Mars represents the principles of initiative, energy, action and the libido, our sexual drive. It embodies the masculine energies and its planetary glyph has become synonymous with the male gender. Throughout history the red planet has always symbolised war and battle and is often portrayed by a combative character such as a warrior or soldier. The placement of Mars in a person’s chart will show where they are competitive, enthusiastic and brave. As there is a sense of urgency with Mars it also rules impulsive, risk-taking, and impatient behaviour. Mars rules anger and shows how a person vents and what makes them angry. How a person asserts themselves and how they express their sexuality will be indicated. Fiery Aries is ruled by Mars and represents the impatient yet energetic sign that is always ready for their next conquest. In traditional astrology, Scorpio is co-ruled by Mars highlighting destructive willpower.