Mars in the zodiac signs and its meaning in Astrology
The meaning of planet Mars' position in your birth chart; how and when you express your energy and sexuality and what's your image of the Ideal Male!
Mars, the god of war, sheds light on the way in which we channel our energy, our ambition and our sexuality. Mars is a planet of pivotal importance when it comes to how we express our sexuality. In Astrology, Mars represents passion, sexual desire, dynamism, courage and our energies. A woman is very likely to be attracted to a man whose natal Sun conjuncts with her natal Mars, just like a man is very likely to be attracted to a woman whose natal Sun is in conjunction with his natal Venus. Venus depending on the zodiac sign in which it’s placed represents the female aspect of our sexuality, whereas Mars represents the male one. Let’s take a look at Mars in the zodiac signs.
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The meaning of Mars in the 12 Zodiac Signs
See what your Mars Sign says about you and also find out who's your perfect man!
Mars in Aries
If Mars is in Aries in your birth chart, you’re passionate about your goals, about life, about sex. You may be a little selfish, but you’re also playful and energetic in bed. You are not big on foreplay and tend to be impatient, but you’re also very sentimental. You don’t like to compromise; you can be demanding in your romantic relationships. When a relationship ends, you move on to the next one right away! Your libido is high and you like the chase, but you lose interest when your “prey” gives in too fast. You like taking risks by having sex in unconventional places. You’re into sexual games and fun in bed; you have a good sense of humor and no problem expressing your needs.
These ladies look for sheer, unadulterated self-confidence in their man! You like fearless warriors and action heroes that ooze strength and dynamism! You want a bold and courageous man, but also honest, direct and uncomplicated with an almost childlike innocence. You are also quite partial to a bit of muscle! Nothing like the sight of a virile and well-toned body! You want your man to be competitive, seeking to excel and being the first to take the initiative. If you are a guy, you probably model yourself after those traits - or after your favourite superhero... And you are no doubt a man of action! When you identify the object of your desire, you go straight in for the kill – no faffing about!
Celebrities with Mars in Aries: Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Tyra Banks, Clint Eastwood, Jared Leto, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Kevin Costner, Russell Brand, Ursula Andress, Kevin Bacon, Hayden Christensen, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Hudson, Rupert Grint, James McAvoy, Clare Danes, Juliette Lewis, Omar Sharif, Orson Welles, Ella Fitzgerald
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Mars in Taurus
If Mars is in Taurus in your birth chart, you’re stable in your emotions and remain faithful to your partner until the very end of your relationship. You care about pleasing your partner as much as you care about your own pleasure. You always make sure that you and your partner are surrounded with comfort. You’re a realist and rarely let your imagination mess with your relationships. Sexual games are a turn-on for you. You get jealous even when you see someone simply talking to or flirting with your significant other. When you’re denied sex, you get stubborn; for you, sex is like food or oxygen. Deep down inside, you need a partner with whom you can relax and enjoy sex to the full. You like to take things slowly in bed and can be a very generous sexual partner.
Only the finest for the lady with Mars in Taurus! You seek a true quality man – only the equivalent of Gucci or Armani will do – so your man has to be easy on the eyes and pleasing to the senses – no stinkers please! But you also want a solid, safe and dependable guy, who is super-sensual and has a taste for life’s simple pleasures. Ideally you want your man to be the practical, ‘hands-on’ type ...or alternatively to have lots of money! Preferably someone with whom you can kick back, relax and enjoy the good life... Oh - and your man must love his food. Above all, you need him to be solid like a rock – and exclusively yours! If you are a man, you like what you like and never mind the rest – in truth, you are a bit of a snob… Hard to impress, you enjoy your comfort, moving in slow, sensual and languorous rhythms and changing your ways for nobody! While it may be hard for you to get going, once you set your sight on someone, you can be terribly persistent.
Celebrities with Mars in Taurus: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Robbie Williams, Mariah Carrey, Céline Dion, Jessica Alba, Mick Jagger, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Bruce Willis, Kate Moss, Keira Knightly, Liv Tyler, Christian Bale, Rachel Weisz, Courteney Cox, Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Jennifer Lawrence, Vince Vaugh
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Mars in Gemini
If Mars is in Gemini in your birth chart, your partner will never get bored of you. Your greatest erogenous zone is your brain; you’re attracted to people who stimulate you intellectually. You’re inventive in bed and enjoy experimenting. You’re not particularly faithful, though; you give in to temptation easily. You love one-night-stands; you see sex as a source of fun! You get easily enthusiastic, and your innate curiosity drives you to try out unusual, even bizarre things in bed. You derive sexual pleasure not only from physical, but also from intellectual contact. You’re big on sexual games, and a simple pillow fight can turn you on in an instant. You’re always open to new challenges and experiences; you’re up for anything in bed.
