Mars is the planet of action, energy and initiative, the celestial body that guides what we do, and how we do it. Are you a real go-getter or more of a wallflower? Does most of your passion go toward career goals, artistic ambitions or family pursuits? When it comes to the energy you put in, that's Mars' influence impacting your life.
When Mars hooks up with the love planet Venus, they're called "Astrology's lovers" -- they're the two planets that combine to form our overall approach to love and relationships: Venus is the planet of our inner desires, while Mars is about how we act on those desires.
Nickname: The Warrior
Zodiac sign Mars rules: Aries
Exalted in: Capricorn
House Mars rules: 1st House of Self
Mars retrogrades: once every two years, with each retrograde lasting around 10 weeks
Mars stays in each zodiac sign for: 6 - 7 weeks
Mars makes a complete trip through the zodiac: about every two years
In Roman mythology, Mars was the God of War, and ranked second only to Jupiter, the king of the gods.