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Mars – Effects when in various house signs of its placement

Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

The nature of Mars (Mangal) must be kept in mind before giving any predictions. Mars is a known fiery planet; stand for energy, power, courage, heroism, strength, endurance determination, dashing nature, hot and dry, god of life and death, masculine, strong at night, represents dark half, Tuesday, owns two sings-Aries and Scorpio. Mars rules three Nakshtras i.e. Mrisara Chitra and Dhanishta, Powerful in South (10th house of the horoscope), Mars is Lord of summer season (practically March to October), Mars can act both in violent and generous ways.

Mars rules over wars, epidemics, brothers, land and landed property. Profession wise, Mars can make the native a soldier, warrior, barber, surgeon, dentist, engineer, dealing in steel or with fire and fire equipments.

Afflicted Mars can make the native Murderer – depending on the ruling Dasha of the planet. Such an afflicted Mars can also make the native cruel, ruthless, aggressive, rash, untruthful, unreliable, can cause accidents/wounds, burns, this Mars can also give fever, jaundice, measles, ailments needing surgery (depending on the placLinda Goodman's Sun Signsement of Mars). Natives born with Mars and Saturn in the 11th house (house of gains) aspected by Rahu have been found to be cheats/liars smugglers etc.


It may not be possible to give detailed effects of Mars in various signs as each Pada of Nakshtra would have different results of course depending on the placement of other planets i.e. to what extent they are benefic and malefic depending on the rising. Briefly, results of Mars in different signs are summarized below:

Aries - Native is active, idealistic, independent, original, but hasty, adventurous and has dashing personality. May suffer from fire/accidents including weapons/ bombs. Such natives may have marks on head or face.

Taurus - The native is ambitious, practical and capable Manager, has can make 'baldy' and also give financial losses.

Gemini - Love for higher education, insight into all affairs, chemistry, writing, traveling and teaching etc. but, afflicted Mars may make the native unpopular and gives troubles through brothers/sisters. Lungs/arms/hands/shoulders may get diseased.

Cancer - Inventive, enterprising and also sensuous. Inclined to medicine and surgery. Afflicted Mars can give trouble to mother, trouble from inherited property, danger from fire/theft, domestic unhappiness. Also stomach and vision problems.

Leo - Frank, active, good governor, gains from speculation, lottery etc, insurance and companies, adventurous, love for new ideas, music. Afflicted Mars may result in death by heart attack; give sorrow, sickness and losses.

Virgo - Surgeon, physician, pharmacist, food products are main fields. Original thought and inventors. Self-made persons and have to do great struggle for success. Afflicted Mars give troubles from wife/ partners/ relatives.

Libra - Scientist, cultures growth, opposition and rivalry, reverses in business and love affairs, sanity comes only later in life. Afflicted Mars give troubles from wife/ partners/ relatives.

Scorpio - industrious, scientific, firm and positive, diplomatic, sudden and violent accidents. Afflicted Mars make the native unfriendly and unsociable and selfish, trouble through service.

Saggitarius - Engineering interest, intellectual, large heated, enthusiastic, layers, military men at top, afflicted Mars may give troubles through friends/relatives, brother/sisters. Unfruitful traveling and wrong employment.

Capricorn - Heroic actions, courage, high hopes, great efforts, authority/good management, interest in commerce/science i.e. C.As/engineering/ doctors etc. afflicted Mars creates difficulty with superior. Unlucky for parents.

Aquarius - impressive/forceful specially in speech, interest in occult sciences – interest in engineering/technology, medicine and surgery, charitable. Frankness may invite foes and cause separation.

Pisces - Mixture of timid and bold, indolent and active. Success through friends. Fear of drowning, fire, poisoning, disappointment in love affairs. Afflicted Mars can give trouble through every source specially on account of one's own actions (Karma).


After knowing the results of placement of Mars in various sings, we must know about the results when Mars is in various houses from Lagna to XII houses. Mars has inbuilt 'Mangal Dosha' which need separate discussion. Briefly, results of Mars in various houses shall be as under

First House - danger from weapon, fire, from death of self and also of wife, head and eye ailments. Success denied inspire of his efforts. In some cases lion-like courage.

Second House - thinking that kinsmen and wealth have no value to him but he can protect his wealth just as a monkey can protect the necklace without knowing its us- no gains from wither. No one would dare to discuss with him again. Hostility and stringiness at times becomes characteristics also miserliness. Wealth (inherited) wasted/fines/spent on litigation.

