Can this warrior fight for or against our welfare simultaneously? According to Isabel Hickey the Martian energy is comparable to that of a burning fire.
Used properly and in the right place is extremely useful, providing us with light, heat, shelter, energy, etc., but used out of place and at the wrong time the fire can cause disasters.
Fire itself is neither good nor bad, but when you can not handle it yourself, it can be dangerous.
This confirms that all natural energies are neutral.
Piero Ferrucci in his book “What we may be” indicates that natural energies, sun, wind, water, atom, etc., can prevent or cause disasters.
In the same way Mars is the most obvious astrological representative of aggressiveness and we all have Mars somewhere in our birth chart.
Let us say, then, that we are all born with innate aggressive impulses.
Aggressiveness is an innate impulse of our biological structure, just as the sexual impulse is an essential part of our instinctive human equipment.
Astrologers have always known that aggressiveness and sexuality are closely linked, something that science discovered not too long ago.
It is quite common that a fight between lovers ends in an orgasm and that a sexual relationship becomes a dispute.
What is it then that gives us Mars?
We owe the will to cultivate or deploy what we are and what we can become.
When this desire to grow, progress and advance is blocked, (by other parts of our own nature or by the action of other people), it becomes anger.
Dane Rudhyar has once expressed that: “Mars is the force that moves the seed to germinate.”
Where Mars is operating on the chart is where you can exercise this healthy form of aggressiveness.
Mars urges us to act in ways that affirm our identity and purpose, and yet can give rise to unpleasant forms of behavior.
This disparate expression of aggressive energy is clearly seen in mythology, When we analyze the very different way in which the Greeks and the Romans presented to the god Mars.
The Greek Ares
Ares was the god of war.
The Greeks hated him, considering it as a mixture of pity, terror, and derision.
As it was associated with blind courage, murderous fury and slaughter, his image was that of a swagger and a brute.
In spite of this the Greeks represented him as a loser in most of the fighting he fought, of which he limped, defeated and humiliated.
It is worth comparing Ares with Athena (his sister), both are trapped in an archetypal sibling rivalry.
Legend has it that Athena is already an adult, from the head of Zeus, Heras is enraged to know that Zeus has had a daughter without his participation, and decides to have a child without Zeus intervene.
Therefore Ares is the son of revenge and revenge, Is the product of anger accumulated in the body of Heras.
This is comparable with the anger that we store in our body and that from time to time explodes in an uncontrollable way.
As Mars is able to express itself in the style of Ares, it is important that we pay attention to the definition of Roberto Assagioli (Founder of Psychosynthesis): “Aggressiveness is a blind impulse towards self-affirmation” ie, even if it is blind, In aggressiveness there is an element of affirmation of ourselves.
It also says that it is a blind impulse “towards the expression of all elements of one’s being,” in other words, it is undifferentiated and uncontrolled; Simultaneously puts the body, feelings and mind at stake.
It acts “without the slightest choice or discrimination”, That is to say that it has no sense of opportunity, place or measure.
It occurs “without any concern for consequences,” when this anger comes out, there is no sense of proportion, or unease about the harm it can do to others. And when exploding “without consideration for others” can be triggered on friends or loved ones who at other times have been loyal, kind and helpful. The Roman Mars Kind and helpful. The Roman Mars Kind and helpful.
The Roman Mars
In Roman mythology the cult of Mars was more important than Jupiter itself.
It was further believed that Mars had been the father of Romulus, the founder of Rome, and of Remus his twin brother, thus representing one of the principles on which the Republic was founded.
He was also worshiped as a god of agriculture, spring and vegetation. It was associated with fertility, growth, and becoming.
He had two companions, Honos (honor) and Virtus (virtue).
It is honorable to defend one’s ground and virtuous to fulfill one’s destiny.
For them to assert themselves was honorable and virtuous, it meant to be faithful to what they considered to be their own destiny.
Defend your identity and have the courage to cultivate and honor your own nature.
Aggressiveness and Healthy Aggression
Now let’s look at some examples of aggressive and aggressive manifestations of our basic natural aggressiveness.
1) As protection against attacks.
2) As a positive need for dominance.
3) As a basis for achieving independence