MARS | NEPTUNE
Each of these planetary archetypes have the gift of multivalence. Meaning that each of the archetypes have a rich variety of meaning and the ability to express both light and shadow through the archetypal realm.
Mars is the archetype of action and the will. It is what impels us forward with force and is what gives us courage and physical energy. Mars is the quintessential warrior archetype, and therefore it also rules over aggression, fighting, and conflict. Mars is assertive and forceful and rules the physical body. Mars is what it is to be in action. Mars is the personified in the god of war.
The Neptune archetype is nearly the exact opposite of Mars with its multivalent expressions. Neptune embodies all that is spiritual, divine, and transcendent. It is the ideal reality and rules the imagination and our dreams. It can also be the illusions we use to escape and the pollyanna nightmare that comes about with seeing the world with rose colored glasses on. It is the imaginative and symbolic dimension of life. When we dream, use our imagination or experience illusion, it is the work of Neptune at play.
Together these two archetypes make quite a complex. It can be the illusion (Neptune) of strength or courage (Mars), the glamorized (Neptune) hero (Mars), or fighting (Mars) for an ideal (Neptune). It can also take the form of action or even anger that knows no bounds or the dissolving of anger and action altogether. It can create a diffused or unclear direction. Mars-Neptune can be a spiritual warrior, an inspired artist, or an action taken under an illusion. The power of making ideals express themselves through the human will. It can also be our strength in our imagination or the physicality of our spiritual practice. There are a multitude of other ways in which this archetypal combination can express itself; these are just a few of the ways in which they relate to one another.