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looking ahead

The Uranus/Pluto square in review and other things

Now let’s review what we know about Uranus and Pluto.

Uranus is the god of heaven, the father of Venus and the ancestor of all the gods of Olympus. He  is a humanitarian represents the universal love for all mankind. He pushes us forward and helps us evolve. Astrologically Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius.

This planet is independent and enjoys personal freedom. Uranus will sometimes surprise with things you suddenly say or do. You never know what he will do next. But surprises are not the only thing you can expect; a quick change or reversal and a good shock are also typical Uranus.

Uranus thinks rules are for breaking and will quickly lift you from the rut you might have fallen into. He loves technology, electronics and is often a computer wiz. Mass communications and social networking suit him well. He thinks outside the old paradigm most often and is always looking for new inventions, scientific breakthroughs or the latest geek tool.

Uranus was discovered in 1781 and takes 84 years to circle the zodiac. This planet rules Aquarius and the seventh house of parents of opposite gender, partnership and marriage. It also governs the future, weather, technology, inventions, electricity, all that is imagined and yet to come. Uranus is also revolutionary, rebellious when it comes to rules and the status quo, and he has a humanitarian consciousness.

Pluto takes 248 years to circle the zodiac and between 12 and 31 to transit a sign. Its orbit is pretty eccentric. This long transit time allows him to influence at least a generation at a time.

Known as the King of the underworld, Pluto rules secrets and all things hidden from view. Greek mythology knew him as “Hades”. This is where we get the name for what we call the underworld today. Pluto and Hades are different in character but are not two distinct characters. Stories around the name vary depending on which mythological tradition you refer to. Pluto is also the root for the Greek word “Ploutos” which means wealth. Thus, plutocracy is when the wealthy rule.

Pluto rules the eight house of joint finances, taxes, legacies, occult, metaphysics and spirits. He also governs destruction, rebirth, transformation, atomic power, death, obsession, kidnapping, coercion, viruses and waste. Crime, subversive activity like terrorism or dictatorships, and secret or covert activities also fall under his control. This is the ultimate story of good vs. evil.

He is the smallest planet and the farthest away from the Sun. Pluto was discovered in 1930 after the telescope was invented. However in 2006, Pluto was demoted to the status of “dwarf planet”. Regardless of his size or planetary status, astrologers know the subtle energy of this planet can pack a powerful influence. Pluto’s energy can indeed hit us like a ton of bricks. The good news is this power is most often focused on the collective and what they will do.

Pluto is extremely powerful for such a small planet. He is very transformative and in mythology he was lord of the under-world. Pluto’s transformation is about the passing away of the old so new can be reborn on a higher level. It’s all about our evolution as an individual human and as a species. Pluto is passionate. This passion can easily turn into obsession and destructive with control. He often shows up strongly in the charts of political people. Little wonder they often become obsessed with power. Pluto, like Uranus has a revolutionary energy. When we combine these two planets in aspect we definitely see action.

The outer planets or those beyond Saturn are thought of as universal or trans-personal planets. Their slow movement relates to collective, generational, and extra ordinary occurrences more than to the individual, everyday or ordinary occurrence.

Uranus moved into Aries on March 12, 2011. Pluto has been wading through Capricorn since January 26, 2008. It wasn’t until March 24, 2012 that these two moved to within 5 degrees of concentric square.  The concentric square would not be reached until June 24, 2012. That was the first of seven that will take place between 2012 and 2015.

Uranus and Pluto were last in aspect in the mid 1960’s. Between June 1965 and July 1967 they were conjunct three 3 times. Conjunctions merge the energies of planets.  This particular combination contributed to the emotion of the civil rights movement as well as the cultural and social revolutions we saw in the 60’s. This was also the period in which Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.  The anti- war movement was in full swing,  as was the sexual revolution. There was an expansion of consciousness as eastern thought moved to the west and let’s not forget the revolutionary art these years produced. We didn’t know it at the time but all this was paving the way for the next time these two planets would perform a cosmic dance together.

Before we move on the present, let’s go back and bit farther to the 1930’s, to the last time Uranus and Pluto were in square aspect to each other. During this time the world saw a great deal of transformation and upheaval. The stock market crashed in 1929. The world would soon fall into the great depression and witness the rise of the Third Reich, Stalin transforming Russia and many other authoritarian regimes were at work.  Weak countries were invaded by stronger ones all over the globe. Not unlike what we have seen in recent years.

During the 1930’s there was also quite a boost in technology. Aviation took a big leap and so did radio. Film was the big art form that transformed in the 30’s. Labor unions formed along with other liberation and social movements. And the six to ten years long drought conditions known as “the dust bowl” would later be immortalized in John Steinbeck’s novel, “The Grapes of Rath”, the photo graphs of Dorothea Lange and the music of Woody Guthrie.  This drought would lead to transformation in the areas of agriculture and health.

Are you beginning to see the power if these planets and this aspect?

The Square aspect creates tension between all points and planets involved. We are in the middle of a historic shift and getting a sample of large changes that are coming our way. The beginning was in 2008 when Pluto moved into Capricorn. The housing market and banking system went into crisis of that year. Pluto’s transit through this sign will take a total of about 16 years. He will influence our finances and other things through the end of January 2024.

Capricorn energy is about building things and creating out careers. Saturn is its ruler so you have to figure in some of that energy when you a looking at this particular square so temper all this with some good ole Saturn authority figures. They all have secrets and Pluto wants to uncover them anyway he can.

Uranus moved into Aries at the very end of March, 2011. The actual square did not come to be till later. These two planets would not be close enough to be called near square until late March of 2012 and the first actual square would be on June 24th of the same year. Uranus will not leave Aries until mid May of 2018 and he will retrograde back into Aries in November of that year. He won’t be completely out of Aries until March of 2019.

Aries energy is about the self, full of fire and impulse. He is as impatient and child waiting on a special day. He’s also good at getting things started but like a child has trouble carrying things to the end. Uranus likes the fact that Aries often ignores obstacles in his way and takes the shortest path to get to where they want to go. Aries is ruled by Mars and these guys need to get physical or they will become stressed.

We are barely half way through the current Uranus Pluto square dance and already we’ve seen similar upheaval to the 1930’s. Although we have not seen a depression quite like that decade, we have seen many large insurance, housing and banks institutions fail, along with political revolt such as the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement. There is also a great deal of interest and concern about the environment and the economic uncertainty.

This seems like a good stopping point for now. Next time I will go more into what we could see in the coming year.