Let’s get fired up!
When it comes to understanding how we express our sexuality, energy and fight, we peer into the placement of mighty Mars in our birth charts.
Recognizing what turns someone on or makes them tick is important when looking at the full vision of who they are and how they go about living their lives. While we obviously reference someone’s Sun sign, Ascendant (rising sign) and Moon sign in a natal chart, it’s always helpful to pinpoint what zodiac sign Mars stands within, too. He is a powerful planet and is integral to how we take control of our lives.
Mars is the planet of sex, drive and action. While he isn’t the top factor when it comes to relationship compatibility, it’s still important to understand how someone expresses their passion. Think: fight or flight. Active or passive. To jump or to wait.
Mars takes roughly two years to go around the Sun, so your Mars sign may not be the same as your Sun sign — adding layers to your personality. When watching patterns you are creating within your life, check the zodiac sign and degree where your natal Mars is — and then watch when transiting Mars returns to that same place once every two years. You’ll have a snapshot of how you’ll be taking action, expressing your sex drive and getting motivated in the journey ahead.
Read about your Mars sign and find out what it means for you!
MARS IN ARIES
Mars in Aries is one of the strongest placements where our red planet can live! That is because it is the natural ruler of Aries, meaning it is at home or “domicile” in this zodiac sign. People with this energy are unafraid to take action and often tend to be quite courageous.
However, that can also make them quite brash and impulsive — diving in first and thinking about it later. They will have a feisty temper and sex drive, easily ignited but then just as quickly dissipated once it has been released. When it comes to sex, these individuals like to jump into the action, as their libido is especially high.
MARS IN TAURUS
Mars in Taurus is a unique place to have the red planet, as it is in a slightly weakened state known as “detriment.” That isn’t a problem, though, because it means that these individuals take action, pursue their goals and express their sex drive in a more refined and practical way. People with this placement are slow and steady in tackling what they’re after — but once they set their minds upon it, there is nothing stopping them!
Usually slow to anger, their patience is also quite strong. However, once frustrated, they will dig in their heels and likely become quite stubborn and adamant about what they want. As for sex, these individuals prioritize sensuality as their key form of pleasure, rather than just diving into bed. They take their time in sexual experiences, live in the moment and prefer consistency over casual dalliances.
MARS IN GEMINI
Mars in Gemini is a highly intellectual and communicative placement for our red planet to be. Individuals with this often are extremely focused on logic, discussion and connection. When it comes to conflict, they will use their words and messages to punish or destroy. People with this energy are often highly social and prefer spontaneity and adventure when it comes to their lives. They tend to be fascinated by ideas and crave interaction or else they will become bored quite easily. These individuals have a high level of energy and enthusiasm for life and can communicate quite animatedly. When it comes to sex, these people love dirty talk, passionate foreplay and experimentation.
MARS IN CANCER
Mars in Cancer is a unique placement for our red planet to roam because it is in a weakened state known as its “fall.” That doesn’t mean it’s a negative place for it to exist — it just means that our red planet has to go about exhibiting its energy in a way it is not normally accustomed to.
People with this placement are often extremely emotional individuals and become very fired up about everything they feel. Emotional connection is a top priority and they often express the need to be a caretaker or nurture those around them.
However, when it comes to conflict, they will only use anger as a vehicle for their emotions if it is absolutely necessary, more likely to stew in their moods. They can also be quite passive-aggressive. As for sex, these individuals require an emotional connection to be intimate; otherwise, the interaction will feel unsatisfactory.
MARS IN LEO
Mars in Leo gives someone the energy to be the star of the show — eager to express themselves, entertain and achieve everything they’re passionate about. They are charismatic and driven and aim high both personally and professionally. Living a fulfilling life is a top priority for them, as they struggle with following a path that doesn’t give them the freedom to follow their dreams.
In conflict, these people can be quite fierce, unleashing a fit of rage — especially if their sense of ego has been offended. They can also hold onto a grudge stubbornly if they think the other person will never change. When it comes to sex, these people are playful, exhibitionist and passionate. Romance and decadence are important in life — as well as in bed.
MARS IN VIRGO
Mars in Virgo grants someone a strong work ethic and a goal-oriented nature. They tend to be highly analytical and able to manage many projects and people at once. These individuals are excellent planners and organizers and favor productivity above all else. They also are often highly communicative and practice restraint and practicality in life. This also applies to how they exhibit anger or their sexuality: with logic, balance and intellectualism.
