The conjunction of Mercury and Pluto gives you usually deep and penetrating mind. You look for hidden meanings in what others say, and create your own mythology. You see through people and sense their motives. Once you have made up your mind on a subject you rarely change your views, and you are very assertive in expressing them. Madonna has this aspect on Ascendant.
Here a good article by From Steven Forrest’s “The Book of Pluto: Finding Wisdom in Darkness with Astrology :
PLUTO AND MERCURY
Quick, bright as a bright star, and yet hard to glimpse — that’s Mercury, the planet of Thought. It buzzes rapidly around the Sun, never veering very far from that basic symbol of ego and its compelling gravity… MERCURY ITSELF Two concepts interweave in Mercury’s symbolism. One is perception; the other is communication. We see. And then in response to that seeing we experience twin desires: to express what we see, and to learn what others see.
PLUTO-MERCURY ASPECTS IN THE NATAL CHART
Whenever Pluto and Mercury are linked in the birthchart, there is an intense curiosity (Mercury) about the dark or taboo sides of human life. Socially, this quality may be viewed as a fault: the child who asks “too many” questions about a divorce in the family, the “precocious” eight-year-old with her persistent questions about exactly where babies come from. As such a person matures, the basic principles remain essentially the same, but the questions naturally become deeper and more baffling. Here is the man or woman who, depending on our viewpoint, either tends to ask “obtrusive” questions or in whom we experience a welcome “realness” and willingness to move beyond the pointless babble of “normal” life. In bleaker expressions, the Mercury-Pluto alignments can be cruel. Insight is a sharp sword; expressed without good will, it can be destructive. That destructiveness may be unconscious — an innocent, “Gee, you’ve gained a lot of weight!” Or it may be darkly intentional malignity masquerading as innocence — “Gee… et cetera.” Curiosity and open-mindedness are the fundamental qualities of Mercury as a healthy psychospiritual principle. This is our human desire to learn, and to grow through the process of learning. This is our ability, in other words, to tolerate unexpected perceptions. Mercury also represents our skill at sharing our investigations with others: speech, but more than speech. It is also our connection with media. And that implies everything from a simple, quiet conversation, through letters and books, and on into the modern realm of film, video, and cyberspace communication. The dark side of Mercury lies in the way we can build glib, convincing walls of rationalization around half-truths. All the misuse of language is Mercury’s madness: lies told, lies believed, pretty words that spread like an oil slick upon far deeper waters.
THE NATAL CONJUNCTION With Mercury and Pluto separated by a few degrees or less in the birthchart, the mind naturally takes the form we might expect to encounter in a police inspector or a psychotherapist: suspicious. So does the tone of voice and the phrasing of sentences. This is not intended as a negative comment; suspicion can lead to penetrating questions, and thus, to truth. Here is an intelligence that excels in working with anything that is not obvious, anything hidden or obscure. It can, for example, do well in scientific or historical research. In a physician, it correlates with a capacity for diagnoses in elusive or contradictory medical situations. In criminal law, it’s the classic “Miss Marple” who finds the one obscure fact upon which a defense or conviction hinges. Mercury-Pluto energy can manifest in a lot of differing ways, as is the case with all astrological configurations. But the examples I’ve used so far — deep research, crime, and healing — capture the spirit of the conjunction with its intellectual taste for the unsettling, the serious or the obscure. Such a voice can be overpowering and disturbing. It can also appear to be impassioned over trifles or “unnecessarily strident.” There may be argumentativeness or what appears to be obsessiveness. There may be an inability to “lighten up.” Are these Mercury-Pluto problems real or are they merely symptoms of other people’s inability to deal with such intense truth-seeking? There is no simple way to answer those questions. Certainly, even in an admirably healthy human being, this energy can be misunderstood — or understood perfectly, and still not liked very much. And when it goes sour, it can indeed manifest a perverse delight in creating not insight, but upset and discomfort. Keeping a natal Mercury-Pluto conjunction healthy depends radically upon making sure that it has a few positive avenues of expression. One deep friendship with a verbal, articulate person in which any subject at all can be discussed. A relationship with a counselor who does not flinch from strong language and raw, dark emotion. And any set of interests that involve delving into life’s Plutonian mysteries: a study of Jungian psychology, shamanism, the psychology of violence, natural catastrophes, nightmares, the literature of horror.
i don’t hold much store with linda-goodman forum at all. they do make great researchers, analysts but also verbal lacerations and acid tongue on occasions to.
