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Astrological Significance

Mars is linked to drive and motivation. It represents the way we assert ourselves and strive for what we want. It is associated with sexuality, and with the male side to our personality (in both sexes).

The house that Mars is in shows the area of our life which is being affected by Mars energy. For example, if Mars is in the part of your chart to do with your career, you will be able to use this energy effectively at work. On the other hand, if it is in the part of your chart to do with romance, you will have extra energy in this area of your life. The sexual side of the Mars energy will obviously express itself more directly in the second case than in the first.

Aspects to Mars show the way in which the energy of the other planets affects the expression of our sexual/male energy. For example, a difficult aspect between Mars and Mercury would suggest that we might be a little too aggressive in communicating with other people, and could easily get into an argument.

Mars is about half the size of the Earth, and is about half as far away again from the Sun. However, it has captured the imagination of many people because it seems the most likely place in the Solar System to find life forms. The presence of small amounts of water vapour in the atmosphere, coupled with controversial photographs sent back by recent NASA probes, have leant fuel to the idea that, at some time in its past, the planet might possibly have supported life.

Download picture of Olympus Mons. This is the largest volcano on Mars, and is 25km high. (JPG 32K)

Download picture taken from the surface of Mars. This is of Viking Lander 2 site, and shows large stones which were probably ejected from impact craters nearby. (JPG 42K)

Download picture showing the surface of Mars. Notice the red colour of the soil, which is caused by a large proportion of iron oxide on the surface. This is why Mars appears slightly red when seen from Earth. (JPG 27K)

Download a picture of the famous "face" on Mars. This feature is remarkably similar to the Egyptian Sphninx, and is associated with a series of pyramidal structures arranged in a way which is analogous to the arrangement of similar structures on Earth. (JPG 7K)

Mechanical Data
Diameter 6,790 km
Mass 6.42 x 1023
Average distance from Sun 1.524 AU
Period of rotation 1.026 Earth days
Period of revolution 687 Earth days
Maximum surface temperature 310 K
Minimum surface temperature 150 K
Atmosphere 95% carbon dioxide, 4% nitrogen, 1.6% argon

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