Astrological Properties

Mars Planet Name
Άρης (Áris) Greek Name
687 days Transit Duration
Aries, Scorpio Rules
Taurus, Libra Detriment
Capricorn Exaltation
Cancer Fall

Mars in Astrology

Mars known as the male counterpart of Venus. It is the planet of energy, willpower, dynamics, initiative, pioneering, adventure, daring, and courage. It represents masculinity, struggle, action, conflict, and war. It is expressed as forceful movement, primary action, enterprise, strength, optimism, and sexual desires in the form of passion or conquest.

Mars’ energy is focused on existence and creation of new opportunities through daring, motivation, and spirit. Mars also rules the sex drive. Mars could represent a man, a lover (in particular, one who is pursuing you), youth from late teens to middle age, and opponents. Mars is expressed as initiatory energy, impulsiveness, aggression, assertiveness, and boldness. The head, the nose, the sinuses, fevers, immune reaction, and temperament.

The position of Mars in the natal chart by sign, house or aspect describes ‘how’ and ‘where’ you direct your energy and what motivates you as well as how aggressive and competitive you are. In non-natal charts (horary, mundane, etc.), Mars can represent combat, weapons, war, the military and military action, fires, and general conflicts. At its best, Mars can be the boost of energy to compel you to be motivated to get things done or make progress. At its worst, it represents impulsiveness, recklessness, jealousy, destruction and excessive conflict.

Author: Cindy Mckean


Mars in Astronomy

Mars is approximately half the diameter of Earth with a surface area only slightly less than the total area of Earth's dry land.[7] Mars is less dense than Earth, having about 15% of Earth's volume and 11% of Earth's mass, resulting in about 38% of Earth's surface gravity. The red-orange appearance of the Martian surface is caused by iron(III) oxide, or rust.[34] It can look like butterscotch;[35] other common surface colors include golden, brown, tan, and greenish, depending on the minerals present.[35]

Mars is a planet that shows climate change on a large scale. Although its atmosphere used to be thick enough for water to run on the surface, today that water is either scarce or non-existent. The atmosphere today is also too thin to easily support life as we know it, although life may have existed in the ancient past.

The rotational period and seasonal cycles of Mars are likewise similar to those of Earth, as is the tilt that produces the seasons. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano and second-highest known mountain in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, one of the largest canyons in the Solar System. The smooth Borealis basin in the northern hemisphere covers 40% of the planet and may be a giant impact feature.[16][17] Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped. These may be captured asteroids,[18][19] similar to 5261 Eureka, a Mars trojan.

Atmospheric Composition

95.32% Carbon dioxide
2.7% Nitrogen
1.6% Argon
0.13% Oxygen
0.08% Carbon monoxide

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