Having your Mars sign conjunct, square, opposite, sextile or trine your Pluto means that there’s a beast within, just waiting to burst out. However, this tends to be the source of some Mars-Pluto individuals’ personal issues. It’s either the fact that they are too scared of the beast or they are too obsessed with the beast, making them either ineffectual or overbearing in their everyday lives. Mars is the planet of drive. It’s basically how we take action and how we get things done. Pluto is an extreme energy, so a Mars-Pluto person can fall on either radical end of the spectrum, as far as how they tackle things in life. Mars-Pluto people can be either some of the most repressed or the most empowered people around, depending on their self-awareness and their relationship to this inner power.
The bestial quality of Mars-Pluto makes itself known as soon as childhood. Plutonians are highly intense their whole lives, but this quality is what makes them so misunderstood while children. Kids live totally on their impulses, not inhibiting themselves whatsoever. Therefore, a Plutonian child will express this very powerful energy with total freedom and unself-consciousness. The thing is that such energy will often be so overwhelming to their authority figures that it can get them labeled as “too much.” For Sun-Pluto, it’s because of their personality and for Moon-Pluto, their emotional expression. For Mars-Pluto, it’s because of how you make the world your playground. As a kid, you played rough, competing and play-acting and achieving and asserting yourself amongst your classmates with a ferocious vigor that was quite startling. If you were blessed with highly evolved and empowered Plutonian parents, then you were taught to channel this intense energy properly, so you could become a tremendously capable and powerful young adult. If you don’t have the proper role models, however, then there will be a sense of shame that’s conditioned around your ferocious nature, causing this energy to be tied up in the tightest of knots.
This can lead to a truly dangerous behavior pattern of repression that continues well into adulthood. People with Mars-Pluto aspects may be conditioned in youth to keep a very tight lid on those urges and desires, which can include their sexual desires (which Mars governs). Again, one can only hope that you’re born to parents or, at least, have role models in your life who teach you to accept your sexuality and don’t make you feel guilty for it. Because, if not, then you will stuff those carnal yearnings way down deep, out of fear of their “bad” thoughts being glimpsed by anyone. All of this repression, obviously, is not good. Energy can never be properly repressed. When it’s not expressed, it only festers away to rise back up to the surface, ten-fold. Anyone familiar with a perfectly cool, calm, and collected Mars-Pluto person might just say, “Yeah, right”, when told that this person is harboring some extremely intense, even violent, compulsions beneath that controlled surface. In fact, the Mars-Pluto person might even say that themselves. That is, until the volcano erupts and everyone in a five mile radius gets burned.
Having a Mars-Pluto aspect means not repressing or even hiding the beast within. It’s learning how to properly deal with it and work with it. Resistance, in this sense, will get you nowhere. For the most part, these people tend to be divided into two camps. There are the folks who are more like the above paragraph, who seem to never get angry because they’re too busy keeping any hints of rage far from prying eyes. But, a certain amount of rage can be a good thing. It gets us off our asses and drives us to accomplish things. These Mars-Pluto folks, though, can struggle with that because they don’t let this intensely fired-up side of themselves rise to the surface to be expressed. In fact, they might not even be able to forgive themselves on the occasions when they do get angry. This leads to a personality that might seem very passive but is simply a ticking time-bomb.
The other kind of Mars-Pluto individuals, however, are the ones who get off on their rage a bit too much. The repressed type is inclined to simply brood and fester about not getting what they want. But, the more openly assertive types don’t only pursue their desires and act on their anger. They are capable of doing it with viciousness, possibly even ruthlessness. Mars wants what it wants, when it wants it, and Pluto can be an extremist. Put these two planets together and you have a recipe for an individual who’s capable of running folks over in pursuit of their objectives, as well as controlling people as a means to achieve said objectives. It might not occur to them that they’re being cutthroat. But, to some, it might and they might actually get off on it, enjoying the feeling of feeding their dark side. Not allowed to express aggression in a healthy way in youth, now they’re unconsciously getting sweet revenge on the world that kept them down for so long.
