Mars rules the physical body and its senses-touch, hearing, instinct Where Mars is is where we may be most sensitive in our physical senses.
“To fight the fight, to win the war”. From the play Hamilton That’s what the protagonist does in Hamilton, and what he does later in founding his new nation. That’s Mars-the struggle to first, survive, and then grow and thrive. It’s the energy we expend getting things done.
What leads us to act, to do, to be, to struggle? The Signs, aspects, and house positions give us a clue here. Just what do we do to reach a goal?
We are very much aware of the shadow side of Mars. Turn on the Eleven o’clock news. Unrestrained, unfocused aggression leads to tragedy of one kind or another.
Getting into useless fights, turning anger onto oneself. Sometimes it’s the refusal to fight necessary fights. The result isn’t peace, but indolence in the face of challenges. Many things have to be fought for and struggled with in order for improvement to take place. This isn’t pacifism, where people consciously decide to partake in war, but instead channel one’s efforts into preventing and ending it, or at the very least healing the results. It’s refusal to see that struggle of some kind must take place in the situation.
Mars also is concerned with sex-the physical part. It’s the urge to procreate, to make love, to feel passion. Getting together with someone requires effort and confidence. That’s Mars.
So where does all that energy go? Houses: (First). Mars in the First-your approach to the world is to see it as competition. You may even dress martially-a uniform or something appropriate. Athletes also have this aspect in abundance. (Second) Mars in the Second-great place for fights about money and fights for money. (How many professional athletes have this placement?) Money made from martial/athletic endeavors, from the things your body does. (Third) Fights over communications, battles with neighbors and close relatives. You might as well live in a war zone! Scratch that, maybe you do and like living in it. (Fourth)A lot of conflict at home, and a lot of work on it, and the kind depends of what element and sign it’s in. (Fifth) Sculpture, woodwork, fights with your kids (if you have any)(Sixth) Surgeon? Carpenter? Butcher? Jobs that are Mars-based.(Seventh) Fights with your partner, or a fighting parter-a battle buddy.(Eighth) Sex is a natural placement for this. As long as it isn’t too badly aspected, you are passionate, erotic.(Ninth)Fight for your religion, your ideals.(Tenth)Public fights, stature gained through your struggles.(Eleventh) Fight with and for your friends, fight for your hopes.(Twelfth) Secret warrior, fighting behind the scenes-perhaps hitman or assassin or spy?. Most of your efforts are private either by necessity or choice.
Signs: (Aries)(Aries is a natural home here, this sort of thing makes you direct and assertive, especially when defending your identity)(Taurus)(Gemini)(Cancer)(Leo)(Virgo)(Libra)(Scorpio)(Sagittarius)(Capricorn)(Aquarius)(Pisces)
Mars retrograde: Could it be having to refight fights, making efforts about something that was already done, . To refight the fight, and re-win the war? Aggression can be turned inward with Mars retrograde. You may find that the greatest struggle is within.