These ladies are turned on by the sheer power of the mind! Your ideal man is probably a bit of an intellectual...and he has to have ‘good chat’! You seek an intelligent, communicative and outgoing kind of guy, someone with whom you can talk for hours and argue about anything and everything! You also want your man to have a youthful quality about him. Curious, flirty and playful, he never lets you get bored, constantly introducing you to new people, places and ideas! If your man were the lead character in a movie, he would probably be a master swordsman, an orator or riddle-solver, or even…a thief! Too clever and fast for anyone to pin down! Guys, you impress your target with your cool intellect and with your sharpness, swiftness and agility. You go in for the kill by making your object of desire think of sex before you ever suggest it … And you are probably an insufferable flirt!
Celebrities with Mars in Gemini: Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandra Bullock, Sean Connery, Jim Morrison, Milla Jovovic, Meryl Streep, Victoria Beckham, Kate Winslet, Kylie Minogue, Antonio Banderas, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Campbell, Hugh Grant, Jennifer Garner, Pierce Brosnan, James Marsters, Alyson Hannigan
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Mars in Cancer
If Mars is in Cancer in your birth chart, you’re very sensual and need a partner who really loves you in order to express your sexuality. For you, sex and love go hand in hand. You do everything you can to please your partner, and you’re not demanding. You’re traditional and a monogamist. You rarely pursue more than one romantic interest – you only do so when you want to feel attractive and desirable. You like the idea of having children. You’re not particularly talkative when it comes to expressing your sexual desires and needs – you expect your partner to figure them out intuitively. You’re always there for your partner and expect them to always be there for you, too.
These ladies want their man to be an absolute darling. You are turned on by kindness and sensitivity. It is the silent, introverted and somewhat unfathomable type for you...who will go to great lengths to protect his family. With a tough exterior and a soft interior, your ideal action hero shows the utmost tenderness behind closed doors yet is transformed into a fierce warrior when his loved ones are threatened! Somewhat traditional and sensitive, he is a true gem in the rough - and it wouldn’t hurt if he were also a good cook! Your kind of guy prefers to stay in and cuddle on the sofa with you than go drinking with his mates. And you don’t mind it if he is a little too attached to his mother – that shows that he has family values after all! If you are a man, then you probably do not fit into the obvious action-hero categories. Moody and somewhat coy, you are fiercely self-protective and introverted, finding it hard to take a risk. You assert yourself best in familiar surroundings or through some sort of creative outlet. You may take ages to find the courage to go after your object of desire. Whether you admit it or not, you are probably a little too attached to your mother…
Celebrities with Mars in Cancer: Alan Rickman, Keanu Reeves, Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Ashton Kutcher, Audrey Hepburn, Isabelle Adjani, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Richard Gere, Colin Firth, Pink, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, Vivien Leigh, Eddie Murphy, Julianne Moore, Morrissey, RuPaul, Ed Westwick, Josh Hutcherson, Chace Crawford, Cheryl Cole
Mars in Leo
If Mars is in Leo in your birth chart, you like to be the center of attention in bed. You often get dramatic and demanding, and have a taste for luxury in bed. You’re extremely passionate and a charmer. Even though you cater to your partner’s sexual needs, deep down inside you’re entirely focused on yourself! You’re jealous and possessive, but try not to let it show. You’re straightforward and don’t play mind games to get people in bed, but you do resort to smoke and mirrors every once in a while. You seek to impress in bed and you occasionally grow impatient, but you’re open about your sexual desires.
You, ladies, are after a man with true star quality and dramatic flair! Nobility is key here. Majestic, proud and chivalrous, your ideal man is a true knight in shining armour! Lighting up a room when he walks in, everyone naturally gravitates towards him. And while all the girls are oohing and aahing over him, he only has eyes for you. There he is, going down on one knee and swearing his unswerving loyalty... He is a romantic after all! And he expresses his affection with generosity and with grand gestures. Like the Sun at noon, your ideal man may have superb talent or the kind of natural authority that is unquestioningly accepted by everyone. Guys with this Mars position are naturally chivalrous, proud, generous and big-hearted. Once they identify what they want, they transform into the ideal lead character of a romantic novel, putting their heart out there and showing their love with grand gestures, integrity and great dramatic flair.
