Mars is “Knowing What We Want and Doing What We Have To Get It”
Jung defined masculinity as “knowing what we want and doing what we have to get it” and Mars is the planetary symbol par excellence of the active, yang male principle.
In the horoscope Mars describes our desire nature, self-gratification and how we go about getting what we want. It is the planet that acts as the fighting principle for the Sun (the ego-Self).
As Liz Greene so succinctly put it:
“Mars must offer the Sun its fighting power and the Sun must provide meaning for Mars’ battles. If the Sun repudiates Mars (in other words if we disown our aggression because it challenges our self-image and our conscious goals), then we have vision without any capacity to put it into action.”
Mars describes our physical drive, anger, aggression and assertion of the Self. It represents the physical drive that in Sikh Holy Scriptures is called “the life urge.” It symbolises raw power, sexuality and desire. In psychological terms it represents the process by which we define and assert ourselves as individuals, separating ourselves from the helpless, umbilical fusion of childhood.
Martian qualities may not sound very pleasant to our more refined, civilised sensibilities but we cannot survive and thrive in the world without a healthy dose of Mars. It gives the Sun its driving force and power, without which, we might never get what we want in life. To be in touch with Mars is to be in touch with our fighting spirit. Like the Moon, it describes a primal, instinctual-physical energy but, unlike the Moon, it is proactive and assertive (yang) while the Moon is receptive and security-oriented (yin).
Mars Serves the Sun
Mars functions as the Sun’s wing-man, furnishing its quest for meaning and spiritual fulfillment with the raw force and power to go about accomplishing these things. The Sun represents our place in the cosmic womb (symbolised by the astrological glyph for the Sun which is a circle –symbolising eternity –with a single dot in the middle representing the ego-Self). The Sun also represents the unfolding of our individual consciousness, however, without the help of Mars, the Sun’s life goals cannot be accomplished.
The astrological glyph for Mars shows an arrow breaking away from a circle, which symbolises our psychological birth, our emergence from the cosmic womb of oneness into the world of individual self-autonomy.
Liz Greene says:
“on a psychological level, anger, aggression and assertion of self are the primary implements of separation from the mother and formation of individual ego”
The Sun is said to be exalted in Aries, which is ruled by Mars. This may be a roundabout way of saying that the instinctive energy of Mars must be channeled towards consciously directed goals.
Mars: Impotence and Depression
Without the fighting spirit of Mars to help carve out our nascent individuality we are impotent. Aggression is really a statement of separateness and if we have a healthy relationship with Mars (“the primitive, animal form of the Sun”) then we are not afraid to go after what we want in life. This is the reason why being out of touch with our Mars is linked with depression.
As Liz Greene posits:
“a blocked Mars results in a feeling of impotence and vicitmisation, and great unconscious rage… a profound sense of impotence, frustration and rage generated by the feeling that one has no capacity for choice, nor power over one’s own life. Depression is usually not experienced as overt misery; it is more usually a state of apathy and deadness, where nothing is worth bothering with, not even anger.”
If you are prone to depression then it is worth examining the state of Mars in your chart and making a conscious effort to bring its expression out into manifestation. Depression and apathy come about when we are not “using” our Mars to make positive changes in our lives. Mars is about effectiveness and getting what we want.
Pluto as the Higher Octave of Mars
Mars represents the individual will while Pluto represents the transpersonal will, the will of the deeper Self, which operates from the superconscious level of the psyche. Pluto represents death and transformation on all levels. It represents all major biological turning points in our lives such as puberty where we “die” as children and are reborn as adolescents.
We can’t fight off the inevitable; puberty is a natural part of the maturation process and, in essence, is part of “God’s plan” for us as humans. The key is to actively try to align our personal will with God’s will, that is, the transpersonal will, so that we can achieve “God’s work.” This is often easier said than done as Martian energy is essentially selfish and self-serving. It is concerned with self-gratification and the satiation of desire. Spiritual seekers actively try and align their will with the will of their deeper self (their God-self) through practices such as meditation, yoga and prayer while the uninitiated may have their deeper will forced upon them through repeated frustrations, unfortunate circumstances etc.
