Mars/Ascendant Aspects




A take-charge attitude. Leaders. Entrepeneurs. Confrontational stance. A one-man show. A one-woman show. Fighting your way through life. Making more enemies than friends. Pushy. A steamroller. Spitting fire. Feminists. Anger. In your face. Confronted with anger. Provoking others. Red face. Fire-breathing dragons. Cross. Hot under the collar. Flash in the pan. Looking for a fight. The fire within. Firemen. Wanting to do something. Rebelling against life roles that are safe and boring. Wanting to be seen as sexy, daring, brave, and HOT. If it isn’t dangerous, it probably isn’t any fun. Heat. Animal sex appeal. Raw versus refined. Red meat and red wine versus green tea and tofu.

Being on a mission. Creating a battle plan. Fighting everyday. Everyday warriors. Bounty hunters. Having energy to forge ahead. Having initiative to make a dent in the world. Wanting to lead rather than follow. Not caring about leading or following as long as you’re doing what you want to do. Forging your own path. Creating new paths. It hasn’t all been said and done. The will to break through restrictive molds. The will to go out on your own. Living alone. Choosing not to get married. Spending a good long time being single – and loving it.

The will to break through appearance-based stereotypes. The urge to forge independent patterns. Creating new body image ideals. Athletic bodies. Rugged bodies. Wiry bodies. The fire in your belly says not to conform. Lashing out. Speaking up. Not keeping your head down. The ability to go it alone. Standing on your own feet. Pulling yourself up by the bootstraps. Acting independently. Not looking for anyone’s approval or permission.

Standing apart from the crowd. No one is attached to your hip. Hating imitators. Not wanting clones. Being mean sometimes to get people to back off. Being brusque to brush off the hangers-on. Shake ’em off! The ability to act in your own self-interest. Taking care of yourself. Standing up for yourself. Defending the weak against bullies. Being the bully sometimes. Not letting yourself be a doormat. Taking on the reigns of your life. Cultivating a rugged self-image. A self-styled punk. Supermodels. Strut that stuff! Work it girl! Fierce. Unwilling to take on submissive roles. Needing to be in charge of your own destiny. Trouble settling down. Might take a while to learn how to compromise enough to keep a partner. You stand alone because you won’t let anyone lean on you and you won’t lean on anyone.

In the 1986 documentary The Real Patsy Cline, singer George Riddle said of her, “It wasn’t unusual for her to sit down and have a beer and tell a joke, and she’d never be offended at the guys’ jokes either, because most of the time she’d tell a joke dirtier than you! Patsy was full of life.”

People don’t mess with you. Ouch – you hurt! You get to the point … soften the blow! Self-direction. You don’t need people to tell you what to do. You’re your own boss. Muscularity. Tense. Stressed-out. Hard. Overly-masculine. The need for moist, feminine, soul force balance. You could use a gentler touch and a more refined approach at times. “You’d be prettier if you acted more like a lady.” Disdain for social graces. Grouchy. Gruff. You can dress him up but you can’t take him out. The Fast and the Furious. The competitive edge. Wanting to prove you are the best. Going after what you want un-apologetically. Take no prisoners. No holds barred. Macho macho man. Bullies. Gangsters. Rebels. Punks. Hooligans. Single mothers. Military. Police. People in a position to do some damage.

Angry faces. Scowling. Frowning. What’s wrong? Are you mad at me? Did I do something? Obvious expressions of frustration. Your impatience is palpable. Doing then thinking. Leaping first. Head first. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Sporty Spice. No desire to sublimate your desire nature. Telling it like it is. Rubbing people the wrong way. Forging a new path. Entering unknown territory. Scouting ahead. Applying energy towards whatever is put in your path. Onward! Nothing’s gonna stop you now. If you can’t beat ’em, beat ’em. Lacking sensitivity to others’ situations. Competitive by nature. Me first. Me second. Taking home the gold, silver, and bronze. Winner takes all. The spoils of war. Plunderers. Your body is a weapon. You hit your head too much. Headaches. Facial scars.