Celebrities with Mars in Leo: Beyonce Knowles, George Clooney, Jodie Foster, Monica Bellucci, Brigitte Bardot, Demi Moore, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, Robert Redford, James Dean, Colin Farrell, Daniel Radcliffe, Harrison Ford, Salma Hayek, Cher, Sophia Loren, Hugh Laurie, Sigourney Weaver, Nicole Richie, Steve Tyler, Claudia Schiffer, River Phoenix, Ralph Fiennes
Mars in Virgo
If Mars is in Virgo in your birth chart, you like neither one-night-stands nor ordinary things in bed. You’d rather stay single until the right person comes along. You can get obsessed with hygiene, which often prevents you from enjoying the moment. You’re sexually attracted to people who don’t draw attention to themselves. You’re very generous in bed; it’s a way of showing your partner that you love and appreciate them. You treat your partner with respect, and you’re observant. You’re loyal to your partner and willing to do everything in your power to gratify them. You’re not big on drama or emotional outbursts. You like feeling helpful, useful and desirable, but often become intransigent and insensitive.
Ladies, your worst nightmare of a man is a dirty slob! Above all you want your man to be clean, neat and tidy in appearance, relatively unostentatious and with excellent personal hygiene. And he must always make himself useful. You may well enjoy working and being productive together. A hard-working, organised and down to earth kind of guy would be ideal– but also someone who has the patience, know-how and attention to detail required to make you happy! And it wouldn’t hurt if he came in handy when it comes to a bit of DIY… You are not averse to a man who is a little critical of you as long as it is in the spirit of helping you improve various facets of your life. As a man you like to make yourself useful – never sitting about when there are things to be done! Not a man of grand gestures, you use a matter-of-fact kind of approach to attract your mate showing your affections through practical action.
Celebrities with Mars in Virgo: Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Sophie Marceau, Will Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Audrey Tautou, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Sylvester Stallone, Liz Hurley, Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Ricci, Eva Green, Taylor Momsen, Michelle Trachtenberg
Mars in Libra
If Mars is in Libra in your birth chart and your partner is someone you adore, you’re tender, romantic and perform well in bed, but your libido is not particularly high. When you find the right sexual partner though, your sexual energy is unlocked and your performance goes off the charts. You come off as conservative, but having the “lower hand” intrigues you. You’re averse to rudeness and vulgarity. You’re consistent in how you express your sexuality. Romance and sensuality are very important to you. Your surroundings play a big part in getting you in the mood, and you’re willing to do anything to please your partner.
Any kind of crassness and overt aggression is a big turn off for the ladies with Mars in Libra. Your ideal guy oozes elegance and style! He is easy on the eyes, outgoing yet tactful and always wears a smile on his face. Soft-spoken and sophisticated, he has impeccable manners, never raising his voice – under any circumstances – in order to achieve his ends! Your ideal man has artistic flair and moves effortlessly in the most, cultured, refined and civilised of circles. As for the guys, your ways are so suave, subtle and strategic that your prey is not even aware of your intentions until well after it has fallen victim to your charms! You have a drive to please and you may well appear friendly and harmless, until someone sees the knife hiding within your silken glove...
Celebrities with Mars in Libra: Nicole Kidman, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Eminem, Pamela Anderson, Freddie Mercury, Gisele Bündchen, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Michael Douglas, Kim Basigner, Kirsten Dunst, Helena Christensen, John Malcovich, Sienna Miller, Alicia Silverstone, Ethan Hawke, Prince William, David Schwimmer, Kate Middleto
Mars in Scorpio
If Mars is in Scorpio in your birth chart, you’ve very passionate, sensual and seen as attractive whether you’re conventionally good-looking or not. You have an intense, animalistic magnetism, which others sometimes find strange. For you, sex is a means of control and a way of expressing your feelings; it equals power! You’re drawn to the darker side of sex. You’re complicated, loyal to your partner, and like to share profound and intense experiences with your lover. You don’t talk during sex because you think of sex as something very personal. When you find the right partner, you break sexual taboos. You get jealous even when your partner is simply talking to other people.
