Astrology and the last 20 years
Looking back at the last 20 years, seeded by the previous Jupiter- Saturn cycle which began in Taurus, in the year 2000, we have witnessed huge issues arise and attention directed to the systems that govern our money, investments and resources. This is not surprising, given that this was the last in a series of 10 conjunctions, over a period of 200 years, taking place in Earth signs. A potent astrological signature of our Industrial Revolution, but also, the shift of Pluto into Capricorn in 2008. With Pluto in Sagittarius, this period was preceded by the process of linking us all up, as the global internet superhighway spread its tentacles and influence, www, google and social media opened our connectivity and information sharing. We were woken up and connected like never before and we had information, news and entertainment streaming off our fingertips.
The two Venus transits of 2004 and 2012, in Gemini, also occurred during this period. As rare as they are, occurring once only every 120 years 1, to be beaming in at this moment of significant change in human evolution shows them as large significators of all this as well. Within this environment the whistleblowers arose, the fake news got worse and transparency was demanded, as the frivolity and ludicrousness of how we treat our fickle environment set off alarms bells. Yet it all continued to open our minds, our awareness and our access to information sharing, whilst continuing to connect us with like minded groups and brand new cyber friends from our mobile phones.
The past decade opened with our attention on Uranus moving into Aries, a tsunami joined by a nuclear threat, the spread of the global uprisings stemming from the Arab Spring of the early 2010’s and the Occupy movement targeting the imbalance of the 1%. Although our C*I*A had already been functioning for many years, it was during these times and the beginnings of the Uranus-Pluto square that we witnessed significant attention coming to astrology. This wasn’t only because of Ophiuchus and the ongoing saga of claims that astrologers don’t know what they are doing, because they are missing the 13th sign and our zodiac is misaligned, but through the connectivity of astrologers and the sharing of our information. It was also linked to the global unrest and mistrust of how we were being informed.
It was never a priority at our C*I*A to set scientists scepticism to rest, but rather to continue showing and explaining the mundane correlations of what was happening in the world and what archetypal signals were noticeably playing out, delivering our message in our astrological language. It became clear to a wider public that what was happening around the planet made a lot of sense especially as we described Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn and its seeding moments stemming back from the radical shifts and attitudes of the 1960’s. People could relate and they grew more interested in what astrologers were saying. They started asking intelligent questions, looking at their charts, learning about cycles and getting to know the language.
At the C*I*A it was always part of our mission, to speak an astro language, and not dumb down, or fluff up what we saw and wrote. We wanted our public to understand and see astrology working beyond SunSigns, with a better understanding of our language. We became trusted teachers and enticed them to connect with the visible moving planets and track them in the night sky. Simple things, like the way the planets move every night, to the positions of Venus or Mars and even eclipse cycles, laid the road to further intrigue for those that had never previously comprehended celestial movements or how our Earth turns amongst them. The Uranus in Aries timeframe was instrumental in getting astrologers and astrology OUT there, and into the world, bringing the associated changes, accompanied by technology and our phones, with individuals raising their voices and profiles—and so too Astrologers.
Social media has been a blessing for all of us all, helping to get the word out there and to get the masses turned on to it again. This all changed people’s perception of our heavenly art. The Astrology of NOW became the new thing, the language of astrology got to be known and the astrological meme embedded firmly into our culture once again.
Now we see the language of astrology OUT THERE, we hear millennial’s speaking about it on trains, even on their own channels. We see it mentioned in news and films, and even act as a topic for more intelligent and philosophical dinner conversations. It seems so au fait to mention all this now, but when i started astrology this was definitely not the case. Those who used it kept much of it to themsleves, or were even scared of mentioning it. It was still regarded as something strange and weird and made for hippies and new age dudes. Astrology is now a real job, a viable career, a prospect for those who study the craft, or just a jump on the bandwagon with or without qualifications or training for many others.
With Uranus in Taurus now and until 2026 we will see many more substantial changes to the monetising of the ancient knowledge, and the trivialisation of our sacred craft. Within this particular passage of time and given the world’s disillusionment with the future, we could also do very well to nurture the growth and interest in astrology, into fruitful outcomes and more substantial developments. For now we have become used to the floating memes circulating, some fabulous and fun, some demeaning and embarrassing to our craft. This will always be the case, and we can only hold ourselves together to raise the light, standards and the value of astrology.
Uranus and Astrology
Uranus, the Agent of Change, has since its discovery been related to the Higher Mind, especially in these modern traditions, connecting us, as do all outer planets, to the expanding heavens and our expanding consciousness. Since ancient times Ouranus in myth has been the god of the heavens. Many astrologers would call Uranus the ruler of astrology. In ancient times it was Mercury that ruled astrology, as the connector of above and below, the Greek Hermes, the scribe of the heavens. It is too tricky to trace astrological developments over time through the trickster, as his movements are fast and his cycles non-uniform. However, when we look at the shifts of Uranus, even just by sign, we can see quite a definitive archetype revealed in the use and types of astrology that surface in our world during these times. Uranus cycles through the zodiac with a neat seven years in each sign. While the longer cycles of Neptune and Pluto do not enable us to follow the nuisances of our rapidly changing dynamics, their cycles are still important to consider as they are also big and influential, cosmic beacons and reflectors of the great shifts of mass culture, trends and movements.
