Mars, Mercury, and the Inner Journey of Aries

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Living Soul Astrology

In this article from the LCM Archive, Soul Astrologer Ruth Hadikin continues explores the personality and Soul rulers of Aries...

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Aries Season is upon us once again. Heralding the spring and marking the beginning of another Zodiac year. At the Soul level, Aries also marks the beginning of a fantastic journey: the journey of Life.

In Esoteric Astrology the twelve signs of the Zodiac tell a story: the magical story of consciousness incarnating1 into matter, in the form of a Human Being. Irrespective of different faiths, and known by many names, all scriptures tell of Holy Beings that are

here to help. Guiding the Human Soul on its journey and ensuring we don’t stray too far from the path.

“Every blade of grass has an Angel that bends over it and whispers Grow! Grow!” -The Talmud


Esoteric Astrology2 tells us that the twelve signs of the Zodiac are Divine Intelligences, or Angelic Beings, that ‘oversee’ the different stages of our Soul’s development. In this fantastic journey, the Soul begins in Aries as “a point of light in the mind of God2. In Aries we see the initial spark of inspiration: the first impulse to exist. A Divine Idea that eventually translates into the pulse of Life. An original concept3.


The Soul in Aries is carrying the blueprint and the potential. While we might have a map, and guides to help us keep to it, the success of our grand expedition also depends upon our own efforts and the conditions we meet along the way.


Just as the seeds of spring have the potential to become trees, under the right conditions. They are not yet trees, and the seed is very different from the tree. It is similar with our Soul’s journey. We are in the process of growth and, under the right conditions, we will realize our spiritual potential. Just as the seed needs the right mix of sunlight, warmth, water, earth and nutrients in order to grow, so a Human Soul is also ‘conditioned’ by a number of factors, not least of which are the planets.


The planets play a vital role in this conditioning of our Soul and three planets have an important relationship with Aries: Mars, Mercury and Uranus. At the personality level Mars is the primary energy providing the motivating, driving force. Mars is related to the ‘vital body’ and brings life-force energy into physical existence.  It provides the motivation, power, and movement, that causes the tender shoot to break out of the dark womb-like seed, to strive against the earth and stones, against all odds, to reach the light.


As we navigate our inner journey, we become more familiar with our inner world.  The dedicated Master Yogi’s and Saints that have trodden this inner path before us have described their experiences in scriptures, leaving a kind of map, so we can know what to expect on our own journey. Although each journey is unique, there is some ‘common ground’ that we can all expect to experience.


Patanjali, one of the founders of modern Yoga, described five 'bodies'4 we can experience on our inner journey. He related these to five elements of earth, fire, water, air and ether. These he called the physical or ‘earth’ body (annamay kosh), the energy ‘fire’ body (pranamay kosh – this is also known as the ‘vital’ body in other traditions), the mental ‘water’ body (manomay kosh), intuitive ‘air’ body (vigyanamay kosh), and the bliss ‘ether’ body (anandmay kosh). Our journey is one of awareness and movement through each of these inner ‘bodies’. Once all five have been transcended, we attain 'Universal Mind'.


Mars brings drive, motive5 and motivation. It is the driving force that pushes life-force energy into the physical world. It is the energy of creation, conception and new life (think sperm!). It enlivens and ‘vitalizes’, brings life and vitality, and is closely related to Patanjali’s ‘energy’ body. The driving force of Mars motivates us into action. This universal force is present throughout Nature.


Animals live, and are driven, primarily by their ‘vital’, or energy, bodies. Only in humans did Mars fall out of favor as its influence historically became associated with war and aggression. This is because of man’s misinterpretation through his lower consciousness: the message of Mars is ‘take action’ or ‘move’. When this pure life-giving energy is distorted through the filter of a human mind, it all too often becomes ‘let’s fight’ or ‘go to war’.


This is partly due to the consciousness of humanity at this current time, and the effect of Mars vitalizing our ‘lower nature’. In time, as we expand our consciousness, we will experience and respond to Mars differently, and perceive it’s influence as largely beneficial.


“The effect of Mars is, therefore, largely mass effect and group results, producing great struggles but eventually leading to great revelation. In Aries, it is the final revelation of the nature of knowledge and the purpose of incarnation.” - Alice Bailey2


Mars moves us into action. Ultimately it is up to us to choose the action we take, conscious action or unconscious reaction. The outcome of our actions depends on our own motivation. It is important for anyone with planets in Aries, especially Mars, to continuously check their motives: are your actions motivated by the needs of your head (ego) or the call of your heart and Soul?


Mars rules the lower octave6 of Aries, the personality. Empowering Aries with motive – the need to move the Self forward into life and light. For the Soul-centered individual, who has fully integrated personality and Soul, the ruler of Aries is Mercury. The hierarchical ruler of Aries is Uranus2. As we evolve in consciousness, our spiritual eyes are opened, and we are suddenly able to perceive that which we could not before. More subtle energies and influences become apparent to us. At this point in our evolution the Hierarchical level is beyond our perception so we will focus on the personality and Soul rulers: Mars and Mercury.


