Mars SignThe Definitive Guide 2019

Last Updated: September 24th, 2023 | Reading Time: 54 minutes

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The fourth planet from the Sun, Mars represents passion and desire.

It is how we anger, how we pursue our dreams, how we take action and rise to the challenge, our sexual ebb and flow and how we initiate goals and action.

Let’s take a look at Mars and Mars Signs.

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What Is Mars In Astrology


In Astrology, Mars is the planet of physical energy.

It governs your energy outward-expressed, sex drive, animal instinct, your forcefulness and your aggression. It is associated with your desires and aspirations for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual things that stimulate activity. You have to want something before you reach out and take it; Mars is the heated passion behind the action. Venus and the Venus sign are the softer sides of love.

Whenever you feel threatened, that’s when your survival instincts (fight, flight, feed and f**k) are tweaked by the placement of Mars in your chart.

When the going gets tough, Mars kicks in!

Mars shows your ability to turn ideas into action. The sign of Mars in your natal chart indicates your vitality, energy level, and style in which you take action. In its highest form, Mars represents your unleashed energy and your human will – initiative.

Mars historically speaking was the Roman god of war, so represents a strong life force in us all.

Mars Planet Summary

  • Planet: Mars
  • House Ruler: 1st House
  • Ruler of: Aries & Scorpio
  • Detriment: Libra & Taurus
  • Exalted: Capricorn
  • Fall: Cancer
  • Modality: Cardinal
  • Polarity: Masculine / Yang
  • Light Traits: Initiative
  • Shadow Traits: Harshness
  • Keyword: I ACT
  • Symbol:
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Mars Sign Meaning

A controlled Mars can give a healthy dose of assertiveness and ambition.

At its worst, Mars energy makes one prone to anger, harshness and destructive violence, impulsive behaviour, danger, combativeness and every kind of cruelty.

It’s up to you to use this force constructively.

Remember that the Sun represents reason as opposed to instinct.

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Mars Symbol / Glyph: Mars

The glyph of the sun is represented by a circle with an arrow pointing upwards towards the right.

This is the symbol also used to represent the Male sex.

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List Of Mars Signs

Mars through The Signs – An Overview

So now that we have discussed Mars, let’s take a little look at how Mars manifests itself through the signs of the zodiac in a bit more detail. Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities – positive and negative.

Below are some of the key traits of each sign of each zodiac sign.

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Mars In Aries

Mars (to assert) in Aries (energetic and urgent).

They are not afraid to stick up for themselves or others. They have a bold me-first attitude.

They are honest and follow their agenda (active). They are impulsive but are prone to run out of steam (cardinal). So if they do not attain your goals quickly, then they go on and do something else.

Mars in Aries natives are ‘lightning speed’ impulsive. Their frustration flares rapidly but doesn’t last too long. They rarely hold grudges or resentment.

When they pay attention to their gut, they make good decisions and get things done quickly.

Ruling planet Mars in Aries get restless if life gets predictable. Aries Mars is irritated when people beat around the bush and those who are slow to act, contrary to themselves. They can be impatient and rude. They often work best on their own, so no one holds them back.

On the downside, Mars in Aries signs are known to lack patience and discipline.

On the upside, you know where you stand with Aries Mars.

They’re passionate about their goals, their life, and in love. They are not particularly affectionate can come across as a bit selfish, but they are very energetic and playful. Aries Mars has a high libido.

Mars in Aries people may not be overly sensitive to their partner. They aren’t into sensuality. They prefer the action. Long-term style relationships may be a bit of a challenge.

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Mars In Taurus

Mars (to assert) in Taurus (Enduring and Possessive).

On the positive side, you are persistent, when you get going (fixed, lasting) and on the downside, you can hold a grudge.

You are protective of what is yours (possessive), and you can be a sturdy defender if you perceive a threat. While you are assertive, you do take a while to get into action (earth) so when you get mad, everyone can see it coming (or there may be a period of quiet while you build up steam and others may be surprised at your anger after this delay).

While you are protective of what is yours, you may be very easy going about yourself, and almost never take offence (passive).

Once you set your mind on a goal, your dedication, determination, and commitment to it are extraordinary. You’re in it for the long haul.

You Mars in Taurus people are stubborn folk, and you never give up and find it difficult to change your mind or course in mid-stream. You are loyal to a fault unless someone betrays your trust, then all heck can break loose.

You are patient and usually slow to anger unless someone takes you too far. That is when you charge, just like the bull Taurus stands for.

You prefer a regular routine, with defined hours and clearly defined responsibilities and tasks.

You enjoy building and seeing the results of your hard work. You need to see real results, not theory and you are not satisfied with intangibles like just having a good time.

