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Mars square Pluto: struggle is optional

Mars square Pluto Tug of War by Patrick Whelan.

Mars square Pluto is exact on the 22 October. This transit can can be very intense and volatile, especially as it is triggered by the Full Moon in Aires on 20 October. If your chart is touched this period may be characterised by power struggles and conflict, so remain awake. Those with planets or points between 21 and 27 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be most strongly affected.

We all want to feel that we have control over our lives and over the situations that affect us, but the unfortunate reality is that we often don’t. Transits such as this one are here to remind us of that. This feeling of powerlessness we experience can lead to deep fear and from a place of fear we often lash out, harming ourselves and others.

Somebody wise once said that ‘pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional’ and in the same way feelings of powerless are also unavoidable, but it is up to us how we choose to deal with these feelings. Struggling is but one of the options available to us during this time. Surrender is another. Which do you think is likely to have the more positive outcome?

Adjustment is another way we can deal with Mars square Pluto, for in reality we have a deadlock here. Something has to give. We can choose to release the tension in a positive way by consciously choosing where sacrifices are going to be made, or we can stand steadfast until the tension inevitably breaks us in ways we would least prefer, perhaps in angry outbursts towards our loved ones or compromised decisions we will later regret.

Both Mars and Pluto are associated with power struggles so along with the inner conflict it may be wise to anticipate possible outer confrontations. Remain conscious and remember that Mars is a fast mover and will be out of aspect of Pluto by the end of October. After this things will feel far less intense.

How will Mars square Pluto affect you?

This transit will most strongly affect those with natal planets or points between 21 and 27 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). To gain a deeper understanding of the area of life that will be affected by Mars square Pluto, particularly if your chart is triggered, look to see through which houses in your chart Mars and Pluto are currently passing.

Using the energy of Mars square Pluto in a positive way

As with all transits, it is up to us how we choose to work with and respond to the energies of Mars square Pluto. If you are personally affected this may be a difficult few days but you may find yourself learning valuable lessons about power and working with challenging emotions along the way.

Want to understand the impact of Mars square Pluto in your own life but don’t know where to begin? Download a natal chart for free at, then grab a copy of my free ebook, which explains exactly how to interpret your own natal chart and track the transits in your life.

Please feel free to share your experiences of Mars square Pluto, either as a natal aspect or by transit, in the comments below.

12 Comments on Mars square Pluto: struggle is optional

  1. Despite having the same as you, I’m barely noticing Pluto right now. The last week or so has been all about Neptune for me. Even the much anticipated Venus Pluto square passed in a Neptunian fog.

    Although transiting Neptune isn’t triggering any points that I can see, I’m learning just how influential it is in my horoscope and life. There’s a lot of Jupiter Neptune – Neptune in Sag., Pisces in the 9th, Jupiter in the 12th, Jupiter and Neptune vaguely opposite. Maybe it’s the Saturn in Sag. square Neptune in my 9th that’s making me see through the fog.

    And maybe I have to understand the overall Neptunian victimhood before getting to the Pluto square Venus submissivity. Or something like that… Bit hazy? Well, yes :)

  2. This week my BF and I have had not one – but TWO huuuge fights! Damn this was so typical Pluto square-something energy that played out here. Since we had a REALLY hard period last year in december (almost broke up), we sat down and decided that right now we more than anything NEED to prioritize “us”, and our relationship. So we found an – hopefully – solid action plan, drawed up the important dates we wanted to prioritize, and set about making preps for christmas. We got a lot of ebergy from the Mars/Pluto constelattion, so today we worked off some steam in the gym for the first time. It went quite well, so will def. Recommend doing something active with your spouse to alliviate the aggressive energy! Prioritizing “us” needed to be a commitment and getting out of the comfort zone. Feel free to be inspired :-)

  3. Nancy Demetrakis // December 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm // Reply

    Definitely feeling this square as Mars is passing thru my 7th House squaring Pluto on my MC. I’m also 11 Aries Rising so this is significant for me and I’m staying aware of these trends and watching for the obvious lessons.

  4. i dont think i am ready to let go of some of the things i need to let go of!

  5. Dinah Morris // October 7, 2020 at 3:53 am // Reply

    funny this came up in 2020 for me….big year. submission to GOD not man or even A MAN hahaha i will not let him trigger me….namaste!

    • Great outlook. Good on you. I haven’t slept because a man upset me last night by being controlling. Nice to see this comment.?

  6. Great outlook. Good on you. I haven’t slept because a man upset me last night by being controlling. Nice to see this comment.?

  7. I have Venus at 22 ♑ in the 2nd, ( the point of the big conjunction of January ) which has not had a huge effect, not more than what everyone else is also experiencing in lockdown.
    BUT….. as I sit here typing, in the next room, my ‘ motherunlaw’ (I never married her son, but had her granddaughter. Her son never supported his daughter at all) is ‘hopefully’ sleeping after having had a TIA yesterday evening. She has been on an extended visit during lockdown and is due to go back home next week.

    I am wondering about this situation. Wondering about my ability, energetically and financially to care for an elderly person. Am I about to be left with a huge, expensive, ongoing responsibility?

  8. Yr description is spot on, I have just moved states and experienced extreme stress and loss of temper, being an Aries with Mars transiting my 4th house and Pluto sitting in my 2nd house, I now will deep breath and let the transit pass!

  9. I have this natally – Mars square Uranus-Pluto, in fact. Hot temper is my middle name. It helps getting older and being more aware of situations that are triggers for me. On the plus side, I have an abundance of energy and as long as I work off the excess regularly (physically) then it’s a bonus.

  10. My Vedic 7th house is Aries, ruled by Mars. My wife’s 7th house Scorpio is co-ruled by Pluto. We have been arguing more than usual lately and tonight she is ill after eating prawns last night.

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