So I’m recovering from my Mars Pluto opposition, with Mars as the transiting planet. Just a few days really, a few really intense days. Here’s how I got through it: the key for me was to steer the energy and let it out little by little, release it, and without making it bigger. For example, I listened to music that would make me move or walk faster, but avoided music that would make me feel over-excited or violent. The Pixies, for example, were a perfect choice, but Sonic Youth, on the other hand, was just too yang. I’m sure it’s different for everyone. A good symphony probably would have worked too.
One morning during my transit, I stopped to get a bagel and caught a glimpse of myself in the store window. I didn’t look how I felt on the inside, or so I thought. The woman behind the counter looked at me sincerely, with care, and told me to have a “good day, okay?”
Mars Pluto energy, to me, feels like an acupuncture treatment on crack. The energy is moving moving moving through your body, albeit not harmoniously. Sometimes I wonder how people with hard natal Mars Pluto aspects survive their bodies, but I guess they are used to it, the same way I am used to my intense Moon Pluto emotional life. The turning point for me was when I realized that this transit was making physical, literally, all these intense emotions; all my pent-up Virgo shit was now, seemingly, my body and not just my mind. I went for many, MANY, 70-block walks over a week’s time and collapsed from exhaustion (i.e. stayed in bed all day) as the transit was separating.
Random tips: if you feel your temper rise, leave the situation, if possible. Don’t watch too much Dexter. Overfeed the cats so they won’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Talk to a friend if you feel all edgy and twisty. Try not to take your mood out on your lover, stay mindful. Look both ways before crossing the street. I am not currently a smoker, but I smoked 4 Marlboro reds in a row the worst day of my transit and it helped. I DO NOT advocate smoking or other lousy habits, but I do advocate figuring out what works in the short term. Sometimes subtle adjustments are all that’s needed.
Do you keep track of your transits? How do you deal with transiting Mars?