Transiting Pluto conjunct Natal Mars

This is a time of great striving in your life. It can be a time when you overcome all obstacles and triumph in any area of life in which you wish to succeed, but it can also be a time of severe struggle against tremendous obstacles. Although you may be able to overcome them eventually, the struggle will leave you quite exhausted. It is very difficult to tell in advance which of these two extremes you will be closer to.

The energy level of this transit is very high and must be released somehow. If you don't use the power it gives, you are likely to become a victim either of circumstances or of someone else using that kind of power against you. Under extreme circumstances, this transit can signify violent injury or violence at the hands of another person. But this is likely to occur only if you do not use any of this energy yourself.

Mars is an ego planet, whose function is to give you energy and support in maintaining your own separate, individual identity. Under a Pluto transit of this sort, the danger is that you will try to expand your ego in order to dominate others. This transit can produce a ruthless drive to dominate and gain power, or it can signify your struggle to resist such domination by another. However, if you are the one who is dominating, you will only set in motion equally ruthless opposition forces, and you will very likely lose.

But Mars also represents energy in general, which can be harnessed for any type of work. With this transit you can do great things. Work requiring great effort is much easier, because your state of mind makes it seem easy. Hard work is far and away the best use of this energy. And if you are working for the good of others rather than for their domination, it is more likely to work out positively.

Whatever you are doing, this is not a good time to risk any energy. Because of the darker side of the Plutonian energies, its compulsiveness and capacity for ruthlessness, you should avoid all situations in which you might encounter persons of this nature. It is advisable to avoid high crime areas. Physical attacks can occur under this transit, especially if you have not handled the energy in any other way. This is not the most likely manifestation of this transit, but it pays to be careful.

Transiting Pluto sextile Natal Mars

This transit is an opportunity to work and accomplish on a grand scale. Also you are able to influence others and transform a situation in accordance with your views. Your energy level is very high, and you can put out a sustained effort over a long period of time. Consequently you can make great progress in accomplishing the objectives you have set for yourself.

Your ability to accomplish on an individual level is great at this time, but you can make even better use of this transit's energies by working with others to achieve group goals. You need not fear that your own identity will be submerged, because you will emerge as the most significant and important person in the group. Your own identity will actually be strengthened by working in a group.

This transit favors any kind of work that involves making great changes and reforms in your environment. For example, you might reorganize the structure of an office, rebuild or repair a building, or on another level, regenerate and work out your own body. Anything that emphasizes rebuilding is favored.

Any activity you engage in at this time should require you to expend a lot of energy and should not be too limited in scope. You should feel that you can go until you have expended your energies and there is little else to be done. Avoid any situation that would be likely to frustrate or limit you. It is not so much that you would be harmed in such a situation as that you would waste an energy that can be extremely useful. Like all transits by sextile, this one means that you will be given the opportunity to do something, not compelled to do it. If you do not take the opportunity, nothing will happen.

Transiting Pluto square Natal Mars

This transit can have considerable dangers if you do not handle it properly. Its great energies can be used for constructive effort, however, through which you can accomplish a great deal. The problem is that this transit arouses ego energies either in you directly or in another person who can affect you, which can be very difficult if the energies are frustrated.

Taking the first possibility, that you will be affected directly, this transit can stimulate your ambitions and make you want to get ahead at any cost. Positively, this gives you the ability to work incredibly hard for long hours to achieve your objectives. In fact, if you are not careful, you can work so hard that you become physically exhausted, leaving yourself open to illnesses and physical breakdown. You hardly feel fatigue and weariness until it is too late. Use your tremendous energy, but be sure not to overdo it!

A much more dangerous possibility, however, is that you might work toward your personal ends - success, power, fame or whatever- without any regard for those around you. Pluto-Mars energies can be completely egoistic. You may pay no attention to people who disagree with you, whether they oppose you outright or whether they think you are wrong and are trying to set you right. You will lose the benefit of potentially good advice from those who would help you and win the undying hatred of your opponents. Enemies you make at this time will eventually have the power to damage you, even if they don't have it now.

