The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
–Ernest Hemingway (Mars in Virgo)
Which Mars is better, which Mars would win? This is a type of question that comes up not infrequently. Mars’ rulership is both Aries and Scorpio (though Scorpio is Pluto-ruled as well) so it makes for an easier comparison.
Many are familiar with the popular movie Gladiator and the psychological and martial battle between the film’s main characters, Maximus and Commodus. Arguments could be made for these characters having either Mars placement. Maximus was a man of action and apparently simple strategy (Aries) until forced to become secretive (Scorpionic trait) to meet his challenges. Commodus was scheming and dark (lower expression of Scorpio) in his approach but in execution his moves in the moment were relatively unplanned, more Arian. Ultimately Maximus prevailed over Commodus. As the “good guy” he expressed the higher characteristics of whatever was his Mars, where Commodus expressed the lower.
Mars in Aries is the simplest Martial Mars. Scorpio Mars would be considered the deeper of the two. Scorpio Mars has a strategic approach to competition. While Aries Mars employs martial strategy it is of a more straightforward type. Action vs. Forethought would be the key in this comparison. Which is “better”? I don’t think either is better. I think each has its merits and in high expression would be well met in the other.
That’s the key. Whatever Mars you possess can win on its own merit, provided you own your Mars, “rock” it, and express its highest character.
Where is your Mars? How do you “fight”?