Mars in the Houses
Mars in the 1st House
Mars in the first house of your chart is a commanding position and is even more so if Mars is also conjunct the Ascendant. Your reactions to new situations are immediate and pressing. You are an active, energetic, dynamic, enterprising, and possibly even forceful or aggressive person at times (unless Mars is in strong aspect to Saturn or Neptune).
You often begin new endeavors with enthusiasm, although follow-through may not be present, depending on the rest of your chart. Some of you might be rash, inconsiderate, or overly assertive. People are often impressed with your energy and stamina! You need to be involved, take the lead, and act independently. You don’t enjoy following others or playing waiting games.
You can be fiercely independent, and you are usually direct and straightforward–and this is wonderfully refreshing! Spontaneity is extremely important to you. Some of you might stir up trouble–whether consciously or not–when you’re bored. Your approach to life is physical and active, and your love of competition is notable.
Mars in the 2nd House
With Mars in the second house of your birth chart, you are likely to be a hard worker, although you appreciate the process and might be slower than some as you focus on the method and tend to each step deliberately and carefully. You hate to be rushed! You love to produce things of practical value. You’re ambitious when it comes to making money and acquiring possessions, but you might be impatient or impulsive with spending.
You can be quite possessive, both of material things and people! You’re far more generous if you’re asked for something and you’ve had the chance to consider parting with said item. You like a challenge, and your physical abilities and energy make up a substantial part of your sense of self-worth. You often prefer to work independently, or you value things most when you’ve achieved something on your own. The world of the five senses is most important to you on sensual and sexual levels. You have a hearty appetite with strong stamina. You defend your values fervently. Your earning potential is excellent, and you can be on the competitive side in business.
Mars in the 3rd House
With Mars in your third house, you speak your mind quite readily, sometimes shooting from the hip when expressing your ideas and opinions. You know a lot about a variety of subjects, and you enjoy sharing that knowledge with others (sometimes too forcefully!). You are generally very direct and clear when communicating. You can easily get worked up about what others might think are trivial matters. You’re passionate about your ideas and projects!
You love a good debate. Whether you know it or not, or no matter your intentions, you can be provocative in your communication style. You are likely gifted with manual dexterity, although you might quickly become impatient with tasks. At your best, you are enthusiastic, animated, and lively in the ways you express yourself, and this can inspire others. You will fervently defend your opinions and beliefs, as well as your family and childhood. Watch that you don’t push yourself too hard or become so impatient with others that it negatively affects your wellbeing. It might help to learn to relax and decompress more frequently for your health.
Mars in the 4th House
You can be fiercely protective of your close friends and family with Mars in your solar fourth house. Anger may be deeply felt and possibly deeply buried, too! As a result, it can be difficult for others to pinpoint your true motives, and you can be considered a real enigma. You can be passive-aggressive in your approach to the outside world when younger, which could lead to resentments if you are not careful–or confident–enough to take a more direct approach to pursue your desires and expressing your anger. With time and experience, as well as substantial work towards achieving a healthy balance between emotional self-control and expression, you’re likely to deal with frustrations in a more empowering way.
Family dynamics are lively and often intense with Mars in the fourth house. You may frequently have arguments with family, about them, or on their behalf! You might attempt to rule the roost on the home front, or you often take on a leadership role at home and with family. In fact, you may be the unofficial leader on the domestic front. Your actions are more often than not governed by your instincts, and you don’t appreciate being manipulated or forced into doing something that doesn’t come from your gut. You also possess tremendous energy for domestic projects or activities. This is a powerful astrological influence for working from (or on) the home.
Mars in the 5th House
With Mars in the fifth house of your birth chart, you are naturally spontaneous, passionate, enthusiastic, and adventurous. Your love of pleasure is robust, and you directly and perhaps impulsively pursue romance, art, and leisure. Many of you are sports lovers, and anything with an element of risk appeals to you or entertains you. You put a lot of energy into the pursuit of entertainment, satisfaction, games, and pleasure. You can be an especially active hobbyist. You tend to be very playful and demonstrative, and you can thoroughly enjoy putting on a show.
You can be very competitive, but unless Mars is very challenged, it’s a healthy kind of competition that drives you to improve. If you have children, this position can be one indication that they’re notably active and boisterous.
Mars influencing your creative self-expression adds a layer of intensity, passion, or power. Physical creative channels for your energy can be immensely fulfilling, and these might include dance, athletics, pottery, sculpting, and more. You enjoy a good challenge. In love, the energy of the chase can be especially exciting to you, and in ongoing relationships, an active thread of passion and enthusiasm is essential to your sense of satisfaction. You can be an exciting lover.
Mars in the 6th House
With Mars in the sixth house of your natal chart, you tend to work hard, sometimes to the point of exhaustion! No matter how much or little energy you have for other life departments, with this position, you can be a dynamo with sixth house affairs. In other words, you bring a lot of dynamic or pioneering energy to your work, chores, health routines, fitness programs, or services. You’d do best working for yourself or someone else but independently, as you can quickly become impatient if other members of a team are not working as fast as you.
