I told you that the planet is the energy itself. It can be understood through verbs. When Mars energy speaks through our mouth, we say:
I do! I am me! I fight! I go get what I want! I desire! I compete! I attack! I start! I am first! I lead! I defend! I want! I conquer! I stand for.... ! (whatever we may be standing for)
If you are in a hurry, just remember these words. If you get the spirit, you know everything you need to know, and the rest can only follow.
Imagine how a person with strong Mars energy will behave in all kinds of circumstances. Imagine a character, as if you were writing a movie script.
How would a Martian child behave at school? Would he or she be calm and focused or unable to keep quiet for too long?
How would a Martian boy talk to a girl he feels attractive? Would he hesitate for ages or rather be direct or even inappropriate?
What if it's the girl who has a lot of Mars energy, how will she be? Girly or competing with boys on the sport court?
What kind of jobs, what kind of hobbies would a Mars person more enjoy? Embroidery or boxing?
If Mars was an animal, which would it be? (A part from a charging ram which is the symbol of Aries)...
You can ask yourselves all kinds of questions.. and if you've got the spirit of this energy, you know the answers.
What characters in novels and movies express Mars? Mister Bean? Not at all. Saint George, the dragon killer and patron of England does.
The best way to learn more about Mars energy is to observe life and put mental Mars tags wherever you think it may be relevant. For instance, you can walk in the street and look at the buildings. Which ones would you tag Mars? Probably not the church (which would rather be tagged Jupiter and Neptune). The Fire Station, the Police Station, the Sport centre deserve a "Mars tag"...
Everything in life expresses the fundamental energies. Play at putting tags on everything, objects, behaviors, events..... don't do it all the time though!!
Look at a body. What parts would you tag Mars? The fists indeed. The head as well. Why? Think of the expression Rushing headfirst into something... The muscles and the blood will be tagged Mars. (When someone or something lacks Mars energy, we find it a bit "bloodless") The color is the color of passion, intensity, action, possibly violence... it's red of course.
What emotions among these five would you give a "Mars tag"? Sadness, anger, joy, worry, fear...
What symbols would you associate with Mars? In particular, what element among the four: Fire, Earth, Air and Water?
In mythology, Mars is the God of war. However, this energy of aggression and male desire is not necessarily negative. When it's well mastered, we attack problems or tackle tasks rather than people, and we have sex only with consent. It's possible to live in peace with others even with a strong Mars energy, and if we really need to fight, we can get on a ring or on a tatami and practice martial arts.
If you are a woman, Mars is somewhere in your chart, and it will not be stronger or weaker just because you are a woman. Nowadays, women are much freer to express this energy than they were in the past centuries.
Whether we are a man or a woman, we can be unable to handle this energy - or any energy. Sometimes we just can't integrate it in our personality. We don't allow ourselves to express it as much as needed, and we push it back into our unconscious. When this is the case, we are going to attract into our lives people who will express this energy for us. If we have a strong Mars but live the life of a bookworm, we may fall in love with someone who spend most of their time at the sport center, or even attract aggressors and end up as the perpetual victim. This psychological mechanism is called "projection" - Whatever is not conscious is projected. Whatever energy is not integrated into our personality will be met through others.... Maybe that's how St George ended up fighting a dragon, which was nothing but his own shadow...
We can't know for sure whether the Mars of a person is well integrated into their personality or if it's repressed and projected, but we can have a few clues. I'll talk about that later.
Aries is the sign ruled by Mars. Aries is somehow Mars' energy field. Mars as the energy itself can be translated into verbs.
The quality of the energy fields will be expressed with adverbs or adjectives. Any planet passing through the energy field called "Aries" will be expressed:
Strongly - aggressively- courageously - impulsively- passionately - intensely - rashly - sexually - assertively-
For instance, if Venus, planet of love, happens to be in Aries, you can guess that the native, man or woman, is very likely to
... or we can use adjectives to qualify behaviours, like
hot, dynamic, daring, straightforward, quick, strong, passionate, bossy, domineering, overbearing, rebellious, competitive, provocative, sexy, independent, egocentric....
To end this chapter, a word about the first house. The cusp of the first house is the Ascendant, also called Rising sign. (A cusp is the point where a house starts)
The Ascendant, and the first house as a whole, describe our surface behavior. As Mars is the energy that moves forward, tackles issues, confront the world, likewise the Ascendant expresses how we confront the world, new people and new situations, our first spontaneous reactions to anything that happens.
The First House also gives indications about our body, as our body is somehow the front line of our whole personality. The first thing we see when we meet others is their body, not their heart or their mind.
If your Ascendant is very different from your Sun and Moon signs, people will need to get to know you better before meeting the "real you". What you see is exactly what you get. However, it would be wrong to call the Ascendant a "fake you". The Ascendant is also the real you, such as you are at first sight.
Generally speaking, if you have planets in the first house, these planets are likely to be integrated in your ego (you conscious idea of who you are) rather than projected and met through others. Planets in the first house are likely to be part of the more extroverted part of yourself, and to express themselves... assertively. Everything happening in the first house is important.
Just remember the key words for now. Write down those you remember, then check out. That's the best way to remember.
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