In astrology the sign of Leo is connected to the solar energy in the chart and the Sun rules over the important males in a woman's life - father, husband and son. I feel the Mars-Pluto conjunction in Leo holds considerable weight over the events that have been happening. It has a special connection to the father and rules over our childlike, creative, and self-expressive nature. When the car crash happened a fixed t-square involving transiting Saturn in Scorpio had been squaring Mercury/Mars/Pluto and the natal Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in the sign of Taurus.
It is no understatement to say that Mars-Saturn-Pluto contacts are particularly heavy, violent and explosive in the horoscope and when Jupiter is involved it tends to make things worse by increasing the enormity of events. Many violent deaths involving a male in a woman's life have been indicated by Mars and Pluto natally or in transit. Fixed t-squares forming in our charts with difficult planets often imply that some sort of situation will happen that is very difficult to change. It brings a great deal of tension, frustration and it is also interesting to note that both Uranus and Pluto rule over the fixed t-square and tend to bring with them the most life-altering changes. It usually brings events that have been building for a long time and explode violently.
A court ruling sent the young girl away from home to live with her aunt and uncle. Though she later called it a "bad home" and named her stepmother as wicked. The star also claimed she ruled the family with a rod of iron and that she suffered from years of mental abuse. The mental abuse probably occurred through Mercury's involvement in the Mars-Pluto conjunction. Mars rules the areas we are most likely to be attacked and with its connection to Mercury (ruler of all forms of communication) it was through words. Added to this was Pluto's poison, venom and abusive nature and it outlines an individual that is more probable to suffer some from mental abuse.
So I would have to go downstairs and look straight ahead, never down, to get my clothes. That was the kind of thing she would do. If she was mad at me she would punish someone else in the family. She wore me down pretty good.” Karolyn’s $60,000 inheritance, a huge sum back in those days, soon started disappearing. “Everyone in that town knew my aunt was a wicked, vicious woman. She was a sick lady. The whole town rallied around me, my teachers, my friends and people in the town really cared.
Karolyn got married early to get way from home, but the marriage didn't last long and a year after she divorced, her ex-husband was killed deer hunting. Again, a male dying in her life in a violent way could be signified by this powerful Mars-Pluto conjunction as it rules over blood and violence and fated events.
Tragedy struck again when her 18 year old son committed suicide. It happened when transiting Pluto was moving through Scorpio and formed a fixed t-square with her her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction and was actually just completing its last phase at the very end degrees of a square to Mars and Pluto, but still tight with the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Taurus. It would appear that a transit can kick back into life with a t-square and when the other planets closer to the actual aspect re-activate it. The fixed t-square seems involved with these difficult tragedies and seems to be timing these critical life changes. Suicide often involves the anger, rage and destructive energy of a Mars-Pluto contact in the natal chart. It can signify a lot of blocked energy, frustration and dark depression and Mars also rules the men in our life.
“It was the worst thing in the world that has happened to me,” says Karolyn. “You have to live with all the whys and the guilt is terrible. “It is pretty obvious to me now that he was mentally ill. I am so sorry I didn’t pick up on it before. But I was working so hard at being a good stepmother to the others that I took him for granted. “He was such a good boy. He was painfully shy, maybe he was bipolar, I really don’t know. “The way I healed myself was that I did the best I could and loved him very much. He had a weight problem and he went on a radical liquid diet and I think his electrolytes might have been a little off. He lost 40lbs in two months. He was trying to get a girl but the last one dumped him.”
Three years after this event her beloved husband of 25 years died of Cancer and this happened when transiting Saturn moved through the fixed sign of Aquarius and squared the Jupiter/Saturn and it may have set off her natal Mars/Pluto conjunction in Leo. For a third time a tragedy has struck when Saturn or Pluto has been moving through a fixed sign and activated the chart, bringing catastrophic, emotionally taxing, and devastating events into Karolyn's life. Some may call the aspects wide by a couple of degrees, but configurations often allow for two or three degrees over. Transiting Neptune was also opposite the natal Sun and this aspect frequently coincides with a male, the husband in this case, having hospital treatment and becoming significantly weaker through illness.
When a Neptune transit to the Sun occurs in transit it may suggest problems with the father in the form of unreliability, instability, weakness or illness. This is often a time when the father is emotionally or physically absent, or is suffering in some way. In a woman’s horoscope her husband may even experience some problems with deception, addiction to drugs and alcohol, or sickness. Neptune transits the Sun by The Astrology Place.
“In the last year of his life his business went belly up because he wasn’t making very good decisions because of the illness. We lost everything and then he died.”
The story doesn't end there and when she met someone else the children sued her over the money she received (it could be Mars (fighting) over money (Pluto). If one's own children go behind her back it may have felt like the ultimate betrayal and she has said that it is something that she will never forgive/forget, but life has to move on. Pluto in astrology rules over betrayal and its where we feel powerless, resentful, ashamed and the wound in the personalty is most difficult to deal with. Poor Karolyn has spent a lifetime dealing with Pluto themes and probably earned a few battle scars,. The reality is that life isn't always wonderful and it can deal us a few blows in the process.
For many Mars-Pluto individuals the “Apple Pie” life at home is not what they have experienced and “family” is a place filled with anger, yelling, insults, sexual violence, beatings, and even killings. By The Astrology PLace - The Astrology of Child Abuse and Murder Observing Mars-Pluto in Aspect.