Mars in the Signs
Mars in Aries
Your Mars in Aries is impulsive, active, and direct. Your first instinct is to take action. Quick flare-ups are likely, but your anger usually doesn’t last for too long. In fact, you typically don’t live in the past, and you’re less given to holding grudges or feeling resentful than most people. Your temper often comes quickly, but then you deal with anger on issues right away. With this kind of character, there is little room for festering.
When you listen to your instincts, you get things done, and you tend to make quick and usually decent decisions. You don’t naturally stop to smell the roses–or consider others’ point of view–when you’re considering your next move. In fact, you deliberate at lightning speed–spontaneity, simplicity, purity of action, and innovation are trademarks.
You are often a step ahead of everyone else. A life that is too predictable can make you antsy. You enjoy starting fresh–new ideas, pioneering action, and new projects make you happiest. You enjoy challenges. Your relationships can be exciting, but keeping up with you can be difficult. You’re often given to impulsive action, and you’re not known for sticking things through. Although your physical energy is usually high, you often lose your initial enthusiasm quickly.
You are irritated when others are indirect–you expect them to say things straight–no beating around the bush. You quite quickly become impatient with convoluted plans or with people you consider to be slow to action. Unless Mars is afflicted in your chart, you don’t have a hidden agenda. You are at your best when allowed to be spontaneous, and your actions are unrestricted. You like a challenge, and you may enjoy a conquest. You’re sincere and enthusiastic, but not always constant. You love to feel inspired by a current crush, whim, or desire.
Mars in Taurus
“Slow and steady wins the race” could easily be your motto with your Mars in Taurus. You are goal-oriented and not known for your speed, but your staying power is tremendous.
Generally calm and easygoing, you can have a powerful temper when you’re provoked. However, you typically don’t fly off the handle as quickly as others unless many other factors in your chart point to an impulsive nature. Most of the time, you can be passive-aggressive. Your desires are quite firm, clear, and set. You can be stubborn but persistent and steady. You’re also usually very determined to get what you want, and you’re not easily influenced!
You greatly value strength and stability. In fact, you’re often driven by security and a particular fondness for personal possessions. You’re inclined to work for what you want, and broadly speaking, you have patience. If it takes a few years to achieve your goals, so be it.
You tend to prefer a regular routine, and you’re a consistent worker. While you do enjoy getting comfortable, you’re also responsible, and you’ll work for the security and predictability you crave. Your physical drives are healthy. You love good food and comfortable surroundings.
You prefer to have clear long-term goals, and you can be quite determined to achieve them. You prefer not to take on too many projects at once. While others can frequently misjudge their capabilities, if you don’t think you can do it, you won’t!
It is almost impossible for others to get you moving once you’ve made up your mind on a matter. Immovable is the only way to describe Mars in Taurus people who have made up their minds since adaptability is not their strong point. In a similar vein, attempting to rush you is a lesson in frustration. You won’t alter your pace for most anything.
You don’t have a reputation for spontaneity or variety, but you’re good at what you do nonetheless, and you’re very present when your interest is piqued. You’re also quite reliable and robust, and most people will find you well worth the wait!
Mars in Gemini
Mars is the planet that rules our drive and passions. In the mutable air sign of Gemini, Mars in your chart is a little scattered and unfocused, but quite adept, adaptable, and bright. Easily bored, you may need a fresh change of pace frequently to keep energy levels up. It’s a somewhat odd thing, really, but when there’s nothing much to do, you’re exhausted. However, if there’s plenty of exciting things on your agenda, you’re a powerhouse! More than most people, you have a physical reaction to boredom.
You have a passion for words, and when you get angry or fired up, you use words as your “weapon.” Angry communications—some of the most incisive and sarcastic ones—can fly around for the more assertive or energetic types with this position. Others not as aggressively inclined talk things through—energetically! Whatever is the case for you, you seem to need to get everything off your chest when you’re fired up.
In fact, debates are a Mars-in-Gemini specialty. You can readily draw on your sharp wit to win arguments. In general, you can be talkative, and perhaps very much so. If your natal chart shows more reserve, you seem to go in and out of talkativeness, becoming chatty when you’re worked up or enthusiastic about something or the other. You prefer to use words rather than force. You may also prefer mental tasks to physical labor. You’d make an exceptional teacher of topics you love.
