Astrology Mundo posts that I missed the Mercury-Mars sextile to Pluto and explores how that might play out.

I have to confess, I tend to side-step sextiles, never quite sure what to think about them. Also, as Pluto completes its tour through Sagittarius, having crossed my Ascendant about five years ago and now trundling through my First House, I’ve been wanting to avoid talking about Pluto altogether… But no time like Mercury retrograde aspecting Pluto to face old fears.

Sextiles (60° angles) and trines (120°) are generally seen as ‘positive’ or ‘harmonious’ aspects. Where a trine allows for an easy flow of energy, a sextile allows for something new to be created. According to Stephen Arroyo:

The sextile seems to be an aspect of openness to the new: new people, new ideas, new attitudes; and it symbolizes the potential for making new connections with either people or ideas that can ultimately lead to new learning. This aspect usually involves signs of harmonious elements, and this compatible energies. The sextile shows an area of life where one can cultivate not only a new level of understanding but also a greater degree of objectivity which can lead to a feeling of great freedom. It indicates an automatic, natural attunement and sometimes a definite skill. (136)

Here’s what Skyscript says about Mercury sextile Pluto:

A sextile between Mercury and Pluto shows keen mental penetration and analytical intellect. You can grasp the most elusive and obscure subjects. Your comprehension is so deep that you derive more meaning from your experiences than others do. This is an excellent placement for anyone involved in scientific or investigative pursuits.

In the current craziness, anything that unblocks that sense of ‘stuckness’, that sense of helplessness that we all seem to be mired in, can only help.

I hope.

Arroyo, Stephen. Chart Interpretation Handbook. Sebastapol, Ca.: CRCS, 1989.

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