For the next five and a half weeks
we’re in the countdown to the fifth exact Uranus/Pluto square on
April 21, and as we approach this astral event, many of us
are likely to experience the already too intense environment of
daily life intensifying even more. Sudden twists of fate that
challenge conventional order are one of the signatures of this
configuration. Plans that seemed to be set in stone evaporate in an
instant; the tried and true reliance on friends and family also
disappears, especially if unforeseen developments hamper the ability
to be reliable; relationships, once thought to be shift-proof
nervous systems already stressed from too much stress suffer from
the increased strain, making meltdowns probable.
As these and other unforeseen possibilities erupt into daily life,
they disrupt regular routines, which could cause more than a few of
us to destabilize, and even more of us to hold fast to whatever it
is that makes us feel secure.
Uranus and Pluto are
the astral change agents; they symbolize revolution, and when they
interact, we experience an undeniable call to transform stagnant
regimens, personal and collective, conscious or unconscious.
I like routines as much as anyone. I particularly appreciate
routines as an antidote to chaos and uncertainty. But routines lose
their value when they become mindless habits, just as rites and
rituals become empty when their deeper intention is lost or
obscured. I realize that not everyone equates a morning cup of
coffee with a morning prayer, but whether it’s secular or spiritual,
the order we create in life is
important and necessary to our sense of safety and security.
Order provides structure, and when we imbue that structure with
meaning, we deepen our experience of being alive. You can live your
life as if every moment matters. Or you can go through the motions,
vaguely hoping to be rescued from the monotony of the mundane. It’s
always a choice, here on the free will planet.
And as I always
like to remind myself—and others—living life is the greatest
creative act of all.
The current series of Uranus/Pluto
squares began in June 2012 and ends in March 2015. This
series is the first in a cycle that began with the conjunctions of
Uranus/Pluto, in Virgo,
from 1965-1966. Virgo is the Sign where we become aware of and
experience the details of the interconnectedness of life;
it is not surprising that the
ecology movement found its voice during Pluto’s transit through
Virgo, from October 1956 through October 1971.
From a transformational perspective, as well as a historical one,
Uranus/Pluto contacts amplify the need to make choices that are
inclusive rather than exclusive; the movements for social justice
grab hold of the collective psyche during Uranus/Pluto contacts, and
strides are made for the good of the many.
We’ve known for a while that local choices have global consequences,
but now, given technology’s
(the worldwide web ~CR), it is
impossible to deny that the political, financial, and climate
choices each of us makes during our lifetime are part of a much
larger ecosystem. We’ve always lived with the consequences of our
choices, but there is no escaping the effects.
The fifth exact square on April
21is the most complex in the current series because it manifests as
a rand Cardinal Cross:
Pluto as it simultaneously squares Uranus, and Mars opposes
Uranus, as it simultaneously squares Pluto and Jupiter. All of these
planets are in Cardinal signs. Uranus is in Aries,
Jupiter is in Cancer,
Mars is in Libra,
and Pluto is inCapricorn.
Cardinal signs represent action.
Cross signifies tension; it’s
literally a cross to bear. The tension symbolized in this
cross is the distillation of nearly two years of turmoil.
I don’t think it is possible to predict what will occur or how it
will happen. (But here are some ideas ~CR)
What we know is that Jupiter’s
transit through Cancer puts the emphasis on safety and security.
(personal privacy; Internet security ~CR)
in Libra is all about relationships—even if you aren’t in
a relationship with a significant other.
(Relationship with global Netizens ~ CR)
Pluto’s transit through
Capricorn signals the death and rebirth of governments and
institutions of authority.
(United Sovereigns of Earth ~CR) And
the transit of Uranus through Aries spotlights individuation and how
we know ourselves as separate and distinct from others.(Universal
Rights in the Global Sphere HERE
As the coming
weeks unfold, many of us will feel the tension of this building
Grand Cross as a need to act. Some will act if only to
relieve the tension. Others, while not as impulsive in the moment,
may still make reactive decisions based on the difficulty of the
moment. Whether it is a desire to break free or a desire to break
through or at the opposing pole,
a sense of paralyses or inaction,
try to keep your
balance by holding on to the biggest possible perspective.
Remember, there is no need to act solely for the sake of it. Also
keep in mind that everyone will be feeling the intensity, especially
children—and even pets. Do your best to handle mounting sensitivity,
yours or others’, with compassion.
Very few of us are equipped to
handle this level of tension, and all of us could use a helping hand
to ease the way. And most of us will need one.
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For the last
several years I’ve been teaching a course at Hunter College, City
University of New York, entitled The Sacred Sky: Astrology in World
Religion. Recently, I participated in a conference held at the
Hayden Planetarium, here in New York City, where I presented a video
of interviews with former students about how the course changed
their awareness of the sky.
YouTube video: Finding
the Stars in the City