We begin this week with the Sun in Taurus (as of late last Thursday). The more relaxed pace of solar Taurus should offer a counter-balance to some rather high-octane astrology that’s brewing: Mars forming a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn Thursday morning.
Mars-Pluto conjunctions are all about energy and power. In its most productive form, that means having the get-up-and-go to make meaningful changes to your environment — including changes that benefit those around you as well as yourself. In its more destructive form, that can mean things like power struggles with others, or using your power ruthlessly or even violently.
Remember: power in itself is not bad; it’s all about how you use it. We might take our cue from martial arts theory, which teaches the concept of using an opponent’s energy to block them; or, rather, redirecting their energy. That requires stepping back and viewing the situation from a place of detachment, as well as understanding where someone is really coming from — which in part means doing the same for your own motives.
If you’ve ever been drawn in to an online comments-section battle, you may know the value of this skill. The first tool is usually time: when in doubt, pause and reflect before responding, and check any immediate impulses.
However, several factors are offering a way to ground the power of Mars-Pluto. First is the aforementioned Sun in Taurus. As of Tuesday night, we’ll also have the Moon in Virgo (through Thursday night) to help. Both the Sun in Taurus and Moon in Virgo mix some sensible, moderating earth qualities into an otherwise electrically charged aspect.
This may also help you to adjust to Chiron, which is freshly in Aries (as of last Tuesday). The feeling is similar to beginning a new job, or changing homes. The overall theme is healing around identity: the way that plays out for each of us will show itself gradually, as we grow and stretch into the new environment.
In a Mars-ruled sign like Aries, that sometimes might mean discovering new layers of who you are through things like friction or confrontation with others. Or, taking a cue from Mars-Pluto, this might mean seeing more clearly your motivations for using your power, and how you go about it.
What is the difference between someone who is empowered and a bully? I might suggest that we need more people figuring out the answer.