Mars is a masculine planet, extremely fiery in nature. He is said to be the commander-in-chief of the planets of our solar system and is personified as the God of War. Mars has the nature of a warrior. The position of Mars in the horoscope shows the amount of energy a person has and how this energy is utilized. Therefore Mars is the indicator of our physical and mental energy. He rules over determination, courage and bravery as well as leadership, self-confidence, forcefulness and physical strength. Competitive spirit, athletics and the martial or military arts are all categories of Mars. Mars presides over those in the food business, such as cooks and restaurateurs as well as policemen, soldiers, officers and generals.
Mars natives are often short-tempered. They may be argumentative and usually love guns, explosives and all types of weaponry. They have mechanical and technical talents making them skilled as builders and engineers. Mars represents the real estate or land and housing business, including the areas of construction, buying, selling, renting or building.
Mars is orderly and likes things arranged properly. He gives drive and determination, as well as purposefulness.
Those ruled by Mars are generally fiercely independent and can react with violence when they feel it is right. It can also make a person rash, impulsive and insensitive to the opinions of others. Passion or sexual prowess is also shown by the position of Mars in the chart.
More often than not a powerful Mars will also make for selfishness. It can make for a willing participant in illegalities in business, as well as for fondness of secret or illicit sexual relationships. Mars can cause physical harm, such as burns and bruises and is always capable of doing harm as it is a very malefic planet. A strong Mars gives stamina, courage and determination, making a person constructive and energetic. If it is well-placed, it makes those so fortunate to be capable of leading others and indicates success in all Mars categories. Mars shows his full effects between the ages of 27 and 32 years.
Mars is strong in his own signs of Scropio and Aries, is exalted in Capricorn and debilitated in Cancer. It is also very powerful in its birthstars of Mirgishira, Dhanistha and Chitra. Mars is natural friend with Jupiter, Sun and Moon, is neutral to Venus and Saturn and enemy with Mercury, Rahu and Ketu.
If Mars is afflicted, or ill-placed, it makes for a waste of energy on worthless things. It may indicate physical harm or debility or make a person angry, cruel or violent. It can make for aggressiveness and devoid of proper manners or social skills. A weak Mars means the person will not have ambition, motivation or the stamina it takes to achieve success. Anything beyond meager advancement becomes very difficult and the individual is usually relegated to a lower status in society, or in life in general.
Weak Mars may also make for a weak character, making them targets for mental and physical abuse. Physically, it causes a feeble immune system, poor appetite and a weak body in general. Wounds and injuries may be slow to heal and in men, it can cause lack of sexual desire and vitality. Blood diseases, ulcers and fevers, as well as excessive burns and / or bruises may also be attributed to the effects of this planet.
Some say that after separating from goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva was performing penance. During this time a drop of sweat fell from his forehead eye to the ground and assumed the form of a child. Others say that Mars was born directly from Lord Shiva’s semen. When Parvati and Lord Shiva were on their honeymoon they entered an embrace that lasted one hundred million years. Agni disturbed Lord Shiva’s intense union and caused him to discharge his seminal fluid – the result of which was Mars.
While Lord Mars was deeply involved in meditation, a spiritual flame appeared on his body and elevated him to the status of a planet.