Mars as Chart Ruler: Who is Your Inner Warrior?

The position and condition of your chart ruler is an important component of your natal chart with some astrologers regarding it as important as your sun, moon, and rising signs. So, with Mars being the ruler of your chart, how may it influence your personality and how others see you?

If your rising sign is Aries, Mars is your chart ruler. Mars represents your drive, courage, and need to define yourself as an individual. Where it lies in your birth chart will influence your character and desires in life. As chart ruler, it will help affect how you present yourself to the world.

The position of your Mars helps inform you about where you are willing to push yourself in life, how life wants to drive you forward, the persona of your “inner warrior”

Keep reading to learn more about how your chart ruler, Mars, could help to shape the way you leave your mark, how it helps mold the mask you wear, and what this may mean for you.

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Mars’ Influence on Your Ascendant

If you have made it to this page, you are more than likely familiar with your rising sign (if not, click here to learn more). Your rising sign is the sign of the Zodiac that the cusp, or boundary line, of your 1st House lands in. This line is also referred to as your Ascendant and is so important in your chart that is considered one of your “Big 3” in astrology, along with your Sun and Moon placements.

Some astrologers describe your Ascendant as the “mask you wear.” It is the version of yourself that you use to interact with the world. Your Ascendant is both how you see the world, and how the world sees you and treats you in return.

Since Mars rules your rising sign, Aries, it is your chart ruler and where Mars sits in your chart along with its condition will also weigh in on how you experience your Ascendant. Mars, as your chart ruler, will be taken into consideration when reading your Ascendant and will add another layer of detail and complexity to the mix.

One really important thing to keep in mind when reading this article, however, is that your chart is a system and is meant to be read as a whole. Anytime you pull one piece out to read on its own, like we are now with your chart ruling Mars, it will always be very general because none of the rest of the placements are being considered. But, this article can begin to give you insight as to the possible ways that having Mars as your chart ruler can influence the way you see the world and how others see you.

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Mars’ Traits and Desires

  • fiery
  • aggressive
  • enthusiastic
  • assertive
  • action-oriented
  • passionate
  • self-centered
  • strong-willed
  • impulsive
  • brave
  • direct

Mars as Chart Ruler Through the Signs

woman standing up straight and looking confident on top of a rock formation on a mountain, symbolizing Mars as chart ruler

The signs of the Zodiac have different motivations and needs that, if acted out in a healthy way, can add more joy and zest to your life. Below is a brief description of how your chart ruler, Mars, could be influenced by its sign in your birth chart.

Keep in mind that this is just one detail of the big picture of your natal chart and doesn’t take into consideration houses, aspects, or transits, not to mention free will! These aren’t rules written in permanent ink, but they can give you a sense of how each sign could “flavor” your chart ruler in a distinct way.

Learn more about what the chart ruler is in our post here that explains how to find it and the significance it may have for you!

Mars as Chart Ruler in Aries

Mars is in dignity in Aries as its ruling planet, meaning that this placement could be quite significant for you. With your chart ruling Mars in Aries, your friends and family may see you as someone who would fight to protect them no matter what the consequences may be.

You may be unshakable on the outside, even if you know you should be terrified on the inside. Others would describe you as a brave soul and someone with passionate, intense energy about you that couldn’t be contained even if you tried. You may have a stubborn streak, but this also helps you to throw yourself at any goals you have set. There may be times when you act before fully thinking it through, but this spontaneous attitude, along with your zest for life, also inspires others to follow where you may lead.

With your chart ruling Mars in Aries, those around you know that you will always be straight with them, speaking from your heart and not making things overly complicated or playing games. Saying exactly what you feel also includes speaking words in anger, so be careful not to let your quick and hot temper boil over onto those around you.

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Aries shapes Mars to be:

extra enthusiastic
very intense
independent
physical
quite assertive
impulsive
even more passionate

Mars as Chart Ruler in Taurus

If your chart ruling Mars is in Taurus, others may see you as someone who may take a while to think about which direction you want to go, but once you get going are unstoppable. Perseverance is the name of the game for a chart ruling Mars in Taurus. Once you start, you may have the tools needed to keep pushing toward your goal for the long haul.

Your friends and family may see you as someone who is tough to pick a fight with. An easy-going and patient nature makes it easy for you to maintain your temper and composure when provoked. However, if pushed too hard on an important topic, you will not be scared to jump into the fight if necessary, and there would be little doubt that you would be the victor.

With Taurus shaping your Mars chart ruler, arguing isn’t in your true nature, however, as you generally seek out peace and stability. This holds true for stability in your everyday life as well and you may be very motivated by financial security as a means of protecting your peace through abundance. Just be careful that you aren’t so preoccupied with securing all that you need in life that you forget to actually live it!

