Mars and Pluto are both rulers of the sign Scorpio – Mars is the traditional ruler, Pluto the modern, since his discovery in 1930. Mars is our personal will-power, Pluto is power.
The signs and planets all have rich and varied mythological stories spun around them. Exploring mythology, using the tales as tools, helps enhance understanding and insight into the astrology.
In Greek Mythology, Ares (Mars) the god of war is the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Hera (Juno). Unfavourably for Mars, neither of his parents bonded with him and he was sent to Hermes’ son, Priapus to be tutored. Priapus taught Mars the art of dance before developing his skills as a warrior, to me this vividly brings to mind Muhammed Ali and his famous quote ” Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” – Muhammed Ali, very conspicuously, also had a tight natal square between Mars and Pluto.
Mars had a difficult relationship with his parents and was not popular with the other gods, aside from Aphrodite (Venus) who loved him. Due to the rejection Mars experienced from his parents, he was determined to help his own children whenever they needed them, proving to be a loyal and protective father. Whilst Mars was not a mastermind, a planner – usually he acted in the heat of the moment and followed his instincts, at the same time he would generally stand up for the underdog, the oppressed.
Hades (Pluto) is the brother of Zeus (Jupiter) and Poseidon (Neptune) and god of the underworld, both the god and the realm were known by the same name – Hades, and were closely identified with each other.
Pluto avoided contact with others as much as possible, according to the Greek myths he only left the underworld twice – once to abduct Persephone and once to go to Olympus to be healed of a wound inflicted by Heracles. Pluto owned a cap that made it’s wearer invisible, and used it to retain his privacy. Pluto was a loner, who had no interest in conflicts or drama, Pluto didn’t want much, but what he did, he made sure he got.
Relationship wise, Mars renowned for being a fantastic lover, tended to have long-lived affairs, the most famous being with Venus. Pluto was known for one relationship – his obsession, abduction and rape of Persephone. Ultimately, after much despair and anguish for Persephone and her mother Ceres, a deal was struck whereby Persephone would spend half the year with Ceres on the Earth – the spring and summertime, the other half with Pluto in the underworld. Pluto and Persephone ruled the underworld together, Pluto was also utterly faithful to Persephone.
Mars trine/sextile Pluto
A trine is considered a positive aspect, and indicates ease and flow in the relationship between planets, no effort is needed to manifest the energies involved. A sextile is also quite harmonious, it encourages and brings the opportunity to manifest the energies, but they require more work to produce results.
Mars is strong-willed, assertive and competitive, he illustrates our own motivations – what ignites us and how we take action. Mars along with co-ruling Scorpio, rules the sign Aries, where action, energy, drive and enthusiasm are illustrated. Aries however can lack depth and staying power, but both are Scorpion strengths. Mars expressed through Scorpio (trine/sextile Pluto) combines personal will together with – power, emotional intensity, obsession and fierce survival instincts that can concoct a force to be reckoned with, for good or ill.
Pluto, lord of the underworld depicts what is invisible, hidden beneath the surface. The mysteries of life, death and re-birth. Pluto correlates with immense power, a greater force and the wealth of wisdom that can be achieved through experience and self-awareness.
Mars trine or sextile Pluto makes for natives who have formidable inner strength, will-power and faith, an ability to dig deep and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They seek to survive no matter what it takes and have the ability to use traumatic experiences to transform and grow personally – the phoenix rising from the ashes.
Pluto, as lord of the underworld brings a desire and ease to exploring dark, concealed, mysterious realms that others shy away from – death, psychology and the occult. Natives are likely to look to increase their self-knowledge and find the hidden meaning, the why and how, in what manner or means things function and connect.
Relationships and sex are likely to be areas that feature powerful impulses and emotions, that could lead to intense romantic attachments featuring obsession and possessiveness.
Mars and Pluto reveal the complex relationship between fate and free will, we can’t control everything, only our reactions to it – our approach can be destructive or productive.
Overall these natives have abundant potential combined with potent energy to accomplish their goals, no matter how much work or struggle it takes. They likely have oodles of confidence and courage, along with excellent instincts and intuition.
MARS TRINE PLUTO NATIVES
Ted Bundy 0 01′ Michael Hutchence 0 04′ Boris Becker 0 08′ Aleister Crowley 0 021′ Ava Gardner 0 25′ Pope John Paul I 0 28′ Eva Longoria 0 45′ Will.i.am 0 51′ Justin Timberlake 0 58′ Timothy Mvveigh 1 12′ Dustin Hoffman 1 14′ Henry Cornelius Agrippa 2 03′ Edward Snowdon 2 09′ Anton LaVey 2 10′ Albert Einstein 2 11′ Angela Merkel 2 51′ Steve Jobs 3 46′ Vladimir Putin 3 48′
MARS SEXTILE PLUTO NATIVES
Keith Richards 0 02′ Ryan Gosling 0 13′ Colin Farrell 0 14′ Debra Winger 0 18′ Brian May 0 21′ Chloe Mortez 0 22′ Richard Branson 0 26′ Jennifer Aniston 0 42′ John Frawley 0 55′ Carlos Santana 0 57′ Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 1 06′ Neal Donald Walsh 1 07′ John Lennon 1 31′ Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima 0 45′
MARS ~ The Tower
PLUTO ~ Judgement
ARIES ~ The Emperor
SCORPIO ~ Death