“Gaining Momentum”

October 1, 2011

When I checked-in with you last March, Uranus, the harbinger of change, had just shifted into Aries. With Jupiter also in Aries, it catalyzed the tumultuous revolution that has since been dubbed the “Arab Spring.” I commented at the time that more chaos would unfold when Uranus and Pluto squared one another later on in the year. That time is upon us.

Uranus square Pluto isn’t gradual change; it’s spasmodic, cathartic and transformative – more like a volcano or a tidal wave — the kind of change that wipes the slate clean, leaving no possibility whatsoever that the past will reformulate itself. The square between Uranus and Pluto indicates that things have become so entrenched and sclerotic that only a violent explosion will clear the debris for new life to take root. (Congress is a perfect example.)

Uranus and Pluto will square one another exactly five times between June 2012 and April 2014. The square will occur at 7,8,9,11, & 13 degrees of Aries and Capricorn,. Aries symbolizes the Warrior and Capricorn the Old Guard Establishment. This is particularly momentous for the U.S. because these degrees form a square with the U.S. Jupiter at 5 degrees Cancer and our Sun at 13 degrees Cancer, indicating the final square between Uranus and Pluto will square the U.S. Sun exactly! By the time it’s over, the U.S. will see itself in a totally different way.

Having spoken first-hand with the Egyptian protestors in Tahrir Square in Cairo this past May, I wondered what would happen here as Uranus and Pluto approached the tense square. The last time these two planets came together was back in the Sixties. We are still living with the social and political consequences. What will it look like this time?

I just returned from a week in New York City visiting cousins I hadn’t seen in forty years. Packing to leave, my eyes were drawn to the voice of the TV reporter, interviewing a group of protestors down on Wall St. When asked if they were Democrats or Republicans, a twenty-something woman was quick to point out that they were neither. “Obama let the same people back into the house that had robbed it the first time,” she said. “We represent the 99% who are disgusted and disenchanted with the special interests that have co-opted our democracy.”

I am here to tell you that to dismiss “Occupy Wall St.” which has already “metastasized” beyond Manhattan to LA, Seattle, Cincinnati, etc. is to deny the potency of rage inherent in the square between Uranus and Pluto.

Take a look at your own natal chart. If you have planets between 5 and 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you are being directly impacted by the Uranus/Pluto square. Depending on which planet(s) is involved, (The Sun is identity; Moon your emotions; Mercury your mind; Venus your manner of relating and Mars your way of asserting yourself) some aspect of your personhood has reached a point of no return. Your habitual way of seeing/responding is no longer functioning to your advantage. Forces in your life are compelling you to make fundamental changes. There is always free will; however, to resist or deny the need for change will result in some sort of health problem. Disease is your higher self’s way of finally getting your attention.

I have no idea what will happen in the upcoming election. What I do know is that it’s no longer about the two-party system. The entire system is rotten any way you look at it. On Election Day 2012 the Progressed Moon (symbolizing the people) is at 20 degrees Libra, exactly opposite the asteroid Chiron at 20 degrees Aries. Chiron is woundedness. People are hurting badly, reminding me of the famous line from the movie “Network:”  “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”