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Mars Square Pluto Horoscope 2024: What’s in Store for Your Zodiac Sign According to an Astrologer

Discover what happens when the two planets butt heads

With sweet, balmy summer days finally here, and some of the year’s most intense astrology in the rearview window, June could feel like the perfect month to take your foot off the gas and just coast a little bit, but this June hosts an especially intense planetary clash you’ll do well to prepare for: Mars square Pluto 2024. The planet of action, energy and aggression, moving through slow, steady Taurus will form a tense but activating angle to Pluto, the planet of transformation, in rebellious Aquarius, on Tuesday, June 11. Mars square Pluto will amplify your desire to take control while setting the stage for power struggles.

In astrology, a square is when two planets connect from a 90-degree angle, firing up a difficult, harsh aspect that also has the potential to be quite productive — if you’re willing to put in the work to make it so. Squares occur between planets (or luminaries, which include the sun and the moon) moving through signs that share the same quality (cardinal, fixed or mutable) but fall under a different element (fire, earth, air and water). 

In the case of Mars square Pluto, Mars will be sitting at 1 degree of fixed earth sign Taurus while connecting with Pluto, which will be moving retrograde and sitting at 1 degree of fixed air sign Aquarius. Here, all you need to know about this dramatic astrological event so you can make the most of it.

What is Mars square Pluto 2024?

After moving into Taurus on Sunday, June 9, action-oriented Mars flips the script on how we’ve been experiencing anger, taking action and channeling our energy. It’s been in Aries, the cardinal fire sign, since April 30, where it’s right at home, because go-getter Mars is the ruler of the sign of the Ram. But in Taurus, which is ruled by peace-seeking Venus, Mars is far less comfortable and capable of functioning at its highest capacity. Think of it this way: Mars is the planet that fuels our ability to hit the gas, and Taurus prefers to move slowly and steadily — sometimes, about as quickly as molasses! — toward any objective. In turn, it can be tougher to pursue just about anything at a lightning pace. Patience is required and can be tougher to come by. 

And just after moving into Taurus, Mars will encounter its first major planetary clash with Pluto, the planet of regeneration, which oversees transformation, power, control and the desire to find deeper meaning underlying the surface. Pluto has been in Aquarius, the fixed air sign, since January 20, and is currently backing up through the earliest degrees of the sign since it kicked off its annual retrograde on May 2. 

When these two planetary heavy hitters butt heads, you’ll feel stirred to move more boldly toward claiming power and taking control. Even if you’re generally not that competitive or interested in running the show, passion is heightened right now, and you could surprise yourself with how much courage you demonstrate as you take a stand in pursuit of your aspirations. But because it can be tougher to channel diplomacy, adaptability and a sense of balance when Mars squares Pluto, you could find yourself in the midst of power struggles that originate with your own or an authority figure’s behavior. Mars ignites your fighting spirit while Pluto also brings an obsessive quality to the mix. If that sounds intense, that’s because, well, it really is. 

Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that this square is happening in two of the four fixed signs (the others are Leo and Scorpio). The fixed signs are known for being resolute and highly capable of follow through but also suffer from obstinacy and black-and-white thinking. When either Taurus or Aquarius make up their mind to see a particular action plan through, it’s all or nothing. And if they’re not on the same page (which, they often aren’t, because they have such different ways of going about hitting goals), cue the fireworks. Taurus prefers to stick to whatever’s tried, true and comfortable while convention-loathing, occasionally contrarian Aquarius would prefer to strike out on their own. That said, you could notice yourself or others taking a stand in one of these ways and find you’re at an impasse as a result.

The best way to get moving: Holding this energy in mind, do your best to meet the moment with a little more flexibility, understanding and balance. 

When is Mars square Pluto 2024?

Mars will square Pluto on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 9:21 a.m. ET/6:21 a.m. PT. But because both Mars and especially Pluto move at a slower pace than other planets (like, say, Mercury), it’s possible you’ll feel the effect of the planetary power players’ clash for a week or more before and after June 11. 

What Mars square Pluto 2024 means for you, based on your sign

Here, how Mars square Pluto 2024 will affect you based on your sign. (Be sure to read both your sun and your rising sign if you know it. If you don’t, you can find it in your birth chart or by using this CafeAstrology calculator.)

How Mars square Pluto will impact Aries

How Mars square Pluto will impact Aries
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Your ruler, go-getter Mars in your money zone clashes with powerful Pluto in your networking zone, igniting your drive to take control of a financial situation. You’ll want to achieve more power or earn more recognition, especially within a community, group or team you’re a part of. But the tension of the moment could lay the groundwork for butting heads with friends or colleagues. Your natural competitive streak could be magnified, especially if you feel like someone’s stepping on your toes. The good news: Figuring out how to balance your desires with collaboration could prove truly transformative. 

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Taurus

How Mars square Pluto will impact Taurus
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Not long after moving into your sign and setting a whole new tone for action-taking and energy-building that is in line with your own style, Mars will connect in a tense square with transformative Pluto in your career zone, turning up the volume on any desire you have to make your mark or claim a position of authority. But authority figures, higher-ups or even just circumstances of the industry you work in could feel like they’re working at odds with your aspirations. Instead of pushing further now, consider taking a breather to tend to your inner life and emotional well-being, which could help you to be even more successful in the long-run.

