MONDAY IS A POWERFUL DAY, highlighted by the Pluto-Uranus square. We've already been working with this influence for a year or more, starting well before the first square was exact on June 24, 2012.
We can see the transformative effects of these two planets on both personal and global levels. We work with this energy every time we have a breakthrough that releases us from the patterns and restrictions of the past. We also see its effect every time there is a breakdown of a social or governmental structure that is proving to be inadequate to meet the changing requirements of humanity.
THE DEEP-LEVEL CHANGES that are supported and catalyzed by the pairing of Pluto and Uranus do not usually happen overnight, although the process of change can sometimes be initiated in abrupt ways. It's actually a blessing that the Pluto-Uranus square will be in effect for more than four years (2012 through 2015), since that gives us plenty of time to do the work required and do it well.
Remember that this square between Pluto and Uranus is the first testing point since their alignment in the mid-1960s, when so many social changes were initiated. Now, the values and ideals that gained voice during those tumultuous years are being tested -- which means humanity is being challenged to take our next evolutionary step.
PERHAPS we can blame Pluto for the discomfort we may feel during this process, since this planet often exposes the dark side as it works to transform our world into a manifestation of greater light. Appropriately, Pluto rules psychotherapy, the process that can take us into uncomfortable memories and awareness as we seek truth and empowerment. And, the deeper we go, the more complete the transformation is likely to be.
I also often use the analogy of a rototiller when describing Pluto's effects to a client who's experiencing a transit from the planet. A rototiller digs into the soil to uproot weeds and to prepare the land for planting. The weeds are our patterns of behavior and belief systems that will interfere with our progress going forward, so must be removed. The end result, perhaps after the rototiller has made a few passes and dug out even the most tenacious of the weeds, is soil that can more readily accept and nurture the new seeds we want to sow.
THE URANUS EFFECT is equally powerful and transformative, but in different ways. Uranus drives change through inspiring rebellion and dissatisfaction with the status quo. We see Uranus' effect in the many demonstrations around the globe by those who feel their rights and independence are being threatened or withheld.
We also see the Uranus effect in many personal ways -- the times when we find ourselves quoting the movie "Network" and saying, "I'm mad as H--- and I'm not going to take this any more!" This can be in response to anything that feels confining and has served to limit rather than support our living our lives authentically -- relationships, jobs, living situations, etc.
URANUS also represent higher consciousness, the Higher Mind. It is called the "higher octave" of Mercury, which represents our thinking and reasoning processes.
Whenever Uranus is involved in our experience through astrological events, it opens the doors and windows of our conscious minds. The winds of change blow through these openings, bringing with them the higher frequencies associated with consciousness expansion and multi-dimensional awareness.
AS PLUTO AND URANUS form their square aspect, both planets are pushing their agendas very strongly. Pluto strives to expose truth, to shine light into dark places, and to weed out ways in which we have lied to ourselves and others. While in Capricorn, Pluto acts to expose the ways we have been too rigid, too controlling, focused only on the end goal and not acknowledging the vital role of the heart and emotions.
At the same time, Uranus seeks to expand our understanding far beyond the limits of our human perspective. It creates "blips on the radar" of normal existence, through either breakthroughs or breakdowns, to open our minds and our awareness. While in Aries, Uranus is particularly focused on breaking down fear-based patterns, inspiring restlessness and even foolhardiness that carry us beyond the restrictions and cautions of our daily lives.
THE EFFECTS of the Pluto-Uranus square are ongoing, but of course are more energized around the time the squares are exact. These effects can also be "triggered" when another planet interacts with Pluto and Uranus, sometimes weeks or months after the exact square.
(Class note: In my last teleclass, I called these trigger times "eyes of the needle," since they seem to require strong self-awareness and attention to where we are going, not becoming overly distracted by what is going on around us. In my upcoming class, I will again highlight the times over the next six months that other planets trigger the Pluto-Uranus themes -- although perhaps with a different visual cue on the new slideshow.)
ADDING TO THE INTENSITY of the coming week, we have our third-in-a-row eclipse on Friday (or Saturday, depending on your time zone). Somewhat like the Pluto-Uranus effect, eclipses are important times of change and resolution, especially of issues that may seem "karmic" in nature.
Author Celeste Teal, in her latest book, Predicting Events with Astrology, writes that eclipses:
"... initialize the potential for important changes and transitions to occur in the matters signified by the position of the eclipse in the horoscope. We are evolving at a faster rate in the matters of the house where an eclipse falls ... When falling within three degrees of a natal planet, an eclipse brings fresh invigoration and cleansing energy to areas of life represented by that planet."
OUR ECLIPSE this week is a Lunar Eclipse, occurring at 4 degrees of Sagittarius. If you have a copy of your birth chart and want some insights into how this eclipse may "initialize potentials" for you, find the house location of the early degrees of Sagittarius. For a reminder of what each house represents, please visit the "Houses" page of my website athttp://www.northpointastrology.com/1538.html.
If you do not have a copy of your chart, the AstroDienst website at http://www.astro.com is a great place to run your own chart, as well as learn a bit more about astrology.
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the Lunar Eclipse gives us some guidance as to how to manage these changing times:
"An old owl sits alone on the branch of a large tree: A poised and wise approach to existence based on a clear perception of unconscious factors and their operation."
It is this "poised and wise approach" that we are being asked to bring to all situations now -- especially ones that would once have thrown us off balance. These qualities, represented so clearly by Owl, are what spiritual maturity is all about.
ASTROLOGER Dane Rudhyar's explanation of this Sabian symbol gives more clues as to how this eclipse calls us to grow. His words also reveal that Owl has some traits we might associate with Pluto, and even with Uranus:
"The owl has always been a symbol of wisdom, and its hooting call has evoked a rise to mysterious and hidden elements of life. The owl functions lucidly in the night aspect of existence. His eyes see what we normally fail to perceive. He represents that consciousness which is active where the processes of life normally escape the attention of the personal ego and its intellect."
It is the ability to see form in the darkness, to bring the unconscious into consciousness, that seems common to both Owl and to Pluto. The Uranus connection appears in Owl's ability to both perceive and utilize information that arises from its extra-ordinary senses.
WITH AN ALIGNMENT between Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in Gemini at the time of the eclipse, we can expect that information will flow easily and spread quickly, both around the time of the eclipse and in the days that follow, since Venus and Mercury exactly align with Jupiter next week. This may mean that it is not a good time to confide a secret to someone, unless you want it to be widely known!
Neptune is strongly involved in this eclipse as well, being almost exactly square the Sun and the Moon. With Neptune's influence heightened in this way, we can consider this eclipse to play an important role in our spiritual evolution, through reminding us that we are much more than our thoughts (Sun in Gemini) or our beliefs (Moon in Sagittarius).