Astrology Quick Facts:
Ruler of: Passion, Ambition, & Will
Named for: Mars, The Roman God of War
Sign of Dignity: Aries & Scorpio
Sign of Detriment: Libra
Sign of Exaltation: Capricorn
Sign of Fall: Cancer
Physical Body: Muscles, testicles, nose, sinews
Changes Sign: Every 1.5 months
Astronomy Quick Facts:
Length of Day: 24.6 Earth hours
Length of Year: 687 Earth days
Moons: 2, Phobos & Deimos
Temperature: Average of -63°C (-81°F)
Size: 6,779 km in diameter (1.9x smaller than Earth)
Year Discovered: Known to the Ancients, ~2nd Millenium BCE
Earth’s bright red neighbour, Mars, is on track to play host to the first human settlement beyond the Earth within our lifetime thanks to NASA scientists and engineers. Evidence suggests that there may have been life on Mars 3.7 billion years ago, when its surface was watery and its atmosphere moist. Today, the search continues for signs of past and current life on the Red Planet.
Named for the Roman God of War, Mars commands our attention from his seat in the solar system. It only makes sense that his planetary influence drives our passions, our physical energy, and the force with which we live our lives. As a Warrior, Mars is especially connected to aggression: how quick-tempered we are and how that temper is expressed. Do you let your feelings bubble under the surface until they boil over and you lash out suddenly with verbal venom? Or do you have a propensity for more immediate physical reactions, like crying or shouting?
Depending on what zodiac sign Mars is travelling through on a given day, we Earthlings will feel shifts in our energy; for example, when Mars hangs out in Leo, we feel more energetic, enthusiastic, and quick to react impulsively. We work towards our goals with vigour and purpose. In romantic situations, Mars in Leo boosts our confidence. On the other side, Mars in Taurus is much slower to get worked into a lather, and forward progress takes a slower, steadier approach.
Whether you’re loud, stubborn, and quick-tempered or shy, relaxed, and reserved depends on where Mars was travelling when you were born. Mars’ placement in your natal chart natal chart determines what spurs you into action, and what that action looks like for you as an individual.
- In Fire signs, Mars is purposeful; quick to act and defend
- In Air signs, Mars’ drive is erratic and unfocused, taking action intellectually and/or verbally.
- In Earth signs, Mars is strong-willed but slow moving.
- In Water signs, Mars’ passionate energy is undulating and fluctuant.
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