Mars is the planet of desire and need – it is the planet associated with the “Id” in psychological theory – “the part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest.” The Id makes no value judgments – it is pure desire and instinct, and so is Mars. Freud didn’t care much for the Id – he saw it as a “cauldron of passions” that needed to be tempered by the moderating forces of the Ego and Superego.
The instinct for self-preservation is a critical one for the survival of a human individual, and just like the Id, Mars acts solely to preserve the Self and to gratify desire. Mars is particularly strong when in the sign of Aries, and Mars just entered Aries today (January 28, 2017). While in Aries, Mars is at its most potent and the aggressive force is permitted full expression, unhampered by the niceties of signs like Libra or Pisces, by practical considerations such as Capricorn and Taurus would exercise, or by reason and intellectual processing such as Gemini and Aquarius would instigate. It is pure, unadulterated need and drive.
When this basic force of need is thwarted, frustration is the result. A certain amount of frustration leads to anger, and chronic anger leads to chronic rage and health problems. A healthy Mars is, in my view, very important for the human ecosystem to function properly and nowhere is it as healthy as it is in its own sign of Aries.
Mars will remain in Aries through March 9, 2017. If you have had trouble motivating yourself recently, this infusion of pure raw energy can help you. There will be more action […]