Mars in Leo

Where the fire of Mars burns brightly, he obliterates minor distinctions. The Sun is, himself, fire; in fact, Mars is but the fiery part of the Sun, so that Leo is as favorable to the development of Mars as even Aries; indeed, more so. For the solar influence tends to balance, breadth, and fullest development in the fiery impulses; Aries is, as it were, too martial to be the highest good for Mars. We shall find as a rule, therefore, people with less passionate intensity of action, but with wider sympathies, than we found in Aries. Of course, in some cases Saturn’s influence may override this ; one cannot expect a person intensely narrow and selfish to act in accordance with sentiments better illustrated by Jupiter. Yet, all things considered, his method will be broader than had Mars been in Aries. In the horoscope of General Boulanger, Mars is very strong; but the square of Saturn in Scorpio produces a certain restraint which proved fatal. This square should not have worked so badly had Mars been in Aries and Saturn in Capricornus. George Eliot has a most noble and beautiful Mars, trine to the Sun and Venus; it lent force and fire to a rather cramped and disappointed ego. (Her Saturn is sextile to the Moon and square to Uranus and Neptune, implying melancholy.) Hence the brilliance and color of her work is objective; the expression is more genial than that which it expresses. Lily Langtry has Mars in the tenth house very powerful, but squared by Uranus. It is not the important complex. A certain amount of scandal is implied; but the dominant position and generous Zodiacal situation of Mars tend to make this innocuous. The scandal is so big that it becomes a negligible factor. Lord Brougham, again, a man of a most acrid and vitriolic spirit, had Mars in Leo to thank for his breadth of action. He could not (luckily for him) express himself in mean ways. William Blake is an example of the other side of the picture. Here we find the most tremendous development of the higher faculties, but no adequate and equal disposition of Mars, which, besides being in this exuberant and generous sign, is squared by Mercury. Hence his failure to realize practically his immense conceptions. Herbert Spencer, on the other hand, has a grand Mars with Saturn trine and the Sun square. Here is great wisdom combined with great activity, steadily forcing the idea upon a reluctant world, by open and honest methods, and indomitable courage, pluck, and perseverance. The square of the Sun implies opposition, and gives some threat to the health. Another great-hearted and successful man was General Grant, whose generous action at Appomattox is altogether characteristic of this Mars in Leo position. Lord Lytton is a similar case of great success won by geniality of action. The warmth and persuasiveness of the eloquence of Cicero may also be put down to the Leonine position of Mars which is approaching conjunction with Mercury. The square of Jupiter and Saturn accounts for the polemical character of much of his writings and speeches ; but this has nothing to do with the method, which remains as a model of grace and vigor. Caesar Borgia, by contrast, has Mars in conjunction with Saturn, in opposition to Jupiter, and square to Uranus, with no help but the sextile of the Sun and the semi-sextile of Venus. This tends to mask the Leo influence; however, we still see it to some extent in the range of his action ; in the pride and splendour with which he worked. Edward VI of England, on the other hand, has Mars approaching an opposition to the Moon, square to Jupiter, and in conjunction with Uranus, with only the trine of Neptune to counter balance these misfortunes ; and yet we see the Leo influence on Mars still peeping through in the shape of those qualities which make kings lovable. And as he was the best-loved king, save Coeur-de-Lion and Henry the Fifth, that ever ruled England, so was James II the most hated.

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