Mars - "the God of war" (Ares in Greek)
Astrology: Don't misunderstand this "title" - it may happen, that if in conflict, imbalanced, immature or someone without any self-control can express the needed and wonderful active divinity of Mars in an aggressive and "ballistic" way...
Mars does express in creative, leading activity - the willpower and physical action needed to actualize any idea or ideals.
We also find themes like sexual energy/power (creative), strategic and innovative thinking, self-reliance, protection, survival, bravery, and vitality as key words for him....
With this long list of "key words" it's easy to see that we All might be at times in "conflict" with our Mars energies in one way or another or at one time or another... As with any problems, the "location"/situation we find it in can also give an idea of how to balance it out, what there is to "learn" or to "improve"/strengthen....
Greek Mythology: Ares is a son of Zeus and Hera. He wasn't very favored by the other Gods and Goddesses and feared by Humans. He was of aggressive nature and was said to love battle and blood. He had an affair with his sister Aphrodite and they were ridiculed by the others, when Aphrodite's husband caught the Two "in flagranti". On the other hand, he did protect his daughter of rape and he was on the side of Troja to protect that city (obviously not successful).
Mars' true colors
Picture by ESA & Osiris team
Northnode: 24-40 Aries
Southnode: 24-40 Libra
Perihelion: 11-23 Aquarius
Aphelion: 11-23 Leo
Some Astronomy: Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, with surface features reminiscent of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth. Mars has 2 moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped. These may be captured asteroids. Mars's orbital period is 687 (Earth) days - 1,8809 years. The solar day (rotation around own axis) on Mars is only slightly longer than an Earth day: 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35.244 seconds. The axial tilt of Mars is 25.19° relative to its orbital plane, which is similar to the axial tilt of Earth. As a result, Mars has seasons like Earth, but nearly twice as long because its orbital period. In the present day epoch, the orientation of the north pole of Mars is close to the star Deneb. Mars has a orbital eccentricity of about 0.09; of the seven other planets in the Solar System, only Mercury has a larger orbital eccentricity. It is known that in the past, Mars has had a much more circular orbit. At one point, 1.35 million Earth years ago, Mars had an eccentricity of roughly 0.002, much less than that of Earth today. (Reference: Wikipedia)
Animation of Geocentric view of Mar's orbit (incl. his retrograde periods) view 2003 to 2019. Wonderful flower - Geometry is found everywhere and in everything - "The Universe is mental and alive"....
Animation by Phoenix7777 - Own work Data source: HORIZONS System, JPL, NASA, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71221293