As the Jungian analyst Edward Edinger said:
“man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”
Mars and the Ares-Aphrodite Myth
Ares is the mythic representation for the astrological Mars. In myth, Ares has an overwhelming attraction and desire for the beautiful Aphrodite, goddess of love. There is a famous painting of Aphrodite and Ares lying in bed together after a passionate sexual episode.
Ares can be seen lying down in a state of post-coital bliss, satiated and satisfied. This suggests that Mars can be tamed through the fulfillment of pleasure, erotic feeling, beauty and passion.
The satiation Ares experiences in the pursuit, and subsequent possession, of the desired object (Aphrodite) can bring lasting satisfaction. This suggests that being in touch with our Mars is a vital ingredient for ongoing happiness, contentment and a feeling of achievement. This acts as a potent reminder for how Mars functions. When we are overwhelmingly attracted to something (a person, an object, a goal), we become consumed by our desire to possess that thing which ignites our desire. We feel compelled to go after it –our interest is piqued and we stop at nothing until we get it.
Mars can therefore be seen as a symbol for something that moves us into action –something that triggers us to move out of resigned complacency and headlong into adventure and change. As Howard Sasportas points out:
“We are born with the basic urge to use our Mars to acquire new skills and realise new potentials; if we are not doing this, we will feel frustrated, angry and unfulfilled.”
The purpose of Aphrodite in this story is her ability to awaken Ares’ desire and erotic longing, which is ultimately what is responsible for turning Ares away from destruction. Anger can turn in on itself (self-hatred, alcoholism) or it can be directed outwards (arguments, fights, warfare). By turning our aggressive instinct onto “capturing” an object of desire, we can channel the Mars energy more creatively. The fact that we can never truly “possess” another person is what keeps relationships interesting, active and vital. In short, it keeps us on our toes, always looking to “up our game” so that we can keep the object of our desires interested in us. Mars can therefore be seen as a vital ingredient in self-improvement and self-maintenance.
Fuck it or Kill it: Rage and Desire are Closely Linked
The thousands of disenchanted, underprivileged youths who live in slums, favelas, inner cities/on council estates are a universal example of a chronically thwarted Mars. These people are not given outlets to channel their aggressive urges so they turn to violence, crime and vandalism instead. Or the anger is turned in on itself through drug and alcohol abuse (violence to the body). They feel impotent, enraged and victimised by their circumstances and so they express their aggressive urges destructively.
Thwarted desire often leads to destruction. If these people had other arenas like sports, art (or Aphrodite!) through which to express these urges, their misused Mars energy could be used in a more constructive way. As Lynn Bell points out: “the circle goes round and rage and desire come together over and over again.”
Lynn Bell uses an example of a study on the effects of testosterone (the male hormone) conducted by Ken Wilbur. He states that when women took a significant quantity of it they complained that they couldn’t stop thinking about sex.
“The researchers found that testosterone has two basic functions –fuck it or kill it. We can see that conflict and desire are very closely linked.”
Ares –Mythic Significator for Mars
The birth of Ares (the Greek name for Mars) is a telling symbol for the function of astrological Mars. The myth states that Zeus swallows Metis because he receives an oracle that states that a child of hers will surpass Zeus in wisdom and knowledge. Zeus then gets a terrible headache and a fully-armed Athena springs forth from his head, relieving his headache but fulfilling the much-feared prophesy for she soon becomes the symbol of wisdom, strategic thought and divine knowledge.
Hera is jealous that her husband, Zeus has given birth to the goddess Athena for, as a staunch matriarch, she is furious that Zeus is able to create life without a woman. She vows revenge and, in one version of the story, she enlists the help of Flora who helps her to conceive Ares on her own. Ares is born and described as “a three-hundred pound hairy brute with no table manners, who inspires dislike in both gods and mortals”.
It is interesting to note that Ares-Mars, the quintessential symbol of masculinity, is a product of feminine rage. Mars, after all, is an instinctual planet and instinctual life is a function of physical existence (earth) and the earth element belongs to the feminine polarity, to the Goddess.
Teiwaz: The Mars Rune
The Runes are an ancient alphabet and divination system that originated with the Germanic tribes of northern Europe.
The Runic alphabet is made up of 24 symbols used in magic rituals that invoke the protective powers of the Norse gods as well as being a tool that fortunetellers use to divine the future.
The Rune Teiwaz (pictured) bears an uncanny resemblance with the astrological glyph for Mars.