You are also easily upset with procrastination. You can be very skilled at organizing and re-organizing, sorting, classifying, and analyzing. You put a lot of energy into any job you do, and you can quickly become riled up or defensive if someone criticizes or intrudes upon your work.
You could be especially satisfied in fields in which you can take the lead, be active, compete, take a few risks, or express your enterprising and independent nature. You like to keep busy, even in your downtime! Jobs with strong physical aspects can figure strongly in your life (such as coach, physical therapist, yoga instructor, surgeon, etc.) or you’re instinctively drawn to mind-body therapies.
Mars in the 7th House
With Mars in the seventh house of your natal chart, you need a partner who challenges you, and your close personal relationships can be especially passionate, active, or physical. You may be drawn to people who are more assertive or aggressive than you. Alternatively, you find/discover your own assertiveness through a special someone. There can be a marked impulsive tendency in your one-to-one relationships. Certainly, you need your connections to maintain a high level of passion and energy. You can be particularly good at mediating, counseling, troubleshooting, debate, politics, or working with the law.
Mars in the 8th House
With Mars in the eighth house, shades of the sign Scorpio can be found in your desire nature. You may not experience true passion until later in life, but when you do, it is magical and infectious. You have some fears of betrayal and loss that compromise your trust from time to time. You can be extremely hard-working on projects that interest you, and you make a fabulous researcher, investigator, or psychologist. Passion projects are vital–they can get you out of bed in the morning!
Your intuition is powerful, although it can take some time, experience, and psychological work to overcome a vague sense/feeling of guilt, fear, or doom. Your survival instinct is powerful. There is a tendency to bury things or to keep many of your troubles to yourself. Learning to express your anger more directly can improve your health and well-being.
Mars in the 9th House
You enjoy a healthy sense of adventure and adore a rousing debate or the challenge of learning new things with your Mars in the ninth house. This position has a Sagittarian flavor. Watch for a tendency to become angry or hurt if others disagree with you, as it can be all too easy to take differences of opinion very personally. As well, in your enthusiasm to uncover truths, you may be a little too pushy.
You are sexually playful and energetic, and you may approach sex as a sport at times. Honest and sometimes downright blunt, others find your sense of humor and direct approach attractive. Your hearty laugh is appealing, and your zest for life is unmistakable. You can be mentally restless, and at times, physically too, as you seek new horizons to explore and experience.
Mars in the 10th House
An urge to organize and to be practical can amount to a minor obsession with this position! Your career motivation is constant and relentless, and people in your life need to respect your independent drive and focus. You are task-oriented, and you are at your best and most effective when you are in control of your time. In your relationships, you may often take the lead when it comes to organizing activities.
With Mars in the tenth house, you can be quite driven, goal-oriented, and competitive. You thrive in careers in which you can pioneer, take the lead, or enjoy a certain amount of freedom or independence. You’re a self-starter! You also need to be active and dominant in your field or profession. You are more interested in pursuing your goals than gaining others’ approval, and this can certainly create some waves in your life from time to time.
Mars in the 11th House
With Mars in the 11th house of your natal chart, you like to organize events and activities, and sometimes take the lead a little too often! However, for the most part, you’re an engaging, helpful friend who is ready to jump in and take action when need be, and this is a wonderful, rare quality. Your mind needs to be engaged in order for you to be at your most passionate, and for this reason, you can seem a little detached or impersonal in close personal relationships. You’re not afraid to be different or to march to the beat of a different drummer. You’re likely to enjoy working towards an important cause, and you can be quite a crusader! You may be attracted to intense, passionate, or energetic people, and your friendships can be quite colorful and possibly strife-ridden at times.
Mars in the 12th House
With Mars in the twelfth house of the natal chart, you can struggle with asserting yourself in direct, natural ways in your youth, but with time and experience (and perhaps some hard work), you’re likely to learn to work with this energy rather than allow it to work against you. Watch for a tendency to feel defeated before you’ve given something a real shot. However, you are extraordinarily resourceful and you can handle many things on your own or in especially creative ways. Overcoming a vague and persistent feeling of guilt or doom can figure strongly and can go a long way towards a healthier, happier approach to the pursuit of your desires.
Though you may have a great deal of energy and drive, you lack confidence or simply the desire to put yourself and your interests first. Positively you can be very unselfish, working more on behalf of others rather than for yourself. You deny your own desires and needs too much, however, and you are likely to secretly become very angry, which can sabotage your finest efforts. There is a touch of the incurable romantic in your nature. You may daydream and fantasize about love and sex often. You also bring imagination into your sexual relationships, although you can take a bit of time to feel comfortable and to warm up to a new person in your life.