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Mars is Square Pluto. Prepare Yourself for Power Struggles.

Today should be light-hearted enough, with the moon in favorable transits to Venus, Uranus, and Mercury. This afternoon, though, Mars forms a square with Pluto, and it may set us up for some challenging struggles ahead. Read on, and see what you can do to prepare yourself.

The Moon is Sextile Venus at 2:15 AM

Overnight, the moon in Cancer formed a sextile with Venus in Virgo. When the moon is sextile Venus, it forms a tender, loving aspect. All types of relationships can flourish under this influence, but it’s especially auspicious for romantic pairings. You might even start a new relationship.

It brings about increased beauty, charm, social popularity, and successful dating experiences. It’s an ideal time to be with your partners and friends, if you’re able to do so right now.

The Moon is Sextile Uranus at 6:16 AM

Early this morning, the moon in emotional Cancer forms a sextile angle with Uranus in grounded Taurus, stimulating personal encounters and exciting events.

This transit has us feeling open to change, and might even urge us to seek it out. It’s a great time to try something new because of these lowered inhibitions.

The Moon is Trine Mercury at 7:59 AM

A bit later, the moon in Cancer forms a watery trine with Mercury in Scorpio, making us feel like we’re seeing things clearly for the first time in a while. Our feelings and intuition are balanced by our rationality and keen perception, ultimately leading to self-awareness and sound judgment.

This is a great time to use a social platform to share your insights with others. Whether that’s through public speaking, writing, or any other form of communication that’s calling to you, you should let your voice be heard.

Pay close attention to the dreams you had last night, they could have some insight to share with you. You could have a revelation about your childhood or family history. Keep your mind open, and record any intuitive flashes as they happen.

Mars is Square Pluto at 3:20 PM

This afternoon, Mars in its fiery native home of Aries forms a square with Pluto in stubborn Capricorn. You might want to hold on to your hat, because this transit will bring about some serious tension and power struggles. Mars is the planet of passion, assertion, anger, and war. There’s a lot of ego here.

Pluto, as you’ve probably picked up by now, is the planet of undoing—it’s death and destruction, and then rebirth. So, in short, our egos are quite likely to be challenged to the point of dismantling under these influences.

Because Mars in Aries is such a potent placement, you can expect to have a lot of energy, confidence, and drive. You’ll want to keep moving forward no matter what your current mission, but be prepared to meet challenges at every turn.

Whether that’s in the forms of colleagues or competitors at work or outside influences in our daily lives, this is not a time to rush into things unprepared. If we leave loose ends anywhere, they will trip us up.

On a macro scale, you can expect to see this transit wreak some havoc on our already tenuous government and corporate institutions. This is the second of three Mars-Pluto aspects this year that will have influence on a global scale.

The positive aspect of this is that Pluto’s ultimate mission is not to destroy and then leave. It’s to shake us up, dismantle patterns that are ultimately not healthy, and rebuild from the ground up. This will be positive in the long run, it’s just not going to be comfortable for the time being.

The Moon is Square the Sun at 8:42 PM

This evening, the moon in Cancer forms a square with the Sun in Libra, possibly introducing some stress and irritation in our home or family lives. Right now the sun is shining a light on our more negative inner emotions, habits, and unconscious reactions.

This is a catalyst for us to recognize the old beliefs and self-defeating thoughts that no longer serve us. We should focus on releasing these things from our lives in the time leading up to the full moon in Taurus on Halloween.

The Moon is Opposite Jupiter at 11:25 PM

Late tonight, the moon moves in opposition to Jupiter. With it comes a need to express ourselves, regardless of the consequences.

A moon opposite Jupiter transit brings good feelings and generosity but also the potential for lack of self-control and unwanted attention. Bottling our emotions only leads to explosive outcomes later, so it’s best to try to stay as open as possible.

The Moon is Trine Neptune at 11:41 PM

A bit later, the moon in emotional Cancer forms a trine aspect with Neptune in dreamy Pisces. All of this watery energy brings about a time of introspection and imagination. It would be a great time to focus on creative projects, especially those involving film or video. Working in front of a mirror could also spark some serious creativity.

This is also a good time to meet, or call in, a future partner. Your friends may also seek you out, either for support or advice. You’re happy to oblige both. In fact, you might feel like seeking out ways to support others, perhaps with charitable or humanitarian work, or using your art and influence to draw attention to a cause.

Your intuition is quite strong this evening, so pay attention to any psychic flashes or hits you might receive. It would be a great time to delve into a divination practice.

All aspects mentioned here are calculated in Eastern Standard Time. For greater accuracy, convert to your own time zone.