Setting aside any potential Toxic Masculinity implications of the term aside, the retrograde of manly Mars through the ultra-masculine sign of Aries would like to have a few words with us on the subject of what a “real man” is and isn’t. Rx♂♈
Being a “Real Man” isn’t dependent upon what does or doesn’t dangle between your legs, the size of such organs, or whether you equate being “brave” with the willingness to take foolish risks. It’s not about beating your (hairy?) chest in a show of bravado, or flexing your biceps until the sleeves of your shirt bust at the seams. Mars retrograding in Aries would like to remind us all that a penis and testicles do not a man make, that emotional cowardice is a real thing, and prompts us to understand that those averse to taking emotional risks often seek to alleviate this hidden internal insecurity caused by a lack of inner strength by overcompensating with more obvious displays of outward might – see the red herring for what it is.
Being a “Real Man” isn’t about dominance – it is about setting an example; *being* that example. A “Real Man” serves as an exemplar of how to “stand up” in all senses of the word (properly and appropriately self-assert/be morally upright/be independent & self-reliant). “He” isn’t afraid to tell other “men” to come correct when “he” sees them acting like an animal or a child. A “Real Man” protects those in need of protection quickly and does not hesitate to be an “army of one” if need be.
Being a “Real Man” isn’t about hiding emotion; it is about being brave enough to show your true face in all ways; always. It is being confident enough in your own strength to support and sustain others. And it is the courage to be as you are and know with certainty that is how you were meant to live. A “Real Man” takes swift, corrective action in his mistakes and possesses enough inner fortitude to apologize when warranted rather than viewing it as it being “weak” to say you’re sorry and seeking instead to “save face”. A “Real Man” puts “his” best foot forward and eschews one-upmanship – “he” understands that there is no need for competition when you are secure in your ability to provide something of substance to the rest of the “pack”. Being a “Real Man” is understanding that being powerful is a state of mind; not how many pounds you can bench press. And lastly, it is an appreciation for the physicality of being alive without that physicality becoming a character handicap that defines your personality.
Thus spake Retrograde Mars in Aries 🔥