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MARS is the God of War. Pestilence and famine are his captains; before him goes terror, and after him gallops the phantom of Death.

Mars is a vigorous and fiery god; he is the soldier “seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon's mouth.” He is force, but not fruition. He is still in the heat of the struggle. He has not acquired that authority, dignity, repose which comes with success.

Mars is a male and strenuous power; but he is the prey of Venus. He is Samson in the arms of Delilah; for all men must resist Kundry, or Lilith, or Venus, in whatever form she may appear, in order to attain the mastery of life. Mars was caught by Vulcan in the embraces of Venus; the angry god, arising from Etna, threw his net over the pair, and exposed them to the inextinguishable laughter of the Gods. Vulcan is volcanic fire; he forges the thunderbolts of Jove, and therefore Venus is his lawful spouse.

Only with reverence, and by law, sustained by high and holy purpose, dares one enter the most sacred relationship of life. To go with lightness is to expose oneself to scandal, and to ridicule; more, it is to lose virtue, the armor of man's soul. Man should not lay aside his sword and shield. He should remember a hundred other warriors of history and of legend, betrayed to shame and death by their own weaknesses. In “Parsifal,” Wagner tells once more the story. Beware {316} lest the sacred lance that should subdue the heathen be snatched from you in a moment of dalliance, and thrust into your own side.

The doctrine of the prophets and saints has been more misunderstood than any other. It is not the surrender of the body that destroys; but the abdication of the soul. It is the divorce of Passion from Religion that works mischief. Creation is the special function of Deity; and when we create either by art or by love, we are like God. Therefore, to prostitute art or love to commerce or even to pleasure is the unpardonable sin.

Life is a sacrament, and the energy of Mars is the red flame of the fire upon the altar. Mars is manhood; he is the knight vowed to serve his lady; and that lady must be to him the ideal, adored and not to be attained. Only at the end of his knight-errantry may he look for his reward. He is a warrior; his duty is first to his liege lord.

So, then, let Mars rear his fiery crest upon the heavens. He is the chosen guardian of the fortress of the soul. All depends upon his courage and his valor and his vigilance. He must have knocks. He must expose his breast to the violence of the foe, and he must not allow himself to be surprised and slain.

Jupiter needs Mars to girdle him with steel, or the kingdom may be lost forever. Most in the stress of life, in the violence of circumstance, do we need character and energy. We must be stern and tireless. We must spare no drop of blood in the defense of our soul's welfare. Since life is a contest for the great prize of godhead, falter, and the sword is at the throat. Avert your glance for the fraction of a second from the eyes of your antagonist, (whether it be courage or attention that fails, it matters not) and his rapier slips past your guard. Let your wrist weaken, whether from insufficient training or from exhaustion through a breach of will, and the glittering point is in your heart.

This is the interpretation that a wise man puts on Mars, and this is the spirit in which he seeks to use the vital and dangerous energy with which he is endowed from on high.

Without energy, Being itself could not manifest; Motion is necessary to Matter if a Universe is to exist. But this Energy and Motion must be directed and controlled. It must not be allowed to dissipate, or to escape in ways unwilled. The fire of the Sun is the first weapon of mankind; but fire let loose is a destroying energy. {317} All force is necessary, but the forces of Nature are the natural foes of man; it is only when he confines them and tames them that they serve him. Let us see to it that we ride as kings upon the stallion of our own desires. Thus shall we course upon the heavens; thus shall we enter in triumph the gates of the City of God.

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Introduction | THE SUN SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | The Sun | The Sun in the Signs | The Sun in Aries | The Sun in Taurus | The Sun in Gemini | The Sun in Cancer | The Sun in Leo | The Sun in Virgo | The Sun in Libra | The Sun in Scorpio | The Sun in Sagittarius | The Sun in Capricorn | The Sun in Aquarius | The Sun in Pisces | Periods When The Sun Will Be Afflicted by Uranus | Periods When The Sun Will Be Beneficently Aspected by Uranus | Periods When The Sun Will Be Afflicted by Saturn | Periods When The Sun Will Be Beneficently Aspected by Jupiter | THE MOON SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | The Moon | The Moon in the Signs | The Moon in Aries | The Moon in Taurus | The Moon in Gemini | The Moon in Cancer | The Moon in Leo | The Moon in Virgo | The Moon in Libra | The Moon in Scorpio | The Moon in Sagittarius | The Moon in Capricorn | The Moon in Aquarius | The Moon in Pisces | MERCURY SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Mercury in the Signs | Mercury in Aries | Mercury in Taurus | Mercury in Gemini | Mercury in Cancer | Mercury in Leo | Mercury in Virgo | Mercury in Libra | Mercury in Scorpio | Mercury in Sagittarius | Mercury in Capricorn | Mercury in Aquarius | Mercury in Pisces | VENUS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Venus in the Signs | Venus in Aries | Venus in Taurus | Venus in Gemini | Venus in Cancer | Venus in Leo | Venus in Virgo | Venus in Libra | Venus in Scorpio | Venus in Sagittarius | Venus in Capricorn | Venus in Aquarius | Venus in Pisces | MARS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Mars in the Signs | Mars in Aries | Mars in Taurus | Mars in Gemini | Mars in Cancer | Mars in Leo | Mars in Virgo | Mars in Libra | Mars in Scorpio | Mars in Sagittarius | Mars in Capricorn | Mars in Aquarius | Mars in Pisces | JUPITER SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Jupiter in the Signs | Jupiter in Aries | Jupiter in Taurus | Jupiter in Gemini | Jupiter in Cancer | Jupiter in Leo | Jupiter in Virgo | Jupiter in Libra | Jupiter in Scorpio | Jupiter in Sagittarius | Jupiter in Capricorn | Jupiter in Aquarius | Jupiter in Pisces | The Effects of Jupiter on Vocation | SATURN SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Saturn in the Signs | Saturn in Aries | Saturn in Taurus | Saturn in Gemini | Saturn in Cancer | Saturn in Leo | Saturn in Virgo | Saturn in Libra | Saturn in Scorpio | Saturn in Sagittarius | Saturn in Capricorn | Saturn in Aquarius | Saturn in Pisces | URANUS SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Uranus in the Signs | Uranus in Aries | Uranus in Taurus | Uranus in Gemini | Uranus in Cancer | Uranus in Leo | Uranus in Virgo | Uranus in Libra | Uranus in Scorpio | Uranus in Sagittarius | Uranus in Capricorn | Uranus in Aquarius | Uranus in Pisces | NEPTUNE SYMBOLICALLY CONSIDERED | Neptune in the Signs | Neptune in Aries | Neptune in Taurus | Neptune in Gemini | Neptune in Cancer | Neptune in Leo | Neptune in Virgo | Neptune in Libra | Neptune in Scorpio | Neptune in Sagittarius | Neptune in Capricorn | Neptune in Aquarius | Neptune in Pisces | Diseases of Neptune | The Problem of Death | One Hundred Horoscopes of Famous People

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