Scorpio Moon, Mars Trine Pluto

Luna crossed over into Scorpio about an hour and a half ago, moving into opposition with Mars, which is trining Pluto. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio and Pluto the modern ruler; these two planets in aspect will have real consequences for anyone with prominent Scorpio in their charts. Additionally, since it’s happening in Capricorn/Taurus, those with strong Earth will likely also feel it as well. (As a Cap with Taurus rising and Scorpio moon, I think it’s fair to say that I’m feeling a bit stressed out by this stuff, especially when you take into consideration the triple conjunction we’ve talked so much about already. But this post isn’t about me.)

The big aspect of the day is Mars trine Pluto. Trine is considered a “good” or “easy” aspect, but with both Mars – ruler of action, war, conflict, aggression – and Pluto – ruler of sex, death, loss, transformation – involved, it is hard to see how this aspect could not have a darker side. In fact, one of the biggest news stories right now, that of the murder/assassination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, can be viewed through the lens of this Mars/Pluto aspect. Sex + death = abortion; Mars can precipitate violence; the fact that the murder occurred in church this past Sunday suggests a cold calculation that only Scorpio could be capable of.

In fact, taking a glance at the birth chart of Scott Roeder – the prime suspect in this heinous crime – (Feb 25, 1958 – time and place unknown), the first thing I notice is a conjunction of Jupiter and Neptune – just like the current conjunction – along with the lunar North Node in the early degrees of Scorpio. I also notice that his natal Pluto is in the first degree of Virgo, forming the third leg of a grand earth trine with the current Pluto/Mars trine. His Mars is placed in Capricorn, suggesting that he firmly believes that his actions (Mars) are doing the right/best thing (Capricorn). Interestingly, Mars is also stressfully sesquisquare Pluto in his birth chart; this aspect will repeat itself soon as well. It will be interesting to see if the exact sesquisquare will coincide with a key event in this case.

Anyway, I know this isn’t a political blog though we do follow mundane astrology, but I just want to take a moment to remember Dr. Tiller as a hero to women and families everywhere, providing women with the choice to save their very-much-wanted children from short, tragic, and painful lives of medical intervention and expensive, invasive, painful experiences. The vast majority – if not all – of the cases that Dr. Tiller saw which ended in abortion were those in which the unborn children in question had severe defects incompatible with life as you or I know it. I don’t want to open this up as a platform for the debate over abortion – there are so many other sites all over the internet for that – so I am closing comments on this post. If you have anything positive to say, feel free to email me at and I will post your comments myself if I so choose. Thanks for your understanding.


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