Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Mars

Mars is the ruling planet over the 1st house of Aries in the natural zodiac, and is exalted in Capricorn. Mars is the Roman god of war and bloodshed, whose symbol is a spear and shield. Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Mars

The seven classical planets are those easily seen with the naked eye, and were thus known to ancient astrologers. They are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Mars is the planet of action. It is the firey red planet made of deserts and rocky mountains. It has been proven that there was once water all over Mars. This planet is somewhat like  Earth, but it has no greenhouse and is much larger than Earth. Mar's sign points to how we deal with conflict, how we get things achieved,  what encourages us, and what excites us. Mars ruled war and men in Greek mythology. Whether at work or play, Mars encourges us to face challanges and do our best.  Mars rules our sexual energy and our sexuality. It takes just about two years for Mars to complete its orbit through the zodiac. Mars was the ancient god of war and its influence is energetic and forceful. Mars is the ruler of the Sodiac Sign of Aries. 


Western Astrology: Classical Planets: Mars

MarsMars Symbol

Rules the Sign: Aries and Scorpio, and is exalted in Capricorn
Class: Personal Plane
Nature: Hot and Dry
Gender: Male
Temperament: Choleric
Rules Day of the Week:Tuesday
Symbolic Attributes: Energy, Vigor, Initiative
Characterology: Emotive, active, primary. He is a choleric
Effect on World Events: War
Person's Nature: Strength, endurance, 'martial' temperament
Element: Fire
Represents: Mars is known as the god of War (Symbolizes virility, action, violence, courage and boldness)
Effect in Life: Conflicts, misfortune
Effect in Earth:Iron

Western Astrology:  Classical Planets: Mars

Mars is known as the god of War. He is assertive, disciplined, takes initiative and is willing to take forceful action when necessary.  Mars is the Roman god of war and bloodshed, whose symbol is a spear and shield. Both the soil of Mars and the hemoglobin of human blood are rich in iron and because of this they share its distinct deep red color. He was second in importance only to Jupiter, and he was the most prominent of the military gods worshipped by the Roman legions.

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury.

Distance to Earth: 140,000,000 miles
Radius: 2,106 miles
Distance from Sun: 141,600,000 miles
Orbital period: 1 year and 220 days, spending about 57.25 days in each sign of the zodiac although at certain stages of his cycle, he remains in the same sign during five or six months.
Mass: 639E21 kg (0.107 Earth mass)
Length of day: 1d 0h 40m
Moons: Phobos, Deimos

Mars average daily motion is of half a degree. It is also the first planet that orbits outside of Earth's orbit, making it the first planet that does not set along with the Sun. Mars has two permanent polar ice caps. During a pole's winter, it lies in continuous darkness, chilling the surface and causing the deposition of 25-30% of the atmosphere into slabs of CO2 ice (dry ice).

Astrologically, Mars is associated with confidence and self-assertion, aggression, sexuality, energy, strength, ambition and impulsiveness. Mars governs sports, competitions and physical activities in general. The 1st-century poet Manilius, described the planet as ardent and as the lesser malefic. In medicine, Mars presides over the genitals, the muscular system, the gonads and adrenal glands. It was traditionally held to be hot and excessively dry and ruled the choleric humor. It was associated with fever, accidents, trauma, pain and surgery.

In modern astrology, Mars is the primary native ruler of the first house. Traditionally however, Mars ruled both the third and tenth houses. While Venus tends to the overall relationship atmosphere, Mars is the passionate impulse and action, the masculine aspect, discipline, will-power and stamina.

Rules Day of the Week: Tuesday

Tuesday is the day that is ruled by the planet Mars. "Tuesday's child is full of grace" might be more aptly interpreted as full of energy and movement.  These are born leaders, and live their lives almost fearlessly. They are always on the go, always trying new projects, and always initiating.

Mars is associated with Tuesday and in Romance languages the word for Tuesday often resembles Mars ( The English "Tuesday" is a modernized form of "Tyr's Day", Tyr being the Germanic analogue to Mars. Dante Alighieri associated Mars with the liberal art of arithmetic. In Chinese astrology, Mars is ruled by the element fire, which is passionate, energetic and adventurous. In Indian astrology, Mars is called Mangala and represents energy, confidence and ego.

Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs and other "earthly" matters.