A brief timeline of the past 50 years gives us a clearer idea. For this exercise I will use Uranus, as the key significator, keeping in mind the backdrops of Neptune and Pluto and major aspects, as we peer into the changing landscape.
• 1974 – 1981 – Uranus in Scorpio
– Rise of psychological astrology
– Delving into the psyche with Astrology – Dane Rudhyar, Liz Greene
– Astrology as therapy and transformation
– Linda Goodman’s Love Signs (1978) a best seller setting an industry record
Neptune in Sagittarius, Pluto in Libra
• 1981- 1988 – Uranus in Sagittarius
– Mundane Astrology – a book on Mundane astrology and its use by Michael Baigent,Nicholas Campion & Charles Harvey (1984).
– Astro mapping with Astrology – Jim Lewis – Astro*Carto*Graphy – patent 1981- Dec 8
– 1985 – Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul by Jeffrey Woolf Green was first published
Neptune in Sagittarius/Capricorn, Pluto in Libra/Scorpio
• 1988- 1995 – Uranus in Capricorn
– 1992- Project Hindsight – The 3 Robs, Robert Hand, Robert Zoller and Robert Schmidt, embark on a project on the History of Astrology –
The Association for the Retrieval of Historic Astrological Texts(ARHAT) was formed. ARHAT was effectively a declaration of intention to translate into English of writings in the western astrological tradition, surviving mainly in Greek, Arabic, and Latin.
Neptune in Capricorn ( a new cycle of Neptune and Uranus also began @ 18° Capricorn in the early 1990’s) Pluto in Scorpio
• 1995 – 2004 – Uranus in Aquarius
– Astrologers become connected in cyberspace through the rise of the internet, www, google, search engines, and the beginnings of social media, facebook and twitter.
– Quantum science, new physics, give rise to new thinking about a connected universe, intentional astrology and a new kind of cosmic magic emerges.
– the beginnings of a collective co- creative astrological thinking
Neptune in Aquarius, Pluto in Sagittarius
• 2004-2011 – Uranus in Pisces
– A synthesis of the older and newer traditions begin to meld
– Traditional astrology, Horary and Hellenistic astrology become more popular
– The rise of Co-creative astrology, Universal and transpersonal consciousness
– The seeding of an astrological Meme
– Rick Tarnas and Archetypal Astrology – Cosmos and Psyche published
– Astrologers got to know each other on social media, a collective astro mind began to brew
– New astrological collectives, organizations were formed like the C*I*A
– Instagram launched 2010
Pluto in Sagittarius, Pluto in Capricorn
• 2011-2018 – Uranus in Aries
– The rise of the astrology of Now, astrologers reporting on the current moving sky.
– Real, fake, instant Astrologers abound, the talking head astrologer
– Astrologers given a stronger identity,
– Opened gates for anyone to be an astrologer, frenzy to learn
– Astrology becomes a very real cultural trend
– Astro Apps
Neptune in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn
• 2018- 2026 -Uranus in Taurus
-Astrology as a natural part of life and living
-Astrological magic, used alongside talismans, potions
-Real sky astrology and fixed stars grow in importance
-Astrology and merchandise, shops, buildings, centres
– Astrology as tangible commodity,
– Astro dating apps etc
– Synthesising of East and West traditions
– Heaven down to Earth
– A Holographic Astrology Chart? There is still 5 years to go)
Pluto in Capricorn, Pluto in Aquarius
• What can we foresee?
2025 – 2032 – Uranus in Gemini
– The rise of astrology schools, mostly online
– Astronomy of astrology a link to get astrology into schools and early learning
– Teaching of Astronomy linked astrology in Schools
– The rise of East meets West and the use of two zodiacs, the Tropical and Sidereal
– New adaptations and uses of astrology
Pluto in Aquarius, Neptune in Aries
• And beyond –
Just imagine what Uranus in Cancer will bring 2032-2039?
Astrology may well be taught by mums or dads at home as millennials become parents, as I could imagine more centres and retreat centres, places dedicated to astrology, maybe even Temples could arise. What a lovely thought!
A particularly interesting and super creative period awaits us when Pluto enters Pisces, Neptune will be in Taurus and Uranus in Leo in the 2040’s.
By no means is the above intended to be an extensive study, but it does point out the flavour of what we find as the outer planets, and especially Uranus, transit the signs. There are some big planetary shifts ahead, including Pluto moving into Aquarius in 2023, Neptune into Aries in 2025 and Uranus into Gemini in 2026. Air and Fire qualities will be dominant, what we see now may just be a glimmer, compared to where this may all go! If the net and social media changed the face of astrology, one can only imagine how our new cyber world, and the Internet of Things will continue to give us leverage and space to fly. I am reminded as I write this of a line about astrology in the late middle ages.
“The influence of the stars over human life was a belief almost universally held by all instructed men from 13th to 16th century.”2
It does seem as though we are far beyond these times, as the astrology of now is for all, not just the instructed ones. As much as we may like to see it more contained, or valued and respected, it has nevertheless been unleashed. People who use astrology don’t need to believe in it, and some don’t feel a deep need to contemplate or philosophise on how it works. It is seen as a tool for self development rather than as a vehicle for commands from the Gods and as always and perhaps one of its most timeless qualities, is that it keeps itself up with the times and the changing worldviews.