What Your Mars Sign Says About Your Sex Life & Desires

Elizabeth Gulino
·7 mins read

Mars might just be the sexiest planet in our solar system. At least, that's what I gathered after chatting with a few astrologers about the meaning behind this celestial body. "Mars is the planet of our desires, actions, energy, passion, war, aggression, sex, and assertion," astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. See what I mean? Sounds pretty titillating.

"It shows how you take action and argue, and reveals your sexual inclinations," Stardust continues. "Mars also depicts how one uses their innate energy to achieve their goals. It depicts their energy levels too."

Where this planet is placed in our birth charts, therefore, can say a lot about our approach to these areas of our lives — how we work for what we want, how we show passion, and yes... how we like it in bed!

A small point of clarification: Where Venus, the planet of love, sits in our birth chart decides who we like. Mars's placement reflects how we go after them, Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com, tells Refinery29. "In general, folks with Mars in fire and air signs (except for Libra) can be more aggressive in their delivery than those with Mars in earth or water signs," she explains. "Being the counterpart of the receptive energy of Venus, Mars is that reactive, raw energy with which we defend ourselves when the times call for it."

First, determine which sign Mars lives in on your birth chart by using a site like Cafe Astrology (Stardust's fave) or an app like Co-Star. Then swipe through to get a deeper peek into what how your Mars placement has been affecting you. Be prepared, because it's about to get hot.

<h2>Aries</h2>If your Mars is in Aries, it means you're pretty spontaneous. "You impulsively move towards attaining your goals and desires," Stardust explains. "This placement gets sh*t done fast and with care. They never scale back in their efforts and demand excellence from every venture."<br><br>Yes, Mars in Aries even demands excellence in the in the bedroom — but mainly in themselves. "Sometimes your passions take control of your loins and bring out your incessant need to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/couples-sex-tips-relationship-rules" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:be the best sexual partner ever" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">be the best sexual partner ever</a>," she explains. "Pleasing your boo between the sheets is the ultimate carnal gift and form of sensual contentment you desire."<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Aries

If your Mars is in Aries, it means you're pretty spontaneous. "You impulsively move towards attaining your goals and desires," Stardust explains. "This placement gets sh*t done fast and with care. They never scale back in their efforts and demand excellence from every venture."

Yes, Mars in Aries even demands excellence in the in the bedroom — but mainly in themselves. "Sometimes your passions take control of your loins and bring out your incessant need to be the best sexual partner ever," she explains. "Pleasing your boo between the sheets is the ultimate carnal gift and form of sensual contentment you desire."Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Taurus</h2>Having your Mars in Taurus means you're slow to anger — and slow to making moves. "Your sensual desires guide you in navigating your way in the world," Stardust says. But that can give you some impressive stamina as you work toward long-term goals.<br><br>Oh and... You might have <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/what-is-a-switch-sexually" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a submissive side" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a submissive side</a>, sexually. "You prefer giving up your control in the bedroom and letting your partner take the lead," Stardust says. "In fact, you’re more apt to be tied up or blindfolded."<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Taurus

Having your Mars in Taurus means you're slow to anger — and slow to making moves. "Your sensual desires guide you in navigating your way in the world," Stardust says. But that can give you some impressive stamina as you work toward long-term goals.

Oh and... You might have a submissive side, sexually. "You prefer giving up your control in the bedroom and letting your partner take the lead," Stardust says. "In fact, you’re more apt to be tied up or blindfolded."Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Gemini</h2><br>If your Mars is in Gemini, you might have a sharp tongue. "You use communication as a weapon when met with anger. Words have power, and they’ll use them as their way to win an argument," she explains.<br><br>Their gift of gab also plays into their sexual desires. Yes, that's a dirty talk reference. "Yes, Gemini, you will enjoy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-talk-dirty-examples" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:using your mouth for dirty talk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">using your mouth for dirty talk</a> — and oral sex," Stardust says.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Gemini


If your Mars is in Gemini, you might have a sharp tongue. "You use communication as a weapon when met with anger. Words have power, and they’ll use them as their way to win an argument," she explains.

