Mars in Astrology

Energy Point Type: Planet
Rules Sign: Aries
Rules House: 1st House
Element: Fire
Key Phrase: Way of Desire

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Mars represents your Way of Desire. Its placement in Sign and House reveals how we assert ourselves, where our aggression comes out, and where we are willing to fight for what we want.

Consider an individual with Mars in Taurus in the 7th House. Taurus is an Earth Sign. Earth’s expression is accomplished, persistent, and practical. In Taurus, the Element acts protectively, conservatively, and reliably. So, the key phrase for this individual is “Your Way of Desire manifests through your steadfast and persistent quest for and attraction to enduring and secure life teachers.” In short, they desire to learn and have material security from and with their partners, business, or intimate; and they are willing to go to great lengths to have that desire satisfied.

Mars expresses itself through a Sign and acts most powerfully in an area of your life by House. This section will look at all 12 Sign and House placements for Mars. It is important to make a clear distinction between the Sign and House. While it is correct that each Zodiac Sign rules a particular House, it is vital not to conflate the two.

Mars in Aries is not the same as Mars in the 1st House even though Aries rules the first House. A person with Mars in Aries has a Way of Desire devoted to independent and maverick behavior regardless of House placement. Someone with Mars in the 1st House has a Way of Desire devoted to figuring oneself out and working on identity issues over the course of his or her lifetime.

Mars in the Signs

Think of Mars as your way of acting and reacting, which is often instinctual, but there to help you survive. Mars is the representative for your fight or flight response.

Mars in Aries

Individuals with Mars in Aries act and react to fight or flight situations driven by independence, individualism, and survival. These people assert themselves aggressively and act with initiative. They “charge into” life by being assertive, direct, impulsive, fearless, and impatient.

Mars in Taurus

Individuals with Mars in Taurus act and react to fight or flight situations driven by safety, stability, and pleasure. These people assert themselves cautiously and act with reserve. They “charge into” life by being steadfast, reliable, responsible, conservative, resistant to change, and stubborn.

Mars in Gemini

Individuals with Mars in Gemini act and react to fight or flight situations driven by learning, mental stimulation, and communication. These people assert themselves intellectually and act with curiosity. They “charge into” life by being mentally agile, curious, inquisitive, witty, hyperactive, and flighty.

Mars in Cancer

Individuals with Mars in Cancer act and react to fight or flight situations driven by nurturing, caretaking, sympathizing, and emotional supporting others. These people assert themselves compassionately and act with genuine concern. They “charge into” life by being caring, protective, receptive, reactive, sentimental, and vulnerable.

Mars in Leo

Individuals with Mars in Leo act and react to fight or flight situations driven by self-esteem, creativity, and self-expression. These people assert themselves playfully and act with great energy. They “charge into” life by being proud, confident, expressive, dramatic, showy, and egocentric.

Mars in Virgo

Individuals with Mars in Virgo act and react to fight or flight situations driven by efficiency, service, and inventiveness. These people assert themselves methodically and act with “instructions”. They “charge into” life by being technical, precise, systematic, orderly, discriminating, critical, and meticulous.

Mars in Libra

Individuals with Mars in Libra act and react to fight or flight situations driven by harmony, balance, and fairness. These people assert themselves analytically and act through negotiation. They “charge into” life by being engaging, charming, appealing, impartial, considerate, cooperative, and compliant.

Mars in Scorpio

Individuals with Mars in Scorpio act and react to fight or flight situations driven by transformation, healing, sex, and power. These people assert themselves intensely and act fearlessly. They “charge into” life by being erotic, passionate, powerful, controlling, dangerous, manipulative, and regenerative.

Mars in Sagittarius

Individuals with Mars in Sagittarius act and react to fight or flight situations driven by truth, purpose, and morality. These people assert themselves authoritatively and act with devotion. They “charge into” life by being enthusiastic, philosophical, persuasive, expansive, and excessive.

Mars in Capricorn

Individuals with Mars in Capricorn act and react to fight or flight situations driven by success, structure, and order. These people assert themselves pragmatically and act competitively. They “charge into” life by being serious, formal, realistic, exacting, organized, and conservative.

Mars in Aquarius

Individuals with Mars in Aquarius act and react to fight or flight situations driven by awareness, concerns for social roles, and connections with others. These people assert themselves idealistically and act with originality. They “charge into” life by being detached, objective, original, eccentric, broadminded, rebellious, and humanitarian.

