Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is often described as the “red planet” due to the color it reflects. Its atmosphere is thin, its dust storms strong, and its surface gets really cold due to the distance from the Sun. Its two accompanying moons are named Phobos (meaning “fear”) and Deimos (meaning “panic”), as if to remind us of the challenges that surround it.
Mars is a planet that rules the sign of Aries and traditionally Scorpio. Its main paradox lies in the fact that this planet is in charge of our first and last breath, the beginning of life shown through the beginning of the zodiacal circle, and its end in the mortal sign of Scorpio. Although still considered responsible for war, injury, destruction and fighting, Mars is simply an unconscious animal nature that we don’t give enough freedom to. Restrictions in our (mainly sexual) expression of energy will lead to inhibitions of all kinds and a buildup of anger and frustration, beyond the face we show to the world. Mars represents our base energy, our first chakra, and speaks of fears that tend to control our lives. If we are brave enough to live up to our full potential on planet Earth, Mars is helping us find our grounding, solving all material and existential problems, and providing us with the energy we need to keep up with the times. one of our plans and achieve any goal we wish.
Mars in astrology
Mars, the god of war, is the ruler of Aries. In astrology, Mars is the planet of energy, action and desire. It is the survival instinct, which can be considered the “remaining” animal nature of man.
Mars rules our animal instincts for aggression, anger, and survival. Our sexual desires fall under the rule of Mars. While Venus rules romantic attraction, Mars is most associated with basic bodily attraction. It is the planet of action rather than reaction. With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-affirmation rather than assertion of will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.
Mars is our drive and desire nature and our active energy. When we “act” our Mars, we are assertive, outspoken, and adventurous. On the negative side, we can be impulsive, reckless, impatient, aggressive, and forceful.
The position of Mars by sign shows our basic sexual nature, how we express our anger (our temperament and our first instinct to act. Our competitive nature is revealed in the nature of the sign of Mars. By house, the position of Mars shows the areas of life where we apply our drive and express our enthusiasm.The planets Mars contacts are colored by action and assertiveness.These planets can represent the kinds of experiences we seek.
The planet Mars in the natal chart
If we want to describe the effect of Mars on the whole zodiac, we must understand that this planet represents the beginning of all beginnings. It is our first breath and our first cry, being the one responsible for the body we have and the embodiment we are in at this time. As a strong symbol of unchanging fate and karma, Mars is often seen as the greatest evil in Eastern lore, while Saturn seems to be its evil « counterpart » in the West. In fact, both represent our unconscious world and our needs that we do not understand by the senses given to us. While we rely primarily on our mind and heart, instincts are often misunderstood and dismissed as less desirable or unworthy. With a healthy sexual and instinctual approach to life, without fear and with our limits, we have a way to use the benefits of Mars to create whatever we seek.
Mars will be seen as quick, instinctive, reckless, aggressive, insistent, and angry. On the other hand, it will be a reserve of energy that we must use during this lifetime. Depending on the sign, we will see someone’s ability to direct their energy towards their goals. If Mars is weak, in Cancer or in difficult squares, it will lead to destructive behavior. A bad position of Mars in the natal chart could lead to restlessness and recklessness. The emphasis is on self-centered behavior, cruelty, rudeness, brutality.
Additionally, Mars symbolizes movement, freedom, vitality, masculinity, struggle, action, and war. It is the personification of the male, the lover, the soldier, the pioneer.
Mars is the energetic principle of the horoscope. This planet governs our initiative, our motivations and our action. Mars’ position in the birth chart by sign, house, or aspect describes « how » and « where » you direct your energy and what motivates you as well as your aggression and competitiveness. The analysis of the planet Mars illustrates how the Sun (ego) and the Moon (desire) express themselves in « action ». This planet also rules our libido, the ‘male principle’ and its position in the horoscope reveals your appetite for sex and your attitudes towards it.