Traditionally described as the lesser malefic (Saturn being the
greater malefic), Mars rules Aries, cardinal fire, and Scorpio,
fixed water, and it is exalted in Capricorn.
Mars in by nature
fiery and in many respects resembles the Sun. its action, however,
is more energising and less stable; it gives physical activity,
enterprise, courage and endurance, showing the more positive
side through Aries and the more negative side through Scorpio.
It bestows nerve, muscular power, and the ability to “rough
It is quick, decisive, restless, apt to do things single-handed,
and “run the show”, believing that no one else can
do as well. If prominent there is seldom great refinement, the
tendency being to get on with things and not beat about the bush.
Mars energy is extremely individualistic, causing one to emphasise
difference unlike Venus who emphasises similarities. Thus one
persons Mars may be a threat to another’s. This is the source
of conflict: the inability of two people’s Mars energies
to operate in the same space.
Like the Sun, Mars energy enables
us to get things done. But it is only effective when it works
for an entity’s survival
and self-expression. Mar’s energy is self-centred, not altruistic
although it can appear selfless.
Domineering or bullying behaviour
is not the style of a healthy Mars. Those who thrill to the glory
of competition and enjoy testing their courage are really the
ones in whom Mars is strong. The strongest Mars types have little
desire to compare themselves to others. They prefer to improve
on their own performance, constantly becoming better and stronger.
the Mars type is an individualist. Mars people do not want to
compromise their integrity by following a path set by another,
so this type is often the first to go where none has gone before.
The true Mars type wants neither to dominate nor be dominated,
but wishes to be left alone, free to pursue whatever path is desired.
For this reason the Mars type may have difficulty in relationships.
Women will often experience their own Mars energies through men.
Hence Mars, like the Sun, is said to rule males. But anyone can
experience Mars through other people who are associated with force,
strength and vigour.
In a healthy body, Mars represents the vigour
and vitality of movement, especially the muscles. But it can also
manifest as irritations, inflammations, infections and fevers.
Mars can be one of the principal significator of operations and
accidents. These difficulties occur when the normal psychological
channels for Mars expression become blocked.
Neither Venus nor
Mars alone is the planet of sexuality. It is the combination of
the two that rules sexual passion. The intensity of sexual passion
is the result simultaneously of the expression of selfish energies
(Mars) and an experience of merging (Venus). Keeping the balance
between the two energies is one of the difficulties in sexual
One of the most peculiar attributes of Mars is its
faculty of identification. In its crudest form Mars is concerned
with biological survival, but Mars energy may become transferred
to matters that have to do with survival on a psychological level.
Mars energies may become identified with one’s possessions,
social status, career, credibility, reputation etc.
of the Mars principle can make for courage and endurance. Courage
does not necessarily mean aggression or fighting. Courage means
fighting those things we are frightened of. Aspects to our Mars,
along with the sign and house placement, will suggest what tools
we have to defend ourselves with and maintain our position in
Mars will also quicken the expression of whatever
planet it touches in the birth chart. That planet will be speeded
up and the individual will be impatient to express it, and in
this area, if in no others, the person may come on strong.
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