wouldn't mars in 8th make someone more intense because everything they do is with intensity? I got sun and mars in 8th and mercury in 9th and sag rising and I feel like this combinations makes me very blunt with intensity and there is not a single person that I can't offend even though that is never my intention :(
and also people rarely come up to me. I feel like I come off too strong and people have very strong opinions and reactions towards me. Everything in my life feel too extreme and there is too much energy going towards balancing these extreme energies all around me.
P.s. I also got mercury conjunct mars and mars holds the lower degree. Yup, things get very intense in my life :P