Mars in 12 Houses: Where Courage and Fear Reside

Courage is the ability to confront fear. Like two sides of the same coin, courage and fear cannot exist without each other. We can’t be brave without experiencing fear – if something doesn’t make you feel afraid, then it doesn’t take any courage to do it.

So even though Mars is associated with courage, we can also say that it represents fear.

 

Mars in 12 Houses

In your natal chart, the house occupied by Mars shows where fear tends to be present. However, this also means that we have an opportunity to express true courage in these areas.

Mars in 1st house (self image & ego) may suggest the fear of being weak or ineffective. At the core, there may be insecurity about one’s physical appearance or personality. Courage is needed to radically accept one’s own self, and to make necessary changes to be stronger and more effective.

Mars in 2nd house (money & self worth) might indicate the fear of not having enough, or not being enough. Spending money could be fear inducing, even when necessary. In this case, you might end up short changing yourself, not giving yourself what will make you happy. You may need the courage to affirm that “I’m worth it! I can buy myself nice things as long as I can afford it.”

Mars in 3rd house (mindset & communication) may bring up the fear of not being understood. Failure to communicate could lead to serious frustrations, leading to cynical or resigned attitude toward oneself and others. Courage is needed to express oneself clearly, as well as learning to communicate effectively.

Mars in 4th house (home & family) might suggest that there had been a fearful or hurtful atmosphere in your early home, full of criticism or anger. Consequently, such anger or fear might have become a part of your emotional foundation, making you feel unsafe at home. Courage is needed to make a break from the past, and form a new beginning, with a new family.

Mars in 5th house (creativity & children) may indicate a fear of expressing your “inner child.” Fear of being emotionally vulnerable could be masked by bravado and sexual conquests, leading to inner isolation. Courage is needed to make meaningful connections with others, through the honest expressions of feelings and creativity.

Mars in 6th house (service & cooperation with others) can suggest the fear of servitude, which can feel like a loss of dignity. Courage is needed to find self respect through work well done, and to value our own contributions to others.

Mars in 7th house (relationships) may indicate the fear of trusting others, which can lead you to “test” people by fighting them. Courage is needed to see that trust does not equal weakness, nor being taken advantage of.

Mars in 8th house (other’s self worth and well being) could reveal the fear of not matching up to others. This may lead to a trap of constant self comparison, and your feeling diminished by others’ success. Courage is needed to build up other people’s self-worth, as much as your own.

Mars in 9th house (higher mind, other people’s thoughts) suggests the fear of having your own worldview discredited by others. This may lead to a belligerent, know-it-all attitude where beliefs are concerned. Courage is needed to be receptive to other people’s views and opinions, and allow the possibility that they may hold the other side of the truth that you need to hear.

Mars in 10th house (career, vocation) may indicate the fear of not being successful or respectable. The anxiety to succeed quickly may result in rash career decisions. Here you may need to ask yourself how you’d like to contribute to the world, and have the courage to begin pursuing your purpose in life.

Mars in 11th house (friends, love hoped for) could suggest the fear of not being loved or accepted by others, which could lead to feeling alone even among friends. Courage is needed to love and accept yourself first, so that you may begin to receive from others.

Mars in 12th house (secrets, self undoing) often indicates hidden fears, which may lead to some irrational behaviors at times. Courage is needed to look within, and confront the inner demons of fear, shame and anger.

Looking at Mars in Your Natal Chart

Mars archetype is that of a Warrior: whenever you feel uncomfortable or afraid, it helps to be able to identify the cause of the fear, so that your inner Warrior can confront it. 

In addition to Mars’ house placement, your Mars sign may suggest how you deal with fear, and the Mars aspects may link several areas of your life together, to be faced with courage and determination.

What did your learn from your natal Mars placement? How does the fear and the courage manifest in your life? Feel free to discuss with emails or comments!

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been a practitioner of Eastern meditation path since 1997, and has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. Excellent article!! I am dealing with my fears brought up by my Mars in the 8th. They are locked in very deep and it will take a lot of digging. Thank you. I just noticed that the fear is stopping me from accomplishing my goal.
    Marcela

  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Marcela!

    This fear tends to go away when we really choose to focus on building other people up.

    Hiroki

  3. Dead on! Mars in the 11th. Have always felt alone! I am not even sure I know what that means to truly love myself. Interesting. Can you say more about the sign it is in. Mine is in Sag.

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Mars in Sagittarius wants to be loved and respected for your knowledge and opinions. So you need to make sure to find people that appreciate what you have to say.

    In some cases, you first need to make sure that what you have to say is worth listening to – which necessitates more learning and listening on your part.

  5. Mars in 5th house (creativity & children) may indicate a fear of expressing your "inner child." Fear of being emotionally vulnerable could be masked by bravado and sexual conquests, leading to inner isolation. Courage is needed to make meaningful connections with others, through the honest expressions of feelings and creativity.

    Mars in 6th house (service & cooperation with others) can suggest the fear of servitude, which can feel like a loss of dignity. Courage is needed to find self respect through work well done, and to value our own contributions to others.

    I have Mars in 5th in koch/Equal and Mars in 6th in Placidus house system. I kind of can relate to both of these descriptions.

    Thank you=-)

  6. Hiroki Niizato says:

    You're welcome, thanks!

  7. Thanks for this excellent post on Mars. I found the dual aspect of courage and fear really interesting. I have a Mercury conjunct my Mars in Pisces 5th house, and have a fear of expressing my "inner child" – esp with regard to my creativity. I long to pursue a creative outlet, but have never found the courage to do so. I used to think that this fear of expressing the inner child was an expression of my Scorpio rising. Well this Mars idea seems to challenge this. Very interesting!

  8. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thank you Clare,

    It can be a breakthrough insight once you realize that your inner child may be scared to come out!

    All the best,
    Hiroki

  9. Donna Cunningham says:

    Very nice job, Hiroki! You are so right about Mars' actions being fueled by fear! I remember an old saying about courage being fear that has said its prayers. Donnd Cunningham

  10. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Donna! Very nice…..

    Hiroki

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