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Mars square Pluto in the natal chart

If you have this aspect in your natal chart you are a naturally incredibly tenacious. This aspect like many Pluto aspects is not something other people notice at first glance about you. It is a force that you keep close to your heart and like a magical ace you present it when something triggers you to take action.

Your energy comes from the depths of your physical core and seems to rely on an infinite potential for survival. It can often seem even to you that you do not know where this energy comes from.

Growing up taking any form of assertive action could feel frightening because it awoke some basic animalistic instinct in your heart which you felt was not appropriate or even embarrassing. You have found you are best able to assert yourself with vigor and passion when times are hard. Pushing yourself to the limit is often the only way to access this volcano of passion that is beyond your control.

 It is very likely you direct this energy into some form of sport or into your work. If you aren’t directing it to achieve something in the world you would often find yourself in conflict with other people who want to dominate and cage you in a spiritual prison so that you can’t escape and create chaos. You would resist with all your’ might when anyone tries and take away your right to exercise your full strength and ambition.

Ambition is something you are naturally very prone too. You are motivated by the potential to better yourself and gain some form of control over your life. You are not soft hearted and often would step on your own vulnerable parts just to get to the top. The tricky thing with this aspect is that once it ignites in a fire like a huge metal machine it is very hard to calm it down. The reason this is tricky is that other parts of your personality might not be ready to go to war just yet.

You may find yourself often in a state of inner conflict that prevents you from moving forward and achieving anything at all. This comes down to a pretty simple state of fear of what you might create if you go forward. You are not afraid of other people but sometimes you are afraid of yourself and what you are capable of. You might find passion, ambition and drive something you dislike in other people because you reject that part of yourself. It is very important for you to learn what your limits are so that you don’t burn out and end up hurting yourself or someone else.

Children with this aspect do best when they are kept active and allowed to make mistakes. They are the type of child to break a watch to see its machinations and get angry when they find it broken. Pluto likes to destroy in order to understand how something works and Mars like to create new life. If you think about this combination you can realize this aspect suggests these people have an inner drive for life in all forms. They enjoy blood pumping through their veins, sun on their burned skin in summer, the pain of the freezing cold on top of a mountain and the afterglow of endorphins born from pain and strain. They are incredibly good at self-control and have a high tolerance for stress that seems to be based on some inner conviction that they can do anything.

The paradox is that if no situations in their life allow them to exercise their will-power or spiritual muscles they will create the situations in an artificial manner. If life becomes too easy and there is nothing to fight for they would become their own worst enemies. They would try and punish themselves and would feel as if they are controlled by some impulse that is almost evil in its deliciousness. I want to point out this is what happens when you reject Pluto and become the slave of your Mars.

There is nothing wrong or evil about your instincts and impulses but have enough responsibility to take time and learn where and how to express them. You want to create but sometimes you destroy. The opposite is also very true! You often create something powerfully evocative in the psyche of other people. You can inspire others to lean on their instincts and strength and survive anything. It is when you are using your instincts to save life that you become free from the slavery of your own fire.

Saving life doesn’t always mean being a firefighter or surgeon although in many cases that is a popular field for you to end up in. Saving life can mean saving the fire in other people’s hearts. You can’t stand seeing other people become so weak as to stop fighting for their power. You can become an example and activist of living life without apologizes. You can lift the spirit of those who think they have been defeated and that is a wonderful gift.

My advice to you would be to try and write down situations where you felt out of control or that your actions were destructive. Take time to really find a pattern of what is a trigger for you. These situations actually hold the key to your hidden energy. After you figure out what these situations are you would be better prepared for battle. If you feel like you are being eaten alive by an invisible fire it is a good idea to find balance through physical activity. I always suggest to keep your ambitiousness to yourself and just work behind the scenes. This aspect works best when kept safely out of the judgment of others. Unlike the opposition what you have is a battery with infinite potential that is volatile if not directed into something constructively destructive.

Destruction is part of nature and the cycle of life. Life is often born out of the ashes of what came before it. You can reinvent that angry, sullen and chaotic individual that once was yourself and become a creator with a shield of diamond strong will-power. You can also fall from grace when you fall into the trap of thinking humans are just animals. The spiritual side of Pluto wants to elevate the flesh into spirit. The instinctive and raw appetite you have for life, movement, sex, love, work and power can be crystalized into something more nuanced and gentle. The inner protector within you is just waiting to be reborn. It is waiting to wear its past mistakes as dirty metal armor while inside its chest would burn a gentle pure fire of intense protectiveness for all that has a beating heart.

