Depth Astrology: A Handbook
by Gargatholil

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   MARS and MIDHEAVEN CONTACTS

Mars aspecting the Midheaven brings the desire/action function (symbolized by Mars) in contact with the ego/super-ego complex (symbolized by the Midheaven).  A positive Mars-Midheaven aspect is generally considered to be favorable, since it suggests that your energies and motivation are directed toward the achievement of the goals of the super-ego (i.e., success).  Likewise, a negative Mars-Midheaven contact is generally considered to be unfortunate since, in that case, your desires and actions would usually inhibit you achieving super-ego defined success in life. 

The dynamic between the Mars and Midheaven functions are such that the Mid-heaven is generally dominant.  Your desires and actions are likely to be focused, either positively or negatively, on the goals of your super-ego.  Your super-ego will either easily employ or will face difficulties employing your desires and actions toward its own ends.

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype).  The Mars-Midheaven aspect, thus, symbolizes the relationship between your animus and super-ego.  It indicates that your animus may be instrumental in how you pursue the goals of your super-ego.  It also suggests that men in your life may play an important role in your achieving (or not achieving) the goals of your super-ego.

 





















                  

MARS

    CONJUNCT        SEXTILE           SQUARE


     TRINE                  OPPOSED

 
   MIDHEAVEN

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Mars conjunct                         Your Desires and Actions are Closely Identified with Your

   Midheaven                           Ego/Superego Complex

            Mars conjunct Midheaven is generally associated with an intense drive for accomplishment, success and recognition.  Your desires are likely to reflect the values propagated by your superego.  Thus, you find that your personal desires are legitimized and supported by society and this tends to make your pathway to successful accomplishment easier. 

At the same time, your ambition is likely to be fueled by your concept of what you "should" desire.  If your fate does not allow you to accomplish your goals, you may feel guilt and frustration and this may activate the voice of your super-ego to an even greater extent.  Regardless of your actual accomplishments, you may be prone to a feeling that you "should" accomplish even more. 

Either of these dynamics lead to you being driven to accomplish and to being constantly active in pursuit of your goal(s).  If you positively channel or harness this energy, your actions are likely to be highly focused, goal-oriented and results-oriented.  You tend to experience the greatest level of satisfaction when you receive rewards and recognition resulting from the successful outcome of your actions.

Of course, for some, the demands of the superego will be less intense than for others.  If you are someone on whom your super-ego does not make excessive demands, your life will probably be marked by "doing what you are supposed to do."  You will cultivate desires that are positive and wholesome and that support the prevailing social and cultural infrastructure.  You are likely to feel productive and fulfilled in life and you are likely to experience a high degree of security. 

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype). The conjunction suggests that you associate masculinity with accomplishment, success and other superego associations.  If you are a man, these things may be important for you to build a strong masculine ego.  If you are a woman, you may find that developing traits that are traditionally associated with masculinity, such as assertiveness and aggression, allow you to accomplish your goals and boost your ego.  The conjunction may also symbolize your attraction to a man who is successful and/or who reflects your superego-driven animus.

Transcendent Potential

You can achieve the transcendent potential of Mars conjunct the Midheaven when you realize that your highest goal is to transcend the ego and submit your desires and actions to a higher spiritual order.  You have therefore taken as your touchstone the highest level of purity and integrity and any desire or action that does not met this test is immediately discarded.  Consequently, you have attained a level of spiritual devotion of a very high order.  You consistently and automatically engage in right-action.

Insecurity

If you are insecure, you will constantly compare your desires and actions to the standards set by your superego and this will make you feel even more inadequate and unworthy.  Your feelings of inadequacy may lead to one of two results: either you validate your feelings of inadequacy by engaging in a pattern of failure, or you are driven to overachievement.  In either case, you believe inwardly that you cannot possibly live up to the standard that is expected of you and, therefore, you are never satisfied and content with your performance or accomplishments.

Your personality may also express undertones of an Aries Midheaven.

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Mars sextile Midheaven         You Have Opportunities for Your Desire/Action Function to Meet the Needs of Your
                Ego/Superego Complex

            Mars sextile Midheaven suggests that the actions you take are likely to result in success and accomplishment.  This is particularly true when you align your desires to conform to the goals of your superego.  Your superego seeks to express itself through action.  Thus, you tend to seek those opportunities to act that allow you to accomplish the goals of your super-ego.  You are also likely to have a great capacity to derive ego-satisfaction from your successful actions and accomplishments. 

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype).  This suggests that using your traditionally masculine traits and qualities may be particularly helpful to you in achieving your goals.  If you are male, you may also feel that your masculinity is enhanced due to your ability to accomplish your goals.  If you are a woman, the sextile may symbolize your ability to attain your goals either through the actions of a man in her life or by engaging in assertive, "masculine" behavior yourself.

If either Mars or the Midheaven has a difficult aspect from another planet, the sextile suggests that you have opportunities to relieve the stress that is associated with the difficult aspect.  When stress is caused by some problem of action or unfulfilled desires (when the difficult aspect is to Mars), you may find that setting goals or trying harder to achieve your objectives can help resolve such problems.  You may also find that taking the path that conforms to the propensities of your super-ego is helpful.  Taking action or clarifying your desires can be the solution when the difficult aspect is to the Midheaven.  This may enable you to achieve successes or it may allow you to better identify the goals of your super-ego, particularly in relation to your own personal desires.

Transcendent Potential

You can realize the transcendent potential of Mars sextile the Midheaven when you transform your concept of achievement and reaching your goal in life from one based on material success to one based on spiritual success.  To achieve your spiritual goals, you must focus your desire on this one objective and you must take that action that is appropriate to following the discipline needed to raise your consciousness and rise above the ego.  You must make full use of the opportunities granted to you to purify your desires and tread actively on the spiritual path.

Insecurity

If you are insecure, then you will fail to act due to fear of failure.  Fearing to follow your desires to their end, you do not motivate yourself to succeed.  You do not act on the opportunities that present themselves to you and that could lead to accomplishment and recognition.  Instead, you expect success to occur without your applying the necessary motivational focus and intense action.  You not only miss these opportunities but, inwardly recognizing your failures, you cultivate anger and resentment within yourself, embittered by your lack of recognition and success.

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Mars square Midheaven         Your Desires and Actions are in Conflict with Your Ego/Superego Complex

            Normally the desire/activity function (Mars) is subordinate to the ego/superego complex, symbolized by the Midheaven.  Thus, a person’s desires and actions are normally controlled by his/her perception of societally sanctioned behavior.  Conforming to the standards instilled by the superego generally leads to success in the world and, consequently, to ego enhancement.  Motivation and action (associated with Mars), when properly governed by the super-ego, can result in positive social status being attained. 

The square between Mars and the Midheaven indicates that your desires and actions are in conflict with your superego and with society’s expectations.  The paradigm for achieving success and the definition of success that have been instilled in you are at odds with your natural desires.  Consequently, you are likely to perform actions that are sanctioned by the super-ego. 

Since the superego is generally transmitted through one’s parents, Mars square the Midheaven generally symbolizes rebellion against or rejection of the values held by your parents and transmitted to you as the basis for a code of conduct.  If social institutions (e.g., schools) have been more instrumental in forming your superego, you may experience conflict between your desires and what you perceive as society’s expectations.  These conflicts may cause you to doubt the validity of your desires and actions or even to think that your desires and actions must be inappropriate.  You may feel that you have a choice between doing what you really want to do and incurring the displeasure of society and your own internal authority figure, or conforming to society’s expectations but remaining unhappy and unfulfilled. 

Alternatively, the tension between your personal desires and the perceived expectations of society may be a motivating factor.  The obstacles that you face may strengthen your resolve to steadfastly pursue your own aims even in the face of opposition or disapproval by the majority.  The creative energy frequently associated with the square may prompt you to reexamine your desires and motivations in light of your super-ego’s expectations and to consciously choose the more authentic of the two. 

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype and male sexuality.  Thus, the square between Mars and the Midheaven may symbolize a conflict involving sexual stereotypes and roles.  If you are male, your concept and expression of masculinity may conflict with masculine stereotypes promoted by the super-ego.  The square may also suggest that you express your masculinity in ways that are not acceptable to the super-ego.  If you are female, you may find that stereotypical male roles supported by the super-ego inhibit your own expression of the masculine side of your psyche.  Thus, either through internal or external opposition, you may be reluctant to manifest stereotypically masculine traits, such as assertiveness, leadership or aggression.

Meeting the Challenge and Transcendent Potential

In order to reconcile the conflict symbolized by Mars squaring the Midheaven, you must reevaluate both your own desires and the expectations of your superego.  You must recognize and put aside those desires and modes of action that are ultimately not in your best interest.  In doing so, you acknowledge the wisdom of the superego position while preserving your independence.  It is you who has chosen your correct course of action, not the blind dictates of authority. 

You may also work within yourself to redefine your super-ego, particularly with respect to what constitutes success.  Through this process, you may be able to negotiate your superego’s acceptance of your desires and actions.  In essence, you find places within your superego structure where your desires and the strictures of your superego are compatible. 

You can realize the transcendent potential of Mars square the Midheaven when you redefine your goals in life and aim to achieve a higher spiritual awareness.  By following a spiritual path, you are often able to receive approval from your superego for your actions.  This can happen because you have redefined success from being associated with material and status-based achievement to being associated with virtuous and spiritual achievement.

Insecurity

If you are insecure, Mars square the Midheaven suggests that you may feel unworthy, spurned and rejected by society.  You are unable to follow social conventions or your super-ego’s expectations of success.  You cling to your own desires and you rebel against the imposition of rules and authority by your superego.  You may feel that society has branded you a "loser" and you act out that image of yourself.  You can become a dissolute, craving after the momentary pleasure and heedless of proper conduct or respectability.  You may even try to achieve success and status as a criminal.

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Mars trine Midheaven            Your Desires and Actions are in Harmony with Your Ego/Superego Complex

            Mars trine Midheaven suggests that your actions generally result in success and accomplishment and that your desires are naturally aligned with the goals of your superego.  Your superego automatically expresses itself through your actions.  Your actions are likely to be focused, organized and predictable.  They will tend to follow a path that is well trodden, leading to those objectives sanctioned by your superego.  You are also likely to derive ego-satisfaction based upon the success of your actions and your accomplishments. 

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype).  Its trine to the Midheaven suggests that your traditionally masculine characteristics naturally assist you in achieving your goals.  If you are male, then your pride in accomplishment, career and success are all elements that generally enhance your masculine self-image.  If you are a woman, the trine may symbolize an easy tendency toward assertive, "masculine" behavior in your career or in achieving your goals.  It may also symbolize the positive role that a man (men) may play in your life, allowing you to achieve success and recognition, either directly or vicariously.

If either Mars or the Midheaven has a difficult aspect from another planet, the trine suggests a way for you to relieve the stress that is associated with the difficult aspect.  Often, setting goals or trying harder to achieve your objectives can ease any stress caused by some problem of action (when the difficult aspect is to Mars).  Taking action or clarifying your desires can be helpful in resolving a difficult situation when the difficult aspect is to the Midheaven.  This may be particularly fruitful in enabling you to achieve successes or to better identify the goals of your super-ego, particularly in relation to your own personal desires.

Transcendent Potential

You can realize the transcendent potential of Mars trine the Ascendant when you transform your concept of achievement and reaching your goal in life from one based on material success to one based on spiritual success.  You then automatically focus your desire on this one objective and you take action to follow the discipline needed to raise your consciousness and rise above your ego.  You also purify your desires to harmonize them with your goal of treading the spiritual path.

Insecurity

If you are insecure, you are generally unwilling to examine your desires or change the way that you act out of fear that your material success may be jeopardized and that your super-ego may not approve of your actions or redefined goals.  Thus, you are content to act under the direction of your super-ego, adopting its desires as your own desires and accepting the rewards that are to be had from conformity.  By following the path of least resistance, you sacrifice a greater success and a more noble desire.

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Mars opposed Mid-                Your Desires/Actions and Your Super-ego/Ego Complex are at

  heaven (conjunct Nadir)       Polar Extremes

            Mars opposed Midheaven indicates that your desires and activities are focused on private matters and matters of personal security (such as home and family) to such an extent that this may conflict with your goals involving public accomplishment and with the expectations of your super-ego.  You are apt to see your home as your natural environment for taking action.  You are likely to wish to keep your desires and aspirations private.  These will tend to be concerned more with the personal welfare of yourself and those around you than with social accomplishment or career potential. 

You may feel some conflict if you are pulled by your super-ego, or by the circumstances of life, towards a career role.  Your heart is likely to be at home and you can be more concerned with your personal activities than with furthering your career.  On the other hand, staying at home or expending a large amount of energy with your personal affairs may cause you to feel some guilt about not devoting enough time and energy toward your public responsibilities.

Mars also symbolizes the animus (the masculine psychological archetype).  Its conjunction with the Nadir suggests that you are more focused on grounding your animus or exploring its roots than with publicly expressing your masculine side.  This may be a benefit to you psychologically, unless you wind up dwelling inordinately on your animus.  However, it may make you seem passive and unassertive.  This may be problematic if you are male.  The extent to which your sense of masculinity is attached to your home may make you appear to be somewhat of a “mama’s boy” or “hen-pecked husband.”  However, the conjunction with the Nadir may also symbolize a very solid grounding and understanding of masculinity, which is then able to be projected by you to energize your will to accomplish and succeed. 

If you are a woman, Mars’ conjunction with the Nadir may symbolize the assertive, “take-charge” role that you may play within the home.  You may also benefit from a deeper understanding of your animus and, by extension, of males, generally.  The conjunction may also symbolize a desire to “have a man around the house.”  Particularly if you are insecure in your own assertiveness, a male presence is likely to bring you a greater sense of security.

Transcendent Potential

You can achieve the transcendent potential of Mars opposed the Midheaven when you transform your concept of success and realize that in order to accomplish what you want, spiritually, you must address your desires and their resulting actions deep within yourself.  By making fundamental changes in the direction of your desires, you have generated within yourself a powerful motivation toward self-transcendence as your primary goal in life.  This devotion leads you to true success in life.

Insecurity

If you are insecure within yourself, then the tension and conflict between your desire for privacy and personal security, on the one hand, and the promptings of your superego, on the other, generally causes you to erect defense mechanisms to protect your psyche from emotional pain and stress.  These defense mechanisms can take a variety of forms, including rejection, suppression, and projection.  If rejection, or confrontation, is implemented by you as a defense mechanism, you may convince yourself that pursuing recognition or a career, on the one hand, or indulging in personal desires, on the other hand, is negative and you will reject one or the other as morally wrong.  If you do not participate in the rejected area of life, however, this will ultimately produce undesirable repercussions. 

If you use suppression as a defense mechanism, you will either deny your own desires in favor of working for success, or you will take action to fulfill your private and domestic life while denying your need for career and recognition.  Often, these are subconscious decisions on your part.  In either case, you are likely, at some point, to regret your choice. 

Another defense mechanism involves projecting your suppressed side onto a partner.  If you concentrate your desires and activity in the domestic arena, on family and personal concerns, and you neglect the wider world of ambition, you will project your suppressed needs for achievement and recognition onto your partner. If you pursue the goals of your super-ego, you will project the fulfillment of your personal desires and your need for family environment and "holding the family together" onto your partner.  Your expectations, in this situation, are often unrealistic and your partner may feel overburdened by your demands.  If your projected desires are frustrated by your partner’s inability to carry them out, you may react with violence and aggression toward him/her.

Your personality may also express undertones of Mars in Cancer.
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