A true action planet of the zodiac, fiery Mars is also known as the “Red Planet” and as the Planet of Passion. Mars takes approximately two years to complete its orbit through the entire zodiac. This planet has masculine energy. It rules the Aries and Scorpio signs, and the First and Eighth Houses.
Things such as passion, energy, ambition, drive, and determination fall all within the realm of Mars. This planet is a ruler: it simply demands action, it commands you to bravely stand up, make yourself noticed, and achieve as much as possible. Shying away from action and sitting on the side definitely doesn’t characterize Mars. Basically, this planet encourages the confident expression of the self and of one’s power.
In Roman mythology, Mars was the god of war; something of the ancient god was kept nowadays as well, the planet ruling everything that is military-related. Competition and ambition are under the influence of Mars as well. Whether we talk about career, performance at the workplace, about sports, or about business, Mars urges each one of us to face our fears and challenges, and to do our best while we are at it. Although aggression is also found within the realm of this planet, things are balanced out by the fact that Mars values honor and courage. A fearless attitude, assertion, and a daring nature are highly appreciated by this warrior-like planet.
One thing to keep in mind is that Mars's masculine energy can be constructive or destructive, depending on how we handle it. As mentioned in the above paragraphs, Mars was the god of war in ancient times, so he was a personification of brutality and violence. While this vibe of violence is still associated with the planet, it also encourages us to use this force for a greater good. The point is that the energy of Mars can be incredibly useful if used properly.
Mars also rules our sexual energy and sexuality. As ruler of the military, it governs weapons, surgery, and accidents. Other things such as stamina and achievement also fall within the realm of Mars.