Mars is an expression of one’s desires, passion, drive, physical strength and action and Pluto is about transformation, depth, power and re-inventing oneself, and the combination of both these planets in a natal chart gives the person a whole lot of drive, sometimes more than one can handle. The positive & negative aspect of this combination really depends on how the energy is being used. People with this aspect need to have challenging outlets to express their energy like marshal arts, long and arduous hiking, taking on a challenging project, taking up sports, power yoga, or anything that pushes the physical limits. If energy is not utilized in a good way, then it can suddenly surface up like a hot volcano and cause immense destruction. In Greek mythology, Pluto was the God of the underworld and astrologically Pluto’s goal is to push all that is dark to the surface so it can be transformed. Hence people with this aspect have an excess of intense energy that needs to have a constructive outlet.
Mars Pluto conjunction is frequently observed in charts of those that have inherently intense energy and is easily visible to others. They can easily commit themselves to a project with strength and determination. However, on the other hand since there is not much separation in a conjuction, the person may be not be aware of how to control or modify this intensity. They may not even be aware of their powerful effect on others. Kevin Spacey has a Mars Pluto conjunction and also Mars/Pluto midpoint on his ascendant which means he carries this physical rugged energy as part of his appearance. Kevin Spacey was pretty rough in his childhood but his skills in acting provided an opportunity for this Mars Pluto energy to be expressed in a positive manner. This was his savior. In an interview with Spectrum Magazine in January 2001, Mr. Spacey mentioned “I was about nine or 10 when I went through a time of real rebellion within my family. I was mad, had no focus and was interested in nothing at all. I started to play with matches, caused trouble and did stupid things that kids should not do. As a result, my parents decided to send me to military school. I stayed there for a year or so and then got thrown out, because I got in to a fight. I went back to public school and some teachers turned me on to theater and acting. That was the key moment in my life.” He really channels well the Mars Pluto aspect in the TV show “House of Cards” where he plays a Presidential wannabe who finds a way through manipulation and murder to become the President. Kevin Spacey’s Chart given below shows his Mars Pluto conjunction. Unfortunately, his time of birth is not known, but most probably the Mars Pluto combo aspects his midheaven or ascendant.
In the negative way, the dynamic energy of Mars takes on a plutonian filter and can be expressed in a dark manner. James Holmes who conducted a mass shooting in a theater in Aurora, Colorado has the Mars Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. This conjunction was smack on an angle which makes this aspect more personal for him. Since it was conjunct an area of his chart which involves his family, childhood and emotions, and having a Mars Pluto conjunction here points to violence/fear experienced or observed in childhood. If this is not enough, he has the Mars Pluto conjunction exactly square the Black Moon Lilith which is an asteroid with aw powerful energy with the need to seduce and control. All of us have Lilith in us, but it expressed strongly in a chart when conjunct an angle. Interestingly, also Seung-Hui Cho who carried out the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 also has the Mars Pluto conjunction in Scorpio. Wallace Clement Sabine was an American Physicist who founded the field of Architectural Acoustics. He has a Mars Pluto conjunction with Kassandra, the asteroid that is involved in hearing is also conjunct this combo. He used the passion inherent in the Mars Pluto combo to do his focused and labor intensive research (Wikepedia)
Mars Pluto Square and Opposition: In the square and opposition, there is more awareness and more opportunity to learn and modify the energy but not without a struggle. But at the same time the pressure to manifest is huge and this can drive a person to initiate challenging projects in a positive or a negative manner. Osama Bin Laden (chart below) has Mars Square Pluto and in spite of being born into a rich family, chose to live a rugged and hard lifestyle, and was obsessed with a cause that eventually caused his destruction. The Mars Pluto square person can also come across as very demanding to the extent of being cruel, forceful, controlling, and manipulative. It is basically different ways of using one’s will over another to get their desire’s met. Negatively, the Mars Pluto person will push all boundaries to get what they want, unless life teaches them that this can be eventually self destructive unless used for a good purpose.
Drew Barrymore has a Mars Pluto midpoint on her midheaven and had a very rebellious childhood. She was smoking by the age of nine, having alcohol and smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine by the age of thirteen. She made a suicide attempt at the age of fourteen that put her in rehab and she calls this period of her life as the “Little Girl Lost” in her biography. This is basically the Mars Pluto midpoint acting out her through her midheaven (public display) until she found a way to get movie roles that in the beginning depicted her as a rebellious seductress teenager which is in line with the energy of Mars Pluto combo. Later, she transformed herself and now produces her own movies and has been named as the “Ambassador against Hunger” for the UN World Food Programs.
The Mars Pluto opposition specifically may be involved in power games with others, either in controlling others or being controlled by others. A good example of this is Michelle Pfeiffer who has Mars Pluto opposition with Mars conjunct her Midheaven. While taking acting classes in Los Angeles, Pfeiffer got close to a friendly couple and while they helped Pfeiffer to get off from drugs, drinking, and smoking, the couple controlled her life and much of her money went to their group. she was hypnotized and became very dependent on them and their cult. Then Pfeiffer along with her future husband, Horton met real-life cult de-programmers and with their help was able to get away from them. This is a very scary but a true potential lurking in the Mars Pluto opposition to seduce and to be seduced against one’s will.
Mars Pluto Trines and Sextiles: In the soft aspects the person is comfortable with Mars Pluto energy and even able to handle the intensity pretty well. Usually the person has support systems within themselves or through others that nurture this energy which in turn helps the person to find an outlet for the passion in an easy smooth manner. Many people with this combo have abundant energy and find ways to use it usually in a positive through focused hard work in music, acting science, politics, etc.
Do you have Mars Pluto aspects in your birth chart? Its also very similar to the Aries Scorpio combination which can be very passionate or/and volatile with each other. If you have any experience with this combination in any form please share with us.