To understand the concept of Sun Mars connections we first have to go back into the past for a moment.
In the early 1980s a "new" approach of assessing major themes in a natal chart saw the light by the "invention" of the so-called "ZIP Code."
It was a method invented by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns (hence the name "ZIP Code") and further propagated by her daughter Maritha Pottenger, that made use of the so-called astrological alphabet.
The concept of the astrological alphabet is that astrology deals with twelve basic ways of being, twelve human drives and modes of operation that are all needed in this world.
These twelve sides of life are mirrored in the natal chart by a planet, a house and a sign.
So it is in the astrological alphabet that Mars, the 1st house and Aries all share the same principles (though they are NOT the same!).
Venus, the 2nd house and Taurus also share the same principles and this goes on for the other planets, signs and houses.
What the theory of the ZIP Code or astrological alphabet presents is that certain groups of planet/house/sign combinations share similar themes.
For example: Mars in Libra or Mars in the 7th house share the same principles. The 7th house is in mundane astrology a Libra house (whatever zodiac sign is on the cusp of the 7th house in the natal chart).
This system has been enhanced by German astrologers who developed their own system based on the same principles but they converted the signs and houses to their respective planetary rulers.
For example: Mars in Libra becomes a Mars/Venus theme because Venus always rules Libra. Mars in the 7th house too becomes a Mars/Venus theme because the 7th house is associated with Libra, which is ruled by Venus in mundane astrology.
Also, the ruler of the 1st house (in mundane astrology ruled by Mars because Mars always rules Aries and Aries is always the 1st sign in the natural order of the zodiac) in the 2nd house (in mundane astrology ruled by Venus as the ruler of Taurus) is another Venus-Mars analogy.
The more you find such analogies, themes or connections between two planets, the more this planetary combination becomes an important part of the natal chart and the life of the native.
To find out the connections or analogies between planets, we take especially into account:
Planets in houses are more important and powerful than the planets in the zodiac signs because they work on a more personal and individual level (we use the Topocentric house system which gives almost the same results as the Placidus house system).
When do we have Sun Mars connections, themes or analogies?
In most cases, the following configurations are used (there are more though (!) to define Sun Venus connections but this would lead us too far and make it more complicated than necessary):
When at least three of the above listed analogies or connections can be found in the natal chart, we have a very powerful Sun Mars connection that will be felt and noticed in the character and life of the native.
What do Sun Mars connections signify?
The Sun Mars connection makes for a self-starter, someone who is able to work independently and even may have some workaholic tendencies.
Most of them are business owners or entrepreneurs.
Interestingly, when two fiery bodies/planets are connected, chances are, things may get heated, resulting in kind of aggression, competitive drive, and combative spirit.
This is the more so when angered or when one's competence is questioned.
When additionally a powerful Moon-Mars connection is found, there is the likelihood of auto-aggressive behavior (self-mutilation in one or the other form).
There is the continuous need or urge to be busy, to act upon everything, which may do more harm at times.
There is a conquering spirit noticeable as well.
People with a predominant Sun Mars connection in the natal chart repress emotions by being (too) busy, often ending in "depressive" periods.
In the natal chart of women, this connection increases the odds of attracting machos, "strong" partners.
In the natal charts of men this predominant connection coincides with feeling superior to women and taking the lead.
People with such a powerful Sun Mars connection need lots of space to be active physically and to temper their restlessness.
There is a huge need to express themselves, as if they are the sole inhabitant on this world.
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