Mars in 5th House Synastry

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The Mars in 5th house synastry aspect is a recipe for a fiery and passionate romantic connection.

When your Mars falls in your partner’s 5th house, or vice versa, the result is a match of rare proportions. This is no dull, run-of-the-mill romance, but one that glows and burns with a rare intensity. Not to mention that the sexual attraction between the two is going to be off the charts.

This relationship is likely to start with physical attraction, and may develop from there into a deep and profound connection – one which may have the potential to become lifelong, if the two can keep finding constructive ways of channelling all of that fire and passion.

The Mars person in this relationship often brings a very active energy to the table, and can work as a powerful catalyst for their house partner’s ambition, drive and sense of adventurousness. Conversely, the house person can help their Mars person direct their willpower and considerable energy in new and fruitful ways.

When this pair work together while making allowances for each others’ inevitable differences and disagreements, their romance flourishes and bears fruit in many wonderful ways. If things turn sour between them, however – something which is most likely to happen as a more or less direct consequences of the Mars person’s desire to have the upper hand and put their house partner into a more subordinate position in the relationship – everything this couple has worked hard to forge and build together may crash and burn.

So what characterises the Mars in fifth house aspect, and what are its pros and cons? How does each of the romantic partners experience the connection? Keep reading to learn more.

Mars in synastry

Mars is one of the smallest planets in the solar system, but don’t let that fool you – it is also one of the most important.

Mars is the planet of fire and action, named after the Roman god of warfare. The qualities and energies that are associated with Mars include action, aggression, passion, drive, ambition, assertiveness, lust, dominance and intensity. Mars is an incredibly exciting planet, and when one partner’s Mars falls in the other partner’s 5th house in a couple’s composite chart, its energy mingles with and awakens of the qualities that are associated with their lover’s fifth house.

People who are ruled by Mars – or whose Mars is activated in aspect to other planets – tend to be assertive, competitive, passionate and dominant. They may also have a tendency to have a short fuse and be very sore losers. This is something to watch out for in the Mars-fifth house dynamic, as the Mars person might be prone to asserting their dominance over their fifth house partner.

Mars can be a difficult force when crossed, and a powerful catalyst for good when it is well-tempered. Mars brings liveliness, desire and action to any aspect it appears within.

The astrological houses and the zodiac in synastry

The astrological chart divides into twelve astrological houses, each ruled by one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and its corresponding planet.

Each of the twelve astrological houses can be considered different areas of life or ‘life lessons.’ Each covers a rather broad spectrum of meanings and associations, rather than carrying one simplified and singular meaning.

Simply looking at the astrological and planetary rulers of an astrological house is going to tell you a lot about what the house in question means, as its meanings are going to be rather coloured by the energy of their ruling star sign and its planetary ruler.

As you probably already know, each of the twelve star signs belong to one of the four elements, and so there are three star signs belonging to each of the four elements.

Each of the elements further divides into three modalities; cardinal, fixed and mutable. Just like knowing which element a zodiac sign belongs to provides you with a significance portion of instant knowledge about the sign, knowing whether a sign is cardinal, fixed reveals a lot about the nature of the star sign and the house it rules.

The cardinal signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – are all associated with innovation, risk-taking, high ideals and a strong bias for action. The word cardinal in itself implies their primary and important nature.

The fixed signs are Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio. The fixed signs are very project oriented, and are masterful in manifesting the potential or refining the ideas dreamt up by the cardinal signs. Fixed signs tend to be dedicated, driven and productive.

The mutable signs are Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini and Pisces. Mutable signs are flexible, nimble and changeable. They tend to be sensitive, responsive and creative.

Now, when you look at each of the twelve astrological houses and apply your knowledge of the qualities embodied by each of the twelve zodiac signs, which rely at least in part on whether they belong to the fire, earth, air or water signs, and whether they are cardinal, fixed or mutable, you are going to have a strong idea about what each of them means.

1st house

The 1st house is ruled by Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and by its planetary ruler, Mars. Aries is the cardinal fire sign and Mars is the planet of fire, passion, action and physicality. These energies come tighter in the first house, and weigh in strongly on its meanings.

The 1st house also relates to all of our first impressions and first encounters. The first house is associated with the individual sense of self (or the ego, if you will), appearance, leadership, initiative and new beginnings.

2nd house

The 2nd house is ruled by Taurus and Venus. Taurus is the fixed earth sign, and Venus is the planet of love, beauty and luxury.

The 2nd house relates to immediate sensory impressions and input, as well as the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

Taurus and by extension its ruling planet are related to physical safety and security, with well being, self-esteem and income. As such, the second house often deals with career and profession, income level and prestige, and the effects of these on self-esteem and self-image.

3rd house

The third house is ruled by Gemini and Mercury. Gemini is the mutable air sign and Mercury is the planet of communication, learning and thinking.

The 3rd house relates to all forms of communication, from you own private thoughts, thought patterns and beliefs to the ways in which you communicate with and to others. The third house has also come to be associated with technology and social media, which are also tools of communication.

But Gemini and Mercury signify more than communication and entertainment – they also relate to learning, reading and discovery.

