Mars Pluto Aspect: Empowered Action

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This article is relevant if you have natal Mars Pluto aspect, or are experiencing transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Mars.

The Meaning of Mars Pluto Aspect
Mars represents action and application of energy. The placement of natal Mars in your horoscope suggests how you need to act and apply your energy in order to fulfill your purpose in life.

Pluto represents empowerment to the nth degree. Pluto in conjunction, square or opposition with Mars will give massive oomph to your energy application.

 

Natal Mars conjunct square opposition Pluto: An Overachiever

Whether it’s increasing sales or losing excess weight, most people have no problem identifying the actions they need to take in order to accomplish their goals. However, many people fall short of achieving their desired outcome, simply because they don’t take enough of that necessary action (example: in sales, instead of calling 10 prospects a day, they may stop at 5.)

If you have natal Mars conjunct, square or opposite Pluto, you most likely do not have this problem. In fact, you’re more likely to take too much action than not enough! Pluto Mars aspects tend to suggest an overachiever that always does more than what’s expected.

Take a look at the following list of overachievers who have natal Pluto Mars aspects:

  • Oprah Winfrey has Mars square Pluto in Scorpio. Pluto empowers the scope of purposeful, transformative energy application of her Mars in Scorpio.
  • Muhammad Ali has Mars square Pluto in 9th house, with Mars ruling the 9th house of religion. Pluto empowered not only his fighting prowess, but of his religious conviction, which was strong enough to cause him to convert to Islam and adopt a Muslim name.
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf had Mars conjunct Pluto in the 12th house of government institution, opposing his Moon in the 6th house of (military) service.
  • Mahatma Gandhi has natal Mars opposite Pluto in Scorpio. The opposition aspect implies “full awareness” of the potential consequence of violence (Mars). Pluto empowered the deep transformative drive of his Mars in Scorpio, reflecting his decision to eschew violence while taking necessary actions to accomplish his massive aim.

 

Transit Pluto Conjunct Square Opposite Mars: Empowered Action

Transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Mars will provide you with more firepower to accomplish your goals. It could be a dramatic increase of motivation followed by some event, or a change of circumstance that forces you to act differently than before.  As a result, your style of action and energy application may change dramatically.

As with the natal Pluto Mars aspect, this transit carries a potential for overkill through excessive action. Although overdoing to the point of harm or injury needs to be avoided, most likely you will go through this transit at a time when you need to be taking more action in order to reach important goals in life.

Your natal Mars’ placement has much to do regarding how this transit will play out. Example: Mars in Gemini may respond to this transit with increased communication, or a different kind of communication (e.g. writing a book, teaching a new course, or studying new subjects in depth.)

By taking massive action toward the goals you cherish, you’ll have made the best use of this time period.

 

Do you have a natal Pluto Mars aspect? Or have you been experiencing transit Pluto conjunct, square or opposite Mars? How did it affect the way you act and apply your energy? Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section.

 

 

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About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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Comments

  1. Dear Hiroki – This post is SO timely for me. I have my natal Mars in 4th house in Libra (14º 58′ 03″) conjunt natal Uranus in 5th house in Libra (19º 27′ 52″). I currently have four transits through my natal Mars:
    1) Pluto square natal Mars;
    2) Uranus opposite natal Mars;
    3) Jupiter sextile natal Mars;
    4) Mercury trine natal Mars;

    I have been experiencing a lot of desire to explore my past and change current job. And I have been doing a lot in that regard, with more self-confidence and being assertive.

    The question that I have for you is how all these four transits together are / will be affecting the way I act and apply my energy?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Pablo,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. Pluto square Mars and Uranus opposing Mars are the key transit for you at this time, especially this month around the 20th. These transits suggest tremendous motivation for change and action, so doing what you can to direct the energy constructively will help a lot. Sounds like you’re already doing that.

  2. Laurent says:

    I have a natal triple conjunction Mars/Uranus/Pluto in Virgo… And I certainly am an “avid analyst”, with a 24/7 brain at work. Yet, as this conjunction is tightly opposed by Saturn R, I often sense a tremendous opposition, due to circumstances of life or people, etc… in the conquest of my goals.
    I am expecting an imminent Plu=Mar SA… As I’m currently working on a very important project for me. I wonder how this SA will traduce in life events (Mars is the last planet of the conjunction, so I already experienced PLU= SA and PLU=URA in the last three years!).

