Mercury represents all kinds of communication and Pluto is about transformation and power. Mercury Pluto in combination can be about the power of words, obsession, research, intense focus, challenging intellectual projects, analysis, and playing mind games. So people with Mercury Pluto aspects excel in the ability to penetrate deeply into a subject, don’t accept anything on face value, can analyze to the minute detail before coming up with an answer. They also enjoy doing research on any topic of their interest, can be easily suspicious, usually like psychotherapy and enjoy detective novels and movies. People with this aspect also love to voice out their opinions in a powerful manner and many of them are strong spokespeople against something or the other. They have sharp probing mind, like that of the detective novelist, Agatha Christie who was able to create the most thrilling murder mysteries which were later made into movies. One of the main character in her stories was the detective “Hercule Poirot” usually played in the movies by David Suchet. It is interesting to note that both Agatha Christie and David Suchet have Mercury in trine to Pluto.
Mercury in Conjunction with Pluto
Here the energy is very intense and is expressed in a raw manner. It comes out spontaneously and passionately but without much awareness or struggle. Here the two energies are fused together overshadowing one another. Lack of awareness can be a problem when a mistake is repeated without the opportunity of learning. The need to express can become obsessive or compelling with unnecessary force attached to it. Since this aspect is about getting to the bone of the matter, the person may be tactless in the process of uttering the truth without the fear of consequences. Also Mercury conjunct Pluto can kind of act like Mercury in Scorpio with a sharp cutting mind that is skeptic of anything that is superficial and has a tendency to be suspicious. This is the kind of mind that can look through a lot of information and pull out the essence of it. Madonna has this conjunction right on her ascendant and has been outspoken about her beliefs.
Mercury and Pluto in Hard Aspects
There is some struggle between the need to communication and finding power when Mercury and Pluto square or oppose each other. Here the analytical meets the need to transform. Dennis Rodman (see chart below), a basketball player is a good example for this transformation as he started out as shy and introverted but after a suicide attempt, reinvented himself as a “bad boy”. He repeatedly dyed his hair, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games. In his case, Mercury which is a way of expression was transformed by Pluto. If you look at his chart given below, Pluto is also conjunct the node which shows his sway over large groups of people (as node stands for connections to other people).
Another celebrity who has the Mercury Pluto hard aspect is Barbara Streisand, the popular singer and actress who mentioned in an interview with Oprah that she was a very shy and introverted person, and doesn’t like performing even in a living room. But she managed to sing for thousands of people in many auditoriums, by transforming herself. The late actor ‘Gregory Peck” had the square between Mercury and Pluto, and often spoke against Vietnam war. After his retirement, he spent his last few years of his life touring the world doing speaking engagements (Wikipedia). There is a dark side to all aspects, especially the hard aspects and with Mercury and Pluto it can be expressed as the need to control other people’s mind. Perfect example of this are cult leaders like Luc Jouret from Switzerland who founded the Order of the Solar Temple. He had Mercury Pluto square aspect. He committed suicide and led many others to mass suicide. And not so surprisingly, Charles Manson, another cult leader also has this aspect.
Mercury and Pluto Soft Aspects
People with the soft aspects like trine and sextile tend to use this energy in a humorous, inspirational and creative manner. They usually start using this skill pretty early on in their life and it appears to come easy to them. Actor Danny DeVito, Nicholas Cage who is an avid comic book fan created his own comic book with son, Weston, Larry Kind who used truth and humor to interview people, Lisa Minnelini and Drew Barrymore.
Do you have Mercury in aspect to Pluto in your natal chart? What have you observed with this natal aspect?