Uranus in Aries: Never the Same Old Thing

by Boots Hart, CAP on May 1, 2010

Volcanic Lightning by Olivier Vandeginste

When Uranus was discovered on March 13, 1781, it was in Gemini. As Gemini is about what we choose to put together (or not), this seems apt for Uranus, a planet which symbolizes the radicalization of us, of life, of all which promotes separation and separatism in the service of knowing what the “one” is so that those unique qualities of each person and thing can be used to best effect.

Uranus discovery chart (click to enlarge in new window)

Uranus discovery chart (click to enlarge)

Unfortunately….that’s not how it always works out. And why doesn’t it work out that way? Well, part of that can be seen in where Uranus was when discovered—namely at 24 Gemini. Plainly part of the sign’s third grouping of ten degrees (each ten being known as a “decanate”), 24 Gemini, like all third decanate degrees of whatever sign includes a message that whatever our idea, product, invention…whatever it is, it has to be put into practice to see if/how it’s going to work. Or if it will work at all.

In other words, we have to let it go. We have to separate from it. We have to be separated from it too—which means, we need to gain perspective through a clear-minded assessment of what results once our idea, product, effort, child…once it’s out in the world. Neither ideas nor people exist in a vacuum: they actually have to be functional in connection with other people and other ideas.

One astrologer described Uranian energies as those which apply to our being in a rut. Uranus is the guarantee that at the very least, you’ll redecorate the rut you’re in from time to time.

And no, it’s not personal. Uranus is beyond Saturn—and Saturn is the last planet visible with the naked eye. In metaphysical terms that defines Uranus as a form of energy which we don’t see coming. To some that relegates Uranian energy to the realm of our subconscious. And yes, that’s one way to look at it, though few familiar with astrology would probably say Uranian effects are less than highly noticeable.

To take a brief romp through the mythology presented by Ye Olde Discovery Chart: when discovered, Uranus was conjunct asteroid Hebe, fixed stars Betelgeuse and Bellatrix…and in opposition to the ever proactive “make it so!” Mars, which at the time was positioned in Sagittarius (experience gained through application, experimentation and exploration).

Starting at the tail here, oppositions generally speak to the need to face something. So Mars (initiative) in opposition to Uranus gives a “you need to give it a try” factor as part of the Uranian credo. And since oppositions also speak to being opposed by (or facing off against) things, Mars-opposition-Uranus also pictures what we go through in facing issues, events and people. The uncertainty, the anxiety, the nerves which go with anticipation? Those are Uranian. And as we can’t see Uranus, it’s not shocking that Uranus is  associated with unpredictability and that things may not go as planned when you do screw yourself together to face the music, pop the question or challenge the status quo. It’s all very Uranus.

On the Gemini side, Hebe being the ancient Greek “cup-bearer” (the one who brings the offering, or who offers it) Hebe/Uranus seems a comment on means or method. Thus Uranus is the process of discovery (information brought to us) and breakthroughs (discovering for ourselves).

But that Uranus is not everyday breakfast food? That’s shown by Uranus being discovered in conjunction with Bellatrix and Betelgeuse—an odd pair of fixed stars if there ever was one! Betelgeuse is a huge red star known to the ancients of Egypt as Osiris. Positioned in the shoulder of constellation Orion (the Hunter), Betelgeuse is said to promise success without complications. But considering how that optimistic outlook hardly fits the god Osiris (who was chopped up and tossed aside by a hatefully jealous fellow god), the catch may well be how this star is position in Orion’s shoulder, implying the “shouldering” of some task. Or, considering this is all in Gemini, the realization of the full scope of the process. In other words, it’s not all about us, it’s not just the light bulb moment. We don’t get to get the idea and expect it to work. Or be universally adopted. In fact, considering the Mars opposition part of this picture, we had better be prepared to learn better or face consequences for not learning better!

The other obvious note? That Orion is a hunter. Hunting is not a simple task. A successful hunter invests a lot of time and energy in acquiring skills which even then are not always 100% successful. And that’s very Uranus too—Uranus being the patron planet of science and technology.