When Teiwaz appears in a reading it indicates conflict, confrontation, courage and honourable conduct in warfare. It is said to embody the values of the spiritual warrior and also has associations with death (particularly death in battle). It also represents active, impregnating male fertility.
Other divinatory meanings include legal conflicts, court action and indicates that there are assertive energies available for the individual to tap into and, on a spiritual level, it embodies the values of the spiritual warrior.
Teiwaz is invoked to encourage bravery and provides the initial impetus to set out and tackle a difficult or challenging situation. It is also invoked to gain justice or win victory in a conflict.
The deity that presides over Teiwaz is the Norse god Tyr who is the traditional god of war in the Northern pantheon. His associations with war and battle bear an obvious resemblance with Mars, although Tyr is also a warrior motivated by social justice and reform and presided over law and order, governing social values, legal contracts and oaths. Perhaps this points to a natural affinity with Mars when it is placed in the altruistic signs of Aquarius, Sagittarius and Libra.
Teiwaz is said to be shaped like a spear, or, more specifically, a spear that is used on the battlefield as a dedication to Odin, supreme god of the Northern pantheon.
-Key Concepts for Mars
-"Survival of the fittest"
-How we defend ourselves in life-threatening situations
-Provides an impetus for moving forward in life (often through anger, desire, frustration)
-Mars comes into its own in dangerous situations
-Kundalini (spiritual awakening)
-Our needs, demands: the “Terrible twos” planet
-Sports, dance, movement
-Battles, taking a stand
-Potency, virility, sexuality
-Survival instinct, self-defense
-Interface between the individual and the world outside: moves us out into action
-Active and passive defence
-Our ability to go out and get what we want
-Animal instinct (root chakra)
-Primal force, raw power
-Confrontation with life
-How much do you want it?
-The fight for survival
-The active energy in our life: gives us the strength to respond
-Defends the psychological integrity of the individual
-Instinctive, animal urges (protective instinct)
Are you in touch with your own Mars?
Find your Mars placement below to find out if you are really making the most of your fighting spirit.
Mars in Aries – A strong desire to be assertive and proactive. Direct. A kick-starter, a fire-starter. Need for autonomy, independence. Willful, centre of their own universe. Mars in Aries likes to generate new ideas, get new projects off the ground. Potent, virile, attractive. Likes to be in charge. Strong sex drive, potent desire nature. Needs regular doses of energy and revels in the spirit of conquest. Needs constant stimulation, excitement. Vital, libidinous, sparring, dueling: imagine two rams locked in battle. Likes to rescue damsels in distress. Prone to love triangles, infidelity. As the ruler of Aries, Mars is well-placed here and fulfills the archetypal function of Mars. Energy is best channeled through mediums such as sport, martial arts and dance. Battle lust. Faces obstacles directly. Can be impulsive, brash, rash. Can be overly-confident. Pioneering spirit. Flair for starting new businesses. Competitive, impatient, “macho.” Can be reckless, impetuous. Temper tantrums, rage, violence. Abundant physical energy. A crusader. Adrenaline junkies. Champions. Fighting a noble cause.
Famous people with Mars in Aries: Angelina Jolie, Oliver Cromwell
Mars in Taurus –A strong desire for physical and material security. Potent sex drive and strong desire for power and mastery/control of physical plane. Accruement of power, wealth, money resources. Mars is in its fall in Taurus so be careful not to be a “hoarder of the general benefit” if you were born under this Mars sign. Deeply sensual. Sensuous appreciation of physical life. Tactile, materialistic, love of beautiful objects. Can be bone-idle and tends to procrastinate but tremendous power unleashed when they finally get going. Achievement of desires delayed due to complacent, lazy nature. Love/hate relationship with the body, obsessed with physical maintenance. Physical prowess. Slow, steady release of Mars energy. Purposeful, stubborn, Asserts will retentively. Enjoys life’s simple pleasures can make it hard to get off their sofas and onward to new adventures. Complacent unless forced to change. Faces obstacles directly, practically. Creative and artistic flair. Initiatives are concerned with material gain/preservation. Can be highly possessive and jealous. Attuned to natural rhythms of life –preservation of physical body/material possessions.
