Reality Bites

There’s a no-nonsense attitude floating in the air which can either motivate or frustrate us during the first half of this week. The planetary transits over the next few days bring up issues of personal will versus the limits of reality.

Mars will meet up with powerful Pluto in Capricorn tonight, Monday, at 6:03 p.m. EST, and then will form a square angle with Uranus in Aries on Wednesday. In other words, Mars is traveling through the ongoing Uranus/Pluto square that’s been in effect since 2011. Mars is a very straightforward personal planet– it represents action and force, how we assert ourselves or express anger or desire. To put it simply, Mars symbolizes moving forward after what we want or need.

The outer planets (like Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) move very slowly through the zodiac, spending decades in each sign. When they form aspects to each other, these transits are subtle and far-reaching, the type of paradigm shifts that are better understood in hindsight. They describe generational patterns that capture the essense of a period in history. We’ve been in one of these eras, known astrologically as the Uranus/Pluto square, which started roughly in 2011 and will continue on until early 2015.


Scorpio New Moon and Solar Eclipse

We’re plunging into intense waters today as first the Sun, followed by Venus and then the Moon each shift into Scorpio, aligning for a New Moon and solar eclipse at 5:57 pm EDT.

These are three very personal planets in astrological terms. The Moon and Venus are both involved with our emotional realm — they describe things like how we comfort ourselves, what we take pleasure in, and how we feel secure and valued. The Sun is the very core of a sign, and as it moves through the 12 signs of the zodiac each year, it shines light on an archetypal energy. Now that it has entered Scorpio, the Sun embodies the image of the healer.

The domino effect of three planets moving into one sign, especially when two of the planets are the Sun and Moon, is significant.  We have an opportunity to begin actively taking part in transforming our reality. What needs to be investigated and dealt with in your life? If there are relationships that need mending, set the intention to do so. Other people, habits, or perspectives that need to be dumped? This is a good time for shedding old baggage. Scorpio is skilled at trimming that which is no longer useful or necessary.