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Mars-Pluto contacts in synastry show an overwhelming passion, intensified sexuality, lust, and competitiveness between a couple. Passion and power are likely to be significant themes with this combination, but there is also this crazy, wonderful sexual magnetism. Imagine the drama, intense heat and blazing theatrical scenes when these two form a union. Pluto is fiercely proud and Mars is independent, and neither will tolerate control, and the power struggles begin.

Mars-Pluto aspects in synastry are viewed as aggressive and extremely volatile by various astrologers. Several have gone as far as to say that Mars conjunct, square, or opposite Pluto are the most dangerous contacts a couple can have. It suggests the potential of abuse, murderous desires, rape and violence in a relationship. While these interpretations are, to some extent, excessive, this contact is certainly not designed for the half- hearted and some couples do actually go on to face the violence of emotions that so often erupt with this contact in the chart. While there is the possibility for explosiveness, both individuals in this partnership will also love a challenge and a bit of conflict, as neither Mars or Pluto are afraid of confrontation.

With Mars in aspect to Pluto in synastry, manipulation, games and power stand-offs bring uncomfortable feelings to the surface. Inevitably, there is always a card hidden in the deck with this interaction, and once souls are bared to one another there really is no going back. The chemistry between them both is extremely hot and steamy, and at times, it may feel like the relationship is an emotionally loaded gun ready to fire off. Both have a tendency to push one another’s most reactive buttons and there could be a dangerous test of wills. Pluto represents a place of wounding where our anger and hidden resentment becomes poisonous, and Mars likes things to be more open, direct and confrontational.

Astrologer Lyn Birkbeck warns about the danger of playing with fire with this contact. Yet, this connection can be one of passion and depth, triggering strong emotions and intense exchanges. But there will always be a tendency to go to extremes, for this is a transformative and deeply obsessive relationship. One partner may be demanding emotionally, sexually or mentally, and a battlefield could easily develop, but quite often the desires of Mars are transformed and experienced on a deeper level through this interaction. Mars with Pluto describes a mutually exciting exchange, full of emotional intensity, but also liable to provoke feelings of turbulence in the relationship.

The main requirements for any Pluto synastry contacts in a relationship are truth and honesty in all dealings. The “realer” they are with each other – the better. Because what they really need to strive towards is mutual empowerment. Mars will be forever drawn to Pluto’s depths, and Pluto is always going to be attracted to Mars’ strength. Needless to say, the couple is changed dramatically through their interaction with one another. Still, they need to be aware that Mars-Pluto contacts often signify a pronounced expression of intensity, strength. The relationship works best when they show loyalty and respect for one another, and make sure the battles don’t become hurtful or destructive while keeping the heat, excitement, and fires burning in more creative ways.