Mars, Pluto and the Monster Within Us Allrushlimbaugh

We all have moments when we play at being monsters. Maybe it when we’re watching a bloody action or disaster movie. Or maybe it’s when we’re playing a video game or an on-line role playing game. For just an instant we put ourselves in the shoes of the “bad guy” or exult at imagined scenes of fiery destruction. We know it’s forbidden, even evil, but that only adds to the pleasure.

What we are doing in these moments is exploring, in a harmless way, the purview of Mars and Pluto. Mars rules aggression and physical exertion. Pluto is the planet of extremes and deep, transgressive desires. We all have a bit of Mars and Pluto in our natures. When Mars and Pluto are connected by strong aspects in our horoscopes these "monstrous" tendencies are more pronounced and, sometimes, they can get out of hand.

In rare cases Mars, Pluto aspects can manifest themselves in activity that is, by any measure, monstrous. You find these aspects in the horoscopes of many serial killers (Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Columbine killer, Eric David Harris, for example.) But the majority of people with these contacts in their horoscopes find far less destructive ways of expressing this energy. They may the person who simply can’t walk away from an argument. Someone whose aggression is a bit too intense. Someone who revels in making extreme, bombastic statements regardless of who they offend or hurt.

This brings us to Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh was born with Mars opposed to Pluto. (Click here to see his horoscope.) Limbaugh current hassle over remarks he made about Sandra Fluke is hardly the first time his commentary has gotten him into trouble. Many will remember when Limbaugh accused Michael J. Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson’s symptoms in order garner support for stem cell research. Over and over, during his long career, Limbaugh has been willing to say “monstrous” things in order to make a point.

Despite his weak, can’t-ya-take-a-joke apology to Fluke, Limbaugh seems to relish the public outcry his remarks often create. Mars feeds off conflict and Pluto reacts to opposition by become more entrenched and ruthless. People who allow their Mars to Pluto aspects to get out of control are rarely cowed or shamed into submission. In fact, for many, being cast as the “monster,” as the person willing to transgress against commonly held standards of behavior can be appealing.

If you have a Mars to Pluto aspect in your horoscope, particularly a square or opposition, you might take Rush Limbaugh as an example of what not to do. Avoid following your anger or your sense of outrage to its very limit. The moment you feel the urge to utterly destroy your enemy (verbally we hope) is the moment you need to step back and laugh at yourself. Rush Limbaugh might be able to make a living saying whatever crass and offensive thing that crosses his mind but, for most of us, that is not an option.

In closing, I would like to point out that Mars to Pluto aspect also provide a lot of positive attributes. It is aspect of toughness, resiliency and self-sufficiency. People with this aspect are often at their best when the odds seem to be most stacked against them. This is one reason why I think Rush Limbaugh will survive this latest flap (and the flight of some of his advertisers) and keep on playing at being the monster for a long while.

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