Mars is the first superior planet, it orbits at a greater distance than the earth from the Sun. For this reason it is considered as representing the urge to separate from home. Much like that of an adolescent, Mars represents our personal journey into the outer world to achieve our goals. In mythology Mars was the God of war to whom Roman Soldiers paid tribute before battle. Indeed the orbit of Mars has been likened to that of a soldier as it advances rapidly, quickly stops and then retreats rapidly.
It's known for it's deep red colour and red is associated with passion , danger , war and energy. It is a very stimulating and energising colour, unlike blue which is far more calming. Red is often used to give warmth and energy to a dull environment. It is a highly sexual colour. People can often dress in red when they want to attract someone.
The martial quality of energy is precisely what each of us needs to use to achieve our goals in the world. Sometimes we have to fight for what we want and not be easily deterred, to have courage in following our dreams. We need this energy to persist and assert ourselves against the difficulties we will inevitably encounter. However as with all principles the Martial force can be negative or positive. Is the energy being used for a useful purpose and in a disciplined way or is it used merely for aggression and oppression. The shadow side of mars is the aggressive drunk you see on the street or the football hooligan. The positive side is the person who uses the energy to further their dreams, overcome their fears and defend the weak.
Mars rules the sign of Aries and is co ruler of Scorpio. With Aries the energy of mars is fully expressed and channeled with the signs youthfull enthusiasm, with Scorpio the energy is used in a more sexual, controlled and disciplined manner.