Mars is the fighter among the planets. It is our driving engine and stands for activity.

Mars is considered the red planet and is one of the celestial bodies on which another life form was suspected for a long time. However, this was disproved in the mid-60s with the first images. It is a desert planet without water and without life. Nevertheless, its attraction to humans ensures that it continued to play an important role in many films (e.g. Mission to Mars). It is still suspected that Mars and Earth evolved in parallel for a long time, and thus microbial life may have existed on the red planet as well. Its surface is about the same size as the total area of all the continents on Earth. The spring is very stormy. Dust storms and whirlwinds then cover the surface. The largest volcano in our solar system is located on the red planet.

Astronomical Significance

Mars is about 230 million km from Earth and, with a diameter of just under 7,000 km, half the size of our home planet. The temperature varies between 20° to -85° C. On the surface there is iron oxide dust. This is responsible for the red coloring.

Astrological Meaning

Planet Mars
Astrological Symbol

The red planet regulates our driving force. Without it, we would simply lie down and let the day pass. He is responsible for the initiative, entrepreneurship, self-assertion and activity. Through him astrologers learn how the horoscope owner approaches other people or solves practical problems.

The planet represents the masculine principle. In women, it describes what type of man they want. In a man’s horoscope it describes his characteristics, appearance and how he moves within partnerships. He stands for sexuality.

Within warfare he is the driving force. He stands for heat, fire, weapons, guns, explosives and the like.

Meaning Retrograde Mars

In the times of Mars retrograde it is important to be careful and not to take unnecessary risks. There is a danger of overestimating one’s own strengths. This concerns the physical performance as well as the competence. At the same time the realistic view of the abilities of the counterpart is missing. This is also overestimated. The risk of misjudgement relates in particular to physical peak performance. Beyond that also financial investments should be examined, before shipwreck is suffered.

Mars becomes retrograde every 2 years & 2 months for 60-80 days.

Retrograde Mars 2021-2025

December 7, 2024 – February 23, 2025
October 30, 2022 – January 12, 2023

Retrograde Mars 2016-2020

September 9, 2020 – November 14, 2020
June 26, 2018 – August 27, 2018
April 17, 2016 – June 29, 2016


In astromedicine it gives information about fever, inflammations, accidents and operations.

All planets at a glance HERE.