Since antiquity, Mars has been observed in the sky. Mars would appear like a red dot, and astrologers would consider its appearance as a warning symbol in the horoscope, presaging wars, attacks, or pestilence.
To the Greeks, this planet was associated with the god of war Ares, an often ridiculed character for his uncontrollable anger and lack of intelligence. He was represented always at odds with Athena, a Goddess of war that would give more importance to reason and calculation than instinct.
However, the ancient Greeks were a population of philosophers and intellectuals, and they had problems in integrating this symbol which is vital and necessary to every person. The placement of Mars in the horoscope shows undoubtedly the way in which we can manifest our aggression, but it is also a symbol that points to how we can find trust in our own strength. No living thing without a capacity to be assertive would be able to defend itself from external attacks or to claim the right to be a separate individual. Mars is a deeply individualist type of energy, and that ‘s why some people may find its successful direction difficult. Sometimes, affirming individualism means separating ourselves from conventions or people we care about.
Aggression is not an energy that can be used just to destroy. In other cultures such as those of the East, this force is channeled. People are taught through martial arts discipline and a code of ethics, for instance, how to acknowledge Mars aggression, and they are pushed to learn how to redirect that energy in a more positive way. Mars power starts manifesting with an internal emotional need which develops into will to make a change outside: Mars needs to be involved in outer activities where it can make a pragmatic impact . An example of inwardly rather than outwardly repressed aggression can be seen in some cases of depression, where a person enters a state of apathy, feels helpless and does not feel that anything has any more sense. Knowing how to stir up energy and direct will toward a goal that belongs to the person becomes the joy to know that you can succeed at something. It means finding confidence and themselves.
People with Mars in fire signs need to pursue an idealistic image of themselves. Aries seeks to embody an image that confers him a sense of personal power. This is achieved through the challenges the victories but also the interior overcoming of defeats. In Leo, Mars needs to assert its uniqueness and focus on a specific objective. In Sagittarius, Mars needs to direct itself toward achievements that go out of the ordinary and the structure in which one feels confined.
Mars in air signs sometimes has more difficulty in living its natural impulse at a young age because the position in this element requires the person to develop some kind of knowledge and utilize reason. In this Mars in Gemini use innate versatility to discuss, split and merge facts, people or things. In Libra, the person seem to mirror the aggressiveness of the other person to be able to take a position. Mars in Aquarius finds its strength in an ideal, and will work as a voice for or against a group.
Mars in water signs becomes subversive but generally does not lose its strength. In Cancerhas more difficulty in directing itself outside because Mars requires people to overcome their emotional obstacles and ties everyone tends to carry. Mars in Cancer is willing to protect more rather then attack. Mars in Scorpio seems to disappear and reappear suddenly in the middle of the scene, it is the Mars waiting in ambush to act when its more appropriate. Mars in Pisces seems to appear sometimes inconsistent and indirect, but ability to change and adapt makes Mars in Pisces strong. In Earth signs, Mars has the biggest urge to feel alive through practical goals. A Mars in Taurus can sometimes indulge in pleasures, but it’s a Mars that can concentrate its energies toward a technique almost obsessively. Mars in Virgo seeks to implement its ability to solve problems; in Capricorn, it is deeply aware of his weaknesses, but often works to overcome them profusely.
Mars describes the style in which we pursue our desires and the way we go about achieving our goals. It symbolizes the way we push ourselves into the world and how we protect ourselves from adverse energies. Healthy aggression is a necessary condition in order to develop autonomy and individuality; wherever Mars is located in the horoscope we will find the nature of the challenges that will shape our own sense of identity.
When it comes to asserting yourself, you strive to be powerful and fearless and you believe very much in your opinions. You tend to respond to situations instantly, but sometimes you are not very tactful. You may need to learn how to handle situations in different ways, as straightforwardness may not always be an advantage. Your sense of personal strength is increased if you establish goals that put a strain on your abilities and confidence. You will learn more to overcome your limits and frustrations by acknowledging where you need to improve and what activities can refine your abilities and skills. Your desires are fulfilled when you are an initiator and when you feel you are leading something toward your inner inspiration.
Your ability to assert yourself is best expressed when you engage with activities that you find rewarding and that make you feel as if you are set on a mission or a goal.
