>I’ve been reading a really interesting book “The Outer Planets and their Cycles – The Astrology of the Collective” by Liz Greene, a leading astrologer on the website, Astrodienst (astro.com). I’ve also been poring over another book called “The Gods of Change: Pain, Crisis and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto”, by Howard Sasportas. Sasportas was involved in setting up Astrodienst with Ms Greene but sadly died in 1992 at the quite early age of 44, a real loss to the art of astrology.
I’ve been re-reading these books because there’s a lot of hype around at the moment about 2012 and changing consciousness, wishful thinking and plain old idealism. I don’t have all the answers but I do wonder sometimes whether many of the scenarios to do wtih overnight changes are a bit connected to hopes for an easy solution to the world’s – and our – problems. Because all of history shows that it’s the hard yards which are required for progress to occur – whether on a countrywide, collective basis, or on an individual journey without our own inner psyches. Because if we we are talking about external change, we also need to look at internal change. As above, so below: the heavens above, our souls within in the unknown/hidden realms. We incarnate on Earth to feed our souls, so hoping to get the job done fast is not really in accord with why we slog it out for however our lifetime lasts.
|Uranus & Rings
Anyway, back to the books I’m reading. Both books deal with the effects of the three outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These three planets have very long cycles of orbit around the sun: Uranus approx. every 84 years with about seven years in each sign; Neptune 164 years with about fourteen years in each sign; and Pluto 248 years with a varying time in each sign because it has an elliptical orbit. That is, they each take those number of years to move through the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on. They are far more slow moving than the inner planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and, of course, Earth, while the Moon’s orbit moves far more quickly around the Earth.
Liz Greene’s book looks at how the planetary movement of the three outer planets affects the astrology of individual countries, and I think it’s interesting to look at this aspect first, in relation to all the information around us on Uranus moving into Aries. While there are certainly huge changes and upheavals underway, it is hard to say how they will play out in exactitude. You might be interested to know, for example, that in 1554, a whole heap of planets ended up in Pisces which sent the astrologers of the time into paroxysms of fear that the end of the world would come with a mighty flood as Pisces was associated with water. One astrologer in the UK even went so far as to build an ark which may well have taught him boat-building skills but which didn’t help in his ultimate survival as no floods did actually turn up.
However, there was no physical flood. Instead, what we need to do with this episode is consider that great planetary movements don’t happen overnight, they take their time into coming into being and their time in passing away. So a few years before this great gathering of planets in Pisces, a monk named Martin Luther nailed up some cranky stuff on cathedral doors about the Catholic Church. Further down the line, it sparked a tsunami which flooded over the Catholic Church and started dissolving the belief which had prevailed until then that the Catholic faith and church were spiritual reality for all time.
The same sort of doomsday scenario hung around at the end of the millenium but again the end of the world didn’t come and those people who stockpiled tinned foor and toilet rolls are still probably working through their supplies.
I think it’s worth keeping this in mind when we consider galactic happenings at the present time, where Uranus has moved into the First House of Aries, for the first time in 84 year, right at the very beginning of a whole new cycle of this planet’s influence.
These are the qualities of Uranus:
Social justice;humanitarian issues; freedom; flower power; conservatism; hippy-ism; rules & regulations; blind obedience; innovation; discovery; anarchy; rebellion;anti-authoritarianism for its own sake; structurelessness; lack of direction;flailing around for the sake of it; imagination; intuition; radical change;wake-up calls; independence; dictatorship; slavery; unconventionality; inspiration;reform; prison, challenge to old ideas; imprisonment.
And these are the qualities of Aries:
Potential: Drive, ambition, determination, power, courage, leadership,fiery, dynamic, idealism, positive, enthusiastic, extrovert, adventurous.
Pratfalls: Bully, cruelty, egotistical, tyrant, self-aggrandizement,self-centered, greedy, insensitive, selfish, foolhardy.
(I’ve actually lifted these from my e-book on crystals, mandalas and astrology on the basis that, since I’ve already written this material, why give myself extra work???)
I know that there’s a great deal of talk about Uranus ushering in new ideas, but please remember that Uranus, as expressed through Hitler and Nazi Germany, certainly did usher in new ideas – the first psychological manipulation of a nation – but those ideas certainly weren’t what one could call progressive or beneficial to humanity. As with all things in the Universe, we can see white and black; light and dark; peace and war; day and night; light and shade. All things are multi-faceted and as we too have our own inner demons and shadow sides, as well as good aspects and light qualities, so do the planets and our own Mother Earth.