The Uranian and airy influence of Aquarius tends to cause Mars to spend his energy more in the direction of intellectual force and we may add, moral force. The method will be expansive, free, open, and yet full of wisdom. There are, of course, unfortunate exceptions. If over-excited by some dangerous aspect, the airy formula may be as distracting as that given by Gemini. Mary, Queen of Scots, suffered from this airy temperament in her mode of action, for, though the Sun was sextile, Saturn was square, and Uranus in opposition.
Another instance is Marie Bashkirtseff. No doubt, as in the previous case, Mars is- active enough. That is not the point; the point is that Mars is too active. Here Jupiter is in opposition and Neptune semi-sextile, and the Sun is square, a most unfortunate combination. Her peculiar temper and her method of attempting to achieve her ends, as described in her diary, are admirably pictured by these planets. Aquarius, on the whole, gives far more freedom of action to Mars than does Capricorn; hence occasionally we find looseness in its method, and, in all cases, the native is more a man of thought than of action. Even such tremendous driving forces, practical as ever lived, as Gladstone, Bismarck, Alexander VI, and John Bright, all shared in this expansive one may almost dare to say imaginative type of action. With all but the very greatest, there is likely to be some hindrance implied.
Alfred Russell Wallace was not the fighting force that his intellectual capacity would have stood for. The Earl of Strafford, in particular, was afflicted sorely in this matter. In his situation he needed an extraordinarily close-knit, terrible Mars. The opposition of Neptune on one side and the squares of the Sun and Mercury on the other were certainly detrimental, and the Aquarius tendency asserted itself unchecked. A last example of weakness is Ludwig II of Bavaria, whose Mars is made fatally eccentric in its action by the conjunction of Neptune with no counter-balance. Here the royal power itself was actually frittered away in whimsical intellectualities.
Richard Wagner has the same position of Mars, but the aspects are so different that Aquarius brings out the best instead of the worst. Jupiter is in square to Mercury and opposition to Mars, it is true; but Venus and the Sun in conjunction are trine, and Mars is culminating in the tenth house. It is, therefore, a great and important complex, and it is never to be forgotten that, in such circumstances, it is less important whether planets have “good” or “bad” aspects; the fact of their existence in the complex is itself an element of strength; half a loaf is better than no bread! Another figure of amazing stature with this position is Victor Hugo. Mars has only a trine of Uranus and approaching a sextile of Mercury; there is therefore something lacking in his method. Gigantic as his soul was quite equal to that of Wagner he yet failed to influence Europe to the same extent. The fact is explicable by the inferior disposition of his Mars, and in no other manner.
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