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What you want is what is takes: Natal Mars in Aries

Mars is not given enough credit. It is the fire in our soul that propels us forward towards our goals. If Mars is sleeping our energy is low and our willpower dormant.

Mars is at home in the first sign of Aries, although in my experience, it is not really all that at ease here because the energy is so high and hard to direct towards work. Regardless, Mars in Aries is amazingly powerful not only for itself but for others around the person. Why? In part, because the shadow side of Aries is the sign of Libra, which is all about other people. Therefore, Mars in Aries has an energy that can motivate others and make them follow. If your Mars is in Aries, you are a pioneer at heart and someone with very passionate wants and desires. Your own passion is contagious because it is so pure and earnest that others cannot help but be swept away by your will. You have a way of making other people aware of what they want and were afraid to pursue. This ability makes Mars in Aries an excellent leader who can convince people to get up and move. Mars in Aries is all about “think first act later,” and because the action comes first, there is very little place for fear. In many ways you have the courage that comes with not taking the time to think of the dangers of your actions. This is not a criticism but something to consider if you feel that your actions go against your long-term plans. Aries is all about starting projects and pioneering ideas and not so much about the details of the result. Your Mars will thrive at starting things and leading others to take care of the long hours or details of the project. One reason for this is that your physical energy comes out in bursts of tremendous power that burns out really fast. You can exert a lot of energy but only for short periods. The tenacity of an earthy Mars is not here. This is important to keep in mind when choosing a profession so that you are allowed to work hard but with many breaks in between. In addition, your physical reserves are directly tied to your libido drive. This means that a lot of your motivation comes from what you want. You see something you desire and you act. You cannot act unless there is something you desire. Freudian psychology is not accepted any longer but the idea that human beings are propelled by desire rings true for this Mars. 

This can be a strength because you can learn how to motivate yourself from within. You must always have something that you really want but feel like you can’t have. You must feel like a hunter for a treasure to get yourself off the couch. This is fire energy and it needs to air. Air might not be what one thinks of when thinking desire but you can imagine it as the wind that stirs the ship that is the heavy and child-like Aries Mars. Because here is the thing with desires: there must be selfishness for it to even exist. Selfish is not a bad word because our selfish needs can be used for good. Mars in Aries must be selfish or it becomes truly difficult. An Aries Mars that is trying to hide away rom what it wants starts to get into all sorts of trouble in the from of anger and conflicts with people. He will start to find others very annoying because he will project his own selfish needs onto others. He will attract all sorts of very irresponsible and impulsive people to remind him that he needs to finally take action. Because in addition to desire, you are motivated by the need to fight against something. This is true even if you re the most gentle and unaggressive person. The need to have an enemy to battle is there for you and can be expressed as fighting for a cause or debating people. It depends on the chart and the house Mars is playing in. 

Aries is the baby of the zodiac and it is like a young James Dean on a motorcycle. It needs to be on the move and likes speed. Your Mars can propel you forwards if you want something or if you have to fight someone. Otherwise, this Mars, like the child he is, is pretty tame and easy to get along with. You have sparks of energy and moments of excitement that are unbelievably powerful but the rest of the time you keep this energy to yourself. This also applies to your anger which can be almost playful, like a puppy learning to bite. I am not saying you are not secretly a wolf…But you fight for something before you learn you even have teeth that can hurt others. You have no awareness of your own strength until you use it. That is why sometimes this Mars has fears around its own strength and around taking action.

There can be situations when you are younger when you underestimated your powers and someone got hurt. This can happen during a game, a competition or just a moment of anger. It will take maturity and time before you can know how you impact other people. Aries is the child and like any child, he is not always aware that his actions can be separate from others and really make a mess. That is why this Mars can really use some form of sports or games that allow him to learn how to use it’s strength with an awareness of the results so they can learn how to calculate their aim before they act. The stereotype that Mars in Aries is always into sports is not always true. Still, they can always use some form of playful competition or group activity to exercise their passion without any real-life consequences. However, this Mars will still have bursts of physical energy that need an outlet in some form, even if it hates sports. 

Mars in Aries makes a wonderful friend in times of depression because he can cheerlead even during an apocalypse. Mars is related to vitality and it can breath life even into a dead idea or project. As a friend this Mars will always be quick to forget any grievances and there to encourage you to take risks. He will breath life into your sleeping dreams and remind you to be fearless. Sometimes if there is nothing to do or if all it’s efforts are in vain this Mars can become a waling bomb of irritation. Luckily, it is easy enough to resolve once he has leeway to play or express enthusiasm. It is really important to never tell Mars in Aries what to do. Although it does not react well to orders it does react well to challenges. Want Mars in Aires to do something? Tell them they can’t do it or it is too risky. Most of the times they will try and prove you wrong. Strangely enough positive encouragement can be very toxic for Mars in Aries. They may feel it is pointless to put in effort if already everyone is happy with the result. They don’t; see the point of extorting energy towards something unless there is some element of pioneering or excitement involved. Ideally, there is a responsible boss that challenges them to get a team of people to put in effort toward something creative and fun. Mars in Aries is very independent but it also needs some level of behind-the scenes guidance. It needs either an enemy or a prize at the end of the journey to strive for.

In romantic relationships, Mars in Aries is very earnest and straightforward. It likes to feel like the other person is willing to “play” and even compete with them, just as long it is still a respectful and fair competition. This is true of both genders, who like to feel like they can experience their strength through interaction with the other person. They need to respect you and know you can stand up to them and not let them walk all over you. They want an equal partner in crime to join them in a team effort towards their dreams. In fact, they would really enjoy it if you both feel like criminals on the run against the world. It is the kind of scenario they find attractive. They can also challenge you or start debates to feel the passion coming to life. You need to feel at ease and know they don’t mean you any harm. They just want to play. You can constantly challenge them to stop starting things if you want them to stop. Just tell them they can’t do it and watch Mars in Aries become a peaceful dragon.

