Planets for Beginners: Mars

Welcome to Planets for Beginners! This week we are focusing on the next astrological planet, Mars.

Mars the Planet

Mars, or the red planet is the planet that follows Earth in our solar system. It is nicknamed the red planet due to its rusty orange color. This is a terrestrial planet whose history of volcanos and freezing temperatures have caused its surface to have a plethora of cracks and texture. This planet is now considered a dessert planet and is one of the most explored planets within our solar system.

Mars and the Gods

This planet is named after the roman god Mars, who is the Roman counterpart to the Greek god of Ares. Ares is most known for being the god of war but is also the god of courage and military strategy. Other gods related to this planet are Mangala (the Hindu God of war) and Negal (the Babylonian God of War).

Astrological Meaning

While the ruler of the red planet is associated with war and bloodshed, Mars within the astrological chart translates to competition, sexual drive, energy, and courage. Where this planet is within one’s chart can affect all of these things. This planet is the ruler of Aries and Scorpio.

In Retrograde

In retrograde Mars can slow our energies down to the point of almost not moving. This can be frustrating, but because of the red planet’s slow rotation around the sun, it does not happen very often, about every two years.

Upcoming Retrograde:

  • October 20, 2022 – January 12, 2023
  • December 6, 2024 – February 23, 2025
  • January 10, 2027 – April 1, 2027

Mars and Tarot

Due to this planet’s connection to destruction, Mars is also linked with the tarot card the tower.

Other Cards that are associated with Mars are:

  • The Emperor
  • Death
  • Queen of Wands
  • The suit of Wands

If you would like to learn more about Astrology and Tarot click here!

If you have any questions on the planet Mars please leave a comment below, and you can learn more about Mercury or Venus by visiting my Astrology for Beginners page! Thank you for joining me and make sure to come back next week when we talk about Jupiter!


Planets for Pagans by Renna Shesso

The Astrology Dictionary by Donna Woodwell

Understanding Astronomy by Carolyn Collins Peterson

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