With your natal Mars in Pisces, this winter Water sign extinguishes most of the fiery traits of the planet, creating a rather passive and gentle personality. Mars is generally not operating well in such liquid and feminine surroundings, as it does not have the ability to be impulsive in his actions. Mars is known to have very dynamic attributes, while Pisces are known as a rather introvert and sentimental sign, lost in its world of ideas rather than functioning in the material one. Of course, such a placement can be great for people connected with the arts, but is impractical for the every-day reality. These opposite traits will definitely create conflict between the need to act and the insecurity of feeling powerless to perform the wanted action. Having your Mars in Pisces is quite common with having it in Cancer. The main difference is that Pisces Mars individuals accept the lack of Martian power inside them, while Cancer Mars people are confused and try to blend those opposites of fire and water – thus producing turmoil and steam.
Mars is generally governing activity and our drive, what we fight for and what we conquer too. The red planet rules our actions and where we place our energy to receive results, yet also can show life areas where fighting for our goals receives resistance from other people (or life itself). Naturally, this planet is also connected to any types of violence and anger, as it is rather abrupt, impatient and explosive. Since the ancient times, the fiery planet has taken the name of the Greek god of war, Ares, and his Roman equivalent Mars. His energy is extremely masculine, symbolizing (together of course with the Sun, one side of the Sun-Moon dual axis) the archetype of the male. His opposite counterpart is of course Venus, creating with him the Mars/Venus axis as another archetypical Yin/Yang. An interesting fact is that even the ancient ones were being careful while handling the powers that god Ares (Mars) represented. There were very few temples of Ares, compared to all the other gods of the Greek Pantheon, and they were not invoking him. Of course, he was naturally receiving his share of respect, yet without specialized priests and cults of worshippers – as war and violence was always undesired. By analyzing this through a psychological filter, the sole fact of not making a lot of festivities in his name made him difficult to reach in the subconscious and unconscious of the masses and individuals. This way, he was in a rather idle mode, being invoked only when war had already erupted in order to raise the spirits and create a holy frenzy to the warriors.
In the sign of Pisces, Mars is in peregrine condition. Peregrine is a rather neutral condition, where a celestial body does not function very potently (as it does when in domicile or in exaltation), nor is very weak (as it does when in detriment or fall). Yet, Mars is simply out of place when located in Pisces, dissolving in Neptunian fogs and entering dreamworlds. Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, and has Neptune as its ruling celestial body. Before the discovery of Neptune, planet Jupiter was considered to be its ruler. Even now, many astrologers consider him as the sign’s co-ruler. Pisces is also the natural ruler sign of the twelfth house, which rules our subconscious, fears and dreams, self-undoing, places of seclusion and even hidden enemies. We should also note that Mars needs around two months to move to a next sign, while travelling through the skies. Once every two years Mars has a period of retrograde motion, where it appears to move backwards on the celestial canvas for apparently two months. Additional information about Mars’ potency in each sign can be read in the article about Mars’ Essential Dignities.
A Mars in Pisces person can be lacking self-confidence, especially if the native is a male. The reason behind this can be a lack of male role model in the individual’s early years, preventing him to copy and reproduce such archetypes in the future. Sometimes, his father (or father figure) may have had problems with alcoholism, drugs or medications – making him a weak stereotype, too passive to fight his own problems. Thus, the native does not learn how to fight in life, frequently being afraid to take decisions. He may be overly shy, an introvert who prefers to adjust to situations rather than initiate his own strategies. Other reasons for developing such behaviors could be continuiοusly losing fights or arguments during young ages, and creating the subconscious idea that standing up against something is vain and ineffective. Overall, when Mars in Pisces needs strengthening: the best ways are by physical activity, sports, martial arts and generally movement of the body. Pisces is a sign mostly connected with the psyche, and the presence of Mars inside it makes the mind more active than the body. Thus, the best solution for the red planet’s under-performance is activating him on the physical level.
This natal placement can make an individual hold his anger inside, which is definitely not the best thing to do for long. As this energy searches desperately ways to come out, it might affect the chart bearer’s body through psychological problems, fears and nightmares – because Pisces rules the 12th house. Individuals with Mars in Pisces should be very careful to not internalize their anger even further. In their attempt to not hurt others, they may hurt themselves. Such people can be flirting with the borders of masochism (both as a psychological and a sexual pleasure), yet it is only wise to indulge in such techniques if someone chooses it consciously. In case that you notice patterns of self-victimization, it is better to either handle out such urges by yourself or consult a therapist. Of course, such extremes happen mostly when Mars is afflicted – and more particularly by Saturn, Pluto and Neptune.
We should definitely also state, that a natal Mars in Pisces may be a wonderful tool for artists. The red planet can give them endless energy for either concentrating on creation of art, or simply getting lost in the world of ideas. It can aid a person pass whole days without sleeping, in order to transfer in the real world those abstract ideas that he catches. Yet, it can also create a procrastinating visionary, who just kills his time by daydreaming. There are a lot of other parameters, that in the end define in which way this Martian energy is used. Needless to say, that such people are strongly inspired when they get hurt. Getting hurt (or disappointed, or having dreams broken) is naturally connected with Mars in Pisces and having adverse aspects to it (or activated by adverse transits). Mars is activated and feels like a sharp blade in the person’s soul. It hurts, yet it also pushes to create. And indeed, the best artistic creations of a Pisces Mars individual will be triggered by the shock of pain.
Such a natal placement makes alcohol, drugs and even medicines that can affect the native’s character a subject that must be handled very carefully. All substances empower Piscean energy, and Mars can strike back as he will feel confused and in need to do some action – yet not knowing which. This could bring accidents, hidden enemies or generally situations that happen during lack of clear mind, and can complicate life afterwards. Natives with natal Mars in Pisces should be very careful to not lose control due to alcohol or drugs and act in ways they would not; many times they will not remember their actions afterwards! Be especially careful if your Mars is located in houses that affect the body (1st and 12th), or if he is somehow aspecting your ruling planet (ruler of your Ascendant).
Individuals with natal Mars in Pisces can have strong psychic powers, while also be very good healers. If Mars is well aspected, it is even somehow necessary for them to follow such a road. They are rather protected from accidents while handling the other realms and information downloaded through those spheres, and they will spiritually progress and evolve. Usually, such people offer their services without waiting something in return. On the other hand, an ill-aspected Mars indicates that they should probably stay away from such procedures. They still will be very charismatic and have a lot of such powers, yet they should probably build a wall to not get used or even harmed by this selfless giving to others.
A Pisces Mars person can get easily connected to the collective subconscious, and become a carrier of messages to the world. The best way for them to do it, is naturally through art. Art can also be a technique of self-psychotherapy; or even the best way for meditation. In any case, such individuals will definitely make their Mars function in a more healthy way if they create. They usually are good in more than one way of artistic expression, and we strongly advise them to materialize all those higher and abstract meanings that hover above their head. This can guarantee a more stable connection with reality, a bridge where the Martian and Neptunian energies can at last merge and circulate instead of swamping.
When a Pisces Mars is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be very active in the life area that the sign of Pisces rules, winning his battles concerning those house matters. He will tirelessly dedicate his energy, confronting any possible difficulties and problems successfully and enjoying the conquest of the desired goals. The victories in those areas will gift him the drunk-like feeling of the warrior who raises his sword and yells when the battle is finished and the opponent defeated. On the contrary, bad aspects to Mars can bring quite a lot of problems mostly connected with anger and putting too much efforts in vain. Also, when the darker traits of Mars are awakened by difficult natal aspects, the Mars in Pisces person may experience war-like situations from rivals, too much turmoil and even defeats.
Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.