This is the glyph representing Mars: the universal symbol for the masculine. Can you find Mars in your chart?
Mars Rules Aries, and Co-rules Scorpio
Mars is the outermost of the “personal” planets (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars). Mars scouts around the periphery of these planets— and of the Earth, like a protector. He circles the Zodiac, passing through all 12 signs every 2 years– stopping every 20 months or so to turn around and look back (retrograde), then returning to his normal rounds.
Mars represents pure energy, the part of us that will kick the ass of those who threaten us. And even those who mean us no harm, if we are living in fear and our Mars energy is out of control. The energy can be very constructive or very destructive, depending on how we choose to use it.
Mars represents our raw energy and the ways we express it, including fighting, sports, and sex. The mythological god Mars is often shown with a shield, a sword, and a bright star of light on his crotch.
All of us have Mars somewhere. If we do not respect him and give his energy an outlet, if we bottle up our anger and frustration, the energy will eventually force its way out in ways that are unconscious and potentially destructive.
Constructive uses of Mars include exercise and activity of the body and/or mind. A well-cared-for Mars keeps one away from destructive people and situations.
A blocked or frustrated Mars can bring injury and illness to the physical body, aggressive persons, impatience, rudeness, hastiness, or inappropriate competitive urges. That is one reason why exercise of the physical body is so important to our physical and mental health.
Mars retrograde turns Mars energy inward, restraining one’s anger, fighting, aggression, assertiveness, confidence, initiative. If Mars is retrograde in your natal chart, you may accept aggression from others. You tend to internalize anger and be really hard on yourself. You might project this anger onto a partner, choosing partners who do not take responsibility, or who have anger issues themselves.
Bottled up anger can stagnate and fester and make your body unhealthy. It often shows up as tension or inflammation. (Look at Mars’ sign and house to pinpoint the part of the body— if it’s Aries it’s the head, Cancer, the tummy, etc.)
You learned to swallow it all up in childhood, and you can unlearn it if you deal honestly with your past and turn towards the positive use of Mars Rx: inner awareness and strength. When you have done the work, you’ll respond to frustration and anger in increasingly healthy ways. You’ll honor your desires and be more gentle and compassionate with yourself.