These ladies like still waters that run deep. It is the mysterious, silent type for you, with a strong jaw and huge sex appeal. You are turned on by sheer personal power and intensity! You just like to take a bit of a risk and go for someone with whom you can experience real passion – someone who can turn your world upside down! You are probably attracted to a bit of a ‘bad boy’ and you may even go for someone who is an absolute dictator, as well as jealous, possessive and vindictive to boot. But, he will have the kind of charisma that radiates for miles! If you are a man you probably ooze sex appeal and will stop at nothing to satisfy your sexual urges. You go straight in for the kill, mesmerising your target with your magnetism and revealing nothing about yourself. Quite the daredevil, you probably model yourself after James Bond and are turned on by a challenge.
Celebrities with Mars in Scorpio: Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Grace Kelly, Kurt Cobain, Vanessa Paradis, Oprah Winfrey, Mel Gibson, Jude Law, Jimi Hendrix, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, Steven Seagal, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Connelly, Misha Barton, Khloe Kardashian, Liam Neeson, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Irons, Matt LeBlanc
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Mars in Sagittarius
If Mars is in Sagittarius in your birth chart, verbal “conflict” is a big turn-on for you. You’re fun in bed, but also unfaithful because you love variety and like the chase; however, you lose interest as soon as your “prey” gives in. You’re not big on commitment. You’re sexually attracted to people who stimulate your imagination, and you hop from bed to bed until you find someone who can do that. You’re very inquisitive and enjoy hearing about other people’s sexual feats. You like having sex in unusual places. You’re not into tough games; you like games as long as they’re not too competitive.
Ladies, you seek a free and adventurous spirit! Outgoing and fun to be around, your ideal man is exciting, loves adventure, and – like it or not – hates to be tied down, always seeking greener pastures in which to roam! You may also like someone who is a bit of a teacher, philosopher or intellectual explorer who can assist you along your path. Since the kind of man you are seeking is likely to value his freedom very highly, you had better give him a lot of space to roam freely without trying to tie him down. It is his free spirit that turns you on after all! If you are a man with such a Mars, then you are an explorer, adventurer, salesman or philosopher, excelling in any situation that offers an opportunity for understanding, growth and expansion. You are disarmingly honest, going in for the kill by simply putting your cards on the table – no strings attached.
Celebrities with Mars in Sagittarius: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Jack Nicholson, Ryan Gosling, John Travolta, Prince Harry, Greta Garbo, Meg Ryan, Reneé Zellweger, Cate Blanchet, Rita Hayworth, Bradley Cooper, Mickey Rourke, Dustin Hoffman, Judy Garland, Christopher Reeve, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Warren Beatty, Liam Hemsworth, David Boreanaz, Matthew Perry, Prince Harry
Mars in Capricorn
If Mars is in Capricorn in your birth chart, your sex drive is high and you’re big on sensual pleasures, but it rarely shows because of your conservatism. When you shed your mask though, your lover is never left feeling disappointed! You take your time in bed; you like to savor the moment. You’re straightforward and generous in bed, and expect the same in return. You appreciate discretion and are willing to try out new sexual techniques. You seek stability in your romantic relationships and, when you focus on your career, you completely suppress and neglect your sexual desires.
Ladies, your ideal man is ambitious and hardworking, single-minded and with incredibly high aspirations. He may be a bit of a control freak and a workaholic, but that is how you like it. You want a man that you can respect and admire. If he is an important personage, even better! In the ideal scenario, he would be an authority in his field, enjoying the accolades, respect and admiration of his peers. If you are a man with Mars in Capricorn, then you know very well that power and status are a mighty big turn on… A serious and strategic go-getter, you focus hard on your career, seeking to impress the object of your affections through your outstanding success, and your sheer status and authority.
Celebrities with Mars in Capricorn: Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Shakira, Sharon Stone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Davie Bowie, Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson, Orlando Bloom, Marlon Brando, Lindsey Lohan, Jim Carrey, Gwen Stefani, Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway, Nicolas Cage, Ewan McGregor, Drew Barrymore, Eva Herzigová, Jake Gyllenhaal, Leighton Meester, Marlen Dietrich
Mars in Aquarius
If Mars is in Aquarius in your birth chart, you’re innovative in bed and open to all sorts of new sexual experiences. You enjoy experimenting and have a very creative imagination. You try things out in your head before trying them out in practice. When you feel intellectually stimulated, you’re willing to commit forever! For you, cerebral sex is more fulfilling than passion or tenderness. You seem a little detached to your partner, but you remain faithful to them even after you’ve grown bored of them. You’re always saying, “I don’t care/ I’m not interested”, which can drive your partner crazy. You love phone sex. You gain the upper hand in your relationships in an imperceptible manner. You occasionally come off as a little out there, but that’s what makes you interesting in bed!