You may find yourself in a fight situation, for the energies of this transit are appropriate to fighting, and you are in a good position to win, especially if you can persuade others to join you. Don't try to go it alone.

Sometimes with this transit the people around you are on a power trip that will affect you. Here again you will have to fight to maintain your position, and you should not hesitate to do so, as long as you have some allies. The problem here is that you may have to be on guard against sneaky tactics and opponents who will not come out into the open.

There is some danger of accidents under this transit, almost always because of frustrated energy within you. For example, you might get angry one day but not express it. Then when you drive off in your car, the frustration may express itself through an accident. Obviously the solution is to express any anger and resentment that you feel and communicate with the people who are important to you about your feelings. Also avoid any situation in which you are exposed to unnecessary risks, for here again the energy may come out in some undesirable way.

Transiting Pluto trine Natal Mars

At this time in your life your energy level is higher than usual, and you are desirous of performing great feats. Often this transit signifies a time when you will make a tremendous drive for success in your profession or in another field of activity that is important to you. You may gain considerable power over others even if you don't seek it, which will allow you to make many changes in the world around you that you have not been able to make before.

Even if you do not gain power in any way, you will have more energy to work than at other times. You will be able to work long, hard and persistently at tasks that would usually tire you out. Because of your high energy, this transit favors physical activities such as athletics. Activities that aim to rebuild your body, the muscles in particular, such as weight-lifting, yoga or another body culture, are especially effective at this time.

This transit also favors any kind of rebuilding, repairing, renovating and restoring, such as working on old furniture or buildings. Pluto, the planet of rebirth, favors the rebuilding of anything, and Mars gives you the energy to do it.

If you have gone through a period of personal crisis in the last several years that has left you feeling discouraged about yourself, this transit will go a long way toward rebuilding your self-confidence. This period represents a new birth of energy and ego-drive that will enable you to believe in yourself again. In any case you will be able to proceed in your daily activities with a greater sense of strength and confidence. This is a tremendously reinforcing transit.

Transiting Pluto quincunx Natal Mars

Transiting Pluto opposite Natal Mars

This can be a very powerful but somewhat difficult transit to handle, because the energies are so intense that harnessing them creatively may be a problem. But it is not impossible.

The difficulty is that your own or someone else's ego energies and will to dominate are running rampant in your life. If they are someone else's energies, the ultimate purpose is to test the security of your own ego. You will feel great tensions with the people in your life and possibly have serious flare-ups.

First of all, you have to recognize that you have a very strong drive to win, to succeed and, if necessary, to exercise dominion over others in your drive to succeed. These feelings are perfectly all right if you acknowledge them and use them wisely.

If you deny them, you will experience tension within yourself with regard to others and not know the source. You will find that people's actions irritate you greatly and that you are often angry without understanding why. At its worst, the effort to suppress this energy will lead to your becoming the victim of someone else's energy. This can even lead to violence and injury, so avoid taking any serious risks that could lead to accidents during this transit.

If, on the other hand, you let the energy out with no restraint, you may run roughshod over everyone in your way and scramble furiously toward the top. But in doing this you are likely to arouse truly horrendous opposition from people who struggle to the death to prevent you from succeeding. Your actions make it clear to others that you are a threat to them at the deepest psychological or even physical levels of their lives.

But you can use this energy to accomplish much work and make great changes around you. Just don't get so wrapped up in your own ego that you step on everyone else's toes. Try to incorporate others into your work and make it a group effort as much as possible. If you do this well, others will acknowledge you as a leader anyway.

Last of all, avoid using underhanded tactics or becoming involved with subversive and underground elements in society. You cannot count on them, and events may not turn out as you hope. For example, don't borrow money from loan sharks.

If you can really be open with yourself about your needs and drives now, you have the opportunity to transform your ego creatively through confrontation with others, which is not necessarily negative. This transit could help create a new you.