Among the numerous connections between astrology and tarot is also the fact that each significant planet which plays a role in the astrological chart is associated with a number of tarot cards.
Astrologically speaking, Mars is the planet of assertiveness, conflict, aggressiveness, high energy, sexual intensity (particularly in a dominant role), determination, ambition, competitiveness. It’s associated with Divine Masculine energy. Its motto would be “I act”.
Mars is the ruler of Aries and Scorpio and of the 1st house. The Major Arcana cards it’s associated with are The Tower, and due to its dignity as ruler of Aries and Scorpio, The Emperor and Death.
The Martian aspect of The Tower talks about swift events that trigger a powerful shift in situations, relationships, events and so on. There could be conflict involved, inner or outer, and overcoming the challenges of the shift involve a lot of determination and ability to act.
The Martian aspect of The Emperor talks about its Divine Masculine energy, the ability to be assertive, take charge of situations and act based upon the greater good. It’s the energy of powerful presence and meaningful action.
The Martian aspect of the Death card talks about one’s ability to cope with the changes that come their way, awakening their motivation, determination, and ambition to thrive. It’s the rise and fall cycle which emphasizes the ability to thrive, come what may.
When it comes to the Minor Arcana cards, Mars is associated with quite a few cards.
The Martian aspect of the Two of Wands (Mars in Aries) talks about the ability to make decisions and act on them, making one’s own way and taking charge of their destiny.
The Martian aspect of the Seven of Wands (Mars in Leo) talks about the strength and determination to face conflicts and attacks and defend one’s self with however much fierceness is necessary.
The Martian aspect of the Five of Cups (Mars in Scorpio) talks about the ability to handle the loss of whatever has been lost and face the music in a dignified way, overcoming the inner conflict triggered by that loss.
The Martian aspect of the Ten of Cups (Mars in Pisces) talks about the ability to pursue one’s happiness and make it happen, going after it with the energy and determination of an arrow flying towards its target.