© April 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
Next in our series on Mars in the Elements, we look at Mars in Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
Concrete and measurable achievements, conquered over time through patience and efficiency, are the characteristics of an Earth Mars.
Mars in Earth people are seldom aggressive, but they absolutely are determined individuals.
Other qualities of Mars in Earth are their objectivity, resourcefulness, and a sense of purpose from which they derive ample joy.
In order to achieve their success, they organize their environment around a detailed, disciplined, and efficient system that perdures. Think of the Roman Empire and you will understand the scope of accomplishments this Mars is able to master. Here is a society who, through effective organization, conquered the world and built an infrastructure (roads, theaters, aqueducts, temples) still in existence today.
In Taurus, Mars acts steady and mellow, much like Ferdinand the Bull. On the other hand, it might take some time for them to get active. There is certain inertia present (hence the agreeable side). Nonetheless, once activated, Mars in Taurus people can become the compulsive Energizer bunny and keep going.
Initiating action is difficult for this placement. They depend too much on a clear understanding of choices available. Often times, this Mars falls into the trap of exerting its will on behalf of others; forgets about his desires, needs, and wants.
Creatively, they get blocked when their efforts are not appreciated which, in turn, can build up to slow rage and deep resentments over time, as they do not register anger easily.
Physical and sensory activities, like massages, painting, model building, and gardening keeps their sense of purpose alive.
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Mars in Virgo can be summarized as discreet, efficient, and prone to useful actions, for the benefit of the community. Other adjectives used to describe this Mars placement are practical, talented in dealing with the nitty-gritty details, organized and structured.
Astrologer Melanie Reinhart states, “they assert themselves through the creative management of resources and structuring of time, money, and energy so that everything works properly.”
Thus, their greatest fear in this area is lack of order, which prevents them from organizing things in a structured way and dedicate themselves to their craft.
Community projects where Mars in Virgo solves problems, organizes volunteers, and leads to results for the greater good are ideal to keeping their creativity happy and fulfilled.
In Capricorn, Mars asserts himself through personal accountability for his own empowerment.
Conversely, they can hinder their Mars qualities by taking on too much responsibility or inappropriate one.
Thanks to the influence of Saturn, this earthy Mars works hard, persists until it reaches its goals as long as they do not lose the structures they have built to help them.
On the other hand, they find themselves caught in the routine and have a difficult time letting go of their to-do list, slowing down and relax, or give up the day-to-day struggle of personal burdens. As a result, their creativity gets blocked.
The best way to rejuvenate their inspiration is to put the Mars in Capricorn artist in charge of corporate, long-term art projects like a government monument where their ambition and practical smarts are rewarded.
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