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Mars in the 4th House – Passionate Defender

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Mars in the 4th house cultivates strong protective instincts and passion surrounding homelife and the domestic side of our existence. In astrology, the planet Mars embodies passion, energy, forcefulness, and aggression. When Mars occupies or passes through the 4th house, it promotes a more active interest in protecting and defending the home and also family members. The fourth house is ruled by cancer and governs family, domestic duties, childhood, and the inner world of thoughts and emotions and sentimental memories.

The fourth house is energized by the fortifying presence of Mars. Here, the planetary energy of Mars serves to empower the affairs and functions of the fourth house with a greater capacity to push its agenda and fulfill its needs. Moreover, whichever zodiac sign happens to reside in this house, Mars will empower and bestow some catalyzing and fortifying effects on how it is expressed. Here’s a breakdown of Mars in the 4th house in both the natal chart and as a Transit.


Mars in the 4th house stimulates a desire to build a strong home base and protect everything within it. People with Mars in house 4 like to operate mostly from their home empire but are motivated to venture out into the world to embark on conquests and adventures that serve the interests of their kingdom. They are defenders and recalcitrant homebodies. Owning real estate is likely one of the most appealing or important sources of security for them.

Those who have Mars in the 4th house of their natal chart, bound to be territorial and very protective of what’s theirs. This can make them a bit selfish, but for them it is important to draw hard lines between what belongs to them and what belongs to others. They absolutely hate being stolen from or finding out that someone has cheated them out of what they are entitled. For this reason, they can become highly vigilant especially after they’ve been burned once or twice in their lives by someone they trusted. Mars in the 4th house denotes an emphasis on defense and self protection especially with regards to home security. People with Mars in the 4th house can sometimes be naive, but eventually learn how important it is to take necessary measures to secure and protect their belongings. They often think defensively and ponder how they can best prepare for potential threats and disasters. To this end, they can be very good tacticians in their ability to anticipate scenarios and situations that can occur however unlikely.

Mars in house 4 also suggests a someone who is especially protective of family and loved ones. Being in a position where they are unable to help secure the safety of their beloveds can be highly distressing and frustrating for them. They want to feel in control over their lives and will devote considerable energy and resources to ensure they have done everything in theri power to meet that end. Mars in the 4th house can make an individual a bit of a shut in. They may be inclined to outfit their domain with everything they need like a bunker so that they would rarely need to leave it. Unless Venus is occupying the 4th house as well or in conjunct with Mars, there will be little interest or focus on decorating or beautifying the home. Rather, Mars in the 4th house men and women are more interested in making their homes safe and protected with security cameras to deter theft and break ins. Their living space is likely to be adorned with electronics, entertainment systems, games, a stocked pantry and little else.

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Those who have Mars in the 4th house are likely to be staunch defenders of their home turf and highly resistant to people trying to invade their personal space or intrude uninvited. By extension, people with this placement may have strong sense of nationalism or pride in the country they call home. They may display a patriotic attitude about their country and the importance of defending the motherland. In other cases, this devotion to home may limited to that of their actual address of residence and that of their childhood. They can be possessive of the family members they admire and look up to. They take special offense to anyone who tries to do them harm or insults them. Mars in the 4th house can take attacks on their loved ones very personally as though it were directed at them specifically. They are inclined to defend their honor and can be very courageous in their willingness to stand up for them. Furthermore, with this placement, individuals may often enter the military at some point either as a career or stepping stone to their ultimate goals.

Mars in the 4th house also suggests involvement in real estate where action or violence takes place such as gymnasiums, stadiums, fitness centers, butcher shops, farms, warehouses and construction sites. Mars may also engender a taste in architecture that is strong-looking, dark and militaristic. They are attracted to things that convey power and sexual potency. People who have Mars in house 4 may take special pride in their roots especially if they are related to a great general or athlete. In their childhood, they may have been unruly, stubborn and difficult to rein in by their parents. It is likely they were exceedingly willful and prone to throwing tantrums and conniptions whenever they failed to get their way. At home, men and women with Mars in the 4th house tend to do what they want and are not especially conscientious about keeping up with the house chores. It is likely necessary for the other people who they share their home with to remind them and stay on top of them about performing regular upkeep around the home.

