Mars is known as the planet of war and its position in your natal chart is indicative of your more volatile characteristics. It reflects your ambitiousness and approach to pursuing goals, how you assert and defend yourself, and also your primal sexuality.
If you are born under Mars in Leo, your ambition is to be admired, respected, and seen as a leader. You want others to look up to you, but rather than getting your hands dirty, you’ll recruit a pride of little lions behind you, and you will use your great personal influence to get them to help you.
You do have a hot temper, and it often manifests when you are brought into conflict. It tends to burn bright and intimidate others, but once it is spent, your anger passes, and you are able to let things go.
You can be quite ostentatious in your sexual preferences and would enjoy having sex in dramatic locations. Sex is always highly energetic and robust.
Celebrities born under Mars in Leo include Beyonce Knowles, George Clooney, Mila Kunis, and James Franco.
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Mars Transit & Retrograde Through Leo
While the position of Mars in our natal chart affects us on an individual level, the planet’s continual transit through the signs impacts us all as it influences our fiery energies. It takes six to seven weeks to transit through each sign.
When Mars transits through Leo, you might find yourself feeling like you can do no wrong. Everything you touch seems to turn to gold spontaneously. You will also find your leadership abilities enhanced and that others have the urge to fall into place behind you.
Thankfully, Mars does not retrograde through Leo often, as the planet only retrogrades every two years. It will next retrograde through Leo at the end of 2024, and then again in 2027.
Whenever Mars retrogrades, we tend to feel like our energy is highly diminished. When this is combined with the energy of Leo, we have the opposite feeling of everything we touch going wrong and that no one is listening to us.
Mars in Leo Ambition
When you are born under Mars in Leo, you are highly ambitious in that you are motivated by being admired and respected. You have an innate need for others to like and respect you, so you often base your goals and aspirations based on what other people think is important, rather than your innate talents.
You are very sensible of playing to your strengths and delegating things that you aren’t so good at or don’t have time for to others. It is natural for you to be in charge, and you know how to ask people how to do something in a way that will make them want to say yes.
You are good at making decisions in tough situations, and you have broad shoulders that let you carry the responsibility for them. You demand a lot of the people who are supporting you, but you also protect them and support them without reservation.
For you, it is natural to know how to present things in the best possible light. You know how to talk things up, minimize problems, and how to get other people to see the glass half full. This is why people want to place their trust in you.
Mars in Leo Assertiveness
People born under Mars in Leo are very assertive and tend to think that you are always at least partially right. You deliver your options with such conviction that people often do accept your position. It can be surprising for you when someone does step up and disagree because it is quite rare. You will either brush it off or get angry.
You have a fiery temper that can burst out of you when you feel threatened. It burns bright and can be unpredictable but allows you to deal with things quickly and let them go. For you, once it’s done, it is done. Though it can be harder for people on the receiving end of your temper to forget the experience quickly.
Mars in Leo Sexuality
Mars in Leo can be a little bit of an exhibitionist when it comes to sex. This starts with what you like to wear and how you like to prepare yourself and extends to who you like to do it with, and even where you like to do it. Public displays of affection and having sex somewhere you could “get caught” appeals.
You tend to be confident in your own sexual prowess, and since confidence is important to doing things well, this works in your favor.
You have a big appetite and ideally, you like to have quite a lot of sex, but you can control yourself and wait. While you will pursue covetous partners, not just anyone will do. You need to be inspired by the person that you are going to share the experience with.
Mars in Leo Compatibility
When you are born under Mars in Leo, you tend to be attracted to people who are impressive in some way, and have similar power. This makes you very compatible with Mars in Aries, Mars in Scorpio, and also Mars in Capricorn.
Mars in Aries and Scorpio is similarly fiery to Mars in Leo, so you all share a passion and sexuality. Both of these signs are also very ambitious and seek to assert themselves, which is something that Leo is drawn to.
Mars in Capricorn is a little more low-key, but their determination means that they are always impressive. They keep their emotions bottled up, but this gives them a quiet intensity that Mars in Leo is often drawn to.
Mars in Leo Man
Men born under Mars in Leo are naturally charismatic and confident. They tend to walk around like they are the A-list movie star on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster and exude confidence. While they can seem egotistical, they also give off genuine warmth, which makes them naturally likable.
He is confident when it comes to approaching potential partners as he knows that he is a catch. While rejections can be a little hurtful to his ego, he will recover quickly with a “their loss” mentality.
He likes to indulge his partner and make them feel highly desirable, especially sexually. He likes to be constantly touching and is excited by spontaneous success.
Mars in Leo Woman
You can expect women born under Mars in Leo to have an effortless air about them. They know their own worth and never doubt themselves. She can have a tendency to “queen bee”, but she always treats the people close to her well.
She has very high standards when it comes to a partner as she wants someone who will keep up with her and reflect well on her. Expect her to be direct whether she is pursuing someone herself or letting someone know that she is not interested.
She thinks that sex is an important part of a healthy relationship and enjoys having good sex on a regular basis. Sexy lingerie and a sensual setting go a long way when it comes to getting in the mood.
Mars in Leo Personality Traits
When you are born with Mars in Leo, you are blessed with natural confidence which protects you from some of life’s hardest blows. But you aren’t the type to get jealous, and you are genuinely warm with the people that you care about. Your natural instinct is to put yourself first, but this is never “at any cost”.
When you are born under Mars in Leo, you tend to be effortlessly confident. You believe that you are worthy of love, success, and respect in life. You never let setbacks or the opinions of others diminish your opinion of yourself.
While you are just as prone to comparing yourself to other people as everyone else, and while you might find motivation there, you don’t tend to suffer from jealousy. Someone else’s success doesn’t diminish the possibility of your own.
Sometimes you don’t work as hard as you could, as you are pretty sure that you can wing it on the day. While confidence does go a long way, when you actually apply yourself as well, you can achieve things that are truly spectacular.
Because you are so confident, some people might be tempted to characterize you as egotistical. But as people get close to you, they realize that you are incredibly warm. When you compliment someone, it is always genuine, and you like making other people feel good.
When you adopt someone into your tribe, they become like family, and you will love them deeply. This means sticking by their side no matter what happens and defending them ferociously. You are one of those few people with the strength to pick someone else up when they are down.
Your warmth also extends to your emotions, which tend to burn hot, whether they are love or hate. But this gives you an outlet to manage your emotions quickly and move forward. You aren’t the type to carry around a lot of baggage.
While you are warm and generous, you do also tend to be quite focused on yourself. You think a lot about yourself, your ambition, how other people see you, how things reflect on you. This just tends to be the first thing that passes through your head.
This does mean that sometimes your first response to a situation can seem a little insensitive. But while this is your first response, it is not your last one. Once you have done your evaluation, you have a lot of capacity to think about others and how you can help them.
There is nothing wrong with putting yourself first. As long as you make sure to consider the needs and feelings of others as well. But it can be a good idea to filter your first response in conversation.
Were You Born with Mars in Leo?
If you were born with Mars in Leo, you are highly ambitious. But you are most motivated by being admired and respected in the eyes of others. Succeeding at things that other people think are worthwhile is important to you.
You are very confident and tend to believe that you will land on your feet in any situation. While this is often true, a little bit of extra diligence can go a long way.
It is your instinct to play to your strengths and delegate to others activities that you struggle with or don’t enjoy.
You have hot emotions. You are very passionate when it comes to love and sexuality, and you also have a hot temper. While few people will like being on the receiving end of your anger, once you have blown it out, it is done and you don’t hold onto things.