When summoning Mars Celestial Fire, Sailor Mars turns and raises her arm in a circular motion, a small fireball on the tip of her finger creates a circular trail of fire that encircles her. The burning circle becomes eight circles, that when focused into the palm of her hand, before projectiles.
When summoning the first tier attack, Sailor Mars uses the shorthand phrases, "Celestial Fire Surround" and "Mars Fire Surround". When upgraded to "Mega Mars Fire Rings", the attack pattern remains the same, but is merely stronger than the previous tier.
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The attack was first used in Sailor Moon R, eisode 17, "Gramps in a Pickle". Sailor Mars used it against Catzi, who attempted to take over Cherry Hill Temple in order to secure a victory for the Negamoon family.
In "Jealousy's Just Reward", during the fight against a cursed Emerald (who was transformed into a dragon by Wiseman) in Crystal Tokyo in the future, Sailor Mars attempted to stop Emerald using Mars Celestial Fire. However, the attack did little to stop the dragon.
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- In the English manga (both Mixx/TokyoPop and Kodansha) and the Viz Media English dub, the attack retains its original name "Burning Mandala". In the DiC English dub the attack was called by various names: Mars Celestial Fire Surround, Mars Fire Surround, Celestial Fire Surround, and Mega Mars Fire Rings Flash. In Who's Really Who? Sailor Mars uses Mars Fire Ignite for this attack.
- The word "Mandala" originated in Sanskrit. It has been used in many religions, the most notable are Hinduism and Buddhism. These religions and the word Mandala are used all throughout the world today but were said to have originated in Nepal, Tibet. and India before moving to China and elsewhere.
- The mandala is used in meditation. Before a person can reach enlightenment, they must pass through the outermost circle of the Mandala, purifying fire, the fire of wisdom. At the center is a symbol of the Buddha, surrounded by the eight corners of the Earth (West, Northwest, North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, and Southwest). Together the symbols make a lotus shape. The eight symbols that appear in the fire circles, before Sailor Mars shoots them at her enemy, are Buddhist symbols that stands for the eight corners of the world.
- The outer circle of the mandala is often explained as a ring of fire, depicted by stylized scrollwork meant to represent flames. It has also been explained as the periphery of the universe, or the outer wall of the profane world, beyond which lies chaos. To begin the mystical journey, one must leave samsara, the world of phenomena, and pass through this flaming barrier to enter the sacred enclosure of the mandala. According to some interpretations, its purpose is not to terrify the aspirant from entering, but rather to show that the flame of the wisdom contained within the mandala can burn away ignorance and error. By means of the symbolic fire, understanding supreme reality may be attained (source). This neatly ties in Burning Mandala to Rei’s character, as she often meditates before a fire to gain wisdom.
- A mandala is a geometric pattern that can symbolize the universe. Sailor Mars' mandala appears to be a traditional Vajrayana Buddhism mandala.