Mars in the Signs

It is important at the outset to make a distinction, subtle on the surface, but fundamentally cardinal, between the esoteric qualities of Mars and Uranus. The latter is happily phrased as “the magical will”, while Mars is understood to mean “will-power”. Yet there should be no confusion here. Uranus is a will, deep-seated, spiritual, transcendental, and may exist without the activity, energy and potency to make itself operative. One can conceive of a most powerful character physically paralyzed; and, on the other hand, of a person of enormous flaming energy scattering it abroad to no purpose. The first of these would be indicated by a strong Uranus and an afflicted Mars ; the last by a weak Uranus and a powerful Mars. Mars represents the muscular system; it is often found that a weak brain goes with great development of physical strength, and vice versa. It might even occur that the whole of the higher faculties might be harmonious and strong, yet fail to make good, owing to the lack of practical energy, boldness, and capacity for rather brutal work. The material plane continually presents obstacles to the higher nature; Mars is the force which pushes such obstacles aside, or demolishes them. We shall find similarly that Venus gives the power of dealing with them tactfully and adroitly, and that Mercury bestows discrimination with regard to them. Hence we have as it were, a higher and a lower triad dependent upon the soul Neptune.
Uranus = the magical will
Saturn = the ego and its divine wisdom
Jupiter = the altruistic qualities ; the spiritual love
Mars = the human will
Mercury = the human reason
Venus = the affections and physical love.
The Sun and Moon complete the triad of Neptune; the Sun being the essence of life itself, the Moon the psychic envelope, the aura, or animal soul, and Neptune, the spiritual soul. It is thus at last that we are able to obtain in some detail the full idea of Astrology, to understand how each horoscope presents a complete picture of the native, and thereby enables us to describe him in every detail. To return to Mars, his external influence upon the man as distinguished from his internal influence within the character, is that of excitement, inflammation, violence, and accident. Thus a square of Mars to the Sun might give a rugged constitution and dauntless energy, and at the same time subject the native to fevers and accidents from fire or steel. The power of Mars will, of course, as before, be modified by his position in the Zodiac, and, owing to his material and therefore easily-moulded nature, the variations will be, on the whole, more extreme than we have found to be the case with planets of greater spirituality. Yet so great is his importance, that a badly afflicted Mars practically inhibits the native from making wise use of his enormous energy. It is a curious and somewhat paradoxical situation, and the student cannot pay too much attention to its study.

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