Mars in Pisces

Individuals with Mars in Pisces act and react to fight or flight situations driven by spirituality, transcendence, unity, and unconditional love. These people assert themselves imaginatively and act with intuition. They “charge into” life by being passive, submissive, yielding, empathic, forgiving, escapist, and intuitive.

Mars in The 12 Houses

The Houses represent different areas of our lives and how we “quest” or work or solve problems in those areas. The Sign ruling each House is determined by the time of birth, which is why it is so important. When a Point occupies a House the focus of the House becomes amplified by the nature and intent of the point. This next section will look at Mars in each House.

Mars in the 1st House (of Identity)

Individuals with Mars in the 1st House will have a Way of Desire devoted to their identity and the development of the Self. They “fight” for Self and survival. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Taurus rules the 1st House, then the individual will drive to understand his or her identity through physical needs, the pursuit of financial security, and the accumulation of resources.

Mars in the 2nd House (of Resources and Security)

Individuals with Mars in the 2nd House will have a Way of Desire devoted to their safety, security, and their body. They “fight” for what is needed to feel stable and protected. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Sagittarius rules the 2nd House, then the individual will use philosophy, enthusiasm, and the ability to energize themselves as the way to get their needs met.

Mars in the 3rd House (of Communication)

Individuals with Mars in the 3rd House will have a Way of Desire devoted to trying to understand the world around them and successfully communicate with others. They “fight” for their tribe and social interaction. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Cancer rules the 3rd House, then the individual will empathize, sympathize, and use emotional intelligence to get what they want from people in his or her daily life.

Mars in the 4th House (of Family)

Individuals with Mars in the 4th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to trying to learn lessons from and build his or her family. They “fight” for significant inner work and the dynamics of family. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aquarius rules the 4th House, then the individual will want to revolutionize his or her family, asserting their unique vision of community and their role in it.

Mars in the 5th House (of Creativity)

Individuals with Mars in the 5th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to trying to express themselves in ways that build their reputation and recognition. They “fight” for performance and creativity. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Virgo rules the 5th House, then the individual will assert his or her need to be inventive, methodical, and critical in his or her efforts to create and perform for others.

Mars in the 6th House (of Service)

Individuals with Mars in the 6th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to service, health, and day-to-day work. They “fight” for hard work and usefulness. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Aries rules the 6th House, then the individuals will assert themselves independently, stay active for his or her health, and develop skills for self-sufficiency.

Mars in the 7th House (of Partnerships)

Individuals with Mars in the 7th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to forming relationships and learning from others, as well as teaching others. They “fight” for partnerships and how to give value to and get value from others. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Scorpio rules the 7th House, then the individual will aggressively transform others and seek to be transformed by the people they form partnerships with during their lives.

Mars in the 8th House (of Intimacy)

Individuals with Mars in the 8th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to trying to understand power, change, and sexuality. They “fight” for intensity and periods of significant regeneration. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Gemini rules the 8th House, then the individual will be argumentative and intense about how to explore and deal with his or her sexuality, the process of transformations, and deal with power issues.

Mars in the 9th House (of Mastership)

Individuals with Mars in the 9th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to exploring the world broadly and deeply, using scholarship and belief as tools of study. They “fight” for authority and learning from experience, culminating in recognition as an expert. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Capricorn rules the 9th House, then the individual will aggressively pursue the highest levels of practice and achievement in whatever knowledge and wisdom they want most.

Mars in the 10th House (of Career)

Individuals with Mars in the 10th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to accomplishment, measurable success, and material prosperity. They “fight” for work, and, by extension, family responsibility. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Leo rules the 10th House, then the individual will aggressively use creativity, performance, and the pursuit of recognition to become prosperous and shape his or her career.

Mars in the 11th House (of Community)

Individuals with Mars in the 11th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to community and the search to fit in and help society thrive. They “fight” for the group and devotion to a cause. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Pisces rules the 11th House, then the individual will desire more than anything to use imagination, spirituality, and awareness of the unity of humanity to integrate into and support his or her community.

Mars in the 12th House (of Spirituality)

Individuals with Mars in the 12th House will have a Way of Desire devoted to spiritual pursuits, finding and living one’s purpose, and connecting the divine with the material. They “fight” for counseling and advising. This energy will be modified by the Sign ruling the House. Suppose Libra rules the 12th House, then the individual will desire more than anything to analyze, negotiate, and attempt to find the balance for and with individuals in one-on-one interactions dealing with belief, mysteries, and the spiritual aspect of life.

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