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Mars-Pluto contacts in synastry show an overwhelming passion, intensified sexuality, lust, and competitiveness between a couple. Assertiveness 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. 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 become poisonous, and Mars likes things to be more open, direct, and confrontational. Astrologer Lyn Birkbeck warns about the danger of playing with fiery emotions 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.

This is one of the most powerful interactions there is, and as such, can corrupt or heal, transform or destroy. It is most likely that you are intensely and passionately involved in a sexual way, but such energy could also be used for any pursuit where a superior type of force is utilized, such as martial arts or some dynamic form of healing. In an emotional relationship, this interaction reaches the parts other interactions can’t reach! If, however, you are simply getting off on the power and intensity merely for the sake of it, you are probably unwittingly sowing the wind only to find you have a tornado on your hands. Something quite dark and dangerous, can, as I say, be surfaced by your coming together. Metaphorically, it is as if your relationship is an oil well that draws the black stuff to the surface, but it has to be processed and refined to render it manageable and useful. 

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 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 and strength. The relationship works best when they show loyalty and respect for one another, and when they make sure their battles don’t become hurtful or destructive while also keeping the heat, excitement, and fires burning in more creative ways.