Mars square Pluto
With Mars square Pluto, you want to achieve a position of power. This is usually because you don’t want anyone to have authority over you. You have a lot of energy to draw on, but sometimes this energy can come out as aggressiveness. You probably bottle up your anger, only to let it out sideways. Mars square Pluto makes you use this anger to rebel against authority. You have a lot of power, yet you also jump to behavioural extremes. You may even turn violent or experience violent interactions in your life. Sometimes, you may have a lot of buried rage due to the misuse of power in your life. You may even enjoy your anger, channelling it into power that you use as a tool. Mars square Pluto indicates that you know how to wield power to manipulate others. You can most especially manipulate through relationships, sex, and intimacy, and this seems natural to you. However, these tendencies are self-destructive in the long run because you aren’t able to truly be intimate with anyone. You may feel like you’re sticking up for yourself or doing what you have to do to survive, but this creates a blockage in your life. You must be careful of compulsive behaviours with Mars square Pluto. You tend to overdo things or become obsessed with substances or behaviours. You may even take unnecessary risks simply to prove that you’re in control. Alternatively, you may try to impose your will on others or resort to physical or verbal abuse. Most of these tendencies spring up when you feel like someone else is trying to control you, even in very small ways. You feel as though you’re always fighting against control.
In relationships, Mars square Pluto may have a Scorpionic attitude. You might be possessive, yet you can be manipulative at the same time, so you can truly devastate your partners. Your approach is very intense and so is your appeal. You are somewhat magnetic, making it easy for others to believe that they’ve fallen in love with you. With Mars square Pluto, you’re all or nothing. When you’re finished with someone, you probably won’t look back, even if you seemed truly attached. You want a deep, soulful attachment that’s also sexual, but this feels impossible for you to find because you always keep parts of yourself secret. Ultimately, you need to work through the blockage that Mars square Pluto creates in order to find true intimacy. You’re always fighting against control, but you believe that you must control others in order to win. This means that you hurt other people in order to gain your freedom. You must learn that it’s not always about control. In fact, you can share yourself with someone and see them in return, but meet on an equal playing field. To break through the Mars square Pluto obstruction, learn how to love yourself and then open yourself to others without ulterior motives.
People born during the Mars square Pluto exert a strong wish to dominate and become powerful from a personal point of view. They’re immensely driven and ambitious because this square is influencing them to be this way, not to mention they have tremendous energy levels and are persevering, this meaning they can ultimately achieve their goals and feed their hunger for power. Their incredible force is often impeding them from carefully making plans and being diplomats, as well to love. These natives have a judicious attitude. More than this, they’re never agreeing with many things others are saying and can become violent because of this, meaning they can unleash chaos around them and destroy all of their relationships. In case the Mars square Pluto in their birth chart is being afflicted, they can lose their temper more often than others. They can become too enthusiastic when feeling courageous and even self-sacrificing when ambitious. For this reason, they can obsess over their objectives and goals in life. They may have to deal with many obstacles that will make their life harder. However, they can overcome everything they’re dealing with, but sometimes by taking advantage of others’ feelings. These people should examine what their motives are, as well as what’s making them take action. They have a tremendous will, but their direction can often be missing. If having any reason, they can become more diplomatic and disciplined, as well as very energetic and smart.
Mars square Pluto people can be too aggressive from a sexual point of view, so their sex life is dominating their creativity. They’re wonderful to be around others in crises, as they are fearless and quick to defend or jump to the rescue of those close, taking the lead when necessary. Their wishes are profound; therefore, demanding and troubling. Sometimes, they seem to attract opposition, because they’re a little bit provocative. They’re good fighters, as well determined to discover all the answers, this being the reason why they’re good psychologists, analysts and detectives. Their compulsive behaviour should be carefully watched because they’re consuming themselves and can lead them to do something dangerous and to have difficulties in life. Their wishes are usually about being in control, wanting to obtain justice and nothing else. They tend to impose their will upon other people, this way causing serious problems for themselves when reacting in self-defence.