In 1961 when Patsy Cline was released from the hospital after a car accident “… her forehead was visibly scarred. (For the rest of her career, she wore wigs and makeup to hide the scars, along with headbands to relieve the pressure that caused headaches.)

“Crazy” was written by Willie Nelson. Willie doesn’t have a Mars/ascendant aspect 🙂

Planets in aspect to the Ascendant are also always in aspect to the Descendant. Posts will be split up between Ascendant and Descendant to show the different point of view that each of the angles brings to the natal chart. To learn about the flip-side of Mars/Ascendant aspects, read Mars/Descendant Aspects (Coming soon).

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  • Rozarrianne

    I have Mars conjunct Ascendant, I can break things when I’m really angry. I am independent and does not like asking for help just like the description above.

    • Thank you for reading, Rozarrianne.

      • Rozarrianne

        You’re welcome! The article above is very accurate 😀

  • XatiOffical

    Well.. i have mars in scorpio 10th house sextile with ASC(capricorn).. its good or? please answer

    • Sextiles usually show opportunities. They are usually beneficial.

      • Marcus Loader

        So @AstroFix, would having a Mars 12th house in Libra semi sextile ascendant Scorpio 1st house… Be a bad, or good placement?

        • Hi Marcus,

          Is this a tight aspect?

          • Marcus Loader

            I’m not really sure. I’m still in the beginning stages of learning astrology, and learning how to read the charts. I chatted with you a few months ago, but I’m still trying to decipher everything. Anyways, here my chart in whole signs.


            • Hi Marcus,

              Your Mars and ascendant are semisextile by sign but the orb of the degrees is much too wide for a real semisextile. With Mars at 20 Libra and the ascendant at 27 Scorpio the two are 37 degrees apart, which is 7 degrees more than a semisextile which is a 30 degree aspect.

              The aspect that you do have between the two is closer to a decile:

              The 36 Degree Decile, 108 Degree Tridecile And 18 Degree Vigintile

              These divisions of the circle by degrees of one tenth are attributed with the penchant of coinciding with tangible events. The indication is that results follow in the wake of planets combined in this way. Deciles are also reported to indicate special gifts that may or may not be quickly appreciated. There seems to be a power in the contacts that must be consciously and deliberately employed.


              • Marcus Loader

                Thanks @AstroFix. So, what are the most powerful planets and placements in my chart? If you can answer that question.

  • Sandra

    Woah, this is spot on. Mars in Aries rx 5th trine Sag ASC. I quite like this placement although I struggle with trying to balance my masculine & feminine energy.

    • Well Sanda, if you’re interested, I can make you a flower essence to help with the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Just email me at

  • Julia Julian

    Everything is so true! I have Mars right on my Ascendant … fortunately in Libra, but still, and it’s really hard for me to settle down. On one hand I already want to, on the other I want to be 100% free, and I think I couldn’t stand such situation, that somebody would restrict my freedom, even my own future children! I don’t know how to fight it. And I provoke A LOT, especially because I’m an artist, so I see literally no limits.
    Unfortunately my Venus (chart ruler) also tightly conjuncts Pluto in Scorpio (still in the 1st house), so sometimes people are simply scared of me before I even say anything.
    Sometimes I’m afraid that I’ll end up really bad or simply hated by many people, though I never hurt anyone intentionally or at all, they see me as an attacker anyway.

    • Emerald

      I have found the same with the hard aspect to Mars. I will rather kick an ass who messes with me, but I do not iniatate conflict intentionally. I have found that people project their mars on me or resent the mars qualities that I have out of jealousy. It is not that I start it, but I will definitely finish it and I can come off as too enthused about a topic as my Mercury is in Aries and Mars in Scorpio. I will finish a fight though. If you pick on me for no reason, heaven help you. It really just depends. I have gotten worse with bullies with age and really cannot stand them. Can’t stand; they will rue the day kind of thing. I avoid situations that involve conflict because I believe in independance and if we are having an issue, the other person is typically meddling. I am not that forgiving of strangers so I avoid people. I think this one causes problems if you are going against the grain of what people believe because you have no interest in promoting their agenda and other people sense that you have your own designs and that is what causes the start of it. Also, sexual energy big time. You let it off and people react to how they feel about desiring you, and, much of the time, you wish they did not for sure.

