As Action Planet Mars symbolizes “men” and masculinity, you can tell a lot about a guy from his Mars. It shows how he sees his manhood and his most likely style of pursuing goals.
I don’t buy into the idea that there are some Mars signs which are in detriment or worse than others. For example, Mars in Libra and Cancer are said to be “weaker” than Mars in Capricorn (exalted) or Aries (the sign Mars rules). But there are plenty of war heroes and champion athletes with those Mars signs so seriously, forget it.
Mars in Aries and Capricorn are, however, super-pumped at going after outrageous goals. Men with these Mars signs are overt in their desires. If one of them wants you – or a trophy – you won’t be left wondering what the fuq they are on about. Conor McGregor, above, has Mars at the Zero degree of Aries, the most potent point of Aries.
Men and their Mars signs give you information into their tactics. So rather than worrying about whether it is in ‘detriment’ or not, think of the Mars sign as showing you their style.
Mars in Aries, Capricorn, and Scorpio will want people to see them as formidable contenders. Mars used to rule Scorpio before the discovery of Pluto and Mars in Capricorn is strong as it is the sign of Saturn.
A conjunction to Saturn (wisdom and maturity) strengthens the judgment of hot-headed Mars, tempering warrior audacity with discernment. A Capricorn Mars is similar.
Mars in Leo is super-competitive but can also hold back, because of Leo Self-Limiting Syndrome.
A man with Mars in Gemini, Pisces, or Sagittarius could jump around the place in focus; recalibrating goals and desires every few days. They are high-charisma, super-change-adept, and ingenious, but brutal and relentless focus can elude them. Impressively, Mars in Virgo will outwork anyone but it can be less pleasant if you’re the task on his “to micromanage” list.
Mars in Cancer men can, like Mars in Libra guys, be oblique and indirect in their style of getting what they want. Tactical and diplomatic, they can devolve into passive-aggressive manipulations. But in part, this is because these Mars signs are in the Moon and Venus-ruled constellations.
Arguably, these are sexist depictions or interpretations. Moon and Venus are “female,” and so Mars in signs ruled by them is weakened, says the theory. Men and their Mars signs are more relevant when you are talking about men under 30.
They’re more Mars-dominant then. After Saturn Return, they add other elements into the mix. So you see a more raw or pure expression of the Mars energy in someone still finding himself.
I look the Mars sign in the context of the house it’s in and the aspects it makes. But, if you’re trying to work someone’s intentions out – for pleasure or business – check the Mars sign out. It will help you assess their mode of operation. If you want to check out someone’s Mars and the rest of their astro, consider one of my Astral DNA birth charts.