The third house also tells us about relationships with siblings, local travel and the wider community.

4th house

The 4th house is ruled by Cancer and its planetary ruler, the Moon. Cancer, the cardinal water sign, is found at the bottom of the zodiac wheel and symbolically governs the foundation of all things. The Moon is the planet related to the subconscious, as well as with the deepest feelings and emotions.

The 4th house also signifies nurturing, parenthood, children, tenderness and care, basic security, privacy and the home.

5th house

The fifth house is ruled by the star sign Leo and its ruling planet, the Sun. Leo is the fixed fire sign and the Sun is the centre of the universe, simply put.

Leo is outgoing, creative and typically a people-person who loves to entertain and be the centre of attention/the life of the party. The Sun is the planet around which all of the others revolve. It represents the core of self, as well as truth, optimism, hope and radiant life force.

The fifth house governs self-expression, play, fun and romance.

6th house

The 6th house is ruled by Virgo, which like Gemini is ruled by Mercury. Virgo is the mutable earth sign and Mercury is the planet of communication, thoughts and ideas, learning and exploration.

The 6th house relates to being of service to the world, as well as the organisation and discipline needed to do so. The sixth house also governs schedules, fitness, regularity and healthy habits.

7th house

The 7th house is governed by Libra and its ruling planet, Venus, which it shares with Taurus. Libra is the cardinal air sign, and Venus is the planet of opulence, materialism, beauty and art.

The 7th house governs everything that has to do with relationships and partnerships with other people, including marriage, contracts and business deals.

8th house

The 8th house is ruled by Mars and its ancient planetary ruler, Mars, which it has in common with Aries. In more recent astrology, Pluto has been designated as the ruler of the 8th house.

The eight house governs the mysteries of sex, death, transformation, merged energies and bonding on the deepest of levels. The eight house also signifies other people’s resources, property and money, inheritance and investments.

9th house

The 9th house is governed by Sagittarius and its planetary ruler, Jupiter. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign and Jupiter, which is linked with good fortune and even miracles, prosperity, expansion, growth and healing on all levels.

The ninth house in astrology presides over optimism, travel (in the mind as well as in a geographical sense), adventure, exploration, foreign languages, universities and learning, risk-taking, ethics and morals, religion and philosophy.

10th house

The 10th house is ruled by Capricorn and Saturn. Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign and Saturn is the planet of responsibility and maturity, leadership and stewardship.

Saturn is best known for the Saturn return, the great cosmic puberty everyone experiences in their late twenties when Saturn completes its transit through the zodiac. The Saturn return demands personal development, and the rising up of the individual to shoulder the responsibilities of the path they have chosen in life.

The tenth house governs pubic image and career success, fame, honours and achievements, authority, discipline, rules, traditions, corporations, structures and boundaries. The tenth house is also sometimes related to fatherhood.

11th house

The 11th house is ruled by Aquarius. Its ancient planetary ruler is Saturn, and its modern planetary ruler is Uranus. Aquarius is the fixed water sign, and Uranus is the planet 0f expansion, newness, change and innovation.

The eleventh astrological house is linked with spiritual and personal awakening, as well as with upheaval, boundary-pushing, disruption and rule-breaking. The event house relates to liberation and challenging the status quo in all of is many manifestations.

12th house

The twelfth and final house is ruled by Pisces. Its ancient ruling planet is Jupiter, which it shares with Sagittarius, but in modern astrology it has been assigned the planet Neptune. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign, and Neptune is the planet of dreams, visions, imagination, inspiration, daydreaming, fantasy and creativity.

The twelfth house is strongly linked with the final stages and with the completion of projects. It also relates to liminal spaces, transgression and everything that exists on the fringes of society, including jails, hospitals, separation from society, addiction, hidden agendas. On a more positive note, the twelfth house also relates to creativity and imagination, art and storytelling, film, music, dance and poetry, as well as the depths of the subconscious, and the hidden possibilities and areas of life, including occult knowledge.

Finally, the twelfth house relates to old age and the afterlife, and tying up loose ends of all conceivable kinds.

Characteristics of the Mars in fifth house pairing

Now that you have a firm understanding on what both Mars and the fifth house mean in astrology, it is time to delve into how the two interact when they come together in the composite synastry chart.

Naturally, every relationship is unique and different to any other, but there are nevertheless going to be some very clear characteristics shared between relationships that have this particular synastry placement.

It’s physical

The most remarkable thing about the Mars in fifth house synastry relationship, is that there is a lot of fire. Looking at the two planets involved, we have the Sun and Mars, both associated with fire, heat, warmth and action. When these two energies come together, sparks are going to fly, and the result is an intensely physical relationship.

Of course, this physical element is going to manifest as strong sexual attraction and passion between the Mars person and the house person. It is likely to take other forms, too, such as sharing activities, games and sports. This synastry pairing really enjoy bonding over activities, rather than sitting still and discussing or talking. In many ways, the two are at their happiest when they are lost either in each other’s arms or immersed in an activity together.

It’s playful

When the Mars person and the 5th house person come together, they tend to be very playful and active together. The fifth house person, in particular, knows how to have fun, and they inspire their potentially more serious and focused Mars partner to let go of concerns and responsibilities, at least for the moment.

