Mars is the God of War and is known for his protective nature, passion, temper, brave heart, and his daringness to act on both instincts and desires. Mars is prominent in the charts of athletes, entrepreneurs, military personnel, and other employment that entails risk, exertion, and exceptional drive. For example, Michael Phelps has a very pronounced Mars in Cancer (conjunct his Ascendant if you know astrology lingo) and he is one of the best swimmers in the world!
When someone is a Mars-dominant individual, they often excel in the field of sports because of their fiery, assertive, and competitive nature. They are not one to back down from a challenge, nor do they get overwhelmed with insurmountable odds. They are the pioneers of the zodiac, and are thus tasked with the challenging job of forging ahead into unknown territory where they are willing to risk it all for success.
Mars-dominant people are often leaders and dominant in the area of life where Mars is housed. In many professions, this will help them get ahead. They can be the loudest one, willing to say and do what it takes, assert themselves, put themselves first and outshine the rest. In other facets of life, these traits can be threatening to those who have trouble asserting their own will and expressing their own desires.
If left unchecked and unbalanced, a Mars dominant person can be seen as selfish, angry, dangerous, violent, and overly domineering. This is because Mars represents the primal, instinctive, animal nature within each of us. It is our sexual expression, our inner flame, our drive and desire. What happens to a fire when it is fanned and left to roam? It eats up everything in it’s path – complete destruction. This is what it’s like when our primal energy is not controlled and utilized.
But what happens when we channel this drive into something productive? It allows us to grow as individuals and feel fully expressed. It makes a Michael Phelps or the next billionaire business owner who knows how to follow their instincts about people and deals. Essentially, the most important thing for the masculine-driven nature of Mars is to have an objective, a purpose, an aim. Without it, Mars can destroy itself and others.
As I mentioned earlier, Mars also represents our sexual drive. Mars-dominant individuals often have a strong sex drive. They are usually good at expressing their natural desires and instincts. For some this might mean ecstatic dance, while for others it is free soloing El Capitan. There is just something uninhibited about Mars that makes us feel wild and primitive. Your survival instinct that turns on in a time of crisis is what leads a Mars-dominant person the majority of the time.
Mars feels most comfortable in the signs of Aries and Scorpio. Both of these signs are willing to fight for what they want – fight being the key word here. With a sharp sting of a scorpion tail or a hard head-butt of the ram, they are willing to assert their boundaries so you know what is theirs and when to back off. This makes an incredible protector, and you’ll often find that these individuals gravitate towards careers like policeman and fireman because of this.
However, when this fighting energy goes awry, the Mars individual can be a little too good at expressing their anger. This can make them polarizing and unafraid to stir the pot. Mars is a planet that tends to divide people and start conflict – it is the God of War after all. Those who are Mars dominant need to be mindful of their tempestuous nature. The good news is, regardless of the blowup, they are usually very quick to simmer down and let things go.
Overall, Mars-dominant people have so much to admire. They are our protectors, our leaders, our world-class athletes and exceptional entrepreneurs. They are unafraid to do what others wouldn’t dare. Yes, they will have their own demons because of their lack of fear, but when in balance, their courage will lead us all to safety and incredible achievements.