Astrology with Daniel Sowelu
One of the big collective transits that hasn't quite gone exact this year but which will do so next year is a square from Uranus in Aries to Pluto in Capricorn. This is akin to combining the bomb throwing revolutionary with the lord of deep structural change, and a bit like pouring petrol into tectonic cracks in the earth and lighting it up. We can expect big, at times radical, movement, of which the Arab Spring is an early expression of unpredictable and irresistible change.
So you don't need a Mayan calendar to tell you of big processes afoot. The last time these two came together in a hard way was in the mid 1960s when Pluto and Uranus were conjunct in Virgo. So the spirit of change will revisit (all you flower power babies can expect to have your chakras buzzing in resonance) but with far less naivity and even more at stake. The square between them is tougher to work with than the '60s conjunction, but work we must.
Uranus speeds up and radicalises the slower moving structural change represented by Pluto in Capricorn; hence the bizarre political and economic climates we find ourselves in. While Pluto adds more potency and more potential danger to the workings of the brilliant, innovative, but rather disembodied, sky god that is Uranus, who rules science, technology and electronic communication. We are at another crossroads as to whether we can use these things to save us or completely stuff the planet.
This is what I find so frightening about coal seam gas exploration and the like, messing with the deep earth (Pluto) with only half understood technology (Uranus) driven by individuals and corporations who are not emotionally connected enough to care or foresee the consequences (also Uranus) in the pursuit of power (Pluto).
On the subject of fear though, we have valid reasons to be seriously concerned about issues like this. I recently had a client phone me in a panic about the so-called Mayan predictions for next year and certainly these transits also reflect massive change. However, contemporary Mayan elders are furious that the calendar has been misused, misinterpreted and the dates popularised around the planet are wrong! My response is that we are already in the process and history shows that every Hayley's Comet, every Uranus/Pluto combination and so on will drag up doom and gloom projections in the collective.
When asked what can we do about it, I say to people we are already in "it", that these big shifts take years and so it is no different to what we are experiencing right now. While these big collective transits are partly beyond our control, our ability to go with and use the energies well is determined by how we deal with what's in front of our faces. What we do now will affect how we can respond to whatever comes.
And the energies they represent are available to us personally as they are also parts of ourselves. Uranus, especially in Aries, reflects a heightened use of our individuality, while Pluto represents our ability to go with deep change and transformation and to become agents for it! This process of empowering the individual is available to everyone and encourages becoming sacred activists, to "think globally, act locally", in whatever ways are available to us in our circumstances.
This month then, we're getting a significant taste of what's to come, with the Sun in Libra opposite Uranus and squaring Pluto, making it both potent and unpredictable. It will present us with opportunities to own more of our own potency, often through the experience of power struggles within and without. In true form, Uranus will produce various awakenings, at times radically so, to wake us up to more of our inherent uniqueness by challenging the places where we are stuck in old conservative and rigid patterning. If we are out of touch with own inner revolutionary, we will often attract others who reflect it back to us. Expect to be stirred.
Oppositions from Uranus in Aries to planets in Libra, like the Sun and Mercury, will highlight the apparent contradiction between relationship and independence. This is why this year has been such a big one for many people for taking back more of their own individuality from the more co-dependent aspects of their relationships. This is ultimately a healthy trend, as long as it's being done with awareness and not simply adolescent quality reactivity. And it's a trend that will also be empowered and radicalised this month, with mixed results.
Like last month, relationships remain a major focus of Saturn in Libra, his ongoing conjunction with Juno being joined by Venus, still in opposition to the Black Moon in Aries but this time, not being hammered by hard aspects to Mars. My sense about this is that, alongside the above Uranian challenges to our relating, there is also a maturing quality to Saturn combining with both Aphrodite and the Goddess of Marriage. Sometimes the Goddess of Love needs a bit of help taking the next steps towards relationship depth and wisdom.
We might be able to both made creative and life enhancing changes in our relationships and, be able to become more fully "grown up"!
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 29th year of private practice. www.sacredlawfirm.com.au