With your natal Mars in Sagittarius, this winter Fire sign will create rather positive surroundings for the red planet to function. Sagittarius is known as the sign of expansion, and Mars placed here has the freedom to act upon will. Mars enjoys this ability to operate without restriction, and may also reveal his playful side, which will make his activity be triggered and initiated by curiosity to discover more, while also the need to create joy through actions. Of course, leaving Mars without any leash can also bring some complications – they mostly include the lack of seriousness, carelessness and taking too many risks without thoroughly considering possible dangers.
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 Sagittarius, 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). Mars has no real problems when in Sagittarius, except from the uncontrolled expansion that the sign tends to give. As in all fire signs, Mars can adjust easily, and even his difficult behaviors such as anger or explosiveness are not suppressed and can find the right channels of decompression.
We should note that Mars needs around two months to move to a next sign. 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.
For such natives, sports will always be playing a vital role – Sagittarius Mars people make quite good athletes. Yet, they tend to not become professionals, keeping sports as a hobby which first of all makes them have fun and laugh. For Mars in Sagittarius individuals, winning is not the most important part of playing a game, and neither is the physical activity itself. Fun through sports acts like some type of drug for their mind, triggering their endorphin levels, and this is why they will prefer playing with people who concentrate on the game rather than the result itself.
This natal placement is great for people who are of an adventurous nature, and who expand their life towards distant places, or blend with different cultures and learn other languages. Mars in Sagittarius gives them a strong drive to continue searching for something new, making them life-long learners. On the other hand, boredom and stability are things that such natives cannot stand in their reality, and in case they appear, a natural urge prompts the individual to jump forward towards new quests and adventures. Naturally, natives with Mars in Sagittarius tend to develop an unstable character considering their physical activities and hobbies, and are always open for that new interesting thing which they have not experienced yet and that sounds appealing. In addition, as Sagittarius is a dual sign, they may have a variety of such activities in idle mode, switching between them as soon as they feel a little bit bored. This keeps them rather alert, definitely happy, but can complicate relations with other people who may find difficulties in following such rhythms without any pattern.
People with Mars in Sagittarius do not really learn from their mistakes. Indeed, taking risks and quick decisions may many times lead them to success, mostly because Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck. Especially if their Mars is not adversely aspected, such incidents of good luck can frequently manifest in their lives. Nevertheless, this is not a rule that is always applied- overestimating their luck is a phenomenon that can easily appear. Doing the same mistake again and again can also happen; even in some desperate attempt to prove themselves right in their decision-making, trying to convince themselves and others that their impulse is correct and any possible failures were triggered by random factors and result of bad decision. Yet, they usually have a positive stance towards failures and do not get hurt by them, using also humor to forget their defeats. Mars in Sagittarius people will easily move on, towards new risks and new mistakes; after all they are more interested in feeling the adrenaline flowing through their drive of moving forward, than creating some stable reality that might objectively be a good one.
This natal placement of Mars may bring radical spiritual approaches and confrontations with the established church or spiritual systems. In communities where religion plays an important role and are rather conservative, such individuals may suffer and eventually rebel. They may be provocative concerning their religious ideas, and itching to fight against the religious model that is in power. Similar patterns may appear towards other Sagittarian organizations, such as law institutions or the education system. Sagittarius Mars people may easily reject studying and quit the university, even if they are good students. In addition, they may show disrespect towards laws and courts, and such behaviors can even bring complications when their natal Mars in Sagittarius is challenged. If the aspects to Mars are good, the individual will simply reject the archetypes that all these institutions represent, becoming some sort of rebellious anarchist. Nevertheless, this is usually not being experienced on some collective and organized levels. Such people usually become individualists, minding their own business and preferring not to be connected in any way with such social or spiritual structures. Because if they do keep connected with them, and especially if they become a part of them, their passage through them will turn into a constant battle of bringing (or forcing) new ideas and change. Which in some occasions, when other planetary factors state it, can even be a necessary road to follow, and can change the entropy of those systems.
Sexually, Mars in Sagittarius individuals like to blend eroticism with fun and even humor. For that reason, they will always prefer partners who have similar characteristics and can keep up with this atmosphere. Depressive or too serious lovers usually do not last long; a Sagittarius Mars may get either bored or pressured and feel the need to move on. Generally, such individuals prefer experiencing a lot of partners rather than sticking to long relationships; especially if the chart owner is a male which makes Mars a lot more responsible for his sexual drive. Mars placed here makes them hunters who like to change targets, and when they see that a target is unreachable, they may move to a new one (no matter how much they wanted to conquer the previous one). Such individuals may frequently enjoy the process of conquering, a lot more than in what comes after. Of course, all these traits are furthermore visible in case that Mars resides in the 5th or 8th houses, which are strongly connected with sexuality and relationships. In addition, this natal placement may be an indicator of unfaithfulness, without of course this being a rule for every individual. Yet, any type of commitment may be perceived as pressure, and the two easiest ways for them to escape it is either running away from the relationship or establishing some type of clandestine private life activities.
Mentioning running away from relationships, we should broaden the talk about this habit/ability of running away. Individuals with natal Mars in Sagittarius do develop running away from something as a natural response to crisis situations, or to situations when they feel imprisoned. This can be a great tool and a blessing, as it can save them when things get too critical – even on a physical level. They are the ones that will first start running when they see a tsunami – and eventually the ones that will get saved! Yet, they will also run away from responsibilities rather than confront them, and generally many times choose easy solutions. This can create problems to other people, in case that such problems are collective and the Sagittarius Mars person simply walks out of the equation.
When Mars in Sagittarius is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be very active in the life area that the sign of Sagittarius 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 Leo Mars 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.