Third House - strength in arms/shoulder, wealth by industry, observes religious rites and practice asceticism but most of such persons are brave, industrious, productive, talented and prosperous. Some are generous and get royal favor. Exalted Mars in this house become fortunate (Scorpio Lagna).

Fourth House - no gain through friends and relative. Even defying wife in some cases. Royal favors (Government service / high position). Honors and Awards. Textiles/ fabrics / cloth business/ factory etc. will bring fortunes. The native has energy, force and enterprise but impulsive and liable to error

Fifth House - Sharp appetite and good digestion. For ladies, can cause abortion and also delivery of child by operation. Unrestrained and unquenchable desires. Bad dreams and evil mind the native wicked, mean and also crippled.

Sixth House – Brainy and prosperous, defeated by powerful enemies, some get robust body and fiery looks but may turn their back in the battle field. Not favorable for maternal uncles. Losses wealth but accumulates again.

Seventh House - worse place for marriage and married life. Unfortunate in various respects. Troublesome opponents. Loss of partner (wife). Working/residing in foreign lands. Denial of sex by wife. Disastrous and violent death of husband.

Eight House - Even Jupiter/Venus (benefices) may not help in miserable conditions. Accidents/enemies. Even friends become enemies. Efforts for industry/business do not fructify-various hindrances. Other planets in trines or kendras may help.

Ninth House - Sharp, rational and brilliant. Fortunate, lucky, no elder (brother or brother in-law). Benefits come from previous birth. No gains from elder brother or brother in-law. No reward for his intelligence – Vicious/ immoral, wealthy; reputed but may cause trouble to father.

Tenth House - though Mars gets directional strength but denies marriage and other auspicious functions in the family. Professionally bright may have plenty of servants/attendants. Even born in middle/ low family, gets lion like success. Some become uncrowned leader. Self made influential.

Eleventh House- not good for children. Gains from trading in cattle's including elephants/horses/camels. Though wealthy but shabbily dressed to conceal his wealth – blessed with gold, copper, coral, conveyance, royal favor etc.

Twelfth House – financial ruin, attacks by weapons/ wounds etc. rumors to defame (scandals), danger from thieves, enemies, mean and depraved by own actions. Disputes/litigation, trouble through employees – Misfortunes.


1)      War, riots, explosion, change of Governments, Air Crash, Mass deaths etc. all attributed to Mars specially when with malefics Rahu and Saturn either by association or conjunction or by aspect.

2)      Mars became responsible for assignation for the following political personalities:

                                I.      Marhatma Gandhi – Lagna Libra, Venus, Mars and Mercury in Libra, Saturn in Scorpio, Ketu in Capricorn, Jupiter in Aries, Rahu and Moon in Cancer and Sun in 12th house (Virgo).
                             II.      Indira Gandhi – Lagna Cancer, Saturn in Cancer, Mars in Leo, Mercury in Libra, Sun in Scorpio, Venus and Rahu in Saggitarius, Moon in Capricorn, Jupiter in Taurus and Ketu in Gemini – 2nd house Mars.
                           III.      Rajiv Gandhi – Lagna Leo, Sun, Jupiter, Moon, Mercury and Venus in Leo, Mars in Virgo, Ketu in Capricorn, Saturn in Gemini and Rahu in Cancer. 2nd house Mars.
                          IV.      Patricia Lumumba- Lagna Cancer- Rahu, Mercury, Mars and Venus in Cancers, Saturn & Moon in Libra, Jupiter in Saggitarius, Ketu in Capricorn and Sun in Gemini- Mars in Lagna.

We add some more beneficial points with regards to Mars. According to Manteshear's Phaladepka, Mars in Lagna can make the native cruel and also valorous. Also short lived. 2nd house Mars may not give good looking face but native may be learned, 3rd house Mars can make the native happy and prosperous, the native would be bereft of mother/friends with Mars in 4th house, 5th house Mars may deny children. 6th house Mars may make wealthy and capable of vanquishing enemies, undesirable actions for Mars in 8th house gives diseased body and can deprive him of wealth including inheritance, 9th house Mars can give various troubles though the native may be favorite of king, 10th house Mars speak of cruelty but charitable nature, Mars in 11th house can make the native wealthy /happy, Mars in 12th can make the native cruel and tale-bearer etc.

Shanker Adawal
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