In astrology, Mars is the planet of intense emotions like passion, aggression and courage. It rules the zodiac sign Aries and also Scorpio and represents dynamic energy, forcefulness and sex drive. Mars is associated with our strongest desires and wants and the motivation to obtain them. Wherever Mars is placed in your birth chart will indicate what motivates you and where your energy and attention is directed most. How it is aspected will also signify the strength and form of your passion.
TRAITS ASSOCIATED WITH MARS:ASSERTIVENESS, COURAGE, ACTIVITY, AGGRESSION, ENERGY, VIOLENCE, ANGER.
Mars spurs us to take action but can also bring about conflicts and disharmony with others. The martial energy of Mars compels us to assert ourselves and be direct. It also imparts boldness and courage to confront danger and embark on risky ventures. It can make us foolhardy, impulsive and imprudent with a tendency to throw caution to the wind. Mars is all about conquest and the satisfaction of it’s potent appetites.
Under the influence of Mars, we are primed for combat and willing to push back when we are challenged or disrespected. It can make us quick tempered as well and more prone towards violence. Mars encompasses instincts especially survival instincts and the ability to take decisive action and move quickly. Mars’ also contributes to strife and tension in relationships. A lack of diplomacy and inconsideration for other’s feelings are among some of the complications that Mars can create.
Because of it’s brashness and headstrong nature, it is also associated with an increased risk for accidents and injuries. A lack of patience contributes to ill-advised decisions and thoughtless mistakes. Mars tends to live in the moment and it’s focus can be short sighted. Long term planning is not it’s forte and the quick and easy option is often more enticing. Mars motivate us to get off our butts and initiate things. Mars is restless and craves activity and worthwhile challenges. It makes us enthusiastic enough to tackle daunting and ambitious tasks.
People who have Mars prominent in their charts will have a vivacious go-getter attitude that will make them either very successful or get them into perpetual trouble. It is up to them to use their dynamic energy constructively and for productive means. Mars can endow individuals with a resilient and durable constitution and robust health.
MARS IN MYTHOLOGY
For ages, Mars has excited and stimulated the imaginations of many. The rubicund planet has always been described as ”fiery” because of it’s red hue. It is named after Mars, the Roman God of War, whose name means “bright and burning one”. Mars was the patron deity of war and combat. In mythology he was depicted as a fierce, courageous warrior who relished battle and never hesitated to fight.
Mars was also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome. He was second in importance only to Jupiter and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began the season for military campaigning and ended the season for farming.
AN ASTRONOMICAL LOOK AT MARS
In our solar system, Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun (roughly 141V4 million miles away). Mars is about half the size of the Earth, with a diameter of 4,200 miles compared to Earth’s 8,000 miles. Like the Earth, it rotates on an axis, and its day is very near in length to ours, approximately 24 hours and 37V2 minutes. However, a year on Mars (the length of time it takes to travel once around the Sun) is 687 days, nearly twice Earth’s 365V4 days.
Through telescopes we’ve observed Mars very clearly and noted its craters and rock formations. When Viking 1 landed there in 1976 it confirmed that the planet has a barren, desertlike landscape scattered with rocks. We also found giant volcanoes, one of them over 15 miles high and 350 miles wide, and a 2,000-mile-long canyon. The planet has two white caps in the polar regions (very like Earth’s North and South Poles), which we believe to be a mixture of ice water and carbonic acid ice. In 1996 scientists analyzing rocks taken from Mars announced the discovery of markings that might be microscopic fossils of a bacteria-like organism that may have lived on Mars more than 3.6 billion years ago. Scientists continue to debate whether these are traces of a primitive Martian life form.
From Earth, to the ordinary observer, the most striking and beautiful characteristic of Mars is its color. It glows with red and ochre hues and is very bright in the heavens. Our space probes indicate that Mars’s surface material is iron oxide, which accounts for its reddish color. The sky surrounding the planet is also a reddish-pink, most likely because of fine dust particles stirred up by the wind. Once every fifteen years, Mars comes nearer to the Earth than any other planet except for Venus. At that time Mars shines with a red splendor that rivals anything in the sky.
Mars in the Zodiac Signs:
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