Mars is the nearest outer planet from
completes its orbit around the Sun approximately about every
twenty one and half months.
By nature Mars is masculine, dry and
fiery. In Vedic astrology it is generally considered as a
malefic planet. Its fundamental nature and purpose is to
provide protection to living creatures and humans. It represents
energy, both constructive and destructive; ambition, desire and
animal instincts. Military personnel who are in combat as well as
supporting combat forces such as air force, navy, marines etc.,
are the manifestations of Mars. Defense minister, law and
enforcement units such as police, special units to combat
criminals and others come under Mars.
Mars deals with emotions until we understand
its teaching. And then it frees us from bondage of pain and
pleasures. It deals with the process of self-discovery.
The higher the personal ego more the challenges and
when fully transformed-- one becomes enlightened (Gautam Buddha,
Gandhi, Elbert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa and many others like them
who devoted their lives to serve humanity). Also, the researchers,
philosophers, teachers, philanthropist and even entrepreneurs with
the intention of serving humanity are the examples of people who
finally understood the Mars's principle. In essence, in my
opinion, Mars is the driving force behind the process when we undo
the things we did in the first half of our life and gain some
Among the twelve zodiac signs Mars rules
Aries and Scorpio. Mars
becomes exalted in Capricorn, and becomes weak in Cancer. While
the Fire and Earth signs are more suitable for Mars to reside, an
air or water sign (except Scorpio) is generally not so favorable for Mars
to reside. Among the planets, in general, his friends are Sun,
Moon and Jupiter. The incompatible planets for Mars are Saturn, Mercury and the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu. Among the modern
planets depending on the placing of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
they can be either complementary or opposites. Red is Marsís
color, and he rules Tuesdays. For
those who have dominant and positive Mars in their birth chart are
likely to experience dramatic changes in their lives on Tuesdays,
and red is their lucky color.
Mars in fire signs is very comfortable and
can blossom to its full potential if its in either trine or in
mutual reception with the ruler of the sign it's in. Mars displays
its essential character (or Dharma) to its fullest in fire signs
since the fire signs represent the life force and tends to point
to the purpose in life. Sportsmen, warriors, fighters, commanders,
leaders, etc., belong to this category.
An earth sign Mars if placed in a favorable
house loves to accumulate wealth and prestige. Such people work
hard and financially to exceedingly well in their
If Mars is in an air sign and placed in a
favorable house the person is likely to be very intelligent,
analytical and very driven by the passion of discovering the
mysteries of universe. Usually scientists, researchers,
professors, mathematicians are likely to have air sign resident
Water sign resident Mars is usually not
desirable since Mars is not capable of handling emotions. Although
Mars rules Scorpio, Scorpio is the least understood sign. Scorpion
Mars tends to make person excel in any endeavor it's involved in
despite the emotional outbreaks.
Following is a list of adjectives and nouns
that describe Mar's characteristics:
Fierce, masculine, energetic, ambitious, courageous,
forceful, competitive, dominating, fighter, soldier, aggressive,
short tempered, very independent, violent, animal, impulsive,
gambler, sportsman, leader, resourceful, generous, noble,
adventurous, hardworking, stubborn, confident, executioner,
selfish, self centered, proud
, resourceful, successful
Revenge, resistance, competition, fights, success,
never easily gives up, big ego, machismo, anger
, temperamental, quarrelsome, predatory, extremist, leaps before
People in military, army, navy, and air force;
captain, general, farmers, butchers, barbers, thieves, robbers
Blood, fire, burns, hot summer months, fever, sharp
weapons, body heat, bleeding, murders, killing, being attacked by
cruel animals, accidents, fine by the law, poison, authority,
ammunition, copper, engineering, chemistry, chemicals, surgery,
Tuesdays, red color, body nervous system
Influence of Mars due to
By occupying a certain house in the natal
chart, the influence of Mars on an individual is summarized below. However,
it must be remembered that a specific inference and subsequent
astrological interpretation will depend on several other factors
such as disposition of other planets with respect to Mars, and
their relationship among each other through house ownership and
Mars in the first house makes one very energetic and
strong. The person may be tall, with a bit of reddish eyes.
He is perceived as an impatient, impulsive, aggressive, and
an ambitious person. He
is confident, determined, insistent, hardworking, very
independent, and a true self starter.
Anger and perhaps revenge might be his biggest weaknesses.
But he never lets up. He
loves power, loves to command others, and therefore, its no wonder
he has a natural inclination towards politics, corporate world
where he can exercise his authority and power.
He may have a birthmark on his face.
If Mars is associated with either Uranus or one of the
lunar nodes (Rahu or Ketu), he tends to be accident prone and
frequently cause injuries to himself.
Mars in the second house is generally a difficult situation.