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When Mars transits the 4th house, there is likely to be increased activity and sexuality going on at home. Libidos are running high in the bedroom and the passion cannot be contained. Arguments and contentious disputes may arise between spouses but ultimately, it will often just become fodder for more intense boudoir action. Mars turns up the heat and amps up the courage to try some new things. You may be motivated to work on your home or have some work done on it. You may be particularly driven to get things done around the house or do whatever it is that you have been hell-bent on doing. Now is an auspicious to undertake real estate ventures or perhaps a change of residence. You may also be inspired to venture outside of your comfort zone and to test yourself in some way. Leaving the safety and security of your home may seem like the thing to do right now in order to go out and get what you want out of life.


Bill Gates – Born: October 28, 1955
In: Seattle (WA) (United States)
Sun: 5°02′ Scorpio AS: 26°58′ Cancer
Moon: 8°15′ Aries MC: 4°52′ Aries
Mars in 4th house in Libra

Amy Winehouse – Born: September 14, 1983
In: Enfield, London (United Kingdom)
Sun: 21°29′ Virgo AS: 17°46′ Gemini
Moon: 0°26′ Capricorn MC: 12°01′ Aquarius
Mars in 4th house in Leo

Prince (musician) – Born: June 7, 1958
In: Minneapolis (MN) (United States)
Sun: 16°41′ Gemini AS: 16°42′ Scorpio
Moon: 1°59′ Pisces MC: 29°43′ Leo
Mars in 4th house in Aries

14th Dalai Lama – Born: July 6, 1935
In: Tengster Village, Tibet (China)
Sun: 12°56′ Cancer AS: 9°56′ Cancer
Moon: 9°45′ Virgo MC: 21°44′ Pisces
Mars in 4th house in Libra

Jim Morrison – Born: December 8, 1943
In: Melbourne (FL) (United States)
Sun: 15°42′ Sagittarius AS: 12°51′ Aquarius
Moon: 9°13′ Taurus MC: 26°59′ Scorpio
Mars in 4th house in Gemini

Will Smith – Born: September 25, 1968
In: Philadelphia (PA) (United States)
Sun: 3°02′ Libra AS: 7°40′ Gemini
Moon: 21°08′ Scorpio MC: 14°03′ Aquarius
Mars in 4th house in Virgo

Renée Zellweger – Born: April 25, 1969
In: Baytown (TX) (United States)
Sun: 5°27′ Taurus AS: 11°39′ Virgo
Moon: 17°01′ Leo MC: 10°33′ Gemini
Mars in 4th house in Sagittarius

Gerard Butler – Born: November 13, 1969
In: Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Sun: 20°37′ Scorpio AS: 15°21′ Libra
Moon: 4°22′ Capricorn MC: 21°23′ Cancer
Mars in 4th house in Aquarius

Ted Bundy – Born: November 24, 1946
In: Burlington (VT) (United States)
Sun: 2°16′ Sagittarius AS: 25°02′ Leo
Moon: 17°41′ Sagittarius MC: 16°29′ Taurus
Mars in 4th house in Sagittarius

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Nostradamus – Born: December 14, 1503 (Julian cal.)
In: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (France)
Sun: 1°37′ Capricorn AS: 3°21′ Aries
Moon: 15°47′ Scorpio MC: 1°39′ Capricorn
Mars in 4th house in Cancer

Jon Bon Jovi – Born: March 2, 1962
In: Perth Amboy Junction (NJ) (United States)
Sun: 12°00′ Pisces AS: 17°43′ Libra
Moon: 25°07′ Capricorn MC: 20°39′ Cancer
Mars in 4th house in Aquarius

Jennifer Love Hewitt – Born: February 21, 1979
In: Waco (TX) (United States)
Sun: 2°58′ Pisces AS: 1°05′ Scorpio
Moon: 0°28′ Capricorn MC: 4°02′ Leo
Mars in 4th house in Aquarius

Walt Disney – Born: December 5, 1901
In: Chicago (United States)
Sun: 12°27′ Sagittarius AS: 25°35′ Virgo
Moon: 9°10′ Libra MC: 24°50′ Gemini
Mars in 4th house in Capricorn

Lenny Kravitz – Born: May 26, 1964
In: New York (NY) (United States)
Sun: 5°49′ Gemini AS: 1°23′ Capricorn
Moon: 13°23′ Sagittarius MC: 25°16′ Libra

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