You can be quite skilled at communicating, whether in your speech or writing, or both. There is a colorful, animated, or enthusiastic quality to your communications, although you can be moody or your verbosity is cyclical. You’re clever and a quick learner, but you don’t always have the patience to go very deeply into specific subjects. Your skills are many, and you can be very resourceful. Your output is variable, as you can work at lightning speed when inspired and move on to something else when bored. You’re given to short bursts of activity. This Mars placement is the position of the multi-tasker.
Some people with this position of Mars are quite fidgety. They have much nervous energy. In general, their nervousness and restlessness are at the root of many physical ups and downs. When they’re on edge, they can be nitpicky. Many Mars in Gemini natives channel their energy through their hands. Gemini, after all, rules the hands; and these people often express energy through musical instruments, crafts, video games, and the like. Many are attracted to puzzles and games as diversions—and they’re quite skilled at them!
With Mars in Gemini, you can be very adaptable, often thriving on change. In a more conservative chart, this will show up on a mental level. You usually take up many projects at once, spreading yourself thin at times. Sustained interest is not especially the forte of this Mars placement—you’d need some helpful Saturn, Capricorn, and Taurus influences for follow-through, and if not, you’d benefit from attempting to focus your energies rather than scattering them. However, your versatility and disdain for routine generally mean you’re busy and interesting. Your first instinct is to use your wit, words, social skills, and intelligence to achieve your desires and goals.
Mars in Cancer
With Mars in Cancer, you are moved to action through your emotions and moods, and you can seem quite moody to others as a result. When happy, you act with high confidence, and when tense, you can be entirely withdrawn. You rarely confront or initiate a fight, although you are undoubtedly capable of instigating conflict.
You can be very warm and protective, having an almost therapeutic, healing manner about you. The protective nature of Cancer is best expressed when you turn the energy outward — when you are the protector of others. Turning it inwards is when there can be some issues. You should watch for over-sensitivity and self-protection if it limits your life. Otherwise, your great sensitivity is a real strength.
This position may incline you toward passive-aggressiveness. You seem to resist change and shy away from direct confrontations. This is because you need to feel secure before you act, and as a result, you can be rather slow to react. You live out the expression “The best offense is defense.” Because you’re kind and compassionate, others may be surprised by your shows of strength, although they shouldn’t be! One of your most exceptional qualities is your tenaciousness.
You may feel somewhat threatened or bothered by indifference, and when frustrated, many people with this placement in their charts can be irritable or manipulative. Your energy levels are likely to be quite variable. You can rather quickly become defensive or emotional bursts can come on suddenly, often well after the incident in question! There can be some challenges venting your frustrations with Mars in Cancer, as they can come out erratically. Stomach upsets are real and often brought on by worry. The tendency to dwell runs high. With more continuity, routine, and discipline, you are likely to be at your happiest and strongest.
You exude a calm strength that’s very attractive and soothing. You are instinctively self-protective and cautious. This is a good position for chefs, domestic engineers, caregivers, carpenters, and builders, among other things.
With reassurance and confidence, you are extraordinarily protective, helpful, and in the long haul, dependable. You prefer to handle situations peacefully and humanely. You care deeply for who and what you love, and you’re not afraid to fight back against injustice, authority, or tradition. You can be bold and fearless when needed! With Mars in Cancer, you are sensuous and warm. You’ll go to bat for anyone you love or who you consider to be family.
Mars in Leo
This position of Mars gives you a drive for significance. With your Mars in the sign of Leo, you possess a strong need to create in some manner, and you are determined that your life not only have meaning, but significant meaning!
This is a particularly vital position of Mars. Your passions run high, and so do your desires. Yours is a strong will, and this gives you much staying power. Though you will enjoy the pleasures of risk-taking now and again, you generally have a strong sense of reason at the end of the day.
Mars in Leo people often have well-defined and clear ambitions. Rarely will you find a person with Mars in this position who lives life without a true sense of a “calling.” You act with authority and power, and your personal magnetism generally endows you with the ability to get what you want.
