Mars, the red planet, is the next in orbit around the Sun after our Earth. His is named after the Roman god of war, equivalent to the Greek Ares. Astrologically, he is ruling action and drive, thus being a vital force for all our progress. Indeed, his placements and influences can give extra energy to our lives; yet, he can also become quite dangerous due to his flammable temperament.
Mars is ruling ambition and competition, stamina and victory. He is rather impatient and will fight strong for obtaining anything he desires. In addition, he is a planet that can bring lust and yearning, creating passion which can be used as a source of energy for conquering the desired object or situation. He forces us for quick results, and this can create a warrior from us. Defeat is a word he does not like in his vocabulary, and he will do anything not to lose.
This, of course, can even lead to violence and cruelty in extreme situations.
Mars rules the sign of Aries, while is also the older ruler of Scorpio. Since the discovery of Pluto, Mars remains as the co-ruler of the sign. In addition, Mars is responsible for the 1st house and makes a full circle around the zodiac in approximately 2 years. He spends about 2 months in each sign, and gets into retrograde movement for approximately 2 ,5 – 3 months every 2 years. Mars is exalted when in the sign of Capricorn, in fall and weak when in Pisces, while operates rather difficultly in Libra and Taurus where he is in detriment.
The passage of the planet through any house, activates quicker paces of events, gives courage to solve house-related problems but also can give hasty mistakes as products. Generally, whenever Mars forms a strong transiting aspect to any other planets, life accelerates and brings us forward. Mars is the inner power that will make you start a sport, Mars is the strength you need to fight for your dreams. The planet has a strong masculine energy, thus also ruling the masculine sexual drive. Naturally, it is also connected with the terms “action”, “conquer” and “domination”. Women, of course, also have their Martian traits. The planet can make a woman very dynamic, having the mentality of a man. The red planet is connected with sexuality, but not necessarily with the sexual preferences of an individual. The instinct of sexuality, the basic animalistic need to couple, the raw carnal attraction are all included in the power that Mars influences on us as a species.
Some of the problems that the transits of Mars can bring are rushed decisions, physical accidents and anger. Indeed, the planet rules fury and frustration, as it does not like to be limited by any surroundings that reality imposes. In addition, he hates failures, which can bring quite a lot of nervousness when happen. Mars desires the glory of victory, and will not hesitate to cause violence in order to get it. After all, Mars is the god of war, blood and whatever is sharp.
Knives, weapons and sharp tools are under the planet’s governance, as also the art of their usage. Thus, surgeons and doctors are also ruled by the red planet. Generally, all professions that have a uniform and their activities include quick response are a part of the Martial realm. Sports and recreational activities that include physical action and of course all martial arts are also falling under his governance.
Due to his connection with the 1st house, the planet governs the physical body, the Ego and the instinct of survival. As Mars is a rather quick moving planet, its passage through a sign gives some extra strength to all the people born under it. Of course, each one of them experiences that transit in a different house, having different life areas affected. Also, the amount of energy that one of his transits will grant the native largely depends on his natal aspects, while also on the natal aspects of the planets he is conjuncting by transit.
As a planetary force, Mars requires from us to battle our way forward. Whoever is more receptive to the planet’s energy will eventually have larger amounts of courage to dedicate in his struggles passage. Those who tune in with its frequencies will be offered his gifts more quickly, especially if they empower him through physical activities. Indeed, when we keep our body in a good condition and exercise it, we can have more strength to cope with other things in our lives. Leaving our body without activity is naturally allowing laziness and sloth enter various areas of our lives.
Every individual should research his natal Mars placement in order to understand better its functions. Many times, Mars is operating as a malefic because human beings tend to act before they think. Thus, the house where it is natally located should be examined better, so that we see which if we have tendencies for accidents and wrong decisions, and try to tame the Martian drive.
Find which house is Mars located in your natal chart, and read the respective article to uncover more about its functions.