The Cancer Mars – Capricorn Pluto opposition has really been drawing my attention, so wanted to explain a little more about what’s going on. Mars – Pluto oppositions can manifest in one of two basic patterns. The ideal that this aspect calls us to is acting (Mars) with love (Pluto), letting encompassing love direct your actions. What may also happen, however, are physical manifestations of control issues, either in direct conflict, i.e. power struggles, or internalization of this frustration and fear – with the potential for a later eruption. If instead of treating situations with love, by which I more precisely mean: recognition of commonality, treating others as yourself, understanding, patience, forgiveness – if instead of that, we are only looking out for ourselves, seeking to control what is around us instead of accepting what is around us, a real pressure can build.
It is a choice, though! A lot of people, wittingly or unwittingly, choose the latter manifestation – doing so is contagious, which we ought to remain aware of during this time. The contagious nature of our attitudes can work in our favor as well right now. If you don’t like the heat… see what you can do to share kindness. It only multiplies. If it’s hard to do this with humans, that’s fine! There are plenty of other conscious things in our world who would appreciate your kindness. As Pluto is in Capricorn, it’s important to practice this love in the physical world, letting your higher support filter through you making yourself a strength in your own right. Look out for the animals around you, going about their own lives. Or look up when you’re outside, at the trees, the flowers, the bees – all accomplishing what they individually need and helping each other out despite existing toward apparently different purposes.
Consider the whole, not just its parts – that’s the love that is exhorted here, and readily available on display if you look for it. Appreciate those things you cannot control, and thus give up your ego’s drive to fight against the current. A lack of control reflects a lack of understanding, which is sometimes just the name of the game. It’s humbling – sometimes deeply – but we are reminded that we encounter the incomprehensible precisely so that we may grow our understanding. We feel pride in finding our way and regaining our path only when we have first been lost.
(And besides, if you could control everything … how boring would that be! How boring if reality were limited by mere human imagination. That’s TV! We have infinitely more dimensionality than that.)
So, as Mars opposes Pluto, my advice is: embrace this imperfect-feeling, sometimes humbling (and sometimes glorious!) dimensionality. We really are all in this together. We can help ourselves and others out simply by viewing conflict as an opportunity to assess situations and acting from the heart. In some cases, it’s an invitation to let go and move forward instead of beating a long-dead horse, as this very clearly has no reward. In other cases, this pause for understanding may make us more certain in our already-held opinions, even if others oppose them. Even with this certainty, we must still be careful not to act rashly – wait until both mental certainty and emotional clarity exist, and then act according to these convictions. This opposition can be a beautiful opportunity to bring our selves into an almost transcendental sort of alignment, and I’m confident we can, individually and collectively, make the most of it.