Sun-Neptune Aspects : Who am I?

 

What happens when the Sun touches Neptune in your natal chart? Well, what you get is very interesting. 

Sun is your true self, it is who you are on the most basic energy level. Most people grow into their Sun identity with age because it takes time for us to really mature and figure out our identity. The sun is your life force, vitality and will power. Neptune unlike the Sun is not a personal planet. People forget that but Neptune is a collective “far away” planet. Neptune is far away in more ways than one: It is tied to the realm of the other world, the other dimension which is ruled by spiritual forces. It is a very unusual symbol- it is both like a child: intuitive, emotional, creative and like a wise old man impacting you with it’s wisdom and power.

Neptune can be tricky for this reason- you never know if it is giving you insights about the world or tricking you into escapism. It is very elusive and hard to grasp Neptune unless you are working within its power- making art, music or falling in love.

So imagine that you have this poetic force touching the core of your self- infusing your vitality, soul body and will power with its dreamy energy. 

People with aspects between Sun and Neptune tend to have a true romantic streak to their nature. When I say romantic, I don’t mean they are soft people, not at all! But that they are able to experience the beauty of the world on another level. They can feel on an intuitive level that the world is an illusion. They also tend towards some form of idealism, that’s where they are far from soft in their core beliefs and values. 

Still, what is amazing about these people is their ability to be in touch with the collective experience of humanity. That experience can very beautiful and positive but also destructive and negative. Many of them make great poets, artists and marketing people because they can feel what other people are about. They just have some special knowledge of what is going on in the world – that can seem like magic. 

Aside from the inner experience, on the outward level these people are also masters of illusion. Because the Sun (identity) is clouded by the elusive Neptune force. They don’t really know who there are because that changes and shifts depending on where and with who they are. They are strongly affected especially in youth by people and the atmosphere.

Walking into a room that is full of bad thoughts and feelings really touches their core. 

Their identity is not a stable thing and if can be very hard to figure out what is their wants and needs and what is really the people around them. That is why it is very important they grow up in a home that allows them to explore their desires and creativity. Sadly, most Neptune-Sun people grow up with people who overpower and dominate them. As children, usually one of the parents is prone to not be there fully. This can mean they are a parent who is escaping- by drugs, spirituality or not being at home. Maybe the parent is  a very loving person but they have a fragile element to them. This person can’t show the child how to have a strong identity.

The child learns to be many things to different people- and is very good at it. But the true self stays under a fog- not completely explored or visible.

That is why when growing up this person would “try on” different identities. They will be Buddhist for a year and then a hippie and then an animal rights activist.  These are all easily discarded the second a better philosophy comes along.

What can help a Neptune-Sun person is too get in touch with themselves through creativity. They are by nature very creative and have a lot to offer the world. Finding out what is unique and to express it will allow them to figure out where they stand.

Still, they might always feel a bit like they don’t belong. That is fine because the truth is they just have a much more delicate knowledge of the world and they do see the how it works. On an intuitive level they know they are right and that love and beauty would overcome all the horrors of the world.

I’ve mentioned escapism before- it is true that the downfall Neptune presents is escaping, not dealing with reality or being really hurt by it. It is important that Neptune-Sun people learn to care about the “boring” day to day things and to deal with the world. Avoiding cultish groups, drugs and alcohol is also a good idea. They can be swept within the group and effected strongly by substances. 

Another thing that can happen is that they lose their dreamy idealism and become hardened by life. They stop believing in love and goodness, they are too hurt. This si a shame because it is society that is wrong- not them. They have love and so much insight to offer the world and by shutting down they are only slowly killing their growth. 

It can take years to get there- to this place where you know who you are. Be as forgiving to yourself as you are to others and you will be able to keep going.

I should mention some more pitfalls of this placement in a chart. Among them is that Neptune-Sun people can sometimes “lie”. This one is better understood if you consider they are not really lying. For example, if their tastes and identity is so hard to pin down- it is no life for them to say one thing today and another tomorrow- it is true (for them). 

In a romantic relationship they also have a tendency to be very giving- so giving they will give you an illusion of what YOU want.