  • nina

    Hi! I find this article very interesting. My Mars is on the ASC in the 1st house, in Scorpio and it is making an exact square to Venus in Leo in 9th. I have the feeling as If I am constantly fighting with myself, if not myself than people closest to me. And will always do the opposite of anyone’s suggestion, even though it is a good one. Well, I used to act more like that when I was younger, now more of those inner battles have left. But it is so exhausting! And still haven’t found a proper filter for this Mars energy. I do not have scars or headaches, though.
    Another beautiful aspect here is Saturn in 12th (Scorpio) squaring Sun in 9th (Leo) 10 deg from the conj ASC/Ma sq Ve. I don’t actually know does this SA make an aspect to ASC/MA and VE as well?

    Thanks for the post! It is so funny, I bumped into it at the moment when Mars is transiting my ASC and in a day will transit my natal Mars! LOL 🙂

    • Hi Nina,

      If Saturn is 10 degrees applying towards the ascendant and Mars, yes I’d say they are conjunct … especially since Mars is one of the rulers of your chart since your ascendant is in Scorpio (Pluto is the other ruler of your chart.) Saturn square Venus is hard to visualize without seeing your chart.

  • Jayashree Srinivasan

    full analysis and checking the planets nakshatra will give you more details. very good post
    vedic astrology

  • Carmela

    I also have this again with Mars!! Aries mars at 11′ opposite My Merc. Conjunct Rising in Libra!

    • My bf has Libra rising, with Mercury in Libra conjunct the ascendant opposite Mars in Aries in the 7th house.

  • Joey

    what does the quincunx between mars and the ascendant mean?

    • It means that the way people perceive you initially and the way you actually do things are at odds. So, if you have Virgo rising with Mars in Aries people would think you’re really neat and shy and cautious … but the reality is that when you want something you don’t hesitate at all and you can be really aggressive. These aspects of your personality are at odds … but they make you more intriguing because you’re not exactly what people expect.

      • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

        Did you receive my e-mail, Michelle?

        • Hi Ludwig, Yes I did. I hope I can reply later this evening. Busy weekend 🙂

      • Joey

        my mars is in gemini and my rising is in scorpio

        • What do you think people think of you? Do you surprise them with your actions? (Does Mars fall in your 8th house?)

          • Joey

            Yes Mars falls in my 8th house and is also conjunct my Sun and opposite Pluto. Ive been Boxing for doing MMA for a few years now and i love it as it allows me to release a lot of fire i have inside

  • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

    I do not know your e-mail, Michelle.

  • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

    Michelle, I do not know if you remember that I said I was doing some research about my birth chart and the asteroids on it… Well, I am writing some notes about the asteroids on the signs they are on my birth chart. May I show you?

    • Sure, LHVBS … why don’t you email me (use the contact form at the bottom right of the page).

  • Marcia Beauchamp

    I have the square. Leo Ascendant and Mars in Scorpio. I find the balance of masculine and feminine with this placement especially difficult. It’s probably complicated by the fact that Mars is also in a stellium with Neptune and the Moon (also in Scorpio) on the IC. It’s been difficult for me even to see my aggressive tendencies, let alone manage them. With Mars in the 4th I’ve experienced a lot of anger and combativeness in intimate relationships so feel I’ve learned a lot by being alone now for 6 years. Also, while I now crave more companionship (I’m highly sexual as well!), I also feel ambivalent about getting into another intimate relationship.Thanks for the post! It was enlightening.

    • Thank you for sharing, Marcia.

    • Venushater

      Hi Marcia, I have this square too – Mars (conjunct Uranus) in Scorpio versus my Venus rising in Leo. Scorpio and Leo are very difficult to balance I find. What’s your Venus sign?

