The planet Mars in your birth chart represents strength of will and the desire to win and conquer. It is closely connected to your sense of personal identity and individual level of self-sufficiency. The key Martian qualities are aggression, anger, confidence, courage, independence, leadership, athleticism, passion, sexuality, and masculinity. The zodiacal sign Mars occupies in your horoscope shows your level of energy and how you use that energy to overcome obstacles. If you don’t know the sign position of Mars on the day of your birth, you can look it up in the Mars Ephemeris Tables at CaféAstrology.com: http://www.cafeastrology.com/marssignstables.html
The way Mars manifests itself in your chart is a clear indicator of the type of lovemaking you’re likely to enjoy. Your Mars sign defines what you desire, how you express that desire, and how you go about satisfying it. Mars also denotes basic survival instincts. It involves things like action, movement, and the “fight or flight” instinct.
Because Mars has so much to do with the projection of personality, its elemental position in your horoscope suggests whether your energies are going to be largely physical (Fire), material (Earth), mental (Air), or emotional (Water).
People with Mars in the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are assertive, daring, optimistic, and impractical. Impulsive and willing to take risks, fire sign individuals seize both the moment and opportunity as it arises. They rarely concern themselves with fortune’s ups and downs, because they believe better days are coming and that they will always win out in the end.
Those with Mars in the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) tend to equate security with worldly status, and their focus is on the accumulation of material goods. Inclined to work first and play later, earthy individuals are generally practical and goal-oriented. Willing to work hard, they give their all and expect tangible rewards in return.
Individuals with Mars in the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are more interested in abstract ideas and artistic concepts than in practical matters. The airy types tend to be motivated by a questing spirit and the ongoing need for communication and social interaction. They strive for intellectual independence, physical freedom, and the opportunity to use their creative imaginations in innovative ways.
People who have Mars in the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are sensitive, intuitive, changeable, impressionable, and impractical. Emotional security is their main concern, and watery Mars types often equate emotional security with material security. Motivated more by feeling than logic, they sometimes go too far in following their hunches. Nevertheless, individuals with Mars in Water signs are usually able to capitalize on their intuitive understanding of people and situations.
Mars through the Signs of the Zodiac
Mars in Aries:
In Aries, Mars represents high energy, courage, and initiative. Your sex drive is powerful and easily awakened. While living with you is never dull, it can be difficult. Impulsive and supremely confident, you’re not inclined to look before you leap. Action is your middle name; when your passions are aroused you don’t stop to consider possible consequences.
Mars in Taurus:
Mars in Taurus is hedonistic, sensual, and deliberate. Your sex drive is strong, but controlled. Your approach to lovemaking is straightforward and uncomplicated. Never rushed or anxious, you pursue your desires with dogged determination. Once you set your mind on someone, you’re not easily discouraged. Patience and persistence allow you to wait for as long as it takes.
Mars in Gemini:
Your sex drive is fueled by your mind as much as your body. Comfortable routine bores you so you seek out new experiences in order to maintain your interest. Since your intellect is your most active erogenous zone, your preferred form of erotic communication is verbal and your style of lovemaking apt to be playful and inventive.
Mars in Cancer:
The sensitive feelings of people born under Mars in Cancer are subject to powerful mood swings. Your strong sex drive is tied to your emotions. You must feel safe and secure before you can let go. When you do, your responses are intense, magnetic, and seductive. With encouragement and reassurance, you’re a romantic, thoughtful, and loving partner.
Mars in Leo:
An affectionate, physically demonstrative lover, you take pride in your sexual prowess. You’re as easily aroused as any Mars in Aries, but your passions generally last longer. Mars in Leo natives enjoy sex more than most, especially when heavy doses of love and romance are part of the package. In love, you follow your heart not your head.
Mars in Virgo:
An earthy, nervous sexuality characterizes those with Mars in this sign. Although your physical desires are strong, there is a shy, hesitant side to your nature that makes you fearful of letting go. Nevertheless, you are a perfectionist; in your lovemaking, as in everything else, you strive to be as skilled as possible at what you’re doing.
Mars in Libra:
Aggressive Mars is decidedly uncomfortable in Libra where its assertiveness is impeded by the desire for harmony, cooperation, and approval. More romantic than hot-blooded, you are seeking emotional and mental satisfaction rather than purely physical pleasures. Although you’re generally amiable and agreeable, you are no pushover. There’s a steely will lurking behind your smiling face.
Mars in Scorpio:
Martian Scorpios display a magnetic sexual intensity with strong physical and emotional needs. Your sex drive is single-minded and passionate. You become deeply attached, sometimes obsessively so, to whatever or whomever you fancy. Outwardly cool and composed, your powerful feelings smolder below the surface. An “all or nothing” extremist, you’re not content with halfway measures.
Mars in Sagittarius:
You approach sex as if it were a game to be enjoyed, but not taken too seriously. Companionship and friendship are as important to you as love. In Sagittarius, Mars is not renowned for constancy in relationships. You value your independence too much. Afraid of being tied down, you may suddenly decide to run off when life gets boring.
Mars in Capricorn:
Your sex drive is powerful, with a full appreciation of sensual pleasures. Nevertheless, you believe that you must always be in control of yourself and your feelings. Despite your strong physical needs and desires, you generally choose self-discipline over self-indulgence. Yet beneath your restrained exterior, you’re passionate, sensitive, and very much in need of love and affection.
Mars in Aquarius:
Your sex drive is fueled by intellect rather than physical or emotional responses. The sexual side of love is not all-important to you, yet you’re intrigued by anything new and open to experimentation. Intense involvement scares you, but Aquarius is a fixed sign and you dislike change. When you commit to another, it’s usually for the long haul.
Mars in Pisces:
The assertive energy of the planet Mars is tempered and diffused in Pisces. Innately romantic, idealistic, and sentimental, your greater need is emotional rather than physical. You “go with the flow,” letting life happen without attempting to control its direction. You look at relationships though rose-colored glasses, with high expectations that are rarely achieved in this world.
About Phyllis Vega
Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.
Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.