With your natal Mars in Taurus, this fertile Earth sign may impose some difficulties to the planet of action, forcing it to stall over its natural impulsive decisions and bringing some internal irritation. Mars is known to have very dynamic attributes, while Taurus is known as the sign that does not rush; these opposite traits will definitely create conflict between the need to act and acting itself.
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, to this planet are also connected any types of violence and anger, as it is rather abrupt, impatient and explosive. Since the ancient times, the fiery planet took 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 Taurus, Mars is considered in detriment and thus operating at its lowest potency. Taurus is located directly opposite of the sign of Scorpio, where Mars is considered in domicile as it is its old ruler, before the discovery of planet Pluto. Still, he is considered as the co-ruler of the sign, and usually most astrologers examine his state too when dealing with life areas that Scorpio represents in a natal chart.
The other sign where the red planet is also in detriment is Libra, as it is opposite of Aries – the natural home of Mars. 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.
Mars in Taurus is a rather impractical placement to have in a natal chart, as the gentle, moist and feminine surroundings of Taurus do not blend well with the masculine, dry and aggressive traits of Mars. Yet, there do exist ways to make Martian energy perform well through Taurus – as long as the native understands that his personal power and success will come through strategic planning and long term goals.
Of course, Mars will always be impatient considering his results, but adaptation to this different type of functioning is necessary with this placement. The good news is that his presence in this sign will gift the native with endurance, so by also developing patience they can fight for their goals longer than other individuals. In addition, Mars in Taurus can give tremendous abilities of physical labor – a tireless worker that may not be the fastest one but can last longer without appearance of fatigue.
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, and has planet Venus as its ruling celestial body. Taurus is also the natural ruler of the second house, which rules everything we possess, or at least that we feel we do. This includes money and wealth, material objects, while also non-material things that we feel some kind of ownership over them. Taurus Mars individuals may become quite materialistic, developing acquisition of wealth and possessions as their primary goal.
They can be obsessive about their belongings, and even tensions can arise in their life considering what they own. In case that their natal Mars is afflicted, especially from malefic planets such as Saturn or Pluto, it may indicate excessive fighting over wealth or even loss of it. Such combinations may indicate material possessions that are stolen, while tough aspects to natal Mercury show losses through legal ways, contracts and other types of written procedures. On the other hand, a well aspected Mars indicates a person who achieves and conquers, receiving great pleasure from the sole feeling that what he gained is a prize of his successful battles.
Taurus is also a sign highly connected with luxury, and thus such people may actively work their way towards transforming their life into a luxurious one. Of course, with an adversely aspected Mars they should always guard against megalomania; Mars may be remaining thirsty of gaining more and more riches while forgetting to focus on other important areas of the individual’s life. Also, Mars in Taurus people should always question if their ways of wealth acquisition are moral ones, as Mars gives the tendency to make one gain what he wants without caring so much about the procedure of doing it.
If you have this placement and notice that jealousy towards others is a reason behind the need to acquire something, understand that such a pattern usually also leads to the negative manifestations of natal Mars, and lessons are being taught by life concerning the meaning of possessions.
Mars in Taurus people have similar types of approach concerning people; they subconsciously consider them as their belongings. They are jealous, they will fight for obtaining them, while also to keep them – even if it is fighting with the desired person himself! Such individuals may have belated aggressive reactions, especially concerning jealousy and other similar negative emotions. They may hold them for long inside without expressing them, and eventually the angry bull may even become dangerous when exploding. If you have this placement, you should consider finding ways of healthy expulsion of Martian energy, or else get prepared to not only torture yourself but also possibly hurt others. They may seem calm on the outside; their anger is slowly building up. Yet, it also takes more time for it to disappear, and they may frequently hold grudges for longer than other individuals.
Such people do not love new starts and can get pretty uncomfortable when they need to begin new active patterns, especially concerning physical activity. They prefer to stick to repeatable ones that they already know, and are rather slow to adjust to new ones. Yet, as we mentioned, when they do become accomplished in such a pattern, they can endure a lot more than others. As Venus is an Earth sign connected with fertility, Mars in Taurus may be very helpful to people who are somehow involved in farming, growing plants or even transforming the material ground through their physical labor. All these jobs need persistence, and few signs can endure such procedures for long.
Individuals with their Mars in Taurus can hide their reactions and not be as direct as others. The refined nature of Taurus may make them behave more politely than they think, and many times other people will not understand that some type of tension starts to emerge. On the other hand, they expect the same from other people too – Taurean Mars individuals do not like either quarreling or other types of competitive solving of differences. Such people may have a hidden agenda, as the lack of immediate response gives them time to tactically plan their strategy. In addition, they can stick to an already decided strategy even if the parameters around it change. We should not forget that when it comes to Taurus, any changes need more time to happen; this Earth sign is not the quickest to adapt to new data.
When a Mars in Taurus is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be very active in the life area that the sign of Taurus 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 Taurus Mars person may experience war-like situations from rivals, too much turmoil and even defeats.