The nearest neighbour of our planet is Mars. The planet of action, fire and passion. Mars begins the astrological year when the Sun enters Aries and allows Mars to initiate a fresh start. This is the true purpose of Mars – to unpack the energy of our higher self into a very particular action here and now. Mars is firmly connected with the Sun and meant to serve the Sun’s wishes as a warrior who serves his king.
Depending on Mars placement, it determines the mechanic of action. Would it be an independent fast response or “premeditated murder”? Even without any astrological knowledge by observing kids in their 7 to 10 years could provide a valid picture of their behaviour that will define it for life. This is the age when Mars becomes active and reveals its true nature. Sometimes it can be a surprise for parents.
The house where Mars is placed determines areas of life where a proactive approach is going to be needed. If a person lives according to their nature it will be a house of productive and prolific work. The new challenge will be no more than possible to handle and like a sparkle can light a fire of energy to reach a purpose. If a connection with a self is lost, then the house where Mars is placed will condition a territory of pain, aggression and destruction.
Generally, childhood and teenage memories are like a code for success to some degree. If we can analyze our memories and extract key habits and transfer them into adulthood, we can get in touch with our nature (if it was lost somehow). Or we can use astrology to help.
The best approach is to look into the birth chart as a whole to find some key habits that will become the first step to revive our energy level. The other option is to look into particular placements in the chart, to find their characteristics and implement them.
As a planet responsible for our actions Mars also determines the sport type that gives the best results and allows Martian energy to be used “ecologically”. For the provided options below you should bear in mind that aspects in most cases are more important than a sign.*
MARS IN ARIES / HOUSE I
Any sport will do well because the person with Mars in Aries is full of energy and has a strong need for physical challenges. In this case, the main attention should be paid to the aspects of other planets that will determine the best outcome.
If there are no aspects with Mars, then it’s better to focus on pure strength sports, where aesthetics and strategy are not required (weightlifting, shooting, shot put, etc.)
MARS IN TAURUS / HOUSE II / ASPECT WITH VENUS
Gymnastics, weightlifting; freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
MARS IN GEMINI / HOUSE III / ASPECT WITH MERCURY
Football, all athletics, speed skating.
MARS IN CANCER / HOUSE IV / ASPECT WITH THE MOON
Swimming, water polo, rowing, diving, martial arts, winter sports, snowboarding.
MARS IN LEO / HOUSE V / ASPECT WITH SUN
Boxing and all types of martial arts, weightlifting, any spectacular sport with a “wow effect” (acrobatics, etc.)
MARS IN VIRGO / HOUSE VI
Football, hockey, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling; figure skating; golf; cycling.
MARS IN WEIGHT / HOUSE VII
Boxing, rhythmic gymnastics; any sport with aesthetic and gentlemanly pathos (golf, figure skating).
MARS IN SCORPIO / IN HOUSE VIII / ASPECT WITH PLUTO
Martial arts, shooting, extreme sports.
MARS IN SAGITTARIUS / IN THE HOUSE IX / ASPECT WITH JUPITER
Golf, billiards, chess, tennis, badminton, basketball, shooting, skiing, biathlon, Horseback Riding, running (marathons).
MARS IN CAPRICORN / HOUSE X / ASPECT WITH SATURN
Mountaineering, alpine skiing, weightlifting, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
MARS IN AQUARIUS / HOUSE XI / ASPECT WITH URANIUM
Auto, motorcycle, cycling; skates; hockey; football, volleyball; cybersport.
MARS IN PISCES / HOUSE XII / ASPECT WITH NEPTUNE
Swimming, rowing, rhythmic gymnastics, Horseback Riding.
As an example, I would like to use the birth chart of one of the greatest tennis player of all time, Serena Williams. To describe her choice of the sport we should look into the Mars sign, its ruler, house and aspects that other planets make with it.
In her birth chart, Mars sits in the fifth house in Leo. That makes the preference based on sport’s glorious reputation by her father’s choice. Also, Mars in her chart creates 3 aspects with other planets: Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The way they play their roles in Serena’s chart is fascinating to me. To start with, all of them are located in the part of the chart that can be characterised as a hard-working area. Any planet that gets there becomes a drudge.
Let’s look closely into the square angle in between Mars and Venus in this case:
- The 90˚ angle is an aspect of war where one planet tries to destroy another;
- Venus is placed in the 7th house, a place for open enemies,
- Venus symbolises any female or a sister of similar age;
- also, Venus in this chart rules the entire horoscope as the beginning of the horoscope lies in Taurus (ruled by Venus), hence it rules the 1st house and is responsible for our talents and physique
- additionally, Venus is a ruler of her Libra Sun and the Sun rules Mars here.
All of that gives an urge to compete physically with other women. It is an amazing fact that Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, is a tennis player as well and their competitiveness has brought the sisters together rather than driving them apart. Tennis, literally, allowed them to fight each other profitably rather than tearing out hairs and nails.
The 60˚ Mars-Jupiter aspect had influenced a choice of the sport and allowed mastering it. The Mars-Saturn and Sun-Saturn aspects provided stiff discipline to climb the top of Olympia. Serena and Venus trained “six hours a day, six days a week for four years” since they were about 10 years old.
There are more factors in Serena Williams’ chart that supported her success. But one thing is important to remember: she wasn’t destined for success. Her hard work, her family, her personality and great intuition made it happen.
We all have Mars in our birth charts. The question is: how we use it.
*list of sports taken from https://mylablife.ru/o-mars-ty-sport
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