Mars Conjunct Pluto: Get Constructive, Not Explosive

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Mars-Pluto comes with a warning label. And though it can express itself constructively, we live in a culture where many people go around with very little awareness and very little sense of their own creative power to change and direct their lives. So take the warning to heart.

Whether you’re celebrating or trying to pick yourself up and dust yourself off after Tuesday’s elections, note the palpable tension still in the air. It’s not all politics, and it’s not just you; for one thing, we have the Taurus Full Moon today (Thursday). But something even bigger is brewing.

Photo by Amanda Painter

Photo by Amanda Painter

Exact at 5:23 pm, the Moon in Taurus opposes the Sun in Scorpio. This is the Taurus Full Moon.

Any interpersonal situation where material possessions, shared resources/money or sex is concerned — especially if one or both of you is feeling some fear around there not being ‘enough’ — may be feeling especially polarized right now.

Consider grounding yourself today with activities that put you in touch with your body. In any stalled intimate situations, things may begin to resolve themselves later in the evening.

Even so, we’re still in a potential hot zone. This is thanks to Mars working into a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, exact Nov. 11 (and shortly thereafter, a square to Uranus in Aries).

Mars-Pluto comes with a warning label. And though it can express itself constructively, we live in a culture where many people go around with very little awareness and very little sense of their own creative power to change and direct their lives. So take the warning to heart.

Mars-Pluto, especially in a sign that represents structure, limits, institutions and the past, could be explosive. Mars and Pluto both represent power: to barrel ahead toward what one wants; to dismantle and rearrange; to become aggressive; to end “what is” and leave the field open for whatever may come next.

Your job, then, is to become your own personal Bomb Squad. Rather than wait for something to blow up (your temper, job, relationship, tire) it’s up to you to get very familiar, starting now, with where the tension is building. Consider anything that you’ve known for a long time needs to change; something with its roots in the past, or in a structure that isn’t truly working for you anymore despite your attempts to just keep going along.

Watch for rumblings of impatience, frustrated desire, goals once pushed aside, an urge to blame your own stasis on the people or systems you’re enmeshed with — anything along those lines. Anything that makes you think, “I’m not sure how much more I can take.”

You can then get out your inner toolbox and try making conscious decisions (minus the emotional charge of a blow-up). This means taking conscious action. Deciding, “I want this to change” without actually putting steps in motion is not going to get you far with this astrology. Mars is the planet of action; remember this.

Yet that’s where the positive expression of a Mars-Pluto conjunction comes in: when you’re willing to step out of denial, make your decisions and take steps to change what’s reached its limit in your life, this astrology will propel you along. If you tend to take a couple steps toward what you want and then stall out, you’ll likely benefit from using the energy this weekend in very practical, tangible ways.

Doing so takes some passion, motivation, vision and discipline — which often seem in short supply. But we’re getting an infusion as we approach Tuesday.

Note, however, that Uranus in Aries squaring Mars and Pluto introduces an element of surprise and the potential for reactionary backlash. Whether that comes from someone close to you or your own ego, it’s another line of gunpowder into the configuration for you to tend to.

Speaking of ego: Mars and Pluto are also exactly conjunct the asteroid Narcissus. Using Mars-Pluto consciously to change what needs to change in your life is an act of healthy self-love. Ignoring the warning signs and letting things blow up in your life only ‘serves’ you to the extent that it compels others to rush to your aid and get caught up in your drama — which is rather narcissistic if you think about it.

8 thoughts on “Mars Conjunct Pluto: Get Constructive, Not Explosive

  1. Ivannia Aguirre

    An amazingly on point column, Amanda. Thank you! This is exactly what’s been happening in my professional life; I suddenly had a need and (thankfully) courage to change entire structures that just aren’t working anymore. I feel so blessed with my intuition sensing that this is was what I’m supposed to do – it’s only been a couple of hours since I took the first steps towards this goal, and I came across your column just now! Your words both comfort and strengthen my soul.

    And regardless of the pressure and stress I’ve felt, and how the situation has been messing with my health, I still can’t be pissed at the universe, haha. The skies truly humble me. I guess the secret is that you’ve got to try to genuinely trust that, in the end, you’re going to be alright.

    Once again, thank you!

  2. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Thank you, Amanda. Love it when you invoke that “toolbox” you encourage us to keep handy, then eloquently direct us towards exactly the tool we need. Much gratitude to you!

  3. DanielHugging Scorpio

    Thanks Amanda! Also pushing us, I’m thinking, is that this conjunction happens as Mercury leaves its shadow period. It’s a push into the fresh new territory! Or maybe it’s a release?

  4. beths

    It’s interesting that Mars is conjunct Pluto 5 weeks prior to this 12/15/14 exact Pluto / Uranus square, because Mars will be conjunct Uranus and square Pluto just 5 days prior to the final exact Pluto / Uranus square in March 2015. What we start now will transform our lives. And will continue to do so in startling ways. I have been trying to heed Eric’s advice to specifically see and determine what you want, because what you focus on now will be what you focus on for quite some time (I’m paraphrasing- here’s one quote from the inner space monthly: “You have the ability to rewrite just about any facet of your existence. Yet this cannot be haphazard, left to chance or done with blurry vision. You must focus, you must choose, and most of all you must hold yourself accountable for what you want and what you create. ” }.

    Pluto has moved in with my natal Mercury, sharing space in the 6th house for over two years now, and will stay for at least 3 more years due to it’s retrograde. It will be exactly conjunct once again next November. Deep transformation of the mind and communication is not a short vacation, it takes time to really get to know the depths. Persephone for a few years… “The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation, which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence, she is also associated with spring as well as the fertility of vegetation. ” Wikipedia

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