Well, alright. I don’t like to dwell on the negative, especially regarding anything that falls under the umbrella of Pluto. There are too many fatalistic astrology books and articles out there for that. Let’s focus on some personal growth which, for Mars-Pluto people, involves falling neither toward the extreme ends of personal repression or cutthroat aggression. Just getting to this point can be difficult, as Pluto can be so extreme. Plutonians are very complex in their responses to things, but can be much too black-or-white when it comes to their approach. So, all Plutonians, in their own way, depending on the other inner planet involved, must learn to accept a lifestyle that’s a bit more in the gray area, for the sake of their personal health. For Mars-Pluto, it’s in regards to how you accomplish and go after things. You must openly pursue your desires without killing or hurting anyone, basically.
When you can learn to do this, that beast within becomes your best friend, instead of your worst enemy. You can be extremely driven and determined, especially when the Fixed signs are involved, with a will made of steel. Once you’ve identified your goals and set your mind to achieving it, then it’s done. Nothing and no one is getting in your way. Again, this is an absolutely admirable quality. There is such thing as healthy ruthlessness, after all, as far as not letting any obstacle, setback, or amount of disapproval from others stand in the way of what you want. But, Mars-Pluto must not succumb to their dark side, in this regard. Be determined, but don’t go to underhanded or destructive means to get what you want. There can be an intense desperation to the way you pursue your goals, as you get so incredibly passionate about them. And that breeds attachment, which makes it deeply painful for you to not achieve what you set out to. A mere setback to others can feel like a cruel, cold stab in the heart to you.
Mars-Pluto people must learn the value of surrender, then. There’s a deep fear of that word in the heart of most Plutonians, as it sounds like giving up. In some way, it is. But, it’s about giving up control and preconceived notions of the world. This is what allows you to find your personal freedom and empowerment. Then, you can accept that you can’t control the world and that there’s even things about yourself you can’t control. This stops you from repressing your desires but also allows you to fully act on them, without obsessing over the outcome. “Losing” can be excruciating to you, especially since you’re so ferociously competitive. But, enduring the loss and realizing it’s survivable allows you to see that the only real loss is not attempting and not giving your 110 percent.
This frees your energy up to be much more constructive and positive. And a positive Plutonian is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Since Mars is the planet of drive, this is even more so the case. If you have this aspect, then you are capable of an extraordinarily keen focus, whilst out on the battlefield of life. You can approach situations, especially competitive ones or ones where you have to prove yourself, with the shrewd eye and two-steps-ahead skill of a chess player. Mars-Pluto people tend to be awesome to behold whenever they’re absorbed in something that they’re passionate about and intent to come on top in while doing, whether it’s a profession or a hobby. You become completely absorbed in it, using your deepest inner resources to conquer the task at hand. In this mode, people will be awestruck by your power and your ability to totally own whatever it is that you’re doing.
At an evolved level, having a Mars-Pluto aspect means that you’ll be a person who believes in exercising complete agency over your life. You can run into those with this aspect who are obsessive complainers and so on. They’re just not recognizing and owning the great power within them, then. They’re victimizing themselves and a positive Mars-Pluto individual is not interested in playing the victim game, whatsoever. In fact, they might harbor a vicious dislike toward people who do, not being able to tolerate them for long and probably going as far to cutting themselves off from them, refusing to associate with them. As a positive Mars-Pluto person, you’ll only want to associate with people who want to be empowered and encourage your own empowerment. Once you really find your calling and inspiration in life, you can give those around you the most invigorating, inspiring pep talks ever. But, you won’t waste your breath on self-victimizers. If that’s their choice, then you let them be. You believe that we all make our own choices in life and, at your best, you have a ferocious intent on doing so.
