Mars Square Pluto: The Week of August 10th, 2020

This week astrologically is one big festering bowl of pent-up desire, impulses, uncomfortable truths, and discovery of primal sources of strength. It’s a week that provides the opportunity to learn the value of responding rather than only reacting.

Mars, the pioneer (and when blocked, the warrior) forms a square to shady underworld lord Pluto. Notice what you sense about your primal passions and the parts of you that will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Notice, too, if your libidos and creative energies are about to burst. Pluto pulls the reins in on the impulsive speed with which you act out your desires, but also brings those desires into sharper focus and intensity. The same goes for the truth: the uncovering of deeper truths is inevitable, and sometimes the truth hurts.

If you become insatiable, obsessive or volatile, learn to fully inhabit it, but consciously, so that your uncompromising pursuit of your appetite doesn’t hurt others.

This Mars-Pluto square will be the first of three from now until the end of this year, offering us three opportunities to rejuvenate, discover our innermost reserves of resilience, and stand in our deepest truth.

Mars and Pluto, which together rule Scorpio, also give us death and resurrection. So it’s a good time to ask: “what in my life, is rising anew like a Phoenix out of the ashes?” Ask this question without skipping over any grieving processes.

With Uranus—the wild card, the liberator, the freedom fighter— stationing retrograde, the demand is high for brainstorming (more like full-body storming!) innovative solutions to perceived obstacles in the way of realizing your hopes and dreams. How are your *values* changing and being revolutionized, or expressing themselves differently during this time? How are you busting out of boxes that you’ve outgrown?

Astrology is a study of the dance between the changing and the changeless . William Blake said it best: “eternity is in love with the productions of time.” The Mars-Pluto square and Uranus retrograde offer a dynamic picture of both sudden AND gradual change, which will continue for several months as an erratic dance. The turbulence of these extreme rhythms is temporary, but the lessons you glean from them can be profound.

Try to enjoy the dance of fast and slow, and embrace all of your support systems while letting them adapt to the moment. Flexibility of response is key.

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