Your passion is long-standing, and in partnership, you demand loyalty and admiration. Intolerant of small-mindedness and disloyalty, you generally have a strongly idealistic streak. You quickly get fired up when you feel you’ve been humiliated, and you defend your high principles with ardor.
You act with your heart! Your ego is very much tied to your actions so that most anything you do becomes a source of great pride. Though some are self-righteous and quarrelsome, the more sophisticated or awakened people with this position are kindly leaders. Mars in Leo is rarely petty or mean, and makes a good manager, creative director, artist, or athlete.
Mars in Virgo
As a productive and busy person, you are goal-oriented and practical. Although you can be a little scattered at times, only because you are doing so many things at any give time, you get things done—quite well! You may have a knack for handling a wide variety of tasks at once, and a tendency to take on perhaps too much at the same time.
Mars in Virgo natives like yourself are usually not particularly aggressive by nature. Although you can be a little hard-nosed and critical at times, you rarely resort to pushing others around. Still, you might be difficult to be around if you are annoyed! Should anyone arouse your anger, you might turn into a bit of a nag. Generally, you don’t make yourself a nuisance, however, so this stage is unlikely to last for very long. It is a sensitive position of Mars, however. It doesn’t take much to make you nervous.
You are quite protective about your “system” for getting things done. Although rather humble in a general life sense, you can be quite particular about your methods–how you organize your things and accomplish your goals, mostly with work. Yours is nervous energy. Although you have some staying power, you can be restless and are not given to sticking with the same projects for too long.
You may derive plenty of energy and life force from the things you do–your work, hobbies, and any projects you take on. It is a sorry sight, indeed, when you are stuck being idle. Fidgety, nervous, worried…all of these things are a sure sign that you have either too little to do, or far too much on your plate. You are a perfectionist at heart. You’ll be the first to deny this, but it’s there! You may worry when you are not producing anything, and you worry about whether what you’ve produced will measure up.
There’s often a shy and humble side to you in any area that involves putting yourself out there and letting go (areas ruled by Mars). But experience and knowledge are important to you, and this drive generally wins over your natural reticence. You can be wonderfully organized and ready for most anything that comes your way. People can count on you, and you’re often particularly willing to help others out.
Mars in Libra
Mars in Libra natives like yourself often reflect about things before they act. Decisiveness is not your strong point, but you do, eventually, get things done. You may tend to procrastinate, generally because you feel the need to weigh all of the alternatives before taking action. This trait is also a strength–you can see more than one side to a story.
Life isn’t always fair, as some say, but you will seldom accept this notion. You can quickly get entirely caught up in defending yourself and others. Although your overall goal is to live peacefully, you stir others up with your desire to bring everything to balance. Still, you are inclined to play innocent when you’re challenged, and you can generally charm the birds out of the trees to win someone’s favor if you’re seeking it. Passive-aggressiveness is practically the hallmark of this position. You are generally above pettiness, and you don’t want to look like you are mean or unfair, but aggression has to go somewhere! Too often, this results in sneaky behavior and subterfuge.
On the other hand, you may turn this Mars energy into action, and you fight for justice and fairness in the world–you’re brilliant at this! Injustice fires you up. You also quickly become frustrated when others just aren’t seeing your perspective or letting you explain your point of view.
You seem to get more done when you have a companion–you’re inclined to enjoy partnering up, and you might often discover that a special person or “significant other” in your life is integral for boosting your confidence or encouraging you to action. You may want to watch for expressing anger reactively instead of asserting yourself directly.
You’re adept at predicting when problems and discord will occur well in advance. You know how to compromise (not everyone’s good at it), and you’re excellent at conflict management. You’re also quick to defend the underdog.
Mars in Scorpio
With your Mars in Scorpio, you love to challenge yourself to do the impossible. You throw yourself into whatever you decide to do with concentrated energy and impressive willpower.
You can make for a formidable opponent, although often quietly so. You keep your cool and your equilibrium on the surface. Below the surface may be another story, and you are unlikely to let others in easily! You have the potential to exploit others—you see through others, and rely heavily on your gut feelings. Whether you choose to do so depends on different factors in the chart.
