An individual with Mars in the 1st house can embody the Martian image and this can be through being courageous, independent, and possessing a fighting spirit. Mars also represents the aggressive, assertive, and dynamic projection of their desires and so there is a fearlessness, drive and self-assertion which are powerfully expressed. The individual might even be pushed forward into a situation growing up that they would rather not be, and perhaps early messages were given that they needed to be a fighter or a ‘warrior’ in life. The red planet can add fire and intensity to the personality, a lust for life and a living for the moment mentality.
There is often a compelling force to their appearance, and it can quite often represent a personality that is forceful a ‘come on’ strong type of persona. It can often be the placement of somebody who is extremely active, youthful, enthusiastic and daring; they have energy at their disposal and often take action when needed with no hesitation. The action often takes on more urgency, and there is a tremendous fight, excitement, and they are quick and direct in their approach.
The 1st house is Mars’ home and rules the outer personality, vitality and expression of self, and the way a person goes about approaching others and when a fiery planet is placed here, they are more motivated to go out into life, and keep their sense of vitality by having things to look forward to – never back, always forward. In fact, they are usually the type of person who wants to take charge of their own life and act on their own situations. This is not the placement of an individual that wants to wait around and see what happens, and they also get highly combative especially if anything threatens their autonomy, and the individual is not the greatest at taking orders.
Mars here will give the clearest expression of what it is they want or desire in life. There isn’t much that can be done to hold these people back, and they seek thrills, adrenaline rushes, and excitement. Astrologer Stephanie Camilleri commented that there will probably be at least one knock-down-drag-out physical fight and that if they were honest with themselves they probably wouldn’t have it any other way. The Aries or Mars person has a harder time walking away from a fight, and it can also be in the name of honour and a loyal defence of loved ones. The person does not take well to frustrating situations and the individual has a spontaneous self-expression and will try and conquer anything blocking them from doing what they want in life.
Mars & Violence
Depending on other mitigating factors in the individual chart the person may also find that there is a quarrelsome nature inherent, sometimes inconsiderate, fierce and violent, and sometimes they meet people that act in this way. The individual may quickly find themselves in a heated situation, approaching life as if always in some kind of battle, and they often act first and think later. The individual may also be childlike and demanding as they can get incredibly headstrong, and want things their own way. The person may like to constantly try new things and can be radical, and there is often a wild streak in the personality.
Fights started easily, trouble always confronting them at every turn, and the individual then finding it hard to understand why others are always attacking them. In tougher horoscopes, if other factors collude, it can be the mark of the troublemaker or bully, someone that loves to fight. Equally, it can also mark the brave individual someone that exudes strength, and is always ready to fight for the underdog and show courage by acting quickly in a situation. Both action and passion for living are what really drives the individual.
Love, Career & Physical Appearance
Mars in the 1st house can also exude a strong sexuality and natural radiance and can jump quickly into romantic partnerships. In relationships, they may need someone equally strong, and can actually find this kind of relating energizing, vital, sparking off that inner flame in their personality that needs to burst forth and show its nature. In traditional astrology, it is often stated that recuperative abilities are strong with this position, although in the older textbooks it is also indicated that the person is more liable towards scars on the face and also especially to the part of the body ruled by the sign Mars is placed. Moreover, red hair is another favourite interpretation for this placement, but as said there can be something striking in appearance about the individual. Occasionally, a 1st house planet can show through physical appearance or mostly through the personality and sometimes both.
When Mars is in the 1st house, it can be the symbol of an ambitious type of individual, with the impetus, competitive spirt and will to pursue their career path. Mars placed here is often thought to be a good position for soldiers and athletes due to needing an outlet for their competitive nature. Another expression of Mars in the 1st house is being terribly accident prone and astrologers point towards the middle part of life, and sudden injuries as in burns, cuts, abrasions. Mars is often prominent in troubling situations and has a tendency to attract dangerous conditions, and there is also an impatience, speediness and recklessness. In general, the person sheds a blazing light on the present, and should aim for something worthy to apply their action and feeling towards, with their ability to stand firm, and can inspire the same confidence in those around them. It is said that brave spirits are eager to run and face danger because they are so full of spirit, and they are easily aroused.