Surely, this is one of the most exciting changes in the firmament that we have seen in years. Today, May 15, Uranus, the planet of change, moves into Taurus, the sign of stasis, where he has not been since 1942.
Think of this planet and this sign as two constellations of ideas that are about to meld. Of course, Uranus is a planet with an energy that is really quite contrary to the earthy, practical, extremely fixed sign of Taurus.
Uranus is the revolutionary, the rebel, scientist, genius, Prometheus who brings fire to humankind. He is the God of electricity, lightning bolts, the unexpected.
In contrast, Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac is stubborn, fixed, steadfast, loyal, persistent a doer more than a thinker. Taurus is a sensual, practical, the sign we associate with the five senses — perhaps touch more than any other sense.
What can we expect when these two opposing sets of ideas try to blend?
Think of this. At exactly the moment Uranus entered Aries, the Arab Spring broke out — a period of mass uprising across the Levant and North Africa. This set the tone for the following years. Two things here: leaders did not emerge and it was spread on Facebook. Both might be seen as symbols’s of Uranus in Aries. Aries rules the head. Uranus is of course the planet of the common person, the man or woman in the street, but it’s also associated with veiled and unveiled, masked and unmasked. Think of the masks of ISIS and Anonymous, the spread of the hijab. What followed the Arab Spring were the years of Occupy, the women’s marches, #blacklivesmatter. But what happened in the corridors of power was a tightening of the iron fist. So we saw eruptions of people power followed by suppression and the rise of “strong men”. Of course, in all this you have to include the square from dark Pluto in Capricorn. In some ways, this may have been more of a restraint than he was given credit for — Barack Obama was after all an avatar for Pluto in Capricorn.
Of course, the other big trend over the last seven years has been the rise and rise of “identity politics”. Do you have to call anyone they instead of he or she? Aries is, of course, all about identity. Who am I? asks the first sign of the Zodiac.
We are ending Uranus in Aries on a miserable note — as I write this the number of casualties on the West Bank and in Gaza rises. We can expect to see more on that story throughout this year as Uranus hovers around this section of the sky. (Israel’s Mars (its army) is at 29° Leo, the Lion of Judah; Palestinian Authority Chart has MC at 29° Aries).
On a personal level, Uranus helps each of us to spread our wings or liberate our minds depending on where he touches our charts. But in Aries he tends to be more youthful, more dynamic, more explosive, more shocking.
In Taurus, Uranus changes his form. He morphs into the mechanical bull… more on this in another post, but for now — to get you started —here are six themes to look for. But keep in mind this: Uranus is the biggest trickster of them all. He came in as a revolutionary with Aries and left as a dictator.
1. Revolution in how we pay — eg cash, plastic, electronic transfer. Could we go back to gold standard — or shoot forward to crypto world? Take a look right now at China which is re-establishing a sort of gold standard based on oil.
2. Radical simplicity, liberation through nature and being “natural”, liberation through working the land, equality of labour. All these ideas will become popular again. More preppers and back to the land movements than ever.
3. Innovative ways of cleaning the planet, innovative agricultural methods.
4. Ecological problems will accelerate. There may be more events like the American Dust Bowl of the Dirty Thirties, which came about during the last Uranus in Taurus.
5. Maybe also cybernetics will become more commonplace. Actual implants, microchips. Something about the human body being re-engineered.
6. On a personal level, potentially very exciting — liberation from fixed, old beliefs about the body, beauty… A new emphasis on radical self-sufficiency.
Here is what some other astrologers have written.
You may want to read Anne Whitaker first, because she writes an excellent post Uranus in Aries, Farewell … For Now…
Sally Kirkman has written several blog posts on this shift in astrological tempo — starting with this one which looks back at Uranus in Aries too.
This is a really positive and well-grounded pair of essays from Aquarius Papers, which should help you navigate the coming change in tempo.
Short and sweet from Tracey Rogers but she covers the essentials nicely.
I agree with Kat Mason — this is going to be an important decade for the environment and our relationship to it. Since we appear to be going into this period busily destroying our children’s birthright, let’s hope Uranus turns that on its head and we find new ways to live in harmony with our beautiful planet.
Many astrologers are pointing out that Taurus(money) + Uranus (electricity) = cryptocurrency. Kit Walker’s piece, written a few months ago, sums that up with a hymn to bitcoin. Remember that Uranus is a trickster though. We ride in trading cryptocurrency and we ride out bartering cowrie shells — perhaps.
Here is some nice advice from Jill Wintersteen.