Phases of the Moon, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern hemisphere will see a mirror image of this phase. (Source:Wikipedia)

Phases of the Moon, as seen from the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern hemisphere will see a mirror image of this phase. (Source:Wikipedia)

Hello, everybody.

This week is dominated by an opposition between Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Cancer, which is in play all week and exact on Wednesday.   Many astrologers are making dire predictions about these two planets opposing each other in the sky, everything from earthquakes and tidal waves to terrorism to further economic collapse.  But let’s look a little deeper at these energies and how they might affect our business lives this week.

Mars in Cancer

Mars is the energy of the warrior, the part of each of us that protects and defends what we think is ours, and takes what we desire from others.  Mars is self-referential, and procreative, strong, fiery, willful, and aggressive.  If Mars doesn’t like something, he says so; if Mars sees injustice, he defends; if Mars is challenged, he responds with force.

There is a time, though, when every warrior retreats back to the tribe, back to home and hearth for rest and rejuvenation.  This is Mars in Cancer, and this is the phase that Mars will enter this week, just before encountering Pluto in Capricorn.  Mars in Cancer, which lasts until mid-October, is the weakest time for the Mars energy.  The fire is out; our internal fighting forces are exhausted.  At this time Mars gathers the tribe around him and becomes passive and timid, depending on others to defend the home turf. 

It’s not that there can be no accomplishment while Mars is in Cancer; it’s that we all must figure out alternative ways to achieve our goals.  At this time, we cannot rely only on ourselves for courage, enthusiasm, and assertiveness; we must rely on the people around us.  Even though our individual competitive energy is weak at this time, the collective energy of the group around us is strong.  This means relying on others, our employees, our collaborators, and our team to accomplish what we cannot accomplish on our own.

This is not to say you will necessarily be content with this weakened vitality.  Some will welcome with relief a period of escape from the need to defend every challenge.  Others will feel bitter and resentful with their inability to overcome.  The worst feature of Mars in Cancer can be a passive aggressive stance where covert operations take the place of overt strategies.  And remember, this energy is just as likely to surface in yourself as in others.

Pluto in Capricorn

We’ve spoken at length about Pluto in Capricorn.  In a nutshell, this is a long transit which will bring fundamental change to many of the structures we have come to rely upon:  government, banks, industries, transport systems.  It is the energy of revolution and evolution and it can be dramatic and at times overwhelming.  It exposes what is hidden, for better or for worse, and usually now, at the beginning of the cycle, we become more aware of the worse rather than the better.

Mars opposing Pluto

When a personal planet like Mars crosses Pluto it opens a channel for the Plutonian energy to enter our personal and business lives.  Normally, when Mars and Pluto form a difficult aspect in the sky, the warrior in us fighting against forces of irrevocable change, immense conflicts can erupt.  But with Mars in Cancer, the warrior is at home.  He may have gathered the whole tribe to defend his territory, but he’s certainly not out looking for a fight.  When Pluto comes knocking, Mars may hand him a cup of tea and a fresh-baked sweet roll. 

So how can we respond to these energies?  There may be massive disruptions in your business this week.   External, even global, forces may impinge upon you, but don’t expect your normal levels of dynamic response and courage.  Put away your weapons:  reliance on and bonding with others is the key to success.  Anything you can do to bring about heartfelt connection among the folks in your business will be a stronger weapon than a direct fight.  You may even join with a competitor to challenge or resist a common enemy. 

An unexpected guest

And there’s a third character on the field this week, a mediator and a welcome guest.  Mercury, the planet of the rational mind, communications, and negotiations is leaving the sign of Virgo and entering the sign of Libra.  From its position in Libra, it forms an aspect to both Pluto and Mars. In contact with both sides of the battle, Mercury brings a message of reconciliation and a desire for win/win outcomes for all.  So look for the diplomat, someone who steps into the middle of the confrontation and helps to craft a workable solution.  There is a reasonable and tactful ally who can balance the incoming Pluto disruption and the passive Mars response.  It may even be you!