Positioned at the time at 26 Gemini (yes, fixed stars do move, if ever so slowly!) in those days Betelgeuse was “voicing” this need to “discover and develop new skills” in a degree all about naïve energies which tend to recite, even defend a “traditional mantra,” even if that means doing so without understanding it. 26  Gemini has a flavor of conviction and “defending to the death” even that which is blatantly incorrect. So when we combine that with the “unseen/unseeing” part of Uranus and the insecurity/facing self/facing-of-against Uranus qualities—that rather describes a whole lot of the eccentric-brilliant-rebellious-anarchistic positive/negative spectrum Uranus is so known for.

The last astronomical symbol here is Bellatrix, a star which seen as great potentials which often only blossom successfully after long hard struggles…often with one’s own psyche (which would be very much in keeping with the “personal mentality” aspect of Gemini). Positioned at the time at 25 Gemini, Bellatrix also brings an interesting quality of the “dancer” to mix. Great dancers possess a clarity of focus which is at once disciplined but free, a virtually perfect description of Uranian energy whether we think of it as electricity, discovery, innovation, invention and universality—a world free of limitations.

And yet, since Uranus is in every single chart, this urge to be “free of limitations” often encounters resistance. Sometimes it’s in our head—the right thing to do, versus what I sure wish I could do. Sometimes it’s in the world or between people: living within the rules versus ignoring them because you just don’t like them! Sometimes it’s just a question of resolving where my right to be free of limitations does or doesn’t have the right-of-way (so to speak!) when my version of right encounters someone else’s version of “right” and they just don’t agree.

There’s of course a whole “scale” to these considerations…the disagreement becomes the argument becomes a minor rebellion which becomes an insurrection which becomes out-and-out a sociopathic disaster. Or the status quo which becomes outdated which invokes a need to change which prompts innovation of necessity from which arises discovery, revitalization and a whole new way of being—which in time will have its own challenges.

But are there any astronomical or scientific reasons to think of Uranus as the innovator or energy of “difference”? Actually, yes! Uranus operates (rotates on its axis) at what seems rather literally to be 90 degrees off that we consider the “norm.” What it presents us with polarizes what we think of as how planets work.

Uranus' angle of rotation (with rings)

Uranus' angle of rotation (with rings)

For instance: all the other planets in our solar system twirl around the Sun like so many very large tops. Each of their axis are no more than 30 degrees off vertical (Earth is about at 23 degrees off vertical, which is why we have seasons). In comparison, Uranus is tilted at 97.77 degrees off axis—it’s so far over on its side that it pretty much rolls around the Sun like a bowling ball (minus the holes, of course)!

That’s different.

This alignment also means that during Uranus’ 84.012 year orbit, each Uranian planetary pole gets approximately 42 years of sunlight, then 42 years of darkness. The Uranian poles receive the greatest amount of solar energy, not the equator (as we Earthlings are so used to!). But before you start thinking of the Uranian poles as a tropical paradise and its equator the permanent permafrost district, here’s a  scientific head-scratcher. For reasons yet unknown, the Uranian equator is still the planet’s hot zone…such as that is on Uranus. Far enough from the Sun to have atmospheric temperatures falling to the minus 224 (Celsius) range, Uranus is likely to ever be nominated as the planetary place for a shorts-and-tee-shirt picnic lunch spot.

There are many other interesting scientific tidbits we could delve into about Uranus, but more important to us astrologically (at least at the moment) is that Uranus is (re)entering Aries early on May 28, 2010 (which in American and Pacific time zones will still be May 27, 2010).

And what is that all about, you ask?

Well for those of philosophical bent, let’s start with a word or two on the basic metaphysical theory of planetary cycles. Don’t panic—this is just a fancy-dancy way of saying that every time any planet (not just Uranus!) finishes a round of the zodiac, we theoretically complete a personal or societal cycle. Thus we come to the question: have we learned anything?

