The Offensive and Defensive

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Inspired by this quote by Linda Goodman

Where Aries and Scorpio rules in your natal chart shows where we are defensive and offensive. Aries shows where you are defensive, for Aries rules the defensive part of combat with Mars. Scorpio shows where you are offensive, for Scorpio rules the offensive part of combat with Mars. In a sense, Aries can often show where you feel vulnerable while Scorpio can show where you feel powerful potential.

Looking where Mars and Pluto are in your chart can often explain why we protect ourselves, whether it be through offense or defense.

If you have an Aries/Libra or Taurus/Scorpio interception, you may feel as if you have a weakness. With an Aries/Libra interception, you may feel defenseless and vulnerable with no walls while with a Taurus/Scorpio interception, you would feel powerless and weak with no weapons. To find your source of protection and power, you would have to look at your Mars and Pluto, depending on which sign is intercepted. With duplications, you may feel as if you have too much protection. With an Aries duplication, you can feel highly defensive with many walls to protect you while with a Scorpio duplication, you can feel highly offensive with too many weapons at your disposal.

Aries Ruling the Houses + Mars in the Houses

You get defensive when you feel that people are threatening your ___. You feel that you will ___ if you don’t defend yourself.

  • Aries ruling the 1st: self-expression / not be able to express yourself the way you want to
  • Aries ruling the 2nd: values and confidence / not be able to feel secure
  • Aries ruling the 3rd: words and intelligence / be seen to be intellectually inferior
  • Aries ruling the 4th: family and roots / not be able to feel comfortable with your beginnings
  • Aries ruling the 5th: your fun and passions / not be able to easily access your inspirations
  • Aries ruling the 6th: daily life / not be able to get through your day
  • Aries ruling the 7th: one-on-one interactions / not be able to establish good relationships with others
  • Aries ruling the 8th: secret self and tendencies / not be able to truly gain intimate acceptance from others
  • Aries ruling the 9th: beliefs and views / not have a strong sense of direction and purpose in life
  • Aries ruling the 10th: ambitions and goals / lose your power and mark on the world
  • Aries ruling the 11th: friends and community / will not belong anywhere
  • Aries ruling the 12th: inner self / not be able to forgive and accept yourself

You get defensive because you feel that your ___ is/are fragile and/or not creditable.

  • Mars in the 1st: self-expression
  • Mars in the 2nd: confidence
  • Mars in the 3rd: mind
  • Mars in the 4th: comfort
  • Mars in the 5th: inspiration
  • Mars in the 6th: routine
  • Mars in the 7th: relationships
  • Mars in the 8th: dark side
  • Mars in the 9th: beliefs
  • Mars in the 10th: goals
  • Mars in the 11th: community
  • Mars in the12th: subconscious

Scorpio Ruling the Houses + Pluto in the Houses

You get offensive when you feel that people are threatening your ___. You feel that you have the potential to powerfully ___ over any threat.

  • Scorpio ruling the 1st: self-expression / express yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 2nd: values and confidence / assert your security and self-esteem
  • Scorpio ruling the 3rd: words and intelligence / communicate
  • Scorpio ruling the 4th: family and roots / have peace
  • Scorpio ruling the 5th: your fun and passions / utilize your inspirations
  • Scorpio ruling the 6th: daily life / organize and analyze your life
  • Scorpio ruling the 7th: one-on-one interactions / work with others
  • Scorpio ruling the 8th: secret self and tendencies / empower yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 9th: beliefs and views / expand your mind
  • Scorpio ruling the 10th: ambitions and goals / establish yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 11th: friends and community / transform your sense of belonging
  • Scorpio ruling the 12th: inner self / utilize your subconscious tendencies

You get offensive because you feel that your ___ is a potentially strong part of you.

  • Pluto in the 1st: self-expression
  • Pluto in the 2nd: confidence
  • Pluto in the 3rd: mind
  • Pluto in the 4th: comfort
  • Pluto in the 5th: inspiration
  • Pluto in the 6th: routine
  • Pluto in the 7th: relationships
  • Pluto in the 8th: dark side
  • Pluto in the 9th: beliefs
  • Pluto in the 10th: goals
  • Pluto in the 11th: community
  • Pluto in the 12th: subconscious
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