Taurus shapes Mars to be:

  • peaceful
  • simple
  • reliant on companionship
  • consistent
  • stable
  • sensual
  • seeking comfort

Mars as Chart Ruler in Gemini

With a chart ruling Mars in Gemini, those around you may see you as someone who is always entertaining or interesting to listen to. You may have a tremendous curiosity about many topics and you set out to learn as much as you possibly can about them.

Your areas of interest may also change rapidly and you charge ahead to where your curiosities lead you, wherever that may be! With gusto, you are able to speak about your interests or areas of expertise with confidence. There is a good chance that public speaking doesn’t scare you, or even if it does, you would do it anyway.

Your friends and family may see you as someone who is charming and also someone who would never back down from a lively debate. Fortunately, with that Gemini influence, you may come equipped with the sharp mind and breadth of knowledge necessary to win! Just be sure that you don’t pursue arguments that aren’t necessary, just for the sake of arguing.

Gemini shapes Mars to be:

  • curious
  • restless
  • more adventurous
  • a better communicator
  • quick-minded
  • intellectual
  • a bit more intellectual

Mars as Chart Ruler in Cancer

If your chart ruling Mars is in Cancer, your friends and family may see you as the one person that they know would never leave their side no matter what. You may be an incredibly loyal friend, family member, and partner, and would defend any of them with everything you have, no matter the consequences.

Those in your life have no doubt that you would defend them fiercely if they were ever threatened. There may be intense emotions that brew inside of you most of the time. With this Cancer influence, these feelings may need to come out, which should be seen as an act of bravery. Not everyone has the courage to face their emotions, but you may have the tools to do so. Others may describe you as sensitive to their feelings, gentle, and caring.

With your chart ruling Mars in Cancer, just make sure that you stay balanced by giving yourself enough solace to work through what you need to work through emotionally to ensure that your volatile moods don’t spill out onto those you love most.

Cancer shapes Mars to be:

  • compassionate
  • protective
  • more of a homebody
  • intuitive
  • a bit more selfless
  • moody
  • imaginative

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Mars as Chart Ruler in Leo

With a chart ruling Mars in Leo, people who meet you probably won’t be able to forget you. Others would describe you as full of life, passionate, and generous. Your confidence is contagious and could come off in a way that makes others want to follow you as just being with you increases their confidence, as well.

With your Mars sitting in Leo, you may be courageous when it comes to how you leave your mark on the world, brave enough to make yourself vulnerable and push yourself out of your comfort zone in order to get the job done. Your family and friends may know that once you set your mind to something, you will have the drive to get it done and with style! There is a good chance that you aren’t someone who is afraid to go after what they want, but just make sure that you aren’t bulldozing over others on your way there.

Leo shapes Mars to be:

  • larger than life
  • organized
  • magnetic
  • expressive
  • appreciative of attention
  • generous
  • fiery and passionate

Mars as Chart Ruler in Virgo

If your chart ruling Mars is in Virgo, your friends and family may know that you would rarely jump headfirst into something without thinking it through. More than likely, you would have thought it through, thoroughly and completely, and had a plan.

Others may see you as someone who works hard, has a great deal of self-discipline, and is able to finish what you start, no matter how intricate or detailed it is. In fact, it may be very important to you to learn the skills necessary to be not just good, but incredible at what you do. You wouldn’t be scared off from a profession or hobby that takes a great amount of practice or time to master.

With your chart ruling Mars in Virgo, other people may appreciate your precision and perseverance, but admiration isn’t what drives you. It is an inner need to take your skills where they are and bring them as close to perfection as possible. Just remember that a constant pursuit of perfection could stop you in your tracks and won’t move you forward in life.

Virgo shapes Mars to be:

  • concerned with details
  • even more determined
  • less impulsive
  • practical
  • seeking improvement
  • never satisfied
  • sensual

Mars as Chart Ruler in Libra

With a chart ruling Mars in Libra, others may view you as someone who is a social butterfly, or at least someone who is great at pursuing friendships or romantic partners. Mars in Libra offers you bravery when it comes to relationships, allowing you to really stick your neck out there and be the one who, for the first time, asks an acquaintance if they want to hang out later, or who first initiates turning a group of workmates into friends.

And, once you form a relationship, you may be very good at staying committed to it for the long haul. There is also a good chance that you are skilled at activities that involve strategy, or at least when the strategy involves figuring out your opponent’s next move.

Your friends and family may know you as a gentle charmer who has the ability to easily understand and identify with the people around you. Just make sure that you don’t lose yourself completely in relationships and speak up for yourself with needed, even if it may cause tension or upset feelings.

Libra shapes Mars to be:

  • a bit more peaceful
  • more diplomatic
  • reliant on partnerships
  • charming
  • indecisive
  • strategic
  • appreciative of art and aesthetics

Mars as Chart Ruler in Scorpio

If your chart ruling Mars is in Scorpio, others may see you as someone with an incredible intensity about them. People may see you as quite passionate, ambitious, and charismatic. You may be someone who is always themselves no matter what social situation or environment you are in.

