Having trouble understanding what you want? What you truly desire? Then maybe it’s time to take a look at where Mars is in your chart.
Mars represents our ambition, drive, energy levels and desires. This can give us an understanding of what we want from a partner, from a career, from a friendship, and many others things, especially dependent on where Mars is located. For example, Mars in the 1st house may want especially to be recognized and seen as being who they are. This can manifest in many different ways, but you know the person with a Mars placement like this will likely enjoy attention, or at the very least finding some outlet that is really all about attention on them. Mars in the 5th house is similar to this, as the 5th house is the area of creative self-expression, and represents the stage or theatre of life.
Mars in the 2nd house may deeply desire money, material resources, and have a talent for building wealth, while a Mars in the 3rd or 9th houses may have an intense urge to constantly be learning or expanding their horizons through knowledge or the application of knowledge. Mars in the 4th house likely has a deep need for emotional security, while Mars in the 11th house is likely fed energetically by their peers and being out in the community. Mars in the 6th and 10th houses are likely very connected to their work and career lives, and what they do in terms of service and contribution to society is extremely meaningful to them. They may put this part of their life before any other, which can be difficult for others to understand, especially in relationships.
Mars in the 8th or 12th house may be plagued by the need for a deeper understanding simply of who they are, and a desire to connect to spirit constantly. The sneaky part of Mars in the 12th house, however, is due to the fact that the 12th house represents what is hidden from us. Because of this, desires are very linked to the subconscious, and this may take time to unlock the secrets of what will lead to true fulfilment.
Mars in the 7th house wants deeply to connect to others through relationships, and depending on the sign, this will show how this action is likely to come about. The beauty of astrology is that it is almost like a mathematical combination, where there are multiple and truly endless combinations that will make up the whole of a person. We can look at the aspects between all of the planets (the dialogue each planet has with the others), and also the sign and house location. It’s difficult to know anything with certainty by looking at just one element of the chart, but seeing how all of the elements combine will paint a picture to aid in further self-reflection, understanding, and ultimately empowerment.
Where Mars resides in a natal chart illustrates where a person needs to feel powerful. Mars is traditionally known as the God of War, but of course there is so much beyond that simple description that can be useful to us. Mars shows us where we need to feel powerful, and where we need to expend our energies in order to get what we want, in the way that we want it. It is for this reason a very personal planet, that once understood can lead the way to further manifestation of your goals, but also a deep healing.
When we don’t understand ourselves, who we are, what we need, how we need it, who or what can give it to us, or how we can give it to ourselves, we tend to feel pretty lost and unsure. The warrior energy of Mars is not okay with this, and this can lead to depression, anger, violence, and all manners of acting out that may feel pretty out of character or at least put you in a place you do not want to be.
I’m not saying that understanding yourself through an astrological lens will all of a sudden solve all of your issues or give you this golden key to understanding yourself in an instant. Self-knowledge and getting to know ourselves intimately is truly a life long process, and one that I feel is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. I deeply believe that we are here to follow our desires, our true desires that are in alignment with our Highest Self, on the soul level, and that when we are doing this, we can lead a life of true joy and meaning that is unique to each of us within our own experience.
Since following our bliss requires a deeper understanding of what we truly want, it only makes sense to use every tool available to us in order to access this information. This is what self-reflection through astrology can bring us, and it is an ongoing process of uncovering ourselves, and seeing how we are affected by the elements of life, and how we can empower ourselves to lead the life we desire. Knowing yourself if the first step to empowerment, and taking action on what you desire.