The astrology of the coming weeks promises high drama, epic sweep and lasting impact. No one is likely to get away unmoved: some of us will go up and some of us will go down, some of us will watch it on TV. There will be endings, but there will also be music and sweet promise. And it’s already started — as of March 10 or so we are in a period of upheaval.
For example, an extraordinary cyclone has flattened the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, right in the path of next month’s lunar eclipse, which happens to take place at 14° Libra, within a degree of the final clash of Uranus-Pluto.
But let’s unpick the current planetary set up.
Uranus and Pluto, two of the slowest planets, will be in exact aspect tomorrow for the last time until 2026. Because they are slow, their impact is greater. This aspect is a harsh, but dynamic, action-oriented square and it has hit seven times since June 2012 . Squares don’t stand still; stuff happens, and this three-year span of time has been filled with incident and change. Many of you will have experienced a great deal of personal turmoil.
Meanwhile, the world has changed, turning a corner as sharp as the one in 1989, when the Berlin Wall tumbled. It is less safe now than it was three years ago. Even here in cosy Oxford, we have friends — from Venezuela and Egypt — who have realised that they have become refugees instead of ex-pats. There is no going back for them. And the same is true for all of us.
Uranus is the planet of freedom, revolution and technology in the sign of “me” Aries; Pluto is the planet of slavery, brutal truth and power in the sign of the establishment, Capricorn. Even when they leave the exact square, they will stay in the signs and within contact for some years.
This month’s square is smack in the middle of Aries-Capricorn at 15°, and so will have the strongest impact on anyone who has planets there, at 15° Libra and Cancer, or at 29°Aquarius/0° Pisces – the midpoint between Uranus and Pluto. This last is where last month’s New Moon fell.
This Uranus-Pluto aspect is the opening square of a long cycle that began in 1965/6 when these two planets were conjunct in Virgo, and the cycle will continue to unfold over the 21st century.
- If you were born in those years (1965/6/7), this square has been about you. In some way, your generation — a late developing one, born when flower power was invented — is opening up like a tulip. For some, like the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, that has been too hard to bear. Right now Chiron, the wounded healer, is back in Pisces, and within a degree of where it was in 1966 when it was exactly opposite Uranus-Pluto. Those of you born in the 1960s have been experiencing a Chiron Return at the same time as this Uranus-Pluto awakening. So it may have been an awakening to potential or an awakening to pain.
If you were born in 1932/3/4 you will have the closing square in your chart and Uranus in Aries, as it is now. This dynamic energy is something you were born with; it’s a familiar place.
- If you were born in 1943/4 or 1995/6/7 you will have a dynamic, positive sextile between these two planets and you may have found this square easier to handle than some — unless your name is Justin Bieber, of course, in which case it’s been pretty overwhelming.
Now, this square is so strong that it is not the kind of aspect that just does it’s thing and boom stops the next day. We will be feeling this for years, especially since Uranus and Pluto will be within just a few degrees of square for several more years.
However, this is the last exact contact, and that is important. Three years of knotty turmoil should slowly begin to unwind.
Combine that with an eclipse in the very last degree of the entire Zodiac on the equinox itself, and you get astrological dynamite, and some kind of closure.
This eclipse on Friday at 29° Pisces is strong, with a ton of energy in Pisces and Aries, the last and the first. All the major planets — except Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter — are sandwiched between Pisces’ ruler Neptune and Venus in her own sign Taurus. Venus and Neptune are said to be in harmony with each other both represent art and culture, and both are powerful in their own signs.
There is erratic, combustible warrior energy near this eclipse and booming out of the U-Plu square, but maybe it will be ameliorated by Neptune and Venus.
This eclipse is full of spiritual power and creative energy. If you are an artist, dancer, musician, film-maker, dreamer, you could have a serious breakthrough right now. Mystics and visionaries, people who bring beauty into being, singers, dancers… dance, sing.
There is a death here, but also a birth. Try something brand new in the week after the eclipse: go to a strange city, listen to music you have never heard, allow yourself to be as innocent as a new born baby.
But the drama does not end there, on April 4, we have a second eclipse, a solar one at 14° Libra, on the same degrees a the Uranus-Pluto square. There’s no doubt this will stimulate the angry energy of the square again.
My colleague Michael Wolfstar has written an excellent piece on the March 20 eclipse and the Royal Family, who are all under the Uranus-Pluto square. The eclipse path runs over Britain. It’ll be darkest in Ireland, Scotland and Norway but all of Europe will be able to see it. Click here to read it.
This piece on Uranus-Pluto and Lilith by Marg Murphy is also interesting.
I have written about how this might affect each sign in this month’s horoscopes for subscribers.
General Advice For The U-Plu Eclipse Season
1. Accept Change
2. Stay Loose
3. Know That Power Shifts Are Not Complete
4. Leave the Past Behind
5. Be Creative
6. And Listen To This