The “cycle rule” here is that those who haven’t end up going around in (zodiacal) circles, repeating lessons and problems time after time after time after time until they get it. (Which yes, is annoying, no question!). Those who do learn ascend the karmic helix to the next level. On that “next level,” lessons similar to the last “go-round” will appear…life will test us on how well we’ve learned our lessons! But all will be presented with a slight twist—that being the chance to advance ourselves yet again to an even higher level. The stakes are often greater….but so are the rewards.

In the case of Uranus, the flavoring of such challenges will likely surface through questions like these:

  • Do we understand that we’re capable of doing and experiencing good and bad in the same breath? If we do, how do we manage those propensities? Do we understand that most things have both a good and bad side whether we like it or not? Do we own and take responsibility for our actions and re-actions, replete with repercussions and/or consequences?
  • Are we willing to, or even capable of seeing life from a perspective which includes both the Big Picture and its individual parts all at once? Do we comprehend how important each is to the other? Are we willing to accept that diversity and differences are to be treasured, not eliminated, shunned or decried?
  • What are we able to do about the idea that while preference is fine, where preference becomes rigid definition we automatically undermine/curtail the bounty of our goal?

In the end, most Uranian challenges are solved with but a couple of terms: flexibility, understanding and comprehension of universality. Where we are flexible (yea verily, mentally limber!) and willing to discover, Uranian energies reveal that which is beyond our sight. But the minute we decide we know (and can see) it all (and thus what is “right” in all cases), Uranian proves us wrong.

And if we look at human life and history, it would appear that Uranus is symbolically hell-bent on breaking down our walls, our limitations, our small-mindedness.

Given that Uranus has an 84-year orbit, we humans don’t (currently) experience multiple Uranian cycles. But we can learn a lot from how older people do a lot of “letting go” at around age 84. Some finally “get it” and relax. Some “get it” and freak out! Some people just let go/let loose, returning to a childlike (sometimes childish!) freedom in a whole new way. Some will “lose it.” Some will be empowered by reaching this milestone and see a whole new way to live and interact with life. Some will relinquish all responsibility and control over everything for good and ill(ness).

Wherever Uranus is in our birth chart, the sign, degree, house and aspects reveal the nature of our greatest challenges. And it may take the full measure of the Uranian cycle for us to get the message—or get over the problem we have with having a problem! And there are certainly milestones along this path: there are three big transits which mark the infamous “mid-life crisis” period and one of them is Uranus opposition Uranus. It doesn’t happen at exactly 42 because planetary orbits aren’t perfect circles. But somewhere between 37 and 43 we all get to a point where like a ball tied to the paddle by an elastic string we rebound. And maybe rebel against ourselves. We may think it’s about others, but it isn’t. Nor are the Uranus squares—the first which hits in our early 20’s and the second which occurs just after our second Saturn return at just shy of 59. These periods are challenging (and sometimes upsetting) because these are periods when life manages to reveal us to ourselves, allowing us to measure who and what we are against our own conception of who we believe we want to or should be.

Symbolically then, Uranus’ entrance into Aries is a cosmic or karmic renewal of a sense of being. Aries is about existing. It’s about initiations and birth and rebirth, whether that pertains to people, products, countries, concepts or whatever. Aries surfaces in the nature of physicality and methods of being. Aries is about consciousness and the awareness of life—our own, that around us and the possibilities that we don’t actually know it all yet. (Shocking, yes I know.) Aries symbolizes drive and ambition, potentials which translate into decisions to do or be something—or defend against it.

Being a cardinal sign about beginnings, a sign which does, and then learns from results, Aries is not very self-reflective. Aries is the infant, the urge to survive and grow into one’s mastery—of self. So as Uranus traverses Aries, we can expect many discoveries about the nature of life. We will consider life and be called upon to look at ourselves and our lives and how we go about living in a whole new way and light. Until Uranus moves into Taurus in 2018, we can expect many evocative and provocative dynamics, few of which we have an inkling yet. Uranus in Aries will confront us with our willingness to grow, sometimes against our own grain. We can expect a lot of grandstanding and that many people will say they know the truth—whether they know anything or not! We will hear from thinkers as well as people who can’t be bothered to think anything through.

