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Mars in the 8th House – Survival Instinct & Powerful Libido

mars in the 8th house


Mars in the 8th house manifests a strong and forceful nature with a desire to control and possess. In astrology, Mars represents boldness, energy, passion and aggression. When Mars occupies the 8th house, it suggests an individual who is formidable in the strength of their drive and desire for control. The 8th house is ruled by Scorpio in governs death, transformation, change, psychology, debt and other people’s possessions.

The 8th house is enhanced by the martial energy of Mars. Here, the influence of Mars serves to intensify and empower the affairs and functions of the 8th house with more determination and forcefulness. Moreover, whatever zodiac sign happens to reside in this house, Mars will enhance with extra energy and power in how it is expressed. Here’s a breakdown of the planet Mars in the 8th house in both the natal chart and as a Transit.


Mars in the 8th house fosters an inner drive for power and control over people and things. People with this placement are naturally inclined to exercise control through direct and indirect means be it through psychological manipulation or physical force. Mars is at home in the eighth house being its planetary ruler corresponding with Scorpio. The 8th house is the house of death and debt among other things. Where the 2nd house is concerned with personal possessions and money, the 8th house is associated with the possessions and belongings of others. Furthermore, Mars in the 8th house engenders a stronger more intense desire to acquire control over resources and be in a position in where others are dependent on them and not the other way around. People with Mars in their 8th house are likely to have a certain sense of entitlement that compels them to be somewhat imperialistic in nature. They can be very intense and driven to extremes with an all-or-nothing type of attitude.

Mars provides catalytic energy that facilitates the transformative focus within the 8th house. Individuals who have Mars in house 8 are therefore inclined to undergo radical changes and transformations at certain points in their lives. They are driven by passion and an inner need to internalize, absorb and transform themselves in order to evolve and gain mastery. Their response to tragedy and loss is likely to be characterized by strength and resilience. They possess an almost indomitable resolve to survive and overcome adversity and misfortunes that could cause emotional ruin to other people. Mars in the 8th house bolsters the will to persevere despite the odds and unfavorable circumstances. The 8th house is also associated with death and violence and with Mars occupying it, there is an increased potential for violent confrontation, antisocial destructive behavior and causing damage to other people’s property.

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Mars in the 8th house may illicit a desire to become stronger and self sufficient. Much like a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, Mars stimulates the desire to become a bigger, stronger more powerful version of oneself, both mentally and physically. However, the means by which this is accomplished can sometimes be criminal in nature or involve the use of force and aggression. In its best expression, Mars simply engenders a ‘never say die’ attitude and a capacity to move on from their pain and move forward in the face of danger and start over if they have to. They can be ruthless in their ability to sever ties with people they no longer want in their lives. When they burn bridges with someone, it is often done with no regrets or desire to ever restore it or make amends. Mars in the 8th house engenders a martial mindset that recognizes the power of the mind over matter. People with this placement may have a forceful nature a powerful inner strength that allows them to to be death-defyingly bold.

With Mars in house 8, there is likely to be money inherited through violent means such as an insurance payout involving accidents or divorce settlements and lawsuits. There may be a proclivity for getting oneself into legal trouble and being forced to pay up or cash in to their own benefit. Mars in the 8th house is disposed to making decisions that may later be regretted. The strength of their impulses can lead such individuals to be extreme and sometimes self-destructive. At times, it can seem as though they have a death wish and disposed to subjecting themselves to hazardous perils as a means of testing their mortality or achieving some kind of transformative spiritual experience. Accidents, injuries and deaths caused by reckless or imprudent behavior are likely to take place around people with this placement. On the other hand, you are apt to develop certain wisdom and insight from what you witness and experience. Others may be in awe of the things that you have witnessed and courageously experienced first hand.


When Mars transits the 8th house, there is an increased potential for accidents and violence to occur. Death in some form or another is likely even if it is in the figurative sense. This can be a time for radical change on a spiritually and emotionally profound level. There is a desire to evolve or make special gains and ascend to something more than what you are present. There may be power struggles and oppositional dynamics at play that result in conflict and competition for resources. Additionally, it is also likely that inheritances and bequeathals of fortune due to someone else’s death or misfortune is likely. This may be a tumultuous period for lawsuits and contentious litigations especially those involving divorce and irreconcilable differences between lovers.and romantic partners. During this time there is an inclination to push ahead despite the difficulties and tragedies that can occur. Now is a time to make changes, transcend, reinvent, face your fears and go conquer the world.