You might have a black-or-white philosophy of life. You are the kind of person who says, “Just choose!” You are not comfortable with compromise—what sort of satisfaction could you possibly get from compromise? Real living, to Mars in Scorpio natives like yourself, is all about accepting challenges and making changes.
You regularly test yourself, and, often, others. Setting rules and goals can often be for the personal satisfaction that comes from achieving or mastering them. Your survival instincts are strong. You don’t usually seek confrontation, but you’re not afraid of it, either.
You may have a provocative quality to you at times. This quality is usually most evident in youth, though it is often carried over into adulthood in more subtle, controlled ways. Your tastes are clear and distinct, and you have the ability to stick with people and projects, sometimes through thick and thin. Forgiveness can take time, however. Learning to relax more often is a challenge but can be most beneficial.
Under high stress, Mars in Scorpio can be manipulative and resentful. The tendency to dwell on issues is strong. However, most of the time, you’re brave, perceptive, and compassionate. You’re unafraid of emotional intensity. You are vastly talented, protective, determined, and willing to go the distance.
Mars in Sagittarius
With your Mars in Sagittarius, you have an independent, fiery, adventurous streak. Mars rules the ways you assert yourself, deal with or express anger, and your style when pursuing your goals and desires. With Mars in Sagittarius, when you get angry, you may feel like running. You have to do something–not about it, but something else altogether! You may not have much patience to wait things out. This is where the restless and adventurous nature of Sagittarius comes in. As someone with this position of Mars, you might seriously consider physical activity as an excellent means of anger management, if you don’t already (naturally) do so.
People with Mars in Sagittarius generally have several projects going at once. You are not known for your follow-through, however! You start up new projects, though, with admirable gusto. Your vision and optimism can get in the way of completing what you start–you want to do so much, and you trash things too easily when a new idea takes hold.
Most of the time, Mars in Sagittarius is playful and fun-loving. You love friendly debates, although you can go to extremes. You might take it personally when others don’t agree with you. In truth, your ideas are often brilliant. However, you don’t always have the patience to think everything through, yet you’re very passionate about what you believe in. Mars in Sagittarius loves to “wing it.” You may leave the nitpicky details to others. Similarly, you are not fond of rigidly following directions and instructions. You often prefer to generalize and see the big picture than to worry too much about the finer points.
Mars in Sagittarius people are warm-blooded folk, but they sometimes run roughshod over others’ feelings during their more passionate debates. You can be blunt with people, although if you have a more tactful Mercury or Venus placement, this quality will be subdued. You love open-mindedness and good humor. But, you are not usually patient when things get too intricate or serious. Some clumsiness is also possible with this position, since an ordered approach may seem a little too dry or dull. There are often times when you prefer to throw yourself into an endeavor and then sort things out as you go along. You seem to work best (or happiest) when allowed some freedom and spontaneity to intuit your way to your goals.
This sign placement of Mars can be a little hard to understand. Sometimes you seem to be the most easy-going of people–you love a good joke and a good time. Other times you are on fire–intense and passionate about something or other. You abhor anything that fences you in. You need to feel like you have space. You may run away when things get too serious or dull, but you’ll likely be back soon–it’s just that you need to feel free for a while or you go batty.
When you argue, watch for picking up a moralistic stance. Your opinions are undoubtedly strong. More likely than not, however, you jump off your high horse sooner than later, and get back to having fun. You stand up for yourself when necessary, but you certainly don’t seek a fight. You put in honest effort into whatever you do, and you prefer that people are aboveboard and straightforward as well.
You’re enterprising and courageous when inspired. Your brilliance is best displayed in bursts since you may tire of what you’re doing rather quickly. In fact, perhaps the biggest weakness of this position is a lack of follow-through and continuity. You are a principled person, and you seek the same trait in others.
With Mars in Sagittarius, you are accustomed to getting your way and persuading others to believe what you believe in, but you can take it personally when others don’t agree with your philosophies. Generally, though, Mars in Sagittarius is very good-natured, ready to laugh, forgive, and enjoy life, and is really quite optimistic. You are always looking on the bright side or seeking a new and exciting project or goal. There is an adventurous streak to you that is unmistakable, and your enthusiasm can be inspiring.
