©9-8-2010, revised 1/2012 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
This test for Mars is part of a series I’ve designed to measure and compare the strength of the planets in your astrology chart. These popular tests assign point values to various chart features. (In order to find them, you’ll need to be at least an intermediate student or know one who can do it for you.) In each category used, add the total score of all the factors that apply to that item, and write the total on the blank. Then add up all the items to find out how your Mars ranks.
Would you be considered a Martial—or Martian—type? You would if Mars and the sign Aries are strong in your birth chart. Mars rules the sign Aries, so you’re Martial if you have Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven or several planets in that sign. Perhaps the strongest Mars sign of all is Mars in Aries, since it’s in its own sign.
(I’ve never been fully convinced that a strong 1st house makes you like Mars or Aires, but for those that believe it, a certain number of points are awarded to 1st house planets.) I’ll give these chart features a score and then a description of what a strong Mars says about you.
NOTES ABOUT SCORING: Here are the orbs I use for aspects and that I use in these tests: 8° for a conjunction or opposition, up to 6° for a square or trine, 3° for the minor aspects. The only exception would be a conjunction or opposition to the Midheaven or Ascendant, and, using the Gauquelin research, that is 10°. These are pretty standard orbs among modern American astrologers. If you’re using a chart done by AstroDienst, please note that the orbs they use are wider than this and I find wider orbs not very effective in these measurements.
Here’s the Test:
____ Mars conjunct, square, trine, or opposite the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven, 10 points each.
____ Mars conjunct, square, trine, or opposite other planets, 5 points each.
____ Mars in minor aspect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Midheaven, or other planets, 2 points each.
____ Sun, Moon, or Midheaven in Aries, 5 points each. Ascendant (chart ruler) 10 points.
____ BONUS: Mars in Aries, the 1st, or in the fire signs Sagittarius or Leo, 5 points.
____ Other planets in Aries, 3 points each.
____ Sun or Moon in the 1st house, 5 points each.
____ Other 1st house planets, 3 points each.
_____ BONUS: Part of a major configuration like a stellium, T-square, or Grand Trine, 5.
____ Add 2-5 points for each other factor you consider important, such as Mars aspects to the nodes or having a Node or Part of Fortune in Aries or the 1st. Specify.
____Total. 0-15 low, 16-25 moderate. 26-40 strong. Over 40 off the charts! Off the charts—how did you sit still long enough to take the test?
—how did you sit still long enough to take the test?
Interpreting your Scores—ARE you Martial?
Issues for Mars: what makes us angry or frustrated, how we express or deal with anger, how we assert ourselves, what energizes us, how we lead others, how we use energy, how we “go for it,” what inner drives impel us to take action, what situations motivate us, how comfortable we are with taking the initiative, what arouses competitiveness and the desire to conquer, and how avidly we pursue sexual expression.
No written interpretation can fully explore your individual chart, but briefly, here are some qualities you might find in someone who has a strong Mars vs. one with few supporting chart features.
If you had a high score, you’re an over-achiever in the matters of Mars: Mars’s sign is very important, but here are some of the traits you may share: boundless energy, drive, desire, competitiveness, fire in the belly, aggressively seeking a desired end, leadership, initivative, courage, sexually active, athletic, passionate, irritabile, impatient, and rash.
One thing to know, however is this: A strong Mars isn’t necessarily like a triple Aries on steroids. Each Mars sign has its own style of expression, and the house and aspects show where and how it is likely to make itself known. A strong Mars is the 12th house is still strong–it’s just strong in a 12th house way.
What a low score says about you: If your score is down in the single digits, you may not be very assertive or quick to take the lead. On the other hand, you probably don’t display the hot temper or rashness of the Martial type either.
So, folks, how did you do? Were the test results accurate about you and your loved ones? This is a new and simplified version of some of my older tests, so you’re my beta testers. Tell us how it went in the comments section by scrolling down past this article.
More Posts related to Mars on this Blog:
- Mars Mission 1: Mars and Conflict—Road Block or Productive Detour?
- Mars Mission 2: Anger—the Guard Dog of Denial
- Mars Alert—Code Red!
- Mars Retrograde 101—Answering your Questions
- Understanding Mars in the Fixed Signs
- Mars-Pluto Aspects? Use your Manifestation Mojo!
- The Mars-Uranus Conjunction in Pisces and Children Born with it
- The Law of Progressive Annoyance—Mars or Jupiter?
- Mars—What Great Minds say about Its Functions
- Depp’s Darker Roles—Where Do They Show in his Chart?
In case you missed them, here are the popular planetary tests:
- How Strong is your Sun? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score?
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
- From Joyce Mason: Chiron Quiz: How Strong is Your Chiron?
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