Marilyn Monroe – Born: June 1, 1926
In: Los Angeles (CA) (United States)
Sun: 10°27′ Gemini AS: 13°04′ Leo
Moon: 19°06′ Aquarius MC: 6°00′ Taurus
Mars in 8th house in Pisces

Steve Jobs – Born: February 24, 1955
In: San Francisco (CA) (United States)
Sun: 5°45′ Pisces AS: 22°17′ Virgo
Moon: 7°45′ Aries MC: 21°19′ Gemini
Mars in 8th house in Aries

Diana, Princess of Wales – Born: July 1, 1961
In: Sandringham (United Kingdom)
Sun: 9°40′ Cancer AS: 18°24′ Sagittarius
Moon: 25°02′ Aquarius MC: 23°03′ Libra
Mars in 8th house in Virgo

Jodie Foster – Born: November 19, 1962
In: Los Angeles (CA) (United States)
Sun: 26°51′ Scorpio AS: 17°56′ Sagittarius
Moon: 3°22′ Virgo MC: 3°46′ Libra
Mars in 8th house in Leo

Ariana Grande – Born: June 26, 1993
In: Boca Raton (FL) (United States)
Sun: 5°25′ Cancer AS: 20°56′ Capricorn
Moon: 6°49′ Libra MC: 6°24′ Scorpio
Mars in 8th house in Virgo

Brigitte Bardot – Born: September 28, 1934
In: Paris 15e (France)
Sun: 4°41′ Libra AS: 15°23′ Sagittarius
Moon: 12°02′ Gemini MC: 13°44′ Libra
Mars in 8th house in Leo

John Fitzgerald Kennedy – Born: May 29, 1917
In: Brookline (MA) (United States)
Sun: 7°51′ Gemini AS: 20°00′ Libra
Moon: 17°13′ Virgo MC: 23°46′ Cancer
Mars in 8th house in Taurus

Robin Williams – Born: July 21, 1951
In: Chicago (IL) (United States)
Sun: 28°13′ Cancer AS: 12°34′ Scorpio
Moon: 9°32′ Pisces MC: 22°15′ Leo
Mars in 8th house in Cancer

Bruce Willis – Born: March 19, 1955
In: Idar-Oberstein (Germany)
Sun: 28°20′ Pisces AS: 27°42′ Virgo
Moon: 2°31′ Aquarius MC: 27°04′ Gemini
Mars in 8th house in Taurus

Lindsay Lohan – Born: July 2, 1986
In: New York (NY) (United States)
Sun: 10°11′ Cancer AS: 28°10′ Gemini
Moon: 17°16′ Taurus MC: 4°13′ Pisces
Mars in 8th house in Capricorn

Kendall Jenner – Born: November 3, 1995
In: Los Angeles Cedars Sinai Hospital (CA) (United States)
Sun: 11°05′ Scorpio AS: 13°36′ Aries
Moon: 2°20′ Aries MC: 8°09′ Capricorn
Mars in 8th house in Sagittarius

Mila Kunis – Born: August 14, 1983
In: Chernivtsi (Ukraine)
Sun: 21°11′ Leo AS: 8°30′ Sagittarius
Moon: 9°08′ Scorpio MC: 3°37′ Libra
Mars in 8th house in Leo

Sylvester Stallone – Born: July 6, 1946
In: New York (NY) (United States)
Sun: 14°15′ Cancer AS: 28°33′ Sagittarius
Moon: 22°46′ Libra MC: 22°00′ Libra
Mars in 8th house in Virgo

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J. K. Rowling – Born: July 31, 1965
In: Yate (United Kingdom)
Sun: 8°23′ Leo AS: 15°22′ Aquarius
Moon: 25°23′ Virgo MC: 10°54′ Sagittarius
Mars in 8th house in Libra

Abraham Lincoln – Born: February 12, 1809
In: Hodgenville (KY) (United States)
Sun: 23°27′ Aquarius AS: 22°06′ Aquarius
Moon: 27°00′ Capricorn MC: 7°28′ Sagittarius
Mars in 8th house in Libra

Vanessa Hudgens – Born: December 14, 1988
In: Salinas (CA) (United States)
Sun: 23°28′ Sagittarius AS: 22°32′ Leo
Moon: 10°17′ Pisces MC: 16°39′ Taurus
Mars in 8th house in Aries

Mark Wahlberg – Born: June 5, 1971
In: Boston (MA) (United States)
Sun: 14°09′ Gemini AS: 12°27′ Cancer
Moon: 2°52′ Scorpio MC: 20°08′ Pisces
Mars in 8th house in Aquarius

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