Esoteric Astrology speaks of three stages of spiritual development known as the mutable, fixed and cardinal cross7. Those on the mutable cross are personality-centered and have little or no awareness of Soul. Those on the fixed cross have some experience of Soul. They have begun awakening, but there is still duality: separation between personality and Soul. The individual on the cardinal cross has fully integrated Soul and personality. There is no separation. Such an individual would be a highly realized spiritual Being like Christ or Buddha. Most of us on the planet at this time will be on the mutable cross, while a fast-growing minority are beginning to awaken on the fixed cross.


The majority of people on the mutable cross will still relate, and be receptive, to Mars as the ruler of Aries. Those on the fixed cross who are awakening and becoming aware of their Soul Presence will begin perceiving the qualities of Mercury, and it’s influence in Aries. When the Being is sensitive, and receptive enough to receive Mercurial energy, then Mercury takes over from Mars and begins the process of awakening, ripening, conditioning and developing the intuitive body.


Mercury is responsible for the development of the antahkarana, or Rainbow Bridge, by which we connect lower and Higher Mind2. Aries is very much a sign of the mind, and it is through this ripening and conditioning effect of Mercury that Aries arises from his lower nature to reach his full spiritual potential. The effect of Uranus in Aries lies beyond the individual and is known only at the Hierarchical level. As we awaken spiritually, developing our senses and deepening our perceptive capacity, we become aware of the more subtle influences of these energies. In Aries it is the effects of both Mars and Mercury that are creating the perfect conditions for spiritual development.


During the early stages of our spiritual journey, like tender vulnerable seedlings, we are very susceptible to the energies that condition our growth, but there is a reciprocal effect that comes later. Just like a fully mature forest gives back and sustains the environment which nurtured the individual trees so we too, as fully flowering mature Spiritual beings, will have the capacity to emanate beneficial energies, such as compassion, to nurture and sustain all sentient beings.


"I cannot too strongly reiterate the constant necessity for you to think in terms of energies and forces, of lines of force, and energy relationships… The whole story of astrology is, in reality, one of magnetic and magical interplay for the production or externalization of the inner reality…" - Alice Bailey


Soul Astrology is the Astrology of our inner world: our energy field, of all five ‘bodies’ and our journey through them. The natal chart is our own personal mandala, showing us the energetic patterns and dynamics that were present at the precise moment that we came into incarnation, and the planets that are co-creating the conditions for our growth. How much we grow spiritually, and increase our capacity to receive and perceive the potential influences, depends very much on us. On our motives, intention, motivation and the choices we make. We must strive to expand our perception if we are to be aware of more subtle influences.


Will we recognize Mars as the benevolent Father of Life on Earth, driving us steadily towards Mercury and the revelation of our Higher Self?  Or will we continue to cast him down as a God of War? The choice is ours.

 This post is an excerpt from Ruth's book "Soul Astrology: How Your Rising Sign Reveals Your Soul Path and Life Purpose" Click HERE to read more and/or order your copy.

Key Points:

  • Soul Astrology is Astrology of our inner world: our energy field.

  • The Soul begins its journey in Aries as “a point of light in the mind of God”2. In Aries we see the initial spark of inspiration: the first impulse to exist. Aries is the sign of vitality, creative energy, Spring, and new life.

  • The planets play a vital role in the conditioning of our Soul and three planets have an important relationship with Aries: Mars, Mercury and Uranus.

  • Mars is the personality ruler of Aries while Mercury is the Soul ruler.

  • Up to a point Mars drives the living life-force energy into physical matter, to create Life. At a later stage in our development Mercury begins to become active in creating the conditions for the development of Higher Mind.


  1. Incarnate: From Ecclesiastical Latin incarnatus, past participle of incarnari (be made flesh), from in- + caro (flesh) Definition from

  2. “Esoteric Astrology” the wisdom of The Tibetan (Master DK) channeled through Alice Bailey.

  3. Concept: From Latin conceptus (a thought, purpose, also a conceiving, etc.), from concipere, present active infinitive of concipi (to take in, conceive); see conceive. Definition from

  4. “Mastery Over The Five Elements” by OSHO. Online document available at

  5. Motive: From Medieval Latin motivus (serving to move, motive), from Latin motus, past participle of movere (to move). Definition from

  6. For more about the lower and higher octaves of Aries see “Aries-Libra: From Creation to Humanity, With Love

  7. This is not the same as having a Grand Square or Cosmic Cross in one's own natal chart.


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Ruth Hadikin

Ruth Hadikin

Ruth Hadikin is Associate Editor and website admin. for Life Coaching Magazine.   She is author of "The Bullying Culture" and "Effective Coaching in Healthcare" and has written articles for many professional journals including the Coaching Corner series for "The Practising Midwife" magazine.

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