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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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4 Comments

  • Sher says:

    My mom is a Pisces Sun with her Moon and Mars in Aries. She was born the same day as the nuclear testing of Operation: Upshot-Knothole Annie. She doesn’t know exact time of birth but she knows it was early morning. Annie was set off at 5:20am.


    Upshot-Knothole Annie

    Now trying growing up with that as a mother! lol I’m an Aries Sun/Cancer Moon. My brother is a Taurus Sun/Aries Moon. By the way, nice article on Taurus Sun/Aries Moon. My brother was good at football. My dad is an Aries Sun/Pisces or Aquarius Moon. My dad wasn’t around much. It was either fighting, joking around, or working hard in our family. I would like to see you do an article on the Pisces/Aries combo. Chuck Norris and Daniel Craig of James Bond has this combo.

  • Sher says:

    I forgot to mention my dad has his Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter in Aries too. My mom’s brother was born the day after and has the same but is a Taurus Sun/Pisces Moon instead of Aries Sun. They both have Mars in Scorpio too!

  • Sher says:

    My mom’s dad was a Taurus Sun & Venus/Libra Moon with Mercury in Aries, Mars in Gemini square Uranus in Pisces. My mother told me he had a Jekyll & Hyde personality. He was a nice guy when sober but changed into something else when drunk. He served in WWII and probably drank to deal with PTSD. He did quit drinking when I was a baby and I only remember good things about him.

    My mom’s mom was an Aquarius Sun/Mercury/Venus with Sagittarius Moon and Mars in Taurus. I remember my grandma loving to solve puzzles, read, was slow but steady, being very determined, and stubborn. lol

  • kriztine says:

    Ha !

    I have Moon/Mars conjunct in Libra less than a degree apart. My mom has Moon/Mars conjunct in Virgo.
    Add Neptune to the conjunction so I don’t experience it pure. My reactions to sense stimuli are super fast whether positive or negative. And yes I do have a temper with the whole pile being also square Uranus.
    I’ve taught alot of people how to fight and express their feelings !