But before you groan, remember that this is exactly what Uranus is about. In people, societies, companies, etcetera, Uranus provokes and reveals the thing which needs changing so that it can then get changed. In Aries we can expect a lot of pride before the fall stuff and much willfulness of the “I don’t care, I just want to do what I want to do” announcements. Some will base their choices on the “this is the way it’s always been done” theme, some will ballyhoo the “new and better way.” Whatever happens, remember that Uranian energies tempt with ideals but test through process and with the ultimate question always being does it work both for the individual and the universal group?

Like as not, we’re going to see a lot of false starts and course corrections during this time. And if we take note of Uranus’ planetary solstices and equinoxes (all of which are in mutable signs), apparently that’s how Uranus works. Mutable signs are all about learning as you go—a little bit at a time. Mutable signs are about adapting to new information and circumstances all along the way—you know, by being flexible! Think of a sailboat tacking its way across a bay, adapting to shifts of current and changing winds. Or how earthquake systems release strain on a fault in one place, shifting it up the line where it builds up and releases later, slowly moving the whole tectonic plate in the direction it’s eventually going to go.

Seasons on Uranus

Seasons on Uranus

Plate tectonics is actually a very good example: where the plates are rigid and stuck, quakes tend to be more violent. Where two plates come together with sufficient “flex” to allow for a constant creeping along, though ongoing repairs of above-ground roads and fences may be a nuisance, life in the fault zone is less dangerous; stress doesn’t build up. Severe damage seldom results. 

Maybe we should take a lesson from geology…after all, why do we call them faults? Maybe because like Earth, we all have some and that’s entirely natural?

Orbiting beyond the reach of the naked eye (i.e., beyond Saturn) Uranus operates at a wavelength about that which we can work with but not control, giving us integration as another good Uranian word. And yes, it is a trick to find those things which work for one and work for all (which rather makes Uranus the Musketeer of planetary influences) but that’s why Uranus symbolizes innovation. And why, perhaps, we have another old saying—you know the one I’m referring to here: necessity is the mother of invention.

Next item to consider: Uranus reached its most recent equinox on December 7, 2007 (with Uranus at 14 Pisces). That this preceded a world-wide economic crisis which forced people to look at their lives in a whole new way is telling as the fact that the last time Uranus entered Aries (having just passed this same equinox point) was back in 1927. That year saw an economic collapse in Germany—followed by a similar event in the United States in 1929 (the Great Depression). And all of this arguably, set the stage for not just WWII (during which Uranus passed through is “maximal” stage of solstice) but as part and parcel of same the building of our modern, highly mechanized and technical world. Which yes, has come with its own positives and negatives.

Uranus in Aries gave us a lot of examples of how people saw new possibilities. The years 1927 through 1935 (Uranus shift into Taurus) saw aviators like Charles Lindberg and Amelia Erhard, people whose lives are synonymous with adventure and discovering what hu­­mankind can do in this world. Also of this time: Einstein presenting his Unified Field Theory, the building of New York’s iconic Empire State Building and the first demonstration of a color television by J.L. Baird. James Dean—the very symbol of movie anti-hero rebellion was born with Uranus in Aries…as was Imelda Marcos, a lady with a unique (Uranian) affection for shoes! That she apparently acquired them while failing to see the big picture (the state of her fellow citizens), that’s another very interesting Uranian lesson—and a very sole-ful one at that!

Looking back to previous Uranian Aries ingresses we find the discovery of gold in California (January 24, 1848) which set off the Gold Rush occurring under Uranus in Aries. Neptune was discovered with Uranus in Aries (September 23, 1846). Alexander Graham Bell of telephone fame was born under Uranus in Aries (May 3, 1847), as was the somewhat less likable Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler) back in 1431, another Uranus in Aries year. Speaking of monsters, Frankenstein was originally published under Uranus in Aries back in 1818, too. Talk about a whole other way to view being alive! And human! Plus it was in its time (and in a sense, still today) a totally original and landmark piece of literature—very Uranus!

