From Jan 2002*
When Mars is in Aries, people focus on actions and favor ambitions that are adventurous, pioneering, and assertive. They use tactics and perspectives that are independent and aggressive, that rely on individual initiative, that have a distinct element of competition, and that respond well to a direct approach.
This energy is known for being active regarding matters of personal drive and promotion. It is very up-front and honest about its goals and desires ... and its willingness to go after results by the most direct route available.
There is also emphasis on being confident, positive, and in control. Winning, making a good impression, and taking on the world ... are also immediate concerns for this energy. There is considerable emphasis on "taking care of Number One" ... sometimes without a lot of tact to ease the rough edges of this rather undisguised and aggressive enthusiasm.
Under stress, people may act in ways that are belligerent, contentious, disruptive, and rude. They may pursue their desires and ambitions too forcefully, too impulsively, and with too much self-will and self-centeredness. This energy when stressed is also known for being irritable, temperamental, aggravating, arrogant, bossy, defiant, and uncooperative.
* Articles in the extensive series "Things to Know About" are constructed from information originally published in Step-by-Step, our Premium Members several-times a week Astrology Ezine. This Ezine has been continuously published since late November 2001. The material is published here mostly for my convenience. It is not intended to be finished, organized, polished or even complete. Some of it may be notes that don't even make a lot of sense, but you're welcome to look at it.
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