, but that kind of lovable personality the warrior king.
Now, the same thing with Hulk Hogan, right? Think about that bad boy. Big King Hulk Hogan, Jim Jones, a cult leader, right, the Dark Lord again, Dennis Rodman again, kind of the Dark Lord vibe Bad Boy you know he was a Piston, and then he was a Bull, crazy hair, you know, very kingly very like super and even queenly, right, he you know, these can go either way queen is substitute queen, dark, dark queen that would fit Dennis Rodman goes in there as well.
So you get to get a feeling for it. That's Mars, struggling with benefiting from maybe being honored by the combination with the Sun, the solar issues. So again, that's what I've got for you. I hope that this was an interesting Planets in Profile episode. I will look forward I'm catching up now. So I'm going to do Virgo next. Okay, take care. Bye.
My next door neighbour has Mars conjunct Sun end of 9th house in LEO. She is a nighmare! Here are words to describe her character: Obnoxious, loud, bossy, domineering, egotistical, temperamental, obsessive, self-righteous, vainglorious, self-entitled, delusional, narcissistic, vindictive, jealous, hysterical, hyper-defensive — and paranoid. In short: Toxic!
To complete the picture, her Moon and North Nodes are in Pisces (to emphasise her need for sensitivity, creativity and compassion in her life), and her Ascendant is in Scorpio with Neptune at 29 degrees (she’s a drunk). Chiron & Eris are conjunct at 9 degree in Aries (crisis of identity). Saturn in Taurus conjunct Descendant.
She has a classic see-saw pattern in her chart and that fits her to a ‘T’ (as in teeter-totter). Fight or Flight personality.
During Covid, she and her husband (possessed of a Scorpio Stellium/Gemini Moon) harassed and bullied us mercilessly for over 2 years without any provocation on our part. We eventually had to take them to court to get them to stop.
That’s my experience of a Mars-LEO persona. Not easy going, to say the least!
p.s. I forgot to mention another important hallmark trait of a Mars-LEO personality. EXAGGERATION. This woman, whom I just described, exaggerates everything – every emotion, every feeling, every state of being. If she feels sad, she wants to kill herself; If she is angry, she wants to kill; if she is happy, than it is deliriously so; if she is welcoming, than t is so over-the-top as to be uncomfortable. There is no in between with this person. She’s either hot or cold; up or down, left or right. But never centred or moderate.