Famous people with Mars in Taurus: Amy Schumer, Madonna
Mars in Gemini –A strong desire for mental stimulation and ongoing social engagements. Likes to collect facts and figures. Social butterfly, good at handling people. Can be argumentative, verbally abusive and prone to headaches. Strong on the mental plane and feels a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from being learned, “clever”, witty, well-read, smart etc. Important to win debates. Mental, verbal sparring. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Fantasy-prone, worriers. Negative thinking can turn in on itself. Paranoia, fearful. Mind mastery is essential and can get you very far in life. Flexible, duplicitous, open-minded. Strong urge to make connections with people from all walks of life. Natural politicians, writers, journalists. Mentally stimulating conversations. Desires change, movement. Entrepreneurial, clever, quick, inventive. Asserts self verbally, wittily. Word games. Power of thought, love of discussion. Prone to exaggerate, nervous energy, nervous tension. Quick, agile.
Famous people with Mars in Gemini: Antonio Banderas, Tony Blair
Mars in Cancer –A strong desire to feel protected and at home in its surroundings. Needs solid inner container. Mars is in its detriment in Cancer –needs to be coaxed out of its shell. Approaches things sideways, obliquely, like a crab. Moody, changeable. Tends not to be straightforward in dealings because it fears direct, open warfare. Intensely vulnerable. Fiercely protective. A protector of that which is young and vulnerable. Defends mother and mother figures. Extremely protective of oneself. Highly imaginative –can get lost in imagination, failing to act on that which is divinely inspired. Creative genius, imaginative flair. Highly volatile and emotional. Needs to be coaxed out of hiding. Can be extremely vicious when provoked/attacked but generally peaceable placement for Mars. Excitable, expresses intense emotions. Actions are often directed by unconscious motivations. Like Mars in all water signs Mars in Cancer is subtle. Strong will when motivations are feeling-based. Energy levels tend to fluctuate. Dance, creativity are good outlets for powerful emotional and feeling nature. Hesitates before acting. Tribal concerns. Can be impulsive. Sensitivity to self and others. Feelings dictate actions.
Famous people with Mars in Cancer: Dolly Parton, Audrey Hepburn
Mars in Leo –A strong desire to express yourself, to be noticed, applauded and admired. A strong desire to feel special. Creative, divinely inspired. Procreative tour de force. Warm, flamboyant, expressive, effusive. Hot-blooded. Obstinate. Likes to be in leadership positions. Craves recognition, notoriety. Staunchly individualistic. Can tend to feel that they are above rules that bind all other mortals to worldly laws. Strong imaginative abilities, dramatic flair, hot temper, ardent lovers. Can be boorish, insensitive and unreceptive to the needs of others. Constant; loyalty of inner vision. Insightful, inspired ideas, inspired thinking. Radiant, likeable –centre of attention. (The majority of the famous people I looked up when I was researching this article had Mars in Leo!) Strong desire to receive compliments, love of the limelight. Abundant physical vitality. Ebertin mentions “the will to live, vitality, vigour, activity. Energy, virility, determination, power of attainment, courage to fight, endeavour, ambition, desire to exercise power.” Need to put their heart and soul into things. Need to act from place deep within themselves.
Famous people with Mars in Leo: Frank Sinatra, Al Gore
Mars in Virgo –A strong desire for perfection. Has extremely (almost impossibly) high standards that it will work hard to fulfill. A modest, humble placement for Mars; seeks fulfillment through service to others. Impeccability, dexterity, strong mind-body connection. Strong desire to feel competent, skilled and “useful.” Hates wasting time and likes to keep busy. Good with their hands. Critical, judgmental. Scrutinises every detail –skilled at detailed work: embroidery, DIY, route-planning, managerial skills. Systems analyst. Good at attending to the details that other people often ignore. Clearing out the Augean stables. “Separating the wheat from the chaff.” OCD. Compulsive. Fixation. Gets wrapped up in small details. Irritated by “little things.” Easily frustrated. Subtlety, skill. A good strategist. Ability to work hard. Conscientious. Desire for perfection on material plane. If the body and mind are not aligned, if the native is not "whole" then Mars in Virgo can lead to illness in an attempt to realign the native with their lost wholeness.
