Mars in Scorpio

ALTHOUGH Mars is in his own house, he cannot be called strong for good. We have noticed that Aries did not bring out the highest qualities of Mars; Scorpio brings out his worst. Mars is the most unbalanced of the planets; the one most in need of restriction or direction. Almost any influence but his own touches his fire to rationality, generosity, or grace. But Scorpio, while in some ways the most powerful of the signs, may be described as snake-tempered; and in it he easily becomes bloodthirsty. It is even amusing to note how one of the gentlest spirits that ever dwelt within the human form, Robert Louis Stevenson, is often in method outrageous almost beyond the “penny dreadful.” In “Treasure Island,” cold-blooded murderers tumble over each other's heels, in circumstances of unparalleled atrocity. Who, without the help of Mars in Scorpio, could have invented Long John Silver, hopping after his comrade and braining him with his crutch, or the attempt, in “The Ebb-Tide,” of Hurst to throw vitriol over Atwater, and the breaking of the bottle in his hand by the ready rifle of the pearler? {343} 

There is a complete lack of adaptability in this position of Mars; it is sometimes replaced by treacherous cunning; but, as a general rule, the method of the native tends to be blind and brutal. The anarchist Vaillant may be cited as an illustration. Such extreme cases are fortunately rare and imply bad aspects. In this particular instance, Mars has the sextiles of Jupiter and Saturn, which make him effective, but his quality is deteriorated by the square of Venus. The violence of Mrs. Pankhurst, again, is undoubtedly due to this position, for Mars is not otherwise afflicted. On the contrary, he is helped by a sextile of the Moon and trines of Neptune and the Sun. Her undoubted nobility of character and the altruism of her violent action indicate the vision conferred by the trines of Neptune and the Sun which the sextile of the Moon directs toward the masses of women. Miss Frances E. Willard may be advantageously compared with Mrs. Pankhurst. Mercury is sextile to Mars, Jupiter semi-sextile; and the complex is important, Sagittarius being the rising sign and Mars only six degrees above the Eastern Horizon. Hers is a far more rational and effective method than that of the later suffragist. Mme. Patti has Mars trined by Uranus, and squared by the Sun and Neptune in conjunction, which appears an extremely advantageous disposition. Sir Richard Quain has the Sun, Lord of the Ascendant, in conjunction with Mars, and Venus and are semi-sextile. These aspects go far to minimize the effect of Scorpio. 

Henry VI of England is another example of the unfortunate influence which this sign exerts on Mars. He has the softening trine of Neptune exact, and only the slight help of a semi-sextile of the Sun. 

For the benefit of those who are not in possession of Raphael's Ephemeris, or who are not able to interpret the symbols contained therein, the years when Mars is in the sign Scorpio are as follows: 

From February 5th through April 11th 1841 

July 15th “ September 6th 1841 

December 28th 1842 ” February 21st 1843 

December 5th 1844 “ January 19th 1845 

November 15th ” December 28th 1846 

October 26th “ December 8th 1848 

October 8th ” November 19th 1850 

September 18th “ October 30th 1852 {344} 

From August 28th through October 10th 1854 

July 31st ” September 16th 1856 

January 8th “ March 21st 1858 

April 29th ” August 12th 1858 

December 14th 1859 “ January 30th 1860 

November 22nd 1861 ” January 5th 1862 

November 3rd “ December 16th 1863 

October 15th ” November 26th 1865 

September 26th “ November 7th 1867 

September 5th ” October 17th 1869 

August 13th “ September 26th 1871 

January 23rd ” May 19th 1873 

June 25th “ August 29th 1873 

December 22nd 1874 ” February 11th 1875 

November 30th 1876 “ January 14th 1877 

November 10th ” December 23rd 1878 

October 22nd “ December 3rd 1880 

October 3rd ” November 14th 1882 

September 13th “ October 25th 1884 

August 22nd ” October 5th 1886 

February 27th “ March 9th 1888 

July 22nd ” September 10th 1888 

January 1st “ February 28th 1890 

June 17th ” July 21st 1890 

December 8th 1891 “ January 24th 1892 

November 17th ” December 31st 1893 

October 30th “ December 11th 1895 

October 10th ” November 21st 1897 

September 21st “ November 2nd 1899 

September 1st ” October 14th 1901 

August 7th “ September 22nd 1903 

January 14th ” August 21st 1905 

December 17th 1906 “ February 4th 1907 

November 26th 1908 ” January 9th 1909 

November 7th “ December 19th 1910 

October 18th ” November 29th 1912 

September 29th “ November 10th 1914 

September 9th ” October 21st 1916 {345} 

From September 17th through September 30th 1918 

February 1st “ April 23rd 1920 

July 11th ” September 4th 1920 

December 26th 1921 “ February 18th 1922 

December 4th 1923 ” January 19th 1924 

November 14th “ December 27th 1925 

October 26th ” December 7th 1927 

October 6th “ November 18th 1929

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