As a woman and an astrologer, I’m interested in exploring the elements in the natal chart showing us the type of man we are attracted to and Mars is the starting place in a woman’s chart. Because I’m essentially a heterosexual female, I’m working from that point of view because I could only guess at how this works in the chart of those drawn to their own sex.
How Mars operates in the chart can give us clues into understanding the type of man we are drawn to. The sign and aspects to Mars all factor in. I’m going to use my own chart as an example partly because it’s the chart I’m most familiar with and because Mars is my chart ruler. My Mars falls in Scorpio, one of the signs he rules (the other being Aries) and is conjunct my Ascendant and Mercury in Scorpio. Pluto, the other ruler of Scorpio, squares Mars and Uranus is inconjunct to him. What this says to me about the archetype most attractive to me is I find dark, brooding sorts with strong features and magnetic eyes (the classic Scorpio look) appealing. The Mercury and Uranus aspects to Mars point to intelligence and an independent attitude.
The sign on the cusp of the seventh house impacts the archetype represented by Mars too because it is always the complement of the Ascendant. In my chart Taurus rules my seventh house so we can add an Earthy element to the picture as in well grounded or someone who enjoys working with his hands and likes the simple life.
So the picture emerging is of a man who has a strong physical presence, operates independently, likes being out-of-doors close to Nature, has a sharp mind and is comfortable dealing with strong minded women. Now I’m married to a man with Aries Sun, Moon and Rising with Mars in Scorpio in his eighth house and whose Sun is square to Uranus. He has worked as a cowboy, farmed for a living and currently works as a carpenter. Even though he has a sharp mind he prefers to come across as down to earth and practical rather than intellectual and he’s damn independent!! He’s dark haired with strong features too.
As one who married in her early forties for the first time, I was rather taken aback when I realized how well my husband fit into my archetypal profile. It does demonstrate the power of the archetype and how when we run smack into someone who fits it well, we can find our lives forever changed. Of course, Pluto was also in the process of transiting my Juno in Scorpio in the 12th house at the time I starting dating him (Juno is often referred to as the “marriage” asteroid) . . . but that’s another story!
This is a photo of Sean Connery as James Bond in about 1965. Sean Connery has Scorpio on the Midheaven and many of his movie roles were Scorpio types and he presents the classic tall, dark and deadly archetype. I have always enjoyed watching him in whatever role he's playing on screen.