Astrologer Darby Costello sums up the placement of Mars in Scorpio as a “deep water warrior” and for good reason.
In our individual birth charts Mars’ sign, house placement and aspects indicate how we can potentially apply energy into the world at large. When I think about this placement, the first two words that come to mind are potent and effective.
Astrology is holistic, so whenever a placement is discussed, it’s understood that it must be viewed within the context of the entire birth chart. The whole is always greater than the sum of it’s parts. However, I would like to discuss this placement on a general level.
Mars in Scorpio’s placement suggests that person would need to apply their energies in the world in a deeply penetrative manner.
To get to the bottom of things. Strategically directing focus toward investigative pursuits which are capable of fueling their emotional instincts and spiritual power . The potential exists for one to assert themselves in ways which transform and regenerate themselves and others. The key here is to find something which will wholeheartedly engage passion.
“Mars in Scorpio stays below the surface until something comes along that can fully engage its energy. No matter how cool the rest of the chart, this planet goes for an intimate contact that will potentially transform both its “target” and itself. Once set off, it’s all or nothing. Anyone who is emotionally engaged will have their deepest strengths and weaknesses exposed, as will the Mars in Scorpio person. At it’s best, it’s immensely effective. Old outworn habits are eliminated, huge amounts of rubble burned, space made for new life to enter and grow. When things need to be brought to an end, cleared out, resolved, this Mars gives full worth.”
Mars in Scorpio also suggests vast reservoirs of physical energy which can be used in almost single-minded pursuit of a goal which you deem worthy of your efforts and ambition.
It’s also important to remember the constructive uses of the personal power and magnetic charisma that’s suggested by this placement. As it can be used to empower self and others to greater heights and deeper analysis, or dangerously to manipulate the psyche and emotions.
In this placement, there is an inclination to do whatever needs to be done and travel where mere mortals may fear to tread to harness bare naked reality. Whatever is found, no matter how grotesque or disturbing can be savored for it’s value and what’s useless can be discarded in the name of clearing space for a stronger replacement.
Mars’ realm also includes how sexual energy is applied, and those with this placement have the potential to use the sexual act as a vehicle or gateway to the depths of intimacy with another human being.
When the other two water signs, Cancer and Pisces are spoken about, there is usually an emphasis on their deep sensitivity. While not nearly emphasized as much, because it may manifest behaviorally as suspicion or sometimes paranoia, Scorpio possesses the same gifts.
As we get back to the sex, Astrologer Stephen Arroyo explains about Mars in Scorpio:
“Sex opens doors for them to the kind of deep communication and intimacy that they crave and it is one thing in life that finally lets them get out of control in a releasing, relaxing way. Most people with this placement have a strong attraction to the emotional intensity of sex and the experience of being overwhelmed by such powerful and fundamental life energies and some regard a sexual relationship as an opportunity to explore a further dimension of feeling, which sometimes leads to personal transformation.”
Donna Van Toen expresses a similar view:
“Sex and Scorpio are well-nigh synonymous. However, that insatiably voracious sexual appetite is often only a mask for what Mars in Scorpio really wants,which is understanding. For someone to take the time to get close enough to see- and touch- the real person on all levels, and understand -physically, mentally, and emotionally- this, is the ultimate turn-on for Mars in Scorpio. “
As with any placement in our birth charts, it’s what we decide to make of it. The potential of Mars in Scorpio ranges from the highest heights to the lowest depths.
References: “The Mars Quartet: Four Seminars on the Astrology of the Red Planet” by Lynn Bell, Darby Costello, Liz Greene and Melanie Reinhart. “Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo. The Mars Book: A Guide To Your Personal Energy and Motivation by Donna Van Toen