Famous people with Mars in Virgo: Friedrich Nietzsche, Michael Caine
Mars in Libra –A strong desire to form meaningful relationships. Mars is in its detriment in Libra and may have a hard time making final decisions on what one truly wants. Chronic indecisiveness. Likes to weigh out all options. Tactful, balanced, fair. Natural diplomats and peace-makers. An urge for peaceful, harmonious surroundings that appeal to a refined aesthetic sense. A drive for beauty, peace, justice and fairness. A desire to redress imbalances in the environment. A highly “civilised” Mars that recoils from too much selfishness and is subtle in the way it goes about getting what it wants. Gentle, sits-on-the-fence. Desires social interaction and close relationships. Self-assertion is graceful, social, charming, carried off with direct relatedness and concern for others. Artistic creativity. Prone to love triangles, infidelity.
Famous people with Mars in Libra: Abraham Lincoln, Karen Carpenter
Mars in Scorpio –A strong desire for transformation. Deeply passionate, obsessive, secretive, jealous. Can have a tremendous sex drive. Magnetic, strong sensual appetites, often accompanied by a deep, underlying spirituality. Natural fighters, doesn’t forgive a slight, doesn’t forgive and forget easily. Highly adept at protecting that which is young and vulnerable. Can be vengeful, controlling, vicious. Love of power, the occult. Deep desire to delve beneath the surface and plumb the mysteries of life. Lives and loves passionately. Prone to jealousy. Manipulative, possessive. Mars is the traditional and esoteric ruler of Scorpio so Mars is well-placed here. Sensitivity to the darkness in life: can use same darkness to fight the monsters in society (curing like with like). Rises to battle after being temporarily overpowered. Vicious reprisals. Kicks you when you’re down. Can sniff out other peoples’ weak points with much subtlety and use them as weapons. A fierce opponent. Can transform tremendous emotional power to achieve aims. “Still waters run deep.” Profound sexual intensity –longs to be close with others.
Famous people with Mars in Scorpio: Kurt Cobain, Gandhi
Mars in Sagittarius –A strong desire to be free, to roam, to travel, to wander. Mars in Sagittarius is a seeker, a lover of freedom. Wants to rise above mirth and mire of manifest life. Philosophical concerns, abstract worldview. Fun-loving. Wants to expand beyond known limits of reality. Can be taken away on flights of fantasy. Delusions of grandeur. Staunchly idealistic. Dreamers. Capacity for symbolic thought though can be divorced from reality. Actions inspired by motivations, ideals, beliefs, morality. Strong urge for improvement of self and others. Love of high-adrenaline situations. Hasty, tactless, blunt. Urge for activity. Acts before thinking, can sometimes lack strategy in spirit of excitement. Strong powers of concentration when there is a particular aim to focus on. Can be wasteful, restless, impetuous, easily bored. Settlement of conflicts, clearing the air after disputes. Rebellious, joy of living/loving. Funny –strong sense of humour. Active, proactive, sporty, energetic. Inspired mental pursuits.
Famous people with Mars in Sagittarius: Joan Baez, Carl Jung
Mars in Capricorn –A strong desire to create stability and accrue wealth, power and status. Mars is exalted in Capricorn because Mars without limits can turn destructive. It chases the object of its affection slowly, patiently, surely. Tremendous will and fighting power. Wants to reach the top but does so deftly, gracefully, without fanfare. Imagine a mountain goat scaling a mountain and that is Mars in Capricorn. Quiet, unassuming, but deeply ambitious with a tremendous desire to be in control. Controlled use of Martian energy. Ability to channel powerful energy currents with extreme subtlety and restraint. Can err on the side of caution, afraid of moving onwards and upwards. Slow to get started on projects but once they start, there is no stopping them. Disciplined, cautious, determined, ambitious. Ruthlessness, self-willed, obstinate. Endurance, power, resistant. Controlled vitality.
Calculated risks. Organised, patient, desire for long-term achievement, mastery of physical plane.
Famous people with Mars in Capricorn: Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey
Mars in Aquarius –A strong desire to be involved with humanitarian concerns. A deep desire for fairness, equality, freedom. Unusual and varied interests. A good Samaritan with altruistic concerns. A desire to partake in the advancement of mankind. Scientific, rational, strong aesthetic values. Dislikes strong displays of egocentricity or selfishness. Goals that benefits the everyman. Wants to help man rise above his animal origins. Accruement of power and popularity to serve selfless aims. Charity, humanitarian rights, revolution, evolution of common goals. Protests, demonstrations, marches. Revolutionaries. Intensely idealistic. Moved by images, ideas, ideals. Action must be linked to meaning. Inventive, unorthodox. “Extraordinary and unusual amount of energy made available quite suddenly,” says Ebertin. Courageous, argumentative, contradicts others. Can be obstinate, willful, clumsy, prone to injuries. Intolerant. Eccentric, ethical, social responsibility. Unusual sexual preferences.