This element of playfulness is one of the true strengths of this relationship, and one of the assets that may ensure the longevity of the relationship between the house and the Mars person.

It’s intense

With so much fire between them, the Mars and fifth house synastry relationship is never boring.

Right from the beginning of their passionate liaison, the house person and the Mars person are going to find each other irresistibly attractive, and the romantic and playful energy that also exists between them is an added blessing. These two have the ability to maintain a sense of excitement and romantic and emotional energy throughout their relationship.

However, the Mars in fifth house relationship is also prone to games of power and dominance. The Mars person, in particular, may be tempted to try to take on the dominant role in the relationship – something their fifth house parter is unlikely to accept, as they also prefer to rule, dominate and be at the centre.

This battle of the wills is likely to be the greatest challenge faced by the Mars in fifth house synastry couple.

The Mars person in the relationship

When your Mars falls in someone’s fifth house, you are going to be irresistibly drawn to them. They will seem incredibly attractive to you, both physically and otherwise. Their playful energy will seem refreshing to you, and it may even inspire you to loosen up a little when you are too wrapped up in work or other serious responsibilities and pursuits. Your fifth house partner is going to teach you, among other things, that there is always room for laughter and play.

If you are the Mars person in this relationship, your will and your ego are going to be challenged by your fifth house partner. You may be used to being the dominant partner and primary decision-maker in your romantic relationships, but this is not going to fly in this one.

A vitally important thing to understand about your fifth house partner, is that they like being the centre of attention, so never forget to shower them with compliments, praise and other sincere forms of appreciation. If you love them, find them attractive and admire the things they do, tell them. The Leo in them cannot get enough of this, and the compliments you give them are guaranteed to pay dividends in your relationship on an ongoing basis.

As the Mars person, you are going to discover that you will have to compromise with your fifth house partner on important points where and if the two of you do not see eye to eye. You can be incredibly stubborn and hot-tempered, and although generally more lighthearted and carefree, your fifth house partner shares your tendencies.

If neither of you are willing to make concessions or accept compromises, you are going to be heading into some serious trouble as a romantic couple. Both of you are going to have to learn how to give and take, to relinquish power as well as lay claim to it if this relationship is going to laugh.

The things you appreciate the most about your fifth house parter is your intense desire for them, their playfulness and the joy the two of you experience when you are lost in each other without restraint.

The 5th house person in the relationship

If you are the fifth house person in this relationship, you are the more lighthearted and playful partner – at least when we ware looking only at this one synastry aspect.

Your Mars partner is likely to galvanise and inspire your creativity and other forms of positive self-expression. Their fire lights your own flame, in a way that makes you feel seen, appreciated and inspired. This is just one of many reasons why you love and adore your Mars partner – when you are around them, you feel encouraged and inspired to unfold your most true and capable self. They encourage and inspire you to step up to the plate and own your potential in every way.

Your Mars partner is also willing to go on adventures with you, and your playful, funloving energy brings out their inner child. Sometimes, though, you may have to push them a little to get them to abandon work in favour of play.

Because your Mars partner is likely to be very domineering personality, the two of you may clash on certain points. You don’t like being controlled or dominated, not in a true sense anyway, so you are going to have to make your boundaries and wishes clear to your Mars partner – preferably in a way that doesn’t see the two of you at each other’s throats.

As the fifth house person in the relationship, you are the happiest when you and your Mars lover are truly lost in each other’s company, and when you feel the full force of their focus and desire aimed at you. The power of their love and desire for you have a wonderful influence on you, inspiring you to unfold and express all that you are and can be.

Final thoughts

Two people who share a Mars in fifth house synastry aspect can count themselves fortunate on multiple counts.

First of all, the desires these two share and expression toward each other ensures a deep, intimate and intensely physical dimension to their relationship. These two are also able to be very playful and carefree when they are able to be fully present with each other in the moment. The two may also very well share an adventurous streak, and may enjoy travelling and exploring new places as well as new areas of interest together.

The primary challenge that the fifth house and the Mars person are likely to face as a couple is associated with the tendency they both have to want to control and dominate. The Mars person is likely to be particularly prone to insisting on being at the wheel, something their fifth house partner is likely to object to. Power struggles may ensue, and epic fights might be had.

All in all, the Mars in fifth house placement is a predominantly positive aspect in synastry, as it promises both intense passion and playfulness. If the Mars person and their fifth house partner manage to work out they disagreements, they are likely to flourish as a couple.

Ultimately, though, it is important to keep in mind that the Mars in fifth house aspect is just one of several that may be found in the couple’s shared synastry chart. How compatible two people are is determined by considering the whole chart.

Lucius Nothing

Lucius has been slinging tarot cards professionally since 2014. He’s taken the tarot to places most wouldn’t think of: His best-known patrons include Torture Garden, The Dark Circus Party, Handel & Hendrix, A Curious Invitation and The Candlelight Club, where he has been resident tarot reader for the past half-decade. His writing on divination, magic and creativity has been published in Sabbat Magazine and on Medium.

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