Mars in Capricorn
With fiery Mars in the more orderly sign of Capricorn, you have a subdued and controlled style of approaching life. You may not come across as particularly enthusiastic; rather, yours is a low-key but determined energy.
Mars in Capricorn natives like yourself tend to prefer to be on top of things. You are generally the goal-oriented and focused type who is not afraid of hard work. You can be an achiever by nature who possesses well-defined ambitions–well-defined to yourself more than anything. You’re not a particularly flashy person, but your drive to succeed and to make your life secure is strong, even if it’s not right out there for the world to see.
You express anger in a rather cool, level-headed way with this position of Mars. Your self-control is strong when it comes to handling anger, drive, energy, and sexuality. Capricorn is a sign that generally wants to avoid disorderliness and “letting go.” You’re likely to have an unmistakably guarded streak in you.
This is not to say that you are cold in any sense of the word. Your desires are strong, but they are often centered around the physical and material world–all that can be seen and held. With Mars in an Earth sign, your sensuality is expressed in an earthy way. However, you are not overly self-indulgent by nature. You are usually quite disciplined. Capricorn possesses the ability to plan for the future–something that many other signs find challenging.
Mars in Capricorn natives like yourself are working toward realistic and attainable goals. You are a productive person who is most motivated when you can expect to see tangible results from your efforts.
Many people with this natal chart placement are a little hard on themselves, and sometimes others. You usually can be relied upon because you have an innate sense of responsibility to both yourself and your loved ones. You may be very hard-working, and one of your strategies for anger management is to throw yourself even more energetically into your work!
You instinctively understand that effort is necessary to achieve your goals, and you can be quite hard-working when inspired. You prefer having a solid, defined, realizable goal in mind–this finds you at your best. Your responsible streak is notable. You’re also extraordinarily tenacious, and you have the rare and desirable quality of self-motivation.
You also work best in an orderly fashion. You can be very precise, and this may be why you are not always inclined to work at top speed. You prefer to produce something superior than to race to the finish line. In some cases, Mars in Capricorn relates to a somewhat strict childhood, but even if your early life was relatively free, you tend to feel most comfortable and confident with some structure and organization.
You could frequently feel that you’re left with more than your share of work or duties, perhaps because you’re often cleaning up after others in some manner. Mind you, you do want to be in control of certain situations since you are self-reliant and prefer your own usually more sensible and practical methods. This seems preferable to leaving things up to others who may be less reliable.
You understand the need for order, rules, and structure more than most, and thus you can be quicker than others to accept these things. You quickly become frustrated with people if they’re disorderly or undisciplined. A haphazard or spontaneous approach to the world feels chaotic rather than enlightened. It is essential to you that others treat you with respect.
Your ability to conserve is second to none. You’re not happy with waste, and as such, you typically find the most efficient path to your goals. Even in an outgoing or bold chart, this Mars position suggests a cautious streak.
Mars in Aquarius
It can be a little difficult to understand precisely what makes a Mars in Aquarius native tick, and that’s absolutely fine with you since you enjoy surprising people. The tried-and-true methods of getting things done are far too dull for you with Mars in this unique and original sign. Mars in Aquarius natives like yourself often have an unusual view of the world as well.
You are generally quite proud of your independence. You are not easily pushed around with Mars in this fixed sign. Because Aquarius is progressive and open-minded when it comes to the world at large, it can be surprising that on a personal level, you can be quite obstinate. If you feel boxed in, you are quite likely to rebel. If others discover a pattern to your ways, you’ll make sure you aren’t so predictable the next time around. Being seen as “normal” simply won’t do!
With Mars, the planet of energy and drive, in an Air sign, you are motivated by mental and intellectual pursuits. Aquarius is a somewhat scattered sign, even though it’s persevering in the long haul. If there’s a method to your madness, it isn’t always easy to see. Projects are taken on with a shotgun-style approach.
With Mars in an Air sign, you are generally quite talented at getting what you want; in Aquarius, you are particularly adept at getting your way. While this is not an overtly aggressive position of Mars (Aquarius has a manner that is far too detached to come across very forcefully), it is very willful. Combine willfulness with the cleverness of an Air sign, and you have a person who is quite creative about getting what they want.