Again, the trick is knowing that and not getting angry about it. You should know it is their way to love you fully and give you heaven. Over time you will get to know them and they will trust you enough to stop trying to be that walking dream.

The Neptune-Sun person is always evolving and growing; they will need strong beliefs to overcome the hardships they face. Having a strong faith in themselves is what will allow them to shine.

Isn’t it amazing how they have at their disposal the entire spiritual realm- just waiting for them to bring a bit of it down to earth? Or how they can love so unconditionally any person – because they can love humanity?

I think it is. 

They simply must learn to ground their self in their actions. When the hard to pin down Neptune is expressed in practical things it stops messing with you.

This can mean so many things like: caring for other people, being of service through your art or by living your life in a true honest way.

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Every 14 years Neptune changes sign. It is best to also take into account the sign and house Neptune is in your natal chart as is aspects your Sun.

So if you were born between:

1970-1984 Neptune is in Saggittarius

1984-1998 Neptune is in Capricorn

1998-2012 it is in Aquarius

Next look at what king of aspect you have:

Trine or Sextile- the flow of energy between Sun and Neptune is easy here but you may not fully use its power or be aware of how it impacts you. You are a very loving person, open and caring with a creativity that expresses all things Neptune. You may need to work harder at building yourself. You have a lot of fun with all things Neptunian- try not to overindulge

Square and opposition- The flow is hard and it may be you sometimes need to choose or balance between your ego and your higher nature. You are very creative and tend to express Neptune in a stronger fashion then the trine. You are prone to escaping when things get hard and it’s probable that your care taker was in conflict with your true nature. Forgiving and moving on is best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uranus Square Mercury: The Incomplete Outsider

This post is completely unplanned for today, which isn’t surprising considering it is about the change causing Uranus. I was really going more towards Pluto, Scorpio and the like for my next subject…But ok, what Uranus wants Uranus gets- or maybe not?

Recently I was doing a reading for a person online that had this aspect and was asking for help dealing with it. The problem in their own words was not that they feel others don’t get them and that the whole world in fact completely misunderstands them. In traditional Astrology this aspect in a person’s chart is bad news.

It promises they will have a “scattered mind” a mess in the head really. But maybe you don’t know this but I’m a positive Astrologer- I use chart reading the way a therapist would (if they were not a therapist but an Astrologer) and I like offering practical advice more than delivering bad news to people.Anyway, to find a solution to this person’s problem or to yours if you have any Uranus problems in your chart, I needed to understand what the problem was. Uranus is a symbol of genius, electricity, Frankenstein, rebellion, change and anything new and technological.

It is the planet of our age- the age of Aquarius and also of your computer breaking down. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and in many ways is kind of like Saturn that co-ruler of this sign for it likes to make life hard for you when it transits.

Aquarius is also the sign of fame and it has a big ego, without this ego no one would dare and try anything. Try to be innovative or try to become Elvis Presley (who had this aspect). But let’s face it: You are not Elvis or Madonna and Uranus squaring your Mercury is only resulting in issues. The issue being that you can’t express your thoughts to the world without feeling like an outsider. People don’t get you- or so you think. Part of that is that you don’t get yourself until you express this energy, this chain of crazy thoughts and ideas. But Uranus likes change so what happens is that the second you do express yourself- it doesn’t matter. You already don’t think it’s true and you feel that you must do or say something to make others contradict you!

You do this and they act like they don’t understand you and this keep the dangerous cycle going. The only reason this keep on happening is because your sense of self is so tied up to being right- to the big ego. You can’t stand to be wrong and you take the blame and self-punish. The punishment is being the outcast, the outsider, the rebel, the crazy girl or guy.

I think this isn’t fair to anyone and I want to suggest it doesn’t have to be so. What you have is Uranus in your chart and that equals an energy that is best used on a big scale. You have so much to offer to the world if you only knew.  Your thoughts that you can’t express- they are not always right but they always have the right to exist. That is the truth and the second you realize that then you will not be afraid to express your mind to the world without causing a conflict with it. This is the truth and the one that can save you.

My best advice to you is to always say what you think but without attaching ego to it. Let your crazy out but without attaching your sense of self to it. To make it easy for you, I would suggest choosing an 11th house setting: A group with a cause. When you speak for the cause then you don’t care if you are right or wrong.You are not an outsider anymore and you are not alone in what you say. Find this platform and speak up- the world would thank you for that.