In this article we provide a detailed overview of Mars in Aries as well as its impact in each of the 12 houses of the zodiac. Do you have Mars in Aries in your horoscope? If so then this article is for you.
Mars: The Planet of Vitality, Courage, and Warfare
If you think of the planets as a royal court, Mars is the war general. Throughout history, this planet has consistently been associated with masculinity and power. In Roman times, Mars was worshiped as the god of war. This tradition had its roots in the Puranas of Vedic India, which portray Mars as the deity of war and fire. The ancient Chinese similarly saw Mars as an indicator of tragedy and bloodshed. In English, the word “martial” derives from the name of this militant planet.
Mars’ day of the week is Tuesday, known in Latin as “Martis.” Interestingly, the name “Tuesday” comes from the Anglo-Saxon name Tíw, the god of war in Germanic mythology, which also appears to be an offshoot of the culture of Vedic India.
Mars completes a full cycle of the twelve signs of the zodiac in approximately one year, ten months, and 21 days. He travels through each sign in about 57 days.
In an astrological chart, Mars represents the following:
- Vitality, open-mindedness, and innovation
- Warfare, the military, and law enforcement
- Siblings, kinsmen, and enemies
- Generosity, courage, and power
- Land and immovable property
- Weapons, fire, and industry
- Opposition, thieves, and scandal
- Stamina, blood, and semen
- Adultery, cruelty, and immorality
LEARN MORE: The Puranas provide an advanced understanding of our universe, including descriptions of life on other planets. Check out our guide to Vedic Cosmology.
Aries: The Sign of the Ram
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. In Vedic astrology, Aries is known by the Sanskrit name mesha, or “the ram.” The sign of Aries possesses a friendly, hard-working, and passionate nature. Aries is a sign of leadership. In an astrological chart, it represents areas where you are pioneering and confident in your efforts.
Ruled by Mars. Mars is known as the planet of vitality, courage, and competition. He brings a fiery and fearsome energy to the house he inhabits.
A fire sign. Aries is temperamental, passionate, and energetic.
A movable sign. Aries is fluid, spontaneous, and fond of change.
A masculine sign. Aries is aggressive, bold, and thick-skinned.
Areas of Influence
Aries influences its planetary lord in the following areas:
- Leadership and purpose
- Courage and self-confidence
- Playfulness and sports
- Friends and enemies
Traits of Mars in Aries
The influence of Mars in a birth chart will change depending on which house it is located in, its relative position in relation to other planets, as well as other factors. However, the following general traits are likely to be found in a native who has Mars in Aries:
You enjoy competitions. You have an aggressive side, and you love to express it in competitive environments. You always strive to win, especially win your reputation is on the line. For these reasons, you can excel in debate and competitive sports.
You are a natural leader. You are daring and courageous, and you always put tremendous energy into your undertakings. This makes you a valuable leader for any organization. You know how to find reserves of energy and inspire others to give all they can to a project. Your charisma and enthusiasm inspires others.
You speak the truth. You are a straightforward person. You rarely shy away from speaking your mind, even if it might get you into trouble. You stand by your values and strive to live with integrity. These qualities also make you a strong leader of others.
You can succeed in trade and business. You are an intelligent person who is not afraid to take risks. You know how to manage finances in such a way that you always have more money coming in than going out. These traits make you an ideal businessperson. If you don’t wish to run your own business, you could become a lead person at a company.
You may be self-indulgent. Although you have many good qualities, one of your weaknesses is that you may indulge in bad habits, such as gambling or intoxication. Be careful not to let your vices rule your life.
Mars in Aries in the 12 Houses
Every natal chart is unique. It is not possible to give a fully accurate reading without considering the various elements of the chart, including planetary combinations, aspects, friendships, directional strength, and more.
The traits below are general indications which will change depending on the influence of the factors listed above.
In the First House
The first house symbolizes physique and self-expression. You are a very active person, perhaps even an athlete. However, be careful to wear proper protective gear, because you are prone to physical injury. You have a strong independent spirit, and you can sometimes become aggressive with others.
In the Second House
The second house symbolizes wealth and cultural traditions. You are stubborn and often need to experience things multiple times before you learn your lesson. You can be a poor judge of character. Be careful not to let others take advantage of you or lead you astray with their bad ideas. If you work very hard, you can be successful in life.
In the Third House
The third house symbolizes siblings, courage, and literary works. You are an adventurous and confident person. You can readily sacrifice your energy for a worthy cause. You will lead a comfortable and contented life. You are a strong communicator. However, you may have difficulties with your siblings.
In the Fourth House
The fourth house symbolizes one’s mother, home, and basic beliefs. You are likely to find great success in your career. You will have a comfortable and attractive home. You may have difficulty in romantic relationships, and you also may have a strained relationship with your mother.
In the Fifth House
The fifth house symbolizes children, creative works, and overall success. You are intelligent and hard-working, and your profession is likely to involve physical labor. You are often stressed and you overload yourself with work. You should avoid spending on credit cards, as you have a tendency to accumulate debt.
In the Sixth House
The sixth house symbolizes debt, disease, and service. This is a very strong position for Mars in a natal chart. You are religious and famous within your social circle. You can become very wealthy. You easily overcome your enemies. You also have strong digestion.
In the Seventh House
The seventh house symbolizes the spouse, marital happiness, and sexual desire. This is generally an unfavorable position for Mars. You are likely to have difficulty and conflict in your romantic relationships. You have a strong sexuality. You are restless and are likely to travel. You relationship with your siblings may be strained.
In the Eighth House
The eighth house symbolizes death, calamities, and interest in the occult. You have poor health. You get into frequent accidents. Your financial circumstances are very volatile and cause you lots of stress. Your enemies will give you trouble and anxiety.
In the Ninth House
The ninth house symbolizes religion and morality. You are ambitious and driven to achieve great success. You are likely to attain a high position in life. However, you may not have many close friends, and you are likely to have difficulties with your father.
In the Tenth House
The tenth house symbolizes one’s father, career, and reputation. You are intelligent, learned, and very famous. You may have a career in the government or the military. You are somewhat self-centered and egotistical. Nonetheless, you can be a very effective leader. You enjoy giving in charity.
In the Eleventh House
The eleventh house symbolizes gains, aspirations, and friendships. You are very wealthy and you possess great courage. You have a balanced, happy temperament. Nothing can bring you down. You are able to fulfill your desires through persistence and determined effort. You have many friends who will help you with your goals and to further your career.
In the Twelfth House
The twelfth house symbolizes losses, misfortune, and liberation. You are lonely and have difficulty in interpersonal relationships. You are likely to have trouble with money. You may also have diseases of the mouth and teeth. Be careful not to involve yourself in illicit or immoral activity.
Learn More About Vedic Astrology
Expand your knowledge of astrology! Check out our guides to Vedic Astrology and the nine planets, known collectively in Sanskrit as the nava-graha. You can also learn about the differences between Western and Vedic astrology.
The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac