Mars/Moon aspects are intensely combative aspects as they combine the emotionality of the Moon with the aggressiveness of Mars. According to astrologer Sue Tompkins, people with Mars/Moon aspects in their chart often grow up in extremely dangerous environments:
The person is usually used to feeling unsafe and is very quick to smell danger and thus cultivates speedy reactions and responses – the kind of reactions that can save lives.
The need to protect the self and more especially one’s family and others with whom there is an emotional bond is usually keenly developed with all Mars/Moon aspects. Not uncommonly, the family was threatened in some way in childhood, if not by anger or violence within the household, then by some threat from outside.
[. . . those with the hard contacts] may continually behave or believe as if World War III is about to break out. (Source)
The album Straight Outta Compton by the pioneering rap group NWA was released (born) August 8th, 1988. A Leo Sun, the album’s Cancer Moon is squared by its Aries Mars. (Chart) Watch the first 90 seconds of the video for the album’s cover song if you’d like to see an intensely vivid example of a very tough Mars/Moon contact:
You’ll find Mars/Moon contacts in people who have been abused, have inflicted abuse, and those who have done both. It will also be found in the charts of journalists who report/document abuse which is essentially what NWA was doing with Straight Outta Compton.
Mars/Moon conjunctions can be a bit easier to handle than Mars/Moon squares but not by much. Consider, for instance, this video of a crowd chasing away four police officers who were brutalizing a streaker far above and beyond what was necessary to subdue him. I ran the chart for the video using its creation date as its date of birth and it includes a Mars/Moon conjunction in early Libra, the sign most associated with the justice system:
The police officers are a stand in for the lowest expression of a Mars/Moon conjunction in Libra: a nasty, brutal, and swift disposition of a form of “justice”. The crowd is a stand in for the highest expression of this aspect: fierce, fast-moving, and highly enterprising in the pursuit of justice. At its best, Mars/Moon in Libra is about fiercely fighting (Mars/Moon) for fairness. Watch the above clip closely and you’ll see that the one officer who admonishes his colleague to stand down at :31-:32 is the only one who manages to get away from the crowd unscathed — which seems a reasonably fair result all things considered.
If the Mars/Moon aspect is in Aries (the sign of warfare), it’s likely to be particularly heated. To illustrate: the latest installment of the Terminator franchise was released (born) on May 21st, 2009. The film’s chart sports a very prominent Mars/Moon conjunction in Aries. (See Chart) In the next clip, the T-600 Terminator is a stand in for the lowest expression of a Mars/Moon conjunction in Aries: nasty, brutal, combative, even murderous. The three humans are stand ins for the highest expression of this aspect: fast-moving, fiercely protective and highly enterprising when coming to the aid of one’s family. On the metaphoric level it’s not too much of a stretch to compare the T-600 to a violently corrupt police force such as the Rampart division of the LAPD. The film’s post-Apocalyptic setting could certainly be analogized an urban war zone like South Central Los Angeles while the three humans are essentially members of a defacto family not all together different from NWA:
Obviously that scene is from the imaginal world of film but people with this aspect in their chart will likely relate to it as a good metaphor for how they experienced childhood. They may not have been fighting a psychopathic cyborg but they likely did live within a home that felt like an emotional battleground.
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