Zodiacal Affinity: Aries and Scorpio.

House Affinity: First and eighth.

Polarity: Masculine.

Colors: Red, scarlet and carmine.

Anatomy: The head, the motor nervous system. Red blood cells. The male sex organs other than the seed-bearing testicles, which are the domain of Venus.

Metal: Iron and steel.

Gem: Bloodstone, flint and malachite.

Astronomy: The first planet beyond the Earth, Mars takes 687 days to complete a revolution around the Sun. Mars has a diameter of only 4,200 miles, and two very small satellites, five and ten miles in diameter.

People: Doctors, military people, promoters and mechanics.

Things: Any sharp object. Weapons. Combustion and fires. Machines and mechanical functions. Engines. Accidents and competition.

Symbology: The glyph for Mars represents spirit projecting itself through matter. The war gods of all mythos are related to the Martian principle.

The dynamic modern composer Alexander Scriabin, mythologist Joseph Campbell, Beat writer Jack Kerouac, and social satirist Oscar Wilde all have Mars emphasized in their birth charts. So does esotericist Alice Bailey.

The centrifugal forces of experience that urge individuals into action for the concrete expression and realization of solar potential guided by Venusian values and ideals.

Traditional Attributes
Action. The principles of force, will, desire and passion. Manifestations of initiative, assertion and aggression. Impulsiveness, courage, ambition and endurance. Impatience, anger and haste. Promotion and salesmanship.

Humanistic Interpretation
Mars symbolizes the principle of action and mobilization. It represent the objective emergence of the solar principle into the world and the development of a personal center of action. Whereas Venus symbolizes the seed, Mars symbolizes the germ pushing through soil into the outer world. Mars also represents the desire principle and primal impulses. Like the instruments of power and weapons it symbolizes, Mars performs, it does not ask questions (Mercury) or pass judgment (Venus). It acts in accord with Venusian values and Mercurial directives. In a birth chart, Mars shows your drive and capacity to mobilize energy, how you start and maintain things, what you desire and your drive to succeed and be effective.

Gender Shading and Retrograde Indications
Retrograde indications and gender shading for the planets Mars outward can provide an astrologer with a powerful set of keys to psychological dynamics, instruments which can be used with destructive and oppressive results. In a sense, it is fortunate that gender shadings and deeper retrograde interpretations of the astrological planets beyond the earth's orbit are almost entirely unknown to virtually every practicing astrologer today. Although a number of professional and amateur astrologers have attempted to coax me into revealing "the secrets" of gender shading and, especially, retrograde interpretation and how to use astrology to reveal deeper levels of psychological dynamics, none have succeed.
      Their attempts have been unsuccessful because almost everything I have witnessed in recent years indicates that the "astrological community" is simply unable and unready to use such knowledge in a wise and responsible manner. Such knowledge is my both "intellectual property" accumulated over more than thirty-five years of psychological and astrological study, practice and experience and the legacy of the continuum of the great pioneers of modern astrology who proceeded me. It is also my duty to use and dispense such knowledge wisely and responsibly.
      The recent resurgence of intense interest in the "legitimatization" and official acceptance of astrology merely reinforces my conviction that the "astrological community" is unfit to handle the real power of astrology. Recent attempts to aid such a program through the establishment of an academic foundation for astrology and the testing and certification of practicing astrologers will ultimately give rise to a power-hungry, controlling, self-perpetuating organization, perhaps not dissimilar to the American Medical Association. Additionally, a legitimatized and officially acceptable form of astrology will necessarily be put to use by exploitive forces in business and politics, and no group or association of astrologers, or college of astrology, will be powerful enough to regulate how the real forces of our society use and misuse the power of astrology. The implications of an officially accepted astrology and the Pandora's Box it will inevitably open has long been a concern of the proponents and exponents of humanistic astrology, a topic explored in-depth in Part Two of my Humanistic Astrology Revisited and in Rudhyar's From Humanistic to Transpersonal Astrology, as well as in his An Attempt at Formulating Minimal Requirements for the Practice of Astrology.

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