Doubling back to things political, it’s worth noting how both WWII and America’s Civil War were being prosecuted as Uranus hit its Gemini solstice point. Pluto was in Taurus at the time—and now trines that position from early degrees of Capricorn as KBO Deucalion (the moral path) hits a half-cycle point from where it was at the time of the Civil War. That we’re hearing “echoes” of issues debated at that time such as state versus federal rights and rights of economic autonomy—this how cycles work. We are seeing another facet of the same lesson testing what and if we have learned, and what with 2011 being the 150-year “anniversary” of southern Confederate secession and the Civil War’s inception, US citizens should expect this debate to continue on yet for a while.

Does this mean that America is headed for another civil war? If we take Uranian solstice points as our guide on that, the answer is no. But to paraphrase the famous Bette Davis statement, it well may be time to buckle up for a bit of a bumpy ride. Yet if Uranus is meant to raise levels of resistance at the equinox so that limitations and restricted viewpoints become apparent so that pressure can be brought to bear and breakthroughs then occur, moving us ever away from non-universal standards which don’t allow for individuality of choice…then such discussions seem apt.

U.S. chart, end of the Civil War (click to enlarge in new window)

U.S. chart, end of the Civil War (click to enlarge)

And this isn’t just the United States. Iran is also under pressure during current cycles, which among other things illuminates the continuing (near continuous) tidal nature in US/Iranian relations. What is that? It would appear to be a matter of astrological connections between their national charts. Iran, like the US, appears to currently operate in conjunction with two different charts: the US has its Declaration of Independence chart and the chart for the end of the 1865 end of the Civil War (reunification of the nation) chart and Iran has the March 21, 1935 chart marking Persia becoming Iran as well as the 1979 chart for the Islamic Revolution.

Iran chart—end of Iranian revolution (click to enlarge in new window)

Iran chart—end of Iranian revolution (click to enlarge)

As pertains to Iran, the Solar Eclipse of July 7, 2009 at 29 Cancer hit both Iranian charts head on, so it’s little wonder that widespread protests critical of the government were met with stringent government reaction critical of those who would criticize governmental handling of national elections. Solar eclipses unfold over three years with the outcome not becoming obvious until transit’s end, so we have a ways to go on that clock. But with Uranus going to be at 29 Pisces from May 1 through 27, there is a lot of energy operating at the current moment. 29 Pisces is exactly conjunct the Persia/Iran chart’s Sun-Scheat (public dislike)-Niobe (pride leading to a fall) triad. It’s also trine the Islamic Revolution’s first house Jupiter (signature of the religious revolution)…so we should expect some degree of unrest (even fireworks) there.

Relationship chart, end of Civil War and end of Iranian Revolution (click to enlarge)

Relationship chart, end of Civil War and end of Iranian Revolution (click to enlarge)

It is also worth noting that when a Davison (relationship) chart is constructed between the US Appomattox chart and the Iranian Revolution chart—both being the more “current” charts for each  nation—the relationship chart has a 26 Cancer Moon, which was directly opposed by the January 2010 Solar Eclipse at 25 Capricorn, highlighting today’s international tensions.

With all this said, the metaphysical position on Uranus entering Aries would seem to be about the cyclic nature of life as we see our experience of it. The pervasive metaphysical teaching is that humans don’t learn about something until it’s time to learn about it. And we get this idea perfectly when we look at growing children. Adults don’t generally think of themselves as children—yet in the metaphysical sense, we’re all “children” of the cosmos, of that Existence we manifest as part of. So Uranus entering Aries may well be time to have a little personal, group, national and human “time out” to remember our place in the ancient arena which is the universe.

As to Uranus, we may also do well to pause and rethink (lest we be paused and get forced to rethink!) how this isn’t the Uranus return to its discovery point. That doesn’t happen until 2031/2032—you know, until just after the next solstice passage.

