It’s another week of twists, turns, ups, downs, and pole tilts, personal as well as planetary. And while it may seem that I’m exaggerating, it’s important to remember that we are still in the wake of seven powerful astral storms, symbolized by the seven Uranus/Pluto squares, all of which challenged and continue to challenge existing political, economic and social paradigms. As was said by Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”
The current Uranus/Pluto cycle began in the 1960s with three exact conjunctions that occurred from October 1965 to June 1966. In all major astrological configurations, it’s important to note that the scope of influence tends to extend well beyond the specific dates of exact contact. You only have to look at the 60s to see the many movements for civil rights that began before the Uranus/Pluto conjunction. Nevertheless, the civil rights movement gained power during the mid-60s under the influence of those conjunctions, a power that pulsed across the collective pond for many years, well into the 1970s—the years most people think of as the “radical 60s” that substantially affected individual psyches, as well as the collective psyche.
We are currently in a similar cycle of pulsations. The crisis/action points of the exact conjunctions are behind us; they occurred between June 2012 and March 2015, but we are still experiencing the power of these new waves of change pounding on the shores of daily life. Those who study astrological cycles know that Uranus/Pluto cycles signal periods of revolutionary shift, when all the causes of social justice rise to the skin of daily life and great strides can be made for the benefit of all. But we also know that these periods of profound social shift trigger extreme reactions. The real problems must be solved, but the solutions require a paradigm shift. More than “something” has to give, and for many, that something is terrifying. All we need to do is look at the political machinations of the current primary races in the United States to see these reactions—fear, hate, and greed, to name but a few—flagrantly filter through the candidates. Honestly, the Republican candidates have degenerated into schoolyard bullying behavior that’s just unseemly in candidates for the job of most powerful leader in the world.
But the gift of all the candidates is to bring into clear focus the polarization that’s been building since the 60s. Trump, at one end, extols the virtues of the uneducated who would like America to never change—even though it’s been doing nothing but changing for the last nearly 60 years. Bernie, on the other end, extols the virtues of Utopia, even though he knows it’s impossible to shift the balance of power in time to satisfy the idealistic expectations of his followers. Then there is Hillary, closest to the middle and the most qualified for the job. And yet no one seems to trust her.
Recently I asked a friend why she didn’t trust Hillary, and she replied that she just didn’t—couldn’t put her finger on it, but just had a feeling. I didn’t argue with her, but here is what I thought: The Republicans have spent the last nearly 25 years trying to besmirch Hillary’s reputation. She has endured investigation after investigation. And for those too young to remember, Hillary put the idea of a single-payer healthcare plan before Congress in 1993, while she was First Lady, and Congress eviscerated her and her plan. She withstood Ken Starr and Whitewater. She stood by her man and took criticism from everyone on every side of the Monica argument. Every step of the way, we were told not to trust her, indoctrinated by the constant barrage of Republican propaganda. I’m not nominating her for Sainthood. I simply think she is the most qualified for the job.
And by the way, this is not a column supporting Hillary; as long-time readers know, I am a bleeding-heart Liberal and I will vote for whichever Democrat gets the nomination. I simply respect Hillary because she has an indefatigable spirit, coupled with an unbelievable capacity to endure all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. By the way, I’m not anti-Bernie, so please don’t bludgeon me with reasons why he is the best choice; he and I are from the same tribe and speak the same dialect.
The ancient Maya were well aware that planetary patterns repeat themselves, but they also understood that those astral cycles were never an exact replication. Time unfolds along a spiral, passing through the same cardinal points, but never through the same moment, which is why the current moment is always the most creative. History also repeats itself, though never as an exact replication, but as an iteration of what’s come before. Which is why the current moment is always potent with the power for transformation.
For the last several weeks and continuing for the next several weeks, Jupiter is transiting the degrees in Virgo that Uranus and Pluto occupied during their three conjunctions in 1965-1966. History is repeating itself, but not exactly, and the current polarization is an iteration of what’s come before. Jupiter represents expansion, amplification, and all philosophical, religious, and spiritual belief systems. Jupiter is quite active as it moves through these degrees; it trines Pluto for the next several weeks, stirring a desire for power but also a need for spiritual reorganization and regeneration. Jupiter also opposes the Sun, a polarizing interaction that feeds pretentiousness, extravagance and deceit. Hmmm…should be an interesting couple of weeks.
As this current cycle plays out, pay attention to the issues that make you want to polarize, and do your best to face the creative challenge of this current moment by finding a way to respond rather than react. Each of us has the power to transform the larger world by transforming our personal world. Remember, a true revolution happens one heart at a time until enough hearts unite in peace and compassion for each other.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
The Uranus/Pluto waves are still challenging you to find your authentic voice so you can speak your truth without hesitation. Allow this process to redefine you and you will develop an enduring confidence in your deepest and truest values.
Taurus April 20-May 20
The Uranus/Pluto waves continue to pulse deep within, inviting you to examine what you believe in—and why. Continue to welcome this self-examination, and don’t be afraid of facing your doubts. Acknowledging your uncertainty will only strengthen your confidence and faith.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Uranus and Pluto are dialing up an entirely different perspective on community, and as part of that new view, you’ve been looking at what you want from community and how you want to participate. Allow this process to continue and you’ll eventually find what you are looking for.
Cancer June 22-July 22
The Uranus/Pluto waves stimulate relationship issues, and while some of those difficulties may be related to family and friends, professional partnerships are where you’re likely facing the greatest stress. The best solution is to be authentic about what you want and need.
Leo July 23-August 22
Uranus and Pluto continue to challenge your notions of service—the how’s and why’s of who you care for and how you contribute to the well being of those around you. As you move through this process, spend time assessing just how connected you feel to those you love and care about.
Virgo August 23-September 22
The Uranus/Pluto waves are asking you to attune to your deepest creative urges and to honor those urges as part of a much larger process of personal authenticity. Part of this process is owning who you are as you continue to honor the integrity of your commitments to others.
Libra September 23-October 22
The Uranus/Pluto challenge continues to focus on finding the balance between your need for safety and security and your significant other’s need for freedom and independence. This is no easy feat, but you’re getting a lot of practice distinguishing false needs from real ones.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
The Uranus/Pluto waves have repeatedly invited you to examine your communication skills—what to say, whom to say it to, and how to deal with the consequences of your choices. Stay with this process and you’re certain to handle intimacy with greater skill and grace.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Uranus and Pluto continue to stimulate creative impulses, and while you may think these waves are only related to arts or crafts, think again. The primary message is in seeing the value of a creative perspective—it’s not about the product; it’s about the process.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
The Uranus/Pluto waves continue to pound the shores of your identity, and while this phase seems like an unrelenting identify crisis (and it is), it is also about being able to replace old habits that no longer serve with a fresh approach capable of creating joy.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The Uranus/Pluto waves rearranged your internal reality, making you increasingly aware of how important it is to communicate your ideas to others. Not everything has to be shared, but not everyone reads minds, making it necessary to be clear and direct about what you need and want.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Uranus and Pluto continue to pose questions about the value of your contribution to your community. You don’t have to know the answers; you simply need to engage in the process of discovery. Here’s a hint: Are you participating in ways that are joyous well as personally satisfying?
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-212-222-3232, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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