Their gift of gab also plays into their sexual desires. Yes, that's a dirty talk reference. "Yes, Gemini, you will enjoy using your mouth for dirty talk — and oral sex," Stardust says.Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Cancer</h2><br>"It’s hard for Mars in Cancer to separate emotion from anger, as the two intertwine early here," she explains. "This placement has trouble being decisive. You change your feels every few days....just like the phases and signs of Cancer’s planetary ruler, the Moon."<br><br>While people with Mars in Cancer may be indecisive on the streets, they know what they like in the sheets. Or, rather, they know that they like it out of the sheets: <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-have-shower-sex" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:shower sex" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">shower sex</a>. There, Stardust says, you're free to embrace your sensual watery vibes full on.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Cancer


"It’s hard for Mars in Cancer to separate emotion from anger, as the two intertwine early here," she explains. "This placement has trouble being decisive. You change your feels every few days....just like the phases and signs of Cancer’s planetary ruler, the Moon."

While people with Mars in Cancer may be indecisive on the streets, they know what they like in the sheets. Or, rather, they know that they like it out of the sheets: shower sex. There, Stardust says, you're free to embrace your sensual watery vibes full on.Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Leo</h2>Mars in Leo means passion; it guides you to win at any task you're given, Stardust says. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/07/9923125/leo-season-meaning-july-august-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The famous Leo ego" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The famous Leo ego</a> (not a bad thing!) means your eyes are always on the prize.<br><br>That translates to the bedroom too. "You totally take your spice for life and dramatic flair to the sheets by indulging in edging and being the dom in sexual acts with your partner," Stardust says. <br><span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Leo

Mars in Leo means passion; it guides you to win at any task you're given, Stardust says. The famous Leo ego (not a bad thing!) means your eyes are always on the prize.

That translates to the bedroom too. "You totally take your spice for life and dramatic flair to the sheets by indulging in edging and being the dom in sexual acts with your partner," Stardust says.
Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Virgo<br></h2><br>Stardust calls Mars in Virgo the detective of the zodiac. You excel in solving riddles and finding out others' hot gossip. "A methodical analyzer, Mars in Virgo uses information to make decisions," she says.<br><br>You can see threads of that same energy in your sex life. "You're especially into <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-outdoor-sex-positions" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sex in public places" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sex in public places</a> and spaces," she says. "Nothing will get you hotter than the experience of getting nearly caught."<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Virgo


Stardust calls Mars in Virgo the detective of the zodiac. You excel in solving riddles and finding out others' hot gossip. "A methodical analyzer, Mars in Virgo uses information to make decisions," she says.

You can see threads of that same energy in your sex life. "You're especially into sex in public places and spaces," she says. "Nothing will get you hotter than the experience of getting nearly caught."Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Libra</h2><br>"Love, harmony, and relationships take the lead when Mars is in Libra," Stardust says. This placement hates butting heads and would rather be peaceful. "Mars in Libra tends to go with the flow and not take change unless pushed," she explains. It's all about balance (obvi!).<br><br>That stability translates into the bedroom as well. "The erogenous zones that turn you on the most are your derriere and head — which is why you like to add <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/sexual-fantasies" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:light spanking and gentle hair pulling" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">light spanking and gentle hair pulling</a> to your sexual delights," Stardust says.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Libra


"Love, harmony, and relationships take the lead when Mars is in Libra," Stardust says. This placement hates butting heads and would rather be peaceful. "Mars in Libra tends to go with the flow and not take change unless pushed," she explains. It's all about balance (obvi!).

That stability translates into the bedroom as well. "The erogenous zones that turn you on the most are your derriere and head — which is why you like to add light spanking and gentle hair pulling to your sexual delights," Stardust says.Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Scorpio</h2><br>If your Mars is in Scorpio, you're not to be messed with, Stardust says: "Mars in Scorpio carries out duties and tasks with power and relentlessness. You also use your intuition to win at all costs." <br><br>You're also a relentless seducer. "An evening in bed with you won’t be forgotten," Stardust says. "What really gets you going is <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-foreplay" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:intense foreplay" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">intense foreplay</a>."<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Scorpio


If your Mars is in Scorpio, you're not to be messed with, Stardust says: "Mars in Scorpio carries out duties and tasks with power and relentlessness. You also use your intuition to win at all costs."

