Mars in Astrology: Meaning, Signs and Astral Chart

In Astrology, Mars represents how we deal with the challenges we encounter throughout life. The desire to survive.

In Astrology, Mars represents how we deal with the challenges we encounter throughout life. The desire to survive. Mars is a passion at the service of action. It is a creative force, determination, and desire to conquer. It is pure energy. Mars prevails and gets what it wants, especially when it means defending its interests and preserving itself.

“The glyph of Mars symbolizes the circle of the spirit, or the essence of the Self, crowned by the arrow of desire and dynamic activity. The spirit is guided towards specific goals, since Mars is the first planet of individual willpower.”


Astral characterization

  • Rule / Dignity - Aries , Scorpio
  • Day of week - Thursday
  • Color - Crimson
  • Detriment / Conflict - Libra
  • Exaltation - Capricorn
  • Fall - Cancer
  • Virtue - Courage
  • Addiction - Anger
  • Number - IX
  • Obstacles from Past Lives - Excessive aggressiveness, arrogance, inability to control anger
  • Associations - Heat, action, arms, pepper, everything that is red, sharp instruments, male sexuality, insect bites, scalds, accidents
  • Key Words - Will, action, aggression, masculinity, self-preservation, lust, passion, male sexuality, strength, energy, heat, anger, aggressiveness, fury, impatience, longing

Brief Astronomy Facts About Mars

For centuries, man has dreamed of visiting other planets and finding extraterrestrial civilizations. Due to its proximity, Mars, the “red planet,” was the most obvious target in this dream of exploring new worlds.

Mars is about half the size of Earth and is the highest mountain and the deepest valley of all the planets in the solar system. Mars has two moons and an orbital period of 687 Earth days.

About Mars in Mythology

In Roman mythology, Mars was the god of war and lover of Venus. Even today, the symbols of the two planets are masculine and feminine.

Mars regulates conflicts, battles, conquests, and weapons as the god of war. Mars is sex drive and masculinity. He is reckless and fast. Its nature is to attack, advance, win, cut, or wound.

Mars in Astrology


Mars is assertive or aggressive and provocative. It builds our sense of urgency when dealing with issues and resolving situations.

Psychologically speaking, Mars shows how we get angry or not. Mars can denote an impulsive personality, always seeking conflict, such as a personality incapable of getting angry or even easily impressionable.

A blocked Mars feels helpless, powerless, frustrated, or listless. However, well-positioned Mars has a competitive character, which is imposed. When pressed, Mars may need to go over everything and everyone to achieve its goals.

But Mars is not fake. His intentions have been known from the beginning of the battle. This aggressive impulse can be more or less evident depending on the sign in which the planet is positioned in the birth chart.

  • Mars in signs of the Water element - Willpower may appear weak as long as Scorpio and Cancer have willpower.
  • Mars in signs of the Fire element - In conjunction with the characteristics of fire, they become stormy personalities under the influence of Mars. The need for self-assertion quickly turns into aggression. In love, people with Mars on Fire tend to fall in love torridly, but briefly.
  • Mars in Earth Element Signs - Mars’ innate fury grows more slowly, but it’s worth watching when it explodes. Inertia can become a problem. However, earth signs are hardwired for self-preservation and fight it if necessary.
  • Mars in signs of the Air element - Personality becomes temperamental, given to complaining or gratuitous tantrums. Spend more time planning than doing an action. The need for self-preservation reveals itself in the form of intelligence and cunning. People with Mars in the air tend toward mental rather than physical passion.

Mars in Astrology - Arrangement in the Astral Chart

The presence of Mars in the birth chart shows its basic characteristics. Mars is a planet of passion in all aspects of life. Everything is felt with intensity—positive and negative affirmations.

Mars, well positioned in the birth chart, shares many of the positive characteristics of Aries, the ruling sign. Their disposition is brave but impulsive and irritable. He is a fearless fighter who is not easily intimidated.

Never back down from a challenge and put all your energy into your natural desire for achievement. Mars becomes violent, out of control, conflictive, disloyal, and treacherous with a poor position.

How is Mars Expressed through the Signs?

Mars in Aries

Arrogant self-assertion. Bold, competitive, aggressive, impatient. Mars in Aries never stops fighting for what it wants. He is attracted to dominant partners.

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Mars in Taurus

Persistently affirmative. Tense, stubborn, inflexible, determined. Mars in Taurus is patient but has a bad temper. You are attracted to sensual personalities.

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Mars in Gemini

Verbally affirmative. Impatient, tense, restless. Mars in Gemini tends to run away from problems. He likes well-spoken people.

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Mars in Cancer

Cautious. Emotionally demanding, Distrustful, protective, irritable, seeks stability. Mars in Cancer never gets to the point. You are attracted to protective partners.

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Mars in Leo

Dramatic statement. Self-confident, creative, lustful, proud, temperamental. Mars in Leo always seeks to reach the first position on the podium. You are attracted to people with power.

Learn more about the Leo sign

Mars in Virgo

Discreetly affirmative. Cautious, sober, hard-working, committed, practical. Mars in Virgo focuses on the details of things. He is attracted to practical and uncomplicated partners.

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Mars in Libra

Rarely affirmative. Peaceful, calm, leisurely, adaptable. Mars in Libra goes out of its way to please. You are attracted to outgoing people.

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Mars in Scorpio

Strongly affirmative. Attractive, sensual, jealous, energetic, dynamic, lustful. Mars in Scorpio admits no rivals. He is attracted to enigmatic people and mystery.

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Mars in Sagittarius

Strongly affirmative. Enthusiastic, dynamic, exaggerated, fearless. Mars in Sagittarius is addicted to travel. They are attracted to people who live and think without strings attached.

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Mars in Capricorn

Ambitiously affirmative. Practical, determined, persistent, sensual. Mars in Capricorn hates incompetence. You are attracted to successful people.

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Mars in Aquarius

Vaguely affirmative. Idealistic, radical, unpredictable, rational, idealistic. Mars in Aquarius channels the passion for ideals. You are attracted to nonconformist people.

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Mars in Pisces

Vaguely affirmative. Imaginative, absent-minded, theoretical. Mars in Pisces has a strong sex drive and is driven to emotional martyrdom. You are attracted to dreamy people.

Learn more about the Pisces sign

Planets in Astrology

  • The Sun - Identity, Individuality, the Father
  • The Moon - Instincts, subconscious, mother
  • Mercury - Mindset, Communication
  • Venus - Love, Values, Women
  • Mars - Action, Man, Wish
  • Jupiter - Wisdom, Expansion
  • Saturn - Challenge, Moderation
  • Uranus - Originality, Revolution
  • Neptune - Spirituality, Illusion
  • Pluto - Transformation, Underworld
  • Chiron - Integration, Healing
  • North Node - Destination, Future Potential
  • South Node - Deep Experience, Lessons Learned

Each of the planets dominates a specific aspect of our life. Your Sun sign, the Zodiac sign where the Sun was at the time you were born, governs the most intimate area of ​​your Being. However, the remaining planets also help characterize your astrological personality.

 For example, suppose Mercury, the planet that governs communication, was in Leo when you were born. In that case, your communication style is likely to be passionate and enthusiastic, characteristics traditionally attributed to this sign.