Following up on my post about Neptune being the higher octave of Venus, I thought I would also go into how Pluto relates to Mars. As I mentioned, when the outer planet is considered the higher octave of the inner planet, it means that it takes the principles of the inner planet and creates a deeper, more universal expression.
Mars is dignified in Scorpio, which is the sign that Pluto has a special relationship with. In traditional astrology, Mars is particularly happy in Scorpio in a night chart, which dovetails nicely with Pluto’s association with darkness. Mars is also considered a malefic planet, and I think we can all agree that Pluto is about as malefic as they come. So there is an obvious and natural affinity between the two.
But it goes deeper. Mars has three major significations – our inner drive, aggression, and cutting. Mars is the energy we use to scope out our target and go after what we want. It is the fury that powers us. And it is the means by which we remove things from our life that no longer serve. And Pluto takes each of these things and drags them deeper.
· While Mars signifies our drive and what we are willing to fight for, Pluto cracks open our psyches to reveal our true motivations. You may desperately want something and use Mars to get it, but Pluto causes us to stop and ask why. In what way will obtaining that thing serve you? What inner psychological need will it address? Is there a way to address that psychological need directly rather than through a proxy? Pluto sees right through us and tolerates no excuses.
· Mars is our anger and aggression. Through the expression of that anger, we assert our power in the world. Pluto takes that power and pushes it to the extreme. It is through Pluto that we learn how to wield our power, and usually learn it the hard way. Pluto exposes us to corruption and abuse of power and shows us what not to do. It asks us what impact we really want to make on the world, and what we’re willing to sacrifice to do so. And it forces us to accept the consequences of our actions and the ripples that reverberate throughout our lives and all we touch.
· Mars is also a knife. Through Mars we cut and are cut, sometimes literally. When we break contact with someone or remove them from our lives, we are tapping into Mars. But Pluto digs deeper. Where I live, honeysuckle is an invasive species. If you just cut it down, it won’t kill the plant. If even a little bit of the root is left in the ground, you can count on it springing up again the next year in its full glory. Instead, you have to dig around and make sure you’ve removed every single part, and then often treat the area with an herbicide for good measure. That is what Pluto does. Whatever needs removing from your life, Pluto comes in and digs up the roots. Mars may be able to create a nasty flesh wound, but Pluto cuts to the bone. If you want something gone for good, Pluto is the one to get the job done.
Pluto takes everything that Mars is and pulls it down into his underworld. And it is in this darkness that we are able to commune with the root of all things Martial. Through this process, we are able to wield our Mars tools in a more profound, mindful way. Pluto makes us stronger.
Have you found the roots? Where are Pluto and Mars in your chart?