You're also a relentless seducer. "An evening in bed with you won’t be forgotten," Stardust says. "What really gets you going is intense foreplay."Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Sagittarius </h2><br>"You use your warrior instincts to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9841649/allyship-ahmaud-arbery-george-floyd" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fight for social justice" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fight for social justice</a>," Stardust says of this placement. She tells others to never second-guess the judgement of someone whose Mars is in the sign of the archer: "They're a know-it-all who will defend their views."<br><br>If your Mars is in Sagittarius, you find sexual bliss through exploration. "Your worldly persona likes to incorporate toys into your sexual repertoire for maximum gratification," Stardust says.<br><br><span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Sagittarius


"You use your warrior instincts to fight for social justice," Stardust says of this placement. She tells others to never second-guess the judgement of someone whose Mars is in the sign of the archer: "They're a know-it-all who will defend their views."

If your Mars is in Sagittarius, you find sexual bliss through exploration. "Your worldly persona likes to incorporate toys into your sexual repertoire for maximum gratification," Stardust says.

Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Capricorn </h2><br>Having your Mars in Capricorn means you'll give every task in your life your all. "The placement is very strong here; your like to finish all that your start," Stardust says. "In fact, you'll fight to the end when you're pushed to defend a cause or a person that you fully believe in."<br><br>Your motto is "work hard, play hard". "It’s no shock that you like to indulge in all earthly sexual delights," Stardust says. "From puppy play to nylons to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/footjob-porn-feet-sex" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:foot fetishes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">foot fetishes</a> to light BDSM, you enjoy sexual activities that make you feel present in your own body."<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Capricorn


Having your Mars in Capricorn means you'll give every task in your life your all. "The placement is very strong here; your like to finish all that your start," Stardust says. "In fact, you'll fight to the end when you're pushed to defend a cause or a person that you fully believe in."

Your motto is "work hard, play hard". "It’s no shock that you like to indulge in all earthly sexual delights," Stardust says. "From puppy play to nylons to foot fetishes to light BDSM, you enjoy sexual activities that make you feel present in your own body."Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Aquarius </h2><br>If your Mars is in Aquarius, you've got a head full of ideas, but you tend to work within a specific framework of purpose. "You fight for justice, with the motives of helping others evolve and transform," Stardust says. <br><br>They let others <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/six-minutes-before-after-sex-foreplay-satisfaction" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:take action in the bedroom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">take action in the bedroom</a> as well. "You’re a voyeur, which means that you enjoy (consensually) watching, being watched, or recording your bedtime pleasures," Stardust says.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Aquarius


If your Mars is in Aquarius, you've got a head full of ideas, but you tend to work within a specific framework of purpose. "You fight for justice, with the motives of helping others evolve and transform," Stardust says.

They let others take action in the bedroom as well. "You’re a voyeur, which means that you enjoy (consensually) watching, being watched, or recording your bedtime pleasures," Stardust says.Photographed by Megan Madden.
<h2>Pisces </h2><br>"Mars in Pisces isn’t committed to any one view or another. You swim where your instincts, emotions, and feelings guide you," Stardust says. "It’s hard for this placement to take action, as you let your emotions take charge."<br><br>That ability to go with the flow extends to your sexual life, Stardust says. You can be anyone or anything you want to be during coitus. "You’ll be able to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-role-play-sexually" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:embrace your fantasy life and role play" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">embrace your fantasy life and role play</a> freely with your partner," she says.<span class="copyright">Photographed by Megan Madden.</span>

Pisces


"Mars in Pisces isn’t committed to any one view or another. You swim where your instincts, emotions, and feelings guide you," Stardust says. "It’s hard for this placement to take action, as you let your emotions take charge."

That ability to go with the flow extends to your sexual life, Stardust says. You can be anyone or anything you want to be during coitus. "You’ll be able to embrace your fantasy life and role play freely with your partner," she says.Photographed by Megan Madden.

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