    • Hi Laurent,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience of natal Mars-Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo. As an aside, I’m a bit puzzled how you could have Solar Arc Pluto = Mars if they are conjunct in your natal chart (maybe you’re counting the 45 degree semisquare solar arc, which is fine.) Anyhow that’s a powerful series of solar arcs you’ve been going through, even if they are semisquares! As long as your energy and will to refine your project remain strong, this time period should give you the extra push you need.

      • Laurent says:

        Hello Hiroki,
        Thanks for your reply. Yes I do count the 45 and 135% arc – especially if the planets are in contact at birth. And yes, you’re right, it’s been quite a show, since I had Saturn doing pretty much the same thing with a sesqui-quadrate at the same time!

      • Hello pls I have mars conjuncting Pluto in Capricorn in the 4th house this 2016.

        • Hi Aisha, I’ve deleted your birth data as this is a public forum. Remember that Mars circles around your entire horoscope every 2 years, so you’ve already experienced this transit numerous times. Mars transit usually helps you to evolve the way you use your energy. Please consider scheduling a private consultation to look at all the important transits in your horoscope.

  3. Hi Hiroki…
    Mars in Capricorn at 14 degrees 9th house (opposed Moon Cancer 10 degrees).
    I had Pluto opposition Moon and Uranus square Moon….. Yes, I did move and fast!!!
    Pluto over natal Mars…..I still don’t feel that firepower…:) I did immerse my self in politics and conspiracy theories and learned a lot on how the world works . I would say Pluto’s influence has been mostly on a philosophical level…very 9th house matter.
    Lets see what Mars will ad to the equation!
    I like your astrology Hiroki…thanks for it!!!
    (I also have Venus 13 Taurus and Mercury 13 Pisces)

    • Hello Isabella,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. I can see how Mars in 9th is being channeled into deepening your worldview. Mars in Capricorn is a “make things happen” Mars, so you might be able to begin producing something from what you’re learning. Or the urge to expand your worldview may propel you into another direction of study and exploration. We’ll see!

  4. Your writing is so clear and affirming. Thank you. Your description of this aspect is the first that I have read that has a positive, toward – wholeness quality and wonder if those ideas could be applied to a composite chart.

    • Hello Gem, thank you for your comment. In a relationship analysis my approach is to begin with understanding the 2 individual charts deeply as well as tune into several key synastry contacts – I found this to yield more insight than a composite chart. With that said, in synastry Pluto-Mars contact could be an interesting point of renewal and change for those involved – creating opportunities for a new style of action.

  5. Hi
    I have Sun conjuct pluto, conjunct mars in the 12th in virgo (Sun in the middle) also moon in Virgo in the 12th conjunct Virgo ascendent and conjunct 1st house mercury in Virgo. Then closely followed by Venus and Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Scorpio, also in the 1st .
    A wide ‘bundle’ pattern I think (Saturn in the 3rd) and Uranus on cusp of 12th. Certainly my life has been been more Scorpionic/Piscean than Virgo like , of course the virgo is really strong also. I have an incredible strong mental energy when I decide to focus on someone/something…………….also had very strong physical energy (in my youth) when I 1st saw my chart I laughed – multiple personality!

    • Hi Nita,

      Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. With Sun-Pluto-Mars triple conjunction I can imagine the strong mental focus!

      • Hi,

        I have a tight Sun-Pluto-Mars conjunction in Scorpio, in the 8th house. However, I can focus strongly only under huge stress. Most of the time I am just floating around on the wings of my Piscean moon…

  6. Hi Hiroki

    Mars in Cancer Retrograde at 14 degrees in my 11th house and Oppose Mercury, Uranus , Neptune in the 5th house. Currently right know Pluto is Opposing my Mars really tight and also squaring my jupiter in libra in the 3rd house as well. I’m definitely feeling the pressure this year to the point I decided to join a Women self defense class , which is a class I’ve been interested in taking for a year but this year I was motivated to applying for the class. I have all this aggression and action build up that I found it to be a great motivation to take a self defense class.

  7. Hi Hiroki ~ My retrograde 9H Gemini Mars (ruler of my 8H SN in Aries) is square my 12H Pluto in Virgo; both my Mars and Pluto form helpful aspects with other placements.

    I think in placing so much importance on my own individual efforts (will and action – Mars), I’d failed to allow for and acknowledge the role of grace in my life (12H Pluto). It was a limited world view (r. 9H Mars), based on messages I received in childhood about proving my worth and having to earn love and anything else I received (Libra NN-Venus-Sun, 2H).

