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Mars square Pluto be the change

The Mars square Pluto aspect this weekend can be both dangerous, violent and explosive. Particularly as it forms a Cardinal T-square with Uranus across the zodiac, leading to a volcanic climate that is practically off the charts.

The arrival of Mars into the already tense Pluto -Uranus aspect which has been around for many months, may act as the trigger to launch something that has been building up pressure for a while now. Mars symbolises the male libido, the sex drive, the egocentric desire nature, which may rear its head uncontrollably under this influence. The pressure to express itself, if not constructively channeled, can suddenly burst forth like the deadly lava of a volcano that has been suppressed beneath the surface until the external controls, like the force of gravity and the rock on top of the lava, can no longer hold it back, and the resultant explosion of wild and untamed energy leaps out destroying all in its wake. The jihadi suicide bomber, or murdering rapist springs to mind.

All sensitivity and planning may be ignored, as the forethought of any consequences for self and other are overridden under these circumstances. Something small could trigger you off, like the recurrent barking of a neighbour’s dog, and the next thing you know you’ve been pushed over the fence and done some dastardly deed completely out of character that surprises everyone. Under such an influence it is hardest to do nothing, for one must act. Too much energy is available to remain passive, so the solution is to find the appropriate healthy outlet, to channel the libidinal force into something worthwhile. The frustration aroused by a lack of suitable outlet can torment the artist who feels his or her creative expression and talent is not being properly acknowledged. Such frustrated souls – like unrequited lovers – end up cutting off their ears (remember Van Gogh), or in other words the libido turns in on itself in a distorted way due to insufficient outlet and implodes in destruction. Even the meditating yogi needs to know how to harness the Kundalini force when it awakens, lest it overwhelm him or her and cause destruction. Patience and determination are required, though one may struggle to invoke the dedication to the long term goal here, one which sometimes requires a lifetime, and the sword of knowledge may occasionally not be sharp enough to cut the knots of material desire when they manifest. So watch out for any lack of patience, violent temper or sexual aggressiveness this weekend and maybe avoid potentially dangerous areas, for unconscious psychic forces can sometimes become externalised and play themselves out via other shadowy figures that confront us. Pluto can appear as the beggar, underworld gangster or other such character too.

As the Moon also joins this planetary combination, for a few hours when it crosses over the exact position of Mars around 4am South African time (2am GMT) on Sunday morning, adding a fourth influence, it pinpoints a particular high point in the general buildup. The Moon adds further emotional charge to the equation, and can be the catalyst that pushes the unsettled impulses over the edge. Those all night revelers out partying under the stars may feel this moment to be particularly intense.

This needn’t be only a negative experience this weekend, for their are ways to positively harness the modes or energies available in this planetary alignment, if one remains conscious and aware of one’s mind and senses. By finding a balance between ones selfish desires and the needs of others, we can experience this as a time of transformation in our relationships. The domineering tendency that usually results in power struggles can be surpassed as mature values of mutual cooperation enable one to rise above petty selfishness, and we find a win – win scenario to be more conducive to our overall life goals. By remembering those life goals, we can more easily see the best expression for our creative drives and use that as the guiding principle in charting our course through any narrow straits or rocky waters.

Venus square Pluto – Bring me a higher love

Higher love Venus square Pluto astrologyAs Venus squares Pluto this weekend and then makes an exact opposition to Uranus on Tuesday 24th, the Cardinal T-square formed between these three planets may oblige us to face up to challenges in our field of relationships and love. Relationships affect all our lives, even single hermits, because to exist on the planet we are obliged to relate to others in some capacity or another. We are social beings living in a society after all.

To begin with the Pluto – Uranus square has been with us for some years now, on and off, and it is the arrival of Venus in the coming days that activates this alignment still further, making a perhaps impersonal or generational influence a more personal one. The positions of Pluto and Uranus in the Cardinal signs of Capricorn and Aries respectively already indicate a powerful energetic influence, where an impatience and determination to fulfil one’s desires, whether for power or relationship, may incline one to use any means possible, fair or foul, in a selfish and roughshod urge, like that of a Jihadi terrorist who disregards the rules of the game as well as the innocents who may be injured along the way. It is the perfect recipe for one who is willing to wage war against the established authority to achieve their ends. In a healthier psyche this combination may manifest as the desire to achieve the top regardless of the challenges and hardship, like a rock climber battling the elements or corporate executive for example. So we need to look at our own circumstances or horoscopes to see how this force will express itself in our particular lives.

With Venus in Libra now entering the equation with a square to Pluto from the other side, the above-mentioned theme or force can be seen to play itself out in relationships. For example the sex scandals of recent times have really revealed the shadowy underworld of taboos in unexpected places like the Catholic Church, amongst politicians, etc. Pluto is the Lord of the underworld, and what was hidden has come to light, shocking the world into the realization that sex scandals are more prolific in our society than we imagined. So this weekend more may come to light in that regard, for Venus is here like the goddess Persephone in Greek mythology and Pluto the Underworld God who kidnapped her and took her to his underworld kingdom, where she remained trapped as his bride, only to be allowed access to the surface for a brief moment every year. One way or the other, this combination can indicate intense, perhaps even shocking relationship issues this weekend. If anything it suggests an emotionally insatiable need for attention, like a demanding boss who insists you do overtime, or a partner who insists the same in the bedroom. And they may be so charming or manipulative that you just can’t resist. So depending on your nature, you may be on either side of this equation, and hopefully the charm is used to win the other over to a worthy cause, like a diplomat brokering a peace deal between two enemies. Of course that diplomat may make you fell so special until you realize that all his negotiations are conducted in that way.