One of your most pleasant characteristics with Mars in Aquarius is your willingness to let others be. You place a lot of value on freedom and individuality–theirs and yours. You need space to be yourself along with plenty of room to breathe. Generally not the touchy-feely type, you may balk at sentimentality and tradition. In personal relationships, your approach to intimacy is definitely on the detached side, which can be baffling and frustrating to more personal and affectionate personalities.
You enjoy mental challenges more than most. You believe that the best way to resolve conflicts is to reason things out. While you don’t seek a fight, you will stand up for yourself with high confidence. One of your best strategies for dealing with opponents is through your indifference and calm, which speak loudly! Your competitive spirit emerges if you feel your individuality or personal freedoms are threatened–you are a free spirit! You don’t sit well with injustice, either.
Because you work on the fuel of inspiration, your energy levels tend to be quite up and down–when you’re inspired, you can move mountains, but when uninterested, you barely budge! Watch for the tendency to burn out after a burst of activity. Energy levels are far smoother if you can set your own pace. You can work well with others as long as you are free to be yourself as you do. You believe in order and respect, but you will challenge authority if need be.
Of all the personal planets in the sign of Aquarius, Mars placed here can show the most vigorous “reformer” streak. The Aquarian ideal of equality works big time with this position, and the desire to push your agenda on others (usually in creative, rather than aggressive, ways) runs high. Obstinacy and a superiority complex may be your least desirable traits; tenaciousness, originality, and openness to new methods of doing things (as long as they’re not forced upon you) are where you shine the brightest.
Mars in Pisces
There is a gentle streak to your nature that’s attractive and brilliant with your Mars in Pisces. You can be more mild-tempered than most, and you move through life in a manner that can hardly be considered direct. Mars is the planet of action and assertion, and Pisces is a passive sign that rarely directly asserts itself, making Mars and Pisces an unusual combination. Sometimes prone to feelings of guilt about your anger or difficulties asserting yourself, you seem to “go with the flow.” This is certainly not a very active position for Mars, and you will often let life “happen” instead of trying to control your life direction. It’s a charming position, as individuals with Mars in Pisces don’t appear capable of harming a fly. However, if you don’t find creative expression for this energy, you can stir up a storm through indirect aggression.
Ultimately, though, Mars in Pisces is a pacifist. You prefer not to compete or combat, or to advance at another person’s expense. You will rally for the underdog. You are ready to make sacrifices for loved ones or a cherished cause, too. In fact, few people are as committed as you to helping others out. You appreciate when others appreciate you, certainly, but you can work behind the scenes without needing as much recognition as others seem to need.
When you get worked up, your emotions and sensitivity fire up at the same time, making it difficult to express yourself clearly when frustrated or angry. In fact, you are not always comfortable expressing anger since you don’t truly mean harm. It can be difficult to sustain energy levels, too, and it is vital that you make a concerted effort to add some continuity, structure, and discipline to your life–just a little since you would feel very stifled if not allowed some freeform, too. You should also watch for making things far more complicated than necessary since your first instinct may be to work around something rather than to go straight toward your goal.
Mars in Pisces people are not averse to playing games to get what they want, although even they don’t always know exactly what they do want! Your desires are changeable and you can be moody–it’s hard to know where you stand on any particular issue since you are so perceptive and compassionate that drawing a line is challenging. Alternatively, you may take a stand on issues that are Piscean in nature, making compassion and love your mission. You are ready and willing to make sacrifices for the people and causes you truly believe in. You have a particular affection for the downtrodden or oppressed. As an opponent, you tend to use guilt or backing down, which can be highly effective!
Your energy levels can fluctuate a lot, coming in bursts of activity followed by inertia. Because it can be difficult to integrate this ebbing and flowing of energy in the day-to-day world as it is, finding a job that supports this may be tough. The happiest Mars in Pisces individuals are those who have a creative outlet that allows them to express their desires of the moment, their compassion–and even their anger–freely and imaginatively.
With Mars in Pisces, your intuition is eerily on-point. You prefer to feel your way to your goals, often working on hunches. There is great power in your ability to accept things–even defeat–as it can be the answer to moving forward. You’re expert at turning frustration into something entertaining or creative.