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Marguerite Manning, author of Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract With The Universe is a talented and thoughtful astrologer whose interests focus on our relationships at a karmic level. She argues that the position of Mars is critical because it is the driving force that empowers and ignites our lives.
Astrologically speaking, do you know what makes you tick? I mean really, when it comes to the universal energies being reflected in your natal chart (or as I like to refer to them, the individual cosmic clauses in your very own “contract with the universe”) do you know what single birth energy, all by itself, can get you to stand up and be counted all by yourself? You should. After all, wouldn't it be useful to know just why you're inclined to jump up off that couch when you really don't want to; get in someone's face when you really don't have to; or go out on a limb when you really don't need to before the regrettable fact? Well, then perhaps it's time you turned your attention to the only place in your natal chart that reflects the only energy in your natal sky with enough cosmic clout to do all of the above – Mars, the astrological planet of action, energy and desire. Why? Fitting question. Ironic too, because as the unavoidable “let's get physical” clause in your soul's contract with the universe, Mars is, without question, the “why you do” chromosome in your astrological makeup.
But then as any astrologer will tell you, the universal reason for that is simple. Mars is on a mission. As every astrologer will warn you however, the mission itself is a bit more complex. Mostly because it's our Sun's mission. A solar assignment in which the Cosmos requires nothing more of Mars than making sure our natal Sun has whatever it takes to keep us actively involved in the game of life and, apparently, nothing less of us than celestial seat belts and a good health plan.
We shouldn't be surprised. From the moment our ancient astrologers first discovered this very fast, very red and very fourth planet from the Sun, they knew it was a force to be reckoned with in the medieval heavens. Which is why (after years of observation) they then determined it to have the very same impact in the horoscope. To them it was simple: while the Sun was the most significant influence at our birth because it was the brilliant energy that illumined our immortal spirit, Mars was the most critical to us here on earth because it was the driving force that empowered our human ego. The very part of us (by the way) that was intentionally spawned by the spirit for the sole purpose of prevailing in the physical world. An objective (by the even bigger way) that could never be accomplished without first conquering it. Understandably then, in their scientific opinion, Mars had to be the birth influence that represented our personal power to function on this material planet. Based on their universal findings, it was the only one up there reflecting the brand specific kind of energy our spirit needed to survive on it. You know, the self-serving kind. The “me-first,” “outta-my-way,” “you-wanna-piece-of-me?” kind. The human kind.
Not surprisingly then, of course, this planet's placement in our natal chart identifies what causes us to take physical action, face physical danger and conquer physical obstacles during the course of this physical lifetime. Its presence in our natal sky is really just illuminating all the earthly ambitions and human desires that are now empowering our very unearthly (and even less human) souls to get out there and actually live it. How? By instilling the cosmic “fire in our human bellies” that we all need to eventually succeed at it.
So where's the fire in your soul's belly? Or more importantly, why is it there to begin with? As I explain in my book Cosmic Karma: Understanding Your Contract With The Universe, there's a karmic “back story” to every planet in your natal chart and it always begins (where else?) in the stars. More specifically, the constellations. That's because just like any planet in your natal sky, the constellation that Mars was occupying at the moment of your birth is more than just the astrological sign it happened to be moving through at the time your soul reported for duty in this lifetime. Much more. In fact, karmically speaking, this constellation is actually a celestial reflection of a job well done in your most previous one. That's right, cosmic kudos if you will. You see, from a spiritual perspective, because your Mars sign reflects just how your soul acquired the necessary skills and abilities to survive in your last incarnation, from an astrological perspective it now reveals just why you're most qualified (and likely) to spring into action, rise to the occasion and make it across the finish line in this one. Therefore, in this particular life, you can't help but assert yourself and pursue your ambitions through the energies of this particular constellation. Having previously earned and physically perfected what they cosmically represent, Mars instilled them in you at birth for just that purpose.
Needless to say, powerful stuff. Dangerous too, because while that means your Mars sign will always dictate the manner in which you characteristically (and impulsively) display courage, express anger and exhibit passion, it's for that very reason that it also predicts just how you're most likely to annoy others, ignite tempers and push a few provocative buttons along the willful way. But then this is your Mars sign.
Its energies were astrologically instilled in you for no other purpose than to provoke and challenge your self-absorbed ego down that self-centered path to your self-serving objectives. It's what they were universally designed to do up there because, when they do, it supplies exactly what your human “will” (and natal Sun) desperately need down here. Willpower. The personal drive to accomplish your physical goals. Or, as we tend to experience it, that determined sense of “self” that easily pushes us on to inspired acts of greatness on those really good days and, on those not so good days (even more easily) pushes everyone else over the edge. Is it any wonder then just why this sign is duly acknowledged as the astrological equivalent of a very-much-needed (but seldom proportionate) shot of universal testosterone? It shouldn't be. Not when you consider the only universal reason for having such a celestial steroid at our soul's disposal to begin with: to empower our “why” chromosome. That turbulent planet above (Mars) that sparks our masculine energy within (ego) and not only forces us to identify our desires, but inspires us to aggressively pursue them as well.
So pursue them we do, because this is the Mars clause in our contract. Our soul made a physical commitment to the Cosmos before coming into this world and Mars was put in charge of making sure we keep it. In fact we're only reminded of theses specific earthly goals that were chosen on our behalf because Mars is constantly infusing us with the burning ambition to achieve them. So while we think we're doing what we can to live up to our earthly potential, it's only because Mars is doing what it must to make sure we do. It's really quite an ingenious plan when you think about it because by “inspiring” us to live up to the Mars clause in our birth chart, Mars is actually forcing us to roll up our earthly sleeves and push our natal Sun to stardom. The stardom our soul promised it would achieve the moment we came into this physical world. A promise reflected in our natal Sun. The one our whole contract revolves around.
Evidently, the ancients got it right, Mars is more than just the fourth, fiery planet from the Sun. It's the astrological stuff solar wingmen are made of, and human egos are fueled by because apparently, it was cosmically entrusted with the one universal mission that requires both. What is that? Providing our brilliant, creative Sun with a direct path (and a full tank) to the only thing in this world it needs to shine: personal satisfaction. Not to worry, Mars, obviously, has this one covered. Testosterone anyone?
This is the end of the article.
Marguerite hosts her popular on line radio program every other Wednesday at 7PM, “Therapy For The Soul” with Marguerite Manning.