Our own insecurities about our attractiveness may emerge too, especially if our attempts at winning over another are not succeeding. Or our ability to let go may be challenged. We cannot ever own the other like Pluto when he kidnapped Persephone, as much as we try, and feelings of jealousy and possessiveness need to be resolved if they arise. The need to love intensely or be willing to die for your love may seem rather Gothic, but that is the Jihadi’s modus operandi. Let me prove my religious devotion by blowing myself and others to oblivion to prove a point, with the hope that oblivion is where the pearly gates lie, with their multiple virgins all waiting to serve me. That is the deluded and mundanely distorted perception of a shallow religious zealot who still thinks with his genitals when contemplating the divine kingdom. It’s in the teachings too, clearly indicating the lack of actual spiritual realization in the bewildered world of some pseudo religions. Of course the intertwining of sexual imagery in the esoteric revelations of mystical Hinduism (Bhakti) or Islam (Sufism) also allude to the union of the lover with the beloved, or the love affairs of Krishna with His unwed secret lover Radha, but never for a second are these taken literally by the meditator. They are always understood to be analogous to the union of the soul with the divine source. And it is the contemplation of this kind of “higher love” that is the topmost expression of the Venus-Pluto alignment now. The love of the gopis for Krishna was of that intense sort that was all-consuming and endless, and it is that which enraptures the consciousness of the devotee when experiencing exalted states of “bhava” and “prema”, two Sanskrit terms for types of divine love available to the meditator found in the ancient texts, the Vedas, although long since lost to the spiritual traditions we grow up in on the western half of the globe.

Ultimately we need to look at any feelings of unrequited love, or obsessive neediness as a symptom of some deeper yearning in the psyche. It could stem from some form of abandonment in infancy, or the baby’s separation from the mother at birth, but on a higher level it is described that the soul resides in a state of separation from the divine source and it is that relationship which is the missing link, the key to union and perfection of human life. All other attempts are mundane substitutes in filling the gap, a gap which is bridged by yoga, the word yoga translating to mean “union” in Sanskrit. And when union is even glimpsed for a moment in ones life, one sees that we are all part and parcel of that one original source, that we are all in relationship, that there is no “us and them”, and one can never again feel a vacuum, or perceive the other to be anyone less than our own family, all children of the one original cause of all causes.

Mercury opposition Uranus Cardinal T-square Pluto

As Mercury and Uranus lie at opposite sides of the solar system this fortnight around the second half of October, their opposition allows then to be leading roles in the drama played out by us actors who strut and fret our fated destinies on the stage of life.

AstrologyAny worthy actor can take up the leading parts of the archetypal Mercury and Uranus roles. Or it can play itself out in our own psyches. Whichever way they appear, they bring with them a rather stubborn mindset. Also a brilliant one, mind you. A mind inspired by the bolt from the blue. I brings with it the opportunity to find alternative solutions to the mental blocks of the day. Sometimes the stubborn clinging to a mindset or opinion or perception or assemblage point, leaves us unable to see the solution that lies before us. When the cup is full there remains no room for more water.

Sparks may fly now, the mind can be set alight if the current is right. Just beware putting your foot in it tactlessly or arrogantly now though, for the inspiring potency of Uranus can leave even the mediocre mind feeling inflated with insights that may seem divinely channelled, but not everyone is tuned into your station or likes your brand or flavour. Two men say they’re Jesus; one of them must be wrong.

But wait, A third planet comes into the alignment. It’s Pluto – now only a planetoid of course – roughly ninety degrees apart from both Mercury and Uranus, in other words half-way between the two, and therein lies the key. For whatever clash of interests is brewing between the two inspired minds, or even the two sides of one’s own inspired mind – the tension aroused, the impasse, the loggerhead as symbolised by Mercury and Uranus – a solution lies in the hands of Pluto. The T-square aspect formed between these three planets so neatly aligned, like we see in the sky this week, symbolise a challenge. But different people handle challenge in their own way.

A mature person or partnership knows how to be diplomatic in solving their marital differences. They see a counsellor, for example, and that third party takes them through their unconscious behaviour toward each other, and eases the flow between the two once again. Insensitive and harsh retaliatory words will not win the day here, but rather chase away investment of future interest. As will messianic fervour that yours is the only way. What’s available now, is the ability to see the challenge, and also have available the solution, a dispassionate lucid moment, whether internally or externally sourced.

Mature partnerships rise to great heights by being able to diplomatically solve their differences in a win-win attitude. And we all know the world loves a winner.