by Nick Owens, Agent 37
On 12 March 2011 (Melbourne time) Uranus moves back into Aries (it sort of dipped its toe into Aries for a brief period from the end of May 2010 until mid-August 2010) to stay until May 2018 when it moves into the next sign, Taurus.
Uranus, being symbolic of shocks that force change to the status quo, is often associated with revolutions in the spheres of politics and social structures. Such revolutions are not merely disruptions of the old order – they are times when a futuristic vision of human potential and creativity is brought to earth, a seizing of the very spirit of human progress, a realization of the truth that there is something divine within the individual human being that will never be suppressed, a fire that will never be extinguished. Characteristic of such times is a challenge to traditional hierarchies that place people on different levels – this is totally anathema to the principle of Uranus, for this is an archetype that demands adherence to principles of universal brotherhood, freedom and the liberty to express individuality.
Look at the chart for the execution of Louis XVI on 21 January 1793 in the midst of the French Revolution: Uranus in Leo is exactly opposite Pluto in Aquarius. Sitting in the sign of royalty, but also of individual creativity and dignity, Uranus is locked into a tense stand-off with Pluto, representing unavoidable, powerful transformative processes, in Aquarius, the sign of humanitarian and progressive reform. This event was the ultimate symbol of the revolutionary period in Europe, which sounded the death-knell of the old monarchies and feudal social structures, and it retains to this day the emotional force of barbarity and terror together with the potent spirit of liberalism and its associated democratic principles which bow down to no-one but the people themselves.
Now look at this chart – for the first manned balloon flight by the Montgolfier brothers in Paris on 21 November 1783. Note that Uranus in Cancer is square to Neptune in Libra and opposite Saturn in Capricorn. Uranus in this aspect pattern is seen to be involved with the symbols of gravity (Saturn in Capricorn) and lighter-than-air gas (Neptune in Libra) and this illustrates the tendency of Uranus to represent the principles of breaking barriers, challenging accepted norms and limits, and proving the potential of the indomitable human spirit of discovery and invention.
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon at 2:56pm UTC on 21 July 1969, Uranus was exactly conjunct Jupiter in the first degree of Libra. We see here the melding of the passion for discovery and expansion of horizons so characteristic of Jupiter, with the futuristic, limit-challenging spirit of human innovation, science and daring which is represented by Uranus. As this conjunction occurred opposite the World Point (0º Aries) it seems appropriate that it occurred coincident with an event that was of such cardinal importance to the world as a whole; further, occurring in Libra, the sign of relationship, it involved our civilization as a whole reaching out beyond itself to another world, and by doing so being able to reflect upon the planet that we call home, generating new perspectives as relationships are wont to do.
So we can see that Uranus carries with it themes of innovation, invention, scientific and futuristic activities, as well as dissatisfaction with things as they are; an urgent, impatient desire for reform or for change to prevailing conditions; a concern with what is creative amongst individuals, to liberate this divine spark of creativity and to re-shape the world in image of human potentials envisioned. As Richard Tarnas has pointed out, the myth of Prometheus is apt as a description of the archetype represented by Uranus – punished for giving the divine gift of fire to mortals, he ended up chained to a rock – and often there is a punishment meted out by society to those who embody the Uranian spirit, those who break ranks and tell the truth, who concern themselves with liberating the rest of us, waking us up, enlivening us to the enormously powerful forces of creativity that lie dormant within, if we would only have the courage to use them.
Uranus moving into Aries starts up a new field of energy in which the archetype of Uranus will operate. In Pisces since 2003, we have seen the forces of innovation and individual creativity operating in less conspicuous ways as befits this retiring and private sign: the enormous success of YouTube as an unfettered mode of audiovisual communication of everything from instant reports of disasters and political developments around the globe to the private indiscretions of celebrities. This has been a sort of democratizing of and by imaging technology, just as 84 years ago, when Uranus was last in Pisces, television began to do the same thing. Pisces, like all four mutable signs, is concerned with our understanding of the world, our perception and comprehension of life. Aries, however, being a cardinal sign, is about action. Uranus moving into Aries correlates with an ‘enough talk, just do it’ sort of attitude, and we can certainly see this playing out in the world currently.