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Gemini

How Mars square Pluto will impact Gemini
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Go-getter Mars moves through your spirituality zone, clashing with powerful Pluto in your adventure sector, which can pit your intuition and inner voice against your gut impulses. You might know in your heart of hearts that slowing down, resting and recharging is really what’s best for you in the moment, but you’re also itching to hit the road, get out of your comfort zone and soak up knowledge, simply for the sake of it. Though it may not initially feel this way, finding a way to reconcile these two truths can also be a fast track to personal growth. 

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Cancer

How Mars square Pluto will impact Cancer
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As dynamic Mars moves through your friendships zone, it’ll form a harsh square to regenerative Pluto in your emotional bonds sector, potentially setting off tensions within your platonic relationships. You want very much to hit the ground running on collaborative endeavors right now, but secrets and issues related to shared resources could create a bit of drama within your social circle or among professional colleagues. Your best bet to boost your chances that you’ll enjoy smoother sailing could be checking your ego and ensuring you’re not contributing to any toxic behaviors that are in the spotlight now.

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Leo

How Mars square Pluto will impact Leo
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This transit pits go-getter Mars in your career zone against transformative Pluto in your partnership zone, which might highlight tensions that have been bubbling beneath the surface on the job — or between you and a dear friend or loved one. You’re even more driven than usual to step into a leadership position or earn recognition for putting your nose to the grindstone, but you’ll be reminded that your alliances matter, too. It’s crucial not to compromise your loyalty to someone who supports your dreams in order to make your mark. Self-reflection around this theme can be truly rewarding.

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Virgo

How Mars square Pluto will impact Virgo
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Action-oriented Mars in your adventure sector squares off against powerful Pluto in your routine zone, which could feel a little bit restrictive and daunting in the sense that your big picture dreams and gut impulses are at odds with your everyday to-dos. It’s usually tough for you to set aside your hustle to step out of your comfort zone and be in the moment — something you may want to do more than ever right now. And yet, it feels like you’re hitting a wall, maybe due to power struggles with the people you work with on a daily basis. See this as a test of your truest desires and feel empowered to continue to move toward your bold goal. It could be that switching up your day-to-day schedule now is integral to self-fulfillment and growth.  

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Libra

How Mars square Pluto will impact Libra
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Go-getter Mars in your emotional bonds and intimacy sector is heightening your need to connect with loved ones on a deep, meaningful level while transformative Pluto is nudging you to step into your power when it comes to creative self-expression and infusing your life with more fun. In other words, you’re being nudged to become more aware of what makes you feel the most comfortable and connected within your closest relationships and what you need to feel joyful and satisfied yourself. There’s power to be derived from both areas of your life, but you’ll want to be sure not to try to strongarm anything now. Instead, know that following your heart will lead you to exactly where you need to be.  

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Scorpio

How Mars square Pluto will impact Scorpio
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Action-oriented Mars, one of your co-rulers, in your partnership zone is squaring off against your other co-ruler, regenerative Pluto in your home zone, creating friction within your closest relationships. You may be especially laser focused on moving the ball forward on one-on-one endeavors with a loved one, dear friend or colleague now, but your responsibilities or tensions on the homefront — or quite literally in your home — could be stirring up drama that makes it tougher to gain momentum now. You want to be in control more than anything and yet pushing harder might only create more setbacks in the long-run. Slowing down and meditating on a possible plan B (or C or D!) might serve you better.

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Sagittarius

How Mars square Pluto will impact Sagittarius
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With Mars, the planet of action and energy, now in your routine zone, you’re in major hustle mode with your day-to-day to-dos, and you could be fired up to take on even more. Yet, because Mars is squaring off against powerful Pluto in your communication zone, you could be craving more opportunities to learn and connect with your social circle. In turn, you might feel stretched thinner than usual — which is saying a lot, because you’re usually one to fill your calendar to the brim! Know that you can nurture your inner power by tapping into your own sense of authority to streamline your commitments and set boundaries around the endeavors that mean the most to you.  

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Capricorn

How Mars square Pluto will impact Capricorn
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Mars is moving through your romance and self-expression zone now, and it’ll square off against transformative Pluto in your money zone, which could translate to a push-pull between your desire to tap into your creativity or spontaneously hang out with friends and loved ones and your need to put your nose to the grindstone to meet your responsibilities on the job. You could feel like every time you carve out time to be a little more lighthearted and tone down your signature industrious impulses, you’re risking a power struggle of some kind. This moment can be a major lesson on standing up for the rest and fun you deserve and finding the best possible way to assert your own power with higher-ups. 

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Aquarius

How Mars square Pluto will impact Aquarius
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As Mars, the planet of action and energy, moves through your home zone, it’ll clash with powerful Pluto in your sign, which could set off tension with loved ones or related to your actual physical home. Because Pluto is in your self sector, your needs as well as what you can do to nurture your confidence are very much on your mind now, but you also want to care for your own — and possible your loved ones’ — security and make progress on domestic undertakings. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose necessarily, but you might have to put out some fires — stemming from bruised egos and controlling behavior — along the way. 

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How Mars square Pluto will impact Pisces

How Mars square Pluto will impact Pisces
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Action-oriented Mars moves through your communication sector now as it forms a tense square to transformative Pluto in your spirituality zone, highlighting friction between your desire to learn and connect with others and your need to tend to your psychological well-being. As one of the most — if not the most — emphatic sign, it can be tough for you to differentiate between what you’re feeling and what others are going through emotionally, so that could be a prominent theme. Yes, you’re especially passionate about your platonic bonds now, but recognizing and regulating your own emotions then taking strides to heal yourself is likely the most empowering path forward.  

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