Famous people with Mars in Aquarius: Adele, Hugh Hefner
Mars in Pisces –A strong desire to merge with Source. Subtle, changeable, shape shifting, compassionate. Subtle, psychic. Desire to be of service to God. Can easily slip into chaos, dissolution, confusion. “An iron fist in a velvet glove.” Graceful –fond of dance, martial arts, yoga. Deeply emotional. Can be highly manipulative. Subtlety in dealings with people, fluid, hard to pin down. Ambivalent, ambiguous, evasive, prone to martyrdom. Mars in Pisces is also prone to self-sabotage, masochism, guilt. Alcohol and drug abuse (dissolution of self), poetic, sly, can be vicious. Subtle manipulation of energy as in shamanism, Qi Gong etc. Natural healers. Devoutly spiritual: servers of the collective. Inspired thinking. Lots of plans but can fail to follow through on them. Duplicitous, moody, irritable. Divine discontent. Lacks energy, easily tired and run down. Inferiority complexes, dissatisfaction. Underwater warfare. Picks up the feelings of others. Self-destructive, misuse of procreative power. Fertile, feminine wiles, sneaky. Fuelled by faith –the warrior poet. Guilt accompanies feelings of selfishness and self-advancement. Goals must serve humanity.
Famous people with Mars in Pisces: Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe
Interpretation of Mars in the 12 Astrological Houses
The house position of Mars reveals to us an area of life where we have “work” to do relating to Martian themes such as assertion, willpower, drive, aggression etc. It shows an area of life where we must learn to be assertive and claim our power as individuals.
Mars in the 1st House –Must learn to assert themselves forcefully and willfully. Mars is strong in its own house and individuals with this placement may have a reputation for being forward, blunt, aggressive. Must learn to channel tremendous reserves of energy into consciously directed goals when it is placed in the 1st house. Can be an extremely effective and persuasive leader/mentor/speaker. A natural born fighter with inspired ideas, tenacity and forthrightness. Can be seen as rude and short-tempered. May be demanding, exhibit diva-like behviour and throw tantrums if things don’t go their way. Mars in the fiery houses is blessed with abundant energy, which they can choose to channel into any goal or initiative that merits their attention.
Famous people with Mars in the 1st house: Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial president the US has ever known. He was born with Mars in the 1st house. His boorish, outlandish behaviour, off-colour remarks and general enfant terrible outbursts have garnered more headlines, tweets and hashtags than most people have had hot dinners.
Mars in the 2nd House –Must learn to use talents and resources powerfully and effectively so that they can bring about solid new structures into manifestation. Must be careful not to identify self-worth with material objects and possessions. 2nd house planets represent talents we can tap into to bring structure into our lives that will lead to bolstering our self-worth and self-value. May be preoccupied with the body (the body is a temple) and actively seek comfort and security. May pour tremendous reserves of energy into creating and maintaining those structures so that they can continue to provide the individual with a feeling of well-being, endurance and security throughout their lives.
Famous people with Mars in the 2nd house: Harvey Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He used his innate courage, tenacity and determination to change the way an entire nation viewed human rights.
Mars in the 3rd House –“The pen is mightier than the sword” when Mars is placed in the 3rd house. Mars in this house may demonstrate considerable skill at writing, speaking and debating. May indicate that they are prone to arguments and may have siblings that they engaged in mental warfare with when they were growing up. People with Mars in the 3rd house may come from large families where they had to speak up if they wanted their voice to be heard. Had to learn to stick up for themselves at an early age. Must learn to sharpen mental powers and exercise mental prowess with ease, facility and grace. Words are boundary makers and the individual with Mars here must learn to defend their honour. They need to feel like they are fighting for a cause and can be highly persuasive, elegantly forceful and enigmatic communicators.