You ladies like men who are friendly, outgoing and sociable but also very independent and quite cool and aloof! Your ideal man may be slightly odd and off the wall – a kooky scientist, a political activist, or someone who is simply a bit of a misfit, interested in astrology and other bizarre things… He probably has a large circle of friends and a strong sense of community – all for one and one for all – and he may be a bit of a revolutionary. If you are a guy then you probably are a bit of an eccentric with unusual, progressive or humanitarian ideas. You are friendly and so cool, detached and relaxed when you go after what you want that it might take some time for your romantic target to realise you want something more than friendship.
Celebrities with Mars in Aquarius: Scarlett Johansson, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber, Emma Watson, Winona Ryder, Cary Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Penn Badgley, Jane Fonda, Dakota Fanning, Alec Baldwin, Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Christopher Walken, Olivier Martinez, Lauren Bacall
Mars in Pisces
If Mars is in Pisces in your birth chart, you’re very romantic and an idealist in love; your needs are more emotional than they are sexual. For you, sex equals imagination. You have a sensitive nature and treat your partner with care. When it is deprived of affection and tenderness, sex feels cold and impersonal to you. You need to connect emotionally with your partner in order to feel close to them; when you also connect spiritually with them, you grow ecstatic. You’re too sensual to enjoy sex without romance. Your imagination is wild; you have many romantic and sexual fantasies about the object of your desire, and they usually involve intrigue and complications.
You, ladies, want an absolute dreamer of a man. He may be an artist, musician, photographer or filmmaker or he may be someone who does all he can to help his fellow man. Your ideal man is imaginative, sensitive and compassionate – a bit of a bleeding heart – motivated to action by the imagination or the sight of suffering. Your ideal man may also be a little fickle, flighty, moody and changeable, absorbing feelings and thoughts from the atmosphere like a sponge! If you are a guy you are probably a little shy and a bit of a dreamer, approaching your target first in your imagination, then by trying to create an air of enchantment. You may opt for a trip to the seaside, go see a movie or have a candlelit dinner – whatever creates a magical atmosphere, where tenderness, love and romance can flourish.
Celebrities with Mars in Pisces: Marilyn Monroe, Juliette Binoche, David Beckham, Elizabeth Taylor, Paris Hilton, Heath Ledger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Steve McQueen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Heidi Klum, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ava Gardner, Denel Washington, Rowan Atkinson, Kim Cattrall, Annie Lenox, Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Julie Delpy
What your Mars sign says about your ideal man
Mars in your birth-chart encapsulates what you find sexy, heroic, energising and dynamic – your image of the Super-Virile, Ideal Male! Consequently, women usually want to date their Mars, while men want to be him!
Mars, of course, doesn’t act in isolation. It is Mars and Venus together that show us the kind of mate we are sexually attracted to. But while Venus shows us what we find generally beautiful, attractive and worthwhile (and how we go about making ourselves be those things - check Venus in the 12 signs, we should look to the position of Mars to find what we find downright sexy.
How do Venus and Mars interact in your chart? Here is an example: say you are a lady with Mars in Capricorn. Then the type of man that you go for is probably a bit of a workaholic – very ambitious and focused on his career. Now, if you have Venus, say, in Taurus, you might go for a banker or a businessman, or at the very least someone who is down to earth and can provide you with stability. And if your Venus is, say, in Pisces, then you may go for a poet or a visionary – someone who can give you leeway to dream. But whether you choose a banker or a poet, your man will still be an ambitious workaholic, totally devoted to his career! And so it goes…
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So, what turns you on? What makes you go weak at the knees? If you are a lady, Mars will hold the answer to these questions – read on for the key characteristics of the man of your dreams. As for the manly men: who is your personal hero? And how do you go in for the kill? Gentlemen should identify with their Mars on these fronts – the quintessential masculine force within them – and ‘own’ the descriptions below.
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