It isn’t that you couldn’t put the social mask on that you see others wear to make yourself appear “proper,” it’s just that you couldn’t stomach it. There is no time for you to be anyone but who you are and trying to “play the part” can be exhausting for you.

With Scorpio influencing your chart ruling Mars, your friends and family may know that you are not someone to bend the truth around as you would see right through them. You may have a smaller group of friends than some other people have, but the people you choose to spend time with are able to fully be yourself around. Complete honesty may be very important to you, but remember that not everyone is as well equipped to handle the truth as you are.

Scorpio shapes Mars to be:

  • more intense
  • very passionate
  • emotionally deep
  • more direct and honest
  • moody
  • quite tenacious
  • empathetic

Mars as Chart Ruler in Sagittarius

With your chart ruling Mars in Sagittarius, others may see you as someone who always lives life to its fullest. You may love nothing more than to experience new things, and you are going to go where ever you need to go and do whatever you need to do, to follow your curiosities.

There is a fire about you that others can feel and it often bubbles out as spontaneity. Other people may find you to be enthusiastic and passionate in a way that makes them want to follow your lead. Your ideals may be very strong and your family and friends know that once you have formed an opinion about something, there is no changing your mind.

With your chart ruling Mars in Sagittarius, you may also be someone who pours energy into these ideals, spending time trying to make your world a better place. Finding meaning in your life may be incredibly important to you, but remember that even if you think you “find it,” others won’t appreciate having it pushed onto them.

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Sagittarius shapes Mars to be:

  • more adventurous
  • fiery and passionate
  • restless
  • quite independent
  • philosophical
  • very enthusiastic
  • open-minded

Mars as Chart Ruler in Capricorn

If your chart ruling Mars lies in Capricorn, your family and friends may see you as a person who is perfect for helping with events or special occasions because you can look at what needs to be done, prioritize, and work at it until everything is done. Exhaustion? No matter! You will persevere.

Others may see you as a focused person who will show up for them when they need you. People may find you to be a patient person who they can always trust. When decisions need to be made, you make them with confidence and you are no stranger to hard work, as long as you see your work as worthwhile. You wouldn’t be scared to push yourself toward your goals with everything you’ve got.

With Capricorn influencing your chart ruling Mars, it also may not bother you to have a boss that is a taskmaster, as long as they are effective at helping you reach your goal. Just watch that you aren’t neglecting your own needs in the process.

Capricorn shapes Mars to be:

  • very driven
  • practical
  • more mature
  • hard working
  • quite independent
  • patient
  • less impulsive

Mars as Chart Ruler in Aquarius

If you find your chart ruling Mars in Aquarius, you may be seen as someone who is going to do things their own way no matter what the consequences may be. There is no other choice than to be true to yourself. No tradition, no authority is going to sway you from your sense of self or what is right or wrong.

Your friends and family may see you as someone who inspires them to see things differently. Sometimes this opens their eyes to new ways of thinking and at times your ideas may excite, scare, confuse, or even anger them. However, your loved ones may also find you to be clever, funny, empathetic, and a great person to pal around with.

With your chart ruling Mars in Aquarius, your unique viewpoints are impossible for you to ignore, but just be careful that you aren’t setting fire to traditions just to watch them burn. Not all of them are flawed.

Aquarius shapes Mars to be:

  • more self-sufficient
  • unique
  • concerned with fairness
  • idealistic
  • imaginative and inventive
  • loyal
  • quite direct

Mars as Chart Ruler in Pisces

With your chart ruling Mars in Pisces, people may see you as someone who is incredibly easygoing, and they may wonder if you have any direction in life. What they can’t see are all of the things going on within and your potential to be incredibly well-tuned to the Universe, its messages, and signs.

While your family and friends may describe you as a very gentle soul who seems infinitely empathetic to other people’s troubles, with Mars in Pisces many in the world of western Astrology refer to you as a “spiritual warrior.” You may make decisions for your life in a way that is unlike anyone else you know, which is following “your gut” or even through signs or inspiration that comes to you.

Trying to “feel” your way toward your goals and greatest potential may sometimes not be a straight line which might confuse those who know you, and even yourself at times. Finding the right direction may feel challenging at times, just be careful to not give up the search.

Pisces shapes Mars to be:

  • a bit more compassionate
  • instinctive
  • devoted
  • imaginative
  • mystical or spiritual
  • less independent
  • vulnerable

Your chart ruler in its sign is just one facet of your natal chart and while important, remember that there are other planets, aspects, and factors to consider to get a more holistic impression of your chart. This is one piece in a much larger puzzle. Human variety lies in all of the details!

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