But, even as an evolved Mars-Pluto individual, you still won’t be unaware of your dark side. You just have a conscious ability to decide what to do with all of that energy. Again, we all make our own choices. You realize that you don’t always have to act on all of your desires. Still, that doesn’t mean that you’ll repress them and lock them away in that dark closet in your subconscious. You’ll remain aware of them, possibly keeping them as your little secret. Plutonians are often called secretive. But, sometimes, this is just behavior that’s part of healthy personal growth for a Pluto person. Some secrets need to be kept, more so for the listener’s good than the confessor’s. You know that if you went around expressing your anger all the time, and all of the vicious thoughts that come with it, you’d probably drive a lot of people away. This is why it’s good for Mars-Pluto people to have an outlet for their devastating temper, like sports or competitive activities or anything where you can vent a lot of aggressive energy. Find healthy ways to let it all out. But, you do, sometimes, need to just let it out to the person who’s pissing you off. If you can learn to do this right away, it’ll prevent the potential drawn-out build-up and explosion.
An exploration of the darker side is often prevalent in the bedroom activities of Mars-Pluto, as well. But, this shouldn’t be seen as something that’s seedy or “nasty.” It’s simply your way of getting in touch with those greater depths of desire. Evolved Plutonians are sex-positive people who are unattached from society’s puritanical norms. You’re a person who isn’t likely to judge your sexual partners for whatever proclivities or fantasies they might have. In fact, you often find yourself being intrigued by and pursuing people who you sense, with your razor-sharp radar, have some sort of insatiable sexual appetite. At least they’ll be able to keep up. Anyone who’s a lightweight in the intimate department is bound to get eaten alive by you. Your style can be overwhelming but that smoldering passion of yours is truly irresistible to your love interests. As highly sexed as you are, you definitely aren’t going to be satisfied with a string of flings. You desire a soul-mate who you can make totally ecstatic love to.
The way you pursue said soul-mate can be outright predatory. It can scare some and turn on others. Once that primal antenna of yours goes off, signaling that someone you’re attracted to is interested, then all bets are off. You completely throw yourself into the chase but in a manner that’s very subtle. He or she won’t know that you’re quietly stalking them until they find themselves feeling some strange magnetic pull toward you. You work your mojo in a way that blindsides your person of interest. Some Mars-Pluto people can find themselves, however, becoming obsessed with someone who doesn’t want them. Unrequited attractions can become an unconscious hook, fueling your intense desire to eventually get what you want. If that’s so, you must learn to let go of this. Invest your tremendous energy in someone who fully returns your interest. At the end of the day, you want someone who’s just as fully invested in this thing. People with half-assed approaches to relationships need not apply.
Mars conjunct Pluto: The Plutonian edge to your personality might be the hardest, out of this group, to express moderately, as it’s such a deep-seated part of your nature. You often don’t realize just how obsessive-compulsive you can be in your pursuits. You might go through a distinct phase in life not knowing your strength. But, once you uncover this knowledge and use your strength constructively, you transform into a very powerful person. You have a formidable way of swaying the energy in a room and marshaling everyone to work toward a common goal.
Mars square or opposite Pluto: If you have the square or the opposition, you have more of a tendency to disown your Plutonian stuff and project it onto other people or the world. You’re more likely to be the type to not claim your rage and rarely ever lose it. But, the intense ferocity inside of you is downright shocking to even you, at times. You can walk the path of self-annihilation, often via your repression, or you can learn how to allow your power full expression. This results in a night-and-day transformation of your approach to life.
Mars sextile or trine Pluto: With the sextile or trine, it’s probably easiest for you to have a balanced grasp of your own power, when it comes to achieving your goals and getting what you want in life. But, the ease that comes with these aspects can easily allow you to lapse into self-indulgence, as well. Maybe you find it so effortless to influence people, in order to achieve your goals, that you manipulate them like pawns on a chess board. It’s important for you to gain awareness of when you’re a bit too power-hungry and learn to let go of some of your desires.