The person is very industrious
and possessive. He is
bold; but due to his impatient and impulsive nature he is a poor
money manager. He may
get in trouble due to his over- generous characteristics.
He may incur problems with his eyes.
He is argumentative. In
association with Mercury in this house he has a potential for
successfully pursuing a career as a debater or a critique.
He is likely to be perceived as a bashful, impolite rascal.
He loves meat, spicy, and greasy food.
If inflicted with Uranus, expect at least a few financial
turmoil in his life.
The third house is suitable for enhancing the positive
qualities of Mars. The
person is adventurous, courageous, risk taker, and usually
successful in his ventures. He
is a strong soldier; and his general characteristics include:
fearlessness, adamant, assertiveness, impulsiveness, and he loves
difficult challenges. His
handwriting probably shows sharp angles and narrow hooks.
Fourth House: The
Mars alone in the fourth house without any positive support from
other planets either through association, angle, or aspect creates
turbulent atmosphere in the person's home (family) life.
The person tends to be an accident prone (especially if the
Mars is with Uranus in this house).
Usually he experiences difficulties in the latter part of
his life. His
relationship with his mother is likely to be strenuous.
His mother may have a serious and chronic illness.
The person may not get along with his own children.
For females, it's very likely to have a miscarriage or a
similar problem at the time of delivery.
He may develop gambling tendencies and perhaps lose money.
Due to the sixth house Mars the person may have frequent
acute fevers, chicken pox, measles, mumps, inflammatory
complaints, burns, hemorrhage, bleeding.
He is likely to have at least a few surgical operations in
his life. This Mars,
however, is excellent for his profession.
He would, most of the time, be victorious over his
would usually be scared of him.
Seventh house Mars means the person is very likely to have a
spouse who is aggressive, impatient, and impulsive.
He may have a problem of getting along with his spouse;
and they may separate as a result.
Also, he may experience problems in getting along with his
business partners or with his superiors in his profession.
Unless it is influenced by a beneficial planet, the Mars in the
eighth house alone brings financial misfortunes to the person.
Mars in the ninth house is usually responsible for person's
success, fame, and heroic deeds.
The person is very independent and self-made.
He is likely to be a doctor or an engineer.
He loves sports and is likely to be a natural athlete.
Tenth House: The
tenth house Mars makes one very ambitious, energetic, and an
excellent fighter. He
is an opportunist, and a power hungry.
He is an exceptionally adventurous, very dynamic, and fast
acting. He is a
winner!. He loves
challenges, and loves beating his opponents against all odds.
He is likely to make frequent professional changes to rise
to the top.
Mars in the eleventh house makes one possessive, hard working, and
a successful one! The person is likely to be perceived as bashful,
and may have a very few friends.
He is likely to have a trouble in getting along with his
From the seventh house standpoint, the twelfth house Mars is not a
happy situation. The
person is likely to be misunderstood.
He has a natural inclination to be drawn into a quarrel or
fight. He may
experience problems with his eyes. A bankruptcy and going to a
prison are real possibilities in his life.
Influence of zodiac signs on Mars
While Mars enjoys being in the
fire (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) sign, in the earth sign
Capricorn and the water sign Scorpio, it certainly becomes
uncomfortable in very emotional sign Cancer and Pisces. As
mentioned earlier, it rules Aries (fire) and Scorpio (water), and
it becomes exalted in Capricorn. The
following is a brief description, which includes how a personís
unique quality of presenting to others and being understood by
others can be influenced by Marsís zodiac sign in his birth
that the influence of the relative position of other planets in
the birth chart with respect to Mars will affect the final
analysis of the chart, and therefore, itís dangerous to conclude
astrological analysis solely based on Marsís position in the
Mars in Aries is very positive
as it rules Aries. In this fire sign, all the positive
characteristics of Mars are likely to get enhanced unless Mars
receives negative influence from a malefic planet like Saturn,
Rahu, Ketu or Uranus. The inherent dynamic and impulsive nature of
Mars is totally gets confused and demolished in volatile and
aggressive sign Aries. Such people are likely to be highly
opinionated and become very judgmental of others. They
likely to insist on things which are not practical. They can
become in-compassionate and ruthless in their behavior. Of course,
the position of Mars with respect to houses in chart is more
important. Thus, the third, tenth and the eleventh house Mars
will always provide good result despite debilitated.
Taurus is an earth sign ruled by
Venus. Venus and Mars being natural friends with each other,
Taurus is a very complementary and positive sign for Mars. The
person is likely to work hard towards his material goal and
accumulate lot of wealth. He is likely to take care of his family.
This sign being a fixed sign, goes well with Mars's slow and
steady nature. The person is likely to enjoy life.
