Mars conjunct Pluto- Feb 14th

Venus conjunct Pluto- Feb. 17th

Over twenty-five years, I have learned and experienced the power of the outer planets and would call myself a “neovedic” astrologer.  This week we have Pluto aspects peaking with Mars conjunct Pluto today and Venus conjunct Pluto on Saturday, Feb. 17th.  The orb of influence probably extends into Sunday.    Both are short-lived but let’s understand Pluto a bit more. Pluto is about power, transformation, unconscious patterns, and the death of old patterns.

Dennis Harness, talking about Pluto notes:

“The discovery of Pluto in 1930 by astronomer Percival Lowell reflected the beginning of a new era of powerful dictators such as Hitler and Stalin and the exploration of nuclear energy leading to the development of the atomic bomb. Pluto’s themes of transformative as well as destructive power would pervade the events of the 1930’s and the decades to come. At the time of this writing, the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon occurred reflecting the challenging Pluto/Saturn opposition of 2001/2002. In mythology Pluto, the god of the underworld was also called Hades which means “invisible” or “to make invisible”. The origins of Vedic astrology credited to the great sage Maharishi Parasara occurred at least several thousand years before Pluto and the other outer planets were “visible” to astronomers.”

He goes on to say that Pluto is probably connected to Lord Yama:

“ In Hindu mythology, Yama is the god of death and agent of Lord Shiva. Yama means “the binder, restrainer” who keeps mankind in check. … He is a deity that demands sacrifice and discipline. He decides which actions of humans bear or do not bear fruit. Yama then judges the dead whom his messengers drag before his throne. His aide, Chitragupta catalogues the karma of all human beings and replays the major life events helping the soul realize its life’s work.” See:

On a personal level, this aspect is creating ambition in your life to complete big unfinished projects Use the energy to make major transformations in your life with unfinished business.  The energy is there if you let it empower you.

In mythology Pluto, the god of the underworld was also called Hades which means “invisible” or “to make invisible”. Modern psychology connects Pluto and Scorpio to the unconscious and hidden parts of the mind and personality. The late Narendra Desai also felt that Pluto was a higher octave of Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, in classical or Vedic astrology. This supports the rationale of the rulership of Scorpio to Pluto in modern tropical astrology.  I find that the world’s “surrender to the Divine Will” is one of the highest aspects of Pluto’s energy.

Pluto is also very connected to power, energy, virility, and transformation and this transit is particularly powerful for Aries and Scorpio rising.  The conjunction is happening in Capricorn with Saturn in it’s own sign of Aquarius and in the constellation of Uttarashadha (Sagittarius 26.40-Capricorn 10)

Still, this conjunction may bring out some darker energy, particularly in politics, and has been a signature for an increase in earthquake activity in the past and sometimes can lead to more violence.  Use the energy for positive transformation and change this week and for personal transformation. It may bring up huge angry flare-ups in some people and at an extreme level violent assault so find a way to channel the energy and unleash its power.

If you were born with this signature of Mars conjunct Pluto within 2 degrees, you may have a forceful personality that tries to dominate or bully others and have strong cravings, a strong ego tremendous restlessness, and strong sexual prowess. This signature in a natal chart may also lead to lead to low self-esteem around manhood which is overcompensated with trying to prove himself sexually with too much macho energy, competition, or threat.


There will be a dance around relationships particularly with Venus conjunct Pluto on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17.  Watch out for power struggles. I find that Libra and Taurus rising signs have real difficulty with Pluto conjunctions with angry flare-ups coming out of nowhere if personal power is blocked. Not a good time to try controlling your spouse or force them in any way.   Do not use guilt or jealousy to control your partner or it may blow up in your face.  This transit could bring an infatuation with a new partner into your life particularly if you are Capricorn or Cancer rising but it may be fantasy and based on unconscious drives that have no basis in reality.

If Pluto is connected to your 10th house for  Aries rising then you may particularly feel misuse of power by supervisors, problems with new managers, inflated egos in the workplace, setbacks at work, feeling stuck at work or moving forward in your career, or people taking advantage of you. This could continue for the next 9 months if you are during a 10th house dasha or lord of the 10th.

To work through these issues, look for a new job, accept the situation, choose your battles wisely, or use your creativity to bypass the issues.  If you are noticing problems with your partner this weekend, avoid jumping to conclusions, getting into power struggles around who is right, digging into old wounds in your relationship, or expecting too much from your partner.  Listen, be patient, avoid lashing out with anger, stay emotionally connected, and give space when needed.

Pluto is the planet of transformation.  Use these challenges to take difficult situations at work and with relationships to new levels of growth and happiness.



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