The red, hot, fiery, planet Mars is the archetypal Warrior, Crusader, Rescuer, Soldier, and Dragon Slayer within that helps us to actualize in the world. Mars is our ability to initiate, execute, and thrust energy into Life to make our mark. It represents our personal will (physical vitality) and indicates deliberate and self-centered action/drive toward a desired goal, satisfying our need for completion and success.
In Psychological Astrology Mars is the masculine principle of assertiveness, willfulness, impulsiveness, potency/penetration, the impetus to exact skills to compete/conquer, and to develop and expand courage, independence, and sustained determination. Initially, we (men & women) use the more unconscious and inherited attributes of Mars- coercion, forcefulness, domination, conflict/anger, carelessness, defensive control and passive aggressive diversion.
As the Hero journeys to find the metaphorical grail (Sun-Gold) within, the Mars Warrior is called to align personal will with the Hero’s quest to serve ones’ higher good (devotion to Spirit, Truth and Awakening). Mars the Warrior now sacrifices individual power and joins the Hero’s mission, using new skills (honor and loyalty), weapons/virtuous swords (discrimination and truth), and a new fighting style of creative conflict management and active patience.
Matured, liberated, and with a sense of Selflessness and purpose, ‘Right Action’ is now the eternal mission of the Mars Warrior. Conscious energies are used for slaying inner dragons (status quo/complacency/suffering) and to confront the tyrannical ego-identified voices (“I don’t deserve this/I don’t belong here”) that undermine our spontaneous will to act with deliberate care and concern. Our Self-Command and Self-Motivation fuses with Supernatural forces (Spirit) for the good of others: responding courageously to liberate and protect those in need of representation, moving through the Chaos of Life with a noble and compassionate heart, all the while embodying the light of the Peaceful Warrior.
Written By Corey Gilbert-Astrological Counselor/Mentor
“The Hero of yesterday becomes the tyrant of tomorrow, unless he crucifies himself today.” Joseph Campbell, A Hero with a Thousand Faces