With the energy released by Mars square Pluto, you will be mainly motivated by self-centered tendencies and a need to 'throw out' overflowing and excess Martian energy. You tend to think that the power of your natural energy is sufficient to win you success and satisfaction; and indeed, the force and directness of it often can, but using it in such a way often overrides sensitivity and awareness of others. Considered aims and planning are often ignored under the immediacy of impulse and desire and a spirit of recklessness can ignore any thoughts of the possible future consequences of your actions, provided you believe that your desires will be satisfied. Under Mars square Pluto, you find it difficult to motivate yourself for long periods of time, as in a commitment to achieve something through careful planning; you have problems in disciplining and directing your will sufficiently for that kind of effort, and you are more suited to using your force in a more immediate, spontaneous impulse for self-satisfaction. This is also partly because you experience some conflict in directing your will to achieve your desires, and rarely feel as though you are making the most of your talents. There can be a sense of inner frustration, caused by the forceful nature of this energy, and a lack of a suitable channel along with to direct it in a constructive manner. This will create a lack of patience, a potentially violent temper and sexual aggressiveness, where you 'throw out' excess energy through a dictatorial and demanding personality in order to dominate others. You may need to develop a healthier perspective on sexual expression, one which regards sex more in terms of relationship and partnership, and less in terms of self-satisfaction, energy release, domination, exploitation and aggressiveness. This experience of inner stress is symptomatic of clashing energies; it is not something that you have to endure all your life; it can be adjusted to be more harmonious. One way to begin this reorientation is to learn how to determine the overall direction of your life, to see a broader picture of your immediate social influence and how you want to live in relationship with others. To break down this preoccupation with self and to appreciate and acknowledge the feelings and needs of others as being as valid as your own is essential, and a key to transformation. By becoming clearer as to personal aims, you can begin to apply your will consistently in order to achieve them over time; desires for instant self-gratification are unrealistic. With Mars square Pluto, you learn how to live in the equality of partnership and relationship; a mutuality of needs, desires and responsibilities requires mutual sharing and co-operation. Avoid tendencies towards domination and power struggles. Basically, you require suitable channels into which to pour your energy, constructive channels that are life-enhancing for you and others. You tend to devote most time and energy in opposing others through conflict and aggression rather than in working together for group benefit; find ways to become positively in favour of something, and then add your energy to help it become real. There is much greater satisfaction and fulfilment in that form of achievement than in struggling to satisfy a very separate self that you try to maintain.
Individuals born during Mars square Pluto transit have a quick-temper that’s making them abusive from a verbal and physical point of view. Their intellect can put them in unpleasant situations because they’re too emotionally mature and can hurt others with their radical decision. For this reason, they may act extremely and engage in situations of a wild nature, in which their temper can be expressed and understood by those with the same difficult personality as theirs. Whereas their immense energy is attractive for energetic vampires, the assertive Mars square Pluto transit at their birth can make them more aggressive if their ambitions are being blocked or their goals fought against. These people may tend to pile up their feelings of anger and all of their resentments, attitude that can make them outburst in destructive behaviours. If they want to avoid these tantrums, they’ll have to keep their unlimited energy and focus on their ambitions to obtain perfection and work hard as usual. This couldn’t be too big of a challenge since their ethic and determination to succeed is strong in them. Other people will feel threatened by how much power they’re having. These people need to have the advantage and to stay focused on their goals. In case others are asking them to act proudly, they should resist this urge. It’s good these natives are very good at seeing the negativity in any situation, as Pluto is in square with Mars in their birth chart. They shouldn’t give ultimatums when meeting obstacles because and rather convince their enemies to collaborate with them. The simple life seems boring to them, not to mention they love having their imagination stirred, this meaning they need dreams and many ideals to motivate them. These people have an intense need to make their fantasies come true, not to mention they’re perfect at helping others to fulfil their dreams. Having the most creative spirit and being dramatic, they need to express what their imagination is telling them because their dreams are usually realistic.
