S Y M B O L S OF M A R S
Archetypally, Mars embodies the manner in which we bring ideas, dreams, and desires into manifestation. The energy of Mars yields us the power of strength, courage and physical activity. Astrologers see Mars as a key element to one’s drive, agility and the nature of one’s physical energy.
S A C R E D A N A T O M Y
Anatomically this energy corresponds with the muscular system, the motor nerves, and the production of adrenalin. Astrologers look to Mars’ placement in the natal chart to describe how we pursue many aspects of sexual fulfillment, along with how we source energy within the body and mind. Medical astrologers include the external sexual organs in correspondence to Mars.
Diseases which induce a fever are sometimes associated with Mars. Other inflammation based outbreaks, like herpes, cirrhosis, candida, are often connected to Mars. Due to the sexual nature of Mars, a lot of medical astrologers have also associated sexually transmitted diseases with this planet. Accidents due to “spacey-ness”, or a lack of coordination, are directly associated to Mars and its transits. Other conditions include energy levels; high or low is dictated by Mars — a big one is fatigue, adrenal fatigue, or, on the other side of the spectrum, being hyperactive, living in the fight-or-flight mode.
You might be thinking… this is crazy, how in the world is this possible? A way to work with this is understanding the natal influences within your chart, to know where and when to watch out for a classic manifestation of an imbalance. This can be used for healing or preventing a dis-ease from growing or becoming worse.
E N E R G E T I C S
By nature, the herbs of Mars are energetically yang and considered hot, energetic, and dry. They frequently cause an increase in energy or heat, even if only energetically. These herbs need to be used mindfully, as using them extensively can overthrow the adrenals for example, along with emotions. As you can imagine, an excess of Mars energy can lead to behavior patterns generally perceived as aggressive, egotistic, argumentative, confrontational, etc. Many of the herbs that fall under this umbrella are also naturally protecting, physically and metaphorically, many contain the energetics of protection.
H E R B A L C O R R E S P O N D A N C E S
The herbs of Mars often function as tonics, enhancing one’s overall physical health. They must be wisely used for they add energy to all facets of one’s being. It can be like a magnifying glass, enhancing areas that we might not exactly agree with. If your engine is already running hot, you don’t want to overheat it.
“A classic herb, like Rue, is an aromatic and stimulant whose energizing qualities have been known to relieve nervous heart problems such as arrhythmia and palpitation. Rue also relieves colic, eliminates worms and can bring on menstruation.”
“Nettle, another herb of Mars, possesses thorns that act as hypodermics, injecting subcutaneous doses of stinging fluid. It is this same irritating juice, however, that when properly prepared becomes a powerful internal astringent, eliminating infections and blood in the urine, regulating blood pressure and flow, cleansing and relieving hemorrhoids, reducing susceptibility to colds and by virtue of its heating action, relieving rheumatic conditions.”
A combination of Solar Herbs with those of Mars add strength and forcefulness to the formulas’ personality, hence our personality. On an emotional level, they can increase a feeling of purposefulness and independence, enhancing our natural ability to not just to survive, but to thrive with our internal reservoirs as resources. An example of this combination would be pairing turmeric (sun) with pine pollen (mars).
Combining with Herbs of the Moon, for example, it can trigger deep emotional healing. This pairing can also be excellent for detoxification and combat gut issues. On an emotional/spiritual level diving deep into the emotional world can be pairing blue lotus (moon) with nettle root (mars).
For generating abundance, or being a better provider of resources, herbs of Mars can be combined with those of Jupiter (we’ll be reviewing next week!) This increases a sense of abundance, self-confidence, delight, and spontaneity. A pairing that could reflect this would be: Meadowsweet and Maca.
HERBS of MARS
Stimulants + Energizers:
Coffee, Catuaba, Guarana, Maca, Prickly Ash, Pine (+ pine pollen), Ginkgo, Ephedra.
Muscles + Joints (Herbs that assist rheumatism, arthritis, etc.)
Chuchuhuasi, Sarsaparilla, Rheumatism weed (Chimapila), Hemp leaves, Kratom.
Bitters (Herbs to reduce gut inflammation, bloating, etc.)
Blessed Thistle, Black Pepper, Cinchona, Pau D’Arco, Nettles, Rue, Plantain leaf,
Basil, Bay Laurel, Cashew, Chives, Cumin, Cayenne, Coriander, Garlic, Onions, Paprika, Parsley, Mustard, Marjoram, Radish.
Resins + Oils:
Benzoin, Dragons Blood, Castor Bean, Palo Santo
Mandrake, Juniper, Palo Santo
Other healers that target multiple systems:
Aloe, All-heal, Anemone, Bearberry, Indigo.
4oz Fresh Tangerine Juice
4oz Fresh Orange Juice
40-60 drops Amargo Bitters
Garnish of choice to make it beautiful!