Over the course of the next ten days, three major events have the power to tilt the axis of daily life in a new direction: (1) the American mid-term elections, which occur on November 6; (2) Uranus retrogrades back into Aries—also on November 6; and (3) on November 8, Jupiter enters Sagittarius, where it hasn’t been for twelve years. We could—or maybe even should—call these days Ten Days That Shook the World, the title of John Reed’s book on the Russian Revolution (published 99 years ago) because the coming ten days will set the tone for the next several years, and those years are best understood as the American Revolution 2.0.
No matter what the results of the November 6 elections, the battle over whose values will prevail is certain to continue for quite some time. The values we are divided over—race, gender, religion, climate, and every other polarizing issue—are symptoms of being beholden to a value system that worships at the altar of money and the power it provides. This is both capitalism’s finest and worst hour, and its worshipers are reveling in its intensity. Capitalism has always divided and exploited people on the basis of their differences, and those with less agency—women, children, people of color—have always borne the brunt of its cynicism. This is an age-old story of humanity’s struggle to find its better self, and it’s a story that seems to only improve slowly, over time. Some would argue that the struggle to end capitalism’s victim/victimizer dance is a useless pursuit, while others might argue that our accelerated digital world has the power to hasten the pace of an egalitarian transformation.
This is where Uranus, in Taurus, comes in. Uranus is the symbol of egalitarian idealism—it is the rebel, with or without a cause, provoking stagnant waters with its lightning bolts of illumination.
Uranus began its journey through Taurus, the Sign of values in May 2018. Uranus’ previous transit through Taurus began on June 6, 1934, and in the seven years it journeyed through Taurus, it provoked a crisis of values. In 1935, the Social Security Act was passed , an act that also included unemployment insurance. In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act, which protected children from being exploited, was made law. But lest we get cocky or overly optimistic, Hitler’s power was solidified in August, 1934.
Polarized value systems—then and now. Republicans call social security an entitlement. Really? Needless to say (but I’m gonna say it anyway), Mr. Trump models his rhetoric on Hitler’s. (I guess some things don’t change.) The question is not how we can silence the hate speech. The question that lies before us—for as long as it takes to shift it—is how we can address the causes and conditions that give rise to hate.
On November 6, Uranus dips its revolutionary tail back into Aries, the Sign where individual self-assertion finds its fire. Anger often motivates action—and there is certainly plenty to be upset about. The mantra of unbridled Aries energy often translates into I want it my way, my way only, and I want it now. (Since we all have Aries somewhere in our natal chart, don’t be too quick to go on any self-righteous, anti-Aries tirade about the selfishness of such a rant.) The moment Uranus enters Aries on November 6, it hits the midpoint between the Moon and Venus, activating the two female principles in astrology. (For more details, see last week’s column.)
This activation is symbolic of the anger women are experiencing as the patriarchy tries to hold its position and continues to subjugate the feminine at any cost. Uranus symbolizes shift, and one such possible manifestation is that a multitude of women will turn out in droves to vote for their equality, once and for all. Michael Moore has likened America’s relationship to Mr. Trump to that of a victim of domestic violence, who believes despite all evidence to the contrary, that the abuser will eventually change and becoming loving. Michael Moore is right—as long as we kowtow to Mr. Trump, his Gang of Hungry Ghosts, and the bullies he recruits to do his dirty work, we will stay shackled to the old model. There’s no standing by your man if he is a violent misogynist who has no regard for the consequences of his actions. My hope is that when Uranus presses that Moon/Venus midpoint, it will unleash the power of the feminine to effectuate change and break free from the shackles of the patriarchy.
Here’s the good news: Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8, and as the planet of hope moves from the deep waters of Scorpio into the expansive fires of Sagittarius, we move into a new mood. Jupiter is a generous presence that signifies wisdom. It also represents global communication, and as it transits Sagittarius, the Sign where we search for truth, it has the potential to encourage diversity. This journey could also inspire great leaps of faith, and even if some of those leaps seem foolish at first, through Jupiter’s guidance they can be characterized as hopeful.
And we need as much hope as we can muster. We’re in the midst of a values crisis—a cultural crisis that is pitting us against one another and it’s likely to take years for us to recover. Finding a way to identify our shared concerns is part of the task ahead. Finding the hope that makes such an enormous effort possible won’t be easy. Sometimes it will require standing in the shoes of another even when those shoes are too small, too big, or too tight. Of course, there are some things we can’t empathize about—we can’t share hate. But we can acknowledge fear as a shared experience. We can understand that one of the ways people manage fear is by projecting it onto anyone or anything they can’t understand and making those people or that thing the enemy. We can have compassion for people who are afraid even if we abhor the behavior their fear motivates.
The ongoing chaos of our world requires that we dig deep—each of us, through whatever method works best—and find our shared humanity. All of our lives depend on it.