Mars in Gemini makes the person
naturally curious. Gemini being the air and mutable sign ruled by
Mercury, it's a perfect sign for Mars's endurance quality required
to carry out research activities for scientists, intelligence
gatherings for detectives and diplomats, shrewd activities for
politicians and savvy dealings for businessmen. Gemini Mars
further enhances Mercury's strength if Mercury is positively
placed in the chart. Being a mutable sign this Mars knows how to
adapt to a given situation to make progress.
Cancer being the water sign
ruled by Moon and Moon being a natural foe of Mars, the Mars in
Cancer means emotional challenges. The person spends good part of
his or her life in difficulties and adverse conditions which are
usually are the result of his or her unique behavior
characteristics. However, in the latter part of his life, through
learning, observing, and being aware, he or she gets it and
modifies the behavior pattern to finally figure the life out. In
that sense Cancer is a very important sign for Mars as it offers a
person an opportunity to transform himself or herself to a level
of free of karmic cycles.
Leo is ruled by Sun, a fire and
fixed sign. Sun is a natural foe of Mars. While Sun
represents a fortunate, royal, lucky and well to do person with
least amount of difficulties in life, Mars means overcoming
difficult situations through hard work and perseverance. Mars
loves air and earth signs, and it feels very uneasy in water and
fire signs. And Leo is probably the most challenging sign for Mars
to reside in. The person begins life with normal expectation and
perhaps with inflated ego. But then soon he or she finds out that
life is not that rosy. A series of misfortune and obstacles
teaches the person to be subdued and modest. But through
this very process, the person is actually blessed with a
tremendous opportunity to transform by understanding the true
meaning of life. And perhaps then he or she spends rest of life to
Mars's disposition in Virgo is
positive because Mars loves earth signs, and Mercury, which rules
Virgo, is a natural friend of Mars. Virgo being a detailed
oriented, analytical sign, Mars's creativity is reflected in
research oriented, hard working scientists, entrepreneurs and
skilled laborers. If Mercury is well positioned, then a person can
be a journalist, writer, historian, detective, diplomat,
ambassador and advisor to leaders. Such
people usually become a well respected people in society with
prestigious status, and usually are remembered long after they are
Libra is an air and cardinal
sign and Mars becomes exalted in this sign. People who achieve
fame by working hard towards one goal with amazing stamina and
patience, and that their work reflects service to humanity are
usually have Libra Mars or Libra rising with prominently placed Mars.
Libra Mars also produce artists, poets, musicians, singers, film
producers and directors, hermits, philosophers, yogis, and social
leaders. Inflicted Mars in Libra due to association with Sun or
lunar nodes may make person having difficulty in dealing with
people around him or her.
Scorpio is a fixed, water and
mystic as well as a very secretive sign ruled by Mars. Itís
not surprising therefore to see Mars to get suffocated and become
excessively emotional in this sign unless the planet Mars makes a
favorable aspect with Mars. The person is likely
to be very withdrawn, very difficult to open up to others, and
very likely to be misunderstood. In addition, due to unhealthy
emotions, the person is likely to go off track and can become self
destructive. Since Scorpio can be a spiritual sign (being
mystical) it can provide the spiritual energy to Mars to enhance
spiritual life of the person.
Sagittarius being a fire and
mutable sign, makes the person with Mars in this sign opinionated
and difficult to deal with unless Mars is positively influenced by
Jupiter. With Jupiterís auspicious aspect or angle, the Marsís
energy can be directed in a positive way. Usually
such people have natural inclination towards academic profession.
Also, philosophers, philanthropist and social reformers, supreme
court judges can have Sagittarius Mars with well placed Jupiter.
The Mars, being the planet of discipline and dedication can one
help pursue to become monk or enlightened person.
Mars rules Capricorn, a cardinal
and earth sign. Such people work hard to achieve their goals. They
build their own houses and have all the material pleasure at their
disposal. They are usually successful businessmen: industrialist,
venture capitalists, bankers, managers, chief operating officers
of corporations, etc. They are like a mountain goat who slowly,
steadily but surely reaches the mountain top. Usually such people
have their wishes come true. They usually end up
accumulating lot of wealth. They can be very selfish and
Aquarius is the most intelligent
(air) sign of all the air signs and it is ruled by Mars. Scientist,
researchers, philanthropists, philosophers, social reformers,
religious leaders whose sole interest in life is to serve humanity
are the people who are likely to have Mars placed in this sign in
their birth charts. Typically such people are unselfish,
non-materialist and have natural inclination towards serving
others through intelligence. These people can also be visionary,
advisers to communities.
Although it's a water sign, Mars
loves this sign from spiritual progress standpoint. The
monks, spiritual leaders, Gurus and those who have spent years in
living austere life are likely to have Pisces Mars. However, from
material progress standpoint, Mars does very poorly in Pisces
unless it gets support from the planet Jupiter. Mars becomes very
emotional in this sign, and as a result, can become very pessimist
about life and has a tendency to give up easily on almost any
activity or work he undertakes.