With your natal Mars in Virgo, this analytical Earth sign will sharpen all Martian traits and give them precision. This placement is ideal for workers, as it empowers their stamina and ability to work, while also makes them taking care of all small details that are necessary to carry out projects. Mars in Virgo can be very helpful in carrying out physical tasks too, yet such a native should always be careful of over-working. Virgo is the sign mostly responsible for daily routines and health, and in case that Mars operates on very quick or long-lasting volumes, the physical body of the native can suffer. Such people usually have a very quick pace of life overall, being involved in a lot of activities; laziness and boredom is something they despise both in themselves and in other people. Such quick rhythms of their mind and body keep them alert during all circumstances, yet definitely can also lead to a general state of nervousness. Overall it is considered to be a good placement, prompting the individual to be a doer; on the other hand one should always care to not push his Mars over the limits so that he does not strike back.
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 Virgo, 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 Virgo, except from any possible effects it can have on the natives body functions when adversely aspected. Virgo is ruling the sixth house, which is responsible for daily routines, work, health, while is also strongly connected with our intellect. With Mars placed here, all these life patterns become very important; the native may even become obsessed with keeping them under control and working on them without interruptions. 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.
This natal placement is great for people who are working in jobs connected with health. They have a natural tendency to adore hygiene, and take care of every small detail that concerns the body and makes it function well. Natal Mars in Virgo helps them discover any indicators of possible problematic body behaviors; their observational skills are highly developed. They like to enforce strict regimes both on themselves and on other individuals, which can also make them good dietitians.
One of the most common characteristics that Mars in Virgo gives, is an approach to most matters through criticism. Virgo Mars people tend to figure out faults- both on themselves and others- and do not hesitate to mention them. Many times this can lead to misunderstandings, as not everyone is ready either to hear the truth or to allow someone intervene in their life in a way that is not always gentle and polite. Yet, in many occasions their rather objective comments can even save people who are afraid to face the truth, when nobody else dares to risk telling it. Virgo Mars individuals do not hesitate to even risk their relations with people; they like to speak what they really think even if it may be done rather abruptly. This placement can indeed lead to heightened tones of conversations and quarrels; a sign of intellect blending with Mars can lead to debates which can even last for hours. Arguments, facts and small details are usually being used as tools in such disputes, and it is maybe better like that because if a Virgo Mars keeps all those thoughts without expressing them, Mars will eventually implode internally creating complications to their physical body and biorhythms.
If you have this placement, you might notice that your stomach and digestive system is rather sensitive. Mars may make such natives worry about a lot of stuff, including their own body. There is always a possibility that they become hypochondriacs, this way even creating psycho-somatic dysfunctions to their organism by themselves. Individuals with their Mars in Virgo should always try to find some time to relax, to give their body a lot of sleep and generally to calm their nerves. They are keen to develop stress which can also lead to skin rushes and dermatological problems, which may apparently not have any concrete reason for appearing- only psychological ones and even through self-suggestion.
Natal Mars in Virgo makes a person a perfectionist concerning both his goals and his actions. They will spend twice as much time as other people on their projects, to be sure that even the smallest detail is correct. Of course, this is a great advantage in all jobs that require total dedication and where mistakes can be critical and dangerous. Virgo Mars individuals are not afraid of such responsibilities and are able to even multitask on different projects. During this procedure of completing such tasks, they are willing to sacrifice not only other fields of their life but also their own health – many times consciously, and despite noticing the effects such pressure has on their own body. Tensions can also appear with co-workers, especially those that follow a slower pace of task-completion or those who do not accept the native’s criticism about the way they work or regarding their results.
Such a natal Mars is rather strong with words, and can excel in using them for any type of pressure. People with Mars in Virgo can become good political and social analysts, and their role usually involves complaining about the status quo and criticizing the system as it is. They can easily demolish other people’s arguments with pure facts and in case that other placements help, can become even good spokespersons. On the other hand, they may appear irritating to their audience, as their point of view towards things usually is through some negative filter. Nevertheless, such natives usually are very useful in groups as they can also do great constructive self-criticism for any organization they are a part of.
When a Virgo Mars is well aspected in a natal chart, the native will be very active in the life area that the sign of Virgo 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 Mars in Virgo person may experience war-like situations from rivals, too much turmoil and even defeats.