No matter what else I’m working on I like to go back periodically and readdress my perspective on the basics. For instance I find it helpful to look at the differences between the Moon and Venus, needs versus wants and the gray areas in between. Venus is the aesthetic and what you want. For me the next thought is “how do you GET what you want?” That’s Mars. So I tend to link the two, Venus then Mars. But it’s also how you get what you need, Moon then Mars.
One thing I sometimes gloss over is that Mars is more than that. It is how you go about DOing anything; it is action. More than what we need or want it is also how we physically express our personality, our power, physically express our potency. This draws on all the planets.
Mars rules the ascendant in general, though the sign of your ascendent has its own ruler. The ascendent is your Mars intermediary to the outside world. It is physically apparent, the physical manifestation of your personal expression of who you are. Sometimes this is apparent readily in the body, such as a Cancer rising with a “moon” face. Sometimes it is reflected in your style, like a Leo rising with dramatic hair. It can also be a difficult to pin down impression, your manner, like a Sagittarius rising who just “seems” sporty or “bigger than life.”
Where are your Mars and ascendant? How do see them expressed on the outside, physically, in action and as an impression?