      • Marcia Beauchamp

        Venus in Capricorn. I don’t envy you that combination! My Mars is widely square Uranus, so I get that part as well. Challenging!

    • David

      We’d be perfect for each other I think lol

  • Jeelains

    I have the trine 🙂
    I’m independent, i go for it, don’t mind being single and i love love speed 🙂
    Like getting things done. Hate seeing abuse and injustice!
    I’m libra rising with mars in aquarius.

  • ValleyOak

    Great post as usual Michelle. I do like to stand a part from the crowd, but I have to be careful not to alienate people who think I think I’m better than they. My Taurus Mars is Trine Ascendant Virgo, so I’m not too pushy, but, to be fair, I’m a Cardinal Sun Libra with a Cardinal Moon Cancer, so, again it’s about balance.

    • Alienating others is a problem with this placement … but then it depends on how much you need company. Strong Mars people often prefer their own company.

  • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

    I have the square Mars Asc in the sixth house and is in Aquarius sign…

    • What do you think of your Mars placement?

      • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

        To be honest I have never thought anything about it… In fact, I think more about my Neptune ascendant that is not so good and other points as the sun trine saturn and uranus. I believe that Mars ascendant is a way of dealing with life that is not so conscious in almost all the phases of our live. It must be because Mars is more action and energy. I could live without this placement, but not without the placements of Mercury, Venus, Jupiter an Neptune on my ascendant.

  • Colleen

    My brother had Mars tightly conjunct his ASC (12th house) and he was a bully, a “macho macho” man, a great risk-taker. He was, at various times, a logger (Mars-cutting), a mountain climber (Mars-risk, Cap Asc), a glass-blower (Mars-fire). He was pugnacious, often blunt to the point of cruelty, aggressive, antagonistic, provocative, red-faced (with at least one scar), self-directed, pushy, etc., etc. He affected a biker’s appearance (beard, leather, tattoos, etc.) and owned two Harleys, even though he worked as an artist. Gauquelin identified 12th house Mars types as being most gifted athletically, and he was. He was also very competitive; had to be first and best. He had no interest in “sublimating his desire nature” and put his body to the test again and again (he had a high pain threshold!). He was married though, thanks to several Cancer planets in his 7th and a very patient wife, for over 30 years until his death. He epitomized the phrase “Live fast and die young.” We fought constantly, but I miss him; he was one of a kind.

    • Hi Colleen,

      Was his Mars also in Capricorn?

      • Colleen

        Yes, it was — I realized I should’ve added that. So … an exalted Mars on the Asc!

    • Ludwig Hess Von Buss Strümpell

      As I said I have Mars in the sixth, so the Mars 12 th house can serve for me too. I do not know why I do not have so much atlheticism as your broter had, Colleen… Maybe I am living all my placement in the sixth house.

  • Biko

    I have Mars conjunct my AC and I am not prone to headaches but I do have a scar on my forehead (I read somewhere that that indicates a Mars in the 1st house and – true) but I also have the tendency to hit my head when I’m really stressed and overwhelmed because I have so much tension there and I wonder if the Mars in 1st is why.

    • Maybe … does Saturn form an aspect to your Mars as well?

  • Rácz Gabriella

    Great as always! Mars is far from my AC but in the 1st house and a whole lot of it applies. Except that I have Libra rising and have most of my planets are in air and water sign, so I’m not that firery and pushy. But I do create new paths, not wanting to marry, independent, on my own feet, athletic, taking home gold, silver and bronze – previously as an athlete, now as a coach.

    • Your Mars is in Libra too? Where’s your Venus? Just curious 🙂

      • Rácz Gabriella

        No, Mars is in Scorpio and only makes a trine aspect to Jupiterin Pisces. But is a midpoint of a bunch of planets. Venus is also in Scorpio 10 degrees away from Mars but in tight conjuction with my Sun and they only have a trine aspect to Saturn in Cancer.

      • Rácz Gabriella

        Oh, and Uranus is also in the 1st (10 degrees from Mars in Libra, 7 degrees from the AC), squarring MC tigthly, so it gives a lot to the independence issue.