Mars and the Elements

When Mars is positioned in one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) there tends to be a particularly powerful, passionate, and strong force and these individuals must be careful not to create too much heat and lose themselves in the billowing smoke of their own creating.  These people are quite literally ‘playing with fire’ and may not realize the double-whammy packed behind every action, until it’s too late. They are the movers and shakers, the innovators and adventurers, the conquerors and leaders eager to inspire and fuel passion in others, but they need to monitor their power and strength in order to be productive and not destructive.

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) act from intuition and feelings but must be careful not to drown in excessive and uncontrolled emotion. If they take on too much and try to protect too many people, causes, or beliefs at the same time, any positive result may fizzle out before having had the chance to ignite into something truly illuminating. Mars reaches its debility in Cancer, where the full impact of this emotional tidal wave can be experienced due to Cancer’s sensitivity and open heart where it is all too quick to take the plunge, become deeply vulnerable, and worse, wounded. These ‘big feelers’ need to navigate skillfully through their own feelings and monitor their emotional reactions.

Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) often think before they act, which is a good habit for dealing with Mars energy. This gives them a heads up, a pause to evaluate first, but they must be careful not to get caught up in the intellectual process and therefore miss the opportunity to act at the effective moment. These individuals constantly think of things to do, to make, to build, and have an impulse to go out and achieve, but they must put their thoughts into action in order to experience the manifest results of their creative mind. If they want to create anything, they must harness all of their conceptual ideas and maintain the discipline required to see it through to completion.

Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) may wrestle within themselves due to a dislike and unwillingness to change. They tend to be too stable (perhaps lethargic) in their comfort zones, too slow to react, and therefore, may miss their chance to fulfill their goals. But the Earth signs, particularly Capricorn where Mars is exalted, offer the steadfast, practical, solid structure for Mars to blast full speed ahead and create things of lasting value. When these individuals have charted their course, the energy of Mars can charge head first to its destination. They need to be sure of their plans first, however, because once they’re on their way, there’s no turning back.

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