    During my Nodal-Return, I discovered a book which led to another and then another. Right now I’m reading one about how effort and grace work together. It’s made it a lot easier to make the effort and then surrender the outcome, without feeling as if everything depends solely on me or that I’ve somehow failed if things don’t go as planned.

    In the past, I’ve often made the mistake of thinking it was all up to me, so I kept on pushing past the point of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual exhaustion. None of us *earns* grace, though we can allow it to flow through us whenever we extend it to others without expecting anything in return.:)

    • Hello LB,

      Thank you for your comment – very insightful! 9th and 12th house elevate the spiritual, and I can see how the mutable Pluto-Mars square within these houses necessitate a shift in thinking to allow for an action that incorporates the element of grace.

      • Thanks, Hiroki.:) After I left my comment, I checked the ephemeris for when transiting Pluto opposed my natal Mars. The opposition coincided with my marrying my husband, which stirred up all kinds of issues for me, some of which *seemed* unrelated to him (there were other transits going on at the same time, including the end of my Nodal Return). For one thing, I began dreaming about a past-life in which I was an accomplished artist ‘married’ to a man who stole my art and took credit for it. I’d never painted before, but the dreams prompted me to pick up a paintbrush and discover a talent I didn’t know I had. People liked my art and wanted to buy prints.

        Since then, I’ve had still more dreams about this life as well as other lifetimes, some with a similar theme. Last year (during an Eclipse), I received more information during dream states (12H Pluto widely conjunct my Ascendant) which led me to discover the actual person whose life I’ve been dreaming of in bits and pieces for the past 30 years. Because one of her siblings (a pedantic teacher – 9H Gemini Mars) saved this artist’s letters, her artistic contributions were finally recognized by historians a few years ago, many decades after her death.

        Before then it was commonly believed someone else (her employer) was responsible for many of this artist’s most famous designs and creations. This ambitious artist -along with other artists she supervised, worked with and advocated for- worked very hard behind the scenes, hoping someday to be recognized. None of them, not her or any of the artists she (I?) worked with received credit or reasonable financial compensation for their artistic contributions during their lifetimes (12H Pluto in Virgo square r. Mars, ruler of my 8H SN).

        In this lifetime, I think it’s why I care so much about social justice, truth, compassion and rising above my own selfish (or superficial) concerns ~ even more than art or fame. I also don’t believe anyone should have to *earn* their worth as a human being. My husband commented yesterday how there’s an ‘art’ to caring about such things and in presenting my thoughts in a way that speaks truthfully, without being overly aggressive, hypocritical or attached to my own views or ego. I believe my retrograde Mars is meant to teach me that lesson in humility. I still fail all the time, but at least I’m working on it and on knowing myself.

        Even if my message is different, I still have a lot to say! In that respect, not much has changed since my previous lifetime.:)

        • Hi LB,

          Wow, that’s quite a story of a past life memory tied to the Nodal return! Thank you for sharing this.

          • Funny how transiting Pluto’s opposition to my natal Mars tied in as well (at least during the previous Nodal Return). I was on a long hiatus from astrology at the time and only noticed it because of what you’d written. Very interesting post!

  8. Hi, I am experience a transit Pluto conjunction with Mars, my Sun(11 Capricorn) conjuncts with Mars(15 Capricorn) in the 12th house, Pluto 19Libra squares them from 8th house in my natal chart. This transit has 5 touches, on the first touch 4 weeks ago I cut my finger really bad, on the 2nd touch yesterday I fell down the stairs(20 stairs) in a shop&rolled down, hitting my head badly-I’ve never had such incidents in my life. I am afraid what’s going to happen until November next year when the aspect finishes. I also have a transit Uranus conducting my Mars which I thought was responsible for the cut but now on the falling was Pluto- my Mars is 15 42′ Capricorn, I fell when pluto turned retrograde 12′ from My Mars making the second touch of the aspect. Mars is in sextile with my Uranus in my chart so I don’t understand why this aspect had to end bad badly for me. Please tell me if there is more danger and how can I turn the things around. I am born at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd of January 1979 in Burgas Bulgaria.

    • Hi Teodora,

      Your Mars at 15 degree Capricorn has been the focal point of major planetary activities since March, including transiting Pluto conjunct Mars and 2 eclipses which can trigger such volatile expressions as you’ve experienced. However, I associate the experience of being cut or hitting your head as relating to the volatile energy within your emotional body. The accidents you had may be alerting you to the fact that there are some emotions that you need to be paying attention to (symbolically, Pluto Mars aspect can manifest as strong anger or even rage, so it may be worth exploring.)