Two more items to contemplate for the moment: given so much earthquake (and now volcanic) activity, it’s interesting to note that the Haitian 7.0 event of January 12 occurred a scant three days prior to that Solar Eclipse at 25 Capricorn AND one day prior to Saturn going retrograde  (i.e., with Saturn on station). At the time Saturn was sitting at 4 Libra, a degree with the Sabian Symbol image of a man revealing to his students the foundation of an inner knowledge upon which a “new world” could be built (from An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar, Vintage Books c.1974). Could be built? How ironic—and quite the understatement. Must be rebuilt is more like it.

At that moment, Saturn’s station was square to Pluto—a perfect picture of solidity and structure (Saturn) in a state of transformative (Pluto) conflict (square). Pluto—for those who know their mythology, is also very much associated with things “underground.” With Saturn being the faster planet, its station/retrograde pictures it moving back to perfect the square (Pluto was at 3 Capricorn)—which equals intensification.

Earthquake astrology not being this astrologer’s personal major (alas, one cannot be all things) commentary on the February 27, 2010 magnitude 8.8 Chile quake and April 4 (Easter Sunday) 7.2 Sierra El Mayor/Baja California event are limited to the following: the latter quake took place two days (adjusting for time) prior to Pluto’s station/retrograde while still in square to Saturn.

But at this point—now Uranus joins the party.

Those who follow Things Astrological know that Uranus and Saturn have been in an intermittent opposition aspect now for a couple of years. We’ve all seen and felt effects associated with this opposition too—the restlessness, dissatisfaction, the drive/need to change things so they work better (or work at all!)…During this time Pluto has moved into position to be halfway between these opposing forces, creating an astrological figure known as a “t-square.” Whatever the planet is at the “t,” that’s the energy which must adapt, lest the worst of symbolized by the “starting point” be encountered.

In this cases the figure’s “starting point” is Saturn. Saturn is about work. Saturn is about structure, structuring and life structures which protect us and which we depend on. Saturn symbolizes regulation of civilization and the business of commerce. And we’re in a period of changing just that—building standards, health care, commerce, banking, agricultural standards, security…around the world all these systems (among others) are in the process of being examined, updated, discarded, argued about—etcetera.

Plainly much has to change and this t-square says “change or be forced to change!” which applies to us individually and societally. It’s never about “them”; it’s always about “us” and it’s a test of our ability to think in new ways which work for everybody. We are moving from a Uranus in Pisces period which has tested and unsettled our feelings about what we believe in (which many have manifested as attacks and injuries to others) into a world which challenges us at a very real and personal level to know ourselves and to respect the rights of others to be who they are as dearly as we want to survive, thrive and be who we are. Pluto in Capricorn will ultimately destroy all efforts and things which do not have lasting functionality, and some of those changes are going to be startling.

Nothing illustrates how unusual circumstances may well be than the April 14 eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull. The last time Eyjafjallajokull erupted was back in 1821 when Pluto was at 27 Pisces, the degree Uranus was moving into when eruption activity began on March 20 (2010) in advance of the full-scale event. In highly Uranus/Pluto/Saturn manner the April 14 eruption shut down air traffic throughout most of Western Europe, disrupting personal plans and putting a big dent in the worldwide business of functional commerce. Occurring but a few days prior to a Mercury station (a traditional signature of transportation problems), the astrological suggestion here is that it will take the duration of the entire Mercury retrograde (and perhaps its return through shadowed degrees once Mercury goes direct on May 11) to stabilize transportation, shipping—and whatever else has been interrupted.

But let’s not forget: this Uranus/Pluto/Saturn t-square extends through the next calendar quarter with moments of heightened influence occurring pretty much with every month. Does any of this point to some end of the world? No. But whether in terms of the shift from Piscean to Aquarian Age or the impending 2012 end/restart of the sacred Mayan Tzolkin calendar, there does seem to be a theme afoot about human beings not being the rulers of this world but the guardians of it. We came to be on this planet—we didn’t make the planet. And if Mother Earth has to put us people in time out…

….well, you get the idea, right?