“Mercury conjunct Pluto You are capable of great focus and depth of thought, as well as concentration. You easily become serious and pensive. Determined and sometimes exhaustive effort is a strength, and depth of perception as well. However, sometimes your desire to turn ideas inside out can work against you, to the point of obsession, suspicion, and mistrust. You are a born skeptic of anything that appears superficial or overly straightforward. You always look for a hidden meaning, desiring to get to the bottom line, and with people, to lay bare motivation. You are intellectually fascinated with all that is hidden, taboo, secret, or suppressed. You can be provocative in your communications, often subtly so. You can also be sarcastic and cutting. You can be so determined to find answers, or even to convert others to your frame of mind, that you end up wasting energy beating a dead horse. You are excellent at developing strategies and can be very clever and cunning, although this is essentially on an intellectual level — manipulation is more an intellectual exercise rather than something coming from the heart. Of course, it is up to you how to use your abilities. You enjoy a good mystery to solve, clever plot twists, and darker art forms.
You have a powerful and stubborn mind. You are a great researcher and a good detective. This doesn’t always help in your personal life. Others may find you too suspicious, too challenging, or too secretive. You are always mulling things over inside of yourself. You live in a sea of mental symbolism. You respond to implications and inferences rather than to people, circumstances and events. You have a special knack for mathematics, symbolic logic, computers, biology, and meditation. At times your mind will overload and you seem to do a reversal, overlooking the simplest details that others take for granted. Get rest and learn when to stop and start2 http://www.cafeastrology.com/natal/mercuryplutoaspects.html
Just wanted to share this article by Julie Rimmer:
Ian Fleming is the creator behind James Bond, and he was also a real life spy for the Naval Intelligence. His stories on James Bond led to international fame and out of them came a series of successful movies. One of his other books includes the much loved children’s story “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.” Not long ago I let my son watch this movie and he was very frightened by the Child Catcher. However, he was not in Ian Fleming’s version of the book and was created by Roald Dahl. We probably all have imaginary figures that frighten us, and I find clowns to be the most disturbing.
It’s quite fitting to find Mercury conjunct Pluto in Gemini in Fleming’s chart. Mercury-Pluto combinations are secretive, private, and guarded. This guarded nature is found in his communication style, and he knows how to probe beneath the surface. He makes for an excellent researcher, and can be fascinated with hidden subjects. Mercury-Pluto needs to root out information, delve and uncover. Pluto rules the underworld, the shadow and the darkness. Pluto is often affiliated with hidden, psychic abilities, and, when it forms a conjunction with Mercury is tends to give intellectual power, profound perceptions, and mental intuition.
Mercury-Pluto people have the ability to ferret out secrets, see through people, and get to the bottom of situations. They also excel in investigation, analysis, psychology, and possibly the occult. The individual tends to keep their thoughts to themselves, and don’t like to give too much away. They find the other person’s weak spot, but sometimes there can be deep seated phobias, compulsions and obsessions.
Mercury Pluto is the aspectual manifestation of Mercury in Scorpio, which is renowned for being either verbose or rather monosyllabic. This implies nothing about the underlying mindset or facility for language or mental processing, but only the willingness or unwillingness to reveal the self. This is reflected perfectly by the aspects between Mercury and Pluto, most especially with the conjunction and to a lesser extent the easy aspects there is a loquacious response to the contact: these people talk, often exhaustively although without necessarily revealing much of substance about themselves. Conversely, those with hard aspects are not likely to give too much away, or at the very least – while they may talk freely – they are never comfortable talking about themselves in a way that is particularly incisive or revealing. In either case it boils down to a profound fear of communication and a sense that somehow words can cause pain and lasting damage. With the easy aspects there is not the same urgent sense of danger, but nevertheless there is a need to control the conversation which is engendered by the same mindset as the individual with the hard aspects. Often the Pluto conjunct Mercury person will talk exhaustively and exhaustingly, and the ‘listener’ will often walk away feeling tired and somewhat overwhelmed by the experience. In any case, the process of communicating, with easy aspects or hard, is uncomfortable for both parties involved in the dialogue.