At the same time, you have a lazy, comfort-loving side and there is often a good deal of inertia for you to overcome before you get going. Keeping things going is your strength, especially once someone else starts them.

Your stamina and persistence is your great strength, but it can also work against you; you can get caught in a rut and refuse to seize new opportunities. Change scares you. So does disease and pain.

At times you have a decided stubborn streak where no one can reach you. Possessiveness and jealousy may cause problems for you in relationships.

Money and possessions are important to you for the feelings of security they bring.

Re-evaluate your values. Sharing should be cultivated.

Your tongue may be quite unruly at times.

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Mars In Gemini

If you have Mars in Mercury sign-ruled Gemini, mentally and physically you are the busy, little bee.

You are always on the go with many and various activities, often several at a time. You are happiest whilst you’re busy, and you hate boredom.

Your mind is alert, active, and continually seeking to learn more. You absorb knowledge like a sponge, and love debate and argue with anyone who wants a mental sparring match.

With Mars in Gemini, a lot of nervous tension or anxiety can exist with this position (depending on other planet placements), and it is essential that you get regular exercise to relieve the stress. You talk with your hands and maybe ambidextrous or have a natural mechanical ability.

Develop patience and think before acting, so that you keep yourself out of trouble. It’s been known that sometimes you just do things for the sake of doing something, and this isn’t always a good idea. Learn to look before you leap.

Travelling appeals to you because you never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet.

You can accomplish multiple in short bursts, but projects or anything that require stamina, a long-term commitment and persistent effort are not easy for you.

You’ll often scatter your energies into so many directions and activities at once that it can be difficult to finish or follow through on some of them.

With Mars here being in a mutable sign, you need change, variety, and mental challenges.

Your mind is sharp and alert, and you enjoy mental problems, competitions or games. Matching wits with someone brings out your competitive side. Mental banter suit you just fine. Your drive and energy are more mental than physical.

You use your intelligence, wit, social sophistication, communication skills and awareness to achieve your goals.

Humour and sarcasm come quickly to you.

You need to learn how to conserve energy, so you don’t burn out and concentration so you will complete projects and carry through on promises.

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Cancer Mars Sign

Mars (to assert) in Cancer (Instinctive and Protective).

If you have Mars in Cancer, you avoid direct confrontations with others, preferring to side-step issues or attack them indirectly. Aggressive, competitive behaviour makes you uncomfortable.

Your ego drive is not too strong, and you are not extraordinarily eager or ambitious to push your way to the top. Inner satisfaction and contentment are more important to you.

You may feel uncomfortable or inadequate in situations that call for robust and forceful action. But, when you feel your loved ones, friends or family are being threatened, then you will defend and fight for them with all the tenacity in the world.

Being the ‘moon sign’, this brings outs a sensitive side to the action taking and powerful protective side in you. Impulses and instincts take over, and you will battle until the end if needed.

Being ruled by the Moon, you cancer people have your goals and actions centre around your family and loved ones, and they are very personal.

Great sacrifices can be made for them, even though they may be in the wrong. Being sensitive to stress, you do not handle high-pressure, competitive situations very well. You can be very touchy, moody, irritable and difficult to be around when there are many demands or tensions at work.

Your energy level is not constant and is very dependent on your emotional state at the time, especially as regards your emotional harmony or discord at home.

You should avoid eating when emotionally upset as this plays havoc with your digestive system.

You are hard-working, sympathetic, moody, defensive, tenacious, intuitive, instinctive, sensitive, and perhaps over-emotional.

Control of your emotions is vital to your health and well-being.

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Mars In Leo

Mars in Leo people are often proud and subconsciously probably have an ego.

If you have this placement, you’ll want to excel, to stand out and be recognised for who and what you are.

You like being Number One. And so, it can be difficult for you to take orders or to stay in the background. You want to be noticed. It’s known that will dramatically do things just to be seen and get attention.

You hate to be wrong and may insist that you are always right. You are strong, energetic, forceful, determined, artistically creative, and highly competitive.

You like to play hard, you play to win, and you won’t give up easily. On some level, maybe you see life similar to a competitive sport, performance or game.

You love applause and admiration, and you have a strong sense of personal honour and integrity. You tend to be very self-confident, maybe even a little arrogant.

But you may become self-conscious, defensive, and somewhat belligerent if your self-confidence is shaken. You tend to be enthusiastic, somewhat impulsive, full of energy, and ambitious.

You are fixed and resourceful in matters of love and will pursue your love interest with great fervour and passion, letting nothing get in the way of your desires.

You don’t beat around the bush, but say exactly what you feel, often in an embarrassing direct way.