Appearance wise Mars in fire tends to give a glowing skin that seems to stretch over the muscles and strong eyebrows or jaw-line. Mars in Aries can be into sports and have an impressive physique but they can also lose motivation and have periods of being in-active.

Needs: To act fast while the passion is there, independence, small daily challenges and movement.

Hates: Slow and leading to nowhere plans and dishonest interactions where anger is under the surface.

Loves: Excitement, speed, chasing and hunting for something. Open war fare that ends up in friendship and love.

Famous Mars in Aries:

Prince famous for his raw sexuality and music. Mars rules his creativity and romantic relationships.

A Gemini Sun in the 8th house with Mars in Aries and Pluto on the MC. Pluto and Mars rule creative career and show crisis around that area.

Angelina Julie famous fro her action roles

Mars rules her 10th house and public image, Mars is conjunct Moon and Jupiter so indicates fighting against injustice and being a fierce mother.

Mars square Pluto in the natal chart

If you have this aspect in your natal chart you are a naturally incredibly tenacious. This aspect like many Pluto aspects is not something other people notice at first glance about you. It is a force that you keep close to your heart and like a magical ace you present it when something triggers you to take action.

Your energy comes from the depths of your physical core and seems to rely on an infinite potential for survival. It can often seem even to you that you do not know where this energy comes from.

Growing up taking any form of assertive action could feel frightening because it awoke some basic animalistic instinct in your heart which you felt was not appropriate or even embarrassing. You have found you are best able to assert yourself with vigor and passion when times are hard. Pushing yourself to the limit is often the only way to access this volcano of passion that is beyond your control.

 It is very likely you direct this energy into some form of sport or into your work. If you aren’t directing it to achieve something in the world you would often find yourself in conflict with other people who want to dominate and cage you in a spiritual prison so that you can’t escape and create chaos. You would resist with all your’ might when anyone tries and take away your right to exercise your full strength and ambition.

Ambition is something you are naturally very prone too. You are motivated by the potential to better yourself and gain some form of control over your life. You are not soft hearted and often would step on your own vulnerable parts just to get to the top. The tricky thing with this aspect is that once it ignites in a fire like a huge metal machine it is very hard to calm it down. The reason this is tricky is that other parts of your personality might not be ready to go to war just yet.

You may find yourself often in a state of inner conflict that prevents you from moving forward and achieving anything at all. This comes down to a pretty simple state of fear of what you might create if you go forward. You are not afraid of other people but sometimes you are afraid of yourself and what you are capable of. You might find passion, ambition and drive something you dislike in other people because you reject that part of yourself. It is very important for you to learn what your limits are so that you don’t burn out and end up hurting yourself or someone else.

Children with this aspect do best when they are kept active and allowed to make mistakes. They are the type of child to break a watch to see its machinations and get angry when they find it broken. Pluto likes to destroy in order to understand how something works and Mars like to create new life. If you think about this combination you can realize this aspect suggests these people have an inner drive for life in all forms. They enjoy blood pumping through their veins, sun on their burned skin in summer, the pain of the freezing cold on top of a mountain and the afterglow of endorphins born from pain and strain. They are incredibly good at self-control and have a high tolerance for stress that seems to be based on some inner conviction that they can do anything.

The paradox is that if no situations in their life allow them to exercise their will-power or spiritual muscles they will create the situations in an artificial manner. If life becomes too easy and there is nothing to fight for they would become their own worst enemies. They would try and punish themselves and would feel as if they are controlled by some impulse that is almost evil in its deliciousness. I want to point out this is what happens when you reject Pluto and become the slave of your Mars.

There is nothing wrong or evil about your instincts and impulses but have enough responsibility to take time and learn where and how to express them. You want to create but sometimes you destroy. The opposite is also very true! You often create something powerfully evocative in the psyche of other people. You can inspire others to lean on their instincts and strength and survive anything. It is when you are using your instincts to save life that you become free from the slavery of your own fire.

Saving life doesn’t always mean being a firefighter or surgeon although in many cases that is a popular field for you to end up in. Saving life can mean saving the fire in other people’s hearts. You can’t stand seeing other people become so weak as to stop fighting for their power. You can become an example and activist of living life without apologizes. You can lift the spirit of those who think they have been defeated and that is a wonderful gift.

My advice to you would be to try and write down situations where you felt out of control or that your actions were destructive. Take time to really find a pattern of what is a trigger for you. These situations actually hold the key to your hidden energy. After you figure out what these situations are you would be better prepared for battle. If you feel like you are being eaten alive by an invisible fire it is a good idea to find balance through physical activity. I always suggest to keep your ambitiousness to yourself and just work behind the scenes. This aspect works best when kept safely out of the judgment of others. Unlike the opposition what you have is a battery with infinite potential that is volatile if not directed into something constructively destructive.

Destruction is part of nature and the cycle of life. Life is often born out of the ashes of what came before it. You can reinvent that angry, sullen and chaotic individual that once was yourself and become a creator with a shield of diamond strong will-power. You can also fall from grace when you fall into the trap of thinking humans are just animals. The spiritual side of Pluto wants to elevate the flesh into spirit. The instinctive and raw appetite you have for life, movement, sex, love, work and power can be crystalized into something more nuanced and gentle. The inner protector within you is just waiting to be reborn. It is waiting to wear its past mistakes as dirty metal armor while inside its chest would burn a gentle pure fire of intense protectiveness for all that has a beating heart.