‘Tis not the season to be jolly, although all festivities and celebrations with the power to lighten the psychic mood and lift a heavy heart are welcome. ‘Tis the season to be conscious and thoughtful —very, very thoughtful—about these extraordinary times and the role each of us plays in the ongoing process of individual and collective transformation. We’re less than two weeks away from the sixth Uranus/Pluto square that occurs just past midnight U.S. Eastern time on December 15.
While some of us are either tired of hearing about these two powerful change agents or simply weary from the constant upheaval that daily life has become, this is not the moment to make like an ostrich. There is no escaping this cycle of change; there are only efforts to understand the complex coalescence of social issues currently confronting our status as dwellers on a planet in desperate need of conscious efforts to make it a better place for all. Hide under the covers if you must, but know that avoidance won’t make any of the issues go away. This moment is ours to transform, and the power to make creative, positive choices for the future is always in present time.
This series of Uranus/Pluto squares began with three Uranus/Pluto conjunctions that occurred between 1965 and 1966. (Some astrologers would give this period of time a wider berth to include several years before and after the time of the exact conjunctions.) The Sixties are historically characterized as a period of profound social change; from an astrological perspective, the tumult and turmoil of the time is attributed to the influence of those three conjunctions. Uranus signifies a revolutionary impulse whose influence catalyzes stagnation; Pluto signifies an unrelenting process of death and birth—a process fundamental, even if uncomfortable, to the transitory nature of existence. When these two celestial forces interact, they set off a transformational chain reaction that is impossible to halt.
The Uranus/Pluto conjunctions of the Sixties occurred in Virgo, the Sign where we recognize the essential interconnectedness and interdependence of life. While Rachel Carson’s book, The Silent Spring, was published in September 1962, when Uranus and Pluto were eight degrees apart, it can be argued that as her work took hold, the public response set a revolution in motion: The Clear Air Act passed in December of 1963, The Water Quality Act passed in October 1965, as was The Motor Vehicle Air Pollution Control Act regarding emission standards. The first Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1966.
Uranus/Pluto interactions are also present throughout the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and because of that these contacts are seen as signatures for social justice. Between June 1850 and March 1851, there were three Pluto/Uranus conjunctions, in Aries. Sojourner Truth wrote Against Slavery and on Behalf of Women in 1850, and in May 1851, gave her famous speech, Ain’t I A Woman? (Note to astrological researchers: The list of astral synchronicities goes on and on—be sure to include squares, sextiles and trines when you start your engines.)
During the conjunctions of 1965 through 1966, the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1965 was passed. Interestingly, the three Selma to Montgomery marches took place between March 7 and March 21, 1965; the chart for the final one on March 21, 1965, has Mars between Pluto and Uranus, exactly conjunct Pluto, all in Virgo. Even more interestingly, the position of Uranus in that chart trines the position Pluto currently occupies in the square we are about to experience on December 15. But that’s not all: the position of the Moon, in Libra, during our December 15 event is exactly opposite the Sun in the chart of Selma march of March 21, 1965.
And there’s more: The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is heating up, presenting Beijing with the biggest challenge to its power since the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. The astrological signature of those protests is a Saturn/Neptune conjunction at 12 degrees 39 minutes Capricorn; Pluto’s position on December 15 is 12 degrees 35 minutes Capricorn; Uranus occupies 12 degrees 35 minutes Aries, forming a square to that 1989 Saturn/Neptune conjunction as well.
Of course, you have the same questions I do: What does it mean when positions like this light up? While I still can’t commit to the idea of a preordained process dialing up the planets’ positions and guiding our evolutionary path, I have to ponder the presence of a greater order at work in these synchronicities. It can be argued that humans look for patterns to make sense of our experience—and that would be true. But what’s also true is that we have always, always, always looked to the sky as evidence of some greater pattern—and we always find it there, even if our interpretations of its meaning are as varied as our positions on Earth.
Recently I saw Interstellar, and while it stirred at least a 1,000 ideas to contemplate, there is one message I keep returning to—the idea that love transcends time and space. Or as John Lennon once sang, “Love is the answer.” The movements for social justice—civil rights, gender rights, human rights—are love made manifest at the collective level. The activist, driven by compassion for all sentient beings, turns revolution into evolution through nonviolence, through the refusal to cause more harm, through genuine concern for the well being of others.
We need evolutionaries of all ages, genders, races, religions, dispositions, talents, and species to work together for our common good. That is the point of these Uranus/Pluto squares—we are being bumped up to a far more accelerated rate of change. And while we may not be able to see it clearly, the evolutionaries are winning. It’s just hard to be certain about our progress because we are still looking at the world through the lens of resistance to change—but more about that next week.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Let yourself “think different”—no, I’m not suggesting you buy an Apple computer. I’m advising you to put aside all the ways you think you understand the world and be willing to have a beginner’s mind. Free yourself from the tried and true, and you’ll find the creative moment.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Your personal revolution is all about forging a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of body, mind, and soul. Of course, you’re always connected, but making that connection clear and tangible will help you to make decisions that are based in your integrity—and that really matters.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Whether you are volunteering or simply having the courage speak up at a town meeting, now is the time for greater participation in your community. Even if you don’t think you have anything to offer, participate anyway, and then allow your enthusiasm to inspire others to do the same.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Your evolutionary moment is all about relationships and how those partnership agreements either align or clash with how you express your individuality. Confrontation with significant others isn’t a requirement. What’s necessary is your ability to be inclusive in attitude and approach.
Leo July 23-August 22
It’s been a long journey of building confidence in what you have to offer, and although you’re not even at the last lap, the lessons you’re learning can be applied almost instantaneously. Make the time to identify belief systems in need of an overhaul and you’ll get a good sense of progress.
Virgo August 23-September 22
You’ve been on a quest for personal and creative freedom, and although there have been some snags along the way, it is possible to say that your televised revolution is turning into an embodied evolution. Stay focused on your goals and you’ll stay steady on your path.
Libra September 23-October 22
Your evolutionary exploration continues to be the challenge of relationship, specifically trying to figure out how to balance your needs with the needs of significant others, personal as well as professional. Have the courage to look at what you have feared most—you might find it’s not that scary anymore.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
One facet of your evolutionary path has been figuring out how to speak from the heart, unafraid of the consequences of expressing your truth. Yet another facet of that same journey makes it difficult for your nervous system to relax in the midst of such unguarded authenticity. Don’t give up—the tension will soon resolve.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
I know you might want to frame your personal revolution in terms of dollars and cents, but if you frame it as an evolution of personal values, you’ll derive greater benefit from a broader perspective. Yes…money plays a role, but attitude is a much stronger player in making lasting, positive change.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
There is no denying that you’ve been on an arduous, albeit often exciting, personal program of revolution and evolution that’s been exhilarating and exhausting, all at the same time. This next phase asks you to move into a more public role, so rather than being afraid, step into the spotlight and welcome the attention.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The key to decoding your personal evolutionary instructions is hidden in your dreams, visions, meditation, and ability to understand that life is often more metaphor than reality. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep both feet on the ground. Stay present, and you’ll make tangible gains.
Pisces February 19-March 20
While it has been challenging trying to figure out where you belong and who you belong to, the bigger test has been assessing your true value and knowing your ultimate worth. Continue to refuse to measure yourself with money, knowing that financial success is never an accurate measurement of the soul.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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