The Opposition Aspect in Astrology

Which side are you on?
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ith an opposition we compare ourselves to a person, or situation, to discover what we are made of.

We put ourselves up against an outside energy to get a clearer understanding of who we are. The opposition mirrors the Aries-Libra relationship: it’s me versus you.

The opposition often shows up in relationships because we need the ‘other’ for comparison. How can we know how creative, how original, how smart, or how talented is there is no one to compete against?

How can we know what we are unless there is an ‘other’ to compare ourselves to?

Siding with the Inner Planet

In an opposition, we often take the side of the inner planet against the heavier, outer planet. The outer planet becomes the person or situation that we measure ourselves against. With Mars opposite Pluto, the person will side with Mars against Pluto. The Mars person becomes the active agent against a powerful, destructive, outside force. This force can be an actual person with power or it can be a situation that holds power over the indvidual.

Take someone with Mars in Aquarius in the 12th house opposing Pluto in Leo in the 6th. He complains that people want power – it’s the tyranny of the powerful over the average Joe. It’s the rich trampling the poor. He doesn’t matter, but he “sticks it to them” – he won’t let them get away with it!

He compares himself to powerful people at work. Why are they so special? Why do they get all the money while he slaves away in obscurity? He claims that he is not interested in power, yet he is enthralled by it.

The opposition can be a problem because the person with it has difficulty recognizing that the bad things he sees outside of himself start within. It could be that his attitude to work, his unacknowledged need for personal power on the job, rubs coworkers and bosses the wrong way.

Siding with the Outer Planet

Other times a person with an opposition will swing to take on the role of the outer planet. This time he knows he contains the power he fights against. He becomes Pluto against Mars – “I’m so destructive. Everything I touch is ruined. I’m the destroyer. I’m a terrible person. I don’t deserve to have a better job. I deserve to toil away in obscurity. I brought this upon myself. I am being punished.” In this example he is extreme.

The Mars opposite Pluto person needs to bring himself up against something powerful, or he needs to embody power to understand his capacity for action in the face of great odds.

Sometimes he applies the right amount of force but other times he falters and feels overwhelmed by the pressure to perform. Pluto in Leo in the 6th give him a powerful urge to put his personal best forward on the job. Mars in Aquarius in the 12th struggles to assert himself without ego. Without integration of these two forces, he makes no progress in his personal battle.

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