Mars represents the thrill of the hunt, or the aliveness you feel when you are exerting all you have in order to win. In your birth chart, it is your passion in motion.
Mars Symbol: Keys to Creativity and Passion
Mars symbol represents male sexual penetration. Thus the energy Mars symbolizes is intimately tied to your creative impulse (its pursuit of Venusian beauty and ideals results in the creation of something new.)
By reflecting on this symbol, we can appreciate a few components of creativity:
1) Penetration: Digging deeply into one’s chosen field of study is a masculine quality (regardless of your gender). The idea of penetration suggests deep involvement with a subject or a person, not just on an intellectual (Mercurial) level. In other words, creativity comes from deep involvement.
It’s very difficult to experience passionate creativity when you are just scratching the surface of things. If you want to experience more creativity, try going deeper into your path (work, hobby, relationship, etc) instead of jumping from one thing to another. [Note Mars’ classic rulership of Scorpio reflects this idea of masculine depth and fixedness of purpose.]
2) Being in the Moment: Although Mars symbol can suggest intellectual as well as physical activity, its energy can only be experienced in the moment. In Western culture the increasing tendency is to cerebrate, be detached and generally live in one’s head (through the hyper-emphasis of Mercury and the Air element.)
Creativity comes from direct involvement in the experience, and cannot occur when you are detached from it through abstraction. Just as thinking about love can never substitute for the act and experience of loving, your talent can only find expression when you’re fully engaged in the action, without over-analysis or self-criticism.
(Note that this has nothing to do with the kind of work you do – there are plenty of creative geniuses in the intellectual profession – but you’ll find that they have a more of a whole brain oriented approach to their work compared to others.)
3) Connection: Mars symbol connotes a state of deep relatedness. When you’re fully engaged in your creative work, there is a kind of oneness between you and the things that you do. If you’re reading a book with full concentration, there maybe a profound connection you feel toward the author and his ideas, and by entering into a relationship with his work, you will emerge from the experience transformed in some way.
No matter what area of life you want to feel more creative in, the requirement is for you to come in direct contact with something or someone, and form a profound relationship. Without that level of involvement, you remain detached from experience, and neither creativity nor transformation can occur when you’re holding life at an arm’s length.
In Closing: Mars in Your Horoscope
The sign/house placement of your natal Mars can suggest where your creative energy needs to be directed. Example: Air signs may suggest a social or intellectual sphere (i.e. people or ideas), whereas Earth signs may suggest concentration in the practical (i.e. things, business, etc) realms.
How does your own natal Mars reflect the way you apply your creative energy? What can you do to experience more creativity in your chosen field? Please feel free to share your thoughts through emails or comments.
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