Famous people with Mars in the 3rd house: Bob Dylan has been dubbed “the voice of a generation” for his impassioned ballads that highlight social change and global upheaval. He was someone who, in his own words, “prophesised with [his] pen” and whose topical songs are still as relevant today as they were some 50+ years ago when they were first written. Bob Dylan would famously sit up all night typing away on his typewriter churning out song after song after song.
Mars in the 4th House –May indicate an early home life fraught with tension, arguments, power struggles. The parents may not have gotten on or one of the parents (usually the father) may have wielded considerable control and power over the family. Family dynamics may have been fraught with tension. Could indicate a violent or aggressive father or an abusive early home environment. May find it difficult to express Mars energy because it is associated with painful memories, unpleasantness and so can sometimes be disowned and pushed “underground” into the unconscious. The person with Mars in this house may go to extremes to protect their own vulnerability and may sidestep issues that need to be aired openly and directly. A lot of festering below the surface with this placement of Mars; may unconsciously be holding onto a lot of unexpressed anger. Defender of the young, weak and vulnerable. Often a strong identification with the mother who they may feel they need to protect against a violent and unpredictable father. Mars issues may not have been dealt with openly and they may have grown up in a house with a lot of unexpressed anger.
Famous people with Mars in the 4th house: Henrik Ibsen’s plays simmer with tension and with the unspoken feelings, thoughts, moods and desires of people in their everyday environments. He is considered one of the greatest dramatists of all time with his uncanny ability to “air” people’s dirty laundry, dramatising seemingly banal domestic situations with great depth of feeling.
Mars in the 5th House –May indicate a strong desire or need to be creative and to express oneself imaginatively and individualistically. Fierce pride in own uniqueness and creative abilities. Must pour powerful creative urges into activities which express their unique abilities. Energy can be used to tap enormous potential for self-expression. Natural expressiveness and charisma can make these individuals popular with the opposite sex. They are natural flirts and find it easy to turn on the charm. The 5th house is the house of play, love affairs and gambling. Can be reckless when they are in pursuit of a good time. Can be promiscuous and insensitive as their own goals come before the needs of others. They love to have fun and have abundant fiery energy that, when used constructively, can be used to achieve amazing feats in a creative arena that is close to their heart. Can be predisposed to burning the candle at both ends and often make passionate, ardent lovers.
Famous people with Mars in the 5th house: Good time Beatle Ringo Starr is known for his easygoing personality, string of beautiful lovers and reckless drinking habits. Besides the notoriety he achieved for his extravagant lifestyle, he is an imaginative and consummate artist who expresses his musical gifts passionately and sensitively.
Mars in the 6th House –Tremendous drive to become effective workers, to be useful and influential in the workplace or in their chosen field of expertise. Must learn to assert themselves with colleagues so that they do not become whipping boys and scapegoats for office mishaps. The 6th house rules unequal relationships and Mars here must learn to assert/understand and respect its place in the pecking order. Might need to learn humility and come to an awareness that they are but humble instruments for God’s power and quiet strength. Can become extremely deft and skilled workers, especially in areas that require attention to detail and precision. Often tenacious. Hard-working and service-oriented. Mars in the 6th house will come to full fruition when individuals feel like they are serving something greater than themselves.
Famous people with Mars in the 6th house: Audrey Hepburn was a hard and diligent worker and used her position as a famous actress to help people in need through her humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Mars in the 7th House –Must learn to assert rights and independence in personal relationships. Mars is often disowned and projected onto partners and the individual may find that they are attracted to controlling/willful individuals, which may eventually lead to arguments and break-ups. The lesson for the 7th house Mars person may be to learn how to assert themselves respectfully but firmly, not allowing other people to use them as doormats. Must learn to speak up for their own needs and defend their rights. These people are learning to get in touch with their own aggressive urges and discovering that selfishness and harmonious relationships don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. Self-respect is key for people with this placement.
Famous people with Mars in the 7th house: If Mars in the 7th house is disowned it is projected onto others and the native may meet its nastier manifestations in the form of lawsuits, enemies and opponents. This was certainly the case for the soft-spoken singer Michael Jackson.