However, when frustrated, they will become highly critical and can exhibit perfectionism. People with this placement can be very service-oriented, eager to aid others and please. When it comes to sex, they are often slower to interact and prefer sensuality and relaxation over intense or short fits of passion.
MARS IN LIBRA
Mars in Libra is a unique area for our red planet to stand, as his fiery energy is out of its comfort zone and considered to be in a place called its “detriment.” This isn’t a problem; it just means that Mars’s usual feisty and direct nature ends up being expressed more passively and with balance. People with this tend to favor harmony, peace, fairness and justice over personal victory. They may also be especially passionate about partnerships and always have a key person they’re working with or aligned with.
In conflict, these people are very passive-aggressive and will unleash their fury when they are pushed far past their comfort zones. When it comes to sex, they like it to be light-hearted, romantic and sweet and often prefer others to take the lead.
MARS IN SCORPIO
Mars in Scorpio is a powerful placement for our red planet because he is in one of his home zodiac signs and known to be “domicile” here. That will give someone a cunning and intense nature. Once they set their minds on something and desire it, they will stop at nothing to get it.
These individuals often are power-hungry with extremely high libidos. They have perseverance and strength that sets them apart personally and professionally, but — when angered — they will stop at nothing to crush their enemies. While initially passive-aggressive, they also have a deeply wicked temper. When it comes to sex, these individuals are all-or-nothing and crave intimacy and union of mind, soul and body.
MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
Mars in Sagittarius people are born adventurers and sojourners. They hunger to experience everything that life has to offer and above all do not like being caged. They have a “go big or go home” mentality and hunger for change and spontaneity wherever they turn. They can often become quite bored if they are in the same physical or mental place for too long, so they need a constant supply of stimulation and interaction to keep them busy. That restless nature provokes them to seek new ideas, experiences and opportunities that will satiate their wanderlust and pursuit of knowledge.
When it comes to conflict, these individuals can be especially aggressive and impulsive — especially if they are feeling constrained. As for sex, they are passionate and spontaneous and crave new kinds of stimulation to satiate their innate curiosity.
MARS IN CAPRICORN
Mars in Capricorn is a very powerful place for the red planet to be, as he is known to exhibit some of his greatest strength here because he is called “exalted” in this zodiac sign. This means that the ambitious, strategic and driven energies of Mars can be focused in a harnessed and patient way. These individuals tend to be quite hardworking and are always after the long game, unafraid to put in the effort because of their innate desire for victory.
When it comes to conflict, these people are cunning and practical, understanding that drama is a waste of energy unless they are coming out on top. They will often refocus their passion and emotions back into their goals or career. When it comes to sex, these people crave consistency and practicality and can have high libidos.
MARS IN AQUARIUS
Mars in Aquarius grants someone a quirky and eccentric air in regards to how they exhibit their energy. They often are highly idealistic and intellectual and put their passion into their goals and group interactions. They have a progressive nature and tend to be quite social and highly communicative.
However, their individual opinions are extremely important to them and they may even deliberately oppose the narrative of mainstream philosophy in favor of going against the grain. Their ideas are paramount and, once they form them, they will not change their minds and be can quite stubborn.
In conflict, these people are passionate for debate and will rally others to their cause to support them. When it comes to sex, they favor experimental interactions and can be open to more unique connections and relationships.
MARS IN PISCES
Mars in Pisces brings an individual an emotional and sensitive nature. They tend to be more fluid individuals who become passionate about their feelings and lead with their hearts. Their ideals and dreams are of great importance to them, and they trust their intuition and empathy over their minds when pursuing goals or sex. They also will tend to be quite creative and romantic people, eager to express themselves and connect.
They can be deeply receptive and know how to innately heal others. However, in conflict, these individuals often do not face anger head-on and can suppress pain because it is so difficult to process. That energy may transform into sorrow or anxiety instead. In sex, these people are especially sensitive and crave emotional experiences that border on the spiritual in order to be satiated.
Kyle Thomas is a globally recognized pop culture astrologer who has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, ABC Television, Hulu, Bustle, Elite Daily, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, YahooNews, MSN and more. He is known for his cosmic guidance for celebrities, business executives and prominent influencers. His work harnesses the power of the stars in regards to entertainment lifestyle and trends affecting people worldwide. For more information, visit KyleThomasAstrology.com.