When it comes to asserting yourself, you defend yourself stubbornly, while at the same time, trying your best to preserve the status quo. You are not particularly good at taking the initiative; you prefer to rely on activities in which you can improve what you think are your skills and values. Your sense of personal strength is increased when you engage with physical activities that make you feel more aware of your body. You are not comfortable with anything that you judge as elusive and disorienting. You may benefit from engaging with activities that will make you realize that there is more then you are actually aware of. You also need to be more open and sensitive to circumstances and possible dangers, one of which is overdoing something. If you haven’t found something you feel passionate about, you may overindulge in the pleasures of life and appear aextremely lazy. However, once you will feel really challenged and you are involved in something that you feel is worthy and you, in turn, are worth of, you engage with what can be almost obsessive determination.
When it comes to asserting yourself, you may come across as elusive, but in reality you are just avoiding confrontation as you know the best and easiest way to get things done. You may not enjoy any waste of physical energy and when confronted with tasks you find boring, you will delay doing them or you will simply seek somebody that will do them for you. You may use your wit and ability to assess judgements to defend yourself. Although most of the time you may strive to be diplomatic and you will pay careful attention to your use of language, when threatened you will easily forget other’s people feelings; hurting others with either sarcasm or cruel jokes. Your ability to assert yourself is best expressed when you engage with activities that require some strategy and understanding of the situation. You develop your own sense of inner strength only if variety is a daily component in your life.
When it comes to asserting yourself, you may find it difficult because you often prefer to avoid direct confrontation. You are very sensitive to the mood of the situation in which you find yourself; you are very intuitive and you can assess immediately what type of enemy or challenge you are confronting. You can sense when it is the best time for you to take action. You feel uncomfortable if you are always in the front line, as there are times in which you feel you need to withdraw. In everyday situations you might wrongly underestimate your capability to meet challenges. You are best able to assert yourself when you are empowered by your gut feelings and when you feel you or somebody you care for has been treated unjustly. You may benefit from engaging with activities that will give you the chance to get in touch with your ability to express anger which otherwise may somatize with food-related disorders. You find your own sense of personal strength when it comes to protecting and preserving the safety and status of the things and people you are most attached to.
The Knight in Shining Armour
When it comes to asserting yourself you do so proudly and ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’. You find your own sense of personal strength when you feel admired and seen by people, when you have found something that makes you different and special in the eyes of others. You enjoy engaging with activities that require you to get involved with something risky but rewarding and that give you the prospect to feel recognized. You have an innate sense of pride and dignity and you suffer a lot when your ego is trampled on; when you are confident of yourself and you are able to recognize your individuality, you are also better able to deal with others and you can share your ethical values of respect and loyalty. If you simply try to narrowly control situations by undermining other people’s confidence, then it is very likely that you haven’t yet found a way to love yourself, as you wouldn’t otherwise feel so threatened by others. Your ability to achieve and succeed is better expressed when you commit to something you love and that makes you feel noble.
When it comes to asserting yourself you try to do so intelligently, as if you have trained yourself to respond to certain difficulties with objective observations and well-defined skills. During your early childhood you may have been involved with chaotic situations in which you had no control. In order to feel strong you will need to learn to be able to confront certain challenges by increasing your practical knowledge and developing clearer perceptions of the outer world. Meditation is of great benefit to you because it helps you to gain an inner sense of order. For you to excel at something you need to dedicate yourself to it with devotion so that you feel you can reach the sense of refinement and purity that you seek to obtain. Your ability to achieve and succeed is better expressed when you feel you serve a cause; when you have the chance to fix something that you feel is damaged or it does not function.
When it comes to asserting yourself, you may find it difficult – not because you are not capable of doing it, but because you may be have a strong sense of fairness and before acting you carefully weigh the options, trying to find the right thing to do. Because you have a tendency to make up a strategy every time it comes to taking action, you may end up feeling extremely frustrated, as other people often seem to be more instinctive and direct then you are. You may feel more content if you assert yourself on behalf of someone and you can be a good judge as you often know from your own experience what it feels to receive some injustice. Probably early in life you received an education that inhibited your capacity to respond promptly to situations. You may often find yourself trying not to upset others too much, frequently because you need to make a decision between two things or people that do not allow much availability of options (a bit like wanting to have one's cake and eat it). To best function, you may need to find outlets so that you can exercise your will more often and an example could be martial arts (as a way of achieving inner harmony), or simply a job that allows you to exercise authority and judgement. You also learn and grow a lot when you have to compete with someone you value.