And the last of the two items to think about: in this go-round, Uranus will enter Aries twice—once in 2010 and then again in 2011. Any time we see something like this—a “multi-part” signal—that’s the astrological signal of a process as opposed to an event. So we know that the changes involved in Uranus moving into Aries begin with the 2010 ingress chart and evolve to become a new 84-year round of the zodiac typified by the 2011 ingress.

Uranus' ingress into Aries, 2010 (click to enlarge in new window)

Uranus' ingress into Aries, 2010 (click to enlarge)

So this starts with a 2010 ingress which shows Uranus entering Aries conjunct Jupiter in late Pisces with all in opposition to Saturn and square Pluto. (Yes, a mouthful—take a breath!) As Jupiter/Saturn connections are always societal signals and opposition brings up images of “opposing sides” or “need/solution,” this is supply/demand, need/ability-to-meet-need, universal concern/limited concern, polarizations personal, political—and on and on.

With Uranus in opposition, unanticipated and unstoppable events like more earthquakes and volcanoes, mass movements—even things like plagues, droughts and floods seem likely on the face of things and as mechanisms which prompt some societal issues. No matter which way this goes, the lesson would seem to be one of “humility of proportion” and ultimately how willing we are to learn to cope, if only because the status quo we want isn’t always going to be the nature of how things work. The Pluto in this equation? That speaks to our desire for mastery in a world we are never going to be actual masters of. When you come right down to it, humankind is capable of destroying humankind and every other form of life on this planet through many a method—but even were that to happen, the planet would still exist. The planet would regenerate. In other words, the planet doesn’t “need” us, we need the planet—even if in decades or centuries to come we learn how to leave Earth and live elsewhere in the cosmos.

Uranus' second Aries ingress, 2011 (click to enlarge)

Uranus' second Aries ingress, 2011 (click to enlarge)

Moving on to the second chart, the 2011 ingress pictures Uranus conjunct an Aries Mercury with an semi-sextile (ego test) from Uranus (only) to Neptune and an out-of-sign square to North Node at 28 Sagittarius and South Node at 28 Gemini. This would seem to be a recipe for discussions (maybe arguments) about ideals versus facts and knowledge versus ignorance, much of which is in the face of new information. We’ll have to see how that pans out, but it’s likely that the core Uranian solutions (flexibility, functionality and universality/universal tolerance of differences) are key.

There’s a Chinese character which means both “crisis” and “opportunity” which would seem to be the essence of the moment. And as we move forward. So allow yourself to be and become more aware. Work on staying flexible in your thinking—and pay attention to those who aren’t. Or who think only in terms of themselves and not universal functionality. Uranus doesn’t say boundaries aren’t good; as co-ruler (with Saturn) of Aquarius, sign of income, social acceptability, success, groups, friendship, the greater marketplace, technology, and every form of system civilization relies on, Uranus teaches that the process of building a better future depends on owning who we are, building on who we are and on honoring who we are without destroying the ability of anyone else to be who they are too.

It’s probably time for all of us to take a look in the mirror, to think about how we’ve evolved over time in our own lives, how the world continues to change and how ultimately that which works best is…

…is what? That’s for you to discover. After all, that’s the Uranian—and oh-so-Aries way.

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Boots May 19, 2010 at 12:55 am

Thanks to everyone – we do live in ever-Uranian times, don’t we?

As for the times ahead being challenging, I’m not sure there ever has been a time when humans thought things were anything but. As they say, hindsight is 20/20 – it all seems to be about our willingness to do the Uranian/Saturn thing: flex and grow…this combination seeming to be particularly apt here as we leave the Piscean Age (speaking of the Jungian collective…!) and enter Aquarian times.

Bridging that gap – between what we know (Saturn) and what seems so disquieting (even wrong) simply because it’s different (Uranus) is so hard for some. And life is no better for those who only want to live without or beyond the rules – Uranus with no Saturnine structure. The image of our solar system is wonderful and inspiring once we accept it is what it is and that the semblance of order it lays out has a reason for being that way – just as the Aquarian Age is best built on what we’ve learned from the Piscean Age, which in turn learned from the Aries and Taurean ages (etc.) which preceded it.

