Highlighted Aspects this Week

Monday: Neptune quincunx Mercury, Mars semisquare Mercury, Pluto stations direct 4:48pm PDT; Wednesday: Pluto square Uranus; Thursday: Chiron quincunx Mercury, Uranus opposite Mercury, Pluto square Mercury, Jupiter sextile Venus; Friday: Sun square Ceres; Saturday: Sun enters Libra; Sunday: Neptune quincunx Sun
THE SECOND Pluto-Uranus square occurs this week, exact on Wednesday. We have been working with this influence for several weeks, so this energy should already feel somewhat familiar.
We may also recognize a similarity between events this coming week and those that occurred around June 26, at the time of the first Pluto-Uranus square. But, even if we find similar themes present in both time frames, we can also “expect the unexpected” this week, since Uranus excels in creating surprises.

What we know for sure is that both of these planets are intent on bringing about necessary changes. We also know that neither planet is noted for subtlety. With both of them strongly activated now, a new world is in the midst of being created — at times requiring that the old world be demolished first.

URANUS IN ARIES has the effect of an extra adrenalin pump. In square aspect to Pluto, Uranus can exaggerate our reactivity, so that we are more likely to act first and think about it later (maybe). The “fight or flight” mechanism can be strongly engaged at this time.

We also tend to be less concerned with fitting in and being accepted with Uranus pushing us forward. We may appear more than a bit selfish to others as we experiment with new ways of being and moving in the world. Apologies and niceties may seem like foreign concepts.

At the same time, because Uranus represents higher consciousness, the potential is also available for us to more fully align our personal will with a knowing of right action. Fulfilling this potential takes considerable self-awareness. It requires being cognizant of where our buttons are being pushed, being able to take a step back from purely instinctive reactions, and utilizing the often untapped portions of our brains to find solutions instead.

IN ANOTHER CORNER of our planetary arena, Pluto in Capricorn stands ready. Pluto is the bulldozer, tearing down both internal and external structures that do not support our highest aspirations.

Like Uranus, Pluto also can trigger our instincts, especially those that are engaged when we feel bullied or victimized. Through these situations, Pluto reveals how we continue to give away our power.

As Pluto squares off with Uranus, we can become very aware of where and how we feel boxed in. But, if we take the time and have the courage to search more deeply, we may also realize that it is through our own self-perceptions that our sphere of activity and influence has been limited.

MERCURY interacts with both Pluto and Uranus this week, creating a configuration called a “cardinal T-square.” A cardinal T-square is formed when three planets, each in a different cardinal sign, all come to the same degree of their respective sign at the same time.  (This week, Mercury is at 7 degrees of Libra, Pluto is at 7 degrees of Capricorn, and Uranus is at 7 degrees of Aries.)

This means things could get pretty complicated when it comes to communications and logistics this week, especially on Thursday — a bit like a Mercury retrograde moment, with a bit of extra intensity thrown in for good measure. Manifestations may also include revelations of previously hidden information, and unexpected insights and solutions coming into our awareness.

WITH MERCURY at a pressure point, we will also need to be careful of the tendency to speak thoughtlessly or from places within ourselves that are less enlightened. That instinctive, automatic-response verbal mechanism is highly activated with this T-square.

For help in dealing with issues that arise, we can look to the “missing leg” of this T-square — the fourth cardinal sign that is not represented. That sign is Cancer, which means we will want to call upon our natural sensitivity and sympathy as way to regain our balance.

AT THE SAME TIME, we want to take advantage of the potential for liberation and personal empowerment that is promised by the Pluto-Uranus square. No small task, balancing such extremes of motivation. We have to be very clean and clear with ourselves and with others.

Because, if we aspire to have autonomy (Aries) and authority (Capricorn) but forget the need for sensitivity (Cancer) and fairness (Libra), how are we any different than those who enslave and manipulate for personal gain? This is one reason why these are such powerful times, requiring each of us to become more conscious with each passing day.

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF feeling especially restless and impatient this week, take heart that you are not alone! And yet, knowing that many (or most) of us are dealing with the same triggering mechanism means that we will need to be especially patient and kind with each other.

That ability may come more easily at the end of the week that it does at first. The Sun moves into conciliatory Libra on Saturday, helping us all play a bit more fairly for the next few weeks, and reminding us of the importance of getting along.

SATURDAY IS, of course, also the September Equinox, when autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere and spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere. The alignment between the Earth and the Sun that occurs during an equinox provides the opportunity for us to access new levels of information and insight.

In her “Celebrating the Equinoxes” article on the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School website, Cayelin K. Castell explains a bit more about the equinox potentials:

“During the equinoxes, the Earth’s auric or magnetic field is affected by the Sun’s alignment with the Earth’s equator. Twice each year, at the equinoxes, the Sun rises and sets exactly over the equator, remaining closely aligned there for approximately 48 hours. This produces a reduction in the magnetic field of the Earth, allowing us to connect more easily with other dimensions.”

No doubt about it, this is a powerful week! Our homework is to be a wise and adept surfer — to watch the energy waves as they come in, to make balance a priority, and to use our intuitive guidance when choosing just the right wave to ride …