On the negative side, there may be a love of taking risks or of gambling. You can be quarrelsome, argumentative and jealous.

There may be heart trouble if physical activity is overdone when you are not in shape or if anger is allowed to vent destructively. Energy and passion both need to be disciplined.

You need to be admired for your actions.

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Mars In Virgo

Mars (to assert) in Virgo (Analytical and Critical)

If you have Mars in Virgo, you are an energetic worker, a perfectionist, and you have high standards for your work.

You often feel that if you want something done right, then you must do it yourself, for others never do as thorough a job as you do. Doing a task well is crucial to you, and you may labour over minute details that others wouldn’t bother with.

You continuously work for efficiency, accuracy, and precision. You become irritated when things are not done “right”.

However, you can become so self-critical and drown in perfectionism, that you don’t even attempt many activities and projects from feelings that your efforts just won’t be good enough for you.

You are usually very realistic in assessing what you can accomplish and, if anything, you underestimate yourself.

You are good at conserving your energy and pacing yourself so that you do not waste or diffuse your efforts.

Sometimes an unwillingness to take risks or venture from the tried, beaten track can sometimes limit your opportunities.

You may not aim high enough and may settle for too little in life.

You can be a worry-wart and a fussbudget who gets lost in too many details.

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Mars In Libra

Mars (to assert) in Libra (Diplomatic and Harmonious)

If you have Mars in Libra, you swing from being too pushy, aggressive, confrontational, and insistent on doing things your own way to being too eager to please and too compromising.

You have a strong attraction to the opposite sex, and if Mars is well aspected, then this brings popularity and goodwill.

But if Mars is badly aspected, then this can bring opposition and criticism from the public and the opposite sex, fickleness in love relationships, and trouble from toying with the affections of others.

You go swing back and forth between the desire for competition and cooperation.

You continuously seek an internal balance between acting independently and assertively and working cooperatively and interdependently with others.

You can feel frustrated at times that you cannot just do what you want to. Internally you’re always accommodating the needs and desires of others.

Perhaps you feel hesitant to act in a positive, assertive manner if you feel you don’t have the approval and support of other people.

It’s safe to say, you’re not a loner.

You achieve your goals by joining forces, collaborating with others and being a team player.

You are very concerned with concepts of fairness, and you can become quite vocal if you sense someone is being taken advantage of or mistreated in any way.

You may be attracted to legal pursuits. You avoid extremes and favour a balanced, moderate approach to living life.

You’re not the type of person to push yourself too hard or to become fanatically driven to reach your goals unless pointed out elsewhere in your chart.

You tend to be perceptive, persuasive, perceptive, enthusiastic and easygoing, although at times you can be argumentative. Diplomacy and patients may need to be cultivated.

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Mars In Scorpio

Mars (to assert) in Scorpio (Intense and Secretive)

If you have Mars in Scorpio, you are incredibly strong-willed, and you pursue your goals and desires with passionate dedication and determination.

You are capable of total concentration and tremendous discipline. Influencing you once your mind is made up is incredibly difficult.

When you want something, you can be very one-sided and almost obsessed with it. You tend to be secretive, and you do not want others to know what your plans are.

You tend to be instinctive, perceptive, determined, strong-willed, stubborn and magnetic. You have deep emotions and may occasionally show a primitive side.

You need to learn self-discipline or your desire nature will rule your life, probably causing great sorrow in the end. You must learn to control your jealousy and possessiveness in matters of love.

A certain amount of detachment in relationships would probably be right and this, of course, would include your tendency to treat loved ones as possessions.

You are very forceful quietly and subtly, and other people may struggle to see or understand your motives. You’re able to manipulate people in a way that is not obvious to them or others.

Direct confrontations with other people are not your style. You prefer to operate behind the scenes.

Either way, you are a formidable opponent when riled.

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Mars In Sagittarius

Mars (to assert) in Sagittarius (Free and Tolerant)

If you have Mars in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, you are enterprising, aspiring, idealistic, and forever following some bright and distant star, planning new ventures or investigating new potentials that will expand your horizons.

You aim high and are not content merely with a quiet, secure existence. You are a rolling stone. You like to stretch your limits, to see how far you can go, and to take risks.

You are a positive thinker, expect success for yourself, and are philosophical about failures.

You are flexible and bounce back from disappointment rather quickly, usually with another hopeful new idea you want to try.

Your enthusiasm and confidence are contagious and enable you to enlist the aid and support you need for your projects.

However, you sometimes promise more than you can deliver, due to over-optimism or insufficient attention to the practicalities involved. You also tend to get distracted and sometimes have too many things going at once.