Mars in the 8th House –People with an 8th house Mars often find themselves embroiled in passionate relationships, steamy affairs or vicious legal battles. People with an 8th house Mars are often the recipients of the disowned anger and frustration of their parents, which they then unconsciously act out with the people with whom they share deep, intimate bonds. The 8th house is the house of death, shared resources, transformation and sexuality and Mars may need to seek expression through deeply transformative sexual relationships that alter their limited understanding of reality. May indicate coming to terms with death at an early age. Physical and psychological deaths are constants in life. People with Mars in the 8th house can easily overwhelm others or they may be easily overwhelmed and manipulated by others. Mars here demands that we wrestle with others and with those who we feel dependent on (this can sometimes manifest in covert and underground ways). May attract anger from others as a way to open themselves up to their own submerged anger and to test their hidden strength. Need to learn to own their power. If self-possessed can be highly magnetic, seductive and alluring. Usually indicates power struggles.
Famous people with Mars in the 8th house: Marilyn Monroe became romantically enmeshed with JFK, which allegedly lead to her murder in 1962. Her highly-publicised life provides a sad example of how Mars in the 8th house can express itself both positively and negatively.
Mars in the 9th House –Must learn to view situations symbolically, philosophically, with detached zeal and passion. Abstract thinkers who can intuitively grasp the bigger picture and learn to apply their own will to the transpersonal will of All. A champion for humanitarian ideals and causes –a lover and crusader for truth and justice. Humanitarian concerns will move and inspire these people “to do good by” this feisty Mars placement. Mars in the fiery houses is abundantly energetic and people with Mars in the 9th house are advised to put their tremendous reserves of energy to serve collective needs in some way.
Famous people with Mars in the 9th house: 60s songbird Joan Baez used her fame as a folk singer to bring attention to the plight of people living in warzones and has always used her position as a prominent public figure to serve as a mouthpiece for the importance of human rights and nonviolence.
Mars in the 10th House –This placement of Mars must be used wisely. Any planet at the zenith of the birth chart will be highly visible to others and people with Mars here can use their power to be influential, powerful, charismatic –the movers and shakers of the world or they can use their Mars for personal gain and may get a reputation for being autocratic, selfish, aggressive etc. Mars in the 10th house wants to be at "the top of their game" and will stop at nothing until they get there. The mother may have an unlived Mars, which is seeking expression through the native with this chart placement or she may have been overtly Martian (individualistic, proactive, pioneering, aggressive etc) causing the child to project Mars onto authority figures or people in the public eye.
Famous people with Mars in the 10th house: Elvis Presley achieved fame and notoriety as a singer and actor in the 50s and 60s and established himself as an authority on a new style of entertainment that took the entire Western world by storm. He is considered one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century.
Mars in the 11th House –With this placement of Mars is it is important “to fight the good fight,” to champion noble causes and make the voices of those people who would otherwise remain unheard ring loud and clear. There is a revolutionary and eccentric streak with this placement of Mars and it is important to share your strong beliefs with others who feel the same way. Feels powerful and purposeful when surrounded by many friends. May attract eccentrics, scientists, oddballs, computer geeks and seek to include them in their circle of friends. Passions and drives are ahead of their time. Gains strength and inspiration from contact with like-minded individuals.
Famous people with Mars in the 11th house: Carl Jung’s capacity for symbolic thought and inspired wisdom changed the way an entire generation of psychologists understood the nature of the psyche. Our entire understanding of human nature changed as a result of his radically brilliant, subversive findings. His emphasis on transpersonal development in the context of individual enlightenment continues to help millions of people around the world come to a better understanding of themselves.
Mars in the 12th House –Mars in the house of karma and unfinished business may feel thwarted in the 12th house, only coming up for air when the pressure of containing its tremendously destructive energy becomes too much to bear. Operates on an unconscious level –this is a transpersonal Mars burning with the unmet needs and desires of those that came before them. Can be hard to satisfy their otherworldly desires. Must appease Mars for the sake of "the ancestors." This Mars is out of touch with the conscious awareness of the individual and operates in a twilight zone that is hard to reach consciously -it is an otherworldly Mars. May see menacing figures in dreams, nightmares, visions and fantasies. Something from the past needs to be put to rest.
Famous people with Mars in the 12th house: Pablo Picasso’s Mars is submerged in the waters of the 12th house, where he was able to draw on the reservoir of the collective unconscious to inspire his paintings, which often featured startlingly dark, emotive, strange and moving images of women, masks and general abstractions. A victim of dark moods and a sufferer of depression, Picasso channeled his intense feelings into his artwork.
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