What motivates people? What gets
them out of bed in the morning? How do they go about getting what
they want? Look to the position of Mars in the natal chart
Mars in the
Mars in Fire people
(that is, those with Mars in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius) are
generally quite passionate. When they get angry, those around them
generally know it. There's very little pretension with this
position of Mars. They very much like to get what they want, and
they generally won't hide this fact from you. These natives are
far too impatient to play mind games or to employ too much
strategy in order to get where they want to go.
in Earth people
(that is, those with Mars in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn) are
rarely aggressive, but they absolutely are determined individuals.
Their goals in life are often quite practical--ones that are
realistic and attainable. They get up in the morning with the idea
that they must work for what they want in life. There is a
basic resourcefulness to Mars in Earth.
in Air people
(that is, those with Mars in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius)
generally have many interests and drives. These natives are
especially clever about getting what they want. Unlike Mars in
Fire, Mars in Air natives are quite capable of adopting airs and
tactics to get and do the things they want. These natives are
quite polished in manner. They'll rarely offend you in an overt
way, preferring to settle things on an intellectual level.
in Water people
(that is, those with Mars in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces) are
generally quite adept at strategy. They are emotional and
instinctual people. They are unlikely to be directly aggressive
about getting what they want in life. These natives feel their way
through life--feelings and actions work in tandem. Although they
generally aren't as flexible and polished as Mars in Air, they do
employ tactics and often use roundabout ways to fulfill their
When Mars in Fire and Mars in Earth people interact: there is often a conflict
between creative instincts (Fire) and physical desires (Earth).
While Fire rarely thinks before it acts, Earth is deliberate and
can benefit each other: Earth Mars can help Fire Mars
slow down; Fire Mars can help
stimulate Earth Mars to be more creative.
Ground: Both Fire and Earth are rather
self-centered in their desires, and both want to put their plans
When Mars in Fire and Mars in Air people interact: they will often find some
common ground--both are restless individuals who want to grow and
expand. However, Mars in Air can be baffled by the way Mars in Fire takes things quite personally, and seems overly concerned
with themselves, often ignoring other people's perspectives. Fire Mars
tires of Air Mars's desire to talk about everyone
else's points of view. Air Mars's theories and plans can be too
detached, lighthearted, and lacking in passion for Fire Mars.
Most frustrating is Air Mars's concentration on theory, simply
because Fire Mars wants action.
can benefit each other: When they consciously try to learn
from each other, Fire can help Air infuse some passion and zeal
into their lives, and help put some of Air's ideas
into action. Air can help Fire by offering more detached,
impersonal points of
Ground: Both Fire and Air Mars people are positive,
outgoing communicators. They both have a strong desire to learn
and grow through their actions.
When Mars in Fire and Mars in Water people interact: both individuals are
intuitive and sometimes impractical people, but Water Mars may find Fire
Mars too self-righteous and egoistic. Debates are
fun for Fire Mars, while Water Mars prefers not to argue.
Water Mars enjoys experiences that allow them to connect with
their partner, while Fire Mars is far more excitable and
self-centered in their expression. Fire Mars can be too direct
and brash for the more sensitive Water Mars; while Water Mars can dampen the enthusiasm of Fire
Mars, too often
becoming the proverbial "wet blanket". Fire can quickly
become impatient with Water's silences.
can benefit each other: When they consciously try to learn
from each other, Fire can help Water by infusing Water's plans
with optimism and enthusiastic vision of the future. Water reminds
Fire to be sensitive to others in their actions.
Ground: Both Water and Fire Mars people intuit things
rather than analyze them. They are both warm people.
When Mars in Earth and Mars in Air people interact: there can be a conflict
between the Earth Mars's desire for results and Air Mars's
curious, theoretical nature. Earth becomes impatient with Air's
many theories, which often seem impractical to Earth. Air's biggest
complaint is that Earth is stuck in the material world, and
Earth's focus is far too narrow. What good is theory without
practical application in the real world? Why waste so much time
thinking?, asks Earth. Similarly, Air can quickly become
frustrated with the subjective and overly practical Earth person.
Life is not just about what can be done--what is life without higher
thought?, asks Air.
can benefit each other: Earth Mars can help Air Mars handle the details of everyday life, bringing some practical value
to Air's many theories; Air can stimulate Earth to think in
Ground: Both Earth and Air are dry thinkers who easily
separate thought and communication from emotion and passion.
When Mars in Earth and Mars in Water people interact: there can be a conflict
between realistic plans and dreaminess. Water Mars prefers to
intuit their way through problems, while Earth attempts always to
find practical solutions. Water is focused on the intangibles of
life, and his/her thinking and communication is infused with
emotion. Thus, Water can find Earth too hard-nosed and selfish,
while Earth can easily get frustrated with Water's plans that seem
too impractical and dreamy.
can benefit each other: Earth Mars can give Water Mars some practical and useful tips on solving problems, while
Water can teach Earth to consider the feelings of others when
Ground: Both Earth and Water communicate in quiet
ways, and are not given to as much analysis as the other
When Mars in Air and Mars in Water people interact: there can be a conflict
between Air's need to be detached in thoughts and communication
and Water's desire to keep things personal. Water Mars intuits
his/her way through problems, while Air is endlessly analyzing and
considering all sides of a situation. Water can become quite
impatient with Air's need to analyze situations excessively. Water
just "knows" things instinctively, while Air looks to
the world around them for answers. Air seems to detach him/herself
from emotions during a discussion, and this detachment can be
frustrating to Water, whose approach is warmer and more
can benefit each other: Water Mars can help Air Mars focus on a problem rather than scatter his/her intellectual
energies. Water can help Air learn about what he/she really feels,
rather than thinks. Air may help Water think more objectively, and
communicate with more refinement.
Ground: Both Water and Air are concerned with their
partner's perspective, and care about what others think. Their
plans and ideas are less self-centered than those of Fire and
When Mars in one person's
chart forms a major aspect with Mars in their partner's chart,
desires and passions are stimulated. These people will do a lot
When the aspect is difficult (if it forms a square or opposition),
the relationship can be a tempestuous one, as the individuals
involved often get caught up in a battle of wills. Competitiveness
is often the result.
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