Strange Days

Since I am overdue with an article for my friends here at LifeReader, I wanted to write and wish everyone a very happy new year!   I thought I’d share a little about a very important astrological phase we are currently experiencing – the Uranus/Pluto square.  

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Let’s start with the basics of this configuration.  Beginning in 2012, (and until approximately 2016) Uranus and Pluto have been “squaring” with one another.  What that means is that the two planets, when triangulated astrologically, are placed in opposing postions, repeatedly. Throughout history we’ve seen this before and the configuration of these two planets usually lasts between 3-5 years.  If you trace down this pattern over the past 500 years or so, historically things are very, very interesting to say the least.  (I will write more about that later.) 

So why is this so important and why does it have such a huge impact?  The basic reason is because Uranus represents change, invention, revolution and higher awareness. Pluto represents globalization, destruction, transformation and renewal.   We must also remember that Pluto is the God of the underworld– in other words, Pluto means the death of the old, the death of the ego, the death of the things that are not working.  The strong presence of Uranus also represents the end of false structures that are not supportive of those living under them. So when you have the “establishment”– and systems that are no longer working going up against these factors, it will not be boring. 

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The reason this particular configuration is important is because of the sheer number of times these planets are squaring off.  If you study Uranus/Pluto’s previous couplings, they “meet” perhaps two or three times during each one of these past cycles.  During this particular cycle they will have met 7 TIMES- the first was on June 24, 2012 and the next will be on March 15th of this year.  Again, this is remarkable because in past cycles of this nature, the “meetings” have numbered maybe two to three times.  (In case you haven’t noticed, the past three years have been a very bumpy ride at times!)  As I wrote earlier, in history we have seen this configuration before, so we have learned how it can affect us politically and culturally.  A few examples of significant past Uranus/Pluto meetings include:

 – The time around the French and American Revolutions in the 1700s.

 – The 1840s-50s when American expansionism was in full swing, the Mexican-American war, and Revolutions happening in Europe.

 – The Belle Epoque era of the late 1800s when the struggles of the working person were brought to the forefront along with changes in industrialization, medicine and art/culture.

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 -The late 1920s-early 1930s when we saw the crash of the US stock market, the Great Depression, and the rise of Hitler and of Communism/Fascism- which lead to the second World War.

 -The late 1960s when we saw many great social changes, including the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., the counterculture movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement.

As was the case during these other periods in history, we too have been experiencing very dynamic times since 2012.  We are seeing hierarchies being dismantled, and people in positions of power who are being challenged. This Pluto/Uranus cycle is also here to tell us that our systems may not be sustainable any longer and that change is necessary for our spiritual survival.  This is true on a larger global level and also true in our own lives.  These kinds of changes and upheavals can be difficult and scary.  But if history teaches us anything about these periods, we know that the end result is the return of integrity, honor and wisdom in our systems, and greater balance in ourselves. 

Or as the old saying goes, “May you live in interesting times…”

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