Today’s Jupiter-Pluto square is one of the year’s most anticipated transits. Perfecting just 32 hours after Jupiter enters Taurus, this clash between two planets with distinct egoic, materialist, and spiritual desires, emphasizes picking our battles wisely.
Many religious traditions and spiritual frameworks contain teachings to this effect: when you finally commit to levelling up, challenges will appear to test your resolve. The greater your potential for advancement, the more the universe will place obstacles in your path. This is not a cosmic punishment, but a reminder to keep your convictions even when faced with insurmountable odds.
Resultingly, the nature of the Jupiter-Pluto square is to provoke interactions, exchanges or events which test our preparedness to receive spiritual or material advancement. These are tests which require us to stay humble. Keeping our jealousies in check and declining to act in entitled ways is critical. But easier said than done!
Today's incidents can harken back to crises experienced during the recent Aries solar eclipse. An ongoing power struggle may be doing a number on your confidence, especially if you believe that someone else is getting the prize that you are entitled to!
Perhaps a boss is denying your business contributions so they can maintain their position of influence. The unfairness of this situation is probably apparent, yet the important thing in this moment is to refuse to allow another’s behaviors to diminish your integrity. If you retaliate by sinking to their level, you’ll lose the ethical high ground. If you try to game the system, you only cheat yourself.
And there are other ways for us to "cheat" ourselves: giving into an addictive pattern may feel rewarding in the immediate, but the long-term damage far outweighs the temporary endorphin rush. A lie to save face can do irreparable harm to a relationship built on trust and mutual respect.
There are no shortcuts to success. Pluto’s terrain is power, fear, and obsession, and Jupiter’s swagger invites us to press our luck; the pride before a fall. Yet at the same time, loss, crisis, or injustice tend to place us in greater communion with our spiritual center. Faith is forged in fires of frustration, ones where we discover that letting go when we want to cling tight positions us to receive. And baser appetites are transmuted by passing these tests, either by refusing to allow temptation to lead us astray, or by learning from our mistakes.
Written by Nyssa Grazda