THE GREAT QUESTION of this astrological decade concerns what is the right use of power — whether it’s personal power, political power, or how we derive and use electrical power. What changes do we need to make to avoid the misuse of power, and instead to use it in a new, dynamic, safe, and enlivening way?
Pluto’s job is to challenge us to transform. From 2008 through 2024 Pluto traverses Capricorn, the sign of structure, political power, authority, discipline, and traditions. The last time Pluto was at its present degree of Capricorn was in 1772.
Pluto was energized during the American Revolution by a supportive trine from electrifying Uranus, and it was still a messy time. Changemaster Uranus entered rebellious Aries in 2010, kicking off the Arab Spring of 2011. Now that our political system has produced a more Pluto-in-Capricorn figurehead, we can feel that Uranus-in-Aries discontent simmering here at home.
This week a fast-moving, energizing Mars in Aries adds extra punch to that discontent when it squares Pluto, and extra heat when it conjuncts Uranus next week. Let’s track how we use our personal and political power, and how we use our fossil fuels. Look into simple daily interactions and spiritual life as well as politics, and ask what transformation can we catalyze to improve our situation, across the board.
Today this underlying discontent is sharpened by a focused but potentially resentful Scorpio moon. Through the rest of the weekend, a more upbeat and frank Sagittarius moon nudges us out and about; physical activity will help with an increased emotional sensitivity as the sun slides into Pisces.
Midweek our industriousness returns in time for important strategic meetings under a pragmatic Capricorn moon. Feel the centrifugal force of willpower as Mars squares Pluto on Wednesday, and use it wisely. It could be the perfect time to push a project forward, but there will plenty of fuel for confrontations and even explosions, so proceed thoughtfully.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17: People may follow through on obligations, but don’t expect peace and warmth. Investigation continues midday as the moon sextiles Pluto. We may be distracted later on and need a chance to vent.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18: After a private, potentially resentful morning, we need to speak openly, but must do so with clarity and kindness. Feelings become tender as the sun enters Pisces, while the Sagittarius moon encourages us to take a break from routine.
SUNDAY, FEB. 19: Investigate something new and bold. If we’re cooped up together, we can say mean things to make a point.
MONDAY, FEB. 20: Use your ingenuity to tackle all sorts of glitches. Get on the same page with teammates now and prepare for a cooperative push forward.
TUESDAY, FEB. 21: Hold things together through a potentially difficult few days — don’t react or stay depressed. Use your determined managerial energy to achieve personal goals and a collective vision instead. Pay attention around accidental conditions or explosive personalities.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22: Mars squares Pluto, which can inflame an urge for dominance. We know what we’re against, but it may be hard to remember what we’re for. Avoid unnecessary confrontations, but tackle difficulties with discipline and willpower. Reconnect tonight — we need to remember who’s in our corner.
THURSDAY, FEB. 23: Although change vibrates in the air, a compassionate note seeps in as friendly Venus sextiles stabilizing Saturn under a collaborative Aquarius moon. Reach to the past — to old friends or traditions. Check in with one another and prove friendship can be trusted.