Although it may be tough for you, there are times when you must only develop and show commitment, perseverance, and persistence to make your dreams and goals a concrete reality.

Too often you fall short of what you could attain because you are unwilling to persist through the difficult or less exciting times. You also enjoy competition and usually do not take it too seriously.

You tend to be friendly, optimistic, impulsive, enthusiastic, independent and argumentative. You may be an active traveller. Use your energies in physical outlets, and you may be an athlete.

You have a tendency to exaggerate.

You may also have strong religious and philosophic convictions and can go “crusading” if you feel the cause is just.

On the downside, you may be sharp-tongued, quarrelsome, disagreeable, self-righteous, verbose, intolerant, and dishonest.

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Mars In Capricorn

Mars (to assert) in Capricorn (Prudent and Reserved)

When you have Mars in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, your actions serve your ambitions for recognition, distinction, power, and status. You are not content to follow in life. In most areas, you want to have a leading role in whatever you do.

If you do not manage or handle that energy well, it can make you appear manipulative, ruthless and bull-dozing over anyone who stands in your way.

You are organised, efficient, tenacious, dedicated, steadfast, practical and disciplined in your pursuit to feel or be successful. Your drive and energy are directed towards practical material accomplishments and achieving concrete results.

You are hard-working and willing to bypass immediate comfort to achieve your long-range goals.

With Mars in Capricorn, you can quickly become a workaholic. You’re very conscientious about doing a thorough job and responsible enough to see it through.

You don’t gamble or take risks when it comes to implementing your plans. You prefer the conservative, tried-and-true route of doing things and then following through with it.

You rely on your own perseverance and effort rather than good luck or fortune.

There are a natural shrewdness and instinct for business or organisational management. You tend to be ambitious, patient, self-reliant, persistent, and responsible.

You could be seen as a slow learner, but there is a total assimilation of knowledge. Your energy is carefully used. Success is important to you.

On the negative side, you may have quick irritability which needs to be controlled and a tendency to feel resentment toward others for supposed hurts.

You need to learn how to forgive and forget and how to release your emotions and frustrations positively.

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Mars In Aquarius

Mars (to assert) in Aquarius (Indifferent and Unconventional)

If you have Mars in Aquarius, your energies are expressed in unique and original ways.

There may be a genius streak shown in the way you approach things. You are a bit eccentric, unconventional, inventive, scientific and perhaps a bit rebellious. Working with and collaborating with others to get things done appeals to you.

You enjoy taking part in social, group activities and uniting with others with whom have similar ideas and persuasions. You are democratic, progressive, and not concerned with hogging personal power or having authority over other people. You’re more of a team player. New, inventive and unusual methods of technology, planning and work are of great appeal.

Your energy levels usually are quite high, but they can be erratic at times. You tend to work in short spurts. Thus, you can be inconstant and impatient in pursuing your desires.

With Aquarius being ruled by Uranus, you are intellectual, cautious, independent, freedom-loving and enterprising. You respond well to emergencies.

There may be interests in mechanical or scientific subjects. Science fiction may intrigue you. You may need to control a radical or rebellious streak within and remember that in some instances haste does make waste.

On the negative side, you can be too aggressive, quarrelsome, contentious and perverse. 

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Mars In Pisces

Mars (to assert) in Pisces (Impressionable and Inspirational)

If you have Mars in Pisces, your energies and aggression present themselves in noncompetitive and non-combative ways. At heart, you’re a pacifist, and you don’t enjoy tackling or confronting anything or anyone head-on directly.

Working behind the scenes, in secret, or around others is more your preferred style.

In your pursuit of something, you’re more likely to give up something rather than to fight for it. Your ego is not especially interested in glorification, material advantage, personal achievement, or winning at the expense of someone else.

Because of this, you may come across to others as weak-willed or ineffectual.

Being on top, the best or first has little importance to you. You’re just as happy in a supporting role, working for the benefit of others or for a cause that you believe in.

With your Mars being ruled by Neptune, you may experience difficulties in planning clear and definite goals for yourself in the real world.

You are not sure what you want out of life, except you instinctively seem to know that you do have and need to find a spiritual purpose.

You have many dreams, high ideals, and a strong mystical or religious impulse. You also have a creative imagination and can successfully apply yourself to art or music.

You are intuitive, humorous and diplomatic, quiet on the outside, but restless within.

On the negative side, you can be indecisive, procrastinating, too interested in the sensual side of life, and may resort to using drugs or alcohol as a way to escape the pressures and responsibilities of dealing with everyday life.

Learning self-control is crucial for you. Take action, don’t only day-dream.

The Planets

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Venus Signs

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Jupiter Signs

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