When it comes to asserting yourself you do so powerfully and intensely. You may endure for a long time, with a great deal of sufferance and wait until the time is ripe for you to take action. For you it does not matter how you get there, it is all about the goal. You can be fairly single-minded when it comes to fulfilling your desire nature. You are willing to put all of yourself into what you believe in, but that is not to say that you have great pride – you are willing to do the dirty jobs even if they reflect badly on you, because you are deeply in touch with what really matters to you. If pushed and threatened you can be cynical, vengeful and manipulative. It is important for you to explore your inner world and understand the nature of your sense of injustice. You need to understand that some situations do not always require the energy and decisiveness you inject into the world. At certain points you may feel very hard done by, but sometimes you need to trust people and let things sort themselves out. Not to express your anger means living with poison inside yourself. You feel most fulfilled when you engage with activities that put you in touch with the core of what is most important for you, whether that is relationships, the things necessary for your survival, or risks that makes you feel alive.
The Knight on the Winged Horse
When it comes to asserting yourself you do so confidently; you are outgoing and work on challenges in a dynamic way. You are eager to learn from life and from your experiences, so when you are confronted with something that you fail in or you are incapable of achieving, you do not get struck down by pessimism and you are capable to move on and try to find more suitable solutions. Sometimes you will have to learn to acknowledge your limits because you tend to think that everything can be done with the right attitude and tenacity. Every decision we make has consequences and downsides which from time to time you may ignore. Your fighting spirit is aroused when you are given the possibility to grow in some way, when you can embark on an exciting quest that gives you a sense of purpose and the opportunity to actualize possibilities. You may feel rather bored by the day to day routine of life and you need to seek outlets to evade from monotony. You find your own personal sense of strength when you give voice to your own philosophy or you find your own way of life.
The Trained Warrior
When it comes to asserting yourself, you are disciplined. You can be cautious but that is not to say that you always respond to situations with tenacity. Because when you were young you may have experienced powerlessness to a certain extent or you were very sensitive to defeat, you will feel the need to cultivate your strength by enduring and confronting challenges that temper your ability to defend yourself from adversities. You are therefore very fond of work or any activity that gives you this sense of personal strength. However, sometimes you need to be able to nurture yourself and appreciate the fruits of your efforts. You feel more content when you pursue an ambitious goal that allows you to achieve difficult tasks. You may become very bitter and resentful towards others if you do not give yourself the opportunity to believe you can fulfil your desires. You are organized and capable of setting up strategies as well as working on the more practical side of things.
The Reformer When you assert yourself you do it as if you seek some form of confrontation with others. It is more of a meeting of two minds rather then just seeking to impose yourself on to a situation. Because you do not respond to challenges instinctively, you seek to develop knowledge through a system or an art that could act as a container to your anger and as a channel for your reforming spirit. You may sometimes find it difficult to assert yourself in your own right and you will seek to develop ethics and your own sense of morality in order to cope with injustice. You value the healthy exchange of people's opinions but paradoxically you may turn into an inflexible and intolerant person when confronted with people that you judge as close-minded or appear selfish. You find your inner sense of strength when you are moved by an ideal. When confronted with harsh reality, you can fulfil the vision of the potential you see, but this happens only when you are able to invest your energies in something promising or that you can change for the better.
When it comes to asserting yourself you may find it difficult because you often prefer to avoid direct confrontation. You are very sensitive to the mood of the situation you are in and you prefer to react in a subtle and creative way. At its best this placement suggest that you are enormously flexible, as you can deal with challenges with much tact and inventiveness but you will have to challenge yourself through activities and routines that awaken your abilities. You may find difficult to get angry, as you probably believe there is a better way to deal with things, or you delay your anger to the next time. You put much trust in people or in faith in general, but if you find yourself extremely angry with a reaction out of proportion to a situation, then you need to acknowledge that rather then feeling victimized by circumstances you should have reacted before now; not expressing your anger can be very self-harming. You find sense of strength and faith in yourself when you feel called to do something, as you can give yourself to something that you value almost selflessly.