Your natal Mars sign and aspects reveal your go-to tactics. Tactics for what? Whatever comes up. Threats, arousal, opportunity, challenge, hormonal hotness, turf skirmish, snark-attack, resentment, goal stalking… Any stimulus that revs your adrenals leads straight to the always-on-alert Mars.
It’s your rapid response squad, protective and effective at realizing ambitions but potentially defensive or reckless. You know your Mars right? It’s that radical ‘fuq-inertia‘ force that hauls you out of bad relationships or bed in the morning.
More scared of rust than ridicule, it signs you up for crazy challenges and is reliably upbeat about your potential. Sure, it’s also the hothead lunatic who thinks risk is a benefit, makes endorphin-based mating decisions, loses their temper, lashes out, and considers every cul de sac an ambush.
Your Natal Mars Sign Shows Your Assertion Style, Armor & Preferred Weaponry
The natal Mars sign is your assertion style, armor, and preferred weaponry. The house that it’s in is your arena – the zone where you’re most proficient, as well as ridiculously reactive. Additionally, the aspects Mars makes to your Sun, Moon, and the other planets show your preferred strategies.
Some examples: The practically automatic Mars-Mercury tactic is communication. They go straight to words and intel. They’re the out-smarters and insider info traders.
Mars-Sun seeks to outshine the opponent, to be brazenly better. The (subconscious?) idea is that obstacles and enemies will be obscured in the billion-watt glare from the Mars-Sun person’s aura.
Mars-Jupiter people go straight for scale, to envelop or minimize the threat. They’re inflation strategists who favor variations of bigger, stronger, richer.
Mars-Saturn strategies veer toward pessimism but are, of course, eminently practical. They’re the cut-back, consolidate and ‘hide out until the terrain suits you‘ style of thinking.
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Mars-Moon tactics are psychological, drawn from instinct and the Mars-Moon person’s assessment of what would be most alarming/appealing to the opponent.
The go-to for Mars-Uranus types is rapid reinvention, which sounds great but has haphazard results and looks deranged to outsiders. Mars-Neptune people are reliant on vision and imagination; drugs or cult-running if you’re cynical.
Mars-Pluto is a mini-series: every grudge has an origin story and irritants become character-transformation catalysts with their own spin-off shows. Life force is the strategy.
Mars-Venus people work their charm to such an extent that if it were a medieval sword, it would have its own name, legend, alchemy jewels, and secret shrine.
When Mars is conjunct something you don’t even know there is a choice not to adopt that tactic. Or perhaps you intellectually understand that it is a decision, but the other planetary energy is profoundly integrated with your Mars to the point that it feels like it’s just…you.
Mars trines are an easy reach and they’re something you’re good at but (helpfully) they lack the non-negotiable urgent-feeling intensity of a Mars conjunction.
Mars Trines Are An Easy Reach
An example: A person with a Mercury-Mars trine would be able to marshal sharp words and deploy them to devastating effect or speedily acquire the info they need. When those same two planets are conjunct, they’re all that and more.
The person with a natal Mercury-Mars conjunction is well aware of their ability to influence via oratory, yet they’re also more prone to unleash it at the drop of a hat. They’re a cancel culture unto themselves but their complaints and cancellations are undeniably eloquent.
If the aspect is a Mars square, the person wants to be able to deploy that style of response but it often flops or goes over the top. And with the opposition, they wield the weapon but are always convinced it’s an external threat. The Mars opposition person ‘others’ it, even as they expend ferocious energy on the things, people, and themes of the planet involved.
It becomes more layered when you have more than one Mars aspect. Someone who has – for example – a close Mars-Venus square and a less-exact Mars-Mercury trine could reach for the Venusian response every time, even when it’s clearly not effective but be less aware of their fabulous wordy acumen.
Squares get all the attention and trines are the genuine “it’s nothing; doesn’t everyone have that?” attribute. Quincunxes that involve Mars are flukes or freaky outbursts of ‘unlike you’ passion.
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