      • Thanks for the advise, right now I am trying to recover losses I made on the stock market which takes a lot of my focus and at the same time I am trying to evaluate if I should stay in a long term relationship which is not going where I want it to. Would you say it is the relationship emotional issues I am ignoring & this is what ended up as accidents? Should I try to let it go and stop trying to recover the losses or maybe end the relationship which makes me unhappy in order to deal with these energies? Both issues upset me& I want to change them. I feel like I am fighting to achieve everything I want since the Pluto aspects started, is that what I should be doing or that’s the problem?

  9. aleksandra says:

    Hi. :)
    I have Mars conjunct Pluto in Sco in 5th house (Pluto at 11 and Mars at 13 degree) and Stellium of four planet in Sag in 6th house, Chiron in 12th house. :)
    And, I’m happy. :)

  10. Thank you. This article made me smile, especially the bit about losing weight etc.

    I have mars exactly (by few minutes) conjunct pluto in Libra in my 5th house of self expression. And it is a part of a power packed stellium of six planets + Vertex spanning from late virgo to late libra. Note that Sun and chart ruler Venus are in meticulous Virgo at the start of the stellium.

    So say when i set a goal to lose weight, i work out the number of grams to be lost each day in order to lose X kgs within Y number of days. (yes very virgo there). Then i hit the gym and Mars/pluto takes over.

    I would actually check the weight several times daily to ensure that i have lost those exact number of grams (or more) that day by bed time! I’d be in the gym losing those grams daily, come high fever or heavy rain!.

    On my last weight loss program, i had to achieve a weight goal before getting on a flight to somewhere. On the last day just before the flight I actually walked more than necessary at the airport, before i got onto the baggage weight scale to ensure that i had done it! Indeed i had overachieved…:)

    But the down side; This combo in 5H can have the tendency to be over aggressive (and passionate) toward romantic partners. That is the one to watch out.

    • And oh i forgot to mention.

      When transiting pluto in capricorn (transiting in my 8th house) squared my natal mars/pluto of Libra 5th house, about 6 years ago, i did do something so dramatically overkill. I had a baby with a ‘glorified sperm donor’. Pulled off a show of a marriage with a willing accomplice of a ‘spouse’, just to get a baby. That is Mars/pluto action in the house of drama + babies courtesy transiting Pluto in the house of sex/sperm?.

      • Hi Mary, thank you for commenting and sharing your experience with Pluto conjunct Mars in the 5th house – it’s quite a dramatic illustration of the intensity of Mars Pluto aspect. Thanks!

  11. I have mars conjunct pluto both in scorpio and both in the first house natally.. what would u make out of this placement?? Yes intense for sure and aiding to that im capricorn sun with cancer moon and libra rising which are all three cardinal signs.. well.

    • Hi Adi,

      Mars conjunct Pluto in the 1st house suggests a potential for passionate projection of personal power – either physically or mentally/emotionally. People might sense your powerful presence and respond to it strongly.

  12. Hi Hiroki,
    Thought you might find this interesting. I have my Sun conjunct Mars conjunct Pluto, all in 8th house. Most of the time I am your average girl next door, although inside I am torn apart by passions that I am sometimes struggling to understand. The intensity of experiencing things can be overwhelming. My ups are often ecstasy, and my downs are the deepest pits of depression one can imagine. In a way, I feel that every of my transformations is extremely painful.
    Once or twice in my life I got angry enough (both times when facing injustice) to experience blind rage that even I got scared of.

    • I forgot to say they are all in Scorpio.

    • Thanks for commenting and sharing your experience of Pluto Mars conjunction in Scorpio (in 8th house, too!) Here the theme is that of deep transformation through healing emotional trauma, and that would be the productive focus for this intense energy.

  13. hi
    I have mars pluto and saturn in saturn in the third house
    what does that mean ??

    • Hi Ola, those are powerful planets in a powerful sign occupying the house of your mindset and communication. Think how you can direct that powerful mental energy constructively in terms of learning and communicating what you know to influence & impact the lives of others.

  14. sorry in scorpio

  15. nina Doum says:

    Hello!! I was born on 15/8/1970 01.30 my ascendant is on the last degree of gemini. Right now transit pluto in my 7th house is in inconjunction with my natal mars in the 3rd house. Today transit mercury ends the retrograde motion on this very point. My life is full of changes. Changes in the way I think/approach situations and I’m preparing for major exams in spanish dance. Wow! Do I run!