Under the Uranus principle, everything old is literally made new again – not because it changes, but because time moves on and thus we change.

Thanks again all!


Phoenix May 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Great article! Exciting times we are living in, I hope that Uranus in Aries brings us all the energy we need to make the changes in our lives and in our world that are becoming obvious! The website link is to another article on Uranus in Aries I found helpful. Keep up the good work!

Olga Moreno May 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

As I am reading Boots interpretation of what’s ahead, I am reminded of a documentary about the life of Carl Gustav Jung, called “Matter of Heart,” worth seeing it.

Jung died in 1961 and left drawings as to what he saw 50 years after his death. If we do the math that takes us to 2011. One of the analysts interviewed did not want to elaborate, she was not optimistic about the future of humankind, and how very little the human psyche has evolved.

Brya May 14, 2010 at 1:20 am

wow, great article with the best insight ever, thank you so much
for your integrative wisdom and helpful analogies.

i love your list of flavoring the questions…

you are truly a brilliant Uranian Genius

Uranus will be conjuncting my Ceres in twelve house, ever so
adding to my continuing hermitage in the forest on a mountain top.


Boots May 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

The word ‘care’ (and obviously, ‘careful’) strikes me as an emotional term, Maria. Which is apt as you read about Uranus in this moment as Uranus is currently still in Pisces (an emotional water sign all about how we feel about our feelings). That’s one of the hard parts of astrological forecast writing; we all tend to think in terms of today even though we’re talking about things which have yet to come down the pike.

At the moment – what with Uranus at 29 Pisces – the term ‘care’ is apropos. But so is awareness – a Uranus keyword no matter what sign its in. Right now the venue is more about who we are, how we affect each other (and life, and our planet) through the feelings we are motivated by and those we trigger or encounter in others. Feeling like we’re ‘freeing’ ourselves is great – but is it right to do so at cost to others? Where does our right to believe as we do and think that’s “correct” need to give way to the beliefs, ideals and ideas others hold as just as valid in their own life? Freedom for one is not freedom for all and to always say ‘they need to be responsible for themselves’ is no better than coddling people into insensibility.

HOW our emotions drive us and learning from that – that’s a big part of Uranus in Pisces. Once Uranus moves into Aries, the question will shift to who we ARE and what we DO with our lives…or don’t do, obviously!

Change is good – as John says in his comment. But there has to be a purpose behind what we do – Uranus is not just about tossing out the old, it’s about improving things as we go along so that we become more informed, more effective and freer to take on the work (some of which will absolutely be boring!) of being ourselves. But then, ‘boring’ isn’t about what we’re doing – it’s about what we bring to what we do! So when we think we’re bored, that’s when we should harness our Uranian genius in the cause of finding the interest of improvement, nuance and higher purpose – it’s everywhere and in every little darn thang this life holds! And ya-hoo to that!

Thanks, both of you –

john May 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

far out! I’m brimming with anticipation! More, more! Yeah baby! Change is good! Uranus, Saturn, and PLUTO!!!! YOW!!! Goodbye any remote semblance of a fleeting feeling of boredom! Ya- freakin’ Hoo!! P. S. Pluto is our friend.

Maria May 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Difficult moments came soon, I have the feeling that Boots is
Advising us, to pay more attention, to be more careful with
Uranus in Aires
As always

Maria May 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This is a great article, it helped me very much.
If you don´t mind, please give my deeply thanks to Boots.

Maria May 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I am a 24 Gemini Sun, of June 1938. What a lesson.!!!!, from now, I am going to be more humble, have a deep look to your Article, and accept your advise. As Uranium in Aires… please fasten your sitsbelts quickly.
Also is an opportunitty to moove and realize things, sometimes only because I WANT: Gemini takes more time, because there is
the same question. WHY?
Personally, I feel that Gemini can be very powerful as well, always look for changes, dreams but with the capacity to analyse. They are more cold and pragmatic, We, Gemini, if we
are not think on our Shadow side, Open your heart and go ahead.
Thanks Boots,
As always
Maria – Mariaml@netcabo.pt

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