Mars square Pluto is a powerful aspect in a natal chart suggesting, in your life time, you very often see extremes of behaviour and experiences, or go through crises more than most. You may be no stranger to violence or abuse. You learn through your experiences self-control and self-awareness so that you are better equipped to deal with these extremes. You are wonderful to have around in times of crises, as you can quickly take the lead and you can be undaunted when it comes to defending or helping those you love. Your desires are deep, intense, and sometimes troubling. At times, you seem to attract strong opposition, perhaps because your own nature is rather provocative. You are a natural-born fighter. You can also be quite driven to find answers, and you make a good psychologist, analyst, and investigator. Compulsive behaviours should be watched carefully, as they can consume you and lead you to risky endeavours and difficult scenarios. There can be a strong desire to be in control. You have a tendency to impose your will upon others, which can cause severe problems for yourself when they react in self-defense. You have a hair-trigger temper and may even resort to verbal or physical abuse when upset. Learning to react to unpleasant circumstances with your intellect rather than your emotions comes with maturity. It’s also possible that you experience many extremes in life, and that you are on the receiving end of difficult tempers more than most.
With Mars square Pluto, it is all too easy for you to find something negative about a situation. Avoid issuing ultimatums when you meet an obstacle. Instead, find a way to convince others to work with you of their own free will. Ordinary life often seems drab and uninteresting to you and you must have something that stirs your imagination, some vision or ideal or dream to motivate you. You have a strong urge to act out your fantasies or to live your dream, and you will DO things that others only talk about or dream about. Artistic creation, drama, or other areas in which you can express yourself imaginatively are excellent for you. You do not easily tolerate a dominating attitude in others. You have a healthy respect for power and authority, but only if it is handled fairly. This aspect gives you a somewhat Scorpionic attitude toward your lovers, and it can modify the traits associated with the sign of your Mars considerably. In other words, there is a distinct possessive and demanding streak in your sexual nature. Your approach to love and sex can be quite intense at times. Your sexual desire nature is a very strong one, and you may even use sex as a bargaining chip in your relationships in order to achieve your goals.
More likely, however, is a very focused and intense sexual nature. This also adds a very magnetic quality to your appeal. When a woman finds you attractive, it can transform into a near obsession! Your aura is strong and somewhat mysterious. You tend to come across as stronger than you intend. In fact, some people are intimidated by you, and you may not understand why this is so. When you want something (or someone!) you are very determined. For you, it can be “all or nothing”. When you are finished with something, you leave it behind you and there is no going back. You want a deep, soulful attachment on a sexual level. In your love life you do not take rejection well. You fear betrayal and abandonment, and this can skew your perception of your lover. You have a highly developed sex drive, but you must learn to rein in your aggressiveness in this area. Power struggles and control issues may surface often in your relationships. You perceive the cruel edge in people, and understand its source. As you deal with your own ruthlessness, you learn how to respond to it in others without risking your physical well-being. Self-confidence develops out of self-control in your interaction with others.
Mars square Pluto live to dive into the heart of life and know your own better. This perhaps leads you to have a running series of obsessions and compulsions with various people, things, and activities. You have a lot of energy to burn, and you're more than willing to put your all into something worthy enough of it. But woe until those people and things who somehow fail in their worthiness! Then they're liable to face your wrath and your passion becomes more like a fiery dragon coiled at the bottom of a murky ocean. You perhaps have great reason to fear that wrathful dragon, because you're not sure what it could do to you or others who cross you. You do have to let it up for air, though. You might be surprised to see that your rage can take flight and use its great power when you trust it to do something extraordinary.
Mars square Pluto creates a strong desire to assert your dominance and achieve a position of power in life. This aspect’s tremendous drive and ambition, plus endless energy reserves and perseverance, means that you can meet your goal of power and influence. Although you do have this tremendous energy to draw on, the assertiveness of the Mars square Pluto energy can sometimes turn to aggressiveness if your ambitions are blocked or others challenge your goals. There may be a tendency to bottle up any anger and resentment, which would only result in an outburst of destructive rage. To avoid temper tantrums, you must moderate this intense energy by working continuously towards your ambitious goals. Given your strong work ethic and determination to succeed, this should not be too challenging. However, there is still the possibility of your rise to power resulting in aggressive actions from others. These other people or even organizations will feel threatened by your increasing power. The key to gaining the upper hand is to stay focused on your aims. Resist the urge to retaliate or undermine your enemies.
Stubborn, perceptive, cruel, violent, reckless, aggressive, risk of self-destruction
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