  16. Hi Hiroki,
    plz help im really afraid … airs asc 4 …sun in cancer 10 july … moon pisces 7 degree mars satrun in 7 close cunj satrun 15 degree mars 17 degree… i already facing uranus transit from 2 years those will end in 2016 Feb/27/2016 Uranus Square Sun
    Feb/10/2016 Uranus Opposite Mars (mars in 7 house with satrun ) and
    than starts these transits
    Jan/26/2016 Pluto Square Saturn
    Apr/08/2016 Pluto Square Mars
    Apr/28/2016 Pluto Square Mars
    Jul/20/2016 Pluto Square Saturn
    Nov/29/2016 Pluto Square Saturn
    Jan/16/2017 Pluto Square Mars
    Feb/06/2017 Pluto Opposite Sun
    Jul/09/2017 Pluto Opposite Sun
    Aug/07/2017 Pluto Square Mars
    Nov/17/2017 Pluto Square Mars
    Dec/13/2017 Pluto Opposite Sun

    • Hi Lisa,

      Often what you fear is worse than what actually will be…Unless there is a realistic cause to be worried. To give you a responsible answer, I can’t say anything more without hearing the full story. Please schedule a consultation to discuss these transits in relations to your horoscope.

  17. Vanessa says:

    Hello,
    I have mars in Sagittarius in 1 degree conjunct pluto in scorpio in 21 degrees.
    I also have my sun in Sagittarius 8 degrees conjunct my mars in Sagittarius in 1 degree.

    • Hi Vanessa, your Mars and Pluto are a little too far to be considered a conjunction. Generally the orb is no more than 6-7 degrees.

      • Vanessa says:

        In my natal chart it said that I have a conjunction because the degrees that the website uses are from 1 to 29 and my pluto in scorpio conjunct my mars in Sagittarius , do u have an explanation for this conjunction please ?

      • Vanessa says:

        And sorry I meant my pluto at 29 degrees
        Thank u

  18. I have Mars-Sun-Pluto conjunct at Scorpio in VI house. This article just straight to the point. I can be overachiever no matter what I do. Sometimes I give away paintings, because i cant stop finishing them. I see no end when perfecting something so I had to get rid of works I do or run away. It’s not an obsessive-compulsive behavior, but close enough. I went through eating disorders. had anorexia, just because i liked losing weight like in competition, then the other side of bulimia, I didin;t knew how to stop… Later I droped this and gave to sports like crazy, stoped when I got pregnant :)

  19. how would a transit pluto in Capricorn play out when it conjuncts my Mars in Capricorn at 21 degrees (in my 5th house). I am concerned as planning to get pregnant and worry that the mars conjunction could be around the time I am giving birth next year (with my first child I haemorrhaged at the birth).

    • Hi Yasmin, I would consider transit Pluto conjunct Mars in 5th house to reflect childbirth itself. If your Mars is natally under heavy tension there might be an additional concern, but I would not worry unduly.

  20. Hi Hiroki..

    I have natal Mars square Pluto. But I also have Venus conjunct Jupiter and Saturn in Libra, so people don’t realize I have anger issues, because acquaintances simply got fooled by my sweet appearance.
    But those who know me personally get the anger impact. I like to compete, and take out whoever is in my way..but I do it without letting people know.
    Career wise I’m ambitious, although I do have a lazy streak, but when it comes to the things I care about, I switch to my full-throttle mode. I push people and things and I have little patience. But I get better now as I grow up, and I pray.
    I’m also seeing a counselor about this anger/explosion issue soon.

  21. Sun, Mars and Pluto – in Scorpio, all in 1st house can be considered as a triple conjunction or a stellium? How could this be interpreted?

  22. I have Mars square Pluto. I have a very high threshold of pain, but once it is breached I react offensively. I won’t stop until the offending party is put down. I’m currently battling city hall… and it’s personal.

  23. I have Mars conjunct Pluto in the sign Scorpio, in the 2nd house and both planets are sextile neptune. I have allot of self disipline and have been successfull in endurance based sports. My issue has been commiting that energy to a specific task for the long term, I know that I have power but I’m reluctant to use it. Sometimes it seems that my drive conflicts with what I really want.

    • Hi Wren, thank you for sharing your experience with Mars conjunct Pluto. Endurance sports sounds fitting (fixed sign, maybe). The intense drive needs to be directed by higher purpose, probably coming from elsewhere in the horoscope.

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