The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya (as well as other countries in the Middle East) have taken the world by surprise, as befits the Uranian archetype. Despite the fears of Western elites, peddled unquestioningly by the corporate media, that these uprisings represent an ‘Islamist’ revolutionary movement intent on establishing theocratic states across the region, the reality is that the people on the ground who are bravely taking part in these mass rallies and protests are demanding an end to tyrannical rule by fascist puppets propped up by Western powers for a variety of reasons (to ensure low-cost access to oil, to control immigration to Europe, to appease Israeli interests intent on further expansion of settlements in Palestine). This is generally not reported because its significance is of such global magnitude that it risks a total breakdown of geopolitical relationships. Such a breakdown would of course realign the battle-lines from ‘the West versus Islamic terrorists’ scenario we have been told to swallow for the last 10 years, to the truth of international power-relations, which is more like ‘corporate fascism and global elites versus the people and their rights to control of their own resources’.
A good chart to examine for events in the Middle East is that for the moment when agreement was reached by the League of Nations, meeting at San Remo in Italy, to divide up the remains of what was until then the Ottoman Empire, defeated in the First World War, between the British and French, as well as provide for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Many of the modern Arab states take their shape from the results of this agreement, and it seems to be a particularly significant step on the way to the creation of the state of Israel. Note the exact opposition from Uranus to Saturn – indicative of the tension between the past and the future, between borders, forces of authority and old-style rulers (Saturn) and insistent demands for freedom, independence and rebellion (Uranus). When Uranus and Saturn combine, one can witness miracles – the concretization of futuristic innovation (like the balloon flight mentioned earlier) or one can witness explosive disintegration of structures, tyrannical rule, utter refusal to compromise and principles hardened beyond any possibility of change. The trine/sextile to Pluto in Cancer seems to add to the mix the racial and ethnic elements of clan identification, religious affiliation, and governments based on family dynasties which have marred the region for decades.
This Pluto is of course currently being opposed by transiting Pluto in Capricorn, and as Uranus enters Aries it too will square this Pluto. So we can see that there is enormous pressure being brought to bear on the very foundations of the current political structures in the Middle East – the origins of the state boundaries, the forms of government, and of course the central importance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the whole region. The involvement of Pluto is strongly suggestive of an inevitable transformation that is going to happen one way or the other, an unavoidable shifting of the centres of power. But it is the transit from Uranus that adds the gelignite – that awakens people to the sclerotic and despotic regimes that are long past their time, and that injects the revolutionary fervour and the passion for complete reversal of the status quo.
But the shift occurring with Uranus entering Aries is perhaps being more widely felt around the world at this time, not only in the Middle East. For this is an instance of an outer planet crossing the World Point of 0º Aries, an event which tends not to happen all that often. The last time the 0º Aries point was activated by an outer planet was in 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn and squared this point – and this correlated with the start of the greatest financial crisis in the history of the world – a truly Plutonian breaking down of a Capricornian structure that had become so unreal, so unrelated to the reality of people’s lives, that decay was inevitable. And with decay there are often some very unsightly and unsavoury matters revealed – corruption in high places, theft and greed on a vast scale, and a realization that there is no life left in the traditional political processes to which we have grown accustomed – they are like the dead skin sloughed off by a moulting reptile. But now that Uranus is activating this point, we can see the world waking up at last, becoming emboldened to take action, to take back what has been so imperiously stolen, to demand the reinstatement of basic rights – to fair representation in political fora, to resources, to sovereign banking and credit, to human rights and justice, to individual freedom and liberty of expression, to access to information and the truth of what is being done behind closed doors. Uranus last activated this point in 1988 when it entered Capricorn, and after conjoining Saturn and opposing Jupiter the following year, history was made with the collapse of the Eastern bloc of communist regimes in Europe as well as the Tiananmen Square uprising in Beijing.
So we can see that 2011 is also likely to be a very significant year in world politics and geopolitical shifts, and not only is this related to Uranus’ entry into Aries. Neptune moves into Pisces for the first time in 165 years in April 2011 (which deserves its own discussion) and the potent Uranus-Pluto squares, so redolent of transformative revolutionary change, will start perfecting next year.
This article was first published on 25 February 2011 at the old C*I*A – Zone X blog.