Uranus Square Pluto
Starting in 2011 and continuing for the next six years there is a significant and chaos producing astrological pattern involving two malefic planets, Uranus and Pluto, which are creating dramatic changes throughout the world. They will be forming a series of squares or 90 degree angles during this time. Squares always produce tension and are archetypes in conflict. These tension producing aspects can be characterized by global social upheaval, worldwide environmental disasters and even global economic collapse.
What we are experiencing in our country is part of a syncronic pattern happening in many other countries across the globe. However, historical data show that even the most challenging of astrological patterns can produce helpful and positive creations and outcomes. Pain is solution producing by nature as better choices are made to relieve the pain. Things may look and feel stressful and difficult now, but there is hope for a brighter future by turning the despair into realistic solutions for better outcomes.
This powerful waxing, cardinal (action producing) square, can be characterized as a painful birthing process or the transition from the past into a new era. This process began when Pluto entered Capricorn in January of 2008 and will continue to be active and viable through May of 2017 when the Uranus/Pluto square has run its course and then Pluto finishes up the restructuring business until solidly planted in Aquarius in January 2024. The Astrological consensus is that the fallout will continue for several years beyond.
To get historical perspective, let’s look at the last couple of times Uranus and Pluto were in hard aspect to one another. First, the 1930s, which is characterized by "The Great Depression". In April of 1929 Uranus and Pluto began their chaotic dance in cardinal signs (action producing), forming a waning square. A waning square is considered the end of an era. Uranus was in Aries, as we are experiencing now, and Pluto was in Cancer. The energies continued to build as the orb of influence became more exact. Then in February of 1930, Saturn entered the confab and the world experienced a powerhouse T square and the associated collapse is well known. The square with Pluto and Uranus lasted well beyond the time that Saturn was no longer in orb of it, however, the direct destructive energies at play in that era continued through March of 1936, and the aftershocks continued far beyond.
Saturn entered the current Uranus/Pluto square in July of 2011 and we experienced the continuing collapse of many of our corporate and financial structures as have other countries, and this is becoming more of an issue as many of these countries and a growing number of our cities are filing for bankruptcy.
The next memorable time when these two heavy hitters were in hard aspect (a conjunction) started in August of 1962. The '60s were defined as a turbulent era, and by analyzing it we can glean patterns of what to expect now and into the future. While the '60s were a chaotic time, with mass protest and general unrest, it was also an extraordinarily creative period of shattered boundaries and new beginnings, when innovative ideas and futuristic discoveries emerged.
In science we had the development of the String Theory as well as Mandelbrot's work on fractals. These two areas alone have spurred intensive research in recent years. The '60s also introduced the groundbreaking concept of Bell's Theorem, a scientific idea suggesting the underlying interconnectedness of everything. Also the discovery of quasars and the coining of the term "black hole" by John Archibald Wheeler. The '60s brought us the development of the laser as well as major advances in computer technology, including the invention of the Arpanet (precursor to the Internet). And lastly, the space race, when humans first set foot on the Moon.
In the arts, the '60s produced many "far out" music groups and talent with both the Beatles and Bob Dylan recording their greatest work exactly at the peak of the Uranus/Pluto conjunction. Television shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Star Trek, were showing new possibilities and dancing around other dimensions.
The 1960s were a time of "people power" when ordinary citizens were breaking free from traditional values and embracing more radical and liberated perspectives in the areas of civil rights, women's liberation, gay liberation, and the environmental movement. A spirit of revolution was in the air, not just in America but throughout the world.
With all this in mind, we are in a time of unlimited possibilities as we build upon the diacronic patterns and discoveries of the past. Intelligent doers are creating exciting solutions to help ease the collective tribulation and to broaden our horizons and understanding of our place in the cosmos. Last week CERN announced the 98% possibility of the discovery of the "God" particle. Others are experimenting with theories and breakthroughs in the existence of other dimensions and parallel universes. A growing number of scientists have been expressing support for the "holographic universe" theory, the notion that our world may actually be a simulation, while astronomers are continuing to find new types of planets or galaxies. Who knows, we may finally discover concrete proof of extraterrestrials.
What we see happening in Cinema is promising, not only with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit or the Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas, but also Ridley Scott's Prometheus. This film's release in June 2012 coincided with the Uranus/Pluto square in exactitude a few days later. This is especially intriguing considering the association of Uranus with the mythic figure Prometheus as suggested by astrologers like Richard Tarnas and Stephen Arroyo.
There could also be advances in anthropology and archeology. There is growing evidence that humans inhabited the Americas long before what was previously thought. The single most important archeological find of recent years is the Turkish site, Gobekli Tepe. Researchers continue to uncover surprisingly advanced levels of social organization extending as far back as 12,000 years ago. (That site was first identified in the mid 1960s, during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction.) Currently, there have been major news stories about the discovery of entirely new branches on the human ancestral tree, including the "hobbit" race (Homo floresiensis) in Indonesia and, more recently, the so-called Red Deer Cave people in southern China.
We are once again seeing the rise of "people power" across the globe, exemplified by spontaneous uprisings like the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements. There seems to be a growing awareness of economic inequalities, women's rights, racial problems, and environmental dangers, all repeat or diacronic patterns of the '60s.
There is a growing sense that astrological forces are at work to transform the global landscape. Enormously powerful energies are released by celestial configurations like these, which promise to reshape our world in surprising and unpredictable ways. Whenever Uranus is involved, unexpected events tend to arise which force our focus in new directions. Correct actions need to be applied in a timely manner to protect the new elements being born. There is no predicting outcomes at this stage. All solutions being offered are risky which represent the energies of Uranus. It all remains to be seen.
Ideas and proposed solutions are already creating clashes between individuals, nations, political parties, religious groups, and even genders. Through the conflict and pain, great solutions can and will emerge. The planetary energies we're facing now can serve as powerful fodder for important artistic creations, social reforms, new inventions and discoveries, and spiritual advancement.
We may again be fighting injustices during this time, just as occurred in the '60s, but it's also important to remember that injustices often bring out the best in our more spiritually minded. It's safe to say that Icons like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr. wouldn't have been as deeply committed and passionate had they lived in less troubled times. Extreme times and injustice force us to clarify what we stand for.
The outcome of the Uranus/Pluto archetype isn't written in stone; we all have a say in how we will respond and what we will create. These aspects are upon us and we best hold on and enjoy the ride.