Moon / Mars




Both the good and bad contacts of these bodies operate in two distinct channels, corresponding to the positive and negative sides of Mars.

The positive side augments courage, daring, enterprise and bodily vigour; the negative relates rather to the mental and intellectual parts, and frequently indicates a deep thinker.  These two subtypes are very different, the one being essentially vigorous; the other profound.  But in both cases there tends to be a practical outlook – it does not incline to a purely intellectual point of view though a large amount of Air in the horoscope may introduce this.

For women it is commonly a very invigorating contact, endowing them with what is called “rude health” and often producing a robust rather than a refined physique, such as the Scotch call “sonsie.”  Nell Gwyn is an instance of this type of mind and body, direct, outspoken, good-hearted, hard hitting.  It may be recalled that, leaning out of her carriage, she once rebuked her footman for fighting a man who had called her “What everyone in London knows I am.”  This aspect, but itself, will often introduce a distinct Arietic element into the demeanour, so that it is easy to think that this sign is heavily tenanted.  Such people take life as they find it and usually enjoy it to the full without much thought for the morrow.   Occasionally the worse side may appear even with the good aspects; for example, the ex-Kaiser had a rough and bullying side, as well as a generous one.  We have also the case of “Dipsomaniac” in Notable Nativities.  But in both cases there were other very severe afflictions.

The profound side of the contact is seen in such a case as Richard Garnett, who wrote astrological works under the name of A.G. Trent, and was Librarian at the British Museum, a man of deep erudition.  Mabel Collins, writer of Light on the Path, a work of considerable merit but rather Marian austerity, also had this aspect, the three outer planets being favourable involved.

Moon-Mars aspects generally do not seem to be particularly common in the horoscopes of soldiers, despite the vigour and combativeness they engender.  Perhaps they dislike the disciplinary character of army life, and are readier to enlist when war is at hand than to undergo prolonged training in anticipation of fighting at a distant date, or perhaps not at all.



Great energies, daring and enterprise characterize this position, and the native usually takes many risks, both physical and financial.  The same two sides of Mars will show forth – the bold and outgoing and the profound and penetrating.  There is sometimes a reckless, irresponsible element, moody and resentful, but on the whole it is a healthy influence, which expresses itself freely and bravely as a ruler, teacher, reformer, or constructive man of business.  There is often kindness and benevolence, at least in intention, but there is a tendency to extremes in action.  It makes a good martyr if other parts of the map concur, or it may be a revolutionary or rebel.  It makes a combatant, and the character of the adversaries that are chosen depends on the general tone of the map.



The most usual effect of these aspects in the horoscopes of “nice” people is ill health – it is rarer to find accidents under the Luni-Martian aspects than it is under those in which the Sun is implicated.  Often the health is not robust, there are many illnesses of greater or less severity, and life is not likely to run its full measure, though one may point to such a case as that of Lord Balfour, who after a very delicate infancy lived to an advanced age.   Alan Leo is a case wherein, after a healthy life, death came suddenly and unexpectedly.

In another class we find the combative and pugnacious side of the contacts in full play, as for example in the case of Georges Clemenceau, Gandhi, Shelley and Ruskin.

The tendency to deep thought is common in the bad contacts, but the native is apt to be influenced too much by his emotions, and there is a rebellious and intolerant element which refuses to see any good in its opponents.

A more disagreeable type is the self-indulgent prodigal, with tendencies to drink and promiscuity.  There seems always to be a certain degree of kindheartedness, of a rough and selfish kind – the sort that is kind with other people’s money, or when no personal sacrifice is involved.   Otherwise this contact may go with a pretty considerable blackguard, the native having little self-respect, self-control or refinement.  Thus we have cases of “Defalcating Bank Clerk,” “Drunkard,” “Adventuress,” “Young Prodigal,” and “Opium and Alchohol.”

Sometimes there is obstinacy and self-will, and probably in all examples there is a liability to hot temper or sullenness, but it is certain that in many cases this is not very prominent.

The effects of this influence on the vocation are to incline the native very strongly to seek his own career and make himself independent of others.  It points to one who strikes out his own course, and it is probable that in some of the criminal examples this course of life was adopted in order to avoid drudgery, routine and control by others.

It is unfavourable for the parents, either or both of whom may die young or suffer misfortunes which will affect the whole family.   Thus Charles II suffered prolonged exile after his father’s beheading, and George IV’s father was insane for many years.   Frederick the Great of Prussia underwent great cruelties at the hands of his father.  Sometimes this influence seems only to extend so far as to make the parent Martian in character or occupation, and sometimes the native is brought into danger by the example of the father, or when following him.  It generally denotes that the family history is not altogether a happy or prosperous one.

It is distinctly unfavourable for marriage in the case of males.  The wife may be an invalid, meet with accidents, or be of a domineering disposition; or there may be mutual imcompatibility.

In the case of women, I think it is unfavourable because of the independence which it signifies; if there is marriage, then I believe that the husband chosen will usually be of the meeker kind, for this contact is intolerant of restraint.




Lindbergh, Baden-Powell, Newton, Abbas Effendi, Horoscope of Australian Commonwealth, Masaniello (Italian patriot), Mrs. Eddy.


The Conjunction

R.W. Emerson, Mussolini, Leverhulme, Coue, Savonarola, Earl of Essex, President Hoover.



Ghandi, Alan Leo, Valentino, Ruskin, Shelley, Lord Salisbury, S.F. Edge (racing motorist), George III, George IV.